Call for Applications: Researcher/Report Writer on the digital book publishing industry (Deadline: March 18, 2016)

Terms of Reference

1. Position: Researcher/Report Writer on the digital book publishing industry in the Philippines from 2010 to 2015

2. Duration: 4 Months.

The project will begin immediately as soon as the contract is signed.

3. Budget: For negotiation.

The budget will be negotiated based on the proposal of the researcher and the agency’s available resources.

4. Background

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is the lead agency promoting the continuing development of the book publishing industry to ensure an adequate and accessible supply of quality books for the global market.

With the proliferation of digital devices and gadgets in the past decade, it is expected that the digital book publishing industry has also grown. But data on the digital book publishing and reading in the Philippines are few and scattered. The latest research partially directed towards knowing the digital book publishing industry was conducted by NBDB in 2012 through the NBDB Readership Survey.

5. Objectives

The main objectives of the research are as follows:

a. Provide a clear view of the digital book publishing industry in the Philippines
b. Impart a better understanding and appreciation of the current state of the digital book publishing industry in the Philippines

6. Scope of research

a. Digital book publishing industry in the Philippines
b. Data from 2010 to 2015

7. Outputs with tentative timeline

OutputsDeadlines (2016)
a. Proposal containing the following:
- 4-month workplan and budget for the research
- Appropriate methodology to conduct the research
March 18
b. Draft research report and analysis April 20
c. Presentation of the research report and analysisApril 29, May 30, June, July
d. Final research report and analysisJuly 15
e. Digital and print-ready version of the raw data gathered (Excel), research report (Word), and report presentation (PowerPoint)July 15

8. Reportings

The research report and analysis will be presented to the NBDB Management Committee on April 20 and on April 29, 2016 during the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival (PILF) in the panel “Mapping digital activity in Philippine Publishing”.

9. Qualifications

The following specific qualifications must be met by the Researcher/Report Writer:

a. Prior experience in conducting industry research
b. General understanding of or experience in the book publishing industry
c. Strong analytical skills
d. Knowledge, understanding and practical implementation of research methods and analytical tools
e. Ability to collate and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data
f. Highly developed communication skills, including the preparation of high quality reports

10. Submission of proposal

Please submit your proposal and email to Atty. Rhia Aladin, NBDB Acting Director I ([email protected]) on or before March 18, 2016.The proposal must contain the following:

a. Expression of interest to undertake the study
b. Outline of the research methodology/approach to be adapted
c. 4-month workplan/timetable for conducting the research and writing the report
d. Budget details
e. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of researcher which includes brief profile of relevant research conducted, and references