Mercy Corps Nigeria with funding from DFID is implementing Youth Stabilization Initiative for the State of Borno (YOU-SB) programme aimed at reducing the vulnerability of the male and female youth to radicalization and recruitment by extremists groups in Borno by addressing the root causes of violence.
Mercy Corps Nigeria seeks to engage an interested and qualified candidate as a consultant to conduct a youth-led labour market assessment (LMA) which will also include private sector mapping in YOU-SB project sites in Borno. The findings from this research will inform the program’s livelihoods, gender, and private sector engagement strategies with the given YOU-SB participants in mind. The study will include a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and will build upon initial findings from Mercy Corps’ research findings from April 2016 report, “Motivation and Empty Promises: Violence of Former Boko Haram Combatants and Nigerian Youth” and it’s September 2016 follow on, “Gifts and Graft: How Boko Haram Uses Financial Services for Recruitment and Support”.
Project Location(s): Field based - Maiduguri, Biu and Damboa, Borno State
Understanding that YOU-SB livelihoods activities must be relevant to realities on the ground, we will employ a market-driven approach throughout the duration of the project. YOU-SB will first identify local opportunities for youth employment and self-employment and will then work to match YOU-SB participants appropriately and accordingly (based on skills relevancy, livelihoods activities learners are engaged in currently or other potential but untapped livelihoods opportunities).
Following this market-driven process, subsequent assessments will follow on an iterative basis after the original LMA must have been conducted to ensure that YOU-SB is abreast of market dynamics which may impact youth in their pursuit of sustainable livelihoods. YOU-SB will work to ensure that its interventions are rooted in economic realities which bridge the gap between the supply (youth equipped with market-driven skills) and demand (needs of the labor market). YOU-SB will also ensure appropriate linkages with other ongoing youth livelihoods programs in Borno state.
Youth-led and Participatory.
An integral component of the assessment process is youth participation. YOU-SB will focus on building capacity, creating relationships and addressing misconceptions. Selected young people, identified by YOU-SB staff, will contribute to the tool development process as well as the assessment implementation. Via this process, young people will build invaluable market research and life skills (such as communication and professionalism), as well as gain a better understanding of local economic realities. YOU-SB will engage young people in the assessment process where possible, as youth-led programming is a key element of the program.
Up front focus on high success activities to stimulate catalytic change.
The assessment will place immediate focus on identifying potential leaders who can introduce and disseminate required skills, technologies and practices to targeted youth. Based on the findings of the Mapping Activity, the LMA will verify communities and towns that offer unique opportunities and highest returns for different skills and enterprises.
Purpose / Project Description:
Consultant Activities and Deliverables:
The Consultant will:
Timeframe / Schedule:
The period of this consultancy is a maximum of 30 days
This consultancy needs to start from 28 November 2016 with an estimated timeframe of 30 days, including travel, preparation and training and can be a combination of in-country and home based working days and can be also non-continuous. The following is an indicative timeframe:
Action (number of days days)
The overall result will be the delivery of the out puts as outlined above. This will be achieved through: desk research, field visits to communities in project local government areas, the administration of research tools, data handling and analysis and report production. (Maximum of 30 days)
Submission of finalized assessment methodology and scope (4 days)
Submission of finalized tools (3 days)
Training workshops for the designated data collectors and other relevant participants (2 days)
Leading the data collection exercise (10 days)
Drafting the LMA Report (5 days)
Review of the draft with key stakeholders (3days)
Production of final LMA Report, including Private Sector Mapping (3 days)
The Consultant will report to:
YOU-SB Program Manager, Mercy Corps Nigeria
The Consultant will work closely with:
YOU-SB team in Mercy Corps Nigeria and the Markets Economic Recovery and Growth (MERG) Technical Support Unit
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in English (written and oral) and Hausa.
The following documents should be submitted as part of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials:
Cover letter to include a brief overview about which of your previous experiences makes you the most suitable candidate for the advertised position to firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of previous relevant work including web links, references or copies of written work on Economic Market Development, Labour Market Studies or on any other related area.
Financial Proposal (Specifying a total lump sum amount in NGN for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference). The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (daily rate and number of anticipated working days, travel, per diems and any other possible costs). Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period.