Short-term data analysis consultancy (Congo Basin)

In the Congo Basin, FPP has been working for the last 15 years in partnership with national and local NGOs and CSOs in Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.This community-based work covers a number of thematic areas, in particular, community-based forest management and community forestry, industrial agriculture for raw materials (oil palm, rubber), logging of tropical timber, mining projects (iron, cement), protected areas, and the REDD+ carbon projects.

The project

In the framework of projects implemented in recent years in Cameroon, FPP and its local partner organisation Association Okani conducted surveys and community questionnaires with a variety of indigenous and Bantou communities in some areas where we are working. The information collected, provided collectively by communities and sub-groups within communities (and recorded in French, with some local language terms also included in forest products), relates primarily to land and resource use within forest areas (as well as information pertaining to other areas such as health, education, poverty etc). Different thematic areas have been divided into 7 different survey sections (by theme), with a maximum of 32 (collective) responses per section. At present, survey responses (also available on paper) have been included in Kobotoolbox, from which the data can be exported to excel. The work under this consultancy will be carried out in close liaison with existing staff from FPP involved in the data-gathering exercise and/or working on the Congo Basin.

To note: source materials are in French and documents must be produced in French, so excellent written French is essential.

Objectives of the consultancy

Objective 1: The overall objective of this consultancy is to undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis of the survey data, design and prepare a clean database of information gathered and present it in a report (to be discussed with FPP staff) which will provide a baseline for FPPs monitoring and evaluation work. Detailed information to be included in the report is listed under Deliverables, below. As noted above, data is currently in excel format but we are open to data cleaning, storage and analysis taking place with other tools that the consultant may prefer/consider appropriate.

Objective 2: With the purpose of the long-term data collection by FPP and its local partners in the Congo Basin, the consultant’s second task will be to prepare new simple community monitoring tools (likely to include focus group questions and simple community questionnaires), which will be able to be used by FPP and its local partners to monitor key indicators of interest in FPP’s work (qualitative and quantitative) in the Congo Basin (and in particular Cameroon). 

Specific requirements for candidates

Qualifications:

  • University degree in social science or relevant field, or equivalent work experience

Experience:

  • Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation, preferably in the context of collecting information from communities and/or monitoring human rights
  • Experience in designing and conducting baseline/end line/project assessments
  • Hands-on experience in the field work with local communities in Central Africa is preferred (experience with indigenous communities will be a strong advantage)
  • Experience of working with non-governmental organisations

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding and knowledge of principles and monitoring and evaluation in relation to long-term, incremental, multi-factor change settings and/or less tangible changes
  • Excellent written skills in French required, and good knowledge of English will be an advantage
  • Some understanding of issues faced by indigenous peoples, preferably in Central Africa
  • Proven analytical and report writing skills
  • Understanding of gender issues
  • Understanding of the Cameroonian context is a strong advantage

Time/ Budget

  • Between 21 - 30 working days (on either a full- or part-time basis), to start between 21 January and 15 February 2019 is preferred.
  • The final products must be received by no later than 22 March 2019. 
  • The budget allocated for this consultancy (including VAT and any other costs) is EUR 6300-8400, depending on consultants’ offers.

See the full job description below for further details. 

Candidates are required to submit their offers to info@forestpeoples.org by 5pm (UK time) 21 December 2018