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National Consultant Papua New Guinea (Early Grade Education)

One South is seeking the services of a National Consultant with significant experience coordinating qualitative research activities and facilitating focus groups, workshops, and interviews with senior stakeholders in the early grade education sector. The project is operating in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB), Eastern Highlands Province (EHP), and East Sepik Province (ESP). The consultant should be available to start work on the assignment as soon as possible.

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the national consultant will include:

  1. Supporting an international consulting team to prepare for a multi-province qualitative data collection exercise

  2. Translating qualitative tools into relevant local languages in a culturally sensitive manner and/or coordinating this translation process

  3. Co-facilitating a validation workshop with international consultant team involving relevant project stakeholders

  4. Co-facilitating a training workshop to train Qualitative Research Assistants on qualitative research approaches, child protection and research ethics, administering qualitative research tools, quality assurance processes, and other guidance materials

  5. Coordinating a team of 3 Qualitative Research Assistants (QRAs) across the three provinces to carry out focus groups and interviews following agreed field protocols and research design requirements

  6. Scheduling, recruiting for, and conducting 25 qualitative research sessions (focus group discussions, interviews, and other participatory sessions) in line with the research design

  7. Coordinating a transcriber team to transcribe audio recordings from QRAs and international consultant team

  8. Provide logistical support to international consultant team to facilitate country visit

  9. Supporting QRAs to complete consent and debriefing forms for each qualitative session conducted

  10. Compiling all transcripts, debriefing forms, and audio files and submitting these to the international consultant team

  11. Completing a context report and reflection exercise following template and guidance provided by One South

The consultant will also be required to attend team meetings and follow research design plans to high fidelity. The One South team will provide all sampling plans, research tools, and field protocols to be followed.

We anticipate the assignment level of effort to total a maximum of 22 consulting days.


The deliverables for this consultancy shall be the following:

  1. Translated qualitative tools

  2. Qualitative research plan (including schedule and recruitment plan for sessions)

  3. Audio recordings, transcripts, and debriefing forms for all sessions specified in sampling design and the following regional distribution and sampling requirements

  4. Draft context and reflection report following template provided

Profile of Candidate

The candidate is expected to have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Advanced academic degree in a related field (in Anthropology, Education, Social Sciences, Public Health, Psychology, Gender Studies, Community Health, Humanities, or related fields;)

  • Significant experience conducting qualitative research in the education sector within the all or some of the provinces

  • Ability to travel to all three provinces

  • In-depth knowledge of the Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Papua New Guinea or the Education sector more generally

  • Experience interviewing senior level stakeholders within government institutions

  • Experience conducting research with children

  • Report writing skills

  • Excellent communication and social skills


Interested candidates may submit their CV and a short introduction to contact@one-south.org with “National Consultant Papua New Guinea” in the subject line. Please provide your current daily consulting rate in the application.


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Data Collectors: Bachelors Degree

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