Baseline Study Lead Enumerator


Project: WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Program – IGNI+E 

Dates: October 26 – November 27, 2020 (approximate)

Level of effort: Approx. 25 working days 

Main Workstation: Lilongwe, Malawi

Reports to: Baseline Study Coordinator

In-Country Contact: Senior Program Officer

Vacancy Application Closing Date: Monday, 19th October, 2020

  1. Introduction

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization with a mission to enhance education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for youth. We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses. Together, we foster youth-centered solutions to overcome inequality and exclusion.

WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Program called IGNI+E (Innovative Global Networks for Inclusion + Equality, pronounced IGNITE), is a 7-year initiative (2020-2027) funded by Global Affairs Canada,  that will strengthen the performance of 70+ partner organizations to advance gender equality and economic empowerment for 1.2 million poor and marginalised youth, in particular young women (70% women). The IGNI+E Project will harness the knowledge, capacity and expertise of skilled Canadians through 1200 volunteer assignments to assist partners to improve their performance, advocate for gender equality, and implement more sustainable, innovative and inclusive initiatives and services for poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women. The project  is being implemented in 6 countries (Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Vietnam)

WUSC is seeking qualified candidates for the Lead Enumerator position to assist in the in-country coordination and facilitation of the Baseline Study for the IGNI+E project in Malawi. 

  1. Background of the Project

Young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults, with the global youth unemployment rate 3X higher than the adult rate of 4.3% (ILO, 2018). Across most labour market indicators, wide disparities exist between young women and men, underpinning and giving rise to wider gaps during the transition to adulthood. For example, the global labour force participation rate for young men stands at 53.9% compared to 37.3% for young women (ILO 2016). There is a growing body of evidence that specialized employment and entrepreneurship programs do work, especially when they target marginalized youth, and when they combine training with other forms of support. Given this background, IGNI+E aims to respond to these challenges by supporting 70+ partners across six countries to improve their performance in delivering inclusive and innovative programming that advances gender equality. 

Through the improved performance of service delivery organisations, employers, government bodies, training institutions, advocacy groups, and a higher-performing and more inclusive ecosystem of stakeholders,  IGNI+E will contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic well-being of poor and marginalised youth, particularly young women, by supporting partners to generate inclusive and sustainable employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. 

  1. Purpose of the Baseline Study

The process of developing the Baseline Study is part of the Project Implementation Plan (PIP), which provides an early opportunity for project partners to collaborate and begin putting in place a results-based monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) plan for the project. 

Specific baseline values must be provided for all relevant indicators in the PMF as early as possible in the project’s lifecycle. Baseline data will then be used to inform the establishment of realistic and achievable targets, and provide a point of reference against which progress on or towards the achievement of outcomes can be monitored and evaluated. 

The main research questions to be answered by the Baseline Study are: 

  • What is the state of poor and marginalised youth’s social and economic well-being in the six countries at the start of the project (particularly young women)?
  • What are the project partners’ capacities to deliver inclusive, gender responsive, innovative and environmentally sustainable programming to vulnerable youth, in response to their needs, at the start of the project?
  • What is the state of the enabling environment for sustainable economic opportunities for youth (particularly young women) in the six project countries?
  • What is the current level of Canadians’ engagement in Canada’s sustainable development efforts?
  1. Key Activities and Deliverables

The overall methodology and approach for the baseline studies will be established and detailed by the Lead Consultant (based Internationally), who will work with the Lead Enumerator and 2-3 Enumerators in each country to adapt data collection tools, execute data collection, clean and analyse data, report on results and validate results with local partners. 

It is anticipated that the following data collection methods will be utilised to establish the project baselines:

1. Literature search and document review

2. Key informant interviews (primary data) 

4. Facilitated small group or focus group discussions (primary data) 

5. Household survey (primary data) 

The key activities and deliverables expected from the Lead Enumerator for this assignment are as follows:

Pre-Enumeration Phase

  • Attend enumerator’s training, including project and partner orientation/introductions
  • Support onboarding of 2-3 Enumerators
  • Receive enumeration materials and equipment from the lead consultant
  • Develop an enumeration schedule

Enumeration Phase

  • Coordinate with Enumerators and Lead consultant to implement the enumeration schedule. 
  • Implement household sample criteria and locate sample selection
  • Assist Enumerators in obtaining permissions from local/community leaders where needed
  • Review data collected by each Enumerator and submit at the end of each day
  • Troubleshoot issues and challenges as they arise, in collaboration with Lead Consultant 
  • Participate in data review and summary calls with Lead Consultant as requested 
  • Comply with research and quality requirements as oriented
  • Conduct interviews, focus group discussions and surveys as need to support Enumerators
  • Record responses as guided by the Lead Consultant

Post-Enumeration Phase

  • Lead the cleaning and processing of data according to guidelines provided by Lead Consultant
  • Lead data analysis and produce reports as guided by the Lead Consultant
  • Ensure that all data collection results and equipment are accounted for
  • Turn over all raw data,  literature and materials used to the Lead Consultant
  • Coordinate the summary of results and the validation workshop with partners and Lead Consultant
  1. Qualifications of Lead Enumerator 
  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science or any relevant field 
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in evaluation studies, enumeration, research and producing quality reports, preferably for international non-profit organizations 
  • Highly organized individual, capable of handling multiple priorities, meeting deadlines, and managing time effectively
  • Supervisory experience in an evaluation context is required
  • Demonstrated experience in data collection and analysis for baseline or endline studies including proven experience in sampling and mixed methods approaches 
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Experience in utilizing technology tools and software such as ODK Collect is strongly preferred
  • Outstanding communications, writing, and research skills
  • Fluency in English is mandatory and any of Malawian  local languages  is required
  • Ability to produce high quality work under tight timeframes
  1. Application Procedure

Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit their cover letter and CV through the following link:

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