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Geospatial Analysis Consultant for the CM4FP Study
PSI seeks a geospatial analysis consultant (an individual or an organization) to support various pieces of data analysis under our Consumer’s Market for Family Planning (CM4FP) research study. Focused on three strategic BMGF countries – Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda – this project is testing a new methodology for measuring contraceptive availability and market dynamics and their localized impact on family planning (FP) uptake. The study aims to fill the gaps left by prevalent survey approaches in answering important questions related to how to reliably measure FP supply availability, how the supply and demand sides of the FP market interact with each other, and how consumers experience, perceive and respond to aspects of the supply market. The objectives of this methodological pilot are to 1) test a ringed fence census approach to comprehensive mapping of the total market for family planning (FP); and in so doing, 2) empirically assess the representativeness of current service delivery point (SDP) sampling approaches in major population-based surveys; 3) explore FP market dynamics through longitudinal SDP data, 4) use directly linked household and SDP data to examine the relationship between dimensions of contraceptive access (geographic, awareness, and economic) and contraceptive choice. Through a ringed-fence census methodology, the project collects longitudinal data from all outlets in four selected project areas within each country and cross- sectional data from women living within these project areas over two-to-four rounds. The study has produced robust, high quality contraceptive market data that must now be explored and utilized for answering the key research questions that the study set out to answer. The consultant or consulting organization is sought not only to carry out agreed pieces of analyses but also to serve as a thought partner in exploring the full potential of the data for addressing the main research objectives and for conceptualizing analysis approaches. A full description of the study and its methodology are included in the Appendix.
The spatial analysis consultant is expected to contribute in the following ways:
-Review, thoroughly vet, and refine system of geographic displacement of GPS coordinates collected from household interviews to allow for external release of these data.
-Recommend and create supplemental data variables, such as geographically aggregated indicators, that allow for meaningful analyses to be carried out by external parties using anonymized GPS data
The data sets to be explored include the longitudinal outlet data, all of which contain GIS coordinates, the cross-sectional household data which also contain GIS coordinates, and linked datasets which contain records of women paired with an outlet which they recently frequented and/or those which they identified as being located closest to their homes. Also relevant to analyses may be maps and shapefiles of study areas which were used in the selection of study areas, as well as population data for the various areas. The analysis will explore and expand upon an initial set of exploratory questions intended to provide spatial insights into the study’s main aims. The questions fall into the following themes, all of which may entail exploration of spatial patterns across outlets of different characteristics, across households and females of different characteristics, across study sites and/or across time, to name a few:
The exploratory analysis areas (which are illustrative at this early stage and not exhaustive) are as follows:
It is anticipated that the work will be conducted using QGIS or ArcGIS. The choice of statistical package is up to the consultant and may include STATA, R or another package. The work will be conducted remotely and engagement with the CM4FP study team will require usage of email, teleconferencing and file sharing.
The expected deliverables will include the following:
Anticipated contract period and level of effort
The current anticipated timeline for this consultancy is January 2021 – July 2021. A tentative schedule is below.
Recruitment and contracting
Implementation of analysis
February – April 2021
Reporting & publications
May – July 2021
Given that the analysis plan is not fully in shape yet, there is no certainty currently on the level of effort expected. However, it is anticipated that the work will require up to 0.5 FTE during the months of engagement. The CM4FP team is willing to consider bringing on board more than one consultant to help with a defined portion of the tasks, depending on skillset and availability. Please indicate your availability and proposed level of effort in your application.
The ideal consultant will have at least 3-5 years of experience in geospatial analysis and cartography in public health (ideally Masters level in Geography or other social sciences, or equivalent experience), or an institution/firm with a combination of GIS specialists and public health professionals. Experience with accessibility analysis is a bonus.
Deadline for submissions and key contact
All applications should be submitted by Friday, January 15, 2021. The main point of contact for the study is Dr. Nkemdiri Wheatley, CM4FP Principal Investigator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the application process should be directed to Mark Conlon, Research & Program Analyst, at email@example.com.