Request for Consultant Services
Research Consultant- China
USAID Wildlife Asia (FHI 360 Project #: 102280.001)
RFP Date of Issuance: July 20, 2017
Due Date for Application: August 3, 2017
Estimated Period of Performance: August 15, 2017 – December 15, 2017
Place of Performance: China
Total No. of Days: 50 days
This consultancy is open for local consultants only.
Interested parties should apply online via the FHI 360 website https://consultants-fhi360.icims.com/jobs/18886/usaid-wildlife-asia-research-consultant–china/joband provide the following documents:
- Letter of interest, stating (a) qualifications, (b) the proposed daily rate for the full scope of work, and (c) the applicant’s location.
- Curriculum vitae
- Biodata form(see attachment to posting)
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Experience working with ethical reviews of research in China
- Experience/knowledge of thewildlife conservation context
- High level of competence in Microsoft Office
- Significant experience in managing or implementing social research including data collection, analysis, and report writing
- High level of competence in writing and facilitation in Chinese (Mandarin) and English essential
- At least Bachelor’s degree, post-graduate degree desirable
Award Type & Selection Criteria:
Payment will be based upon Level of Effort (LOE) with reimbursement for related budgeted expenses. Award will be based upon best value (a combination of qualifications and proposed overall cost for services).
The objective of this consultancy is to provide support to the implementation of qualitative research on consumer demand for wildlife parts and products in China.
The USAID Wildlife Asia (UWA) Activity aims to end wildlife crime in Asia by employing a comprehensive approach through improved regional cooperation. At the end of the Activity, the desired outcomes include reduction in consumer demand for wildlife parts and products; improved enforcement of existing laws, policies and agreements related to wildlife crime; passing and implementation of new laws, policies or reforms; improved cooperation and collaboration among regional, international, and inter-institutional law enforcement; and increased collaboration and coordination between development partners and USG agencies involved in combating wildlife trafficking (CWT). FHI 360, a USAID Wildlife Asia implementing partner, is responsible for Objective 1 of the UWA, which aims to reduce consumer demand for wildlife parts and products focusing on four species – elephant, rhino horn, pangolin and tiger – in China, Thailand and Vietnam. The strategic approach to achieve this Objective is through the use of FHI 360’s Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) framework, an interactive, researched, and planned process to change norms and individual behaviors. The SBCC framework is based on a socio-ecological model which recognizes the relationship between people and their immediate and broader environment to identify tipping points to change individual behaviors, social norms, political will or policy. Once identified, three strategies are adopted to target behavior change: advocacy, social mobilization, and behavior change communication (BCC). The foundation of SBCC interventions is research to obtain evidence on behavioral determinants – motivations, barriers, and drivers at various levels i.e., personal, family, community, and larger environment (social, political, religious, economic). The insights obtained from this research provides information for the behavior analysis necessary to identify and validate the specific determinants and other influencing factors that may be used in messages and communication materials and strategies. The first major activity identified in Objective 1’s plan was a Situation Analysis of consumer demand for wildlife parts and products in China, Thailand and Vietnam. This Situation Analysis, finalized in April 2017, summarized and synthesized findings from existing consumer research and communication campaign evaluation studies on demand for ivory, rhino horn, pangolin and tiger parts and products in the three countries. It identified key consumer segments for these products and key drivers underlying consumption. It also identified research gaps necessary to design specific demand reduction interventions and messages for various consumer segments. In order to address the research gaps, UWA will implement a qualitative (formative) research study to probe drivers and other factors underlying consumption of specific wildlife products among consumers and aspiring consumers. In China, this research will focus on consumer demand for ivory, rhino horn, pangolin (scales, meat, liquor), and tiger products. Following a USAID procurement process, a research agency has been selected by FHI 360 to implement this qualitative research. The research is expected to be launched sometime in August 2017. This document describes the scope of work for a research consultant who will provide support to implementation of the qualitative research in China on behalf of FHI 360.
- Specific activities
Responsibilities of the research consultant include but are not limited to:
- Oversee the local ethical review and approval process necessary for the qualitative research
- Serve as the local Principal Investigator providing oversight and technical assistance to the research team while ensuring compliance with local ethical reviewpolicies and procedures
- Oversee data collector training(s) and provide guidance to other members of the research team ensuring that all associates, colleagues, and other personnel assisting in the research activities have satisfactory knowledge and necessary skills on:
- technical aspects of consumer demand for wildlife in China;
- the study procedures;
- informed consent requirements;
- the potential adverse events associated with study participation and the steps to be taken to reduce potential risks;
- adverse event reporting requirements; and
- data collection and record-keeping criteria
- Observe a random sample of data collection events (interviews, FGDs, etc.) and provide necessary technical advice to data collectors/research agency, as necessary; and provide reports,as outlined in the deliverables table, on findings from these observations
- Review the data analysis plan of the research agency
- Review reports detailing the status of the data collection and analysis activities,as well as provide preliminary findings and feedback to FHI 360
- Assist in review of protocols and research designs developed by the research agency; check accuracy of translations from English to the local language
- Validate selection of respondents
- Review topline and full reports (draft and final versions) including but not limited to reports on the data collection, analysis, and preliminary findings
- Perform any other duties related to the goals and objectives of the research
- Act as the liaison between UWA project staff and the hired research agency including providing translation services as needed from the local language to English.
- Deliverables Schedule
The consultant shall submit the following deliverables to the Technical Manager according to the following schedule:
|Deliverable||Details||Expected Deliverable Due Date||Expected LOE|
|Weekly Reports on the ethical review approval process||Updates on progress of IRB approval by local Chinese institution including issues and recommendations for expediting process.||Every Monday when ethical review process is ongoing (to be done continuously until receipt of approval)||Not to exceed 1 days|
|Schedule of Tasks||Identification of Tasks and expected Outputs/Deliverables on a weekly basis, including methodology for accomplishment of tasks/outputs to be performed by the research firm||One working day after signing of contract||Not to exceed 1 day|
|Translated protocols validated as accurate
|Protocols translated into the local language by research agency revised as necessary, and validated as accurate||2 working days after submission of translated protocols by research agency||Not to exceed 5 days|
|Report on data collector training(s) and recommendations
|Report on training(s) conducted by research agency for data collectors – include sessions held and methodology, technical support provided, assessment of training and recommendations to improve future trainings and actual data collection||3 working days after completion of data collector training(s)||(1-day prep, 3-day training, 1 day report)
Not to exceed 5 days
|Report on validation of random sample of respondents
|Report on how validation made, number of respondents and results, including recommendations and resolution||2 working days after completion of validation of 50% of sample; 2 working days after completion of validation of last 50% of sample||Not to exceed 10 days|
|Reports on findings from observations of data collection events (interviews, FGDs, etc.)||Report on what events observed (location, interviewer, R category), how data collection handled, technical support provided (if necessary) and assessment including recommendations to improve future data collection||First report due 2 working days after observation of 25% of data collection events; second report due 2 working days after observations of an additional 25% of data collection events; last report 2 days after observation of last 50% of data collection events||Not to exceed 12 days|
|Monthly progress reports including feedback on research agency performance and recommendations||Monthly progress of data collection activitiesdata analysis plan of the research agency.
Reports will detail the status of the data collection and analysis activities. It will also provide preliminary findings and feedback to FHI 360
|3 working days after end of each month||Not to exceed 5 days|
|Comments on Data collection and Analysis report of the research agency||Comments on the actual report in (tracked changes and comments box) + summary of comments and recommendations||2 working days after submission of report||Not to exceed 5days|
|Comments on topline and final reports||Comments on reports (tracked changes and comments boxes) + summary of comments and recommendations for improvement||3 working days after submission of reports||Not to exceed 6 days|
|Total LOE||50 days|
- Deliverables and Payment Schedule
Deliverables will be submitted to the Technical Manager according to the schedule above. Payment will be made based on level of effort upon receipt of a monthly fee payment request and approval of the deliverables by the technical manager. Payments will be issued in local currency.
Withholding tax will be deducted from the total consultant payment, in accordance with local labor laws.
- Special Provision
Changes in the scope of work shall require prior discussion and approval by the Technical Manager, and shall be defined in writing through a modification to this agreement.
All written deliverables produced under this work order shall be submitted as scheduled to the Technical Manager in electronic format, adhering to Wildlife Asia branding guidelines and marking requirements.
Prospective consultant shall not accept for consultant’s own benefit any trade commission, discount, or similar payment in connection with activities pursuant to this solicitation, scope of work or the discharge of Consultant’s duties. Consultant shall not engage in any business or professional activities, directly or indirectly, that would conflict with the activities assigned under this solicitation or any expected or anticipated future activities. Prospective consultant shall immediately report any potential or suspected violations of this requirement to FHI 360.
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(2) Discovery of any violation after award to the offeror will result in the termination of the award for default.
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