Consultant Position: Qualitative Data Analysis Trainer
Due Date: 2017-09-22
APHRC is looking for a consultant with demonstrated experience in qualitative research and health systems. The consultant will lead a qualitative data analysis course for implementing researchers in the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program. This will enable the researchers to produce quality publications on evidence generated from the IMCHA supported projects. This is with the aim of highlighting best practices learned so as to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes in Africa.
1. Program Summary
The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening health systems to become more equitable, using primary health care as an entry point. Two inter-related components, Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) and Health Policy and Research Organizations (HPROs), have been designed to collaborate on improving the translation of research evidence and learning into policy and practice for effective MNCH interventions in ten countries across the continent.
A consortium of three institutions — African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), The East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community (ECSA-HC) and Partners in Population and Development’s Africa Regional Office (PPD-ARO) – have formed the Eastern Africa Health Policy Research Organization (EA-HPRO). The EA-HPRO drives the MNCH research to policy process by working with 13 IRTs in six countries in the Eastern Africa region: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The specific objectives of the IMCHA program are to:
Identify and maximize opportunities for policy influence for MNCH issues.
Influence policy and programmatic decisions and actions on MNCH in the target countries informed by evidence provided by IRTs.
Build consensus for MNCH issues to drive policy outreach at national regional and global levels.
Develop and agree on a regional MNCH agenda together with the legislative and economic bodies.
Strengthen the capacity of IRTs for long-term and systematic engagement with decision makers in their respective countries for more effective uptake of the evidence they generate
2. Consultancy details
APHRC will contract a consultant to conduct a qualitative data analysis course for 30 participants from the Implementing Research Teams supported by the IMCHA program. The course will cover the following:
Principles of qualitative research
Why and how to use a conceptual framework
Main stages of qualitative data analysis (familiarization, coding, charting, interpretation)
Using Nvivo software to organize qualitative data analysis (organizing qualitative data, creating themes, coding, nodes, categorization etc.)
Data visualization, queries, and reports,
Using induction and deduction to analyze qualitative data techniques
How to organize qualitative data to write a scientific paper
At the end of the course, the participants should have learned the following:
Analysis of qualitative data
Creating a project in the Nvivo software
Importing transcripts into Nvivo, organizing into files
Creation of coding into the thematic framework reflected in nodes and child nodes.
Creating nodes classifications and attributes
An outline of the modules that will be covered and the time allocated for each session – an agenda and course outline within three days after being recruited.
Course materials and notes handouts to be distributed to all participants. The printed versions should be submitted on the first day of the course.
Conduct the course for five working days in October 2017.
Provision of the software (license purchase) to be used during the course
A course evaluation tool to be administered for each module of the course to be submitted one week to the course. A short training report (should include the evaluation) to be submitted within five working days after the course is completed.
3. Qualifications required
The consultant should have an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) social sciences, public health and policy analysis with demonstrated experience in qualitative data analysis, health systems, and health policy. Knowledge and familiarity with maternal, newborn and child health is desirable.
The consultant needs to have the following experience:
A minimum of five years professional experience in qualitative research, health systems and health policy
Preferably experience in teaching at a university
Excellent qualitative research skills
Proven ability to write and present analysis on policy-related work to a non-technical audience.
Excellent English writing skills
4. Application process
Interested experts are invited to apply by submitting the following application documents:
Curriculum Vitae (five pages maximum)
Letter of motivation outlining how your experience, skills, qualifications and professional networks fit with the required deliverables (one-page maximum)
Links to two publications or submission of PDF versions.
A quote with a breakdown of all the costs for the five days.
Please note our procurement policy does not allow for an advance payment. Payments will only be made once the consultancy has been completed.
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