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 understand and measure 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 facilitators, who will be supporting two principal facilitators in carrying out the fieldwork. The fieldwork will involve being based in Zarzis, or nearby, for a period of no less than three 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. The schedule will allow for two days off per week.
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 facilitator will be:
- Attend a two-week training on the EPI methodology in Zarzis
- Plan the fieldwork with the principal facilitator with whom you are paired, as well as the project manager
- Carry out support tasks regarding logistics for fieldwork
- Support 30 focus group discussions with the principal facilitator in 15 villages
- Support 30 verification research rounds in the same villages
- 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
- Communicate daily with project manager about fieldwork developments
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
- Short field notes describing an overview of the fieldwork, any challenges and suggestions for if the project is expanded
- A minimum of 2 years experience carrying out qualitative fieldwork, in particular familiarity with focus group discussions
- The capacity to communicate effectively orally and written in either French or English
- Familiarity with Southern Tunisia
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.
Compensation: compensation will be $USD1,300 per month for three months, for a total of $USD3,900 for the three 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. Interviews will be conducted with finalists.
Applications should be forwarded to:
Ms. Eliza Urwin, EPI Tunisia Project Manager