Qualitative data collection in Somalia At Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Consultancy assignment background

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the world’s authoritative source of data and analysis on internal displacement. Since our establishment in 1998 as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC/IDMC), we offer a rigorous, transparent and independent service to the international community, and inform policy and operational decisions to improve the lives of people living in, or at risk of, internal displacement.

With a team of around 30people in Geneva and an annual budget of over 5 million USD, we monitor more than 130 countries in the world for which we provide verified, consolidated and multi-sourced estimates of the number of people internally displaced or at risk of becoming displaced by conflict, violence, disasters and development projects. We complement this global data with interdisciplinary research into the drivers, patterns and impacts of internal displacement. Using this evidence, we provide tailor-made advice and support to inform global, regional and national policy-making. Our data and evidence are published on our website and via our Global Internal Displacement Database (http://www.internal-displacement.org/database/displacement-data). Our flagship report, the Global Report on Internal Displacement (https://www.internal-displacement.org/global-report/grid2021/ published every year in May, is the world reference on IDP statistics, featuring trends and thematic analyses, country and regional spotlights.

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) started a research programme in December 2018 to investigate internal displacement in the context of slow-onset disasters and climate change. This project, supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, will expand on efforts to collect, evaluate, and share best practices and solutions to prevent and respond in a more systematic manner to internal displacement in the context of climate change. This will include case studies focusing on two interventions believed to have reduced the risk of internal displacement due to climate change in Somalia. To complement other data sources, IDMC is seeking a consultant to conduct qualitative data collection.

Objectives and scope of work

The objective of this study is to assess the impact of the two interventions on the risk of displacement due to climate change and identify elements that made the intervention successful.

Two fieldwork locations will be selected per intervention in cooperation with the interventions’ implementing partners, taking into account accessibility for the consultant. The consultant will conduct 6 key informant interview per village, for a total of 24 KIIs. In each village, key informants are expected to include one village leader or local authority, one business owner, two farmers, and two livestock owners. Where possible, these key informants should include women, youth, and people with disabilities


Qualitative data collection is expected to start in mid-February 2022 and be completed at the latest by end-March 2022.

Experience and qualifications

The consultant will have proven experience conducting high-quality qualitative research in Somalia, and possess a keen understanding of the interlinkages between displacement and climate change.

The consultant is expected to have:

  • Master’s degree in international development, migration, humanitarian affairs, or related field;
  • At least five years of qualitative research experience;
  • Fluency in English and Somali, both written and verbal.
  • The consultant should also be able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience:
  • Excellent note taking skills;
  • Knowledge of ethical issues in primary data collection;
  • Experience moderating focus group discussions effectively;
  • Ability to clearly transcribe and translate interview recordings into English;
  • Experiencing operating in challenging environments.

How to apply

Consultants who meet the above requirements are invited to submit an expression of interest to Chloe Sydney (chloe.sydney@idmc.ch) by Monday 31 January 2022, 23:59 CET, and include the following as part of their application:

  • CV and a cover letter addressing suitability for the assignment. The cover letter should include at least 200 words on the most difficult experience the applicant has faced while conducting qualitative research, and any steps taken to overcome these challenges.
  • Rates: daily consultancy rate* in CHF or EUR, inclusive VAT and charges (including the number of expected working days);
  • List of references that can be contacted to verify the quality of services;
  • Proof of registration as a sole trader/registered company or signed Consultant Declaration Form

Applicants should not include any other writing samples or copies of certificates in their application.

*This daily rate and currency will be fixed for the duration of the contract. Any payment for additional costs, third-party services or travel expenses will be discussed and decided on for each consultancy contract and thus these costs should not be listed in the application.

Please note: All service providers/consultants working with NRC should maintain high standards on ethical issues, respect and apply basic human and social rights, ensure non-exploitation of child labour, and give fair working conditions to their staff. NRC reserves the right to reject quotations provided by suppliers not meeting these standards. Consultants doing business with NRC will be screened on anti-corruption due diligence before NRC confirms a contract.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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