Data Service Collection Partners in Middle East

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Fixed Term Contract

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The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is looking to identify partner organizations with a presence in the Gulf and Levant regions of the Middle East who are able to provide data collection services in one or more relevant countries as identified below.

About NFER

NFER is a UK registered not-for-profit body established in 1946. We are the UK's largest independent provider of research, learning assessment solutions, and evaluation services for education. We work with a variety of clients from the public, private, and third sectors. Our 2016 stakeholder survey showed that NFER is well known for its work and has a reputation for being professional, reliable, trusted and rigorous, with evidence-informed insights that are focused on topical issues.

Our team of over 200 staff comprises of education researchers, economists, statisticians, and assessment experts who offer extensive experience in a wide range of research and evaluation methodologies, together with deep subject knowledge in areas related to teaching and learning. In addition, we have an extensive team of staff in our Research and Product Operations unit who are specialists in engaging key stakeholders in our studies and managing large, complex surveys and assessment projects.

Our Centre of International Education (CIE) is involved in supporting the development of education systems worldwide, and our international work is diverse and growing. We have worked on projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda, in areas such as teacher surveys, impact evaluation and student assessment, and in relation to bodies such as the UK’s DfID, USAID and UNESCO. In the Middle East, we have undertaken Ministry of Education linked work in Oman and are looking to expand our involvement more widely in the region. In 2018, our International team ran a successful workshop on International Large Scale Surveys (ILSAs) at the Gulf Comparative Education Society annual forum. Our team has strong expertise and experience in international comparison studies such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the International Early Learning Study (IELS).

To support our service capability plans for the Gulf and Levant regions of the Middle East, we are seeking partner organizations who are interested in sitting on NFER’s approved research partner list. Partners may be research organizations, consulting firms, academic institutes or other organizations with similar capacities, but must have the capability of conducting education-based field research in at least one or more of the countries of Jordan, Oman, Qatar and the UAE, with a potential capability if available for any of the other GCC countries or Levant countries (including Egypt). Once partners have been initiated on to our approved list, they will be approached separately to negotiate the terms for individual projects the NFER is interested in pursuing.

Requirements for partner organizations

The key requirements for partner organizations are listed below:
• Legally registered research organizations, consulting firms, academic institutes or other organizations with similar capacities for conducting fieldwork primarily in any of Jordan, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. An additional facility to conduct such work in any of the other GCC countries or other Levant countries (including Egypt) would be of interest.
• Ability to translate instruments and data collected from/to English and to/from local language/s
• Ability to collect quantitative and qualitative data in at least one or more of the countries of Jordan, Oman, Qatar and the UAE, with other GCC and Levant countries (including Egypt) of interest if available
• Ability to recruit and manage personnel for research purposes including quantitative enumerators, qualitative researchers, data processors, and field supervisors with the ability to take survey/assessment instruments into educational establishments
• Ability to train research personnel and provide relevant support and supervision
• Ability to manage the logistics of complicated data collection projects in at least one or more of Jordan, Oman, Qatar and the UAE, with other GCC and Levant countries (including Egypt) of interest if available, in a timely, ethical and safe manner that complies with all applicable law (UK or local)
• Ability to undertake printing and dispatch of fieldwork materials (surveys and/or assessments) in a safe and secure manner
• Ability to manage pilot tests strategically and to assist in developing and improving processes based on pilot results

• Experience of working in English and local language/s
• Experience of working with statistical software such as SPSS and STATA
• Experience of collecting data for governmental activities and projects, development aid funded projects, and/or other formally commissioned research/ surveys/ assessment delivery contexts
• Experience of providing or organising secure printing and dispatch
• Experience of providing or organising data capture of paper materials
• Experience working with remote and/or international partners
• Experience in cost management and budgeting
• Skills and experience in research ethics, child protection policies, confidentiality and data security
• Sound understanding of research sampling methodologies
• Sound human resource management systems in place for time keeping including policies related to duty of care to staff
• Sound financial management including; invoicing, financial forecasting, management and payment of staff for field data collection
• Capacity to work under a tight schedule and monitor deadline
• Hold relevant permissions/licences to conduct research or surveys in differing educational contexts, or communicate a willingness to meet such a local requirement

How to express interest
To express interest, you should email the two items described below to by February 14, 2019

1. Organization capability statement
2. A short statement (up to 250 words) on how you meet the criteria above and why you are interested in this partnership

Our indicative key dates are as follows:
February 14, 2019: deadline for expressing interest
February 26, 2019: short listed organisations contacted for further details and discussion as required
March 14, 2019: submission of any additional information required of partners
March 25, 2019: notification to partners of approval status