Call for Expression of Interest and Scope of Work - Youth Situational Analysis
A call for expression of interest is made to consultant(s) who wish to undertake a Zimbabwean Youth Situational Analysis. The Analysis broadly aims to capture and establish a Zimbabwean youth profile that helps our understanding of this demographic group. In doing so, the analysis will build on an inventory of studies, surveys, data and research on young people in Zimbabwe. The key assumption behind this study is that with the right information the country can better plan for the youth and create more and concrete opportunities to harness the demographic dividend.
The main purpose of the research is to create a youth situational analysis/profile that broadens our understanding of young Zimbabweans through outlining their individual and collective aspirations and challenges within the broader political, social and economic context. The youth situational compendium that will come out of the proposed research would capture contemporary data on youth health, economic activity, political participation (elections) and representation. The key demographic issues to consider in looking at different profiles of youth include the dynamics of age, gender, religion, regional and socio-economic differences of Zimbabwe’s youth.
The analysis will fill in gaps in data and perceived trends. The findings are expected to guide the priorities of the development community and key stakeholders while contributing toward achievement of shared development objectives. Ultimately this study will be used to empower young people to advocate for their rights.
I. Objectives of the Youth Analysis
The overall objective of the analysis is to establish the political, social and economic situation of youth (15-35 years) in Zimbabwe.
Specifically, the analysis should:
▪ Broaden our understanding of the different groups of young Zimbabweans, their aspirations, challenges and opportunities within the prevailing political, social and economic context (including a brief analysis of the key national policies that constrain or promote youth development).
▪ Deepen our understanding about how young persons are surviving, organising and mobilising around issues that affect them.
▪ Establish challenges and opportunities for participation, leadership and agency of youth in the social, economic and political dimensions;
▪ Assess young people’s knowledge about economic and political engagement opportunities available to them as well as understanding of their rights, roles and responsibilities as citizens, including those provided for by the constitution and legislative framework of Zimbabwe.
▪ Review the effectiveness and constructiveness of young people’s different modes of organizing and mobilizing and suggest practical recommendations on how weaknesses noted can be strengthened (This will include identification of negative youth influences and their causes).
▪ Establish ways to strengthen youth advocacy and oversight at multiple levels and how to improve civil society advocacy and representation of youth views;
▪ Identify good practice models and programmes from comparative regional and international case studies to support youth participation, leadership and agency.
The study will adopt a mixed method approach that involves the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including the use of secondary research in order to leverage existing knowledge and analysis, the collection of primary data from targeted informants, focus group discussions with youth and targeted use of participatory research techniques. Although the analysis will draw information from existing studies, it should have practical issues from the youth by capturing voices based on lived realities. The fieldwork will involve the collection of primary data from all the country’s ten provinces in districts to be determined.
▪ A Step-by-Step methodology/framework for carrying out a Youth Analysis as defined in this SoW.
▪ The primary deliverable will be a Youth Analysis report, which establishes a comprehensive picture of key issues to youth participation, leadership and empowerment.
▪ The final report should put emphasis on communicating key findings and recommendations, rather than long analysis of existing literature.
▪ A longitudinal study profiling the experiences of a sample of young people aged between 14 and 30. They should be registered voters and or intend to register to vote by 2023.
The first stage of the Youth Analysis should be done between End of October 2018 and December 2018. Key milestones will include the following:
- November 15: First draft of Analysis report
- November 25: Final draft of Analysis report
IV. Application Procedure
1. Interested researchers should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by 15th of October 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The EOI will detail the researcher’s understanding of the Scope of Work, methodological approach, including methods of investigation, planned data collection tools, and means of analysis. It will also detail work plan, including dates for when specific tasks will be done. The EOI should also include a detailed budget, indicating a breakdown of all costs for conducting this research such as consultancy daily rate, fieldwork and travel costs. The EOI must not exceed five pages.
2. Cover letter summarizing the applicant’s skills and past experience relevant to conducting the analysis in this SOW.
3. Detailed C.V(s)/resume(s), with names of three referees and their contact details (email and phone)
4. At least two recent samples of an analysis similar to that called for in this SOW for which the applicant was a lead author.
5. Given that this is a national study, the consultant or consultancy team should be fluent in the main languages in Zimbabwe and culturally conversant to be able to lead field research in the different communities.
V. Evaluation Criteria
The proposals will be review on the following criteria: Technical Skills and Experience (60 points) Applicants will be evaluated based on the appropriateness of her/his technical skills and experience as they relate to this SOW. Specifically, applicants will be evaluated on knowledge of and experience in conducting and leading similar analyses. Writing Skill (40 points) Applicants will be evaluated on writing skills as demonstrated in the required application materials.