Socioeconomic and Market Assessments Building Self-Reliance and Resilience job at Danish Refugee Council


Danish Refugee Council

Socioeconomic and Market Assessments Building Self-Reliance and Resilience job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2022 - 2023


Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 07 February 2022

Hiring Organization: Danish Refugee Council

Job Details:

The Socioeconomic and vulnerability assessment in Imvepi Settlement and the surrounding host community populations. Participatory Rural appraisal methodologies (social mapping, participatory wealth ranking and poverty survey) will be used to identify and provide recommendations for the selection of extremely vulnerable people in the target areas. Cross cutting issues including gender, protection and environment will need to be integrated in all assessments conducted.

Objectives:
• This multi-step socioeconomic assessment process, shall:
• Identify the key characteristics of the extreme poor in Imvepi Settlement and the surrounding host community, including any key differences between refugees and the host communities.
• Include a Livelihood Zone Mapping to understand the most vulnerable areas depending on the shelter types, sources of income, employability, access to the market, etc.
• Include a socioeconomic stratification of the target population. This process should include the establishment of socio-economic typologies, “wealth groups” in each zone, to understand the main characteristics of the different typologies, such as ownership of land, livestock and other properties, level of education, availability of work opportunities, social capital, family members living abroad, etc.
• Understand the coping mechanisms for the “typical households” of each wealth class (main sources of income, opportunity / crisis response capacity, main items of expenditure, etc.).
• Identify barriers and areas of concern surrounding livelihood activities and wage employment relevant to refugee and host communities living in extreme poverty;
• Understand the current status of livelihood activities, wealth and assets, types of employment (formal/informal), sources of income, education, household financial management within the Rhino Refugee Settlement and surrounding host community to identify entry points for the extreme poor;
• Identify gender, group, and household dynamics that may affect livelihood activities and wage employment specific to our target community of extreme poor host and refugees;
• Identify potential risks related to climate and environment and protection;
• Identify potential target groups for livelihoods programming, along with potential barriers and risks.
• In doing so, this market assessment shall:
• Identify sectors and value chains/income generating activities to further study that are available for extremely poor refugee and host community members in the Imvepi Refugee Settlement through desk review and engagement of relevant stakeholders;
• (Note: research should include opportunities available in the surrounding area of Rhino Camp, assuming availability for people living in Imvepi)
• Identify 4-6 self-employment and wage employment opportunities for extremely poor refugees in Imvepi Refugee Settlement and surrounding host communities that are: available, appropriate, profitable, climate and environmentally sensitive and sustainable. Opportunities should be disaggregated, by refugee/host status and gender at a minimum;
• Identify enablers and barriers to refugee and host communities’ employability and self-employment and opportunities to mitigate prioritized barriers and maximize impactful opportunities;
• (Note: This information may be discerned from desk research on the legal environment as well as interviews/focus group discussions with refugee and host community members)
• Provide insights on resources, training, start-up capital and other support that may be provided to extremely poor refugees and host communities to engage in selected/ identified livelihood opportunities.
• Methodology:
• The data collection and analysis methodology to be applied will be proposed and further defined by the consultant (in the inception report) and revised at the outset of the consultancy with support from DRC, CEFORD and Trickle up. It is envisioned that socioeconomic and value chain/market systems development analysis approaches will be relevant in this assessment, with a focus on gender, climate resilience, nationality and social inclusion (conflict and marginalisation). The methodological steps during the assessment shall include, but not be limited to:
• Preparation phase: On-boarding meetings with DRC, CEFORD and TU staff at Uganda country office or via Zoom, writing an inception report elaboration stating secondary information sources, assessment objectives and key analytical questions, refining suggested market assessment methodology market (including both qualitative and quantitative methods) and tools for collecting and analysing data, key stakeholders and, final report format.
• Desk review: Conduct secondary desk research as per the objectives outlined above.
• Data collection/field phase (Imvepi Refugee Settlement and surrounding host community areas): Data collection using quantitative and qualitative methodologies including key informant interviews (KIIs)/focus group discussions (FGDs) with potential participants as well as informal and formal market actors, private and public sector representative stakeholders who play a key role in these markets including relevant government stakeholders, NGOs etc.; direct market observation (as possible given COVID restrictions), secondary desk research. DRC and TU data protection policies, gender and other ethical considerations shall be adhered to.
• Analysis, report writing and debriefing phase: data analysis and validation of findings (including sharing preliminary findings and/or recommendations with community representatives and key informants and stakeholders); report writing, a debriefing will be organized (via Skype or Zoom) to discuss the results and the recommendations


Deliverables:
• The expected deliverables are:
• Inception report to be submitted before or during the field visit, inclusive of work plan and timetable for the assessment(s), clearly outlining the proposed methodology and tools (to be approved by Trickle Up before starting data collection);
• Draft socioeconomic and market assessment report(s) for review by the Building Self-Reliance and Resilience in West Nile project staff;
• Two (2) Final reports in English (max. 25 pages each, excluding appendices) that consists of:
• Socioeconomic Assessment
• Executive summary;
• Methodology;
• Assessment findings with associated data structured around methods and evaluation questions;
• Recommendations;
• Appendices (including: TOR, inception report, data collection tools adapted specifically for the target populations);
• Databases with the assessment data.
• Market and Labor Assessment
• Executive summary;
• Methodology;
• Assessment findings with associated data structured around methods and evaluation questions;
• Recommendations;
• Appendices (including: TOR, inception report, data collection tools adapted specifically for the target populations);
• Databases with the assessment data.
• PowerPoint presentation containing findings and recommendations to be presented to Trickle Up, CEFORD, DRC and the Building Self-Reliance and Resilience in West Nile project staff during a debrief workshop (Skype/Zoom conference); (Power Point presentation in (with speaker notes) should be provided).

Qualifications of Consultant(s)
• Academic: University degree in economics, sociology, social sciences, or another related field.
• Professional:
• At least five (5) years of relevant professional job experiences (socioeconomic assessments, market assessments, needs assessments, etc.)
• Proven experience in conducting assessments for use in the planning, implementing, and/or designing of livelihoods programs
• Proven experience in participatory data collection methods, including but not limited to: focus group discussions, key informant interviews, participatory rural appraisal, etc.
• Familiarity with the local context in Imvepi Settlement and Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement including understanding of the socio-economic and market realities of the refugee and host communities (desired)

Application procedure

The deadline for the application is: Monday 7 February 2022 at 1600 (Uganda, East Africa time).
Application should be emailed to shecker@trickleup.org  The title of the email should be “Consultancy for Socioeconomic and Market Assessments – West Nile, Uganda”.
Applications shall include the following:
• Technical offer detailing the proposed assessments framework, methods, and the assessment team(s) (max. 3pages);
• Financial offer (Excel) detailing the costs of the assignment (including transport costs, enumerators costs. etc.)
• CVs of the of team leader and key staff demonstrating relevant experience / knowledge and alignment with the specification above (max 8 pages);
• 2 references from recognized organisations, which will be consulted for information about the consultant prior experience in the relevant fields of study;
• Please include feasible start date, anticipated completion date and mention where you found this posting.
• Preference will be given to applicants who include an executive summary or abstract of similar work conducted;
• Consortia or partnerships are welcome to apply.

Date Posted: 2022-01-31

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