Consultancy for Baseline Study on Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya Project

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Closing date: 04 Feb 2017

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967 and began working in East Africa in 1974. Globally, AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource-poor areas. AKF East Africa responds to local and regional priorities by developing and implementing effective programming, measuring and documenting results and sharing its lessons with governments, donors and development actors to influence policy and practice. In Kenya, AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio which includes programming in Education for marginalized children, Early Childhood Development (ECD), governance and civil society and community health, predominantly in the Coast region and Kisii. AKF is currently implementing an EU funded project ‘Improving social and economic opportunities for the youth in Northern Kenya’ in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties in partnership with Islamic Relief Kenya (IRK) and National Council for Nomadic Education in Kenya (NACONEK).

About the project

The overall objective of the project is to improve social and economic opportunities for vulnerable young women and men aged 15-35 in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties. Specifically, AKF and implementing partners will facilitate greater employment and income generation opportunities for youth by working with a broad range of stakeholders including TVET institutions, potential employers in the private sector, CSOs, religious leaders, school management committees, county governments as well as youth groups.

The project has three specific objectives.

  1. To strengthen the institutional capacity of three networks of CSOs to deliver effective, inclusive socio-economic programming for youth across the three counties.

  2. To enhance the quality of school and TVET curriculum to deliver value-based education and market-led skills for vulnerable youth.

  3. To improve dialogue, engagement and understanding between county government, youth and various stakeholders (religious leaders, schools, CSOs) on matters affecting youth

Over the next three years (2016-2019), the project will target marginalised districts in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera. The key beneficiaries of the action will be male and female youth aged 15-35, which will include in school and out-of-school youth, youth entrepreneurs and TVET graduates. Local CSOs, staff from local authorities, and TVETs will also benefit from the project via targeted capacity building, increased dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders. Overall, the project aims to reach at least 13,000 youth directly 25,000 community members indirectly through campaigns, outreach and policy reform.

Purpose of consultancy

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is seeking to procure the services of a consultant(s) or firm to design and conduct a baseline study for this project. The main objective of the baseline study is to benchmark a set of qualitative and quantitative indicators as well as provide further insights into the current status of the project’s target groups in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties to support design of effective implementation strategies.

The specific objectives are:

  • Obtain and analyse information on prevailing situation on the project’s target groups
  • Establish the baseline values for the project quantitative and qualitative performance project indicators
  • Validate and provide recommendations (on methods and tools) for the future tracking of the performance indicators as well strategies to support implementation of the
  • Establish the status of value based education in basic education institution and TVET in the target counties

The project’s set of objectively verifiable indicators are attached in Annex A

Scope of Work

  • Undertake review of key AKF documents including the project document, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and relevant county policies and frameworks to understand project’s objectives and context within which the project is operating in.
  • Design baseline data protocol and tools that meet the information needs of AKF and its implementing partners and targeted groups and produce an inception report
  • Carry out orientation and training of AKF and its implementing partners and target groups on the baseline survey protocol and tools to ensure effective participation in the exercise
  • Hold county level meetings and facilitate key stakeholders in the targeted counties to identify and analyse the situation affecting youth and come up with practical solutions
  • Carry out data collection using the agreed tools including the functionality of TVETs, assessment of uptake and completion rates for youth women and men and levels of satisfaction with the course currently offered by the TVET
  • Carry out an analysis of the data gathered to determine the basic information and indicators values including recommendations on realistic targets for intervention
  • Validate data with stakeholders
  • Present findings to AKF and its implementing partners and target counties for input and adoption.
  • Finalize the evaluation report, print and disseminate to stakeholders.

Key deliverables

  • Inception report outlining the approach and methodology of the baseline study
  • Orientation for AKF and partners on the baseline data collection process and tools
  • Data collection tools
  • Draft baseline report for feedback
  • Validation workshop with stakeholders
  • The final cleaned dataset used for analysis and production of final report in an accessible electronic format (excel, SPSS, STATA).
  • Presentation and feedback meetings with AKF, implementing partners on the findings of the baseline survey
  • Final baseline report
  • Anticipated timeline
  • The baseline study is anticipated to begin by mid-January, 2017 and take no more than 45 working days from the day of award of contract

Annex A: List of Project outcome level indicators

  • % of vulnerable young women and men who have participated in a livelihoods program have increased their income from baseline data.
  • # of young men and women that have secured self-employment / employment or diversified source of income as a result of participation in programme activities
  • # and % of TVET male and female graduates who have successfully completed the improved TVET programme:
  • # and % of TVET graduates who have successfully secured an employment opportunity within 6 months of completion.
  • # of suggestions for youth-friendly actions integrated into CIDPs/County Annual Plans and Budgets
  • # and % of LCSOs with improved scores in Organisational Capacity Assessment (OCA), measuring ability to deliver quality youth programming
  • # of partnerships between county government, youth, private sector, LCSOs and other key stakeholders
  • Indicator 4: # of schools implementing value based education activities
  • % of youth (m/f) adopting productivity-enhancing technologies and practices promoted by the project

How to apply:

Application Process

All interested consultants/firms are requested to submit their proposals via email to recruitment.akfcr@akfea.org no later than 4.00 pm on 4th February, 2017 with the email title AKF Youth Livelihoods Baseline– organized separately as follows:

· Technical proposal (not exceeding 15 pages): The technical proposal should reflect the consultants/firm’s understanding of the TORs and how they will undertake all the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work. The consultant/firm will also provide a detailed plan of specific activities and timetable for carrying out the assignment including resumes of proposed lead consultants, relevant experience and references. Firm’s application must include all copies of statutory requirements.

· Financial Budget: The consultant/firm shall propose a realistic cost estimate for this assignment, including a breakdown of the budget and justification of expenses. The budget shall include only those costs that can be directly attributed to the activities proposed. This should be submitted separately from the Technical Proposal. c

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