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SABI Data Analyst

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from Christian Aid
Closing date: 21 Feb 2019

Programme Background

Strengthening Accountability and Building Inclusion (SABI) is a four-year citizen-led accountability programme funded by UK aid and being delivered by a consortium of leading international and Sierra Leonean partners, led by international development agency Christian Aid. Operational in every district in the country, the programme seeks to strengthen community-led accountability, increasing awareness of, and demand for, the delivery of basic services – including health, education and social protection.

SABI seeks to build relationships between all citizens (including marginalised groups) and the state and encourage citizens to fulfil their own responsibilities for social amenities, whilst ensuring that gender equality and social inclusion are central to the programme implementation, learning and reporting. In this regard, SABI seeks to support the Government of Sierra Leone to deliver its own development plans, and to support the engagement of citizens in making development plans going forward.

SABI aims to contribute towards creating a more informed and empowered citizenry which can hold effective and ongoing dialogue with better engaged and more accountable state service providers. This includes:

• Gathering and generating evidence of citizens’ experiences of accessing and using state services.

• Strengthening community accountability networks and citizen feedback platforms, and establishing new ones where needed. These platforms provide space for communities, service providers and local officials to identify concerns based on evidence gathered and work together to tackle key issues.

• Working with media to inform citizens, particularly marginalised groups, about their rights and entitlements to services.

• Promoting the participation and leadership of women, youth, persons with disabilities (PwD) and other marginalised groups in decision making.

• Supporting the strengthening of national, district and local governance structures for effective state–citizen engagement.

• Strengthening the capacity of citizens in target communities to effectively engage their service providers and decision makers for improved services.

• Sharing stories about positive citizen–state engagement, helping to shift citizenry attitudes on engaging with the state.

• Sharing lessons with state actors and other accountability programmes on what does and does not work well in strengthening citizen–state relationships to improve service delivery. SABI has conducted two citizens perception surveys (CPS) consisting of 48,000 and 32,000 responses for 2017 and 2018 respectively. The data is collected on citizens’ experience of using the education, health and social protection services. SABI is currently using a range of platforms including Microsoft Power BI and Excel to analyse and share the findings online, electronically and in hard copies. However, the programme has not even scratched the surface in terms of in-depth exploration of the data such that inferences could be inferred from the findings. SABI recognises that more robust and in-depth analysis of the data - both descriptive and inferential - offers a huge opportunity for generating evidence that would be useful across the sector, to civil society, to all levels of government and to the donor community but lacks the resources to undertake the work required.

Scope of work

SABI is seeking a highly experienced and knowledgeable individual to work with the SABI team on a consultancy basis, initially from February/March 2019 (as soon as possible) to April 2020 to undertake the analysis of the CPS and produce specific reports on demand.

It is initially envisaged that this piece of work will comprise the following deliverables:

  • Undertake comprehensive analysis of the two data sets, develop analysis framework for upcoming data, identify key trends including for marginalised groups, killer stats and inferences

  • Produce reports that are designed to influence decision makers and/or support decision making at all levels of government

  • Produce reports that will inform the improvement of SABI implementation and service delivery

  • Develop tools/methodologies to follow up on how these reports/products are being used so that SABI can monitor changes and impact of the data collected and shared

  • Produce specific reports on demand from SABI to respond to requests from DFID, developments partners, civil society and Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs)

  • Support the wider SABI team, primarily the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator to build their skills in data analysis and report writing

It is initially envisaged that this piece of work will require an average of 7 days per month up to April 2020 with some frontloading of days at the commencement of the contract. It is noted, though, that number of days per month will be variable dependent on workflow and external requests for analysis. We will agree a quarterly workplan throughout the consultancy.

Role within the SABI team

It is envisaged that the consultant will work with the SABI programme team, working principally with MEL Coordinator, the Head of Programmes and reporting to the Team Leader.

Measuring results

The deliverables to be achieved by the consultant through this piece of work will be measured during monthly/regular meetings with the Team Leader/Head of Programme. The deliverables will be assessed as outlined below:

Deliverable

  1. Undertake comprehensive analysis of the two data sets, and identify key trends, killer stats and inferences. This should include disaggregated data form marginalised groups such as women, persons with disability and young people
  2. Produce reports that are designed to influence decision makers and/or support decision making at all levels of government
  3. Produce reports that will inform the improvement of SABI implementation and service delivery
  4. Produce specific reports on demand from SABI to respond to requests from DFID, developments partners, civil society and MDAs
  5. Support the wider SABI team, primarily the MEL coordinator to build their skills in data analysis and report writing
  6. Develop tools/methodologies to follow up on how these reports/products are being used so that SABI can monitor changes and impact of the data collected and shared

Assessment criteria

  1. Tables, charts and graphs (trends, killer stats, inferences) and a brief narrative of what is possible with the data, are produced and approved. Products should be in a format that is easily accessible

  2. Reports on each of the 3 sectors (education, health and social protection) produced and approved

  3. Reports produced and approved

  4. Reports produced and approved

  5. Monitoring tools that captures evidence of usage and including marginalised groups.

  6. Feedback from MEL coordinator and other team members regarding the extent to which they feel that their skills in data analysis, monitoring tools and report writing have improved through support provided by the consultant.

Support to be provided to the consultant

The consultant will be provided the following support to enable them to carry out their activities in line with the delivery of this ToR:

  • A full induction to the SABI programme, its partners and activities, including the approach to gender equality and social inclusion

  • All necessary background documentation on the project

  • Regular follow up meetings to ensure the consultant’s progress

Required skills Essentials

• Masters degree (or equivalent qualification) in statistics, knowledge management, development studies or other relevant discipline

• Demonstrable data analysis skills, including the ability to analyse huge data sets and other information for internal consumption, publications and the benefit of governments and practitioners

• Excellent communication skills, including fluent written and spoken English

• Experience in training MEL and non-MEL professionals on data analysis, tools and reporting techniques

• Experience transforming data into accessible and easy to use formats for diverse audiences

• Ability to work in an adaptive and flexible way

• Good understanding of gender equality and social inclusion concepts and reporting

Desirables

Good understanding of accountability for improved service delivery in the context of Sierra Leone

Advanced skill level in use of Microsoft Office Tools

Advanced skill level in the use of SPSS and similar packages

Intermediate skill in use of Power BI

Intermediate skill level in use of web based data collection applications (Kobo,Toolbox, etc)

Payment

The consultant will be paid based on the deliverables as followed: Based on monthly objectives set with the team:

  • Each month objectives and deliverables expected will be discussed and set with the team, the payment will be based on the number of days worked, the achievement of these objectives and the approval on the deliverables planned.

The consultant can propose a different payment process as part of the financial proposition if more appropriate.

Application All candidates must provide a proposition including:

About the consultant:

  • CV of the consultant
  • 2 examples of past similar experience
  • 3 referencesAbout the consultancy:

  • Technical proposal describing the methodology that will be used and a timeline (max 10 pages),

  • Financial proposal detailing the budget needed to achieve this piece of work. The financial proposal must include (i) the consultant’s daily rate, (ii) all other costs necessary to achieve the consultancy’s objectives, (iii) a payment process– at least partly based on deliverables – if another payment process is to be proposed.

How to apply:

All applications are to be sent to sabi@christian-aid.org by the 21/02/2019 midnight.