INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL CONTEXT
ACF is implementing the project “Improvement of Solid Waste Management for host communities and Syrian Refugees in Azraq Town (Azraq Municipality, Zarqa Governorate (Jordan)” in partnership with Disaster Waste Recovery and a donation of Taiwan ICDF.
The duration of the project is 24 months
Department: Food Security & Livelihood (FSL)
The overall objective of the project is the improvement of solid waste management in Azraq Municipality. This will be achieved by reaching five results:
(1) The nature of and the structure of the waste sector and its value chains are studies and understood
(2) A cooperative offers its solid waste and composting services to Azraq Municipality and creates local jobs
(3) The technical and managerial capacities of sector actors are strengthened
(4) A sorting and composting unit is set up
(5) Information and awareness raising information and campaigns are carried out among key actors and the general population
Azraq town is located in the Zarqa Governorate in the North East of Amman. Its population is 15,753 inhabitants according to the latest census of 2015. Although Azraq had long been known as a haven of peace and an oasis on the desert routes and a site of salt production for the whole of the Middle-East, today it is better-known for the Syrian refugee camp to which it gave its name. The oasis of Azraq has dried up during the last 20 years due to over-exploitation of the water table to supply the capital. The Syrian refugee camp is situated few kilometres away from the town (26 km). There are also many Syrian families in town (several thousand according to the local authorities). As a consequence, considerable pressure is put on all the public services provided by the town. So far no current interventions address this issue – all efforts are focused on the Azraq refugee camp and the priority needs of Syrian families.
The town of Azraq is composed of 3 distinct populations: the Druze who came from a migration which took place at the end of the 18th century; the Chechens who arrived during the 20th century and the nomadic Bedouins who have always inhabited the region. The 3 populations get along well, whilst forming 3 very distinct communities. The arrival of the Syrians presents a new challenge in terms of the social balance.
Access to the job market remains a challenge for refugee families, even though the London conference (February 2016) allowed a notable softening in the Government’s approach. The main economic activity in the region is agriculture, rendered relatively complex by soil and a part of the water table salinity and a desert climate (less than 20mm of rain per annum). The Jordanian Government and the United Nations agencies consider the Azraq region to be a pocket of poverty where effort must be made to improve citizens’ living conditions.
In Jordan, solid waste management is supervised by the Ministry of Environment. Local waste management is normally under the direct responsibility of the Municipality and a local advisory service called the Joint Service Council (JSC) under the supervision of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA). Municipalities are responsible for the collection and transportation of waste, whilst the JSCs manage the operation of dumpsites.
JOB DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Surveyors will be responsible in collecting the primary data, using research methodologies that will be provided by the FSL intern. Inductive research method will be used in collecting the quantitative data. The targeted group of the research are the Local Nurseries mainly, and the key actors in the field of solid waste management who will be determined by the expert. The research will generate a better understanding of the business of compost, including legislation, environment, technology, and competition. This is aimed at identifying the appropriate target market, communicating the benefits of product to stimulate the demand, ensuring the safe of products at a price and quantity that ensure profitability and sustainability for the composting site itself.
Market research can help understanding the marketplace, the potential customers and the competitors. A market analysis will lead the project strategy, the production and a business plan in order to secure a market. A marketing assessment will finally shed a light on the marketing communication strategy as well.
To that end ACF is looking for one surveyor to match the below qualifications:
Will be working in a team of surveyors managed by an Agricultural Expert and supervised by FSL intern
– To collect primary data using methods such as interviews, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, going door to door, reviewing files, and compiling literature reviews.
– To verify the accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites, and classify and record survey data.
– To prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
– To determine the condition of existing farms and plant production, identify and analyse defects, including proposals for repair.
– To provide unbiased analysis of statistical data.
– To test surveys for accessibility and user-friendliness.
– Trouble-shooting sampling issues.
– To review methods to improve future surveys.
– Direct work of staff members and fellow researchers.
– Direct updates and changes
– Translates coded, written survey results and enters data into appropriate format for data analysis. Extracts data from surveys and transcribes information into appropriate format.
– Handle respondent questions/concerns relating to the survey including use of data, funding sources.
– Re-contacts those who initially refuse to participate in the survey to negotiate their participation.
– Perform support services involving word processing, spreadsheet, database programs.
Full time job for Ten days, and will attend one day training conducted by the FSL intern on data collection and research methodology.