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Consultancy at Colleges and Institutes Canada November, 2021

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Empowerment through Skills Program (ESP)

Terms of Reference (TOR)





DURATION December 6, 2021 – March 1st, 2022

Context / Background

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is implementing the Empowerment through Skills Program (ESP) in Tanzania. The ESP is a 7-year program (2021-2028) implemented by CICan in close collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) through the Department of Technical and Vocational Training (DTVET). The ESP is funded by the Government of Canada.

ESP’s ultimate outcome is: Improved economic participation by women and adolescent girls in Tanzania.

Refer to Annex 1 for an overview of the ESP, the list of selected Folk Development Colleges (FDCs), their district, region, and zone.

Current Situation

A critical component to the success of CICan’s international projects is the ability to understand, develop and deliver demand driven, competency based, gender responsive, and gender and environmentally sensitive programming that responds and adjusts in real time to market needs.

During the ESP inception phase and concurrent with the selection of the 12 participating FDCs and 12 Community based organizations (CBOs), ESP will conduct a rapid Labour Market Analysis (LMA) of current and potential employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the formal and informal sectors as outlined below.

The results of the rapid LMA will be used to guide further discussions with MOEST, the 12 selected FDCs, and the 12 selected CBOs of the potential sectors of focus for training, employment, self-employment and/or entrepreneurship in each of the 12 selected communities located in seven different zones.

The rapid LMA will focus on the current and potential opportunities for young women (and teen moms) in particular; and in general, for youth (female and male).

In particular, the rapid LMA will consider the formal and informal economic sectors and associated value chains in the 12 selected communities, the local district, and the local region as specified in the table in Annex 1. In general, the rapid LMA will also consider current and emerging/future market opportunities in Tanzania as relevant to achieving the ultimate outcome of ESP.

The rapid LMA will be conducted primarily through desk reviews, supplemented by phone or virtual consultations with key ESP stakeholders and partners (e.g., MOEST, other relevant ministries, FDCs, CBOs, women’s organizations, employers and employer associations, and other ministries and working in the skills / TVET and women and girl’s empowerment spaces in Tanzania).

As part of the desk review and other phone and virtual consultations, the Consultant/Consultant Firm will also find, review, and validate the LMA work of a reasonable range of other NGOs, agencies and organizations working in the area of skills / TVET training in the informal and formal economic sectors in Tanzania. Refer to Annex 2 for a preliminary list of other organizations working in the Skills / TVET space in various regions in Tanzania.

Key Tasks

1) Analyze the dynamics of the current and potential future labour market in the formal and informal sectors in Tanzania (i.e., labour market supply and demand analysis) to identify sectors that have employability potential with a value chain perspective as well as factors that could promote the integration of young women (and teen moms) in particular, and in general, for youth (female and male). The focus of the analysis will be on the labour market dynamics and value chains in the districts, regions, and zones of influence of the project.

In the analysis, explore and provide an overview of the interaction of both labour demand and supply to maximize employment, self-employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities for young women (and teen moms) in particular, and in general, for youth (female and male). In particular and with reference to the districts, regions, and sectors outlined in Annex 1, identify the sectors, subsectors, and value chains that present current and future employment, self-employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the formal and informal economies (e.g., these might be in agriculture, mining, fishing, energy, tourism, hospitality, and other sectors to be identified in the Rapid LMA).

In the analysis, discuss the formal and informal economy in the current COVID-19 and post COVID-19 situations and its effects on the labour market.

2) Using labour market indicators relevant to Tanzania, provide an analysis of factors that promote and prevent the smooth integration of young women (and teen moms) in particular, and in general, for youth (female and male) into employment, self-employment or entrepreneurship with a specific focus in gender, skill gaps and training needed in the regions of influence of the project (e.g. the analysis will consider factors such as population growth; education, gender equality and human rights issues, youth and culture, youth unemployment and underemployment; employment sectors and value chains; self-employment sectors and value chains; etc.).

In the analysis, identify the skills and training gaps to align labour supply and demand for young women (and teen moms) in particular; and in general, for youth (female and male). For example, the skills and training gaps might include literacy and numeracy skills, employability and essential skills, life skills, technical skills, entrepreneurship skills, skills, employer and workplace training schemes, recognition of prior learning and assessment, necessary TVET reform, regional training gaps, etc.

3) Provide an analysis of systemic barriers that young women (and teen moms) in particular, and in general, for youth (female and male) face when:

a) Seeking access to education and training. For example, the barriers might include security and safety for day female students travelling to and from school, security and safety for female students and teen moms staying in hostels, childcare for moms, other areas to be identified by the Consultant/Consultant Firm; and

b) Integrating into the labour market in the formal and informal sectors. The analysis will include a discussion of working conditions and opportunities for women, adolescent girls, and teen moms.

4) Provide an analysis of the extent to which enterprises are making any adjustments to facilitate the economic participation of women; recommendations on how to foster this; identification of the challenges women face to keep their jobs or attain decision making positions within the enterprises; gaps in legislation; and other areas as suggested by the Consultant/Consultant Firm.

5) Provide a mapping of stakeholders and workforce development programs working in the districts, regions, and zones identified in the table in Annex 1.

6) Provide a list of references to all sources reviewed, referenced and/or interviewed.

The report will be the property of CICan and can be shared freely with stakeholders at CICan’s discretion.**

Deliverables and Timelines:

1) Using the list of key tasks as a guide, draft a workplan for conducting the Rapid LMA. The workplan will include a draft of the data collection and analysis tools for conducting the desk review and the virtual consultations. The draft workplan and tools will be submitted to CICan by December 10th.

2) Feedback on draft workplan, tools and national employment trends overview received from CICan by December 16th.

3) Finalized LMA tools submitted by December 22nd.

4) Conduct desk review and initial virtual data collection by January 28th.

5) Submit first draft of the rapid LMA report for review by CICan by February 11th.

6) Feedback from CICan on first draft by February 17th.

7) Submission of final draft of the rapid LMA report to CICan by February 18th.

8) Presentation on the final draft of the rapid LMA report to ESP stakeholders by (CICan will organize the event) by February 22nd.

9) Submission of the final LMA report to CICan for review by February 23rd.

10) Final meeting with CICan (and relevant stakeholders – in person or virtual) to review findings and recommendations by February 25th. One on one meetings can also be scheduled as time/budget allows with individual market assessment teams.

11) Submission of regular Consultant/Consultant firm reports and invoices by March 1st.

The data collection for the draft labour market scans will be completed on a desk review basis using available secondary source materials and conducting interviews via phone/video conferencing. Some of the deliverables may need to be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in Tanzania, these will be accordingly considered in consultation and written approval from CICan. The delivery dates may also be adjusted for any other reason in consultation and with written approval from CICan. **


The Consultant / Consultant Firm will work under the direction of the Manager, Caribbean and Anglophone Africa, CICan or his designate. The Consultant/Consultant Firm is expected to work with a high degree of independence and autonomy.


Partnership: CICan, Empowerment through Skills

Duration: Effective Date of Agreement


Qualifications of the Consultant/Consultant Firm:

  • Members of the Consultant/Consultant Firm conducting the Rapid LMA for ESP will have a minimum bachelor’s degree in a related subject area such as economics, sociology, statistics. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Specialist/expertise in labour market analysis to include an understanding of the formal and informal economies in Tanzania, and the value chains therein.
  • Good understanding of the Skills and TVET sector.
  • Excellent computer and IT skills.

Experience of the Consultant/Consultant Firm:

  • 5 years’ experience in conducting LMA studies in Africa, particularly in the informal and formal economies in rural regions.

· Familiar with Gender Equality policies, procedures, and practices at the national level in Tanzania and specifically at Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST)and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC).

  • Familiar with the policies, procedures, and practices of the Government of Tanzania generally and specifically the ministries of MOEST, MoHCDGEC, Ministry of Finance (MoF) and President Office-Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG), the agencies of National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA), and the structure and institutions of FDCs, TETs and VETs.
  • Familiar with the policies, procedures, and practices of CBOs, NGOs and national women’s organizations in Tanzania.
  • Experience conducting surveys and gathering statistical information from different project partners/stakeholders.
  • Familiar with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), international development cooperation, and working with international organizations.

Please click on the following link to see the overview of the project, the list of the 12 partner Folk Development Colleges, Regions, Districts and Zones of interest, as well as a sample list of other organizations and key stakeholders working in the skills/TVET space in various regions in Tanzania**:****

Questions can be sent to [email protected] by 8th November 2021 at 4 p.m.

How to apply

Interested organizations should submit application documents by 12th November 2021 at 4 p.m. to [email protected] with the subject line “**Consultancy: Rapid Labour Market Analysis-Tanzania**”

Organization/Consultant profile, three references, CVs, and Technical and Financial proposals.

Documents should be submitted as one PDF file of not more than 20 pages, including annexes.

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