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Concern Worldwide Consultancy to Undertake a Labour Market Survey for Semi Skilled Work Force in Urban Areas

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1. Back ground and Context

Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Concern engages in long-term development work, responds to emergency situations, and seeks to address the root causes of poverty through development education and advocacy work.

In Kenya’s urban areas, Concern is implementing a comprehensive Urban Livelihoods and Social Protection programme for poor households living in the slums.

The programme has 3 main components: cash transfers, referral services and livelihood development.

Through the livelihood development component of this programme Concern Worldwide will undertake skills building, provision of business development grants as well as link urban slum dwellers to micro-finance institutions to access credit for business development.

In order to achieve the above, Concern Worldwide would like to commission a consultancy to undertake an analysis of skills sets amongst its beneficiaries and match them with the urban labour market for semi-skilled work force in Nairobi.

By so doing, identify the relevant field of training that its programme should provide and viable business opportunities that the urban poor can venture into with minimal resources available at their disposal.

2. Justification

The proposed consultancy is in line with the Social Protection strategy and plan for 2010 i.e. to provide skills training and support for poor urban slum dwellers that will enhance their access to the labour market.

3. Purpose

Working under the guidance of the Programme Manager, Urban Livelihoods and Social Protection, the purpose of the consultancy is to:
• Undertake an analysis of the skills set of the beneficiary households in Korogocho and identify those households that are more likely to access the productive market or engage in small scale (given the physical/health conditions of the household members, age, ability to work outside/from home etc)
• Match the identified skills sets from beneficiary households with job requirements in the labour market
• Together with the beneficiaries, explore other sectors of employment opportunities for beneficiary households and undertake a detailed analysis of the identified sectors in terms of the skills required, what makes them marketable, where they are marketable, labour market prospects including issues of seasonality of the skills demand where applicable.
• Identify self employment and small scale business opportunities that can be made available to a proportion of beneficiary households who opt for self employment
• Provide a cost analysis for skills training and business set up in the identified areas/sectors.
• Provide insights on the level of training at which the beneficiary trained in a particular vocation or other skill would be ready to either find or create his/her own employment.
• Provide recommendations on the appropriate training content (packaging) to enable the trainees find adequate demand for the skills acquired or to generate their own employment.
• Identify a list of training partners within or close to the work for the identified marketable skills taking into account cost effectiveness.
• Make recommendations to guide the Project on providing the identified marketable skills and highlighting how best, Concern can implement the skills training intervention, and the strategy for partnering with training institutions or local artisans in and around the project area.

4. Methodology and Technical Approach

The consultant(s) will employ both quantitative and qualitative techniques in undertaking the survey.

Participation is a crucial element for any work undertaken within Concern Worldwide hence the consultant should ensure the inclusion of beneficiaries’ views and ideas in the survey.

5. Outputs and Deliverables

The consultant will be expected to produce the following outputs:

i. An inception report outlining the methodology and workplan at the onset of the assignment

ii. A Draft Report on the survey containing the following:
• An analysis of the current skills set of beneficiary households, their ability to access employment opportunities with their current skills sets, the proportion of which are able to participate in the productive labour market based on their physical conditions as well as other factors and the level of training/upgrade required for them to access better employment opportunities given their current skills set
• List of other marketable vocational skills and small scale business opportunities in and around Korogocho, Nairobi that could be made available to beneficiary households.
• Detailed analysis of other marketable vocational/non vocational skills emphasing, what makes them marketable, where they are marketable, labour market prospects including issues of seasonality of the skills demand where applicable.
• Cost analysis for skills training and business set up in the identified areas/sectors.
• Insights on the level of training at which the beneficiary trained in a particular vocation or other skill would be ready to either find or create his/her own employment.
• Recommendations on the appropriate training content (packaging) to enable the trainees find adequate demand for the skills acquired or to generate their own employment.
• List of training partners within or close to the work for the identified marketable skills taking into account cost effectiveness.
• Recommendations to guide the Social protection Programme Project on providing the identified marketable skills and highlighting how best, Concern can implement the skills training intervention, and the strategy for partnering with training institutions or local artisans in and around the project area.
iii. A final survey report with all the above and incorporating all comments from Concern Worldwide and its partners in the Social Protection programme.

6. Requirements

Professional Knowledge
• Proven experiences in undertaking labour market surveys as well as household surveys
• Broad awareness of the key issues affecting employment in the urban areas of Kenya
• Good understanding of the labour market requirements for different levels of job categories
• Experience in designing and using participatory methods
• An understanding of the slum context and scenario.

Demonstrated Abilities/Aptitudes

• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Ability to consult and network effectively with a variety of beneficiaries and stakeholders at field level
• Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all stakeholders
• Ability to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources;
• Fluent in spoken and written Kiswahili and English

7. Time frame.

• The consultancy is for 10 weeks from the date of signing the contract.

8. Remuneration

• The fee for this consultancy will be negotiated based on Concern Worldwide’s rates taking into account the experience of the consultant(s)
• The fee will be paid in 3 installments based on deliverables. Concern is required by law to deduct 5% withholding tax.
All other tax requirements will be the responsibility of the consultant.

Interested candidates submit their applications and CVs to Amina Abdulla at; nairobi.admin @ concern.net by 17 February 2010.




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