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Call for Proposals for a Consultancy for Training Yemeni Researchers on Qualitative Research Methods and Introductory Economics

Posted on: February 7, 2023 Application Deadline: February 17, 2023
Location: Remote
Type: Service Contract
Contract duration: February-April 2023
Application Deadline: February 17, 2023 at 04:00 PM, Sana'a time
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Sana’a Center is seeking proposals for a series of training modules covering qualitative research methods as well as economic analysis to be conducted in Arabic. The aim of this training is to provide the Center’s researchers with the analytical tools, which they can apply in research projects to be published in various formats including analyses, policy briefs and white papers.

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is an independent think tank that seeks to foster change through knowledge production with a focus on Yemen and the surrounding region. The Center is seeking to provide training for its affiliated researchers on qualitative research methods and introductory-level economics in Arabic using practical examples from Yemen.

Purpose and Objectives of the Training:

Qualitative research methods:

The purpose of this component of the training is to introduce qualitative research methods to Arabic-speaking researchers who will apply these skills in a wide range of issue-areas in Yemen, including political economy, governance, environmental, social, humanitarian and aid and conflict dynamics.

The modules should provide the researchers with a solid understanding of how to design qualitative research projects, and how to collect, manage and analyze data using a variety of qualitative approaches. In particular, the modules should provide best practices on how to conduct focus group discussions, individual interviews and participant observation, as well as how to design and test questionnaires. The modules will also highlight the possibilities and limitations of qualitative research methods in the Yemeni context.

Introduction to economic analysis:

The purpose of this component of the training is to introduce fundamental economic analysis tools and concepts to Arabic-speaking researchers.

The modules should provide the researchers with a solid understanding of basic macro and microeconomic principles, political economy analysis and how to apply these skills in the Yemeni context. The modules will also highlight the possibilities and limitations of economic analysis in the Yemeni context.

Overarching considerations:

Given the sensitive context in which Sana’a Center researchers will apply these methods, the course modules will incorporate conflict sensitivity into the curriculum. Gender considerations will also be woven into the modules.

Because the training will be conducted remotely to researchers located in several different time zones, including in locations where weak internet connectivity may be an issue, contingency plans should be considered for students who are unable to attend every module. The preferred digital platform on which the training will be conducted, course times, and recordings of live modules should be noted in the proposal. Please suggest examples and availability of offline course material to be used in the modules.

Role and Responsibilities

The applicant is expected to have a track record of conducting research in the MENA region and in conflict contexts and research training experience. The training modules will be carried out under the direct supervision of the Research Department of Sanaa Center.

Expected tasks:

  1. Prepare a detailed plan for the training modules
  2. Use practical examples from Yemen and design practical exercises for the trainees
  3. Provide background reading and training material in Arabic
  4. Conduct the training according to the agreed timeline

Skills of Trainers:

  • Excellent Arabic language skills.
  • Expertise in economic research (for the economic analysis component), and/or expertise in qualitative research methods.
  • Experience doing field research on Yemen is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Application Process:

If you are interested and qualified for this assignment, please send us:

  • A technical and financial proposal for the training series
  • CVs of the trainers
  • A cover letter that lists your track record in providing similar training programs.

To email: [email protected], Please mention “CFP_Training” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2023

Only complete applications will be considered, and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or age.

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies

Founded in 2014, the Sana’a Center is one of the few independent research centers that has continued to operate in Yemen throughout the ongoing conflict. While the Center maintains cordial relations with all key stakeholders, it has remained fiercely unaligned with any of the belligerent parties. The Sana’a Center has thus maintained a unique position and the ability to work throughout Yemen and beyond.

The Center maintains a strong network across Yemen with access to key political, military and security figures, tribal leaders, the financial sector, economists, journalists, humanitarian actors, civil society, and other important stakeholders. The Center has also established a broad network and presence within the international community, connecting it to international organizations, diplomatic circles, regional and international policymakers, research centers and global forums.

The Sana’a Center’s reports and researchers are widely quoted in local, regional, and international media outlets, while the analysis of the Center’s experts is regularly sought out by local and international stakeholders.