Presentation of SCCF:
Founded in 1946, Secours Catholique-Caritas France is a service of the Catholic Church, member of the Caritas Internationalis Confederation. It fights against poverty and exclusion in France but also at the international level (198 countries and territories of intervention). It considers that the men, women and children living in poverty are the first actors of their development. To carry out its activities, the association relies on a staff of 62,000 volunteers. Its actions are always developed closely with the local partners and at their demand. They are the one in direct contact with emergency situations, political or social crises and poverty.
Presentation of Etijah:
Founded in 2006, Youth and Development Consultancy Institute (Etijah) seeks to promote and facilitate the establishment of an equitable society in which all members (individuals, families and communities) have an opportunity to participate in building the social, political and economic infrastructure of Egypt. All of Etijah’s projects are geared towards creating a thriving environment in which all members of the community are granted an opportunity to progress and to improve the quality of their lives, and accordingly, that of their families’ and subsequent society.
|I- Brief Background on Program and Context|
|Youth unemployment is a serious social challenge and a particular concern in Egypt, affecting the Egyptian economic development. The unemployment rate in Egypt has reached 12.5 % in 2016, with more than 26 % of youth suffering unemployment (CAPMAS).
This problem particularly affects university graduates. In reference to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Egypt, there is a direct relation between unemployment rate and the educational level; as the ILO approved, the cause of unemployment of 30 % of young Egyptian is the difficulty to find a job that match their qualifications and educational levels.
This situation leads youth to whether work in informal sectors depriving them from their labor rights like social security, or to start their own businesses. For this last option, youth have difficulty getting information on business development, marketing, sales, management, and operations that are vital components for their businesses to survive and grow, which increase the emphasis on entrepreneurship and self-employment trainings to respond to the youth needs and focuses on their assessments.
In this context, a project agreement has been signed between Secours Catholique – Caritas France (SCCF) and Youth and Development Consultancy Institute (Etijah) for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TOMOOH) program to achieve sustained, more inclusive youth empowerment and leadership. Thereby, Secours Catholique – Caritas France awarded a cooperative agreement to Etijah to implement TOMOOH phase 1 and phase 2 through 2019 and 2020.
|II- Program Description|
Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TOMOOH) Program is an initiative of Etijah in support of Secours Catholique – Caritas France. The program aims at enhancing youth employment situation by equipping them by the needed skills that shall increase their chances to join the labor market. The program focus on 2 components to fulfill this objective: Self-employment “Entrepreneurship” and “Employability skills”
Phase 1 differs than phase 2 in the implementation process as due to the COVID -19 pandemic, and since the beginning of April 2020, most of the projects’ activities that Etijah implement are delivering online based on each project nature.
According to TOMOOH COVID-19 response plan, the participants will be provided with services that meet their needs, in addition to extra services that would contribute to familiarize them with remote work conditions (communications and work tools), and how they should prepare themselves to this sudden shift.
The plan is mainly focusing on effectively using relevant available learning resources (open sources and copyright protection will be considered) by curated them and offering access to them 24/7 to suit the participants’ needs and an internet connection, in addition to providing personalized activities/services. Thereby, the plan will achieve efficiency and effectiveness, by utilizing the available resources and maximizing the result. Here it worth mentioning that the participants will be able to request financial support to cover their communication costs if needed.
Phase 1: 375 unemployed young graduate men and women
Phase 2: 155 (130 from phase 1) unemployed young graduate men and women
Phase 1: 5 different governorates in Egypt: Cairo (Self-employment “Entrepreneurship”)
Upper Egypt :Assiut and Qena, Delta region :Beheira and Sharqeya (Employability skills)
Phase 2: 5 different governorates in Egypt: Cairo (Self-employment “Entrepreneurship”)
Upper Egypt :Assiut and Qena, Delta region :Beheira and Sharqeya (Employability skills)
Phase 1: 18 months (start date December 10, 2017, end date May 9, 2019)
Phase 2: 12 months (start date February 1, 2020 , end date January 31, 2021)
· Main Objective:
Increased youth economic empowerment and combating youth unemployment in Egypt.
· Specific Objective:
Decreased gap between workforce and job market demands of young unemployed men and women by building their capacity to enter the labor market or start their own business, through a specialized professional entrepreneurial and employability skills program.
|III- Scope of the Evaluation|
|1- Evaluation Rationale:
a) Purpose: The purpose of this external, end-term performance evaluation of TOMOOH is to: assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of the program. In this context, the evaluation will focus at the entire implementation period to assess the extent to which the program has achieved its results. In addition, to identify successes and lessons learned from the project’s implementation as well as to provide recommendations for addressing challenges as will be identified in the course of the evaluation.
The recommendation will guide the future planning, accordingly, it should provide comprehensive proposals for future interventions based on the evaluation findings.
b) Audience: the audience for the evaluation will be Secours Catholique – Caritas France, the implementing partner (Etijah), and the program recipients. The evaluation results will be shared with other stakeholders.
|III- Evaluation Products and Management|
Detailed TORs are attached to this announcement
The evaluator will produce the following:
· An inception report that includes a well-written, detailed methodology and data analysis plan (including an evaluation design matrix, data analysis plan, and evaluation work plan).
· A draft evaluation report
· A presentation of the final report upon completion of the evaluation assignment for stakeholders comments, including Etijah and SCCF.
The entire report must be no longer than 30 pages. And must be submitted in English in hard copy and electronic format (Microsoft Word). In addition, at the time of submission of the final report, all date collection instruments and data sets must be submitted on a flash drive in an unlocked and editable format.
2- Evaluation Management:
An overall direction will be provided to the evaluator, identify key documents, and assist in facilitating a work plan, arranging meetings with key stakeholders prior to the initiation of field-work. The evaluator is responsible for arranging transportation as needed for site visits.
(Note: for the Entrepreneurship component, the trainings were held in Cairo, however, some participants are from outside Cairo. Accordingly, there is a possibility for the data collection process to be conducted outside Cairo).
b) Required Competencies:
The evaluator minimum qualifications are as follows:
· Completed advanced university degree from an accredited academic institution.
· A senior national/international consultant with minimum 5 years’ experience in conducting evaluations for employment programs.
· S/he should be knowledgeable about the labor market In MENA region and especially in Egypt. And a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the development sector.
· S/he should also have communication and writing skills.
· Fluency in English is required, Arabic is highly recommended.
· The consultant/consultancy firm must be officially registered as independent consultant or company
c) Suggested period of performance and place of evaluation:
· Deadline for receipt of tenders: 09/03/2021
· Announcement of the chosen candidate: 16/03/2021
· Beginning of the work, documentations and scoping meetings: 22/03/21
· Field mission: from 29/03/2021 to 26/04/2021
· Submission of the interim report: 10/04/2021
· Feedbacks from Secours Catholique – Caritas France and Etijah on the interim report: 16/04/2021
· Submission of the final report: 10/05/2021
The place of evaluation is Egypt, in particular Cairo, Assiut, Qena, Beheira, and Sharqeya governorates.
d) Financial Means
International travel expenses will be reimbursed on the actual costs by Secours Catholique – Caritas France at the scale established and which will be transmitted to the chosen candidate. Regarding local expenses, the consultant will be paid on lump sum basis including local travel, fees and living allowance.
Individuals as well as firms are encouraged to submit a proposal (See Framework in Annex 1) electronically by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposal, limited to 7 pages, should contain:
· Technical offer with a methodology , please include these documents as annexes
o A CV of the consultant and/or profile of the consultancy firm
o Evidence of previous evaluation assignments undertaken
· Financial offer, should have the following:
– Unit cost, number of units, and total
– Mission expenses (travel costs, daily allowances, etc.)
The candidate should enrich the ToR with additional questions and comments.
The selection will be based on the following criteria:
o The presentation of the issue and understanding of the subject
o The methodological approach proposed
o Qualifications, experiences and skills of the candidate
o Experiences in the region and regarding the project’s specific issues
o Details of prices and costs of the different services (Quote to be submitted)
o Timetable for the implementation of all services.