Call for Applicants: Research Assistants/Enumerators

Tuesday 11 September 2018

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Background:

Save the Children in Kosovo (SCiK), as part of its “Improving access and quality to Early Childhood Care and Development in Kosovo” project, is seeking up to 20 individual Research Assistants/Enumerators, to be trained and engaged[*] in conducting the current project’s baseline study report through International Development & Early Learning Assessment (IDELA). The overall purpose of this assignment is to create a pool of RAs/Enumerators skilled on IDELA assessments, which can be engaged for numerous assessment-periods, starting with the ECCD project baseline-values of IDELA at target institutions in this period, and conduct the same assessment at end-line, in order to measure the relevance and effectiveness of project intervention against project outputs, and to inform improvements in the delivery of the project during its lifetime.

 

General information on the project:

One of Save the Children’s priorities is to ensure that all children get a quality education, health and social services, whatever their background. Unfortunately, many children in Kosovo do not have access to quality services due to discrimination, shortage of education, health and social services staff and lack of inter-sectoral planning and coordination in delivery of ECCD services to children and their families. In the National Development Strategy 2016-2021, the Government of Kosovo has recognised that increased inclusion of children in preschool institutions lays the foundation for better academic success later in life, decreases inequalities and increases human capital.[†] Despite general understanding and appreciation of the importance of ECCD by national institutions, there is limited allocation of financial resources for ECCD services. Therefore, municipal public services targeting early childhood are quite limited and very often fragmented in their response.

Through the project “Improving access and quality to Early Childhood Care and Development in Kosovo” SCiK aspires to contribute in ensuring that an increased number of children among them those from vulnerable groups and children with disabilities have access to quality and stimulating learning environment at centres and at home. The goal will be accomplished by increasing the capacity and commitment of public authorities, parents, community members and civil-society stakeholders to provide access to quality ECCD services to all children regardless of their ethnic background and their disabilities.

The project targets 8 Municipalities[‡] and reaches a total of 5 urban and 10 rural areas (six added in 2018) to offer a better future for approximately 1,500 children , around a third of which come from the most deprived communities in the rural areas.

Impact level: Overall Objective 

The project’s main goal is that Girls and Boys aged 0-6 in Kosovo enjoy their right to physical, mental, moral and social development, enabling them to grow to their fullest potential.

Outcome level: Specific Objective

·         Girls and boys aged 0-6 in 8 municipalities access quality ECCD services that foster their holistic development

 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

·         Attend IDELA training organized by SCIK

·         Undergo and pass supervised IDELA test-assessment

·         Respect and coordinate schedule among Research Assistants to conduct IDELA at rural ECCD sites

·         Conduct 4-5 assessments daily (initially on 6 working days for baseline, 6 additional working days at end-line).

·         Data entry and cleaning

·         Daily report to supervisor

·         Ability to produce well-written reports, in reader-friendly format, demonstrating excellent analytical and communication skills in English language.

 

Timeframe:

This assignment shall be expected to start on September 24, 2018 to November 30, 2019.

 

No.

Task:

           

Days:

Delivery timeframe:

1

Training provided by SCIK (free of charge & unpaid)

5

Sep 24-28, 2018

2

Baseline: Up to 30 IDELA assessments collected

5.0

October 2018

3

Baseline: Data entry and cleaning

0.5

October 2018

4

Baseline: Preparing reports & addressing feedback

0.5

October 2018

5

Submission of timesheet, invoice and report for each assignment period

0

Oct-Nov 2018

 

6

End-line: Up to 30 IDELA re-assessments collected

5

TBD, 2019

7

End-line: Data entry and cleaning

0.5

TBD, 2019

8

End-line: Preparing reports and addressing feedback

0.5

TBD, 2019

9

Submission of timesheet, invoice and report for each assignment period

0

TBD, 2019

 

Remuneration:

SCiK will remunerate Research Assistants/ Enumerators on daily gross fee, from which the income taxes and pension contribution will be withheld and paid, based on Kosovo Law. The Research Assistants are entitled to perform up to six (6) working days each per phase totalling in twelve (12) working days at the end of the project.

SCiK will make the payment through bank transfer in Research Assistants’ bank accounts. The payment will be made upon receiving satisfactory invoice from Research Assistants for each payment. The offered fee shall include all travel and communication expenses.

 

Expected outputs:

·         30 IDELA assessment data

·         Validated IDELA database

·         Fieldwork reports

 

Required Competencies

-       Experience in Data-collection/ surveying

-       Completed High-School Diploma (University level education is an advantage)

-       Experience in working with children

-       Ability to produce well-written reports, in reader-friendly format, demonstrating excellent analytical and communication skills in English language.

 

Application:

Interested candidates are welcome to apply by sending the following documents to scik@savethechildren.org by  September 17th, 2018 at 16:00.

-          Curriculum Vitae  

-          Letter of motivation (not exceeding one page)

-          2 references (professional and/or academic)



[*]Subject to successful completion of training

[†]Office of the Prime Minister, National Development Strategy 2016-2021, Prishtina, 2016, at: http://www.kryeministri-ks.net/repository/docs/National_Development_Strategy_2016-2021_ENG.pdf

[‡]Prishtinë/Pristina, Ferizaj/Urosevac, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Peja/Pec, Mitrovica, Klinë/Klina and Junik