TERMS OF REFERENCE
Consultancy to conduct Market Scan
Project: Talents Unlimited
Location: Marka, Hashmi and Mafraq in Jordan
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
Plan’s strategy is to work with vulnerable children and especially girls so that they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. Within the strategy we have an ambition to transform the lives of 100 million girls. Child sponsorship and grassroots community work are central to our strategy and achieving this ambition.
Plan strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls, and we motivate our people and partners to:
• empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability;
• drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face;
• work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises, and to overcome adversity;
• support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.
Plan International began operating in Jordan in 2016 to address the biggest inequalities and violations of children’s rights. One of the key areas of work for Plan international in Jordan is helping young people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to get decent jobs.
Plan International Jordan will implement a project in three locations (Marka, Hashmi and Mafraq). This project aims to contribute to enabling youth (both Jordanians and Syrian refugees) to complete vocational or entrepreneurship training and secure decent work or begin self-employment. The beneficiaries of this project are young people in the 3 target municipalities.
Coordination with local authorities such as the local government and government agencies such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour for the enrolment of learners and for administration of the Vocational/Technical (VocTech) training programs and Community Based Enterprise Development (CBED) will also be done. Partnership with other organisations with mandates on training, capacity building, enterprise and business development and public employment will also be engaged to help ensure proper training for the youth that will help them get appropriate jobs or start small businesses or enterprises.
Purpose of the Market Scan
The purpose of the market scan is to identify market trends and demands for Technical-Vocational skills and micro-enterprise services and products. Specifically, it will help identify industries, opportunities to bring businesses on board and identify employment and gaps in the labor market.
The market scan will be conducted in Amman and Mafraq.
Objectives of the market scan
The market scan seeks to achieve the following specific and interrelated objectives:
To map/identify potential employers and or apprenticeship opportunities for skilled youth (18-24 years old) in Amman, Mafraq and nearby provinces and cities;
To identify specific standards and requirements of employers to facilitate job placement for TVET graduates;
To identify the opportunities and challenges/barriers for the target group, with a specific focus on gender related barriers, in accessing trainings and searching for employment;
To identify gaps between the labor supply and demand, and understand how these will be linked to match the skills of graduates;
To identify community enterprises with market potentials; determine the demand for goods and services including traditional/local commodities; and value-adding opportunities;
To identify successful entrepreneurs who can be tapped to provide mentorship and technical support to trained youth entrepreneurs;
To identify existing government, private initiated programs or initiated by partner JOHUD that may complement the project; and
To formulate concrete recommendations for Plan to improve existing project strategies to make it more attuned to the current local situation.
Scope of Work
The market scan will be done to inform the project implementation in Amman and Mafraq.
Discuss with project team and consultant the objectives of the market scan and the preparation of resource materials;
Desk review for available resources and literatures.
Present inception report to the project team;
Collect data from local, regional and national sources and facilitate meetings with the community and other stakeholders;
Data processing, analysis and preparation of draft report;
Present market scan results to the project team for comments;
Submit revised report to the project team for final feedback by the project team; and
Finalize market scan report following the comments received.
The study will employ a mix of both qualitative and quantitative approaches. It will also identify and develop an appropriate design for the study capable of addressing the objectives of the study appropriately. The inception report will include use of methods that are sensitive to inclusion of all target vulnerable groups, capable of generating disaggregated data and gender sensitive. Overall, the methodology section should cover details of study design and approaches, sampling, sample size determination, data collection methods/instruments, data analysis techniques, plan for dissemination of study findings and aspects of quality assurance/ethical considerations (CPP, informed consent processes etc.) during the study.
The mixed method approach to include the following:
· Key stakeholder interviews: including (but not limited) Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, TVET council, (private) TVET institutes, JOHUD, private sector/companies, other Education Authorities/Providers in the area, local universities, cooperatives, INGO/NGO and other civil society organizations operating in the area.
· Desk Research: To collect data from local, regional and national sources.
· Focus group discussions: youth groups (both Jordanians and Syrians), including young women, youth organizations, small and medium enterprise groups and targeted families in the project areas.
The final schedule of the study will be determined following discussions between the consultant and the project team from Plan International prior to the commencement of the market scan.
The study will ensure unbiased data collection from a representative sample that can be used to compare with available baseline. The consultancy will involve substantive documentation review, report writing, and workshop presentation. The consultant will use a gender-aware, child-friendly, and participatory approach in the conduct of the study. They will adopt inclusive techniques to ensure the participation of stakeholders.
The study design (plan) will be approved by Plan prior to implementation based on the inception report. The consultant (team leader) will take responsibility to submit the inception report, final report and the presentation.
The total costs for this study will be based on the TOR and scope of work. The proposed budget should include all eligible costs, including VAT, required to undertake the assignment with the following schedule of payments.
· 25% after contract signing
· 25% after submitting the draft report
· 50% after review and approval of the final report to be submitted in narrative form both in hard and soft copy
Duration and Timeline
The contract will be for 25 days between July 2019 to August 2019 (including field visits and all deliverables).
The following are the provisional indication of timeline (specific dates to be discussed with the consultant).
· Initial meeting with the consultant
· Orientation on Market Scan methodologies and tools
· Submission of revised work plan and budget (including methodologies)
· Data gathering (Primary and secondary data, including review of the previous studies conducted in the Region)
· Market Analysis;
· Youth Analysis (including gender and disability issues, preferences);
· Labour Migration Analysis (consider human capital outflows and inflows based on short, medium and long term trends);
· Company Analysis (employers’ requirements and preferences)
· Other stakeholders’ analysis (government programs)
· Report Writing, Analysis and Recommendations
· Presentation of results
· Revision for feedback and comments
· Submission of Final Report
Reporting Requirements and deliverables:
The market scan will result in the following outputs:
inception report highlighting findings from desk review, study methodology, data collection tools, detailed work plan
Market scan report containing an executive summary and comprehensive but concise outline of the results organized according to the following:
· Executive Summary
· Objectives and Methodology of the study
Country and government Analysis
Company and Industry Analysis
Labor Market Analysis
Labor Migration Analysis
List of Potential employers, apprenticeship programs and current livelihood/youth programs
List of products or services which has growing markets, its market trends
· Conclusions and recommendations
· Annexes (References used, contact persons and photo documentation, consent forms, list of all interviewed person; submit also all data used in the analysis)
- Presentation of the findings and recommendations
All documents, project designs, drawings, technical data and other information shall remain the property of the Project and shall be treated as confidential by the consultant(s) at all times. They shall not be made available to any third party whatsoever, in any form, without the prior written approval of a properly authorised employee of Plan International. The utilisation of all proposals, plans and reports and other information provided by the consultant(s) to Plan International is the property of Plan International and the use thereof is solely at the discretion of Plan International. All documents and other papers, whether in soft or hard copy and whether containing data or other information, provided by Plan International shall be returned complete to Plan International upon completion of the assignment. All documentation and reports written during and/or as a result of this study, or otherwise related to it in any way, shall remain the property of Plan International and no part shall be reproduced or quoted, or otherwise used in any way except with the prior, express and specific written permission of authorised employee of Plan International.
Ethical and child protection considerations
The assignment will require the consultant to interface with children and therefore the consultant is required to provide a statement on the respect and protection of child rights, human rights and dignity of participants compliant with Plan’s Child Protection Policy.
The consultant shall read and sign Plan’s child protection policy (CPP) as fully understood and in agreement to in all respects and shall follow this in all and every respect during the term of the consultancy.
The consultant must follow Ethical Principles in a research and obtain written/verbal consent from the subjects. Permission from elder should be sought if the children under 18 years are involved as subjects. Signed informed consent of each child and his/her parents need to be taken after explaining the purpose of the study.
Interested consultants should submit their technical and a financial proposal to the contacts mentioned below before 14 July, 2018. that include the following
a) Demonstration of the consultants’ understanding of the terms of reference. This will be included as an interpretation of the consultants understanding of the requirements of this assignment rather than a summary or re-statement of the Terms of Reference;
b) A detailed methodology on how the assessment will be conducted, including a valid sampling method(s) for data collection, possible respondents and linking these with the tools to be administered to each respondent or category of respondents;
c) Include and elaborate on the tools to be used. Clearly show which respondents or category of respondents will be interviewed and/or which information will be collected using the tool;
d) A clear and detailed work plan (Gantt chart and/or other relevant illustration) with dates and geographical areas specified.
a) An itemized and detailed budget, indicating the unit costs for consultancy fees as well as, separately, administrative and support costs such as travel, accommodation and office support such as stationery. Please note that Plan will not provide transport, meals and accommodation to the consultant or research assistants during the study. These costs will be met on a re-imbursement basis and the consultant is expected to indicate the associated costs in the financial proposal.
b) All costs must be expressed in Euros
c) Proposed terms and schedule of payment: Plan will make payments as follows;
o Start-up and planning: 20%
o Acceptable Draft: 20%
o Accepted completion of assignment: 60%
- References and contact information:
a) Names, addresses and telephone numbers of representatives of two organizations that will act as professional referees; these must be persons of managerial responsibility at the level where such reviews as these can be authorized
2 examples of relevant work
CV of the consultant/s