Market and Livelihoods Assessment for Young Women in South Sudan
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The goal of the ACHIEVE South Sudan program is to bridge South Sudan’s pediatric and adolescent HIV care and treatment cascade gap, through comprehensive prevention and case management services for vulnerable Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), to safeguard the future of HIV-infected and vulnerable children, adolescents, and their caregivers in Juba Payam, Munuki Payam, Kator Payam and Rejaf Payam. Jhpiego is the lead implementor for ACHIEVE in South Sudan.
A key component of reducing risk and vulnerability is to ensure safe, viable livelihoods for AGYW and caregivers. In order to inform programming and develop actionable economic strengthening strategies and activities the project needs to conduct a market and livelihoods assessment (MLA). This MLA will ensure that trainings and other economic-strengthening endeavors are focused to warrant the best return of the project’s investment. The MLA should be focused on economic opportunities for AGYW in addition to focusing on how to utilize savings group platforms in the market.
Findings from the market assessment should help to clarify and explore new opportunities – confirming priorities for the rest of the program. Specific areas for exploration are: employment and sector analysis of labor demand; labor supply by target group; mapping of stakeholders and workforce development programs; relevant policy and regulations; intersections for health and youth productivity, aligning supply and demand for skills, etc.
- Review current employment opportunities/potential in and around the four project payams of Juba town that could be made available for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) for purposes of empowerment and their improved economic status.
- Evaluate entrepreneurship opportunities and gaps that can be available for AGYW, including non ‘female’ conventional vocations.
- Evaluate and assess how to link small enterprises (startup small businesses) to the bigger established enterprises to take advantages of potential opportunities within their supply chain.
- Youth should play a participatory role in the assessment.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Collect and review existing studies markets and livelihoods for AGYW/generally
- Identify gaps needing additional research to inform assessment
- Conduct in-person (where possible, given COVID-19 precautions) interviews to supplement existing document
- Prepare a market and livelihoods study synthesizing information from the various sources, following the areas: current markets, market trends, market segmentation, etc.
- Develop a detailed report with in-depth analysis of the objectives listed above vis a vis
o Directory of potential established businesses with employment opportunities and business linkages
o Market analysis detailing potential entrepreneurial opportunities for AGYW
Proposal Submission Guidelines
Interested applicants must be local and are asked to submit the following information:
- Technical Proposal as an MS Word file and not to exceed 5 pages should include:
- Brief introduction on general labor market in South-Sudan and Juba (specifically)
- Proposed desk and literature review
- Proposed methodology
- Gannt chart (timelines) on key milestones – with dates
- Estimated quotation for the services outlined in this RFQ (not to exceed USD18,000 inclusive of ALL costs)
- 3 references of similar work completed
- CV (for independent consultant proposal or, if an organization, include CVs of key personnel conducting work)
- USAID BioData (for all personnel conducting work)
- Please note available start date
All proposals must be submitted to the following individuals:
- Choice Makufa at firstname.lastname@example.org AND Meg Bearor at email@example.com
Please state “Market Assessment ACHIEVE South Sudan” in the e-mail subject line. Any questions can be submitted to the same.
- Previous experience in facilitating market and livelihood assessments in South Sudan
- Knowledge in marketing and entrepreneurship landscape in and around Juba
- Experience working with communities
- Experience working with AGYW
- Knowledge of NGO field
- Well-developed interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of specified geographical areas of coverage is an added advantage