ViMPlus Youth Component Adaptation & Youth-led Local Market Research Consultant

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 16 March 2020

Job Description

Save the Children is a sub-partner to ACDI-VOCA on Victory Against Malnutrition Plus (ViMPlus), a Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) and part of the Resilience in Sahel Enhanced (RISE) Initiative. ViMPlus aims to build on the proven success of the previous Victory Against Malnutrition (ViM) to combat extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition in the Centre-Nord Region of Burkina Faso. ViMPlus will achieve sustainable food and nutrition security for households thriving in resilient community systems in Centre-Nord through the scaling of ViM best practices and targeted, new innovations by our consortium: ACDI/VOCA, Save the Children, Tufts University and proven local partners.

More than just a geographic expansion and strengthening of ViM’s market systems approach to livelihoods, ViMPlus adds interventions with a deliberate focus on sustainability, governance, disaster risk management, and gender and youth integration and includes robust collaborating, learning and adapting feedback loops. Activities and their results are designed around four integrated purposes:

  1. Enhance inclusive governance of institutions and organizations
  2. Support vulnerable households in their pathway to food security and resilience and improve the health and nutrition of vulnerable households, especially pregnant and lactating women and children in their first 1,000 days of life, and improve adoption of household water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices, especially reducing open defecation, and enhance village water management
  3. Increase and sustain economic wellbeing through diversified livelihoods of vulnerable households
  4. Enhance social, economic, and political agency and empowerment of women, men, and female youth

Youth (10-29) is an intentional target group under the crosscutting Social Inclusion Purpose in ViMPlus, ensuring that youth concerns will be integrated throughout all purposes in the program. The program is now in its second year after completion of a number of studies, including a youth needs assessment in Centre Nord, and ready to begin adapting and designing activities and operational model. Given the complexity of the program, and its objective to fully integrate adolescents and youth into program activities in an intentional way, ViMPlus plans to develop the following:

  • A youth empowerment strategy that lays out the ViMPlus vision for youth integration and engagement and how each program component will engage with young men and women and operationalize/coordinate on the ground;
  • Adapted and contextualized materials for transferable lifeskills and livelihood skills trainings for young people
  • A TOT manual for trainers on positive youth development approaches and skills training modules;
  • An approach and tools for the program to lead and integrate youth-led local labor market assessment that will be used to support young men and women in identifying safe and viable livelihood opportunities in their communities.

To that end, Save the Children (SC) is seeking a consultant to work with the team in Burkina Faso on the adaptation of materials and approach and tools for integration of the youth-led local labor market assessment.

Objectives of the consultancy

Save the Children is looking for a consultant to undertake the entire SOW below to ensure consistency and cohesiveness between the different pieces of the assignment.

The SOW is broken down into two phases of work. The overall objectives are two:

  1. Phase 1: Work with the ViMPlus team on adaptation and contextualization of materials and operational model for the cross-cutting youth component;
  2. Phase 2: Work with the ViMPlus team on developing the youth-led local market assessment component of the program and support training on tools and approaches.

Phase one specific objectives, timeline and deliverables:

  1. Review relevant studies from the refine year of the program;
  2. Review existing training materials and make recommendations for adaptation of modules;
  3. Lead the adaptation of the training modules with the ViMPlus team;
  4. Conduct TOT for staff and facilitators on materials;

Key deliverables:

  • Adapted training materials for transferable life and livelihoods skills in French
  • TOT workshop conducted
  • Report on recommendations/cautions for implementation

Timeline:

30 days between April and June, 2020

Phase two specific objectives, timeline and deliverables:

  1. Develop approach and tools for youth-led local market assessments;
  2. Train facilitators and staff on materials

Key deliverables:

  • Youth-led market assessment training materials and tools in French
  • Training for staff and facilitators

Timeline:

10 days between September to October, 2020

Estimated number of days, roles and responsibilities and budget
  • SC estimates the full consultancy to last approximately 40 days over the period of April to October, with an estimated 3 trips to Burkina Faso.
  • SC will be covering the whole cost of the consultancy and be responsible for the following logistics:
    • Booking and paying training venues
    • Booking and paying hotel and airfare in addition to transportation from and to the airport in Burkina Faso.
    • Providing per diem unless the consultant has a formal travel policy
    • Providing materials such as flipcharts, post it, pens, projector etc…
  • The consultant will responsible for organizing the following logistics:
    • travels to and from the airport in country of origin,
    • securing visa for Burkina Faso if applicable
    • securing travel insurance if applicable

The consultant should submit their daily rate in their application and all other cost will be negotiated and included in the consultancy agreement.

Key qualifications
  • MA in a field related to development, or equivalent practical experience;
  • At least 10 years experience in livelihoods/economic development programming;
  • Experience in reviewing and developing training materials;
  • Experience adapting training material;
  • Experience with market assessments, particularly in rural areas;
  • Experience in conducting training, particularly with a youth and livelihoods focus;
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation related to livelihoods/economic development;
  • Excellent at working with diverse teams and different countries;
  • Experience working in challenging operational contexts;
  • Self-starter who keeps to timelines and can work remotely;
  • Knowledge West African contexts;
  • Fluency in French and English is required
Application Instructions

All applicants should submit the following pieces as part of their applications by the deadline noted in the announcement. Please note that only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee will review each complete application against the illustrative criteria below. Save the Children might conduct a second round of selection including interviews as needed.

  • The consultant’s amount of relevant experience – 30%
  • Technical quality of the methodology and timeline – 60%
  • Cost – 10%
Additional Information

Please note the Scope of Work might change based on feedback from USAID.

All qualified persons making a submission will receive consideration for the contract opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age of majority, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran of the United States. Any person selected for the role must comply with all U.S. laws and regulations applicable to the grant. All contracts and amendments will be governed by US law.

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