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 where 1 in 2 girls are married by the age of 18. 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:
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 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.
|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