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:
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:
The qualitative team lead (independent consultant or from research firm) should have the following skills, expertise and experience and/or capabilities:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 EDT on September 26.