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Consultancy to Develop a Plan to design and upgrade initiatives to promote Youth Entrepreneurship

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UNDP
Location: Home based with travel
Last Date: August 26, 2011
Email: procurement.bb@undp.org (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

Terms of Reference for Consultancy to
Develop a Plan to design and upgrade initiatives to promote Youth Entrepreneurship

I. Position Information
Title: Consultancy to Develop a Plan to design and upgrade initiatives to promote Youth Entrepreneurship
Type of contract: Individual Consultant/Contractor (IC)
Duty Station: Home based with travel
Starting Date: Immediately
Duration of the assignment: 30 working days

II. Background information
The YOUTH INNOVATION (YOUTH-IN): A Caribbean Network for Youth Development project has an integrated approach to address the needs and support Caribbean youth aged 15-29. The project strategically addresses human development through linked environmental, economic and social inputs to optimize youth potential, in the context of mitigating Caribbean SIDS development vulnerabilities.

The project is framed under the assistance that the UNDP Sub-regional office for Barbados and the OECS office delivers though a Sub-regional Cooperation Programme 2005-2009 (SPD) which has been extended to 2011. The project will contribute to the UNDAF Outcome “Enhanced quality of life and security of children, adolescents and youth through strengthened multi-sectoral and human rights based approaches in education, governance, health and social services”. The project also contributes to the RPD Outcome(s): Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) platforms promoted and established to strengthen, coordinate and develop existing and new innovative youth networks that address Caribbean and Global development agendas ; Strengthened participatory governance and youth change agent capacities, with enhanced civic, decision making and leadership skills; Communication tools identified and implemented to showcase youth capabilities, assets and support of strengthened youth planning and development inputs specifically in culture, sports and media initiatives; and Spaces established for emerging cultural and environment based industries, training in micro-credit related services to support youth entrepreneurial initiatives, within the framework of regional and national economic diversification strategies.


III. Rationale
In 2010, the CARICOM Youth Commission produced the report, ‘Eye on the Future: Investing in YOUTH NOW for Tomorrow’s Community,’ to which many young people across the Caribbean contributed. The report shows the challenges of Caribbean youth and the costs of no investing in Youth. The Youth-In project responds to these challenges with an integrated approach to address the identified needs and support Caribbean youth aged 15-29.

The CARICOM report highlights that youth unemployment in the Caribbean is high, gendered and dangerous to social stability. More than a quarter of the Region’s unemployed is between 25 and 34 years of age, including graduates of secondary and tertiary institutions. As a direct result from unemployment, the region has been experiencing a serious drain of brain and brawn since the opening up of migration opportunities.

Young entrepreneurs have limited access to resources such as capital, are engaged in a narrow range of activities, tend to operate from homes or streets since they lack access to work-friendly spaces, do not bring experience and contacts to the business, and tend to rely on simple tools or have limited equipment.

The Youth-In project aims to create and establish youth friendly spaces/structures for orientation, training and micro-credit services. These spaces will support new and emerging youth entrepreneurial initiatives supporting young entrepreneurs to move from ideas to business. The structures will also encourage youth to develop innovative business ideas in areas such as sustainable tourism, cultural industries and environmental management.


III. Objective
The overall objective of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance to design a plan to create new and/or upgrade current youth business hubs and initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship under the scope of the Youth-In project.


IV. Methodology
To achieve the consultancy goals, the consultant will:

- Conduct desk review and consultations to identify and present best practices and models of youth business hubs and initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship that can be replicated in the countries were the Youth-In project is implemented. The presentation will be done using a format that will be agreed with UNDP and implementing partners;

- Identify, compile and present best practices of youth business hubs and initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship that are functioning in Caribbean countries. Under this section, also make reference to the lessons learnt and institutional/operations gaps of initiatives that have proved not to be sustainable in the context of the Caribbean countries. The presentation will be done using a format that will be agreed with UNDP and implementing partners;

- Select, in consultation with UNDP and implementing partners, 5 countries in the region to conduct field trip for the purpose of the consultancy;

- Develop, in consultation with UNDP and implementing partners the agenda for the field missions which will include working session with UNDP Youth-In Coordinator in Barbados (preferably at the beginning and at the end of the field trip);

- Conduct a field trip to the 5 countries as per the agreed agenda. During the field visits, the consultant will conduct a series of consultations with stakeholders and will visit to centers/initiatives for youth entrepreneurship;

- Based on the comparative analysis of existing experiences, findings from the field trip, and in consultation with UNDP and implementing partners, design a Plan (that will be presented in the format agreed with UNDP and implementing partners) to create new and/or upgrade current youth business hubs and initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship under the scope of the Youth-In project in the 5 countries visited. The Plan will include, among other things, the following:

a) A design proposing an innovative way to empower young people as agents of change, not as passive recipients of support but as active agents;
b) A feasible and sustainable proposal to address the needs of the hubs related to: venue, equipment and staffing, as well as management arrangements, sustainability and partnership strategy.

- Discuss with the relevant counterparts the plan proposed and finalize it with the feedback received.

This consultancy will be home based, with the exception of the face to face meetings with UNDP and the field trip. The consultant will have on-line contact with UNDP and implementing partners as needed for the purpose of the consultancy.



V. Deliverables

The Consultant will be expected to deliver the following:

Inception report that outlines the understanding of the consultant with the expectations of UNDP and implementing partners.
Final Report containing:
a) Best practices and models of youth business hubs and initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship that are feasible to be implemented and can be sustained in the context of the CARICOM countries;
b) Report on the consultations and site visits conducted during the field trip; and
c) Proposal to create new and/or upgrade current youth business hubs and initiatives to promote youth entrepreneurship under the scope of the Youth-In project.

VII. Profile of Consultant

- Education: Completion of a Master’s Degree preferably in international development, social sciences or economics; PH.D. will be an asset.
- Experience: At least 10 years of experience conducting research, planning and implementation of initiatives promoting entrepreneurship for development.
- Language requirements: Excellent command of English.
- Competencies: Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals; Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations; Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence; Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities; Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.


VIII. Duration
The duration of the contract will be for 30 working days from the starting date of the consultancy and will be organize as follows:

a) Desk review / consultations / compilation of best practices/ preparation of field trip : 4 days;
b) Field trip: a total of 21 days (including travel time);
c) Report writing: a total of 5 days.


IX. Time Lines
a) The consultant will submit the inception report to UNDP on or before 7 days from the beginning of the consultancy (“day 1”);
b) The consultant will submit a draft final report on or before 30 days from “day 1”, and a final report (incorporating feedback from UNDP and implementing partners) on or before 40 days from “day 1”.

VII. Supervision
The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Youth-In Project Coordinator, Governance Unit, UNDP Barbados and the OECS Office. The consultancy products will need to obtain the clearance of the implementing partners.



XI. Regimen for payment of fees
a) 20% - After the approval of the Inception report
b) 30% - After the approval of the draft Final report
c) 50% - After the approval of the Final report

XII. Application Process
To apply, the prospective applicants should submit:

a) Expression of interest and CV;
b) Date available to start the consultancy;
c) Daily fee.

Kindly send your application with the mark “Consultancy to Develop a Plan to design and upgrade initiatives to promote Youth Entrepreneurship” no later than 25 August 2011 to: procurement.bb@undp.org .

Only those short listed will receive an acknowledgement; Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


 


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