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Labor Market Assessment Consultant

Date Posted: Nov 18, 2020

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World Education Inc./Bantwana (WEI/Bantwana) is seeking the services of an experienced consultant to conduct a Labor Market Assessment (LMA) as part of the Siyakha Girls vocational training and workforce readiness component for adolescent girls and young women (AGWY) enrolled in DREAMS under the Ana Patsogolo Activity (APA). 


The Ana Pastogolo Activity (APA) is a five-year $32.5 million USAID and PEPFAR funded intervention to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in eight high HIV burden districts in southern Malawi.  APA will strengthen collaborative efforts with clinical partners and health facilities to ensure that children living with HIV are enrolled in the OVC program. Also, APA will scale DREAMS programming to saturation in Blantyre, Zomba, and Mangochi with expanded social asset building, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, economic strengthening, and employment opportunities for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW).  Led by the Bantwana Initiative of World Education Inc. (WEI/Bantwana), the APA consortium is comprised of five Malawian APA partners who will transition to local primes within three years. The consortium partners are Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance of Malawi (GAIA/M), Global Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO), Malawi AIDS Counselling and Resource Organization (MACRO), and Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO).

Girls and women in Malawi generally have poor outcome indicators. For instance, the median age of marriage for women in Malawi is 18.2 years[1] where 1 in 2 girls are married by the age of 18[2]. Furthermore 54% of teenage girls aged 15 – 19 years with no education are likely to have started child bearing. Consequentially, the lack of financial independence and the low levels of literacy render most young women and girls economically dependent and therefore susceptible to HIV and GBV. The youth unemployment rate in Malawi, in 2014 was 13.7%; the unemployment rate for young women was more than double that for young men and almost all young workers in Malawi are engaged in informal employment (93.2%).

Under DREAMS, APA will reach older AGYW with Siyakha Girls, an evidence-based vocational training and workforce readiness approach.  As illustrated, in the diagram below, through Siyakha Girls, APA will:   

  • Educate AGYW on both entrepreneurship and wage employment pathways;
  • Provide an actual bridge to employment for wage employment (paid internships or jobs) and starter packs or other support for small businesses for the entrepreneurial pathway; with ongoing mentorship;
  • Conduct gender specific training to develop financial literacy, marketable skills (linked to the market assessment), developing an entrepreneurial mindset (e.g. coping strategies for resilience to setbacks, problem-solving)
  • Facilitate access to and acceptance in social and business networks;
  • Create appropriate incentives and enabling environments to support AGYW participation – for example, childcare, safe spaces, balancing training timing with other responsibilities, and transportation); and
  • Maintain an extended engagement with AGYW once employed (6 months+_ to build participant skills, support skills application, and ensure participant protection at the workplace.

As a part of Siyakha Girls, APA will partner with organizations with expertise in delivering improved economic interventions, including private sector partners and market actors including employers, training institutions, and financial service providers to create additional economic opportunities for AGYW while ensuring proper safeguarding policies are in place. All of the skill development and training offered through Siyakha will be informed by the Labor Market Assessment.  

In Siyakha Girls, soft skills are introduced early and reinforced frequently. APA will not only provide vocational training, but will also consider and address supports participants need to stay in the program (e.g. many will be young mothers) to secure a job or start their venture, and to be a successful employee or entrepreneur. In addition to the vocational education, AGWY will participate in social asset building, HIV/GBV prevention, SHR/HIV/GBV education, HTS screening and referrals, as well as AGYW-friendly SRH, FP, and HIV services through DREAMS clubs. Careful selection/vetting, monitoring, and sensitization of vocational training institutes and trainers, informed by the Labor Market Assessment, will be paramount to ensure the quality of training and safeguarding of participants.


The Consultant will conduct a Labour Market Assessment to inform the Siyakha Girls implementation as part of the APA DREAMS in two parts. The first part of the Labour Market Assessment will entail a job market landscape in which the Consultant will identify a minimum of three sectors per district that are potential pockets of growth for AGYW.  This will include an overview of current labour market trends and snapshots of businesses’ opinions on training and strategic skill needs as well as an overall assessment of economic, social and technical drivers of market growth in including an analysis of the projected growth of the industry within the formal and informal sectors. 

The second part of the Labour Market Assessment will entail a detailed analysis of the three sectors identified in the previous stage. The detailed analysis will include a mapping of specific values chains, assessment of vocational training opportunities and curricula, development of value propositions for companies/artisans that could offer internships/apprenticeships, and a detailed list for companies/artisans that APA could target for engagement under Siyakha Girls as described below. 

  • A mapping of value chains linked to identified pockets of growth, detailing the opportunities (employment, self-employment, or group businesses) available for AGYW
  • Recommendations for priority areas of focus for the Siyakha Girls vocational skills training curriculum vis a vis the value chain analysis for each identified sector. Conduct a review of the relevant vocational skills training curricula to provide recommendations for alignment with findings of the value chain analysis. This will ensure that the training offered by Siyakha Girls speaks to the job market situation. These should be classified into:
    • Specific type of jobs available and locations.
    • Level and kind of skills required, including attention to aspects of gender (the project will target AGYW) and location (rural v urban) to inform finalization of adaptation process of the model and curriculum
    • The types of and relevance of skills training that will be required by AGYW to enter into the identified market and job opportunities
  • Mentorship value propositions for companies, SMEs and Entrepreneurs within each of the industries where AGYW could be interned. Developing sector specific value propositions that promote companies’ uptake of AGYW for internships. (For mentorship to be effective, a convincing value proposition, that defines the altruistic, social and strategic benefits of mentorship, must be articulated. The Consultant will define sector specific and nuanced value propositions to mentors in the identified sectors, within formal and informal sectors. The value propositions should link mentors to business development for their enterprises and pitch the mentorship as an opportunity for mentors to grow their business through linkages to markets and business associations).
  • A detailed checklist for companies/artisans to be targeted for internships in each of the identified pockets of growth. Development of a checklist with host company minimum requirements, in each of the three industries, for interning AGYW. Key requirements for uptake of AGYW for internships should include the host companies’ ability to house the girls, support their interest areas and enhance their skills

The Consultant will work within formal and informal enterprises collaborating with the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI),  for the aforementioned industries and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (SMEDI), Malawi Investment Trade Centre (MITC) and the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA).    The Consultant will also visit and hold discussions with private employers, small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs within the identified pockets of growth to find out their attitudes and perceptions towards provision of internships, and recommend ways to create stronger linkages between these potential employers and the Siyakha Girls program

Duration and Level of Effort

The Level of effort for this consultancy is 30 billable days between November 23, 2020 and January 30, 2021. 


Deliverable Due Date
Inception report (detailing the methodology for the entire Labor Market Assessment, and including data collection tools) December 2nd
Job Market Landscape Report (no more than 10 pages identifying the minimum three sectors that will be explored in the next stage of the Labour Market Assessment) December 17th
Draft Labor Market Assessment Report (Summarized power-point of findings to be done by the Consultant to key project personnel and stakeholders) January 17th

Final Labor Market Assessment Report of no more than 30 pages with the following sections

  1. A description of the job market landscape detailing the growth opportunities within each value chain, skills required and employment/entrepreneurial opportunities for AGYW each of the components of the value chain.
  2. Recommendations for priority areas of focus for the Siyakha Girls vocational skills training curriculum vis a vis the value chain analysis.
  3. Mentorship value propositions for companies, SMEs and Entrepreneurs within each of the industries where AGYW could be interned.
A detailed checklist for companies to be targeted for internships in each of the identified pockets of growth.
January 30

Experience and competencies required
  • A master's degree related to economics, statistics, agriculture, development studies, international development, or other (desirable); 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in value chains, livelihoods, urban resilience building, micro-enterprise development and evaluation of donor-funded projects; experience working on USAID-funded projects is highly desirable; 
  • Demonstrates ability to interact and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, private sector, formal and informal businesses, technical schools, etc;
  • Proven experience in research into livelihoods, resilience building, and economic strengthening for sub-populations within urban settings;
  • Experience in economic growth analysis and business development models.
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables within deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills. 

If interested, please share CV/profile and motivational letter.   Send your Documentation to with the Subject line “Consultant LMA”.
Closing date by 25th November, 2020; 1:00Pm.

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