Consultancy for Context Analysis and Baseline Assessment about Cultural and Creative Industries in Jordan

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Country: Jordan
Organization: Turning Tables
Closing date: 22 Feb 2021

Conducting a Context Analysis and Baseline Assessment about Cultural and Creative Industries in Jordan for Improving Quality of life for vulnerable youth in Jordan

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Background

Turning Tables (TT) is a Danish-based international non-profit organization that aims to empower disadvantaged youth in vulnerable communities by giving them access to training, education, and creative capacity-building in the fields of music, filmmaking, and arts. At the same time, it amplifies the voices of adolescents and youth at local and national levels, providing them with the means to express their grievances, hopes, and dreams.

TT established a local office in Jordan in 2010 and has since implemented various cultural and creative projects. TT has comprehensive experience working to promote and support freedom of expression, human rights, civic engagement, economic inclusion, and social cohesion between marginalized refugees and Jordanian host communities. One of the main focuses has been working with traumatized and vulnerable youth in refugee camps, preventing negative coping mechanisms, offering psycho-social support, and youth empowerment through creative trauma processing.

Objective & Rationale

Turning Tables through its office in Jordan (TTJ) will implement the project “CLIQ - Creative Learning for Improving Quality of life for vulnerable youth in Jordan”, which is a demand driven project that seeks to break new ground in providing marginalized Syrian and Jordanian youth with a skill set that will improve their employability in the context of the 21st century job market. The project aims to enhance the social and economic empowerment and self-reliance of young Syrian and other vulnerable youth in Jordan. The project will offer a combination of training and hands on experience, acquired through either teaching experience (ToT), or through internships within areas related to the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in Jordan.

Recent studies recognize that Jordan’s creative industries have insufficient human resources. This is partly due to the lack of creative subjects taught in Jordanian schools, high costs of media education, limited and centralized opportunities for participation, and limited mobilization access and qualification of the massive human resource in the Jordanian refugee population. Considering this as an opportunity area, TTJ will work to enhance the employability and life skills of vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian youth so they can engage in jobs within the CCI.

Therefore, the baseline assessment is intended to provide program staff with a context analysis of the CCI in Jordan and a detailed baseline data on key project indicators. This information will constitute the basis to measure performance and changes in refugees and host communities over the course of the project. The data collected will be both qualitative and quantitative in nature, and will include information gathered on the outcome indicators and on knowledge and attitudes towards cultural and creative industries.

Lastly, even though the baseline study is intended primarily to facilitate the project monitoring and evaluation, it will also be used as an evidence-based lobbying and/or advocacy tool, with the possibility of publishing a summary of the findings, (for more details see methodology section, outcome 3).

Methodology

Turning Tables will select a local research consultant/institution to conduct the baseline assessment. The selected research consultant/institution will be required to prepare and present a detailed research methodology, which will be discussed and agreed with the project team at the beginning of the consultancy.

The baseline research methods should include detailed data on project beneficiaries (both direct and indirect) and should apply both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. The qualitative data should verify the perceptions, and experiences of boys and girls, men and women on knowledge, interest and intention of involvement in CCI. Regarding quantitative data, it will be used to measure indicators of the project expressed in terms of numbers/percentage/proportion. All data collected through the assessment must be disaggregated by location, age, sex, ethnicity or others.

The following methodologies can be utilized, but should not be limited to:

  • Desk review on the situation of CCI in Jordan
  • Key informant interviews (KIIs), and/or stakeholder consultations
  • Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with different concerned individuals and should include at least one all-female FGD.
  • As well as other participatory exercises and approaches considered relevant

The development and conduction of the baseline study will initiate the process and accompany the overall design of the monitoring tools and guidelines of the project, in order to be able to measure the impact of the planned interventions and activities. The main indicators to be verified during the baseline are related to the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Build Syrian and Jordanian youth's capacity to actively engage in the labor market and entrepreneurship (focusing in the creative industries).

  • Outcome 2: Enable children to develop their capacities through creative learning

  • Outcome 3: Increased capacity to collect data and disseminate knowledge relevant to the CCI through networks

Suggestions and recommendations for new relevant indicators from the contracted consultant(s)/institution are welcome.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The consultant/institution will be expected to:

  1. Conduct a preparatory meeting with Turning Tables staff for baseline planning
  2. Finalize the baseline design/methods, including workplan and checklists, questionnaires, and guidelines.
  3. Prepare and provide field schedule for data collection
  4. Data validation meeting with project team and incorporate feedback/comments into final reports
  5. Provide recommendations on suitable indicators for program monitoring during the implementation and scale up of activities. Recommendations should consider the needs of specific stakeholder groups, and be relevant to the effective impact measurement of programme objectives and outcomes.
  6. The consultant will remain responsible for the entire study maintaining the highest level standards and quality for producing the final reports.

Deliverables and Timeline:

The consultant will submit a work plan and the specific dates will be agreed at the beginning of the consultancy. Please take in consideration the following deliverables for the submission of the technical proposal.

  1. Work plan and Inception Report (with key parameters and indicators to be considered for the baseline survey including the methodologies for data collection)
  2. Baseline assessment tools (Questionnaires, guidelines)
  3. Present preliminary results of the baseline and prepare a draft report identifying information relevant to the three project outcomes; as well as data gaps and areas that may require further assessment
  4. Additional monitoring and evaluation tools and guidelines for the project
  5. Final Context Analysis on CCI in Jordan
  6. Prepare a comprehensive final Baseline Assessment including:
    • Analysis of the main results (per indicator)
    • Updated project monitoring and evaluation matrix with a summary of each indicator’s baseline data
    • Conclusions and recommendations
    • All raw data (spreadsheets, interview notes, etc. should be annexed the final report)
  7. Final presentation/meeting and debrief with project team

Budget for the facilitation:

  • Prices are to be submitted in JOD and are valid for 30 days starting from the offer’s submission closing date.
  • The quotation must be detailed and based on the work mechanism proposed by the consultant/institution.
  • Both technical and financial offers must be submitted to Turning Tables no later than February 22, 2021.
  • Financial proposal has to be indicated all-inclusive costs for conducting the assessment.
  • Price offers must be inclusive of taxes for establishments officially registered; while for individuals and non-profit institutions, the offered prices will be subject to a 5% deduction for income tax.

Qualifications:

The consultant/institution should have:

  • Excellent academic and research background (in relevant field such as gender studies, political science, anthropology, international relations, or development studies)

  • Highly knowledgeable about the Jordanian context and the Jordan Response Plan for the Syria Crisis 2020-2022

  • Proven experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and specifically conducting baseline studies or developing other M&E tools/systems

  • Experience with youth programming is an asset

  • Excellent working knowledge of Arabic and English (as documentation will be in both languages)

How to apply:

Consultants or institutions who meet the requirements should submit an expression of interest, accompanied by the financial proposal and technical proposal, with detailed methodology and draft work plan. This should be sent to info-jordan@turningtables.org no later than February 22, 2021.



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