Consultancy for Rapid Market Assessment for Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya project

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Closing date: 04 Feb 2017

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), county governance, 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 will facilitate greater employment and income generation opportunities for youth by working with a broad range of stakeholders including TVET institutions, the private sector, CSOs, religious leaders, school management committees, County Government 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 three years (2016-2019), the project will target marginalised Counties 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 through improved capacity building, dialogue and linkages with various 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 an independent consultant to design and conduct a rapid market assessment for its Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya project. The Rapid Market Assessment will seek to identify and analyse the current and emerging industry and overall employment needs in Garissa, Lamu and Mandera over the next decade. This will be done in collaboration with the business community, government and TVETs so that all actors agree on the labour needs and opportunities in each county. It will investigate which industries are growing and retracting, which skills are required and whether the TVETs are adequately responding to the market needs. Part of this assessment will include a rapid Value Chain Analysis which will identify the most promising/viable high value crops and fruits for commercialisation.

The specific objectives are:

  • To assess employment needs and opportunities (formal or non-formal, on-farm or off-farm) for the youth in the target counties, looking at the capacity and emerging labor markets
  • To assess the current employability/self-employment skills deficit among the youth given the market needs
  • Assess the effectiveness of TVET curriculum to deliver self-employment, employability and life skills that meet market demands
  • To recommend strategies to enhance employability and self-employment skills of the youth including increased uptake of TVET curriculum

Research questions

  • What are the employment needs and emerging opportunities (formal or informal, on-farm or off-farm) in all sectors for the youth in the target counties?
  • What are the current skills deficits among female and male youths in the targeted counties?
  • How effective is the current TVET curriculum in preparing female and male youths for self-employment and employability?
  • How well are the TVETs prepared to deliver self-employability and employability skills for the youth?
  • What is the status and functionality of the TVET institutions the target counties?
  • What is the level of satisfaction with the quality of the TVET programme delivery?
  • What strategies can effectively increase women’s enrolment and completion of the TVET Programmes?

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 market assessment tools that meet the information needs of AKF and its implementing partners and targeted groups and produce an inception report
  • Identify packages of tools or relevant start-up materials that each group of trainees would need to be able to establish a business, bearing in mind accessibility, affordability, and profitability for the target group,
  • Hold county level meetings and engage various key stakeholders in the targeted counties using the agreed tools to identify and analyse the labour markets trends and emerging opportunities for the youth
  • Carry out further literature review to assess the size of the labour markets,
  • Carry out an analysis of the data gathered to answer the research questions and provide recommendations on viable strategies for programme implementation
  • Explore, identify, and recommend appropriate strategies, approaches and processes, to strengthen apprenticeship and/or employment opportunities for the target group of trainees,Identify, analyse, and recommend five to seven priority sub-sectors (and others if relevant) where opportunities exist in Mandera, to train young men and women in vocational and entrepreneurial skills that will enable them generate and diversify income;
  • Present findings to AKF and its implementing partners and target counties for validation of information regarding labour market needs and trends, viable crop value chains and recommendations on project strategies
  • Summarize and document the process, findings into a final market assessment report

Key tasks/deliverables

  • Inception report outlining the approach and methodology for the Rapid Market Assessment
  • Engagements with stakeholders in each county
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection tools
  • Coordinate and conduct data collection
  • Analyse data
  • Draft the Rapid Market Assessment report for Presentation and feedback meetings with stakeholders in each county
  • Final Rapid Market Assessment report

Anticipated timeline

The Rapid Market Assessment is anticipated to begin by Early February 2017 and be completed no more than 45 days after award of assignment.

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 4thFebruary, 2017 with the email title AKF Youth Rapid Market Assessment– 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.

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