Researcher (Economic and Social Analysis)
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Economic and Social Analysis – Vanuatu Skills Partnership
Scope Global is looking to engage a researcher to undertake an economic and social analysis of the Vanuatu Skills Partnership (the Partnership). The analysis will involve the development of a valid tool and process to establish a baseline for socio-economic data as well as a method for measuring and understanding the contribution of Partnership activities to socio economic change.
Please review the attached Terms of reference for further details. To be considered for this contract, please submit the following:
1. Cover letter outlining the suitability and experience for the contract (up to 1 page)
2. Approach and prosed methodology address the research questions (up to 3 pages)
3. Quotation for proposed work (not including travel, per diem costs)
4. CV including contact details for two referees (up to 2 pages)
Only complete submissions will be considered as part of the selection process. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please provide submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm on Monday 19th March.
Terms of Reference - Political, Economic and Social Analysis Researcher
The Vanuatu Skills Partnership aims to develop new approaches for a national skills system that better links skills training to economic outcomes within a quality assured framework. It has a dual focus on supporting the development of ni-Vanuatu entrepreneurship and the growth of the local private sector, as well as creating pathways for further formal training and employment opportunities. Provincial Skills Centres, now incorporated into the structure of the Ministry of Education and Training, have been established by the Partnership to facilitate access to a range of demand-driven skills training and business development support. Through the financing mechanism of the ‘Skills Development Fund’, the Skills Centres contract registered local training providers and industry coaches to deliver a range of integrated skill development services according to identified productive sector and industry priorities. The Partnership proactively promotes and mainstreams the participation of marginalised groups, specifically those disadvantaged by gender and disability.
The Partnership operates as a coalition for change within a complex local political environment. It is locally-led and works sensitively, flexibly and responsively ‘within the grain of local custom and culture’ to catalyse development in line with the objectives of the ‘National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2030’. This initiative is funded in partnership by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Scope Global has been contracted to provide support to the Partnership team in Vanuatu.
The purpose of the proposed economic and social analysis is to provide a valid tool and process for establishing baseline for socio economic data and a method for measuring and understanding the contribution made to socio economic changes from the investment and approaches to skills development applied in the areas targeted through the partnership.
The baseline and monitoring data that will be collected and analysed over the period of the partnership to 2020 will provide evidence about the contribution to certain economic and social indicators by enhanced skills development in certain productive sectors in the four provincial locations where Skills Centres operate.
The data will help answer the following monitoring questions:
- What are the economic and social changes taking place for Skills Centre clients* participating in skills development in the target productive sectors**?
- How is skills development activity supported by the Partnership in the target productive sectors contributing to economic growth and social change in the four provinces?
- How is investment and activity in skills development in the target productive sectors contributing to broader sustainable development in communities in the four provinces?
The analysis will contribute evidence to answer the evaluation questions that relate to the Vanuatu Skills Partnership’s long-term outcomes:
- To what extent are clients achieving increased income and business development?
- To what extent women and people with disabilities are being supported to build skills, develop businesses and increase their income and status?
- How are clients contributing to sustainable development?
- What is the Vanuatu Skills Partnership contributing to Vanuatu and national economies?
*Clients refers to women, men and people with disabilities
**Productive sectors are tourism, handicrafts and agribusiness
Scope of work
The economic analyst(s) will work closely with the MEL team through the MEL Manager (based in Vanuatu) and the MEL Adviser (based in Australia), and the Partnership Director (in Vanuatu), the Strategic Advisor (based in Australia), and the Productive Sector Advisor (based in Sri Lanka).
Expected that the work will be implemented in stages:
1. Determine the scope of the analysis with regard to priorities articulated in the Partnership design, government of Vanuatu priorities, and the available capacity and resources within the Partnership to implement - initial remote and then in-country consultation – estimate 10 days
- consultation with Partnership staff and key government partners
- review of key documents relevant to the Partnership including but not limited to investment design of Phase 4, the 2017 Post School Education and Training (PSET) policy and its implementation plan; and the indicators for the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2016 – 2030; and key policy documents related to the target productive sectors – Tourism, Handicraft and Agribusiness
- consultation with other key government offices including Vanuatu Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination (responsible for monitoring the (NSDP), Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) that has responsibility for the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES), the Department of Tourism, the Department of Industry and the Department of Agriculture
2. Advise and provide draft assessment tool and process which is fit for the purpose stated above – estimate remote work 10 to 15 days
- share draft tool and process with MEL Manager and Adviser
- make revisions / adjustments as needed so that tool can be tested and piloted in country
- provide advice on the testing / piloting process – timeline, resources, capacity needed to complete this process
- provide advice on rolling out of the tool and process (once finalised) including piloting and testing and anticipated longer term process (collection, analysis and dissemination of findings) with indicative requirements in relation to technical resources, human resource capacity and budget to successfully implement the process over 4 year period
3. Piloting and testing of the tool and process and initial collection and analysis including sensemaking and presentation of selective baseline data – in country working with MEL team – estimate 10 - 15 days
4. Revision and final inputs to tools and process and provide a clear costed plan for implementation for the next 12 months and indicative plan and costings for the whole program period 10 to 15 days
Seek to start stage 1 as soon as possible during March / April 2018 and aim to have stage 4 completed by July 1st.
i. Qualifications in economics and / or statistics preferably post graduate level
ii. Demonstrated experience in design and application of socio-economic indicators that are relevant and applicable for measuring status and change at household and community level
iii. Demonstrated experience and evidence of commitment to inclusion of women and people with disabilities in the design of indicators and measurement and analysis processes
iv. Proven experience of undertaking economic and social analysis in similar contexts which may include in the areas skills development, livelihoods and private sector / markets for development or markets for poor ideally in Vanuatu and or elsewhere in the Pacific
v. Experience and expertise in developing appropriate statistical analysis tools and models including regression analysis ideally at local / micro level
vi. Ability to convey technical information (economic, statistical) in accessible user friendly ways to a range of non-technical personnel including MEL team, program management and advisers and government partners who need to be apply the findings and analysis in their own areas of work including policy, programming, budgetary decisions, and for reporting and accountability purposes
vii. Ability to work collaboratively in providing training, coaching, mentoring and other forms of professional development for a range of staff who have different levels of experience and expertise
viii. Availability to provide inputs within the required timeframe outlined above
• Working knowledge of Vanuatu economic, livelihoods and education context
• French and Bislama language skills