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Consultancy to conduct a formative study of knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) on child survival and development in communities of the Huila Province

Kigali (Rwanda)

Experience in KAP studies adopting qualitative and quantitative methods in the areas of health and WASH in Sub-Saharan countries

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Purpose of the Assignment


The objectives of the formative study are:

 i) To establish KAP and social perceptions baseline related to health, nutrition, WASH and birth registration.

ii)To explore the underlying determinants of KAP, social norms and perceptions on the availability, access and utilization of social services, key lifesaving and protective behaviors.

iii) Based on the key findings, recommend channels and influencers for BCC and advocacy, identifying social networks at community level.

iv) To identify information channels and interpersonal networks by which households (and particularly female child caretakers) learn about (and develop attitudes towards) social services.

v) To identify credible sources of information, potential sources of negative rumours and knowledge gaps.

vi) To identify advocacy and behavior change communication programme planning elements, especially:


  • Who can influence behaviour and norms change;
  • Who can be possible partners;
  • What channels, messages and materials could be effective


 The formative study will utilize both qualitative and quantitative approaches to get data from all the respondents drawn from the targeted communities in the Province of Huila (Tchiquaqueia, Hombo and Gambos Sede).

 It is proposed that that data will be obtained through: 

  • Household interviews with a representative number of women and men aged 15-60 years.
  • Focus group discussions (FGDs) with at least six groups (women 13-17 years, women 18-49, women more than 50 years and men 13-17 years, 18-49 years and more than 50).
  •  In-depth interviews with key informants drawn from the three communities and at least 15 key stakeholders at the community and provincial levels in the areas health, nutrition, WASH and birth registration (including community/religious leaders and local authorities).

 The household data will be obtained through random selection of households from communities.

 To enhance validity and reliability of the formative study findings, qualitative data will be triangulated with quantitative data.

 Proposal should include collaboration plan with the public university of Huila at least in the data collection and treatment of data.



 The consultancy will be supervised by UNICEF and will have the support of translators for the interviews in the communities.

 The Government of Huila and UNICEF will be responsible for any authorization to conduct the interviews in the communities.

  Assignment Tasks

Under the supervision of Communication for Development Specialist, the consultant is expected to deliver the follow products: 

  • Initial assessment of the survey data available in Angola as well as of the Angolan context and produce.
  • Short inception report that will guide the next steps of the work.
  • Rapid assessment to define baseline for the C4D interventions in the areas of health, nutrition, WASH and birth registration.
  • Conduct interviews and focus groups in the three targeted communities.
  • Produce a draft report with key findings for approval.


Expected Deliverables

The consultancy will have the duration of 3 months with the indicative timeframe:


25/09/2017  -   20/12/2017



Expected Result



Signature of the contract


Contract and Workplan agreed

September 2017


Conduct an initial assessment of the survey data available in Angola as well as of the Angolan context and produce a short inception report that can guide the next steps of analysis.

  • Document with desk review presented and approved
  • Work plan for the study

September 2017



Conduct rapid assessment

  • Establish baseline data that can be used to evaluate impact.
  • Measure trends in areas with communication for development interventions on a periodic basis

By 30 September, 2017



Conduct interviews, focus groups and observations in the targeted communities.


  1. First draft of report submitted to approval

End of October 2017


Conduct discussions with partners for approval the first draft



  1. Discussions conducted and report approved

By 20 December 2017


 Managerial arrangements


Under the overall guidance of the UNICEF Communication Specialist and with the support of Representative of UNICEF in Huila and the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Section, the consultant will implement activities based on a consultancy work plan, which will be monitored on a weekly basis.

 The Communication for Development Specialist will be responsible for: 

  • Reviewing the analysis plan and selection of variables
  • Monitoring the research in the field.
  • Providing inputs on the reports.
  • Providing quality assurance and inputs into draft reports.



Qualifications of Successful Candidate

The researcher contracted can be a national or international consultant with a relevant experience in research using qualitative and quantitative methods. 

  • Expertise in conducting sociological research in sub-Saharan Africa, and particularly in Angola.
  • Experience on research in the areas of health and nutrition, including with anthropological approaches.
  • Background in Social and Cultural Anthropology is an asset.
  • Familiarity with policies focused on children in Angola and socio-economic context of the country.
  • Fluency in Portuguese and English.



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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kigali (Rwanda)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-21

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