Enumerators and QRAs (Ghana)
Study title: Baseline Evaluation of Right’s to Play GREAT Programme in Ghana
Location: Greater Accra region, Volta Region, Central region, Northern region, Upper East region, and Upper West region.
Length of commitment: 5 days training + 15 days in June/July 2018. More details on the exact dates of the exercise to be confirmed later online via (https://www.one-south.org/GREAT-RAGhana) and to those candidates that have applied at that stage.
One South is an international development consulting and research firm that supports organizations to understand and deliver social change. We invest in local capacity to access challenging contexts and bring the best skills to complex development problems. Our goal is to support decision-makers in the global south to design relevant interventions, improve their strategies, and deliver impactful social programs through applied research. Our vision is a world where social change is experimental, incremental, and driven by a shared experience (more information available at www.one-south.org)
Right to Play
Right to Play (RTP) is an international humanitarian organization that uses the transformative power of sport and play to promote the holistic development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Right to Play is committed to improving the lives of children and young people and to strengthening their communities by translating the best practices of sport and play into opportunities to promote learning, health and peace.
Right to Play programs foster healthy physical, social and emotional development of children and build safer and stronger communities. Right to Play’s guiding principles are inclusion – which recognizes the importance of children who may be marginalized for reasons of gender, ability/disability, religion, ethnicity, or social background; child protection and safeguarding; and sustainability – which ensures lasting impact.
The GREAT Programme
GREAT is a three-country, five-year project (2018-2022) that will be implemented in Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda. The project builds on the achievements and learning from PAQE, an eight-country, two-and-a-half-year initiative implemented by Right To Play (2015-2017). Utilizing a play-based pedagogical approach, PAQE II will work towards the ultimate outcome of improved quality education for girls and boys at the primary school level in Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda, with a focus on Kindergarten (KG) to Grade 6. Under PAQE II, quality education means that both boys and girls experience improved learning outcomes, including academic and life skills, in a safe and supportive learning environment. This will be achieved by i) integrating gender-responsive play-based learning (GRPBL) into teaching practice; ii) engaging parents and caregivers in addressing gender-specific learning needs, including those of at-risk children, and iii) promoting the adoption of gender-responsive play-based learning in in-service and pre-service teacher training. These combined efforts will support improved and sustained learning outcomes for primary school-aged girls and boys.
GREAT will target a total of 328 schools in 13 districts across the three countries. It will directly benefit some 2,738 teachers and 162,986 girls and boys in school. It will indirectly Purpose of Assignment
To evaluate RTP’s GREAT project, the evaluation will use a quasi-experimental method that requires baseline data collection prior to the intervention. This includes learning data (literacy and numeracy) at both primary and secondary school levels, household data to assess demographics and the context of the intervention, and data on teachers and school authorities.
Surveys 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, One South collecting information about interested candidates for data collectors/enumerators, and qualitative researchers to support with data collection across the areas of the intervention.
Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview by our local partner in Ghana where we will welcome questions from the applicants. All applicants may express a wish be contacted for other assignments in the future.
We welcome candidates from all areas of Ghana, especially those residing in the areas where the intervention takes place.
Principal duties and responsibilities
Understanding the activities and objectives of the RTP GREAT programme
Understanding the objectives of the Evaluation coordinated by Partner Evaluators
Familiarizing myself with the primary research instruments as outlined during the Enumerator Training Workshop.
Obtaining informed consent by the participant(s) caregivers prior to starting interview/survey and scheduling interviews in advance via telephone.
Collecting and recording data as accurately as possible and within the established timeframe (including daily targets).
Seeking technical assistance from the consultants and the field manager
Representing One South, RTP and our local partners in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Diligently following instructions received from the Field Manager and consultants.
Handing in assignments on time and complete, and reporting all problems to the consultants.
Delivering paper surveys based on agreed payment schedule with the consultant.
Maintaining your own health and safety.
Reviewing and working in line with the Research Ethics & Child Safeguarding Guidelines as outlined during training.
Reporting cases of abuse or suspected abuse (physical, sexual or mental harm) to the consultants as soon as possible.
Maintain equipment in a good shape
Enter all data into the data collection software.
Completing the data collection activities with no unexcused absences.
In addition to these responsibilities, the Qualitative Research Assistant will:
Actively participate in the research process
Conduct interviews, focus group discussions and participatory sessions with stakeholders including young children.
Transcribe recorded discussions with selected participants
Write and report the progress and number of transcriptions completed on daily basis (using the debriefing forms provided)
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.
Secondary Degree with proven experience collecting and reporting reliable data for development or research projects.
The candidate for this position should have:
Speaking the local vernacular of the regions
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
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 Field Manager 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 June 7th, 2018. More info at: https://www.one-south.org/GREAT-RAGhana
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In terms of academic qualifications our requirements are as follows:
Data Collectors: Bachelors Degree
Analysts: Bachelors Degree
Operational Staff: Bachelors or Masters Degree
Consulting Roles: Masters Degree or PhD