Researcher Zanzibar: Youth Upskilling Strategy at UNDP February, 2023

Background
The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments—through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance—can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.

By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.

Digital economies:

UNCDF manages initiatives to develop inclusive digital finance ecosystems which offer a wide range of financial services especially for low-income vulnerable communities. Specifically, UNCDF provides a mix of policy, technical and financial support to a range of government and private sector actors in each country, as well as invests in research and other public goods to benefit all market actors. By supporting the development of digital finance ecosystems in these countries, UNCDF aims to increase the financial security of low income and rural households through access to appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money.

Recently, UNCDF has formulated its strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ based on over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the SDGs. UNCDF will apply a market development approach and continuously seek to address underlying market dysfunctions. For more information, please see: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4567/uncdf-launches-digital-economy-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era

Silicon Zanzibar:

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has been operating in Tanzania for the past 40 years contributing to different financial inclusion initiatives, enhancing local government alternative sources of funds to finance local infrastructure, and expanding its scope to support inclusive economic digital transformation. Recently, UNCDF has been engaging with stakeholders on the Silicon Zanzibar initiative in line with UNCDF’s strategy to ensure “No one is left behind in the digital era.”

Silicon Zanzibar is a public-private initiative to attract tech companies and workers from across Africa and beyond to Zanzibar. This initiative is being led by the Zanzibar Ministry of Investment & Economic Development and the Ministry of Tourism alongside Wasoko, a leading African tech company and CPS, a real estate developer (Fumba Town). Silicon Zanzibar aims to transform Zanzibar into a leading hub for Pan-African tech companies.

Zanzibar has a unique opportunity to work with the tech companies, understand the type of skills required and upgrade its current training facilities and curricula to meet these demands. In return, the tech companies will be a source of employment for youth and a source of world-class training for IT-skilled youth that would allow them to be employable in Zanzibar and beyond. This type of program truly prepares youth for employment in the digital age which will result in a spillover positive economic effect on both the Island and the country accelerating Tanzania’s digital transformation.

Duties and Responsibilities
UNCDF seeks to engage a researcher/consultant to draft and design a strategy for a future program to equip IT-skilled youth in Zanzibar to meet the talent demands of national and international technology firms. The program will aim to leverage off and strengthen existing training and skilling programs/resources in order to build pathways through which Zanzibari youth can attain employable digital skills that are industry driven and marketable.

Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

Supply side:

Conduct a mapping and analysis of the Zanzibar digital innovation ecosystem, its stakeholders and training/educational resources available in Unguja.
Identify existing higher educational institutions and/or programs both private and public offering technical IT training (segmented according to foundational and advanced level training)
Segment IT trainings received at higher educational institutions according to topics and content.
Map and assess quality and availability of human and physical IT training resources (trainers, experts and IT equipped training centers)
Based on a sample of IT graduates, assess IT skill competencies, skills and knowledge of graduates of Zanzibari technical trainings; identify skill gaps; identify constraints faced by youth (cost, access, language etc..).
Identify existing IT learning platforms targeting African youth and map according to content, cost and length of training.
Identify private and public stakeholders relevant to higher level IT skill development, any ongoing, complementary initiatives, potential opportunities; map relationships among the stakeholders and key decision-makers.
Highlight enabling attributes or potentially constraining regulations that could hinder program implementation
Identify opportunities and challenges to bring regional and international skill-building agencies, organizations and companies to the Zanzibar market to support digital upskilling
Demand side:

Identify and map potential public and private sector employers of IT-skilled graduates
Identify and map digital core competencies required by potential employers; demand and salary range of IT-related competencies.
Identify apprenticeship/fellowship/internship opportunities that could be provided by employers.
Identify opportunities at the regional and global levels for skills outsourcing (exporting skills to mainland and internationally)
Expected Outputs and Deliverables

SN

Activities

Outputs/Deliverables

Percentage

Target Due Dates

Draft an inception report to finalize the workplan and methodology. This report would outline the scope of research, tools/guiding questions to be used for research and stakeholders to be interviewed.

Inception report with final activity work plan and methodology reviewed and approved.

10%

Month 1

2.

Hold at least 4 stakeholder consultation workshops to elicit information relevant to research activities.

Summary of workshop minutes/notes as well as attendance list, with conclusions and next steps.

30%

Month 2

3.

For each research activity listed in the Scope of work, draft findings and relevance to program strategy. Highlight synergies across different research areas.

Draft research report with clear findings against listed activities; reviewed and approved by UNCDF IDE Country Lead

25%

Month 3

4.

Hold a final validation workshop with relevant stakeholders to present program proposal.

Workshop report which includes feedback and deliberations around the program proposal.

 

 

5.

Design a strategy for a program to equip IT-skilled youth in Zanzibar to meet the talent demands of national and international technology firms.

Full and final program strategy design reviewed and approved.

35%

Month 4

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant/firm will work with UNCDF’s Inclusive Digital Economies Team in Tanzania. The consultant will be managed by UNCDF Tanzania IDE’s Country Lead.

Outputs and deliverables will be reviewed and approved by Tanzania IDE Country Lead. All costs needed to achieve the deliverables set forth in this TOR are to be included in the financial proposals from the applicant/bidding entity (transport and travel, professional fees, software, hardware, communication, consumables, etc.)

To ensure that content delivered can be published on the UNCDF website, design and form of outputs and deliverables will be advised by the Communications Analyst.

Key Performance Indicators and Service Level

A kick-off meeting will be conducted at the beginning of the project to agree on the minimum standard of services acceptable. UNCDF must be informed and be part of decision-making if there are any deviations from the sampling protocol, tool change or any other augmentation.
At least two progress meetings will be required per phase. The first meeting will be to discuss the planning and the second meeting will be to approve the deliverables.
Monitoring of progress shall be measured both per the activities of the contractor as well as the performance of the UNCDF partners involved in the project.
The contractor will be asked to organize progress calls with UNCDF bi-weekly.
Payments will be linked to the approval of deliverables. Should a deliverable not meet the standard agreed, UNCDF will withhold payment and discuss remedial actions with the contractor.
Duration of the Work

The expected duration of the assignment is 4 months. The activities are expected to be completed by July 30, 2023.

Duty Station

This is a home-based consultancy.

Facilities to be provided by UNCDF

No facilities will be provided by UNCDF
All costs needed to achieve the deliverables set forth in this RFP are to be included in the financial proposals from the applicant/bidding entity (transport, professional fees, software, hardware, communication, consumables, stakeholder events, etc.)
Competencies
Requirements of the Successful Consultant

Successfully conducted similar research previously.
Experience drafting strategies and/or program proposals.
Experience engaging with public and private sector and performing focused group discussions
Previous experience working in Zanzibar
Experience providing analyses based on findings and proposing a way forward.
Existing relationships with various government stakeholders in Zanzibar
Understanding of technology-based private sector in Tanzania (including Zanzibar)
Technical understanding of IT-related competencies and their application within technology firms
Understanding of how private and public educational institutions in Zanzibar function
Competencies

Minimum 2 years of experience in doing qualitative research and program design
Minimum 2 years of experience in IT-related sector or IT-related educational sector
Fluency in spoken and written English and Kiswahili languages
Education

Bachelor’s Degree in development studies, economics, communications, arts and/ or social sciences, education, or equivalent in work experience.
Required Skills and Experience
(a) Personal Profile:

Cover letter
Methodology and approach to assignment
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or completed and signed P11 – Personal History Form (available at http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc), stipulating applicant’s official name the qualifications and professional experiences (with similar projects) relevant to the assignment/TOR and the contact details (email address, telephone numbers) of 3 professional references.
Example of research done previously – document or link to online document
(b) A signed financial proposal for the assignment,

Completed and duly signed Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability, quoted in US dollars, outlining the all-inclusive fee, supported by a breakdown of reimbursable – direct and indirect – costs (if applicable ). (see click here for document)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested documents.

Proposal should be submitted at the following email uncdf.procurement@uncdf.org with subject line: “Researcher Zanzibar ” no later than 27 February 2023

EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA

Cumulative analysis:

The award of the contract shall be made to the firm whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. Example 70%-30%.

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%

* Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points

Bachelor’s Degree in development studies, economics, communications, arts and/ or social sciences, education (10 Points)
Minimum 5 years of experience in research and program design. (10 points)
Expertise and past experience in research and program design of proposed consultant (20 points)
Methodology of proposed intervention, its thoroughness, appropriateness to the context and assignment, ability to provide timely results (20 Points)
Outline of research work is on par with expectations, or a link of research work done (10 points)
Financial Proposal (30%)

To be computed as a ratio of the Proposal’s offer to the lowest price among the proposals received by UNCDF. (30 points)
The contract shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
Having received the highest combined weight: (technical scores)70% + financial 30%= 100%.
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. Example 70%-30%.

Individual consultants and persons employed by a company or institution are invited to apply. Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for individual consultant must do so in their individual capacity by providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNCDF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or email Uncdf.procurement@uncdf.org . UNCDF will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

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