Consultancy for Mapping of youth employability programs

Consultancy for Mapping of youth employability programs

Consultancy for Mapping of youth employability programs – 2 months (nationals only)
Job Number: 525355 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Middle East and North Africa: Egypt
Work Type : Consultancy
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The main objective is to conduct a comprehensive landscape mapping of existing adolescents and youth employability skills development programmes (ages: 10-24 y/o) to guide and inform “Meshwary” planned revamped model, position “Meshwary” on the map of these programmes and propose linkages/synergies with other existing adolescents and youth employability skills development programmes. Chiefly, this mapping study will further guide the design and implementation of the “Meshwary” Project during the revamping process.
More specifically, the study will provide a landscape analysis of existing employability skills development programmes targeting adolescents and youth in Egypt and aiming to improve their employability skills for further employment and self-employment (entrepreneurship) opportunities. This will involve identification and analysis of existing programmes including, among others: the programmes’ geographical coverage, target groups (age bracket of beneficiaries, gender dimension, Egyptian/Non-Egyptian, etc.), accreditation/certification, duration, main objectives, planned outcomes, modality of implementation (face-to-face or online), partnerships (government, private sector, INGOs, NGOs, etc.), complementary services (mentoring services, referral to on-the-job or work placement opportunities, credit/loans opportunities, etc.), funding, framework, scale, monitoring &evaluation mechanisms, key donors and championing in the sector.
The study will also propose entry points, potential synergies, and complementarities between the identified programmes and “Meshwary” Project implemented in collaboration between UNICEF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS).
Methodology for the Landscape Mapping Analysis.
 The Regional Guidance for the Middle East and North Africa Programming for and with Adolescents and Youth UNICEF’s programme focus of adolescents and youth in MENA is guided by the UNICEF Strategic Framework 2018-2021 which provides the reference and results for UNICEF’s work with adolescents and its’ contribution to the 2030 SDG agenda. Given the contextual realities for MENA, the focus of UNICEF response in MENA will be to ensure the realization of the rights of adolescents and youth especially the most vulnerable and foster a generation that is Protected, Educated, Employable and have opportunities to build a sense of a shared Responsibility (PEER) for building better societies. The PEER approach aligns with and contributes to several regional and global frameworks and initiatives including the LSCE[1], the GenU, and the One UN initiatives
The study should include the primary and secondary sources of information including a desk review of relevant material any existing mapping that was done before – with an analysis of what worked and what did not work.  The empirical part of the study should include key informant interviews/consultations with the different partners and stakeholders including, among others, UNICEF, other UN agencies/International Organizations, government (MoYS), Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS), Ministry of Labour (MoL), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSMEDA), etc.
Specifically, the methodology should encompass:
Desk review examining and analysing of the different programmes documents and relevant material.
Key informant interviews and consultations with partners and stakeholders at the central level and in the 3 governorates and any other private sector federations, companies and all other donors, UN and UNICEF staff involved.
Proposed key questions:
N.B. The following are sample guiding research questions. For the comprehensiveness of the study, the consultant/researcher will propose further research questions.
In sum, the landscape mapping study will help answer the following questions:
What are the employability programmes targeting adolescents and youth in Egypt?
What is the scope/scale of these programmes (geographical, financial, gender, targets number of beneficiaries, etc..)?
Who are the involved partners (ministries, government institutions, INGOs, NGOs, UN agencies, donors, private sector, etc.)?
What are the different roles a of each?
What is the objectives, planned outputs and outcomes?
How are the skills gained assessed? What is the certification process?
What are the planning approaches, methods and strategies used in these programmes?
What is the implementation modality (online/offline, capacitating government staff to cascade the programme to young people, implementing directly with the end beneficiaries, Peer to Peer Approach, central/local, etc.)?
What are the M&E mechanisms and systems adopted in these programmes?
What is the duration of the programmes (long versus short term interventions)?
How equitable these programmes are (young people in impoverished and marginalized communities, gender-focused, young people with disabilities, etc.)?
What are the national priorities and SDGs these programmes respond to (positioning the programmes within the national and global agenda)?
What are the scalability, sustainability, and resources mobilization mechanisms of these programmes?
What are the donors/UN agencies phasing out plans?
How these programmes can link/synergize with “Meshwary” Project?
Are there evaluations conducted for these programmes?
What has been the privates sector response to these programmes? Which of these programmes has found the support of the private sector and why and what are the sectors covered?  Has there been any investment from the private sector into these programmes.
The main objective of this assignment is to conduct a comprehensive landscape mapping study to guide and inform “Meshwary” revamped model, position “Meshwary” on the map of these programmes and propose linkages/synergies with other existing adolescents and youth employability skills development programmes.
The activities under this assignment include:
Developing a work plan of the research including an outline of the assignment, detailed timeline of the deliverables, etc..
Conducting a desk review and develop the inception report. This report should include, but is not limited to the following:
Desk review of existing relevant documents, reports and previously conducted researches.
Literature review of previous researches.
Methodology and outline of proposed tools.
Expected study limitations.
Ethical considerations
3- Developing the final report with detailed findings (narratives and data visualization), and recommendations.  This report should include, but is not limited to the following:
Executive summary.
Results: descriptive and analytical analysis and thematic presentation of the finding with emphasis on the presentation of key data and analysis.
Literature review.
Matrix of findings (entity, type of training, skills)
Report body with main findings conclusion.
Recommendations for programming and implementation.
Relevant annexes.
4- Preparing a presentation including the main findings, recommendation and the positioning of “Meshwary” in the employability skills development programmes’ map.


1-      A work plan of the research including with an outline of the assignment, detailed timeline of the deliverables, etc.. developed and submitted to UNICEF.

1 week after the start date.

10% of the contract amount

2-      Desk review conducted, and the inception report developed.

3 weeks after the start date.


25% of the contract amount

3-      Final report with detailed findings (Matrix, narratives and data visualization), and recommendations developed and presented to UNICEF.


1.5 month after the start date.


40 % of the contract amount

4-      Presentation of the main findings and recommendations prepared presented to UNICEF.


1.5 month after the start date.

25% of the contract amount

 UNICEF must hold the copyrights to all materials developed over the course of this assignment including publications, photos and videos. All research work should follow UNICEF guidance for Evaluations, research, quality assurance and SOPs especially when research audience for this research includes adolescents and youth below the age of 18. Research Protocol and Ethics Protocol will be subject to review by an external review board. Issues related to research ethics are appropriately discussed, as instructed in the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation, Data Collection and Analysis and in accordance with the UNICEF Strategic Guidance Note on Institutionalizing Ethical Practice for UNICEF Research. Based on the context of the research, all researchers will need to be gender sensitive, and also address the differences of attitudes.
All interviewees will be informed with the purpose of the evaluation and their role and what information is required specifically from them. Confidentiality of their views is considered. If interviewees will include minors, a written consent should be taken from the persons in charge of their care. All the documents, including data and fieldwork instruments, developed in the course of this consultancy are the intellectual property of UNICEF.
If the assignment requires photo or video documentation, all beneficiaries should be informed before photo and video documentation. A written consent, following UNICEF consent form format, should be taken from the person prior to the documentation. In case s/he is a minor, a written consent, following UNICEF consent form format, should be taken from the persons in charge for her/his care.
This contract is over the duration of 2 months. Payment will be against deliverables and satisfaction of service.
No logistical preparation is needed from UNICEF’s part. The individual should be responsible for all logistical preparations including travel and transportation. UNICEF will not provide office space
Educational and Skill Requirements:
At least a master’s degree in development relevant fields.
At least ten years professional experience in relevant fields.
Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments.
Experience in conducting researches, mapping studies, policy development, management and programming-related work.
Demonstrated experience in working with different stakeholders (government, UN, private sector, etc.) especially in the area of capacity development and youth employability programmes.
Fluency in Arabic and English, spoken and written.
Excellent analytical skills.
Financial Offer: Please submit a financial offer along with your proposal, which contains the following information:
Fee for services to be provided – based on the deliverables in the Terms of Reference
Wherever applicable, the itemized cost of all items i.e. the travel (tickets, etc) is indicated.
The financial offer provided is reasonable, competitive relevant to other bidders, and is appropriate for the assignment.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Wed Aug 07 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)

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