Job: Consultant: Firm for survey work at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Work’s extent:

Researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego (hereafter, Principal Investigators, or PIs) are conducting a study (a participatory action research program) to improve the empowerment of women beyond the home, including in governance at different levels. levels. Specifically, we propose to test whether a training intervention designed to build women’s sense of collective efficacy and leadership skills will improve their voice and agency in local political engagement via a randomized controlled trial (RCT ) to be implemented in probably 3 states in South West Nigeria in 2022 (prospectively Ogun, Oyo and possibly a third state – although this is subject to change depending on the PIs’ assessment of the appropriate sample, in accordance with preliminary work with partners). In treatment and control communities, we will recruit women to join Women’s Action Committees (WACs) which will be trained by ActionAid Nigeria: (1) 1/3 of WACs (placebo group) will receive basic information on the political process and points of potential influence (one meeting); (2) 1/3 (treatment group 1) will receive the same political information as the placebo group at the first meeting, and will receive 3-4 additional intensive trainings in leadership, organization, civic education and advocacy, intended to increase the meaning women of group injustice, group identity and collective efficacy (CE), and to improve their articulation of demands on decision makers and the responsiveness of decision makers to them; and (3) 1/3 (Treatment Group 2) will receive the same treatment as Treatment Group 1 in addition to having their husbands invited to participate in a separate training for men on the importance of women’s political participation and on concrete ways to support women. political participation, voice and agency.

This request is for a company specializing in participatory action research and training delivery and will cover all activities from September to December 2022 associated with preparing for the deployment (during the first and second quarters of 2023) of the study research described above. The firm has the following responsibilities:

  • Community Entry Mapping: Take the universe of neighborhoods in probably 3 states in South West Nigeria and determine which ones are feasible (i.e. there are no security concerns or accessibility, and that they have not been the site of similar prior programming efforts that would render such programming less useful or novel); provide a list of at least 550 possible services for a random selection of 450 of them by PIs (PIs will also identify a random priority order of replacement services, if issues arise that prevent the business from entering in one or more of the 450 selection of PIs). The selection exercise should involve a site selection survey to establish the existing realities in the communities and ensure that permits to operate there can be obtained.
  • Development of a training program: The company will develop a training program for women focusing on at least five different skill areas, including: civic education, human rights-based approaches, gender and women’s rights, political participation and leadership and influence. The company will also develop a training program for men focusing on at least five different skill areas including: how the world is changing and how female empowerment is beneficial, different areas of female empowerment – from home, to the community, to the political system, Importance and benefits of women’s voice and agency in public spaces, How to support women’s voice and agency in public spaces, and The value of male champions. For each of them, the program should be enough to fill four days, with a minimum of 4 hours per day to cover all the material. The design of this program should build on the company’s existing knowledge of an effective training program in this space, as well as its knowledge of the local context in these particular neighborhoods in Nigeria, but should additionally incorporate the lessons necessary that PIs want to ensure they are part of the curriculum, in order to influence key outcomes of interest to PIs. It should also be developed in conjunction with IPs, with an initial discussion prior to any program design during which existing material is shared and the exact parameters of the design are agreed upon, followed by an additional meeting with IPs when first drafts of the program are ready for comments. Feedback from PIs should then be fully incorporated into the finalization of the program.
  • Piloting training programs for women and men and preparing the pilot data analysis report: although adapted from the existing program, the program implemented will not be identical to the previous program given the specific criteria to which this training must comply. As such, the program will be redesigned and a set of experienced staff (all who would be trainers of trainers when rolling out the program in the future) are expected to deliver the full program to at least 3 groups of 13 wives and three groups of 13 husbands and prepare a report documenting how to revise the program:
  • Where the training was provided, who attended, for how long, etc.
  • What aspects did the women appreciate the most? What aspects did men appreciate the most? And what aspects did each gender like least? (To be verified by providing them with a post-training questionnaire)
  • What do women (men) want to know more about (for example, more detail on a topic that has been raised, or the inclusion of an additional topic)
  • To what extent did women (men) feel that the recommendations were achievable? In what ways do they say they plan to change their behavior in order to affect the program?
  • What were the specific recommendations for improvement from the women? Men ?
  • What changes does the firm plan to make to the curriculum and precisely how in response to piloting?
  • Are there aspects of the intervention or training that may lead to negative reactions against women participants/
  • Finalization of the program based on the pilot: The program should be updated based on the pilot in consultation with the PIs on how best to incorporate the comments and recommendations received.
  • Scoping exercise and report on recommended parameters for the selection of wives: The company will lead the development of a sampling frame of married couples in which adult wives are between the ages of 18 and 35 and economically active at the outside the home (for example, self-employed or working for someone else outside the home). residence). The company will guide CPs on any other recommended participant selection criteria to ensure that trainings target the population in which the trainings will have the most impact.
  • Leadership Contact and Relationship Building: In conjunction with IPs, the company will communicate with relevant government agencies to obtain approval to deliver the trainings. In addition, the firm will help us co-identify a political leader in each neighborhood who can serve as a focal point for questions about interactions with decision makers and can help oversee a subsequent grant competition and participate in an elite survey. .
  • Future funding: The company will work with principal investigators on grant applications to secure funding for follow-up surveys.

Qualifications required:

  • Excellent knowledge of women’s empowerment programs in Nigeria and the operations and roles of women’s civil society organizations
  • Ease with all required local languages ​​as well as English
  • Specialization in designing trainings for women and men, including topics related to political participation, voice and agency beyond the home
  • Professional behavior in all practice and particularly in oral and written communication
  • Experience documenting lessons from a pilot project to improve the program
  • Ability to approach people in a friendly, persuasive and engaging manner
  • Experience in gaining government support and local IRB endorsement for household surveys in Nigeria
  • Time conscious, able to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills

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