SEDI Research Literature Review Consultancy

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The IRC was registered in Uganda in mid-1998 and implements relief and rehabilitation activities in the sectors of Child and Youth Protection and development, Health, Economic recovery and Development and women protection and empowerment as well as contributing to the response to the Southern Sudanese Refugee situation. IRC Uganda has a head office in Kampala, field offices in Kitgum, Karamoja, and in West Nile. 

The IRC in Uganda is seeking for a qualified researcher or research assistant who can conduct a literature review of sources related to the use of research evidence among Government Decision-Makers involved in humanitarian and refugee response within Uganda. The literature would include primary and secondary sources, as well as both grey and academic literature according to a pre-approved ‘literature review protocol’. The literature review portion of this project will primarily occur during the months of October and November, after which the consultant must also be available to participate in analysis workshops and other assorted follow-up discussions of the literature reviewed.

Background of Project

The IRC is supporting the development of a Political Economy Analysis of the use of evidence by Government Officials in Uganda. This particular Scope of Services is specifically focused on the use of evidence by officials involved in humanitarian and refugee response.

This Political Economy Analysis is being carried out as part of the inception period of DfID’s “Strengthening the Use of Evidence for Development Impact” (SEDI) project. SEDI is a successor to the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) project. BCURE ran from 2013-2017, and was a £15.7 million initiative that aimed to increase the capacity of policymakers in developing countries to use research more effectively, through building the skills, incentives and systems required to access, appraise and apply evidence in decision making.

The previous project, BCURE, was broadly seen as moderately successful, in that it successfully improved the ability of individual policymakers to use research. However, a key goal of the project was to reach a ‘critical density’ of research-using policymakers that would then build a culture of research-use within their departments, but the project was spread too thin over too many countries, and therefore never achieved this goal. The new SEDI project aims to take a similar approach to BCURE, but based on the lessons learned from BCURE, SEDI will include;

a bigger investment spread over a smaller number of countries, and;a ‘political economy analysis’ conducted at the start of the project, which aims to demystify what the project will need to do in order to encourage sustained evidence use.

Period of Performance

The period of performance includes two components: literature review work for a period of two months, and periodic analysis workshops and consultations tentatively between December 6th and January 24th. The contract duration will be between 25 and 35 working days, the vast majority of which will occur during the literature review work period. All working days will be reimbursed based on a pre-approved daily rate, and will be verified via timesheets. As this is a contract, payments will be made in response to invoices for completed work, specifically after the field work period is complete, and then again at the completion of the project.

Place of Performance

The work will primarily be completed in Kampala, but will require movement between various offices throughout the city in order to attend meetings. Local travel will be facilitated by the IRC. We will only reimburse international travel in extenuating circumstances. In some cases, this work could be completed by the consultant in their home of record.

Work Requirements

During the literature review work period, the consultant must identify, screen, review, and analyze literature (from primary and secondary sources, as well as grey and academic literature, as well as policy frameworks and briefs, response plans and agreements, etc.) according to a pre-approved literature review protocol.

During the analysis and consultation work period, the consultant will need to periodically participate in analysis workshops in Kampala, provide review of the write-up of results from the literature review work, and generally be available for consultations regarding the information collected during the literature review work.

Schedule/Milestones

During the literature review work period, all literature must be identified, screened, reviewed, analyzed, and submitted to the IRC by December 6th, unless otherwise stated. The final report will likely be either an annotated bibliography organized thematically with light analysis of trends, or a fully written literature review with summary. The specific format will be finalized in discussion with the contractor.

During the analysis and consultation period, the consultant will be engaged on an ad hoc basis for specific meetings.

Acceptance Criteria

The acceptance criteria will be entirely based on adherence to the literature review protocol, and will be verified by random checks of a representative sample of data.

Requisition ID: req6612

Job Title: SEDI Research Literature Review Consultancy

Sector: Research & Development

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description

The IRC in Uganda is seeking for a qualified researcher or research assistant who can conduct a literature review of sources related to the use of research evidence among Government Decision-Makers involved in humanitarian and refugee response within Uganda. The literature would include primary and secondary sources, as well as both grey and academic literature according to a pre-approved ‘literature review protocol’. The literature review portion of this project will primarily occur during the months of October and November, after which the consultant must also be available to participate in analysis workshops and other assorted follow-up discussions of the literature reviewed.

Background of Project

The IRC is supporting the development of a Political Economy Analysis of the use of evidence by Government Officials in Uganda. This particular Scope of Services is specifically focused on the use of evidence by officials involved in humanitarian and refugee response.

This Political Economy Analysis is being carried out as part of the inception period of DfID’s “Strengthening the Use of Evidence for Development Impact” (SEDI) project. SEDI is a successor to the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) project. BCURE ran from 2013-2017, and was a £15.7 million initiative that aimed to increase the capacity of policymakers in developing countries to use research more effectively, through building the skills, incentives and systems required to access, appraise and apply evidence in decision making.

The previous project, BCURE, was broadly seen as moderately successful, in that it successfully improved the ability of individual policymakers to use research. However, a key goal of the project was to reach a ‘critical density’ of research-using policymakers that would then build a culture of research-use within their departments, but the project was spread too thin over too many countries, and therefore never achieved this goal. The new SEDI project aims to take a similar approach to BCURE, but based on the lessons learned from BCURE, SEDI will include;

  • a bigger investment spread over a smaller number of countries, and;
  • a ‘political economy analysis’ conducted at the start of the project, which aims to demystify what the project will need to do in order to encourage sustained evidence use.

Period of Performance

The period of performance includes two components: literature review work for a period of two months, and periodic analysis workshops and consultations tentatively between December 6th and January 24th. The contract duration will be between 25 and 35 working days, the vast majority of which will occur during the literature review work period. All working days will be reimbursed based on a pre-approved daily rate, and will be verified via timesheets. As this is a contract, payments will be made in response to invoices for completed work, specifically after the field work period is complete, and then again at the completion of the project.

Place of Performance

The work will primarily be completed in Kampala, but will require movement between various offices throughout the city in order to attend meetings. Local travel will be facilitated by the IRC. We will only reimburse international travel in extenuating circumstances. In some cases, this work could be completed by the consultant in their home of record.

Work Requirements

During the literature review work period, the consultant must identify, screen, review, and analyze literature (from primary and secondary sources, as well as grey and academic literature, as well as policy frameworks and briefs, response plans and agreements, etc.) according to a pre-approved literature review protocol.

During the analysis and consultation work period, the consultant will need to periodically participate in analysis workshops in Kampala, provide review of the write-up of results from the literature review work, and generally be available for consultations regarding the information collected during the literature review work.

Schedule/Milestones

During the literature review work period, all literature must be identified, screened, reviewed, analyzed, and submitted to the IRC by December 6th, unless otherwise stated. The final report will likely be either an annotated bibliography organized thematically with light analysis of trends, or a fully written literature review with summary. The specific format will be finalized in discussion with the contractor.

During the analysis and consultation period, the consultant will be engaged on an ad hoc basis for specific meetings.

Acceptance Criteria

The acceptance criteria will be entirely based on adherence to the literature review protocol, and will be verified by random checks of a representative sample of data.</p>

Qualifications

  • The consultant must have a demonstrated ability to identify, screen, review, and analyze literature within qualitative research.
  • The consultant must have conducted similar literature reviews before, and must provide a written sample of one of these efforts.
  • The consultant must have a demonstrated understanding of humanitarian and refugee response in Uganda, the use of research evidence by practitioners and decision-makers in Uganda, and/or the workings of Government Offices in Uganda.

Please note:

  • IRC does not expect the outputs of this project to be published externally.
  • This consultancy is contingent on the IRC receiving funding for this project, and the IRC reserves the right to not choose any candidates.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.