National Consultant- Support a Research of Joint Program on Rural Women Economic Empowerment

United Nations Development Programme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th April, 2021

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities


The scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables will be the following:

Data Collection Instruments

The consultant will be given with guiding questions for key informant interviews, in-depth interviews and FGDs. Review qualitative data collection protocols and prepare for possible follow up questions.

Data Collection

Identification of research participants:

  • The consultant will develop criteria for the selection of relevant research participants for interviews and group discussions based on the suggestions given by MoA/UN Women. Women in different life cycle/ marital status, economic status, social vulnerability (e.g. migrant, disable) should be included in the study. In addition, women who experienced land conflicts during or after the second land certification program should be included in the study using different sampling strategy (e.g. snowball).
  • Individual cases on land disputes that are ongoing or resolved to the benefits of women (and otherwise) should be included.
  • Participants for key informant interviews should be purposively selected from relevant informal and formal institutions that have knowledge, responsibility, and information in land administration and use, land registration/certification, land related dispute resolution, women’s land rights, etc.
  • Formal and informal groups or committee who deal with land related issues e.g. disputes, land registration, in the study areas will be identified for FGDs.   This will also include women’s groups.

Review of Literature

  • The consultant will review, synthesize, and present existing literature in the research subject. MoA and UN Women will provide key literatures, and as deemed necessary, the consultant may add additional literature in the list on women’s land rights, land certification programs and impacts in Ethiopia.
  • The reviewed literature will be reported in a separate section in the research document. (page limit)

Data collection, organization, and analysis:

  • The consultant is required to collect relevant gender disaggregated quantitative data on land certification, land disputes and land transactions from the local Rural Land Administration and Use departments, local kebele administration, and courts, free legal service providers, Women Affairs offices, local elders, etc.  The data have to be presented in table forms dis-aggregated by gender and location.
  • The consultant will collect the qualitative primary data based on the agreed protocols.
  • Collect qualitative data through Key Informant Interviews, In-depth Interviews and Focus Group Discussions.
  • If an informed consent is obtained from the research participants all interviews and FGDs should be tape recorded. In addition, the consultant have to take field notes and register the time, place, socio-demographic profile of respondents, interview process, follow up questions, and take note of major findings.
  • Guided by the different research protocols, the consultant should probe for more information and ask follow-up questions to gain an in-depth understanding of the phenomena under study.
  • After conducting in-depth interviews and FGDs, the consultant needs to identify cases that can be further developed as a case study. This may require the consultant to conduct additional interviews for a thorough understanding of the case.
  • All tape-recorded interviews and focus group discussions should be transcribed verbatim.
  • MoA and UN Women will provide the consultant with possible thematic areas for data analysis and reporting. However, the consultant can identify recurrent thematic areas while collecting the data and communicate with UN Women before doing the analysis.
  • Based on the agreed thematic areas the consultant conducts the analysis.
  • The consultant should triangulate data collected from different sources using different protocols

Report writing

  • The consultant is responsible to write the reports in clear and precise manner.

Geographical location

  • The study will be conducted Oromia region, the details will be communicated by UN Women.


The expected deliverables are:

  • Tape recorded and transcribed Qualitative Data
  • Compiled quantitative data
  • Progress report on data collection
  • Research Report including conclusion and recommendations
  • Presenting the findings of the research supported by PPT


  • The consultant will follow the work plan and the time schedule agreed with UN Women in undertaking the contract assignment.
  • The consultant will be supplied with the data collection protocols. An inception meeting will be held to create common understanding and seek additional inputs from the consultant
  • The consultant will undertake collection of all the required data/information from both primary and secondary sources. 
  • The primary data will be gathered from different sources including women, men, elders, and concerned government offices.
  • The consultant will gather secondary data on land certification/registration, land dispute cases, land transactions, land related institutions from government offices and relevant stakeholders.
  • The consultant will draft the research report immediately after two weeks of the data collection.
  • Before the draft report is prepared, data analysis and interpretation workshop will be organized led by the consultant. The workshop will give insights on the content of the data collected and understand research findings. It also guides developing the report content.
  • The consultant prepares final report after incorporating all the comments provided during the workshop

Required Skills and Experience


  • University graduate, minimum of master’s Degree in Economics, Law, Governance and Development Studies, Land studies, Gender and Development, Sociology or other relevant fields.


  • Minimum 10 years of postgraduate experience, as a researcher, gender expert, Land administration expert, in government and non-government institutions.

Specific professional experience:

  • Working experience in conducting qualitative research – data collection and report writing particularly related with land administration and use issues.

Minimum required skills:

  • Strong g knowledge of qualitative data collection, data analysis and report writing.
  • Proven experience on conducting qualitative researches, gender analysis researches.
  • Experience and good skills in report writing,
  • Ability in working independently and experience in being directly accountable to senior-level decision makers.
  • Excellent written and oral knowledge of English, and Amharic (Knowledge of Oromiffa is highly appreciated)
  • Demonstrated experiences in conducting qualitative research.
  • Relevant experience in the study region, zone and woredas


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