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Request for bids: Afrobarometer national partner in Comoros

21 Jun 2024
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Application closes on 23 July 2024

Afrobarometer (AB) is inviting bids from organisations interested in serving as the National Partner (NP) for Comoros. Under Afrobarometer’s direction, the selected NP will conduct a nationally representative sample survey of the adult population of Comoros. In addition to conducting an Afrobarometer survey, the successful bidder will act as the representative of Afrobarometer in Comoros for the duration of the partnership and will be eligible to participate in Afrobarometer meetings, workshops, and other capacity-building and management activities.

About Afrobarometer

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, nonpartisan, and nonprofit research organisation that tracks political, economic, and social conditions in Africa. Guided by the vision of a world in which Africa’s development is anchored in the realities and aspirations of its people, Afrobarometer provides high-quality data and analysis on citizens’ evaluations and experiences of democratic governance and quality of life. This data is provided as a public benefit and is freely available to governments, policymakers, policy advocates, civil society organisations, academics, news media, donors and investors, and ordinary Africans. 

Launched in 1999 in 12 countries, AB has completed more than 300,000 interviews in 9 survey rounds in 39 countries. The 10th round of surveys started in January 2024 and is currently ongoing. AB conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples. AB is also currently conducting pilot mobile phone surveys to build a workable methodology for this mode of data collection. Effective analysis and communication of survey findings, as well as capacity building for survey research, analysis, and communications skills, are integral parts of AB’s work. 

Afrobarometer is dedicated to three main objectives:

  • to produce scientifically reliable data on public opinion in Africa.
  • to build institutional capacity for survey research in Africa.
  • to broadly disseminate and apply survey results.

Further information on Afrobarometer can be found at www.afrobarometer.org.

Purpose of this request for bids

Afrobarometer is currently seeking a National Partner in Comoros to implement the Round 10 survey with a sample size of n=1200 in the country in 2024/2025. Afrobarometer reserves the right to renew this partnership for up to two additional rounds (Round 11, expected to be conducted in 2025/2026, and Round 12, expected to be conducted in 2027/2028), contingent upon a formal assessment of the National Partner’s performance in this current round and the availability of funds for supplementary surveys.

Successful applicants will enjoy the benefits of a partnership with a network that is recognized as a premier provider of public opinion data in Africa. Membership in the Afrobarometer Network offers opportunities to forge fresh alliances with like-minded organisations across the continent, facilitating the dissemination of findings and analyses on national and global platforms, and gaining access to training programs aimed at enhancing skills in survey design, quantitative analysis, communication, and associated areas.

All Afrobarometer surveys are implemented strictly according to the protocols outlined in the latest version of the Afrobarometer Survey Manual, which can be found at: http://www.afrobarometer.org/surveys-and-methods. Interested organisations are advised to carefully review the Afrobarometer Survey Manual prior to submitting their bids, as it outlines the full scope of our protocols, practices and expectations of partner organisations. In particular, this includes protocols regarding:

  • sample design
  • questionnaire development and translation
  • fieldworker recruitment
  • fieldworker training and questionnaire pre-testing
  • data collection and fieldwork quality control
  • data cleaning and management
  • analysis and dissemination of results

National Partner responsibilities

In close consultation at every stage with the supervising Afrobarometer Core Partner and in accordance with the Network’s protocols, the successful Afrobarometer National Partner will be expected to conduct a nationally representative survey in Comoros with a sample size of n=1200. This will include performing the following duties:

  • Identify and access census databases required for designing a nationally representative sample, and work in conjunction with the Afrobarometer Sampling Specialist and national statistics office to draw the sample and to procure maps and other materials necessary for implementation of the survey;
  • Indigenize the generic Afrobarometer questionnaire to suit local settings, work with Afrobarometer surveys and communications teams to develop country-specific questions to be included in the questionnaire, and translate the questionnaire into relevant local language(s) according to Afrobarometer protocols;
  • Solicit a sufficient number of tablets for fieldwork that satisfy the specifications outlined in the Afrobarometer Survey Manual;
  • Recruit fieldworkers with the required qualifications and appropriate language and fieldwork skills and train them to collect data from households using tablets;
  • Select and train field supervisors to monitor fieldwork and oversee fieldwork quality control;
  • Pre-test and make agreed modifications to the questionnaire;
  • Develop a survey logistics plan;
  • Manage all aspects of fieldwork in strict adherence to a timetable developed in consultation with Afrobarometer;
  • Ensure quality control of data collection in the field;
  • Prepare reports on sampling and fieldwork methodology;
  • Contribute to the preparation of a Summary of Results in conjunction with Afrobarometer technical advisers;
  • Prepare basic analyses of key findings;
  • Plan and execute, with Network technical support, an effective communications program that includes stakeholder analysis, public dissemination events, published papers, press releases, dispatch and social media support to disseminate survey findings to the media, the NGO community, government officials, legislators, the donor community, and other identified stakeholders.

Submission of bids

Bids should include the following:

  • A description of the personnel to be used on the survey. Please list the qualifications and experience of each class of personnel and provide the curriculum vitae of the principal investigator and any other senior management personnel, including the person(s) responsible for sampling and data management. Also include the planned number and qualifications of field interviewers and field supervisors.
  • A detailed description of the survey experience (with supporting documentation) of the designated lead researchers within the organization, particularly in conducting surveys involving nationally representative samples..
  • A description of proposed approaches for a) fieldwork training, and b) fieldwork implementation and supervision, including quality control measures to be implemented at each stage.
  • An estimated budget showing costs for each of the following elements:
  • Personnel: name, position, number of days and daily rates (for principal investigator, field supervisors, fieldworkers, drivers, and any other specialists such as translators, sampler to mention just a few)
  • Travel: vehicle rental (cost per day), air, bus or boat tickets (where applicable), fuel (estimated mileage), lodging (number of days and daily rates), meals/per diem (number of days and rate), insurance (required).
  • Supplies & services: printing, office supplies, field supplies etc.
  • Other direct costs: training, maps, venue hire, translations, etc.
  • Demonstration (with evidence) of the analytical and writing skills of the researcher(s) who will contribute in the development of publications from survey findings is required.
  • Demonstration of the organisation’s communications capacity, including its ability to engage with media, the public, and other stakeholders and potential users of the data and to coordinate and host effective public dissemination events.
  • Demonstration of the organisation’s language capacity, including its ability to speak and write in French, English or both.

Deadline for submission of bids

The deadline for submission of bids is the close of business on 23 July 2024

Bids should be delivered by e-mail to:

Samuel Balongo, Afrobarometer Project Manager (East Africa), Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi

e-mail: sbalongo@afrobarometer.org

and

Anne Okello, Afrobarometer Assistant Project Manager (East Africa), Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi

e-mail: aokello@afrobarometer.org

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Samuel Balongo by 30 June 2024.

Applicants can also visit www.afrobarometer.org for more information.