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    Scope of Work for a Qualitative Research Group to Support the Implementation of the 2019 Nigeria Verbal and Social Autopsy Study

    In 2014, the first Verbal and Social Autopsy Study (VASA) in Nigeria was implemented by the National Population Commission (NPopC). The aim was to provide up-to-date information on cause distributions and determinants of deaths among children under the age of five years and assist policy makers and program managers in designing and monitoring child health programs and strategies. As a follow up to the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), the 2014 VASA was a nationally representative survey of households with reported childhood deaths in the previous five years to gather more information on the social/behavioral determinants of the deaths. With USAID funding, the NPopC implemented the survey, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Bureau of Statistics, with technical assistance from the UNICEF-supported Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG). 

    Data collection for the next NDHS began in August and will be completed by mid-December, 2018. As a result, planning and preparations for the next Nigeria VASA have already begun.The USAID Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence Project (CIRCLE), led by Social Solutions International, was tasked by USAID/Nigeria to facilitate the implementation of the 2019 VASA, which will be implemented by NPopC in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).

    Objectives of the 2019 VASA

    The main objectives of the 2019 VASA are to:  

    • Provide national, zonal and, if possible, state level estimates of the major causes of under-five mortality in Nigeria in the 2013-2018 period.
    • Provide national and zonal patterns of care-seeking, social factors, and interventions received as related to deaths in children less than five years of age, along with qualitative narratives of factors associated with these patterns.
    • To provide further analysis and insights into the causes and social determinants of death among children to enable policy makers to make evidence-based decisions and programs.  


    Research Group Responsibilities

    CIRCLE, led by Social Solutions International, is seeking a Qualitative Research Group (independent consultant(s) or firm) for a one year consultancy or contract (October 2018 - October 2019) to lead the design and implementation of the qualitative component of the 2019 Nigeria VASA. The aim of this component of the study is to explore the social and contextual factors that contribute to child deaths from the perspectives of families/caregivers, health providers and other community stakeholders.


    The Qualitative Research Group will:

    • Lead the design and implementation of the qualitative component of the 2019 Nigeria VASA with technical support from CIRCLE.
    • Develop all the qualitative tools and consent forms.
    • Present the the design and tools of the qualitative component of the study to the VASA technical sub-committee for input and incorporate suggestions.
    • Identify, train and manage staff to support qualitative data collection and analysis.
    • Coordinate with NPopC to complete data collection in parallel with VASA survey (e.g in-depth interviews with caregivers and  families, key informant interviews with health workers and focus groups with community stakeholders).
    • Analyze qualitative data and develop report(s) of findings.
    • Participate in study team meetings with CIRCLE, USAID/Nigeria, NPopC, and technical sub-committee as required.


    The qualitative team lead (independent consultant or from research firm) should have the following skills, expertise and experience and/or capabilities:

    • Master’s in public/global health or related field.
    • 8+ years experience conducting qualitative research in maternal, newborn and child health or related field.
    • Strong skills in qualitative methods including designs, sampling techniques, data collection and analysis.
    • Proficiency with qualitative data analysis tools/software (e.g., Dedoose, NVivo, Atlas.ti)
    • Prior experience working with the Federal Ministry of Health and USAID/Nigeria preferred.
    • Knowledge of maternal, newborn and child health landscape and existing relationships with key stakeholders in Nigeria preferred.
    • Experience working with collaborative groups/engaging stakeholders in the design and implementation of research studies.
    • Willingness to travel within Nigeria as required for data collection.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Knowledge of local languages preferred (e.g. Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Pidgin etc.).
    • Currently based in Nigeria. (Required)

    Timeline and Level of Effort

    All activities outlined in this scope of work are expected to be carried out from October 2018 – October 2019. The expected level of effort for this consultancy is 100 days.

    Application Instructions

    To be considered for this consultancy or contract, please forward a CV for proposed team lead and a cover letter describing the team’s related experience to by 5:00 EDT on September 26.


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