Research consultant

Job: Research Consultant at Street Child

Nigeria occupies a central position as a source and transit country for trafficking, where vulnerable young people are transported abroad and subjected to the worst forms of abuse, including forced labor and sexual slavery. Studies have shown that Edo State is a trafficking hub in Nigeria, with 50% of Nigerian survivors of trafficking hailing from this country. Youth, women and girls are disproportionately affected by the abuses of trafficking in Edo State: the average age of trafficked persons is 15 years and 76% of all child survivors of trafficking are women.

Street Child of Nigeria in partnership with Girls Power Initiative, is funded by Expertise France to implement the action “Stop trafficking!” Prevention and Protection Project for Vulnerable Youth, Women and Girls or Survivors of Trafficking in Edo State” to intervene and reduce the prevalence of trafficking of youth, women and girls in the state.

The project aims to prevent trafficking in the state by addressing the drivers of trafficking in communities, including curbing the deceptive strategies used by traffickers; increased protection for survivors of trafficking through a survivor-centred approach that addresses the basic needs of repatriated survivors of trafficking and breaks the vicious cycle of re-victimization of survivors of trafficking; and strengthening partnerships to combat trafficking by creating cooperation and linkages between the efforts of key anti-trafficking actors in Edo State.

Based on the state’s high-risk areas, three local governments were selected as project intervention locations: Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba-Okha. In each of the local governments, Utagban community (Oredo); Useh and Evbuotubu communities (Egor); and Idogbo and Umelu (Ikpoba-Okha) were then selected for intervention.

Studies have been conducted in the past to understand the push and pull factors and how emigration occurs in Edo State. Although the findings of these studies have helped both the government and development sector actors to devise strategies to alleviate the suffering of those affected, young people have continued to be drawn by economic, professional, individual and social factors. interconnected to sometimes leave their place of residence. in search of a better life, who end up falling into hands that exploit their work, often sexually.

The decision-making process to stay in their place or move to other places is complex, some of which is self-induced. Information on the retention options available to motivate young people to continue to stay in their place of residence is scarce. To attract and retain individuals in their place of residence, retention strategies should be developed that address those social factors that influence young people’s behavior and guide their decision-making about opportunities. Thus, a combination of well-chosen interventions and incentives motivates young people so that they are not lured into opportunities for a better life that leave them vulnerable to exploitation. It is in light of the above that Street Child is seeking to engage a consultant who will lead the conduct of a survey of retention strategies to address this threat.

2.0 OBJECTIVES OF THE PROPOSED RETENTION SURVEY

  • Determine appropriate strategies that would engage and retain young people in their community, thereby reducing their vulnerability to trafficking.
  • Examine the different factors that would motivate young people to make the decision to stay in their locality.
  • Identify the different combinations of financial and non-financial incentives that would increase the likelihood of being vulnerable to trafficking.

3.0 SCOPE OF CONSULTANT WORK

The consultant will be supervised by the SCoN MEAL Manager and will be responsible for the following deliverable.

  • Develop and provide a blueprint on how to implement this assignment with clear survey objectives, data collection methodology and sampling method for approval as well as a developed report format.
  • Work alongside SCoN’s partner in Edo, develop survey tools and conduct the retention survey targeting youth in Edo State.
  • Analyze data, write up and present outcome information with clear recommendations on strategies for using the program in developing intervention activities that will motivate young people to stay in their communities.

4.0 KEY DELIVERABLES

  • Work plan-protocol approved.
  • Final approved report with findings and recommendations on retention strategies for program use.
  • Power Point presentation slides (10 to 15) relating to the investigation report.
  • Submit the data collected during this study in SPSS format to the MEAL department of the SCoN at the end of the study.

5.0 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • First degree in social sciences with demonstrated experience in research work on issues related to trafficking.
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Familiar with places in southern Nigeria.

6.0 CONSULTATION DURATION

The consultant must complete this mission within 4 months.

7.0 PAYMENT

As negotiated.