BASELINE SURVEY ON REINFORCING COMMUNITY CAPACITY FOR SOCIAL COHESION THROUGH SOCIETAL TRAUMA HEALING IN BUGESERA DISTRICT.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DATA COLLECTORS
Positions: 30 Data Collectors/Enumerators
Duty Station: Bugesera District
Prison Fellowship Rwanda (PFR) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the government of Rwanda and its relevant agencies, local and international organisations as well as UN agencies to foster interventions that support psycho-social healing, peace building and reconciliation, restorative justice, crime prevention, human rights promotion and legal aid, intervening in emergencies as well as nurturing socio-economic empowerment in Rwanda in the wake of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi and its aftermath. Prison Fellowship Rwanda was founded on 01/07/1995, affiliated to the Prison Fellowship International in 1997. It was officially registered and recognized by the ministerial order no 037/17, of 23/10/2002, by the Ministry of Justice as a non-profit organization, published in the official gazette of the Republic of Rwanda in 2002.
Rwanda has identified mental health and trauma healing as areas of priority. A 2018 Mental Health Survey revealed high prevalence of mental health disorders, particularly among survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. In addition, the country’s National Unity and Reconciliation Policy recognises “serious levels of trauma” as a major effect of the genocide that still weighs heavily on society today. It identifies the healing of psychological wounds as a guiding principle on which unity and reconciliation are established. High levels of trauma, anxiety, and depression make it more difficult for people to trust and forgive each other. Trauma affects the ability to open up, receive, and trust others, and it is a major cause of inter-community suspicions, especially between groups of genocide survivors and former genocide prisoners. This has limited people’s ability to cooperate in shared, mutually beneficial economic activities. Based on that observation, Rwanda’s 4th Health Sector Strategic Plan emphasises the need for holistic innovative programmes that simultaneously promote mental health service provision, advance social cohesion, and support sustainable livelihoods.
With funds from European Union (EU), Prison Fellowship Rwanda in partnership with Interpeace is implementing a programme focusing on the linkages between psychosocial wellbeing, reconciliation, and socio-economic development with a goal of reinforcing social cohesion and sustainable peace through scaling up community-based healing initiatives. The Programme is in line with, and will further inform, the Government’s policy of establishing community mental health services to improve the uptake among traumatised individuals of Government-funded mental health support.
In addition, the programme is tailored to the context of Rwanda and is based on a core partnership and the shared expertise of the Rwanda National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Prison Fellowship Rwanda, and Interpeace; in close collaboration with other key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and Rwanda Correctional Services.
II. Purpose of the baseline survey
Prison Fellowship Rwanda and Interpeace seek to explore the current nature and dimensions of mental health, social cohesion, and economic activities among the genocide survivors, genocide perpetrators, released genocide prisoners, families of genocide survivors and perpetrators, youth’s and citizens’ ownership over the reconciliation processes. Furthermore, the study will assess the current availability and adequacy of services and service providers, in the fields of mental health, social cohesion and livelihoods support. The study will be carried out in all 15 sectors assessing perceptions and attitudes of community members and service providers of their involvement in the above mentioned three components. The baseline survey will provide qualitative and quantitative data information to be used by multiple-stakeholders and to set up benchmark for performance indicators. Also, the baseline survey findings will be used to develop intervention protocols that will be pilot tested in the Bugesera Societal Healing Program Initiative.
Currently Prison Fellowship Rwanda is looking for a qualified and highly motivated candidates of high moral character and professional integrity to fulfill the position of Data collectors/Enumerators to contribute to the successful execution of data collection in Bugesera District.
III. Key Responsibilities
In close collaboration with Local Experts on Prisoners reintegration & Social Cohesion, mental health, and livelihoods, the data collectors will undertake the following specific tasks:
- Ensure that the study is carried out ethically and according to applicable laws and regulations;
- Carry out household survey interviews on three project dimensions ( Mental Health, Social Cohesion, and livelihood) in all sectors of Bugesera District;
- Collect quality data using both qualitative and quantitative tools/methods;
- Enter and send timely collected data via allocated tablets;
- Ensure that the data is collected from the right households and people (as selected by the team leaders);
- Ensure that collected data reflects responses provided by respondents and that it is well captured in the required format/software;
- Document and communicate to the field supervisor issues encountered during data collection exercise;
- Attend after-data collection evaluation workshop to share experiences with other enumerators and local experts;
- Check the quality of transcripts and translations;
- Contribute to the interpretation of data and analysis where necessary;
- Perform other activities as needed and indicated by the field supervisor or local experts;
- Avoid causing conflicts and troubles with other team members during the field work;
IV. Essential skills and qualifications
The desired candidates should meet the following requirements:
- Holding at least a bachelors’ degree in any field of study;
- Prior experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection on reconciliation, social cohesion, mental health, and livelihood (at least 2 recommendations);
- A good understanding of the sociopolitical context of Rwanda is a pre-requisite;
- Prior experience with tablets and smartphones is an asset;
- Prior experience in providing psychosocial support to people with the psychological/emotional problem is an asset;
- Excellent communication in English and Kinyarwanda is mandatory;
- Ability to maintain the anonymity/confidentiality and trust with people.
V. How to apply
To apply, please send the following by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org attaching the following:
- Degree and ID;
- CV (maximum 3 pages);
- Two recommendations of previous relevant work;
- Please include ‘’Data Enumerator’’ in the subject line of the application e-mail.
Due to the large number of applications, Prison fellowship Rwanda will only be able to respond to short-listed candidates. The application deadline is on 17th January 2021. The application can be addressed to the Executive Director of Prison Fellowship Rwanda.