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Position No: 1
Location: Kathmandu Office
Division: International Development Division
About the Position:
USAID’s Sajhedari – Support to Federalism (STF) aims to support the effective implementation of federalism in Nepal. It has 3 major objectives focusing on policy, process, and participation to support the federalism process in Nepal. It works with 10 municipalities in Province Five and Sudur Paschim and coordinates with the provincial and federal governments. To achieve these objectives, STF has developed a short- term work plan to respond to COVID-19 crisis in the interim period. In this connection, Abt Associates is looking for a “Qualitative Researcher” to coordinate/lead a rapid assessment on the immediate effects of COVID-19 and sectoral priorities at the local level.
About USAID’s Sajhedari – Support to Federalism (STF):
The goal of the USAID funded Sajedhari - Support to Federalism (STF) project, implemented by Abt Associates is to provide technical assistance to the Government of Nepal (GoN) in transitioning from a unitary state to a federation of provinces with more effective, accountable, responsive and inclusive local governance. The key objectives of the STF Project are : (a) The GoN creates and implements sound policies and legislation that are informed by evidence, and empower, finance, and regulate provincial and municipal governments; (b) The targeted province and select municipal governments therein are more responsive, inclusive, accountable, transparent, and effective in decision making and delivering priority services to fulfilling core legal responsibilities; and (c) Citizens and civil society organizations in targeted geographic areas, including the historically marginalized, actively participate local decision-making and oversight.
Objectives of the Assignment:
One of the project objectives, i.e., Objective Two, focuses on increasing responsiveness, inclusiveness, accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in the local level decision making so that governments are able to deliver priority services. As the GON’s fiscal priorities and revenue targets are badly compromised due to the pandemic, it is important that governments at all three levels review and adapt their priorities in line with local reality highly influenced by COVID-19 and associated risks.
Given that movement and operation of public offices are strictly limited, local levels are overburdened with the evolving needs and challenges of responding to COVID-19 with minimal technical and financial resources and preparedness. It is, therefore, crucial that municipalities are provided with technical assistance to better understand the immediate effect the pandemic at the settlement, ward, and municipality level. The researcher/consultant will lead/coordinate a rapid assessment intending to serve as the qualitative baseline for the discussion on the budget and plan formulation for FY 2020/21 at Sajhedari working municipalities.
Under the supervision of the Objective Two Lead and in close collaboration with the project team, the qualitative researcher will use qualitative data analysis tool/s and draw conclusions from the data gathered through the qualitative interviews in all 10 municipalities. The interview guide and raw qualitative data will be provided to the consultant by the project team in Nepali language. In particular, the researcher/ consultant will be responsible for the following:
A Rapid Assessment Report, in Nepali and English languages, should at least include:
Level of Effort and Timeline:
This is tentatively a 3-week assignment: 10 working days during June 1- 20, 2020. We expect full-time engagement of the Researcher/ Consultant as s/he has to coordinate with project and field staff on regular basis to ensure quality in the delivery and adherence to the timeline.
Reporting and Coordination:
The consultant will report to the Objective Two Lead and work in close coordination with Municipal Training Specialist and Sr. Municipal Coordinator.
Required Qualification and Skills:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter along with updated CV to [email protected] with subject line “Qualitative Researcher” by May 26, 2020.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above.