[TimorLesteStudies] Job: Field Research Supervisor with the World Bank
Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Fri Mar 13 20:11:22 EST 2009
>Enquiries: Geraldo moniz da silva <monizdasilva at gmail.com>
>The Justice for the Poor Timor Leste (J4P)
>program at the World Bank, would like to
>announce that J4P is looking for Field Research
>Supervisor, Type of recruitment is
>International. For details about job descriptions, please see below.
>Thank you so much for your good cooperation.
>Geraldo Moniz da Silva
>Research Assistant for Justice for the Poor Timor Leste
>The World Bank
>Av, Direitos Humanos Lecidere
>Dili, Timor Leste
>Ph no. +670 7336064
>Email. <mailto:monizdasilva at gmail.com>monizdasilva at gmail.com
Terms of Reference
Field Research Supervisor
Justice for the Poor
World Bank, Timor-Leste
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste, with
extensive field work (50%+ of the contract)
Duration: Short Term Consultant 100
working days (w possibility of extension)
1. Justice for the Poor (J4P) is a global
research and development program aimed at
informing, designing, and supporting pro-poor
approaches to justice reform. J4P seeks to
understand how governance and justice systems
function at the local level, and how individuals
and communities navigate those systems in order
to resolve disputes and to make claims to (or
against) state- or non-state authorities. J4P
aims to inform operations in the areas of
governance and justice, build the capacity of
local institutions and researchers to design and
implement high-quality research, disseminate
findings, and use such findings to inform ongoing policy reform.
2. The J4P program has been active in four
countries (Indonesia, Cambodia, Sierra Leone and
Kenya) and with the support of AusAID is
developing a regional program in East Asia and
the Pacific, which includes two new country
programs (Timor-Leste and Vanuatu). In each
context, research and activities are tailored to
the Banks Country Assistance Strategy and where
possible are integrated into the Banks operational initiatives.
3. Justice for the Poor Timor Leste (J4P-TL)
was launched in July 2008. As the nascent state
expands its footprint beyond Dili through
decentralization, budget expenditure and other
means, Justice for the Poor will contribute
analytical and operational work that aims to
promote equity, sensitivity to conflict and
accountability to the public. A draft Program
Framework Document defines the programs scope of
work. The two main fields of work in this
respect are: (i) state-building at the local
level; and (ii) land and natural resource management.
State-Building at the Local Level
4. Under its local level state-building
sub-focus, J4P will examine the relationships
between citizens, traditional institutions, and
the formal state, beginning with an analysis of
how each understands, defines, accesses, claims
and enforces rights and entitlements to
state-provided benefits. Research will be
grounded in the ample literature on
state-building and local level governance, and
will provide practical analysis of how competing
concepts of statehood and identity (national,
sub-national, group, etc) impact conflict,
stability, and development. Analytical activities
will seek to clarify the means of citizen-state
engagement whether directly or through
intermediary authorities as well as the
relationship between centralized and
decentralized state authorities, and state and
non-state actors. Research will also examine how
the governments current methods of expanding
state presence impact the states legitimacy and
helps (or not) to meet citizens expectations.
5. J4P will commence with a collaborative
research initiative in partnership with the
Banks Social Development unit examining how
individuals and communities understand, access,
claim, and hold to account both state and
non-state resources. It is anticipated that the
research findings will assist the team to design
social accountability mechanisms for SDV
operations: the Youth Development Program (YDP)
and National Workfare Program (NWP) as well as
Governments Local Development Programme (LDP)
and decentralization reforms more generally.
Given the centrality of cash transfers and grants
to the governments current local level
engagement, this research should provide an
excellent starting point for the state-building
component of the J4P-TL program.
6. To implement its initial round of field
research, J4P will partner with a local
institution to conduct research and analysis.
Under this partnership, four national researchers
will be hired and trained to conduct in-depth
qualitative field research in two districts in
Timor-Leste (to be determined in partnership with
the partner institution). It is anticipated that
the J4Ps Interim Program Coordinator and SDVs
Youth Officer will participate in some of the
field research. The field findings will be
consolidated into a series of reports analyzing,
providing lessons on improving accountability and
dispute resolution in these projects, and
additionally providing analysis of the ways in
which distribution of state- and non-state
resources into communities alters local power
structures and citizen-state expectations. A
field manual detailing the methodology is in development.
II. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
7. The services of a consultant are required
to undertake and supervise field research
activities. The main duties and responsibilities of the Consultant will be:
A. Training and Mentoring
· Provide on-site supervision to a team
of four local researchers. Ensure all research
data collected is of high quality, accurate,
complete, and held in confidentiality.
· Provide training and mentoring to the
national researchers. In addition to
participation in research skills training
exercises, provide regular feedback on
performance and daily coaching to build qualitative research capacity.
B. Research and Analysis
· Identify and conduct interviews with
key respondents, using the field manual and
interview formats as appropriate. As necessary,
alter research plans and field manuals on-site to
reflect realities on the ground.
· In cooperation with research teams,
develop case studies analyzing and presenting
findings from field research. Contribute to
development of a series of written products
(briefing notes, final reports, issue discussion
notes) presenting research findings.
· Participation in workshops,
conferences, and other forums, both in
Timor-Leste and abroad, as appropriate and required.
· Other tasks as required and agreed to
by the TTLs, research coordinating committee, and the Consultant.
III. EXPECTED OUTPUTS
8. Specific outputs will include:
· Completed interview materials
(interview formats and data sheets, etc)
· Three district field reports (one per round of research)
· Case studies from field research
· Contributions to briefing notes, final
reports, etc, as required and allocated on a time-basis.
9. The ideal candidate will possess some or all
of the following characteristics:
§ University degree (preferably advanced)
in law, anthropology, or a related field.
§ Extensive experience conducting
intensive field research in Timor-Leste or similar environments.
§ Fluency in Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia (required).
§ Demonstrated experience training and mentoring research teams.
§ Knowledge of Timor-Leste, particularly
customary institutions and local authority structures.
§ Strong writing and editorial skills.
§ Outcome oriented, focused and flexible.
§ Ability to work alone and be innovative.
10. The position is based in Dili; however, the
majority of the contract will be spent living and
working in field locations under difficult conditions.
11. On a day-to-day basis the Consultant will
report to a research coordinating committee
consisting of the the J4P Interim Program
Coordinator (Pamela Dale) and a representative
from the local partner institution.
12. Ultimately the Consultant reports to the
Task Team Leaders based in Washington DC
(Caroline Sage, J4P and Ingo Wiederhoefer, EASSO).
VI. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Interested candidates are requested to submit a
current CV, cover letter outlining relevant
experience, and two references to Pamela Dale
(<mailto:pdale at worldbank.org>pdale at worldbank.org)
and Geraldo da Silva
(<mailto:monizdasilva at gmail.com>monizdasilva at gmail.com),
cc:ing Susanne Skoruppa
(<mailto:sskoruppa at worldbank.org>sskoruppa at worldbank.org)
and Samuel Clark
(<mailto:sclark at worldbank.org>sclark at worldbank.org)
by COB 27 March 2009. The assignment is expected
to commence on or around 13 April 2009.
 All tasks will be conducted in cooperation
with the Dili-based J4P Interim Program
Coordinator, J4P and SDV project TTLs, and appropriate advisory staff).
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