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Youth Business International (YBI) is seeking a consultant or a team of consultants to conduct an evaluation of our 'High Flyers' youth entrepreneurship programme in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Background

Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of expert organisations in over 50 countries supporting underserved young people to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities. YBI members around the world provide young entrepreneurs with an integrated package of support, comprising training, mentoring, access to finance and other services, to help them start and grow sustainable businesses. Members are locally rooted and locally led, so their programmes combine deep contextual knowledge with YBI’s sector-leading global expertise and tools. YBI is facilitated by a Network Team based in London and Bogotá.

While the economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa is positive, youth unemployment rates are still on the rise. Entrepreneurship is a promising and popular strategy to tackle this situation, but business survival and growth are major challenges. In 2014, only 2% of Ugandan businesses planned to employ 20+ people in the next five years.1 Equipped with the right skills and resources, young people have the potential to catalyse transformative and inclusive socio-economic growth and develop market solutions in emerging high- growth sectors.

The ‘High Flyers’ Youth Entrepreneurship Programme has the objective to enable underserved youth in Sub-Saharan Africa to scale sustainable businesses and drive waged job creation in local communities. It is implemented as a cooperation between YBI and two of its members, Enterprise Uganda and ICCO Uganda, and funded by Argidius Foundation and the Government of Uganda. The programme has a duration of three years (2018- 2021) and aims at benefitting a total of 1700 young high-potential entrepreneurs in Uganda through the following activities:

  • High-quality growth oriented enterprise training courses focusing on market access, value addition and value chain integration
  • Ongoing mentoring services
  • Additional business development support
  • Facilitation of contacts and business networks
  • Establishment of savings and investment clubs
  • Introduction to third party loan providers

 

Objective of the evaluation 

The evaluation will be conducted at the end of the programme and has three main objectives:

  • Support a learning-based programme implementation
  • Assess the achievements made with regard to enterprise growth and the programme’s indicators, as well as the processes that led to the observed developments and further negative or positive unintended effects, drawing lessons learned from the overall implementation (performance evaluation)
  • Assess the causal attribution of observed outcomes to the programme activities (impact evaluation).

The evaluation results will inform the future work of YBI and its members as well as Argidius Foundation and their beneficiaries, and will be fed into processes of entrepreneurship policy and practice in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Key activities

  • Early and ongoing engagement with the programme;
  • Performance evaluation;
  • Impact evaluation
  • Methodology and data

Expected deliverables and indicative timeline

  • End of April 2019: Detailed evaluation plan, including secondary data sources for the impact evaluation
  • Early May 2019: Kick-off call with YBI and both member institutions to consolidate methodology and procedure
  • May 2019 - December 2022: Compilation of secondary data for impact evaluation
  • January 2020, January 2021, January 2022: Analysis of yearly progress in multi-stakeholder calls
  • May 2019 - December 2021: Compilation of quantitative data (supplied by YBI), relevant programme documents and collection of complementary qualitative data for final performance evaluation
  • Mid-February 2022: Submission of a draft performance evaluation report of approx. 35 pages and a complementary Power Point Presentation
  • End of February 2022: Submission of final performance evaluation report and presentation after incorporation of comments from YBI and its member organisations
  • End of January 2023: Submission of draft impact evaluation report (up to 20 pages), to be included in the final evaluation report
  • Mid-February 2023: Submission of final impact evaluation report, after incorporation of comments from YBI and its members

Consultant requirements

The consultant/consultancy team should possess: 

  • A post-graduate degree in economics, economic development, labour economics or a related field
  • At least 10 years' experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative evaluations, including quasi-experimental impact evaluations
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, entrepreneurship training progremmes
  • Demonstrable project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of Uganda's economy and institutional set-up, as well as previous work experience with international organisations is desirable.

Submission of proposals

Proposals for conducting this consultancy must be submitted in English by 9:00AM (GMT) on Monday, 11th March 2019. Proposals must include:

  • CV (maximum two pages) for each consultant involved
  • Two examples of comparable work
  • Technical proposal (maximum five pages) including: understanding of the work to be completed; methodology; work plan with timeline
  • Financial proposal separating out fees and any expenses
  • Three professional references

Proposals will be reviewed by YBI's Network Team, and the process may include a short phone call conversation or interview. Outcomes will be communicated to all applicants by early April 2019.

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Applications close on: 9.00AM (GMT) on Monday, 11 March 2019

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