ASPIRES South Africa
Project: ASPIRES (Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening)
ASPIRES South Africa is a project of FHI 360, which is drawing on FHI 360’s technical expertise in HIV prevention education and Save the Children’s international expertise in youth economic strengthening (ES) to provide technical assistance (TA) to five South African organizations to carry out integrated HIV prevention and economic strengthening programming for vulnerable youth. Under the FHI 360's ASPIRES (Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening) Project, Save the Children US has been contracted to provide Technical Assistance (TA) to deliver Economic Strengthening (ES) integrated with HIV/AIDS prevention education for at-risk youth in South Africa (SA). This is a three year (2015 - 2017) USAID funded project, which will work with five (5) Implementing Partners (IPs) that deliver programming either directly to communities they serve or through Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) or Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in SA. The target population is low-income at-risk youth aged between14 to 24. There is a strong emphasis in the programme for reaching and impacting upon young girls.
The project is seeking a consultant to lead the implementation of two Labour Market Assessments (LMAs) in the ASPIRES implementation regions (Gauteng and KZN). With close supervision of the consultant and ASPIRES SA TA staff, IP staff will conduct LMAs at their locations.
The basis of any successful employability program is to understand the opportunities and demands of the local labour market. For a program to prosper, it is essential it funnels youth to industries flourishing in their immediate environment and teaches them the skills required to be hired.
The role of the Labour Market Assessment (LMA) is to identify these industries (called “action sectors”), and their associated competencies. The goal is also to identify potential training partners and target companies which may be a good fit for program youth.
The findings from this assignment will inform the design of two modules – employability and entrepreneurship – for targeted youth.
Whilst the consultant is at liberty to propose his/her work methodology/scheme that would adequately result in the expected deliverables per TOR that will be shared with the successful candidate.
The following activities are suggested as forming the core focus of this consultancy:
- Conduct an orientation for implementing partners on the LMA process and test the modified tools with them to ensure applicability to the context
- Using an existing LMA Toolkit as a foundation, design a customized LMA assessment for the specific needs of the ASPIRES project and the context within which it will be implemented. This should include methodology, instruments/tools and tools for conducting the LMA as prescribed in the SC LMA Toolkit.
- Conduct a desk research / key informant interview document summarizing results and explaining your choice of priority action sectors.
- List of potential training and employment partners (Refined throughout LMA process).
- Conduct field based discussions with key stakeholders. This will include in-depth individual interviews and where practical focus group discussions.
- A final report that captures key findings, recommendations and best practices to inform the design of the aforementioned two modules.
Experience and Skills
- Advanced practical knowledge in conducting multi-stakeholder LMA or related assessments in a developing country
- At least 5 years of experience in working with businesses (private sector) and development sector on employability and entrepreneurship issues. This experience should also demonstrate a strong network with industry stakeholders
- Proven experience and solid understanding of the skill development sector.
- Strong communication, documentation and presentation skills.
- Demonstration of strong analytical and research skills.
The Consultant should prepare a proposal on how the LMA assignment will be undertaken including a clear work plan strictly adhering to timelines detailed above. Also include your budget costing and curriculum vitae of key personnel who will be conducting the assignment (please note, key personnel proposed will be required to implement the assignment unless written agreement is obtained from SC). The proposal must be concise and straight to the point and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
The documents should be submitted on or before 3rd of July 2015.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.