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 purpose of this Consultancy is to design a module that will be used to provide guidance through mentorship programming to prepare youth to confidently apply for tertiary education. In-school beneficiary youth will be assisted to make informed educational choices essential in helping them steer towards their career goals.
Whilst the consultant is at liberty to propose his/her work methodology/scheme that would adequately result in the expected deliverables per Terms of reference that will be shared with the successful candidate.
The following activities are suggested as forming the core focus of this Support Access to Tertiary Education (SATE) Constancy:-
- Undertake a desktop/literature review and conduct key informants interviews on Post-Secondary School Career Guidance for in-school youth in South Africa.
- Design an appropriate manual for the support to access to tertiary education for IPs and mentors to use when mentoring beneficiary youth. Where necessary, conduct a pilot test.
- Co-facilitate a minimum of two TOTs together with ASPIRES Project team in two provinces – KZN and Gauteng
- Participate in the first facilitation sessions where IPs will first train college mentors before they (mentors) commence the mentorship with targeted youth.
- Monitoring / field (including mentors) support and evaluation reports
- A final report that captures key findings, recommendations and best practices
Experience and Skills
- At least 5 years’ of demonstrated experience in interventions that support youth access tertiary education / alternative pathways to acquire the education (knowledge and skills) they need to prepare them for the workforce. Experience in career guidance programmes, projects and initiatives and/or in the development sector in South Africa will be a strong advantage
- Strong communication, documentation and presentation skills.
- Demonstration of strong analytical and reporting skills.
- In the case of a firm, a company profile (attaching CVs of individuals, who will undertake the assignment. Include their tasks and level of effort per person) will need to be attached. For an individual consultant, attach a CV and references.
The Consultant should prepare a concise narrative and financial proposal on how the SATE assignment will be undertaken including a clear work plan strictly adhering to timelines detailed above. Proposal 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.