Request for Expressions of Interest
Research Service Provider
Location: Multiple locations, Pakistan.
Duration: One-year Call Down agreement with tasks specified in respective Work Order prior to every assignment
Market Development Facility Pakistan monitors its diverse portfolio of partnerships through its robust results measurement system. Most MDF’s monitoring assessments involve engaging with farmers in rural households and the urban labor market, where MDF aims to engage a service provider to conduct field-based research (primarily in conducting household level surveys with farmer in rural areas) through provision of enumeration and research services. Selected research and enumeration service provider(s) must be able to provide a gender balanced network of researchers and enumerators who are familiar with good research practices and are able to conduct good quality data collection across all dialects and geographic locations (including remote regions like Baluchistan and Chitral) in Pakistan.
The Market Development Facility (MDF) is an Australian Government funded initiative and is implemented by Palladium. The facility aims to:
MDF has been operating in Pakistan since 2013. MDF Pakistan operates across the following areas of the economy: (a) Dairy and Meat; (b) Leather, and (c) Horticulture. It currently has a diverse portfolio of partnerships with public and private sector organizations across the abovementioned areas, to enable these organizations to undertake innovative activities, develop products and services, provide information, develop guidelines, regulations, or whatever is relevant yet currently absent for increasing competitiveness and growth.
The approach with which MDF works with requires a flexible implementation process, responding to opportunities as they arise. Hence there is a continuous process of critical sector, market and business analysis to indicate potential avenues of the Facility’s engagement and justification for partnership. Results measurement is also an integral part of the implementation and management process in MDF that helps guide existing and potential partnerships that is evidence-based.
The majority of MDF’s partnerships are related to farming households in rural areas. MDF assesses the impact of its partnerships through detailed monitoring visits as well as more elaborate impact assessment initiatives. These efforts involve engaging members of rural households as well as relevant stakeholders including retailers, dealers, middlemen, and other actors in the value chain, depending on the partnership. The tools involved in these initiatives range from survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews to running focus group discussions. The purpose of these initiatives is to track progress of activities and assess their impact, and in situations where activities are not on track, learn what is going wrong with the view to improve future activities.
3. Objective of the assignment
The selected service provider is required to have a team of gender balanced and linguistically capable researchers and enumerators for field research and data collection. The MDF team will lead in the technical direction of the appropriate research. The MDF team will take lead on designing the research, research tools, sampling plans, data collection and analysis templates. The research (and enumeration) service provider will take the lead in pre-testing questionnaires, adapting the questionnaires to the vernacular practiced in the research location, and conducting fieldwork.
4. Scope of services
The scope of services and key deliverables, including the key roles and responsibilities are presented below. Specific requirements of each research assignment will be detailed in separate tasking notes. The selected research provider and its researchers are required to work closely with the MDF team throughout the planning and implementation of the research assignment. All changes to plans must be agreed to in advance with MDF team.
5. Reporting obligations
Along with the invoice for the services provided, the research and enumeration service provider will provide a 2-page report on the monitoring assessment on field visit experience. The report should cover information on field visit experience, including both benefits and advantages which should be sustained in the future assessments and shortcomings which should be improved in the future assessments.
6. Experience and qualifications
Research service provider and its teams are expected to be based in Pakistan, with following qualifications:
7. Duration and contracting details
MDF and selected research service provider will enter into call down agreement for a duration of one year. MDF will share specific tasking notes with the service provider at least two weeks in advance of each assignment. Each tasking note will inform on the specific dates and locations of the visit, number of days and the indicative number of researchers required to conduct the assignments.
Applications should include a response to the position requirements. Please submit your cover letter and CV as a single document. Any financial/ technical proposals will be requested separately.
This Position is open to Pakistan Nationals and Permanent Residents with Authority to Live and work in Pakistan.
The Deadline for the applications for 22nd March 2018.