Call for proposals: Scoping Study on Models and Approaches for Supporting Young Refugee and other Migrant Entrepreneurs
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Youth Business International (YBI) is seeking a Consultant/Consultancy Team to conduct a scoping study to identify good practice and learning on supporting young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs from within and beyond the YBI network.
YBI is committed to building good practice and sharing learning on inclusion in entrepreneurship programming. This includes deepening our understanding of the challenges and opportunities particular groups of young people face, including young people on the move. We are also exploring how to promote gender equality and reduce inequalities more broadly through our work. Over the next five years, we will collaborate with members to conduct research, build programmes and develop practical tools and guidance to ensure the services and support our network provides is more inclusive.
Young refugees and other migrants are significantly less likely to secure employment. When they do, they are disproportionally concentrated in vulnerable or precarious forms of work. While entrepreneurship could be a viable opportunity for these young people, they often face multiple barriers. Recognising this, nearly a third of YBI’s members are currently providing support to young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs. While some of our members are very advanced in their programming in this area, others are just beginning to design and pilot specific interventions.
We are seeking a Consultant/Consultancy Team to conduct a scoping study to identify good practice and learning on supporting young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs from within and beyond the YBI network. The Consultant/Consultancy Team will identify effective models and approaches and draw on this to develop a set of practical recommendations for practitioners working in this area.
Research Aim and Objectives
The overall aim of this research is to identify effective models and approaches for supporting young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs to start or grow a business to inform the development of YBI services and programmes.
Specific research objectives are to:
- Understand the barriers and challenges that young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs face when starting or growing a business;
- Identify the positive outcomes realised by young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs;
- Identify good practice and learning on effective models and approaches to supporting young refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs; and
- Provide practical recommendations for YBI and others working in this area – including other practitioners, partners and policy makers.
Key Activities, Deliverables and Timeline
- March 2020: Attend kick-off meeting with YBI staff to discuss and finalise research work plan (to include outline structure for the report);
- March - June 2020: Desk review of literature on refugee and other migrant entrepreneurship including the different support models and approaches, supplemented by interviews with experts as needed (report, 15 pages); Conduct survey with members to find out more about their work with refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs (report, 5 pages); Conduct more in-depth research with a small number of YBI members on their services and programmes for refugee and other migrant entrepreneurs (case studies of 3-5 members, 10 pages); Share and validate preliminary findings and draft recommendations with steering group of YBI Network Team and members (slide deck);
- July 2020: Draft report comprising the outputs of the above phases and recommendations (30 - 40 pages); Final report based on feedback from YBI (30 - 40 pages); two webinars on the research findings with YBI’s Network Team and members;
- August 2020: Collateral to support the dissemination of the report (2-page research brief, 500 word blog, slide deck).
The Consultant/Consultancy Team should possess:
- Demonstrable knowledge of the issues relating to refugee and other migrant entrepreneurship
- Demonstrable knowledge of entrepreneurship support services and programmes
- Experience leading scoping studies combining primary and secondary data
- Experience producing engaging and accessible reports
- Technical skills in data collection and analysis
- Project management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proficiency in English, Spanish desirable
Submission of proposals
Proposals must be submitted in English to Jessica Greenhalf, Director of Learning and Influence, at Jessica.Greenhalf@youthbusiness.org by 9.00 am (GMT) on 24 February 2020.
Proposals must include:
- CV (max two pages) for each consultant involved;
- Two examples of comparable work;
- Technical proposal (max five pages) including: understanding of the work to be completed; methodology; detailed work plan with timeline;
- Financial proposal separating out fees and any expenses; and
- 3 professional references.
Proposals will be reviewed by YBI’s Network Team, and the process may include a short phone call or interview. Outcomes will be communicated to all applicants by 9 March 2020. For an informal discussion, please contact Jessica Greenhalf by email or phone +44 20 3326 2063.