Kenya: Consultancy: Conduct a situation analysis and develop a Strategy paper on Adolescent/Youth a employability in Kenya ( 2 months), (Kenyan…

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Mar 2018

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Background and Justification

UNICEF Kenya programme through its Learning Environment thematic area and in cooperation with the Government of Kenya under the current framework of the Country Programme Agreement 2014 -2018, and in collaboration with various Implementing Partners, has been supporting various flagship interventions with the overall aim of enhancing equitable access to quality education for the targeted most vulnerable and marginalized boys and girls in various communities in Kenya. The interventions range from strengthening service delivery, policy dialogue, evidence generation and capacity development across ECDE, Primary, Secondary education and also providing humanitarian support through education in emergency.

Kenya has experienced steady growth in population coupled with expanding youth unemployment. This rising number of young people in the working population represents an opportunity for faster economic growth if they can be productively employed. One of the key challenges faced by the Kenyan adolescent and youth is lack of necessary education, relevant training and the knowledge and skills required to enhance their absorption into the labour market. Investing in adolescents’ learning and skills development is a priority for UNICEF identified for the second decade of a child’s life. This priority links directly to the achievement of SDG targets, including those related to ending poverty in all its forms, enhancing education and life learning opportunities and promoting employment and decent work for all. Hence, to achieve a lasting change in the lives of children, increasing investment in the second decade is a priority. The alarming 22.1% unemployment rate1 of Kenyan youth, poses significant health, security, and economic risks to Kenya’s society including, potential increase in HIV/AIDS infection rates, encouraging youth-related violence and theft, target of militia groups, radicalization, terrorism and decreasing national productivity, innovation and development. Kenya is experiencing relatively high vacancy rates in both public and private sectors of the economy amid massive unemployment, especially among the youth. This scenario gives a strong indication of the existence of a skills mismatch in the country. The skills mismatch is also a manifestation of gaps existing in the present curriculum and the delivery of relevant quality education.

UNICEF intents to strengthen and support government partners to develop and review policy on adolescent programmes and strategies to improve learning, employability and participation of adolescent boys and girls (10-19 years). The strategies aim to support adolescents in Kenya to acquire 21st century skills for leadership, global citizenship and education for employment through internships, mentorships, and apprenticeship.

UNICEF KCO is calling for Expression of Interest – EOI – from qualified individual professional consultants in the relevant field to carry out the assessment of the current curriculum and youths’ employability status with gender lenses. The objective of the consultancy is to conduct a situation analysis of youths and adolescents’ employability in different counties in Kenya, determine whether the current curriculum meet youths’ employability needs and identify how the private sector may help in changing the employability status of youths, especially girls. Currently this task cannot be completed by existing staff in the education section. Hence a consultant needs to be hired to complete the task clearly articulated under deliverables section.

RWP areas covered –

Outcome 10: By 2018, children and adolescents in Kenya receive child-centered quality teaching learning with improved learning outcomes through evidence-based basic education plans and Child Friendly School standards that are implemented with full participation of parents, communities and county governments, including in emergencies, disadvantaged and vulnerable urban contexts

Output 10.2 – By 2018, boys and girls aged 6-18 years old have increased access to quality basic education, transition to secondary and alternative learning programs focusing on the most vulnerable children.

Output 10.3 – By 2018, government and partners have increased capacity to implement inclusive and innovative CFS minimum standards to promote retention, age-appropriate learning outcomes and improved teachers’ skills benefitting boys and girls including children with special needs.

Scope of Work

  • Goal and Objective:
  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Education and technical guidance of programme officers the Consultant will be required to carry out a situation analysis of youths and adolescents’ employability status in Kenya, determine whether the current curriculum meet youths’ employability needs and identify how the private sector may help in changing the employability status of youths, especially girls from ASALs and marginalized regions. The consultant need to review and assess the available evidence and expertise generated within UNICEF, the strategy needs to be supported by solid evidence and experiences from the various organization working in the region and to collaborate the good practices and lessons learned in the area of learning and employability for adolescents. Identify supportive factors and bottlenecks to the realization of the results and make financial recommendations for implementing the strategies in the upcoming country programme regarding adolescent education from 2018-2022.

  • Activities and Tasks:
  • Conduct a situation analysis of adolescents and youths’ employability status in Kenya: a desk or literature review on adolescents and youths’ employability with gender lenses.
  • Review the literature and evidence on the existing models and approaches for supporting adolescents’ learning and employability;
  • Review the current curriculum, determine whether it is relevant to the current job requirement and identify areas to enhance learning and employability and mitigate gaps.
  • Review MOE and ministry of youths’ policies to identify how they support and reflect on adolescents and youths’ employability.
  • Based on the review of relevant literatures and programmes of other organizations, identify and meet the relevant stakeholders to discuss the future area of intervention and to identify potential area of expertise and collaboration; Interview relevant ministry personnel and partners working with adolescents and youths’ employability.
  • Review and identify private sector opportunities and demonstrate how they can influence adolescents and youths’ employability in collaboration with the government.
  • Write the strategy concept note in line with UNICEF guidelines (coherence, effectiveness, relevance, equity and gender equality) on adolescents’ learning and employability along with financial estimate;
  • Based on the evidence and need develop a prioritization list of interventions to achieve quick gains in short term and results in long term;
  • Address feedback comments received from government and UNICEF colleagues, and finalize the strategy note accordingly.
  • Work relationships:
  • The consultant need to work closely with UNICEF field and country office education team as well as collaborate with the private sector, partners, MOE and ministry of youths and county level Ministry of education and youths’ teams.
  • Timeframe: The assignment is expected to take about 60 working days.
  • Duty Station: While the duty station is Nairobi, the consultant will be expected to travel to counties as needed. Travel costs to be included in the overall financial proposal.
  • Expected Outputs:
  • The following outputs shall be expected of the consultant. All outputs shall be reviewed internally and by external partners for quality before they are accepted for processing of payments.

  • Inception report: The consultant will prepare an inception report summarising his/her understanding of the scope of the work. This is to ensure a shared understanding of the purpose and direction of the task in hand among the key stakeholders.
  • Final Strategy note: The consultant will prepare a strategy note cognisant of the ToR and other agreed requirements like situation analysis, identifying the problem, theory of change, solid evidence, lessons learned, supportive factors and bottlenecks and resources required for the realization of the results. Prioritizing the interventions to achieve result. The report will be submitted to for review to ensure that it meets the UNICEF standards, and recommendations are realistic, evidence-based and practical. The consultant shall also prepare a power point presentations of the strategy note.
  • Others: The consultant will also develop a brief 4-pager of the key findings, problems, and theory of change in improving adolescents learning and employability at UNICEF KCO.
  • Deliverables

    Duration (Estimated # of days or months)

    Schedule of Payment

    Review of the TOR and submission of inception report and approval

    5 days


    Sitan and desk review of available literature and documents

    10 days


    Review of the policy document and curriculum reform framework

    10 days

    Consultation with stakeholders and government counterparts and UNICEF colleagues

    10 days

    Field visit and sharing the draft strategy note along with prioritization of interventions and financial estimation

    20 days


    Incorporating the comments and sharing the final Strategy Note and 4-page brief

    5 days


    Terms and Conditions:

  • Reporting: The consultants will report to the Chief of Education / Education Specialist. The consultant will lead all aspects of the analysis, including preparing methodology, tools, arranging meetings and field visits, conducting interviews with key informants and identifying/ requesting materials required for this assignment, as appropriate. UNICEF will support and provide logistical support as needed.
  • UNICEF terms on managing consultancies: All standards terms on managing consultants shall apply. For example, any documents resulting from this consultancy will remain the property of UNICEF for all purposes, etc.
  • Payment is on satisfactory completion of deliverables duly authorized by the Supervisor of contract.

    Required qualifications, desired competencies, technical background and experience

    (Consult with HR on this prior to signing off on the TOR)

  • Master’s degree in development studies, education or social sciences or other relevant fields.
  • Experience in the design or management of education and skills programmes, preferably skills for employability
  • Strong programme design skills, including capacity to prepare logical, coherent and consistent documents including log frames and budgets.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members in various locations and from multiple organizations, including remotely writing and revising proposal documents.
  • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organizations, and technical experts from multiple sectors.
  • At least Eight years (8) of Senior level experience in the design, proposal writing, and/or management of programmes related to children and adolescents preferably in a low or middle income country context.
  • Excellent English speaking/writing skills required.
  • Competencies: Working with people – Level 1; Communication – level 2; Commitment – Level 1; Applying technical expertise- level 1; Analyzing – Level 2; Creating and innovating- Level 2.
  • The Consultant needs to submit full financial cost inclusive of all travels cost, DSA any other cost that may be incurred in completing the assignment.


  • UNICEF will provide office space and internet facility and the consultant needs to come with its own equipment. UNICEF will also bear all the cost involved around travel and DSA to the field.
  • As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary”.
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.”
  • Interested consultants to indicate ability, availability and all-inclusive rate (daily? Monthly fee?) for expected deliverables to undertake the terms of reference.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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