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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONDUCTING A BASELINE SURVEY ON ENHANCING LIVELIHOODS FOR YOUTH PROJECT
The Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development (AJPRODHO-JIJUKIRWA) is a non-governmental Organization, not for profit making, which was created in 1997. AJPRODHO works to improve the rights of the disadvantaged youth, women and children in Rwanda through human rights promotion, protection, research, advocacy, economic empowerment and civil society strengthening. AJPRODHO’s vision is a peaceful society where there is youth participation for social justice and decent living conditions for all, whilst its mission is to empower disadvantaged people for their rights and to advocate for socio-economic development.
Under its Youth Economic Empowerment Program, AJPRODHO is implementing a 3 year project entitled “Enhancing Livelihoods for Youth (EL4Y) Project” in partnership with Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) with EU funding. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of youth unemployment and increasing their access to decent work in Rwanda. Specifically, by the end of the project, 4000 vulnerable youth (16-30 years, 70% females) will have enhanced their livelihoods due to an increase in income of at least 60% and their untapped opportunities by the traditional vocational training programs.
- EL4Y BROJECT BACKGROUND
EL4Y Project was initiated against a background of as literature and evidence from previous youth economic empowerment work of AJPRODHO, especially learning from the Youth Employability in the Informal Sector (YEIS) that point to three critical issues that prevent youth from accessing decent employments and prevent them from developing long term perspectives for their socio-economic productivity. The issues identified were as follows:
- Low levels of educational attainment;
- Lack of strong technical skills; and
- Poor alignment between the skills taught in vocational training centres and market needs.
Furthermore, some of the challenges facing youth businesses include, but are not limited to:
- High taxes especially subjected to start-up businesses and other factors of production that are critical for business development;
- Lack of awareness of taxes affecting their business and understanding of the implications of non compliance with the tax regime;
- Limited knowledge of interventions designed to assist them so that they demand for them;
- Inadequate access to market information that could benefit their businesses;
- Inadequate knowledge about marketing their products;
- Limited abilities to develop their skills to the extent of being competitive on the market.
EL4Y project focuses on initiating more relevant vocational training and other livelihoods skills development activities offering youth better chances for (self-) employment. The project also explores development of skills in areas such as music, sports (athletics, cycling), theatre, traditional dance, multi-media, fine arts and others.
The project also proposes to conduct training youth on marketing and taxation and developing partnerships with companies in the private sector for easy access to markets for youth. It also proposes advocacy activities that aim at influencing the decision makers to adopt flexibilities in the tax regime, in particular in the taxation of start-up businesses. It also proposes to reduce the unemployment and the underemployment of target youth by implementing activities that will increase the employability skills through non-traditional TVET, work readiness training and entrepreneurship skills development for participating youth.
The primary target group of the “EL4Y “project is: at least 4,000 vulnerable youth of Kicukiro, Ngororero, Bugesera and Muhanga Districts. The target group will be composed of males and females; especially “teen and single mothers” from age 16 to 30 years. They are unemployed or underemployed youth from the poorest households.
- ABOUT THE BASELINE SURVEY
AJPRODHO, wishes to conduct a baseline survey on youth livelihoods in the 4 target districts and other key stakeholders at the national level youth. The project baseline survey will establish baseline values for all indicators at the beginning of the project. At the end of the project, a final evaluation will measure the project’s results against baseline values to determine the project performance on the basis of the youth livelihoods status before and after the project.
- THE SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT AND METHODOLOGY
The baseline survey is expected to be carried out during a period of 30 days including data collection, analysis and reporting. The individual or firm that will do the consultancy will take on all the responsibilities related to this survey until the final report is approved.
The exercise will cover 4 districts of Kicukiro, Bugesera, Muhanga, Ngororero and national level key informants/ stakeholders. During the survey all 4 targeted districts will be reached for all data collection related activities. The individual or firm will be expected to use a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, explain how the sample size and sampling strategy of the population were chosen and use different data collection tools to generate qualitative and quantitative evidence for the baseline study
- CONSULTANCY FIRM INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT EXPERIENCE
- At least five (5) years’ experience in conducting evaluations and carrying out related tasks, on youth employment challenges and youth in the informal sector in particular;
- Demonstrated understanding of Rwanda’s policy landscape and development strategies as relates to this project
- Strong research and analytical skills with special emphasis on data collection and analysis tools;
- Proven understanding of the Rights based approach and Human Rights in general
- Experience working with local community, local authorities, civil society organizations and youth is an added advantage.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda is required
NB: Academic Requirements for an individual Consultant or lead member of the consulting firm, shall be a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline; Economics, law, gender, public policy and other social sciences from a recognized institution
- How to apply
Interested consultants/firms must submit the following documents:
- Cover Letter, addressed to the Executive Secretary of AJPRODHO- At least three references from similar assignments
- Technical proposal.
- Financial proposal
- At least 3 Certificates of good completion from 3 previous consultancy service contracts
- Tax compliance
Incomplete documents will not be considered.