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CAP Youth Empowerment Institute

TOR for Designing Enhanced Entrepreneurship Program
 
I. Background:CAP Youth Empowerment Institute (CAP YEI) is a Kenyan NGO established in 2010 with the mandate of providing employability skills training and support to marginalized Kenyan youth. 

This is done through the Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model, which was developed by CAP Foundation.

This dynamic, demand-driven market-based model has been successfully applied in more than 10 countries in Asia and Africa, benefiting over 200,000 youth. 

In 2015, the model was voted one of the leading models for youth skills training Africa following a continent-wide competition organized by the Africa Union. 

Using the BEST model, CAP YEI aims to provide basic work entry level skills for disadvantaged youth in Kenya with particular focus on the poor and other vulnerable youth who may not have any opportunity to continue with higher education and training.CAP YEI targets youth for obvious reasons:

(i) to help reduce their vulnerability to participate and involve others in extremism and violent crime; 

(ii) support government policy to create employment and achieve its 2030 blue print. 

The basic approach used to address (ii) is by facilitating the youth to access promising labor market oriented opportunities, savings, and credit that support their pathways to safe and positive futures.
 
To ensure countrywide youth support, CAP YEI has also extended its focus from previous demonstration and replication training centers to broader approach through empowering TVETs and Vocational Training Centers to increase the outreach of the program by creating local applying some of the principles of the BEST model. 

The aim is to build capacity by integrating the most successful elements of the BEST model into the TVET curriculum and processes and this way support the application of the Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) framework of the government. 

To deliver its programs CAP YEI has now established a nationwide network comprising 20 training centers and over 1500 employer, business and mentor partners. 

CAP YEI is also working with 46 VTC partners under the capacity building component and intends to expand this to 100 partner VTC’s. 

The organization has also helped the start 600 youth micro businesses across the country and plans to expand this number to 4000 over five years
 
II. Consultant: CAP YEI seeks the services of a suitable consultant to help set up the platform for planned growth of the Entrepreneurship component, starting with the design of a post BEST training curriculum. 
 
III. Tasks:
1.    Design a curriculum for youth entrepreneurship level 2 (post BEST) as well the tools for its delivery and work with CAP YEI to implement it. This should provide a seamless link with BEST and seek to address challenges of business growth including identified in the past including through the Metro pal credit rating evaluation, AGPO pilot, UMN reports and others.
2.    Design a process for the flexible delivery of the training through institutional, digital/electronic and other distance means
3.    Carry out a TOT for level 2 training and deliver it to at least 15 CAP YEI staff.
4.    Analyze the report on credit rating carried out by Metro pal and design and deliver a follow up training for at least 30 youth business leaders to help them upgrade.
5.    Provide market linkages for 20 select youth entrepreneurs in resale, agriculture, services, government contracting etc.
IV. Deliverables:
1.    Draft post BEST training curriculum for entrepreneurship
2.    Written proposal for flexible delivery
3.    15 staff trained to deliver curriculum
4.    One workshop, 30 youth business leaders trained to upgrade credit score
5.    20 youth led businesses linked to market opportunities
V. Time frame: February to May 2017.
 
VI. How to apply:
 
Interested consultants are request to send their indication of interest providing a summary of their suitability for the work to: hr@capyei.org
 
Website: www.capyei.org

Shortlisted individuals will receive further information to prepare a technical and finance proposal.


Terms of Reference

Assignment:
Programs and Organizational Learning Partner
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Duration of Assignment: Two Years
 
Expected Start Date: February 2017

1.1 Background Information: CAP Youth Empowerment Institute (CAP YEI) is a Kenyan NGO established in 2010 with the mandate of providing employability skills training and support to marginalized Kenyan youth. 

This is done through the Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model, which was developed by CAP Foundation. 

This dynamic, demand-driven market-based model has been successfully applied in more than 10 countries in Asia and Africa, benefiting over 200,000 youth.

In 2015, the model was voted one of the leading models for youth skills training Africa following a continent-wide competition organized by the Africa Union. 

Using the BEST model, CAP YEI aims to provide basic work entry level skills for disadvantaged youth in Kenya with particular focus on the poor and other vulnerable youth who may not have any opportunity to continue with higher education and training.CAP YEI targets youth for obvious reasons: 

(i) to help reduce their vulnerability to participate and involve others in extremism and violent crime; 

(ii) support government policy to create employment and achieve its 2030 blue print.

The basic approach used to address (ii) is by facilitating the youth to access promising labor market oriented opportunities, savings, and credit that support their pathways to safe and positive futures.
 
To ensure countrywide youth support, CAP YEI has also extended its focus from previous demonstration and replication training centers to broader approach through empowering TVETs and Vocational Training Centers to increase the outreach of the program by creating local applying some of the principles of the BEST model. 

The aim is to build capacity by integrating the most successful elements of the BEST model into the TVET curriculum and processes and this way support the application of the Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) framework of the government. 

To deliver its programs CAP YEI has now established a nationwide network comprising 20 training centers and over 1500 employer, business and mentor partners.

CAP YEI is also working with 46 VTC partners under the capacity building component and intends to expand this to 100 partner VTC’s. 

The organization has also helped the start 600 youth micro businesses across the country and plans to expand this number to 4000 over five years
 
1.2 Partnership with the MasterCard Foundation
 
The most successful initiative of CAP YEI has been the Learn, earn initiative for Sub Saharan Africa, a five year project that was supported by the Master Card Foundation. 

The first phase of this project run from 2011 to 2016 and was successful in reaching 14000 youth with employability skills and support, achieving a transition rate (from learning to earning or further learning) of 88% (employment – 75%, entrepreneurship – 8%, further learning – 5%).  

This project has now been renewed for a further 5 years with the aim of scaling up and sustaining the program through partnership with the Government TVET system and the expansion of the training and entrepreneurship delivery components.
 

The key deliverables of this new partnership will include: directly training 23,000 youth; indirectly reaching and supporting 39,000 youth through the capacity building initiative and supporting the establishment of 4000 youth led businesses. 

The organization aims to maintain a successful transition to employability rate of 75% and to also establish a level 2, post BEST training stream focused on providing additional skills and support to alumni.
 
1.3 Learning Partner
 
CAP YEI is seeking the services of a learning partner to work with the organization during the implementation of this program by providing an external view of program implementation, results and processes, giving critical feedback and helping identify opportunities for improvement and growth. 

This assignment has four broad objectives
 
1.3.1 Conduct annual impact assessment of the employability training and support including component: BEST, TVET capacity building, and entrepreneurship and provide feedback through a structured process that will include one annual report.
 
1.3.2 Design and apply tools and processes to assess the long term impact of CAP YEI’s program on Kenyan youth.
 
1.3.3 Assess and feedback on the potential policy implications of the CAP YEI program for the youth employability and skills sector in Kenya
 
1.3.4 Participate in peer review consultations with similar organizations with a view to identifying areas of improvements and or setbacks to help in “learning from others” and or maintaining quality and to identify potential for collaboration.
 
1.4 Detailed Description of the Scope of Work
 
In view of the objectives described above, the successful learning partner shall:
 
1.4.1 Review the monitoring and evaluation (M & E) needs and plans of the said assignment and extract the relevant indicators that could be used to monitor the outputs.
 
1.4.2 Design the operating model and required tools of this partnership in collaboration with CAP’s relevant departments.
 
1.4.3 Prepare the documents necessary to guide both partners on the implementation of this assignment. This should include procedures and operating manuals that should guide project coordination in processing and disseminating information.
 
1.4.4 Develop data collection and reporting framework, instruments for capturing both quantitative and qualitative longitudinal and summative data and analyses.
 
1.4.5 Ensure that the data is analyzed and presented in a simple enough to understand manner and is disaggregated by different parameters such as gender, social economic situation, vulnerability and others
 
1.4.6 Support CAP YEI in hosting government, civil society peers, youth and other stakeholders through which such information can be shared for purposes of dissemination
 
1.5 Deliverables
 
The learning partner shall provide the following deliverables to CAP YEI:
1.    A manual outlining in detail the partnership model to be applied in the partnership, which should include detailed activities to be undertaken to provide the required services. This should include a section that sets out the needs of CAP YEI in relation to the assignment and Project M & E indicators.
2.    A presentation to CAP YEI in respect of the said model and within two after such presentation, provide a revised inception report.
3.    Timetable with complete timelines on how the exercise shall be conducted and when the survey reports shall be disseminated.
4.    One Evaluation report every year providing details and summary of findings and recommendation for improvement
5.    Participation in one dissemination workshop each year bringing together CAP YEI staff and partners as well as other peer organizations to review findings and make recommendations for the future
6.    At least three communications products (summaries, articles, presentation) based on the learning partnership and findings provided to CAP YEI
1.6 Required Competencies
 
The learning partner can be an individual, organization or institution with demonstrated skills and experience in carrying out similar activities. 

A combination of the following experience and competences (preferably gained in the Africa region) are desired:
 
(i) Provision of TVET related learning/curricular at national or regional level
 
(ii) Demonstrated international and local operations or policy research experience.
 
(iii) Experience in youth education and training 
 
(iv) Recent project experience in similar assignment(s).
 
(v) Demonstrated competence in monitoring and evaluation/auditing of educational and training projects and well versed in project cycle management.
 
(vi) Knowledge of market based, demand driven employability models and programming and strong experience in entrepreneurial research and development.
 
(vii) Capacity to engage University students in this work for purposes of their further learning and capacity building is desired, though not mandatory
 
1.7 Anticipated Duration
 
Initial appointment will be for two years but with possibility of extension by mutual agreement.
 
1.8 Confidentiality
 
The learning partner shall uphold integrity in the use of any confidential information received from CAP YEI or any other stakeholder affiliated to CAP YEI. 

Such materials should be used exclusively for the purpose of preparing deliverables relevant to this assignment. 

The confidentiality obligations shall not apply to any information already in the public domain. 
 
1.9. Application Process
 
Interested and qualified applicants are invited to send their applications to: learning@capyei.org. by 09th January 2016.
 
The applicant should provide:
 
(i) All relevant information providing proof of experience and competence
 
(ii) A technical application demonstrating briefly how the applicant would perform the job as defined in this TOR
 
(iii) Financial estimate of costs – total budget should not exceed $25,000 per year.


Terms of Reference
 
Project: “Expanding and Sustaining the CAP-BEST Program and Model in Kenya”

Supported by: The MasterCard Foundation
 
Consultancy to Carry out Baseline Survey

Duration:
 3 Months
 
Start Date: January 2017
 
Reporting to: Executive Director, CAP YEI 

Background: Between 2011 and 2016, CAP  YEI, with the support of the MasterCard Foundation implemented program to empower  vurlnerable youth with basic employment skills and support in diverse sectors industry. 

This was guided by its Basic  Employability  Skills  Training  (BEST)  model – a demand led,  a  nine-step framework of activities guided by objectives including to:
  • Ensure that  disadvantaged youth learn and acquire life skills, relevant job market   skills, savings education, and small business development training
  • Facilitate  disadvantaged  youth  to access  to  internships  and  job  opportunities;
  • Ensure  youth  receive vital pre and post job placement counseling support.
This program was quite succesful leading to the training and support of over 14,000 youth in Kenya and a succesful employability placement rate (jobs and small business) exceeding 80%. 

CAP YEI also started a capacity building program to train partners from 46 VTC about the BEST model and how to adapt its key principles to their programs and, this way, improve learning and placement outcomes for youth. 

The MasterCard Foundation has approved a grant to CAP YEI to undertake a second phase of this program and address the added challenges of ensuring scale up and sustainability as well as improve inclusiveness and outreach to more marginalised youth and communities  in Kenya. 

The objectives of this new phase are:

(i) Provide 23,030 marginalized youth with employability skills and support to access internship and job opportunities, through CAP’s Basic Employability Skills Training (CAP-BEST) model in 20 existing and new demonstration and replication centres that will function as accredited vocational training centers within the Kenyan TVET sector.

(ii) Facilitate adoption of the CAP-BEST model components into the Kenyan TVET system through training and capacity building of 500 VTC instructors and managers to improve learning outcomes in their TVET institutions, in order to reach 39,000 young Kenyans with improved market-relevant soft and technical skills.

(iii) Provide 4,000 graduates of the CAP-BEST model support to establish and grow micro-businesses in the agriculture, digital, manufacturing and service sectors through demonstration, replication and VTC partner centers. 

We are seeking the sevices of a consultant individual or firm to help us set out the baseline for this project by gathering and analysing both internal as well as external environment data to establish the current possition in as afar youth employability/skills training and support in Kenya and in the areas specifically targeted by CAP YEI are concerned.

The consultancy will seek to provide analysis against each of the program objectives. 

The scope will be both national and regional (depending on the strategy and reach identified under each project objective). 
 
The Consultancy will aim to answer the following questions among others:

1. CAP YEI state of performance by the three different strategies: demonstration, replication and capacity building: number of centers, VTC partners, training output dissagregated by gender etc) , profile of average youth enroled; completion/drop out rates; transition to earning rates etc; efficciency and effectives of each and ratio of cost per strategy

2. State of TVET in Kenya (with a particular focus on VTC’s) – number of providers and staff (government, private, other) numbers reached by providers (dissagregated by gender region etc), programs offered; course completion rates, drop out rates, transition to employability rates (jobs, business), transition to further learning; major changes expected in the sector; summary of major challenges faced by the sector and what is being done about them

3. Demand led, market driven youth employability programs in Kenya: who are the key actors and where are they; different models and approaches; comparative against- successful transition to earning rates, cost per graduate, delivery mechanisms, partnerships and reach including collaboration with government etc. Analysis of the major challenges faced by industry in securing appropriate workers; mismatch between skills and employer requirements what is industry/government/civil society, others,  doing about it it? 

4. Youth entrpreneurship – state of youth entprepreneurship in Kenya, broad types of youth led businesses, other actors in this field and what they are doing; analysis against - business types; business survival rates, size, number of employess, summary of major challenges faced by youth and what is being done about it; estimate of the youth led business sector by value, econimic and social contribution etc

5. Role of Government: data against each objective above (support to TVET system; sector reforms, introduction of competemcy based, demand driven approaches; support to youth business). Provide current state of government investment and a projection of the same to 2021; major policy reforms planned or under way. 

6. Review of CAP YEI – state of M&E, MIS, HR, Quality controll systems, partners,  staff complement, orhganisational stracture, profiles of training centres and offerings etc -  basically an assement of organisational capacity to deliver on this program. 

Expression of interest:
 
As part of expressing interest to undertake the tasks listed, the consultant is expected to:
 
(i) Present a proposal on survey design clearly indicating the objectives, sample size, sectors, tools to be used for the survey, scope and coverage, expected outcomes/deliverables, time frame and schedules

(ii) Budget of the activity, including professional costs (total budget should not exceed Ksh3.5M) 

(iii) The profile and qualification of the lead and support persons involved in the project contract

Final Deliverables:
1.    A pre activity inception report describing the strategies adopted and the timelines for delivery
2.    Draft report for partner’s discussions, and presentation of same to the partners.
3.    One bound report of final report based on the findings, after incorporating the suggestions from partners.
4.    Summary of the final report in power point presentation or similarly suitable format
How to Apply

Expressions of interest and any enquiries should be sent to:baseline@capyei.org by 31st December 2016

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