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CBM Country Office Calls for Consultancy Service for a Qualitative Researcher Baseline Study -CBM CBID INITIATIVE




UCT IDEA has been commissioned by CBM, an international NGO working in the field of Disability Inclusive Development, to conduct the baseline study for its CBID initiative plan (2020-2024).

CBM has developed a CBID Initiative plan that outlines how to implement the approach in our programming between 2020 and 2024. This document is the result of broad teamwork, including a cross-functional steering committee that supported the process and an external expert sounding board that reviewed the work to ensure alignment with sector standards and existing global frameworks.

At the core of the CBID initiative plan is the idea that CBID proposes to embark on a course of action, where people with disabilities and communities first analyze their situation through the lens of inclusion, then design and implement solutions based on identified needs and through active collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. This process contributes to a meaningful attitudinal change that will remove stigma and barriers people with disabilities face in their communities (“inclusive communities”). Following a human rights-based approach, CBM’s CBID initiative supports partners in program countries in holding duty-bearers accountable for fulfilling their responsibilities (“Inclusive systems”)

The four strategic priority areas of the CBID initiative have been developed with associated objectives and indicators. These objectives and indicators will be assessed at baseline (current protocol) and follow up studies in 2022 and 2024.

The objectives are to:

a.To reflect an accurate picture of the status quo in selected CBID programs in 8 countries (Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Togo, Cameroon, India, Honduras, and Pakistan) in relation to the objectives provided in the CBID initiative plan.

b.To provide qualitative data and quantitative analysis which enrich understanding of the communities in which CBM-I’s projects operate, including the identifying of problem areas, in order to facilitate improvement in the implementation of the ideals of CBID

The indicators are to:

i.assess quantitative progress made by CBM-I in the implementation of its CBID-based goals

ii. build a qualitative understanding of key issues facing project implementation.

The study will make use of three streams of data, emanating from I) a survey questionnaire; ii) focus group discussions, and III) desktop research. For this consultation, researchers are requested to implement a survey questionnaire in two CBID programs in their respective country and to conduct and transcribe two focus group sessions, each with the stakeholders of one CBID program,

This study will provide a baseline for an evaluation of the efficacy of diverse CBID programs across eight countries, each with between 1 and 3 sites (total sites = 16). The intention is that data from these 16 heterogeneous programs will not be comparable across sites or countries, but rather aimed at establishing baselines and monitoring change over time within each site (baseline study will be conducted in 2020; data will be collected again in 2022 and then 2024). Primarily the study’s findings will track the longitudinal change in the baseline areas of study, while also providing qualitative data to enrich understanding of issues in project Implementation. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, methodologies will be adapted to protect the safety of participants. For instance, administration of the survey questionnaires will be adapted, taking place via telephonic interviews, whilst focus group discussions will be done via online platforms such as skype.

The methodology will take on a mixed-methods approach, both quantitative (survey) and qualitative (focus group discussion) methods will be employed, as well as desktop research. The data collection will take place over a period of three months across 16 sites in 8 countries

Consultant tasks:

  • To take part in a 4 hours briefing workshop (online) in the month of November 2020. The interview questions will be sent out and explained in detail with ample space for questions during and after the workshop
  • To select a sample of study participants. The sampling criteria  Will be outlined during the briefing workshop
  • To contact the interviewees, explain the content of the interviews, prepare them accordingly, including questions of ethics
  • To make appointments for online or phone interviews with the study participants
  • To conduct 30 interviews per selected CBID program in the country
  • To conduct 2 focus group sessions in the country, to transcribe and translate them into English
  • To participate in a 1-hour individual de-briefing session


60 completed surveys plus 2 focus groups, transcribed and translated into English

Timing and reporting

This consultancy will be from 1st December 2020 to 31st January 2021,

Skills and qualification:

  • Two years’ experience in qualitative data collection (interviews, focus groups, etc.)
  • Familiarity with inclusive community development is preferable.
  • Experience in data collection
  • Ability to write concise and well-written interview transcripts in English.


The payments will be made upon the successful completion of the deliverables and submission of invoices in one installment at the end of the consultancy period.

UCT IDEA reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory or if work/outputs are not achieved. 

Application Procedures: 

Expression of Interest (EOI) should be emailed to within 10 consecutive days after the announcement of the advertisement. 

Kindly note that only applicants who meet the specified qualifications will be considered for an interview.