Request for Proposals
Study on Employment in the Green Economy in Aswan and Upper Egypt
I. Project Background
The Om Habibeh Foundation (OHF), an affiliate of Aga Khan Development Network, is currently operating in Aswan a seven-year skills development initiative, entitled: “The Aswan Skills Development Programme (ASDP)”, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation, Egypt, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), and funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
ASDP focuses on improving the livelihoods of 6,000 young women and men, aged 18 – 35, in Aswan City and Kom Ombo District through strengthening the quality and range of vocational and technical training programmes, as well as professional development programmes to young women and men in Aswan Governorate. To achieve this goal ASDP focuses on achieving the following:
- Improved prospects for employment and employability for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
- Improved job creation opportunities (self- employment, entrepreneurship) for young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo;
- Strengthened local gender and environmentally sensitive labour market system to support young women and men in Aswan and Kom Ombo in entrepreneurship and employability.
II. Background of the Consultancy
ASDP adopts an Environmental Management Strategy (EMS) that is in line with Global Affairs Canada’s Policy for Environmental Sustainability and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)’s Policy for Environmental Sustainability (PES). The PES aims to ensure that AKFC and partner organizations: 1) mitigate possible negative impacts of their initiatives on the environment; 2) enhance positive environmental impacts from their initiatives; 3) address possible negative impacts of the environment on their initiatives; 4) address possible impacts of climate change on their initiatives, incorporating climate adaptation and resilience strategies, as needed; and 5) strengthen their capacity to design, implement, and monitor environmentally sustainable initiatives.
The Aswan Skills Development Programme is coming to an end in April 2022. Therefore, the focus in this final year is to ensure the sustainability of programme outcomes, including in environmental sustainability. One way this can be done is through the production of knowledge products to contribute to ASDP’s knowledge producing legacy and identify potential entry points for other donor-funded projects in environmental sustainability and inclusive green growth.
III. Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct a study on employment in the environmental sustainability and the green economy sectors in Aswan and Upper Egypt from a gender lens, with the aim of linking environmental sustainability to the livelihoods of local communities. Research on this topic, in the context of Aswan and Upper Egypt (Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor), has not been conducted before and information on employment in the green economy in Egypt remains scarce.
The green economy is defined as low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive. It includes economic activities that allow reduced carbon emissions and pollution, enhanced energy and resource efficiency, and prevention of the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Examples of green sectors include sustainable agriculture, green energy, and environmental remediation.
The study should examine the current state of the field (including through building a stakeholder map of the key players), the key areas of employment in it, challenges faced by individuals working in these areas, paying particular attention to the unique experiences of women, and opportunities for expansion of the sector, including through increasing women’s participation.
The key expected outcomes of the assessment:
- A high-level mapping of key players in the green economy in Upper Egypt (Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan), including private sector organizations, government bodies, non-governmental organizations, educational/training institutions, banks and funding agencies (to highlight available sources of funding for SMEs working in the green economy), and business advisory/consulting services.
- An overview of organizations operating in environmental sustainability in Aswan Governorate, including small and medium-sized enterprises, CSOs, and NGOs, and suggested interventions to strengthening linkages and collaboration.
- Identify gaps/limitations for work in the environmental sustainability sector in Aswan and Upper Egypt (Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor), including barriers for women’s involvement (identified through a gender analysis of the field), and recommendations on how to overcome them.
- Identify potential entry points / areas for growth of the sector in Aswan and employment/entrepreneurship opportunities within it identified, with a focus on women’s inclusion.
IV. Scope and Focus of the Consultancy, Major Tasks and Specific Deliverables
The geographic scope of the consultancy is Upper Egypt (Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan) with a focus on Aswan governorate. The consultant will carry out all major tasks in consultation with the ASDP team, including the ASDP Gender Advisor and Environmental Sustainability Focal Point, the M&E Coordinator, and the ASDP Senior Programme Manager. The consultant will perform the following tasks at a minimum:
- Develop an inception report that outlines the scope of the work required to deliver the study, including an action plan for the delivery of this work (i.e. outline of all tasks, timelines, and dates of output delivery). The inception report should include the proposed methodology for the study including an outline of potential survey(s) required, survey design and implementation methodology, and other quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, as required, including a document matrix, questionnaires, interview guides, interview schedules, and/or focus group guides.
- Conduct desk research to provide contextual background to the study and inform research design and planning, including:
- A literature review of secondary data sources relating to the employment in the environmental sustainability and green economy in Egypt, including the ASDP’s Baseline-Labour Market Assessment (BLMA) report, peer-reviewed scholarly research and reports from government, donor, research, academic, think tank, and other relevant institutions.
- An overview of effective gender-sensitive assessment methodologies.
- Coordinate quantitative and qualitative field research activities, including hiring and training a data collection team on selected research tools, testing and piloting quantitative and qualitative tools, and ensuring that data collection is gender and age-disaggregated and addresses gender equity concerns.
- Work with the Environmental Sustainability and Gender Equality teams to develop a stakeholder map of key players in the environmental sustainability field in Upper Egypt, identifying what each stakeholder’s role is.
- Perform a gender analysis of the field, including through identifying the different gender roles and responsibilities within it, the different levels of power women and men hold, productive and reproductive (unpaid) work, access to and control over resources, unique constraints, and opportunities.
- Interview the different stakeholders to learn about their challenges and potential opportunities.
- Participate in a policy discussion on the topic with experts in the field and write a policy paper based on the discussion outcomes. The policy paper will be shared with relevant stakeholders and policymakers, including the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Manpower of Egypt. Findings of the policy discussion should also be incorporated in the study report.
- Prepare a draft study report and deliver a presentation on preliminary findings, outcomes, and recommendations to the ASDP team. Recommendations can include training opportunities, potential follow-up policy discussions, identifying potential entry points for other donor-funded projects in environmental sustainability and inclusive green growth,
- Finalize and submit the ASDP Study on Employment in the Green Economy in Aswan and Upper Egypt report, taking into account feedback provided by the ASDP team in response to preliminary findings.
- Submit de-identified and anonymized raw data and transcripts to the ASDP M&E team.
V. Suggested Outline of Study Report
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES
1.2 STUDY RATIONALE
1.3 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1.4 SCOPE OF STUDY AND OBJECTIVES
2 LITERATURE REVIEW
3.2 SAMPLING STRATEGY
3.3 DATA VALIDATION AND DATA QUALITY
3.4 DATA ANALYSIS PROCEDURES
3.5 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
- SECTIONS OUTLINING FINDINGS ORIENTED BY OBJECTIVE
4.2 GENDER ANALYSIS AND STRATEGIES
ANNEX A. ASSESSMENT TOOLS
ANNEX B. ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE/AGENDA
ANNEX C. RESULTS MATRIX
ANNEX D. OTHER
VI. Expected Time Frame and Reporting
The Consultant is expected to commence duties by end of June 2021. The total duration of the consultancy will be no more than 50 days, with final submission of the assessment report by the end of November 2021.
The Consultant will work with and report directly to the OHF/ASDP team (ASDP Gender Advisor and Environmental Sustainability Focal Point, M&E Coordinator, and ASDP Senior Programme Manager).
A rough outline for the assignment is as follows:
Desk review and assessment planning
· Initial discussions with ASDP team.
· Desk review, including BLMA report, key ASDP documents and secondary sources, peer-reviewed scholarly research and reports from government, donor, research, academic, think tank, and other relevant institutions, using most up to date data.
· Designing the data collection tools.
· Submission of inception report.
Deliverable 1: Inception Report
Including assessment methods, sampling framework, data collection tools, quality assurance mechanism, and final timeframe of the assessment, identifying the roles and responsibilities of the assessment team (shared and approved by the ASDP team before the start of data collection and field work).
Train data collectors and pilot data collection tools
Perform data collection activities, including surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups, and any other data collection methods listed in the methodology.
· Data processing
· Conduct gender analysis and prepare draft assessment report
Deliverable 2: Policy Brief
Participate in a policy discussion on the topic of the study (online or in Aswan, to be decided at a later day).
Develop a policy paper/brief based on the policy discussion outcomes (not more than 4 pages).
Deliverable 3: Draft assessment report
· Develop the first draft of the assessment report
· Facilitate a workshop with the ASDP team to review the report findings
· Submit the first draft of the assessment report
Deliverable 4: Final assessment report and raw data
· Update and finalize the assessment report, responding to ASDP team comments
· Submit the final report within 10 working days of receipt of ASDP team comments on the draft report
· Submit all raw data (including any hard or soft copies of data collection or data entry)
VII. Reporting Requirements
- Use of clear and simple language as well as summary tables and data visualizations for the requested information. Examples should be provided to support findings, where relevant.
- Findings should clearly respond to the assessment objectives and key expected outcomes used to guide the assessment, with the Findings section using expected outcomes as subheadings.
- Text of the report body should be brief and informative, with additional details included in annexes.
VIII. Consultant Qualifications and Experience
ASDP is looking for a well-qualified consultant to fulfill the above-mentioned role/tasks. The consultant should meet the following criteria in terms of qualifications, technical competencies, and experience:
- Excellent understanding and significant experience in quantitative and qualitative research;
- Minimum (5) years of comparable experience in the design, planning, and implementation of large-scale quantitative and qualitative assessments;
- Solid knowledge and professional experience (minimum 5 years) in international development, environmental sustainability, and/or green economy;
- Master’s degree or advanced diploma in environment studies, international development, economics, or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
- Demonstrated experience conducting gender-sensitive assessments and knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the international development context;
- Knowledge of the development context in Egypt, specifically related to economic development and employment in Upper Egypt;
- Full professional proficiency in spoken and written Arabic and English;
IX. Application Procedure
Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application consisting of the following:
- Letter of interest, including the names and contact information of two previous clients who can be contacted regarding relevant experience, which discloses any conflict of interest related to this mandate with OHF.
- Detailed technical proposal of not more than 6 pages clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this request for proposals and including the following:
- Description of methodology;
- Demonstrated previous experience conducting large-scale gender-sensitive assessments, using quantitative and qualitative methods, including evidence of past work;
- A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/workplan (including a Gantt chart);
- Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member, as appropriate;
- Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience (annexed to technical proposal)
- A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the assessment, using the following template, as applicable (where necessary, please include footnotes to explain assumptions made):
- Summary of costs
Data collection expenses
- Itemized consultancy fees/costs for all team members
Daily Rate (EGP)
- Itemized field data collection expenses (e.g. transport, training costs, per diem, etc.)
Description of Item
- Itemized administrative expenses (e.g. phone credit, stationery, etc.)
Description of Item
- A copy of a previous report of work undertaken on a similar assessment
- A consulting firm profile (if applicable)
- Legal papers: tax card, commercial registration, VAT (if applicable)
Evaluation of proposals will be weighted at 70% for the technical component and 30% for the financial component.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following set of criteria:
Demonstrated experience in conducting and coordinating similar studies (e.g. labour market, environmental sustainability, etc.)
Relevant education and technical experience of consultant/team
Proposed methodology and approach (technical proposal should demonstrate a strong understanding of consultancy requirements and expected outcomes)
Gender equality experience and proposed gender analysis approach
Experience working in international development
Previous work experience in Upper Egypt and/or with the AKDN
Total Technical Component
Total Financial Component
XII. Inquiries meeting:
An inquiries meeting will be held on 22 June 2021 at 1 – 2 PM and will be open to candidates interested in applying to this consultancy opportunity and who have questions or require further clarifications regarding it. Please send any questions you may have to the email address below.
Agencies or individuals meeting the above criteria are invited to submit an application by email to:
Mr. Moustafa El-Amir
Senior Procurement Officer
Om Habibeh Foundation
Please indicate in the subject line: “Study on Employment in the Green Economy in Aswan and Upper Egypt – ASDP”.
Proposals will be evaluated if the complete package as outlined above is received.
Consultants/agencies must provide complete contact details in their applications.
Proposals should be received no later than 3 July 2021. Successful applicant should expect to begin work as soon as possible.
Short-listed candidates may be asked to participate in a selection interview.
Any questions concerning this assignment should be directed to
Mostafa Al Amir, Procurement Senior Officer contact: 01067922282
Deadline for offer submission