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“Help for Children” Foundation is looking for a National Consultant for Rapid Need Assessment (RNA) of the Impact of COVID-19 Crisis in R&E communities in Fieri, Kruja, Lezha

“Help for Children” Foundation is looking for a National Consultant for Rapid Need Assessment (RNA) of the Impact of COVID-19 Crisis in R&E communities in Fieri, Kruja, Lezha

Location                                              Fieri, Kruja, Lezha

Post level:                                           National Consultant

Project Title:                                      Integrated Social Services for sustainable social and economic  development of Roma and others (part of Leave No One Behind program)

Duty Station:                                       Home-based with travel to Fieri, Kruja, Lezha

Expected Duration of the Assignment: 14 working days

Expected starting date:                      1 June 2020    

Expected end date:                             10 July 2020

Published                                             15 May 2020  

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected the life of individuals, households, enterprises, and the national economy in Albania as in many other countries of the globe.   Shocks reverberate through both supply (supply chains are disrupted, the manufacturing sector has been diminished, the essential and non-essential economic activities are lockdown)   and demand (lower consumption of goods and services due to declining household incomes, restriction of movements, and uncertainty). Since the Emergency Situation was declared in Albania, in 09 March 2020, a variety of government restrictions were officially established with the aim of preventing the spread of the virus. Measures undertaken by the government in the framework of Covid-19 pandemic have their impact in the development of the project progress as well as on the beneficiaries. It has severely impacted public services, but also has limited and slowed the project activities and services, bearing an impact on the project beneficiaries as well.

In order to retort to this situation, NPF adapted certain project activities and implemented emergency response humanitarian actions in the period March – June 2020. The current state created constitute major reason for NPF (in close cooperation with UNDP LNB management unit), to assess the evolved situation and needs of the R&E target project beneficiaries who were directly impacted due to the interruption of public local services and inability to exercise their social and economic daily activities. The negative effects were related to childrens’ normal schooling, interruption of employment, informal eonomic activities, VET qualification services and internship activities, social community networking etc.      

Due attention should be dedicated to vulnerable communities  in general and to the beneficiaries of project in particular NPF is carrying out a Rapid Need Assessment (RNA) in order to reshape, re-organize and step up  the response to  the  COVID 19 consequences.

Scope of the assignment

Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) aims to explore the situation, the needs and priorities caused by Covid-19 pandemic in the fields of project intervention in the three project locations Fier, Lezha and Kruja (Fushe Kruja).  

The RNA objective is twofold:

  1. Make an evidence based analysis on the Covid -19 lockdown impact on 4 areas of project intervention that are indispensably linked to the integrated social services provided by the project for Roma and Egyptian individuals, families and communities:

(a) children access to quality public education;

(b) VET and employment evolved situation for youth and parents;

(c) families’ economic and social situation;

(d) communities’ perception on central and local government pandemic emergency response actions;

  • Provide the information required to match and adopt the currents needs of communities/beneficiaries with services provided  by NPF as per the typology of integrated social services provided by the project (children’ education, youth and parents’ VET and employment, families’ economic empowerment, health services, community participation in interface with local government)
  • Provide a set of adequate recommendations to develop adequate project response in the remaining period July 2020 – May 2021.

Methodology.

Relevant data will be obtained in different ways including (i) secondary data from the NPF records  and/or agencies, and local government units; and (ii) quantitative and qualitative information from both beneficiaries and services providers (including project staff). For the second one the approaches will be used is the individual questionnaire conducted by local staff.

The consultant will work closely with the project staff under the supervision of the project director and will undertake the following functions:

  1. Desk review/familiarising with the existing/provided project document and plan of actions for 2020 In cooperation with project manager; define final indicators to be measured  
  2. Provide guidance/methodology and data collection tools designated to each target group/beneficiaries of project ;
  3. Define  the sampling and sample size;
  4. Producing and presenting the report.

1.  Desk review: desk reviews of the project document and yearly project reports provided by project staff; review the data and information in place. In cooperation with project manager revise the final indicators to be measure in accordance with activities carried out by project staff during lockdown.

2. Provide guidance (methodology) and data collection tools designated to target group/beneficiaries of project.

3. To have a comprehensive RNA findings; the sample and sample size in data terms will cover respectively three project sites and all direct beneficiaries of the project.

4. Organise and deliver remotely a training session for project staff which will be responsible of data collection in the site. The training will be organised through zoom platform and will cover topics related to:

  • Data collection through FGD and individual questionnaires with structured and semi structured questions;
  • Data collection exercise instead of testing questionnaires
  • Qualitative check of data collected in-the-field 

5. Data collection supervision remotely, through keeping contacts with project staff appointed for data collection. 

6. Data entry and analysis: This entails data entry in SPSS or access platform and analysis.  Withdraw results and analyses of main indicators previously defined. 

7. Producing and presenting main findings through graphics. Based on the findings obtained, the Consultant will:

8. Producing the final report with findings and recommendations

  • Draft a report
  • Present the findings of the analyses including infographics
  • Reflect changes and submit a final report document

 Deliverables

  • Methodology
  • Final Questionnaires
  • Data collection
  • Data entry and processing
  • Data analysis  and preliminary results (info graphics)
  • 1st draft of RNA report   
  • Final Assessment report   

Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling UN organization, vision, values and ethical standards;
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines set up in deliverables plan;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize and execute effectively;
  • Initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgement and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines and achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment;
  • Build strong cooperation with NPF staff
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources; and,
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills focus on results.  

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Social Studies, or any related field.

Experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant research experience in the areas of impact assessment, rural development, policy evaluation;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in design and implementation of impact assessment methodologies
  • At least 3 years’ experience in development and implementation of response and recovery/resilience programmes.
  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience in government and/or multilateral development organization.

Anyone who is interested to apply, please send your CV and other support documents to NPFTirana@icc-al.org or by post to Fondacioni “Ndihme per Femijet”, Rr. Anastas Kullurjoti, Nr. 13, Vila 265, Tirane, until 25 May 2020.

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