Scope of work:
The scope of work described herein focuses specifically on the work to be completed by the data firm in collecting the following qualitative data about irregular migration in Mali:
Conduct 30-45 in-depth, semi-structured interviews among households in communities from which migrants have departed. The goal would be to better understand the circumstances that pushed a family member to migrate, how the decision on who in the family migrates was made, the choice of destination, the hardships migrants have faced during their journeys, what their plans are for either returning home or moving onward, challenges they might face in obtaining food or housing, risks they face, and understanding how those challenges and risks are being overcome.
The specific tasks to be conducted by the data firm related to this activity are:
- Review and give feedback on the interview guides provided by IFPRI.
- Provide IFPRI with a sampling strategy for identifying relevant communities and then households within communities from which migrants have departed. We expect that the best areas in which to find migrants that fit all of these criteria are either in the Kayes or Koulikorro regions, but the consultant should identify the communities to be studied.
Conduct the in-depth interviews with households from which migrant members are currently in:
- Other parts of Mali and/or neighboring countries in Africa (e.g. Cote D’Ivoire) (15-20 interviews)
- Countries in the Maghreb region (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) (10-15 interviews).
- France or other countries in the European Union (5-10 interviews).
- Provide IFPRI with the original recordings and transcripts in English of the interviews, as well as photographic documentation with authorization from the subjects for publication in WFP and IFPRI reports.
- Prepare a report describing the interview protocols, processes, and summarizing its main findings.
- The assignment is expected to start on or after April 16th, 2021 and finalized by May 31st, 2021.
- Experience conducting research with migrants and other vulnerable populations;
- Deep understanding of issues around migrants and vulnerable populations;
- Experience conducting qualitative research in the form of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with migrants and vulnerable populations;
- Proactive project management skills with strong attention to detail;
- Experience working in tight timelines and rigorous schedule of data collection;
- Experience working in a multilateral and cross-time-zone team to meet deliverables;
- Commitment to delivering excellent quality results that can have a meaningful impact for women; and
- Fluency in English, French and Bambara required.