Qualitative Data Collection Consultant 

July 9, 2024

Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    July 9, 2024
  • Location
  • Expiration date
    July 21, 2024
  • Qualification
    Bachelor Degree
  • Organization
    Sight Savers
  • Required Languages

Job Description


Job Description

OverviewCall of expression of interest 


Consultant to conduct participatory workshops in the Citizenship and Political Participation project in Sierra Leone 


Title: Qualitative Data Collection Consultant 

Location: Sierra Leone, regional field work and attending the office in Freetown for meetings 

Consultancy length: 20 days across 6 months 


Overview of the consultancy 


The Irish Aid funded A Better World (ABW) programme consists of eight projects across Cameroon, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone working on three thematic areas: citizenship and political participation (CPP), inclusive education (IE) and inclusive eye health (IEH). 


The CPP project’s outcome statement is: “Governance systems and processes…are more inclusive, accessible, and responsive to people with disabilities, so that they can engage in decision-making and active citizenship.” 


A qualitative data collection activity is planned in 2024 to support evidence generation and evaluability of the project’s outcome. 


This work is to support evidence generation and evaluability across the ABW programme. Qualitative data collection activities are being planned to collect in-depth narratives that help to understand change. There are planned participatory workshops with initial activities that aim to set the scene to better understand the changes that occur during the project. 


The focus of the data collection will be on understanding the recent/current perceptions and experiences of stakeholders in relation to the participation of youths with disabilities in local governance. This activity will purposively sample young women and men with disabilities and community leaders to discuss their perceptions and experiences. 


The data collection activity will be qualitative and participatory, involving storytelling through workshops with the different stakeholder groups. The tools will be adapted and flexibly used to ensure appropriateness with the different stakeholders and accessibility for people with disabilities.  


Purpose of the consultancy 


The consultant will be required to support with the primary data collection, as well as some aspects of preparation for data collection, and the data analysis and report writing. The consultant will bring experience and expertise in participatory methods and workshop facilitation. A consultant based in Sierra Leone is strongly preferred, to bring contextual knowledge and understanding, as well as local language skills. The consultant will work closely with Sightsavers MEL staff and the project team in Sierra Leone, to conduct the data collection and complete other relevant tasks. 

Skills and Experience

Consultant specifications 


This activity requires a consultant who specialises in participatory MEL methods, with extensive experience facilitating participatory workshops and using tools for participatory storytelling. Below is a list of the consultant specification:

  • Extensive experience and expertise in using participatory methods and tools for MEL is essential. 
  • Extensive experience facilitating disability and gender inclusive participatory workshops with the ability to ensure active and meaningful engagement from a range of different stakeholders is essential. 
  • Experience working with people with different disabilities is essential. 
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, ability to work in local languages in Sierra Leone including Krio is essential. 
  • Ability to produce clear, concise, and analytical reports in English, with excellent attention to detail and ability to meet agreed deadlines. 
  • Demonstrable experience of producing learning and summary documents to share findings and recommendations in clear and engaging ways is essential. 
  • Experience using participatory storytelling approaches (including participatory photography) is highly desirable.  
  • Strong understanding of inclusive local development, political participation, and civic engagement in the context of Sierra Leone is desirable. 

This is a varied and involved consultancy and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. For full details of the Background to this work, the approach, methodology, timelines, and budget, please see the Terms of Reference. 

Next Steps

To apply for this exciting consultancy, please upload your CV and complete the online Expression of Interest form (EOI) during the application process, via our application portal. We are also keen to receive examples of previous similar work if possible, and you will be given the chance to reference this in the EOI form. 


Candidates are welcome to demonstrate their ability to match the person specification by expanding on how their experience, training and/or qualifications might have provided them with the knowledge or skills required for the role. Successful candidates will be appointed on merit. 


Closing date: 21 July 2024 


SEND EMAIL TO : dmeacher@sightsavers.org


Interviews will be held during the week of 5 August 2024, and candidates will be notified of an outcome of their application during the week of 29 July 2024. 


As a global equal opportunities employer, Sightsavers is committed to embracing diversity throughout our workforce by creating an inclusive environment that reflects the many cultures and locations where we work. Our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society, and we will actively promote the inclusion of individuals with a disability. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply. 


Sightsavers is an employer that does not tolerate any form of harassment and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. All potential candidates will be subjected to rigorous