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Call For Enumerator At Mercy Corps


Project Title:   Transitioning Households to Recovery from Vulnerability (THRIVE) Activity

                          Broadening Emergency and Graduation Efforts in Borno (BEGE Borno) Activity

                          Feed The Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity (RRA)

                          Strengthening Humanitarian Response and Building Community Resilience                            in Northeast Nigeria: (NE-CORE)              

Project Location(s):   Borno State (MMC/JERE & KONDUGA LGAs)

Anticipated dates of engagement:   May 2024 – December 2024 (7 months)

Anticipated Length of Engagement:  Seven (7) months 

Funding Available for The Facilitator(s):  Available, under the THRIVE, BEGE, RRA & NE-CORE Activities  

About Mercy Corps and THRIVE, BEGE, RRA & NE-CORE Activities  

Mercy Corps has been present in Nigeria since 2012, focusing its interventions on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, and conflict mitigation. With the insurgency spilling over from the Northeast of Nigeria and causing displacement of millions of individuals, Mercy Corps started its humanitarian response in 2014 to address the rising humanitarian needs. With multiple funding from institutional donors, foundations and private corporations, Mercy Corps continues to assist to meet the basic needs of vulnerable populations in the areas of food security, shelter, multipurpose cash assistances, agriculture, water and sanitation, protection, and livelihoods.

THRIVE project through the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funds provides life-saving services in Jere Local Government of Borno state by providing multi-sectorial support in areas such as food assistance, nutrition, SWASH, Multipurpose Cash Assistance, Agriculture, ERMS and Protection. The aid provided in Jere LGA is from a holistic standpoint, where assistance is provided after a crisis—from readiness and response to relief and now early recovery where vulnerable individuals journey to self-reliance.

The Broadening Emergency and Graduation Efforts in Borno (BEGE Borno) program is a two-year Mercy corps led consortium initiative with IRC as partner funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), covering some LGAs in the states of Borno (Damboa, Dikwa, Gwoza, Konduga and Monguno). The two organizations are well placed to to save and sustain lives and enhance adaptation of internally displaced persons and vulnerable host communities to shocks and systemic constraints within Borno State.

The Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity (RRA) is a five-year, $30 million Feed the Future initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) covering Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States in Northeast Nigeria. The activity will directly benefit more than 90,000 households across these four States. Mercy Corps is the prime implementer in partnership with Save the Children International (SCI) and International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). The goal of the Activity is to facilitate and protect economic recovery and growth in vulnerable, conflict-affected areas and sustainably move people out of chronic vulnerability and poverty via expanded opportunities.

FHI 360, Mercy Corps (MC), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and INTERSOS designed the project ‘Strengthening Humanitarian Response and Building Community Resilience in Northeast Nigeria’. Northeast–Community Resilience (NE-CORE) Consortium to fill the gaps and provide immediate basic needs for IDPs in camps and host communities. The project is designed to ensure that vulnerable families have access to food, shelter, clean water, and sanitation while receiving health, nutrition and protection services needed to survive and be protected in rural areas within three LGAs of Borno State.

Rationale

Conducting constant research and analysis to understand the dynamics created because of our interventions, shape our programming and assists Mercy Corps to make evidence-based decisions. Making course corrections is at the core of our programmatic approach to improve an adaptive learning process. The programs will continuously commission series of quantitative and qualitative data collection on program activities across multiple sectors which will range from.

  • Household or Individual Assessments (baseline, midterm, endline, etc.)
  • Market Price Monitoring
  • Post Distribution Monitoring
  • Participants registrations, mapping, and profiling exercises
  • Market Price Monitoring
  • Ad-hoc assessments of key interventions (e. g pilots) 
  • Data Entry etc.

These will employ numerous techniques including structured survey questionnaires, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and any other methodologies relevant for the programs.

Objective Of the Enumerator’s Assignment

The field enumerators are primarily responsible for collecting qualitative and quantitative field data and data entry using mobile platforms (e.g.Ona or CommCare). They have direct contact with respondents and have a great bearing on the quality of data collected and ultimately on the quality of data output. 

Note: Enumerators would undergo training on the specific tools to be used for each assignment before deployment to the field. Different criteria, which range from skills, experience in research or any form of data collection, availability, knowledge in certain technical areas, contextual understanding, and familiarity with the local language of defined data collection area, would be the main criterion for selection of enumerators for an assignment.

Role of the Enumerator

The Enumerator will be responsible for collecting data, entering data and any other responsibilities for which he/she may be called upon to carry out. The data collection process may be carried out through one-on-one interviews, focus group discussions (FDGs) using an electronic data collection tool designed by Mercy Corps.

  • Enumerators will be expected at all times to follow sampling methods as directed by Mercy Corps.
  • Ensure that the supervisor is kept abreast of completed assignments and progress.
  • Identify and report any issues that may arise while attempting to obtain valid data.
  • Analyze the authenticity of the information provided by ensuring direct contact with each targeted study population (population of interest).
  • Interpret interview questions to assist respondents in understanding them and providing eloquent answers.
  • Double check information on survey forms or information pads to ensure the accuracy of information.
  • Engage in data entry in cases where paper base options are used.
  • Comply with quality and research ethics during and field works (this includes data protection and information confidentiality of respondents or target project participants).
  • Participate in debriefing sessions to share field experiences about the community and entire data collection.
  • Enumerators are expected to be respectful of the community and community leadership and membership at all times.

Deliverable(s):

  • Interview summaries/note
  • Pictures from field engagements
  • Audio files (where applicable)
  • Complete survey form (as per targets)

Organizational Support

  • The Enumerators will be managed by the Mercy Corps staff who will provide technical support.
  • Smartphones will be provided by Mercy Corps to the enumerators when engaged for data collection.
  • Enumerators will be expected to take good care of this equipment and will be required to return them in the same state as they are received.

Contract Duration

The contract with the enumerator will be for 7 (Seven) months from 27/05/2024 – 28/12/2024. Mercy Corps will only pay for the actual days of enumerators’ work.

Timeframe / Schedule

  • Enumerator’s working hours will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 12:00 on Fridays.

Payment Of Services

Mercy Corps will pay the sum of NGN 7,500 daily for each day of work and NGN7,500 for transcription of audio files.

Accountability

Reports Directly to:  MEL Assistant

Works Directly with the MEL Team

Basic Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities Required

  • Educational qualification minimum of National Diploma or NCE
  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research in Northeastern part of Nigeria.
  • Experience working in selected communities and a good understanding of the local dialects is preferred i.e. reading and writing a clear and concise note.
  • Experience using mobile data collection tools (ONA and COMMCARE) and analysis using participatory methodology with basic ICT skills.
  • Able to adapt within a work environment containing individuals of multiple and various cultural, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds.
  • Possess a degree of flexibility to work and availability to respond to comments and questions in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • NGO and organizational experience – aware of and adhering to the general rules and regulations of Mercy Corps.           
  • Additionally, to be eligible to apply, an individual must possess a Tax Identification Number (TIN) and a bank account.
  • Good resistance to stress and workload. Candidates must be residents of the communities of Borno and be willing to carry out any task assigned as captured herein or related.
  • Ability to work under pressure and demanding circumstances alone or within a team.
  • High regard for cultural norms and traditions.
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills, respect, patience, and good leadership skills.

General Conditions:

  • The contractor is not a Mercy Corps employee and will not as such be entitled to any benefits or compensations outside the monthly stipends to be paid at the end of every month. The Contractor agrees not to disclose any Confidential Information to third parties without the prior, written consent of the disclosing party except as expressly permitted in this Contract.
  • If successful, the contract can be terminated by either party with one (1) day notice. Mercy Corps reserves the right to terminate the contract without notice if the Contractor violates any of the Mercy Corps standard operating procedures or disciplinary measures.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit or send no more than a 4-page CV and Cover Letter, addressing the position requirements at NO. 38, Kinshasa Road, Old GRA, Maiduguri Borno State.

 or to mdg-quotations@mercycorps.org, with the Subject CALL FOR ENUMERATORS

 All applications must include the position title in the subject line and should not be more than 4 pages. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview, and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Applications submission deadline: 21st May 2024





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