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Enumerators and QRAs (Ethiopia)

Study title: Midline Evaluation of the Excelling Against the Odds project in Ethiopia

Location: 3 zones in Amhara and Oromia regions (South Gonder, South Wollo and Arsi)

Length of commitment: 5 days training + 15 days in October-November 2019. 


The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) programme is an education project implemented by ChildHope UK and its local partner, Organisation for Child Development and Transformation (CHADET). GEC is helping up to a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through quality education and in finding better ways of getting girls in to school. This is the second phase of the project and the emphasis is on preparing girls to transition through the education system, increasing their number of years in school. The project supports 16,481 girls in 77 schools in the regions of Amhara (South Wollo and South Gondar) and Oromiya (Arsi).


ChildHope UK has appointed Health Poverty Action(HPA) as the local sub-contractor to organise and coordinate fieldwork for a midline evaluation study in the target regions. HPA is working with One South, LLC who are the Lead Consultants.


To evaluate the GEC project, the midline evaluation will use an experimental method that will track respondents who were evaluated in a baseline study. Data collected will include learning data (literacy and numeracy) at both primary and secondary school levels, as well as household data to assess demographics and the context of the intervention.


The midline survey will also probe into attitudes, well-being, aspirations and themes relating to education for development. The research activities will require intensive data collection and visits to the sites.


To this end, Health Poverty Action is collecting information about interested candidates for data collectors/enumerators, and qualitative researchers to support with data collection across the 3 zones of the intervention.


Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview where we will welcome questions from the applicants. All applicants may express a wish be contacted for other assignments in the future.

Principal duties and responsibilities
  1. Understanding the activities and objectives of the ChildHope Excelling Against the Odds programme

  2. Understanding the objectives of the Evaluation coordinated by Partner Evaluators

  3. Familiarizing myself with the primary research instruments as outlined during the Enumerator Training Workshop.

  4. Obtaining informed consent by the participant(s) caregivers prior to starting interview/survey and scheduling interviews in advance via telephone.

  5. Collecting and recording data as accurately as possible and within the established timeframe (including daily targets).

  6. Seeking technical assistance from the zonal co-ordinators, consultants and the field manager.

  7. Representing One South, ChildHope and our local partners in a professional and courteous manner at all times.

  8. Diligently following instructions received from the zonal co-ordinators, Field Manager and consultants.

  9. Handing in assignments on time and complete, and reporting all problems to the consultants.

  10. Delivering paper surveys based on agreed payment schedule with the consultant.

  11. Maintaining your own health and safety.

  12. Reviewing and working in line with the Research Ethics & Child Safeguarding Guidelines as outlined during training.

  13. Reporting cases of abuse or suspected abuse (physical, sexual or mental harm) to the consultants as soon as possible.

  14. Maintain and return all equipment in a good shape.

  15. Enter all data into the data collection software.

  16. Completing the data collection activities with no unexcused absences.

  17. Living in target areas is a must.

In addition to these responsibilities, the Qualitative Research Assistant will:

  1. Actively participate in the research process

  2. Conduct interviews, focus group discussions and participatory sessions with stakeholders including young children.

  3. Transcribe recorded discussions with selected participants.

  4. Write and report the progress and number of transcriptions completed on daily basis (using the debriefing forms provided).

  5. Living in target areas is an asset.

Required qualification for the position
  • University degree in Education, Social Sciences, Nursing, Public health, Psychology, Gender Studies, Community Health, Humanities, Statistics, Development, nutrition or related fields. OR;

  • Secondary Degree with proven experience collecting and reporting reliable data for development or research projects.

Required Experience

The candidate for this position should have:  

  • Speaking the local vernacular (Amharic or Oromiffa) of the regions and English fluently

  • Previous experience in administering EGRA/EGMA/SeGRA/SeGMA or school administered surveys.

  • Excellent communication and social skills

  • Good experience in Mixed-methods study design

  • Good experience in conducting studies related to disability or gender

  • Good experience in collecting quantitative or qualitative information depending on the role

  • Prior experience using tablet or other electronic devices in data entering

  • Prior experience working with disabled children is an asset

  • Computer literacy preferred. Possession of a smart phone or tablet for data entry is a must

  • Willingness and commitment to spend extensive days in humanitarian settings and recruit the right participants for research

  • Flexible, solution-oriented attitudes

  • Good management of time, intellectual curiosity and willingness to work under pressure to meet the required deadline

  • Fluent in English is a must; fluent in any of the local languages of the intervention.


The temporary data collectors will report directly to the respective Zonal Co-ordinators of the Evaluation, and will be supervised by the Field Manager and Consultants.

How to Apply

To apply for this consultancy service, please use the following application form available online: https://www.one-south.org/applicationform by September 29, 2019. 


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