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Call for proposals: Integrating Decent Work Principles into Entrepreneurship Support Programmes in India and Bangladesh

The maximum budget for this consultancy is €24,000
Worldwide
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We are seeking a Consultant/Consultancy Team to develop practical guidance (i.e. training curriculum, supporting resources) to support YBI’s members to integrate decent work principles and standards into their training and support for youth-led micro, small and medium enterprises.

Background

The IKEA Foundation is partnering with YBI to foster thriving, youth-led businesses in India and Bangladesh that create jobs and boost the local economy. The Accelerating Youth-Led Businesses in the Digital Era Programme began in August 2019 and runs for three years. It is being delivered by YBI members B’YEAH in Bangladesh and BYST in India and will equip 3,200 young people with entrepreneurship skills and support 2,500 new and existing businesses to expand and grow their revenue.

As part of the programme, YBI will support the promotion of decent work among the target youth-led businesses. “Decent work” is defined by the ILO as “productive work for women and men in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity”. It involves opportunities for work that: is productive and delivers a fair income; provides security in the workplace and social protection for workers and their families; offers prospects for personal development and encourages social integration; gives people the freedom to express their concerns, to organise and to participate in decisions that affect their lives; and guarantees equal opportunities and equal treatment for all.

We are seeking a Consultant/Consultancy Team to develop practical guidance (i.e. training curriculum, supporting resources) to support YBI’s members to integrate decent work principles and standards into their training and support for youth-led micro, small and medium enterprises. This will promote workplaces that are productive, deliver a fair income and provide safety and security in the workplace and social protection for both men and women. It is hoped that the guidance will also offer useful learning and insight for the wider YBI network.

The ILO’s Decent Work Agenda clearly articulates that women should have full employment rights. Ensuring that the particular needs of female employees are addressed must be highlighted in the guidance.

Aim and Objectives

The overall aim of this consultancy is to develop practical guidance for YBI members in India and Bangladesh so that they can better support the promotion of decent work across the youth-led micro, small and medium businesses that they support. We anticipate that the guidance will be structured as a training curriculum with supporting resources. However, this will be explored and finalised through the research phase. 

Specific objectives are to:

  • understand what decent work means in the context of youth-led micro, small and medium enterprises operating in India and Bangladesh in the locations where YBI members BYST and B’YEAH operate;
  • identify existing good practice and learning on effective models and approaches (from India, Bangladesh and beyond as appropriate) to supporting micro, small and medium enterprises to adopt and promote decent work practices and principles;
  • develop practical guidance with clear recommendations for YBI members BYST and BYEAH so that they can integrate decent work practices and principles into existing training and support services for young entrepreneurs;
  • provide advisory support to YBI members BYST and BYEAH on implementation of the recommendations; and
  • share insight and learning with the YBI network to support our wider efforts to promote decent work across the countries where we operate.

Audience

The primary audiences for the practical guidance are YBI members BYST and BYEAH. The secondary audiences are YBI’s broader network of practitioners and the YBI Network Team. BYST and B’YEAH will use the guidance to integrate decent work principles and practices into their current training services. The Network Team will use the research to guide network-wide strategy and services.

Key Activities, Deliverables and Timeline

All outputs must be delivered by 30 November 2020. Please view the Terms of Reference for an indicative timeline, key activities and deliverables.

Consultant Requirements

Please note that the successful Consultant/Consultancy Team must have both the research and the training expertise required to deliver successfully on this ToR.

The Consultant/Consultancy Team should possess:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of decent work principles and frameworks, and an understanding of their application in the context of micro, small and medium enterprises in India and Bangladesh
  • Demonstrable knowledge of youth entrepreneurship programmes
  • Experience leading scoping studies combining primary and secondary data
  • Experience producing accessible programmatic guidance for a practitioner audience
  • Knowledge and experience in curriculum development, considering adult learning principles and experiential learning
  • Technical skills in data collection and analysis
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in English, relevant additional languages an advantage

Submission of Proposals

Proposals must be submitted in English to linsey.humphries@youthbusiness.org by 18:00 (BST) on 14th July 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. For an informal discussion, please contact Emilia McElvenney: emilia.mcelvenney@youthbusiness.org.

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Job Details

  • Worldwide
  • Consultancy
  • The maximum budget for this consultancy is €24,000
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Applications close on: Tuesday, 14th July 2020 at 18:00 (BST)

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