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Palladium/MEASURE Evaluation is seeking a highly experienced fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) expert to lead data analysis for a research study in Mozambique. The consultant will work in coordination with MEASURE Evaluation?s research team in Mozambique and the United States.
Project Overview and Role
Palladium/MEASURE Evaluation is conducting a study to examine the features of the case management system of the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) project in Mozambique, through qualitative interviews with project staff and the collection of project cost information. A local research organization will collect data in six districts within three provinces of Mozambique - Maputo Province (Manhica and Boane districts), Gaza (Chibuto and Mandlakaze districts) and Nampula (Cidade de Nampula and Moma districts).
The study has two research questions relevant to this scope of work:
1. What is the relationship between the modifiable attributes of the COVida case management system and the proportion of pediatric cases that have changed their reported HIV status from status unknown to status known/test not required based on a risk assessment?
2. What is the relationship between the modifiable attributes of the COVida case management system and the proportion of pediatric beneficiaries living with HIV that are (still) on antiretrovial therapy?
- Application of fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) to identify the combinations of the different modifiable attributes of the OVC program, in addition to the contextual factors (e.g., location), that are associated with achieving high levels of the two outcomes of interest (changes in knowledge of HIV status, and ART treatment status).
- Document the different configurations of factors or conditions associated with achieving high level outcome for each outcome, and work towards defining the simplest set of conditions that have to be in place to achieve the high level outcome.
- Review study data collection tool and provide suggestions on modifications needed for the fsQCA analysis.
- Contribute to the decisions on the cut off values to define variable levels (e.g., high, low).
- Advise on the procedures to determine the levels for the variables (high, medium, low).
- Partner with the Palladium research team to assess variability and data quality across the independent variables and select up to five independent variables to include in the qualitative comparative analysis.
- Analyze data from the Truth Table using the fsQCA software and re-run the fsQCA model to assess the sensitivity of results.
List of deliverables includes:
- Feedback on data collection tools
- QCA data entry tool and and draft results
- A virtual training session on the fsQCA analysis
- Final results with draft and actionable recommendations.
The period of performance of this consultancy is May 2019 - September 2019. The total number of days is 25. This work is entirely home-based. No travel is planned for this consultancy.
A local research organization will work on data collection for the study in May-June 2019. Data collection will include surveys with activistas, activista chefes and project managers. Project data will be provided by the OVC project in Mozambique. The consultant will not participate in data collection.
Education and experience
o A Masters degree in sociology, anthropology, public health or a related field.
o A minimum of 3 years of experience in conducting QCA in the global context.
o Experience in analyzing translated data, preferable.
o Training/teaching experience in research methods and specifically QCA, preferable
Subject matter knowledge
o A general understanding of the HIV epidemic and PEPFAR programming.
o An understanding / knowledge of case management under orphan and vulnerable children programs funded by PEPFAR, is desirable.
o Expert fsQCA skills.
o General qualitative data analysis skills.
o Ability to manage and sift through large amounts of data.
o Demonstrated ability to hone in on policy-relevant findings and produce actionable recommendations from research.
o Exemplary relationships management and stakeholder coordination skills.
o Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
o Proven track record in submitting deliverables on time.
o Fluency in written and spoken English
o Portuguese language skills are an asset.
o Cultural awareness and gender-sensitivity.
o Candidates must have availability to complete the scope of work during the period of performance, and per the deliverables schedule.
Interested candidates should submit the following to Zulfiya.Charyeva@thepalladiumgroup.com.
o Cover letter summarizing their skills and availability
o Names of at least 2 references who can attest to the consultant's competence in fsQCA
o Example of the consultants' work in fsQCA - preferably a recent publication
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. This solicitation does not guarantee work.