NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) is seeking proactive Data Collection Coordinator based in Panama
On behalf of NORC, the Consultant will serve as a Data Collection Coordinator for the performance evaluation of activities funded by the Better Together Challenge /Reto Juntos Es Mejor (BTC) in Panama. BTC is a program focused on Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention and response interventions funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev) in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI).
The Consultant will: 1) Study the background documents of BTC and Panama-based activity; ; 2) inquire requirements, request approval from, and follow up with the institutional review board (IRB) of ethics in research in Guyana; 3) participate on a training and review session with NORC’s technical monitor, 4) coordinate and conduct a maximum of two one-hour-long semi-structured interviews with local experts; 5) recruit approximately 48 program participants for focus group discussions (FGDs) based in Panama City, San Miguelito, and a location in West Panama, depending on where participants are since the program ended a year ago; 6) schedule and make logistical arrangements in coordination with local implementation staff for these discussions; 7) moderate up to six one-hour-long FGDs; and 8) contact a group of up to 66 online survey respondents based in Panama via email, text messages or over the phone, to increase the response rate.
All tasks are to be undertaken using remote means of communication, including email, phone calls and text messages. NORC will reimburse the Consultant for the communication expenses he/she incurred to conduct the outreach to respondents. NORC and the Consultant will receive support from the local facilitator by being introduced to potential respondents, specifically program staff and participants. The Consultant’s performance period is October 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023, equivalent to up to six days (48 hours) of work for all tasks. During this period, he/she will: coordinate interviews with local experts; recruit participants for the FGDs; travel to FGD sites; moderate FGDs; record interviews and FGD sessions in audio and submit the audio files and notes taken to NORC; and update NORC periodically on his/her progress. While the tasks listed below can change based on availability and preference of respondents, NORC’s technical monitor and the consultant will work to adjust the scope of work to be completed in a timeline that is satisfactory to both parties. Female consultants are encouraged to apply.
- A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in social sciences, such as sociology, anthropology, economics, public policy, psychology, education, etc.
- Five or more years of experience conducting semi-structured or in-depth interviewing and moderating focus group discussions. Experience with female gender-based violence survivors is desirable.
- Two or more years of project management related experience, including recruitment of individuals for research projects and survey management.
- Professional proficiency in English and fluency in Spanish.
- Computer literacy including Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom and proficiency with social media, including WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, etc.
- Ability to travel for interviews and FGDs and to manage audio files for submission.
How to apply
Interested candidates should email a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the following subject line in your email: “BTC Application - Panama.” Please also contact us at this email with any questions.
About this evaluation
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (GenDev) in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) has contracted NORC at the University of Chicago to carry out a performance evaluation of its Gender-based Violence (GBV) portfolio comprising four activity clusters. Specifically, the NORC team will assess the processes, potential effectiveness, and cost-implications of a selection, or all of the following USAID-funded interventions: (a) the women’s economic empowerment (WEE) activities directly funded by GenDev integrating GBV prevention and response activities; (b) Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV); (c) The Resilient, Inclusive & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence in the Environment; and (d) The activities funded by USAID’s Better Together Challenge with GBV prevention and response interventions.
The Better Together Challenge / Reto Juntos Es Mejor (BTC) is a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions from Venezuelans, wherever they are, and innovators worldwide to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the regional crisis. This crisis has had enormous impacts; 1 in 7 Venezuelans have left their homeland, and in 2017, 80% of the population did not have a reliable source of food. The Challenge provides grants for projects that elevate Venezuelan voices to answer needs for Venezuelans in Venezuela and across the region; develop innovative solutions and expand networks across communities and countries to fund, test, and scale them; and build a marketplace of tested and market-ready solutions. Some of these solutions are focused on GBV; for example, in Trinidad and Tobago, the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago will establish the first after-hours, toll-free, bilingual hotline on gender-based violence for Venezuelans and other survivors who need immediate support, anywhere in the country. These GBV solutions that are being tested will provide valuable data and learnings for the performance evaluation of GenDev’s GBV work.
About NORC at the University of Chicago
NORC is one of the largest and most highly respected social research organizations in the United States pursuing high quality social science research that serves the public interest. NORC’s International Programs designs and implements evaluations, data collection, and other analytical projects throughout the world and has developed close collaborative relationships with researchers, survey firms, and policy think tanks in numerous countries. NORC has also worked extensively throughout Latin American and The Caribbean (LAC).
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NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC)