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Consultancy Opportunity for community assessment and survey in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan as a project baseline study

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Published: 25.09.2020 11:49:06
Deadline: 09.10.2020 23:59:59 remained 14 days
Salary: According to the interview results
Location: Multiple locations
Type of involvement: temporary work
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Common information
Search for Common Ground (Search) is seeking services of experienced individuals, research institutions, or consulting firms (hereinafter consultant) to carry out a baseline study (Lot 1) and community assessment (Lot 2) for Prevention of violent extremism in Central Asian countries through strengthening social cohesion among labour migrants, their families, and returnees project.
About the Opportunity
The Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asian Countries Through Strengthening Social Cohesion among Labour Migrants, their Families, and Returnees project is a 24-month project which aims to address some of the root causes of radicalization that leads to violent extremism (VE) in Central Asia (CA) (namely, in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan), especially in relation to two specific groups – actual and potential labor migrants and their families, and returnees from Iraq and Syria, mainly women and children. Some of the pressing root causes are structural factors, individual vulnerabilities, and community resilience and cohesion.
The project therefore aims to work at the inter-state (regional), state and community level to achieve the following two objectives:  
I) To enhance social cohesion and resilience of migrants and their families through capacity building and orchestrated efforts of key state and non-state actors on the ground, namely social workers, local authorities, traditional leaders, and social pedagogues, by increasing social protection measures, employment skills development, counselling for legal migration, and building a stronger social bond between families and labour migrants;
II) To improve rehabilitation and reintegration mechanisms for returnees through capacitating key actors in case analysis, management, and monitoring both at the individual level and at the community level.
The baseline survey (lot 1) and the community assessment (lot 2) are two independent but interrelated activities, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply for both lots.
Timeline
The duration for both Lot 1 and Lot 2 in the assignments will be from 16 October 2020 to 15 January 2021 (approximately 65 working days). The consultant can be based in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan.
Deadlines per activities:
1. Application deadline — 9 October 2020
2. Signing of the contract — 16 October 2020
3. Inception Report Approval — 6 November 2020
4. Draft report submission — 30 December 2020
5. Final report submission — 15 January 2021
Qualification requirements
Minimum requirements:
1. Experience in conducting baseline surveys, using mixed research methods;
2. Experience in conducting research in Central Asian countries;
3. Ability and resources to conduct research both in online and offline formats;
4. Knowledge of Russian, English, and Central Asian languages: Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek;
5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with regards to drafting reports in English and Russian;
6. Experience with working with data processing software for analyzing quantitative data
Duties
Lot 1. Baseline survey (BLS)
1.1. Goal and Objectives of Baseline Study
As part of this call, Search will carry out a baseline survey (Lot 1) in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The main goal of the baseline study is to generate baseline values for the impact and outcome level indicators.
Impact Indicator I1: % of officially recorded i) returnees and ii) labour migrants reintegrated into their community with social protection services in place for them and their families (disaggregated by gender, age cohort, and target area)
Outcome indicator OC1.1: % of people surveyed in the target communities in two countries (KG and UZ) having personal relationships with labour migrants and their families.
Outcome indicator OC2.1: % of returnees (in KZ and UZ) surveyed who reported about:
          i) participation in and ii) satisfaction with the:  
          a) psychosocial support and;  b) welcoming programs organized by receiving communities.
Outcome indicator OC 2.2: # of civil society organizations that engage in rehabilitation and reintegration process of returnees.
1.2. Methodology and data-collecting tool for Baseline Study and Community Assessment
The consultant is meant to produce information and make recommendations that are sufficiently valid and reliable based on data and analysis. Although the detailed methodology for baseline study and community assessment will be developed by the consultant in consultation with the Search Team, it is expected to be an initial well-thought out proposal. The baseline study (Lot 1) should use mixed methods (or both qualitative and quantitative) of data collection.
The community assessment (Lot 2) should use qualitative methods for data collection.
Search welcomes innovative evaluation methodology(ies) from the consultancy team. The team should propose a methodology that responds to the baseline questions and objectives, detailing how results will be captured among the project target beneficiaries and stakeholders.
However, one important aspect of this study is the quantitative survey. Consultants should explain whether they plan to conduct a survey, or if they plan to use another method for analyzing the projects components of the work with justification. Nonetheless, the quantitative survey should calculate sample size based on 95% confidence level and 5% confidence interval/margin of error.
1.3. Key Questions Guiding the Baseline Survey
Key Research Questions
What is the percentage of households in the targeted areas, whose members have left their home for labor migration in the last six months?
How do labour migrants find work opportunities? Through internet ads, newspapers, and friends?
What skills and educational qualifications do labour migrants have prior to leaving home countries?
Which country/location they have migrated to?
What were the main drivers to make decisions for traveling and working  abroad? How do labour migrants make decisions to travel and work abroad? Individually or upon recommendation of family members and friends?
What type of job have they been offered/promised during the migration time? Did they actually get the same job as promised?
How do they communicate with their families from the place of destination? How often do they do so?
Key research questions for interviews with labour migrants
How do they maintain communication and relationships with peers and foremen in destination countries?
Whom do labour migrants live with in destination countries? People from their home communities, home country, from neighboring countries, with local people?
What types of additional activities do they engage with and what groups they associate with during leisure time and morning and evening in destination countries?
What challenges do migrants encounter upon arrival in their country of residence?
What are their socio-economic and psychosocial needs after returning from labour migration?
What types of support and or social protection services do they and/or their family members  receive to settle themselves socially and economically in the community upon returning from labour migration?
Key research questions for interviews with returnees
How much time did a returnee spend in conflict zones?
What kind of support or social protection service do they get or are getting from family members/state agencies/community members upon return?
What are their future needs to smoothly integrate and assimilate in the society both socially and economically?
What do returnees think is a public perception of them in their communities?
What are the specific challenges returnees face with regards to reintegration into their communities? Do they get stigmatized or rejected? What kind of discrimination returnees encounter in their daily lives, if any?
Who or what types of people/actors are mostly trusted by the  returnees? With whom do returnees interact most often? And for what reason?
What are the returnees most important rehabilitation needs? Medical? Psychological? Community welcoming (social)?
To what extent are the returnees satisfied with the rehabilitation and reintegration process? And why?
What organizations (both NGO and government institutions) in the targeted countries are involved in the rehabilitation and reintegration process? And how?
1.4. Geographic Locations and Target Groups for Baseline Survey
The target areas for baseline data collection are in three countries: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan targeting following eight locations: Karaganda and Zhezkazgan cities in Karaganda oblast, Allya Anarov and Korgon Tepe village districts in Aravan raion, Gallaoral, and Sh. Rashidov districts in Jizzak oblast, as well as Jizzak, Namangan, and Samarkand provinces for conducting surveys with returnees in Uzbekistan.
Target Groups
Labour migrants aged 18-45 years old;
Returnees from combat zones (women and youth starting at 14 years old in Kazakhstan and 18 years old in Uzbekistan);
Employees who provide social services to labour migrants and returnees (social workers, social pedagogues, NGO representatives).
1.5. Detailed Description of the Scope of Work (BLS)
The consultant is expected to carry out the baseline study on the rehabilitation and reintegration process among labour migrants and returnees, and should be framed with a desk review along with analysis of collected data answering onto main assessment objective — to identify the current level of social cohesion among labor migrants and their families, and the perception of rehabilitation and reintegration processes among returnees.
Develop a set of tools suitable for baseline study with Search inputs through a comprehensive inception report in English. The appropriate tools should be developed and translated into local languages (Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek) and Russian languages once approved by Searchs Institutional Learning Team (ILT);
Carry out a literature review, a source analysis of both online and offline documents and social networks, key informants interviews, and focus group discussions;
Collect reliable survey data from each of the target areas (the remote data-collection approach is welcomed). In the case of collecting data among returnees, closely work with the Searchs local partners in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to collect data;
Conduct the appropriate number of KII and FGD; transcribe them into the language of origin and host the data into qualitative and quantitative databases;
Process the collected data, and transform it into the significant findings matrix;
Produce a report in English covering all key findings, major conclusions, and recommendations in order to help inform the design of the project. Once the report is finalized, it needs to be translated into Russian and Kyrgyz languages. The report should specify clear entry points for project activities;
Present assessment findings to Search Kyrgyzstan and its stakeholders.
NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of the topic of returnees from conflict zones and difficulties with access to them, data collection among the returnees will be carried out by the project partners in Kazakhstan (Public Fund Pravo) and Uzbekistan (NGO Istiqlol Avlodi). The consultant will be responsible for developing data collection tools and passing them to the above-mentioned project partners, who will collect data among returnees and pass it on to the consultant for further processing and analysis. Search will pay the project partners for their data collection services directly.
1.6. Key Deliverables
An inception report detailing a proposed and detailed methodology of data collection tools. The inception report (including the data collection tools) has to be approved by Searchs Institutional Learning Team (ILT);
A draft report in ENGLISH for review by Search staff and ILT. The report may be subject to multiple revisions if required to ensure quality;
A final report of at least 30 pages (but not more than 40 pages) excluding annexes outlining the findings, which should include:  
A detailed report with clear findings well-enclosed the above listed key research questions;:
Annexes with robust analysis and appropriate figures against the impact and outcome indicators.
Concrete recommendations to Search on effective ways of engaging with labor migrants (potential and actual), their families, and returnees from combat zones;
A PowerPoint presentation on the baseline assessment findings will be presented to key stakeholders in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan;
All deliverable documents should be prepared strictly in English and translated into the Russian language.
Lot 2. Community Assessment (CA)
2.1. Goal and Objectives of Community Assessment
The community assessment study seeks to determine the actual communication patterns between labour migrants and their families in the targeted areas and identify existing relationship patterns between labour migrants, peers and foremen in destination countries.
The consultant is expected to carry out a community assessment with the aim:

To define the appropriate levels and analyze a social context in the targeted community related to:

Role of religion in the community ;
Existing relationship between the population and local authorities;
Type of existing leaderships in the community level for both official (Local government bodies) and unofficial (Community based leadership);
Educational opportunities present in the communities;
Interethnic and/or inter-communal integrity.
To analyze the economic context in the targeted community in terms of existing
Alternatives to labour migration;
Opportunities for economic mobility;
Poverty rate in a local level;
Unemployment rate;
Distribution of wealth;
Equal employment opportunities.
2.2. Key Research Questions Guiding the Community Assessment
What are the main patterns of communication between labor migrants, their family members, friends, peers, and foremen in destination countries?
What are the main channels of communication labour migrants use for connecting with home country representatives including family, friends, relatives and others?
What challenges do labour migrants face in their destination country and home country upon their arrival?
What type of support migrants mostly need in the destination country?
To what extent do labour migrants influence the daily life of their families while they are in the destination country? To what extent do family members influence the lives of labour migrants while they are away in destination countries?
Who are the main stakeholders in home countries that provide support to labour migrants and their families?
How strong are the ties between labour migrants and their families and friends and with home communities at large when they are away from home?
How often and when do labour migrants lean on their families and friends and home communities for support when they are away?
How well are family members and friends of labour migrants, foremen in destination countries, and local stakeholders are connected to each other?
What kind of support do labour migrants seek and get from family members, friends, and foremen in destination countries?
NOTE: These research questions shall act as guiding points for designing interviews with labour migrants, their family members and peers, foremen in destination countries, and local stakeholders.
2.3. Geographic Locations and Target Groups for Community Assessment
The community assessment study should be done in two countries: Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan targeting the 4 locations in Osh and Jizzak oblasts: Allya Anarov and Tepe Korgon village districts in Aravan raion and Gallaoral and Sh. Rashidov districts in Jizzak oblast.
Labour migrants aged 18-45 years old and their family members;
Labour migrants peers/friends and foremen in destination countries;:
Community stakeholders, including local authorities, social workers, mahalla committees, women and elder commission, and religious and traditional leaders.
2.4. Detailed Description of the Scope of Work
The consultant is expected to carry out the community assessment study on the communication and relationship patterns between labour migrants, their families, peers, and foremen in destination countries. The study should be framed with a desk review along with analysis of collected data answering the main assessment objective — to identify communication and relationship patterns between labour migrants, their families, peers and foremen in destination countries.
Develop a set of tools suitable for the community assessment study with Search inputs through a comprehensive inception report in English. The appropriate tools should be translated into Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Russian languages once approved by Searchs Institutional Learning Team (ILT);
Carry out a literature review, a source analysis of both online and offline documents and social networks, key informants interviews, and field scans;
Collect reliable survey data from each of the target areas;
Conduct the reliable number of KII and field scans; transcribe them into the language of origin and host the data into qualitative and quantitative databases;
Process the collected data, and transform it into the significant findings matrix;
Produce a report in English covering all key findings, major conclusions, and recommendations in order to help inform the design of the project. Once the report is finalized, it needs to be translated into Russian and Kyrgyz languages. The report should specify clear entry points for project activities;
Present assessment findings to Search Kyrgyzstan and its stakeholders.
NOTE: If the conditions permit conducting this activity in offline format, in order to ensure a participatory aspect of the research, the consultant will be responsible for selecting, recruiting, and training data collectors among the local population in Gallaoral and Sh. Rashidov districts in Uzbekistan and Allya Anarov and Tepe Korgan village districts in Aravan raion, Kyrgyzstan. These data collectors from amongst the local population will collect data and pass it on to the consultant for further processing and analysis. The consultant will be responsible for paying these data collectors for data collection services from the total amount awarded to the consultant.
2.5. Key Deliverables for Community assessment
An inception report detailing a proposed and detailed methodology of data collection tools. The inception report (including the data collection tools) has to be approved by Searchs Institutional Learning Team (ILT);
Two separate draft reports (on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) in ENGLISH for review by Search staff and ILT. The reports may be subject to multiple revisions if required to ensure quality;
Two final separate reports of at least 20 pages each (but not more than 30 pages) excluding annexes outlining the findings, which should include:  a) A detailed report with clear findings well-enclosed the above listed key research questions; b) Annexes with robust analysis of findings.
Concrete recommendations to Search on effective ways of engaging with labor migrants (potential and actual), their families, peers and foremen in destination countries;
A PowerPoint presentation on the community assessment study findings will be presented to key stakeholders in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan;
All deliverable documents should be prepared strictly in English and translated into the Russian language.
Conditions
How to Apply:  
Interested applicants who fit the requirements should apply by 9 October 2020.
Applications should include: the recent updated CV of applicant(s), a detailed timeline, financial proposal, narrative proposal, and peace of similar baseline assessment report or any appropriate paper led by the applicant and written in English (preferably) or Russian languages to emp.kyrgyzstan@sfcg.org
The maximum budget proposed for both lots should not exceed 19,600 EUR.
This amount includes payment for  data collection among returnees, which means that the defined budget for data collection will be extracted from 14,600 EUR (Lot 1) and paid to the partner organizations directly by Search. The amount for community assessment (Lot 2) is 5,000 EUR.
The application should outline:   

Designs for the baseline study and community assessment , the main concepts will be taken for further work;
The chosen methodology and an explanation for why it was selected and preferable for utilization; Considering the current situation created by COVID-19 crisis, it may not be possible to do the actual field through in-person interviews and surveys. The consultant is expected to propose a methodology i) considering the COVID-19 related restrictions will be gone and we can do normal surveys and interviews in the field; and ii) the COVID-19 crisis will continue to hold ground and data will be collected through remote data collection approach. When the time for data collection will come, the methodological approach will be applied depending on the circumstances. The consultant is expected to propose a bit more elaborated approach when it comes to proposing remote data collection approaches;
Brief analytical framework;
Anticipated risks for this research, particularly from a Conflict Sensitivity and Do No Harm perspective;
A description of the applicants experience and its relevance to this research;
A detailed financial proposal which should specify  a detailed budget, including sufficient details related to daily rates for major categories of personnel or activities, and the narrative should clearly state the scope of the study including # of respondents, # of research activities, or # region consultant going to visit;
Enclosed CV of proposed candidates.
About company
The Organization
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflicts. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCGs mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict — away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 700 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in over 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff.
SFCG has established a program in Kyrgyzstan in 2012 and works on religion and peacebuilding, conflict sensitive journalism initiatives with youth, media, government agencies, informal religious leaders and womens groups across the country.
We are Searchers.
We are over 700 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.
Its our purpose — our call to action.
A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence
Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm
A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.
Inclusivity. Courage.
Hope. Humility. Audacity.
You will be joining highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

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