Peace Corps Paraguay

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS IMPACT EVALUATION STUDY CONTRACTOR STATEMENT OF WORK (SOW) I. Background

Peace Corps Paraguay (PC/Paraguay) seeks a Senior Researcher/contractor to conduct an impact evaluation study of Peace Corps’ work in Paraguay. The study will document the work of Peace Corps Volunteers’ (PCVs) from the perspective of the people of Paraguay with whom the Volunteers live and work. The study will assess the impact of the Volunteers’ activities associated with the Rural Health and Sanitation Program on the two Peace Corps goals listed below:
Goal 1: Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women Goal 2: Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people of Paraguay

The impact study will be conducted by the contractor starting on May 27, 2011 (or date of award) thru September 30, 2011. The contract shall be a firm fixedprice contract, paid in Paraguayan Guaranies.

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Scope and Requirements

Overview of the Tasks The contractor shall appoint a Senior Researcher (SR) who shall be the lead point of contact for the duration of the Impact Study. Working with the Peace Corps Director of Programming and Training (DPT) and/or Country Director (CD), the SR shall perform the following tasks: Review the existing research plan and identify refinements to be discussed with Peace Corps Paraguay at initial meeting. 2. Participate in-person or by telephone in an initial meeting with PC/Paraguay and PC/Washington staff to review research study project objectives, and timelines. All associated costs for communication with the PC/Washington staff will be covered by the Peace Corps. 3. Review PC/Paraguay documents for the Rural Health and Sanitation Project.
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Hire local interviewers to conduct interviews at PC-designated project sites in Paraguay. Interviewers must be fluent in the Spanish and Guarani languages. 5. Review and translate the interview questions from English to the local languages that will be used in the interviews. Interview questions will be provided by PC/Paraguay and PC/Washington (see Appendix C for general areas of enquiry). Questions will be back-translated (translated back into English by a third party to assure the quality of the translation.) All costs associated with this translation will be paid for by the contractor. (Spanish translations of the interview questions completed in previous impact evaluation studies will be made available to the researcher for reference). 6. Participate in person with the entire research team in a three-day training for the research team prior to the start of the project. PC/Paraguay staff will provide the training that provides an overview of the PC, PC/Paraguay, as well as the Rural Health and Sanitation project. PC/Washington staff will provide the overview of the research objectives and training on the on-line data entry system. The senior researcher will provide the training on the interview questions and interviewing skills. 7. During the three-day training, lead test-pilot interviews with former PC host families and work partners who will be identified by PC/Paraguay to ensure interviewers are confident and competent in conducting interviews and taking notes. 8. During fieldwork, supervise local interviewers so that they will conduct study interviews in a confident and friendly manner. 9. Using the list of potential respondents from each site provided by PC/Paraguay, contact individuals at each site to verify individuals are available at site and how they may be contacted to set up interviews (Appendices A and B). 10. Develop detailed logistics plan for the field work, including lodging, transportation, and travel to various sites. The Contractor assumes costs for all travel, per diem, and accommodations which shall be included in the fixed-price contract. 11. Conduct interviews in approximately 24 sites selected by PC. Approximately 5-10 people will be interviewed per site. Each interview is expected to last 40 to 60 minutes. These sites will be geographically spread throughout Paraguay. 12. Conduct key informant interviews with stakeholders of the Government of Paraguay and key partner organizations identified by PC/Paraguay (See Appendix A). 13. Enter all interview data into a web-based data entry system to be provided by PC/Washington. Data will be entered in the local languages and translated into English. 14. Communicate the status of the project to the DPT/CD and PC/Washington weekly, or more frequently, as needed. The updates may include participating in Impact Evaluation Study status phone calls with staff of PC/Paraguay and PC/Washington.
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Conduct debriefing meetings with PC/Paraguay and PC/Washington staff after the pilot interviews and at the end of the field work. 16. Produce a project report in English. The report must include a detailed analysis of the study findings, conclusions and recommendations for the project and a description of the methodology. The report should also include a discussion of the aspects of the research that worked well and recommendations for improvements.
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The Researcher/Contractor shall work in his/her own workspace and with his/her own telecommunications and IT equipment. Costs associated with contact with the PC office in Washington will be coordinated through the Peace Corps office in Asuncion and associated communications costs will be paid for by PC/Paraguay (excludes transportation costs). If selected, the contractor will protect from unauthorized disclosure and use, and shall not use, release to others, reproduce, distribute or publish: 1. any data of the Peace Corps to which the contractor has access to under this contract which is not in the public domain; 2. any data first produced or specifically used by the contractor in the performance of this contract or delivered under this contract 3. any confidential information Except as authorized by the Contracting Officer. The Peace Corps will provide the following: 1. Interview questions (Spanish translations of the interview questions completed in previous impact evaluation studies will be made available to the researcher for reference). 2. Training, including background information on PC, PC/Paraguay and the Rural Health and Sanitation project. 3. A complete list of field work sites and potential interview participants with phone numbers or email addresses on file. 4. List of key government officials and other key partner stakeholders for interviews. 5. Access to a web-based data entry system. 6. Final data set from the interviews with tabulations and crosstabulations, as requested. All documents, unless otherwise specified, will be provided in English.

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Qualifications of the Contractor

The contractor for the Paraguay Impact Study must have demonstrated social science research experience, research team selection and management skills, and the academic preparation to carry out the project field work in a timely, efficient and quality manner.
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Specific qualifications are described below: • Demonstrated experience in implementing social science research projects. • Experience conducting field interviews and using survey instruments in evaluative studies. • Experience selecting, training and managing field staff. • Education – Master’s Degree in sociology, anthropology, psychology, community or rural development, or other related social science fields. • Flexibility and the ability to work within a range of field conditions. • Experience conducting and writing qualitative and quantitative research/evaluation and reports. • Language – the SR will be fluent in both written and spoken English, as well as the local languages, Spanish and Guaraní. • Must be able to travel throughout Paraguay on multiple overnight trips. • Must have proficient computer skills. • Must be able to learn a web-based data application.

IV. Period of Performance

The Period of Performance shall be from on/about May 27, 2011 (or date of award) through on/about September 30, 2011.

V. Proposal
PC/Paraguay invites interested contractors to send an email with “Intent to Bid” to triline@py.peacecorps.gov. Interested contract bidders must provide a research-based evaluation proposal by 4:30 p.m. on May 16, 2011. All proposals and documents should be submitted in English. If you need additional information, send an email to the email address above. No phone calls please. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. All proposals must include the following: 1. Contractor qualifications and prior experience to meet requirements found in Section III with descriptions of key qualifications of personnel/interviewers. 2. Proposed technical research work plan, including task timeline and logistics. 3. Total Firm-Fixed Price for fulfilling the contract as described herein. 4. Breakdown of costs for training, interviews, compensation for the Senior Researcher and interviewers, cost for transportation, meals and lodging, and other costs (e.g., copying, translation, etc.). Maximum Cost: Gs.89,300,000 not to exceed $19,000 US Dollars.

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Payment Schedule

The Proposal should include the following payment schedule:
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Part 1- Upon award and conclusion of the initial meeting 30% Part 2- Upon conclusion of the field work 30% Part 3- Upon acceptance of the final project report by PC/Paraguay 40%

VII. Evaluation Factors for Award
PC/Paraguay anticipates awarding a firm, fixed price contract resulting from this Statement of Work (SOW) to the responsible organization or bidder whose offer conforms to the solicitation and will be most advantageous to Peace Corps, price and other factors considered. PC/Paraguay will use the following factors, listed in the order of importance, to evaluate offers: 1. The qualifications of the key personnel (senior researcher) and additional personnel as defined in Section III, Qualifications of the Contractor; 2. Technical approach as detailed in the research work plan; and 3. Price. It is expected that the contract will be negotiated and finalized by May 27, 2011 (or date of award) so that work can commence on or about the week of May 30, 2011. The training is expected to take place during the week of June 20, 2011.

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Appendix A
Paraguay Impact Evaluation Study Rural Health and Sanitation Project Host Country Individuals to be Interviewed**
Host Country Individual Definition

1. Stakeholders

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2. Partners/Counterparts

• • • •

3. Beneficiaries

• • • 4. Host family members • •

School Directors Ministry officials Government Offices Teachers Schools Community leaders/organizations Health centers Nurses, health promoters, health educators Government Officers Teachers Students Community leaders Women’s commissions Youth groups Host family or “family-like” friends at site Host Family members from one PST site Neighbors

**Please note that there should be a minimum of 5-10 interviews per site, consisting of: • 3-5 interviews of beneficiaries, • 1-3 interview of host families/family-like friends at site, and • 1-2 interviews of counterparts to be determined in discussion with PC/Paraguay PC/Paraguay will also identify the stakeholders to be interviewed by the research team.

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Appendix B
Anticipated Interview Locations
TOWN/CITY DISTRICT REGION/PROVI NCE RURAL/URBAN

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Caraguata Ru’a Asuncion Yacu Barrero 6ta. Linea Mojon 7 Cerrito (Tebicuarymi) Guazucua Villa Boqueron Pte. Franco (Piribebuy) Barrero Pyta (Desvio Union) Zaro Caro Barrio Maria Auxiliadora, Juan León Mallorquín Mandiyutygue Gral. Aquino Potrero Jardin Ita Moroti Guazu Pte. Franco (Piribebuy) Santa Rosa (Col. Ind.) Solano Escobar Tuyango Caundy Peguajho Loma Yataity (Yhu) Bo. Maria Auxiliadora

Ybycui Capital San Jose de los Arroyos Caaguazu Tebicuarymi Guazucua Mcal. Jose F. Estigarribia San Jose de los Arroyos Yataity del Norte Cnel. Oviedo Juan León Mallorquín Gral. Aquino Gral. Aquino Juan L. Mallorquin Piribebuy Piribebuy Col. Independenc ia La Colmena Itacurubi del Rosario Villarrica Horqueta Yhu Guayaibi

Paraguari Capital Caaguazu Caaguazu Paraguari Neembucu Boqueron Caaguazu San Pedro Caaguazu

Rural Urban Rural Rural Rural Urban Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Alto Parana San Pedro San Pedro Alto Parana Cordillera Cordillera Guaira Paraguari San Pedro Guaira Concepcion Caaguazu San Pedro

Rural Urban Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural Rural

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Apyragua

Ybycui

Paraguari

Rural

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Appendix C
Information to be Covered in Interviews
Responde nt Type
Counterpart

Question Categories
Goal 1 1. Clarification of the project purpose 2. Respondent’s work history in the field and with the Peace Corps 3. Frequency of contact with the Volunteer 4. Project orientation 5. Project outcomes and satisfaction with the project 6. Community and individual-level changes 7. Maintenance of project outcomes Goal 2 1. Source of information and opinion of Americans prior to the Peace Corps work 2. Type of information learned about Americans from interaction with the Volunteer 3. Opinion of Americans after interaction with the Volunteer 4. Particular things that Volunteers did that helped improve respondent’s understanding of Americans Goal 1 1. Clarification of the project purpose 2. Frequency of contact with the Volunteer 3. Project outcomes and satisfaction with the project 4. Community and individual-level changes 5. Maintenance of project outcomes Goal 2 1. Source of information and opinion of Americans prior to the Peace Corps work 2. Type of information learned about Americans from interaction with the Volunteer 3. Opinion of Americans after interaction with the Volunteer 4. Particular things that Volunteers did that helped improve respondent’s understanding of Americans Goal 2 1. Source of information and opinion of Americans prior to the Peace Corps work 2. Type of information learned about Americans from interaction with the Volunteer 3. Opinion of Americans after interaction with the Volunteer 4. Particular things that Volunteers did that helped improve respondent’s understanding of Americans 5. Behavioral changes based on knowing the Volunteer

Approximate Length of Interview
45-60 minutes

Beneficiary

30-45 minutes

Host Family Member

30 minutes

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