Call For Applications Survey : Deadline May 20th

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

SURVEY on the HUMAN IMPACT of WATER POLLUTION

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR SURVEY COMPANY

To Conduct a Survey in Baghdad Basra and Wasit

Background

Iraq is facing a water crisis that has been largely unaddressed for years, and therefore it is among the most prominent topics raised by the protesters against the Government and the Parliament. As a consequence, the Iraqi parliamentary Committee on Health and the Environment is currently conducting an oversight inquiry on Water Pollution and its Impact on Health and the Environment, and is preparinga report to review existing and future legislation in this area of concern for Iraqi citizens. The Iraq Foundation (IF), an independent NGO working in Iraq since 2003, is supporting this parliamentary inquiry in the context of a project funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)[1].The Iraq Foundation identified civil society organizations (CSOs) and an Iraqi Expert(the Expert)to conduct a consultation on the issue. As a next step, IF wants to provide fact-finding for the inquiry through a survey, which should focus on the human impact of water pollution with regard to the local population, and collect data from public authorities in the Governorates of Baghdad, Basra and Wasit on water-related issues that are negatively affecting local citizens. IF plans to do more surveys in support of other parliamentary inquiries within the Sida project.[2]

IF wants this survey to be implemented by a company jointly with the specialized CSOs we worked with in the prior consultation process and with the Expert. Part of IF’s capacity-building for the Sida project requires the survey company to also provide training to the CSOs, to enable them to collect and report good quality data. The final survey reportwill be sent to the Iraq Foundation, and will be submitted to the Health and Environment Committee as a contribution to their ongoing inquiry.

The Iraq Foundation seeks to contract a survey company to prepare a framework and tools for data-collection on the Human Impact of Water Pollution in 3 Governorates,Baghdad Basra and Wasit, to train specialized CSOs in data-collection, to work with these specialized CSOs to implement the survey, and to submit an analytical assessment report together with the gathered data.

The survey company will report to the Iraq Foundation. In preparation of the survey, the contracting company should consult with the Expert on water pollution, who conducted the consultations and prepared a report on the Sources and the Impact of Water Pollution in Iraq.

Specific Terms of Reference

  1. Using international standards, design a conceptual framework for data-collection[3]in English, and submit it together with the questionnaire(Arabic) for the survey for prior approval to IF. The company is required to consult with the Expert in finalizing the questionnaire.
  2. Before implementing the survey, train the CSOsin communication[4], and advanced methods of data collection in line with international standards, and coordinate the training with IF.
  3. Overseedata-collection by CSOs in 3 Governorates (Baghdad, Basra and Wasit)
  4. Prepare an analytical assessment reportbased on the collected data. Share the draft report with IF
  5. Identify specific cases of human impact that could be presented to the committee (per video / in-person)[5], and provide related contact information.
  6. Edit and submit the finalized report, including the identified particular cases, to IF.

Scope of Work

  1. Using international standards, design a conceptual framework for data-collection focusing (a) on the human impact on the local populations, and (b) on data from public authorities on these water-related issues that are negatively affecting local citizens in the Governorates of Baghdad, Basra and Wasit. Draft a questionnaire to use for the survey, share the draft with the IF-Expert for review and send both the framework and the questionnaire to IF for prior approval.
  2. Questions to local citizensand CSOs should include womenand could be oriented towards: the impact of water pollution in terms of restrictions to people’s lives and water-related diseases; proportions of use of public water versus water sold by private companies per family/individual; the price and affordability of safe water, and how it impacts the quantities a family can use; trust in public authorities, for example the ways how they deal with water protection and water crisis, timely alerts to the population; interaction of citizens with public authorities on water issues, examples of (non-)dialogue and follow up by the authorities or the protesters on those issues; how do citizens see their role for the protection and responsible use of water; citizens’ opinion on the need for awareness-raising activities, for example integrated into the education system and in school curricula.
  3. Questions for local and provincial public authoritiesshould be addressed in all 3 Governorates to the Directorates of Health, and authorities concerned with Water, Agriculture and Public Services & Infrastructure. They could be asked for data regarding the impact on health (water-related diseases); the economic and financial impact of water pollution on the population; data about the impact on agriculture (e.g. soil salinity); data on the capacity of people to buy safe water; data on constraints in public operations, for example of water-related infrastructure, and other aspects relevant to the human impact of water pollution.
  4. All public authorities in all 3 Governorates (local and provincial level) should be asked about their implementation of the Law on Protection and the Improvement of the Environment (Law No. 27) of 2009, and be requested to give reasons for non-application of this law.
  5. The design of the conceptual framework for data-collection should take into account the findings, including the recommendations from the Expert’s report as well as the questions identified by the parliamentary committee on Health and the Environment for their oversight inquiry[6].
  6. Train the specialized CSOs on methodology and proper use of tools for data collection, analysis and reporting. CSO-training can be held online (interactive format via Zoom or similar) or in-person, and should be coordinated with the IF by submitting the agenda for the training (including duration and topics of training).
  7. Oversee the implementation of the survey by local CSOs in 3 Governorates (Baghdad, Basra and Wasit).
  8. Implementing CSOs are also required to identify special cases of human impact by water pollution, that can be presented to the Health & Environment committee, and to collect the contact information of the affected people.
  9. Compile, edit and analyze data from the survey.
  10. Prepare a draft analytical assessment report based on the collected data, including
  • an executive summary that highlights the differences of impact per Governorate, and the contributions by women;
  • an initial section on the framework/methodology for the survey;
  • the collected, analyzed, and edited data, with demographic disaggregation where possible (e.g. gender, age, other)
  • special cases of human impact by water pollution, to be presented to the Health & Environment committee, and contact information of the affected people
  • Analysis section
  • Conclusion section
  • a section on References, listing the interviewed stakeholders per Governorate (communities, CSOs, public authorities, etc.) at the end of the report.
  1. Submit the draft report to the IF for review.
  2. Edit and submit the final assessment report to IF.

Specific Deliverables

  1. A conceptual framework for the survey in English and a questionnaire in Arabic language.
  2. Training of CSOs in conducting the survey in Arabic.
  3. Oversight of implementation of the survey.
  4. Arabic language analytical assessment report.
  5. Identification of special cases of human impact by water pollution,to be presented to the Health & Environment committee (by video/in-person).

Required Skills and experience

  1. Demonstrated expertise on the issue of water pollution and its human impact (CV of person designing the survey).
  2. Demonstrated track-record and experience in surveys on topics with a human impact on local citizens in Iraq/the MENA region.
  3. Excellent skills in training and applying methods of advanced data collection, analysis and reporting.
  4. Excellent command of English and Arabic as spoken and written language.
  5. History of working with local Iraqi NGOs, preferably in Baghdad and Southern Governorates.
  6. Preferred: previous work with UN agencies or international NGOs.

Remuneration: $ 4,000 (Four thousands USD)

Any expenses related to implementation of the survey by CSOs will be borne by the IF.

Deadline for receiving applications: May 20, 2020.

Please respond to: fakri.b@iraqfoundation.org, tatjana@iraqfoundation.orgwith a copy to iraq@iraqfoundation.org

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