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Kenya: Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya Project

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Jul 2018

Action Research on how improved TVET curriculum and collaboration between Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVETs) and Private Sector Actors in Northern Kenya influence employment of TVET graduates.

Introduction
For nearly 50 years, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been partnering with communities, governments, and local leaders to harness the best from people from all backgrounds to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s work is rooted in core values of self-reliance, pluralism, and respect for human dignity. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. The AKDN’s integrated approach makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, the Foundation implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based in decades of experience, learning and evaluation.

About the project
The overall objective of the Improving Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in Northern Kenya project is to improve social and economic opportunities for vulnerable young women and men aged 15-35 in Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties. Specifically, AKF will facilitate greater employment and income generation opportunities for youth by working with a broad range of stakeholders including TVET institutions, potential employers in the private sector, CSOs, religious leaders, school management committees, County Government as well as youth groups.

The project has three specific objectives.

  • Specific Objective 1: to strengthen the institutional capacity of three networks of CSOs to deliver effective, inclusive socio-economic programming for youth across the three counties.
  • Specific Objective 2: to enhance the quality of school and TVET curriculum to deliver value-based education and market-led skills for vulnerable youth.
  • Specific Objective 3: to improve dialogue, engagement and understanding between county government, youth and various stakeholders (religious leaders, schools, CSOs) on matters affecting youth. **
    Over three years (2016-2019), the project targets marginalised counties of Lamu, Garissa and Mandera. The key underlying principles of the project include working through existing local structures, building the capacity of local institutions, and establishing contextually-relevant models which can be sustained and replicated. The key beneficiaries of the action will be male and female youth aged 15-35, which will include in school and out-of-school youth, youth entrepreneurs and TVET graduates. Local CSOs, staff from local authorities, and TVETs will also benefit from the project through strengthened capacity, dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders. Overall, the project aims to reach at least 13,000 youth directly and 25,000 community members indirectly through campaigns, outreach and policy reform.

Purpose of the Action Research
Through this project, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is seeking to identify a Learning Partner to collaboratively conduct action research to broaden the understanding of how civil society, government and private sector actors can best engage in youth programming. AKF expect the action research study will be participatory so that the findings and conclusions will be locally owned and relevant for policy dialogue and actionable results.

Objectives of the Action Research
The general objective of this action research is to understand how the improved TVET curriculum and collaboration between TVET Institutions and Private Sector Actors in Northern Kenya influence employment of TVET graduates. It is expected that a model of effective collaboration between the TVET Institutions and Private Sector Actors will emerge from this Action Research.

Specifically, the action research will attempt to:

  • assess whether the improved TVET curriculum address the training needs of the TVET students and Private Sector Actors
  • establish how the improved TVET curriculum has affected student enrolment in the target TVETs
  • determine whether and how the TVETs institutions and Private Sector Actors are benefiting from their collaboration
  • establish the enablers and barriers for closer collaboration between TVETs institutions and Private Sector Actors
  • establish whether and where the target TVET graduates are securing gainful employment (formal or self-employment)
  • Make recommendations for effective models of collaboration between TVET Institutions and Private Sector Actors for increased employment of TVET graduates The findings of this action research disseminated through various policy forums to influence decision-making around youth programming both within the target counties and nationwide. The objective will be to generate findings that have practical application to policies enacted by the government, private sector and civil society.

Key deliverables

The following deliverables are expected from the identified learning partner:

  • Inception report detailing the approach and methodology that will be adopted in the Action Research. It will be expected that the learning partner will demonstrate a clear understanding of Action Research Approaches
  • Detailed work plan with activities and timelines
  • Detailed budget with itemized costs
  • Conduct training of research assistants
  • Participate and coordinate field data collection and data analysis
  • Submit a draft report to AKF for review and incorporate inputs
  • Present the findings in a validation workshop and incorporate inputs
  • Submit a final action research report with clear recommendations

Anticipated timeline**
The Action Research field data collection is anticipated to take 10 days beginning by 6th August with a final report expected on 14th September 2018.

Required Learning Partner

  • Previous experience designing and conducting qualitative research studies
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting action research study, qualitative data analysis, generate high-quality reports and syntheses of relevant and actionable recommendations
  • Demonstrated experience in development work with marginalized communities
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-stakeholder setting and sensitivity to religious and cultural diversities
  • Previous experience in the East Africa region
  • Experience of working in Northern Kenya will be an added advantage

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Interested consultants should share a technical proposal that includes the following;

  • A detailed approach and method that will be adopted in the study that reflects an understanding of the objectives of this study
  • Indicative timelines for delivery of the main activities
  • An indicative budget for the assignment
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Lead Consultant and other researchers who may be part of the action research study team as Annex I
  • A list of previous relevant studies conducted in the last 3 years as Annex II
  • At least 3 references client organizations and key contact persons (include name; email address and mobile number) for the relevant study as Annex III

How to apply:

The Expression of Interest (EOI) should be submitted via e-mail with the subject line EU YEP Action Research by COB Monday 27th July 2018 to HR Manager: recruitment.akfcr@akfea.org

IIRR Rapid Assessment on Availability and Use of ICTs based solutions by the Livestock Value Chain Actors in the Pastoral areas Across Western Kenya…

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
 

Terms of Reference: Rapid Assessment on Availability and Use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) based solutions by the Livestock Value Chain Actors in the Pastoral areas Across Western Kenya and North Eastern Uganda
 

1. Background: The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), Jointly with Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (IGAD/ICPALD), with Support from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is implementing the project ‘Building Resilient Pastoral Communities through Cross-border Livestock Value Chains in the IGAD Region’. 

 

The project objective is to contribute to the building of economically and environmentally resilient livelihood systems among pastoral communities in the IGAD region.


To achieve its objective , the project will address a set of closely linked constraints that include:

  • low productivity of livestock agriculture and limited engagement of pastoralists in value addition activities; 
  • lack of adequate preparedness of pastoralist communities in dealing with climate shocks; 
  • limited use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) solutions in critical cross-border livestock value chain nodes; 
  • weak bargaining capacity of livestock keepers in (Informal Cross Border Livestock Trade) ICBLT and limited market diversification opportunities; and
  • limited understanding of the role of ICBLT in pastoral livelihoods and in subnational economies. 

The demonstration of these integrated, market-driven approaches in a small geographic area (pilot) across Western Kenya and North Eastern Uganda will provide successful models for replication in the wider IGAD region.
 

The use of ICT based solutions can among other interventions, boost livestock productivity by improving pastoralists’ access to market information (input and output), productivity enhancing technologies and extension services and by reducing production risks. 

Mobile phones, geographic information systems (GIS), radio, TV, videos, geo-positioning systems (GPS), innovative software, and other technologies can also enhance pastoralists’ adaptability to climate shocks. 

New applications, wider and better connectivity, and more durable, cheaper hardware have led to the creation of user-friendly and localized information tools elsewhere.

The project is now seeking to recruit qualified consultant to undertake a rapid assessment on Availability and Use of ICT based solutions by the Pastoralists Livestock Value Chain Actors across Western Pokot in Kenya and Karamojong in North Eastern Uganda to inform its’ strategy for building resilient pastoral communities through ICLBT in the IGAD Region.


2. Scope of Work
 

The objective of the consultancy is to undertake a rapid assessment on availability, use and effectiveness of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) based solutions by the Livestock Value Chain Actors across western Pokot in Western Kenya and Karamojong in North Eastern Uganda
 

More specifically, the consultancy will consist of, but is not restricted to, the following tasks and linked deliverables:

  • Review existing reports and documents relevant to the assignment,
  • Assess the specific knowledge/information requirements of the livestock producers and key actors in terms of enhancing production and marketing of livestock and livestock products
  • Identify the existing ICT based solutions at each node of the chain and map the actors involved in these initiatives (e.g. service and content providers)
  • Assess the level of awareness about available ICT technologies, their accessibility and uptake by the actors in the pastoralists livestock value chain, with special focus on the producers (pastoralist- men and women), small traders (men and women) and processors within the project area.
  • Capture and record innovative ICT solutions being used, or available to be used in the pastoralist’s livestock value chain, identifying best practices for rolling out and scaling up, with a special focus on usage among men and women.
  • Identify and examine the obstacles to uptake and scaling-up of ICT for livestock production and marketing in the target areas
  • Identify opportunities to promote awareness of the opportunities for ICT application and integration amongst the key actors along the value chain and in particular amongst the livestock producers, small traders and processors.
  • Propose initiatives to accelerate the adoption and usage of ICT in the livestock value chain by the different actors along the value chain nodes.

3. Timetable, Methodology and Key Deliverables
 

The study will take place between July and August 2016 and the exercise will take a total of 12 days during which the consultant is expected to complete the above scope of work. 

During the period, the consultant is expected to review relevant documents, visit project sites in Western Pokot and Karamoja to consult with relevant stakeholders, present draft report and come up with a final study report. 

The specific deliverables are as follows:

  • Inception report that includes methodology, work plan and data collection tools
  • First draft of ICT rapid assessment report
  • Presentation of the draft assessment report to IIRR and the project partners.
  • Final ICT Assessment report in soft copy and one hardcopy

4. Consultant’s Qualification and Core Competences
 

The consultant (s) must possess the following:

  • At least a Masters Degree in business related disciplines, development studies or agricultural economics.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in rural development with an understanding of pastoralist or herders systems including a good understanding of value chain development and the importance of ICT based solutions in improving production and marketing of livestock and livestock products.
  • Good understanding of working in pastoral areas, with knowledge of working in the project area being an added advantage.
  • Proven expertise in carrying out similar assessments, analysis and report writing.

5. Expression of Interest
 

Expressions of Interest for this consultancy should contain:

  • A proposal or template containing methodology to be used, a schedule or work plan for the assignment covering all activities to be carried out for fulfillment of the Scope of Works and a budget.
  • An example – in soft copy – of similar work successfully carried out by the consultant in the recent past, the consultant’s CV and references
  • Any other relevant information substantiating the ability of the consultant to carry out this ToR effectively and efficiently,

Mode of Application:
 

Expression of Interest – including all information as indicated above – should be submitted to IIRR before 27th July 2016 to:


Regional Human Resources Office, Nairobi.
Email: recruitment@iirr.org


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Supermarket Chain Crockery Category Manager Job in Kenya (250K)

Vacancy: Category Manager – Crockery

(1 Position)
 

Our client is a leading supermarket chain in Kenya with over 40 branches countrywide. They are looking to fill the position of a Category Manager for the Crockery line.

The position reports to General Manager Operations

Summary of the role: The category manager is supposed to drive the sales targets of the Category. This will be achieved through Sales Team Leadership, Training, and Managing for results. 

The Category Manager will be expected to be an in-store expert in the merchandising, pricing and management.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning and driving category sales budgets for the category across the whole chain of branches
  • Identifying new opportunities for the supermarket in the category
  • Responsible for managing inventory and for effectively planning and supply chain forecasting in order to maximize the profitability of the inventory flow.
  • Balancing projected forecasts and actual sales, create trend forecasts and implement sales plans, and supply chain of the category
  • Financial analysis is also a key part of the planning responsibilities in the clothing, footwear and furniture section.
  • Responsible for setting competitive pricing points, and adjusting the pricing to increase sales and clear out stagnant items from inventory.
  • Often work closely with buyers to expand successful product lines, and implement successful exit strategies for unsuccessful unpopular merchandise.
  • Responsible in creating marketing success formula – the right products at the right time for the right price.
  • Will identify and keep active and healthy relationships with the right players in the category including suppliers and other actors in the value chain
  • Will work with the marketing team to lead campaigns for the category to increase market share

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management. Diploma candidates with good experience in the field can also apply
  • Must have strong background with Sales, Marketing, merchandising and vendor relationships in the chosen category
  • Experience in crockery

Salary Budget: Kshs. 150,000 – 250,000 Basic 


How to Apply: 

If you are interested in the position and have the skills and talents our client is looking for, we would like to hear from you. 


Please make your application to info@dorbe-leit.co.ke on or before end of business 16th March 2016. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Supermarket Chain Clothing Category Manager Job in Kenya (250K)

Vacancy: Category Manager – Clothing 

(1 Position)
 

Our client is a leading supermarket chain in Kenya with over 40 branches countrywide. They are looking to fill the position of a Category Manager for the Clothing line.

The position reports to General Manager Operations

Summary of the role: The category manager is supposed to drive the sales targets of the Category. This will be achieved through Sales Team Leadership, Training, and Managing for results. 

The Category Manager will be expected to be an in-store expert in the merchandising, pricing and management.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Planning and driving category sales budgets for the category across the whole chain of  branches
  • Identifying new opportunities for the supermarket in the category
  • Responsible for managing inventory and for effectively planning and forecasting in order to maximize the profitability of the inventory flow.
  • Balancing projected forecasts and actual sales, create trend forecasts and implement sales plans, and supply chain of the category
  • Financial analysis is also a key part of the planning responsibilities in the clothing, footwear and furniture section.
  • Responsible for setting competitive pricing points, and adjusting the pricing to increase sales and clear out stagnant items from inventory.
  • Often work closely with buyers to expand successful product lines, and implement successful exit strategies for unsuccessful unpopular merchandise.
  • Responsible in creating marketing success formula – the right products at the right time for the right price.
  • Will identify and keep active and healthy relationships with the right players in the category including suppliers and other actors in the value chain
  • Will work with the marketing team to lead campaigns for the category to increase market share

Minimum Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management. Diploma candidates with good experience in the field can also apply
  • Must have strong background with Sales, Marketing, merchandising and vendor relationships in the chosen category
  • Experience in clothing, footwear

Salary Budget: Kshs. 150,000 – 250,000 Basic 


How to apply: 

If you are interested in the position and have the skills and talents our client is looking for, we would like to hear from you. 


Please make your application to info@dorbe-leit.co.ke before close of business 16th March 2016. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted.