Issue Date: May 23, 2019
Submission Date: June 6, 2019

Women’s World Banking is seeking a qualified research firm to recruit participants and manage logistics for qualitative research in various regions of Egypt, including Upper Egypt, for various projects. The consultant firm will secure participants for research based on a pre-specified set of criteria that will be provided by Women’s World Banking specific to projects that aim to increase the financial inclusion of women in Egypt.

About Women’s World Banking
Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in our deep understanding of the women’s market, we tackle financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through our gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, we build institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and our global reach of 49 institutions in 32 countries, we accelerate economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.

About the Project
Women’s World Banking is working to advance women’s financial inclusion in Egypt through an expanded partner network of financial service providers, who are committed to serving low-income women. The objective of the project is to gain insights into market conditions and the financial service provider landscape in Egypt through identifying women’s financial needs and perceptions of financial services offered in order to determine gaps and opportunities for further serving the women’s market in Egypt.

Objectives & Responsibilities
The objective of the consultancy is to recruit participants for qualitative research and provide logistics to conduct research in Egypt, including Upper Egypt and particularly in rural areas. This may include:

  1. Participant Recruitment:
    • Successfully recruit appropriate number of participants for as per agreed criteria
    • Customers will need to be recruited through open market, given above criteria and using recruitment script and screener as a guide
  2. Venues:
    • Identify and secure research venues for sessions. Venues should be neutral, quiet locations that offer privacy and are easily accessible by participants, for example a spare room in a hotel or restaurant
    • While preferred venues will have electricity, two-way mirrors are not required.
  3. Refreshments:
    • Arrange for light refreshments (snack and drink) and financial compensation (travel/cash/top-ups etc. reimbursement) for all participants.
  4. Transcription
    • Transcribe the interviews using audio files in English
  5. Be present at research sites to ensure logistics of participant arrival and criteria confirmation, as well as facilitate logistics of research venue, refreshments and financial compensation.
  6. Provide vehicle for Women’s World Banking transportation to and from the research sites
    • Vehicle for hire should have the following safety requirements:  available and functional seat belts for all passengers; driver should be properly licensed with no moving violations.

Duration of Consultancy
Consultants are needed on short-term projects throughout the year. Consultants will be procured under a retainer contract for the period of one year. Women’s World Banking may use the services of the firm for one or more projects in Egypt.

Location of Work
Work will be conducted throughout Egypt; though specific locations will be determined for specific projects.  Work may include site visits to financial institutions as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting different types of qualitative research, including focus groups, individual interviews, ethnographies and behavioral narratives; ability to train enumerators and field guides for interviews
  • Experience conducting research with low-income participants, and participants with limited to no literacy, particularly with a focus on women

To Apply
Please submit your application by June 8, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST.

This application should include the following elements:

  • Organizational capacity and experience:
    • A brief statement of organization’s capacity to complete this work, listing similar projects completed/relevant organizational experience
    • At least 3 references
  • Team Structure and organization of work:
    • A description of the proposed team
    • CVs of staff who will be leading the work
      • With the proposed team, how many interviews can be completed in a day
    • Availability:
      • Availability for the described activities in the time period indicated and list any times when availability is limited
  • Fee Structure for cost per service and other costs needed to complete services

Apply Now!

Applicants may submit their question(s) in writing until June 5, 2019 to  Please include in the e-mail subject line “RFQ: Research Firm in Egypt”

This RFQ does not guarantee or commit Women’s World Banking to proceeding with the above described work. Due to overwhelming response, not all candidates will be contacted.

Women’s World Banking is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

Q: What is the expected sample size?
A: We cannot advise this information at this time – please provide your per-person rates.

Q: How is the sample geographically structured?
A: We cannot advise this information at this time – please provide your per-region rates.

Q: How lengthy is the questionnaire application?
A:  They have not been developed yet, but we try to keep the burden on the participants as low as possible (likely 1 hour).

Q: “Transcription: Transcribe the interviews using audio files in English.”; does this mean that the report will be audio-based only?
A: The report is not audio-based. All interviews will be recorded, and your team must transcribe and translate these audio files into English.

Q: Items’ cost would vary like “vehicles”; it depends on travel to make, number of days for renting, and other factors; can this be eliminated from the quotation?
A: You may eliminate the vehicles from the quotation if absolutely stuck on that, but please provide an estimated daily rate for that if needed.

Q: For participant’s reimbursement, what do you exactly mean by “top-ups”?
A: Top-ups are airtime top-ups for phones – it would be an incentive for participants.

Q: Can you clarify our role in this engagement?
A: Your role will include data entry, cleaning, and processing (only open-ended questions should be text).

Q: Can you confirm if all surveys performed are qualitative, thus not needing an SPSS Analyst?
A: We don’t have the surveys written yet, so we don’t know they will be open-ended. Most likely, they will not be all open-ended and the answers will require some coding.