Immigration and Citizenship Service has planned to undertake Social and Behavior Change (SBC) situational study in Addis Ababa, Afar, Somali, B.Gumuz and Gambela regions of Ethiopia-covering both refugees and host communities.

Overview

  • Category : Baseline Consultancy
  • Posted Date : 04/13/2022
  • Source : Reporter
  • Closing Date : 04/22/2022

Description

 Terms of Reference

Situational Study on the Impact of Communication interventions in the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Vital Events Registration

Summary

Title of the research Situational Study on the Impact of Communication interventions in the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Vital Events Registration

Purpose To assess the extent of change in knowledge, trust, intent to change practices, behavior and norms around birth and other vital events registration and certification amongst parents/caregivers, community members, key influencers and service providers in Ethiopia, including refugees and host communities

Location Ethiopia: Four Regions such as Afar, Somali, BGumuz and Gambela covering both refugees and adjacent/host communitiesand Addis Ababa

Duration April 20, 2022 – May 31, 2022

Reporting to Immigration and Citizenship Service, Research and System Improvement Directorate

  1. Background

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems are the building blocks for establishing good governance through data driven planning and accountability and realization of human rights in a country. CRVS data are also essential for tracking of progress on and reporting against development goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For individuals, civil registration provides essential legal documentation for proof of identity and civil status at various stages of life. Legal identity is encompassed under SDG 16.9. For governments, the ability to monitor civil status of their citizens and manage the human capital of their countries can only be done if a reliable CRVS system provides the most basic legal and administrative information on a continuous and permanent basis. The CRVS system also provides valuable data on population trends providing denominators for population based and social targets and indicators, which can be used to monitor progress towards national development targets.

Ethiopia rolled-out its civil registration system in August 2016 following three years of extensive administrative and technical preparation. The civil registration system is decentralized following the federal structure of the country. One year later, in 2017, a revision was made to the 2012 Proclamation in order to address restrictions made on the scope of eligibility, which was at that time limited to Ethiopians only. The amended Proclamation extended the scope of eligibility of registration services to include refugees and other non-nationals living in Ethiopia. It also gave the responsibility of notification of births and deaths occurring outside health facilities to the health sector.

For the purpose of tracking and measuring progress and results of the C4D interventions, Immigration and Citizenship Service has planned to undertake Social and Behavior Change (SBC) situational study in Addis Ababa, Afar, Somali, B.Gumuz and Gambela regions of Ethiopia-covering both refugees and host communities.

  1. Rationale for the Research Activity/Justification

Successful civil registration and certification are strongly dependent on behavioral and social change for their impact, scale and sustainability. This situational study is expected to measure the knowledge, attitudes, intention to change practices and behaviors around birth and other vital events registration and notification as a result of the C4D and demand interventions.

Demand creation is widely recognised as a key strategy to increase service uptake in behavioural and cognitive sciences. Normative and behaviour change for optimal birth and other vital events registration and certification requires identifying complex set of drivers that exist at the individual level (perception, beliefs, and agency), the group level (community dynamics, social influences, cultural norms and ritual practices) and within the broader enabling environment (structural barriers, governance practices, and communication environment).

In Ethiopia, one of the major gaps in demand creation and social behaviour change intervention is lack of evidence for measurement of changes resulting from communication interventions including C4D.

  1. Expected background and Experience

The consultancy institution carrying out the assignment will be led by a principal researcher, with MA or MSC degree and above in social sciences or other relevant field of study, and who has the following competencies:

  • At least 10 years of experience and long-standing expertise with / in social and behaviour change research and programme design;
  • Excellent collaboration, consultation and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated research report-writing skills; and
  • Experience leading team of researchers and directing the implementation of research
  • Experience on birth and vital events registration and certification and related child protection subjects is an asset.

The principal researcher will be supported by team members, with a MA or MSC degree and above in social sciences or other relevant fields of study, whose profiles will at a minimum, reflect the following specialized knowledge and experience:

  • The team member should have at least 7 years and above experience and expertise in the field of measurement of social and behaviour change interventions, behaviour change models, research methodology, data analysis, manipulation and management;
  • Specialist understanding of human rights-based approaches and gender issues;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in survey data processing software systems such as SPSS, STATA or others) etc.;
  • Working in collaborative partnerships with government and other stakeholders;
  • Conceptualizing and conducting research using mixed and participative methods;
  • Excellent writing, conceptual and analytical skills including the ability to present complex processes and issues clearly to a heterogeneous audience and in an actionable manner and
  • Demonstrated professional research and writing experience, including through publications
  1. Interested and qualified consulting firms can collect the detailed terms of reference from the procurement section of the Agency and submit separate technical and financial proposals within ten working days from the date of this assessment.