Overview of Project

EPI will be carrying out a research project in seven municipalities in Southern Tunisia, to gather community-generated indicators of peace and resilience among youth in these areas. The goal of the project is to understand how youth are understanding and measuring resilience in their communities.

In order to do this, EPI is engaging a participatory research approach called Everyday Peace Indicators. We encourage all applicants to the position to explore the EPI website to understand how this methodology has been applied in the past.

For the current project, EPI will be hiring two principal facilitators, who will be supported by two facilitators in carrying out the fieldwork. The fieldwork will involve being based in Zarzis, or nearby and able to travel daily, for a period of no less than five months. During this period, the facilitators will be traveling regularly to villages and urban communities within the seven municipalities of Gabes, Remada, Medenine, Djerba-Ajim, Ben Gardane and Tataouine (as well as Zarzis). In each of these seven municipalities, two village locations will be identified, and in each of those two focus groups and verification research will be carried out. We anticipate spending roughly 7-10 days in each location. This position comprises roughly 2.5-3 months of daily travel (returning to Zarzis or nearby at the end of the day) and then an additional 2 months based in Zarzis carrying out analysis and report writing. The schedule will allow for two days off per week.

Background

The Everyday Peace Indicators research approach investigates alternative, bottom-up indicators of peace and how such bottom-up information can be meaningfully integrated into policy processes. The approach employs an inductive, participatory approach to the generation of indicators in order to measure difficult-to-measure concepts such as peace. Taking its cue from studies in sustainable development, the research approach asks community members to identify their own measures of peace. The EPI approach is based on the premise that local communities are best placed to identify changes in their own circumstances, rather than relying on external ‘experts’ to identify indicators for them.

Description of Tasks

The main tasks for the principal facilitator will be:

  • Attend a two-week training on the EPI methodology in Zarzis
  • Plan the fieldwork with the facilitator with whom you are paired, as well as the project manager
  • Carry-out support tasks regarding logistics for fieldwork
  • Lead 30 focus group discussions with the facilitator in 15 villages
  • Lead 30 verification research rounds in the same villages
  • Communicate daily with project manager about field research
  • Support the program manager to collate, clean, translate and compile the indicators collected
  • Liaise with the mobilizers in each of the 15 villages
  • Provide additional minor logistical and administrative support as needed
  • Clean, collate, translate and compile all final data
  • Engage in the analysis of the final data, along with the other principal facilitator and the project manager
  • Support the drafting of a final report detailing research findings
  • Present the research findings to key stakeholders in all seven municipalities, as well as to UNDP Tunis and provide translation and logistical support for these meetings.

Products

The main products that will be supplied at the end of the period will be:

  • 30 clean, verified disaggregated indicator lists
  • 15 clean, verified aggregated indicator lists with vote counts and disaggregated by gender
  • Short field notes describing an overview of the fieldwork, any challenges and suggestions for if the project is expanded
  • Draft analysis and report of findings
  • One blogpost for the EPI website
  • 8 presentations to key stakeholders

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years experience carrying out qualitative fieldwork, especially facilitation of focus group discussions
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience drafting final research reports for NGOs and/or academia
  • Fluent in French, and the capacity to communicate effectively in English
  • Familiarity with Southern Tunisia

Practical Information

Timeline: the training is scheduled to commence in early February (roughly the 5-15th). The fieldwork will then go on continuously until the completion of all focus groups and compilation of data is complete, which is scheduled for mid-May 2020, data analysis and report writing should then extend to end of June, with presentations to stakeholders scheduled for July.

Compensation: compensation will be $USD1, 800 per month for five months, for a total of $USD9, 000 for the five-month period. In addition, transportation and a per diem for food will be provided for every day that the team is outside of Zarzis carrying out research. No further compensation will be provided to relocate to Zarzis of the surrounding area if you are not currently based there.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter, written in either English or French. The cover letter can be very short, it should describe in a few paragraphs what qualitative research you have carried out in the past, and your experience with focus group discussions and interviews in particular. Additionally, please provide an example of research analysis/a report that you have carried out in the past written in either English or French. Interviews will be conducted with short-listed candidates.

Applications should be forwarded to:

Ms. Eliza Urwin, EPI Tunisia Project Manager

elizaurwin@gmail.com