Research on Internal Migration in Kyrgyzstan Q&A Session

Date: Friday, January 12th 2018

Time: 14:00-15:00

Location: IOM Kyrgyzstan Office, Bishkek

List of questions

1.     Q: Is it possible to apply with a partner organization?

A: Yes

2.     Q: Is it possible to apply as an independent researcher?

A: Yes

3.     Q: What is the estimated period of the research, including data analysis and writing the report?

A: The target is to publish the final research report at the end of September 2018.         

4.     Q: What should be the composition of the research team, a group of independent researchers or an organization?

A: Both companies and a group of individuals may apply to implement the methodology and conduct the research. The composition of the research team will be determined by a decision from a selection panel, consisting of IOM staff and the hired service provider.

5.     Q: In addition to the priority cities of Bishkek, Osh and Jalalabad, is it assumed that other geographic areas may be affected, or will it be determined by researchers in the sampling process?

A: Bishkek, Osh and Jalalabad are the three main areas of focus for this study, although other geographic areas may be affected. This should be determined by the researchers, though we should keep in mind that the focus of the research is on rural-to-urban migration. We assume that there are geographical patterns of migration, based on the place of origin of the internal migrants. Determining why these patterns are occurring is also very important.

6.     Q: Can those who participated in the development of the research design then be included in the group of researchers?

A: The main authors of the methodology/research design are prohibited from implementing the proposed framework. Service providers will, however, oversee the implementation of the project and may participate in the drafting of the research report. Those individuals that might have assisted, somehow, in developing the methodology and are not identified in the proposal may be included in the group of researchers. The hired service providers will oversee the general undertaking of the research, without direct involvement in implementing the laid-out activities (questionnaires, interviews, surveys, focus groups) of the research.

7.     Q: What does the “detailed work plan” mean? Activities and dates?

A: Yes. Keeping in mind that the end of the project is in September 2018, we are looking for the types of activities, location of activities and approximate dates of the activities within the project time line. At this stage of the development of the research design, IOM is only expecting bidders to submit their tools in brief, rather than in full detail. If service providers wish to distribute questionnaires, instead of laying out all the questions of the questionnaire in the technical proposal, a brief overview of the types of questions and the types of factors to be studied should be identified.

8.     Q: What is the exact procedure for the provision of the technical proposal and selection?

A: There will be an internal selection panel consisting of IOM staff. For the provision of the technical proposal, see page 26 of the RFP.

9.     Q: Who will analyze the data/findings and write the final research report?

A: The project manager (IOM), the selected service provider and the team of researchers or research company will participate collectively in analyzing the findings and writing the report.

10.  Q: What is specifically understood as violent extremism?

A: It is a more inclusive term than terrorism. USAID defines it as “advocating, engaging in, preparing, or otherwise supporting ideologically motivated or justified violence to further social, economic or political objectives”. Radicalism itself isn’t the problem; it’s the move to violence that we need to prevent through risk prevention. It is the risks leading to violence, quantifying factors of vulnerability that we want to study.

11.  Q: One of the objectives is to study ethnic minorities’ mobility, especially the Uzbek minority. Does this mean that there will be two general (parent) populations to determine the sample: population of Osh and Uzbek minority of Osh?

A: This should be determined in the technical proposal by the service providers. Sampling methods should be mentioned and explained in the technical proposal.

12.  Q: Should we identify separate Novostroiki for research in addition to the sample in Bishkek?

A: This should be determined in the technical proposal by the service providers. Anything with regards to sampling should be mentioned and explained in the technical proposal.

13.  Q: What methods should be used to study sexual exploitation?

A: This should be determined in the technical proposal by the service providers. Sexual exploitation will be studied as a form of human trafficking, which implies migration. Human trafficking has been defined in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, otherwise known as the Palermo Protocol.

14.  Q: Who will decide regarding individual field researchers and research companies (with whom to work)?

A: The service providers will participate in a selection panel as experts when selecting a research company/institution or group of independent researchers to implement the developed methodology.

15.  Q: What kind of limitation do you have to Service Provider?

A: Payment and implementation. Service providers are prohibited from implementing the framework and tools they developed in the technical proposal. In terms of payment, according to IOM rules and regulations, there will be no advance payment for the service providers. Payment is based on deliverables, on results.

16.  Q: To what extent do you want to examine the issues of human trafficking, bride abduction and violent extremism?

A: Bride abduction will be studied through the lens of human trafficking. Violent extremism will be studied more specifically within the Novostroiki and other peri-urban settlements. All 3 issues (trafficking, abduction and violent extremism) should be dealt with equal importance as chapters of the research report. IOM wants to study internal migration in broad terms; these issues will be components of the research.

17.  Q: Do you find remuneration of surveys/focus groups/interviews appropriate within the project terms?

A: To be determined by the service provider in the technical and financial proposals. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the studied issues, service providers should keep and mind that it is difficult to ensure the participation of migrant populations to such large scale national studies.

18.  Q: Do you agree with subgrouping the migrant households, in order to reveal the number of children, elderly people in the migrant families and surveying their knowledge attitudes and practices re the survey objectives?

A: To be determined by the service provider. Although, IOM is not looking for another perceptions study.

19.  Q: Could you please inform us the time frame of the project and the total budget of the project? In TOR you mentioned 35,000 USD, does it include the output of the project. For instance, Report publication, etc.

A: There is a different budget for publications.

20.  Q: Who will have authorship of the final research report?

A: IOM Kyrgyzstan is currently in touch with the Publications Unit and the Legal Department to clarify this issue. A response to this question will be given in the briefest of delays.



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