Save the Children Labour Market Assessment Consultancy Opportunity in Mandera County, Kenya

Save the Children

Terms of Reference

Labour Market Assessment in Mandera County

Introduction and project background: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

Our Vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

Our Mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

In 2012, all the Save the Children members who had previously been working in Kenya – SC Canada, SC Finland and SC UK – merged their operations, programs and presence to become one entity: Save the Children, which is duly registered with the NGO Board (ref. OP.218/051/12-0290/8060).

In February 2014, as part of a global merger process, we combined the Kenyan programmes of the INGO Merlin with those of Save the Children.

Our operations are run from our country office in Westlands, Nairobi, as well as a number of field offices across the country in the counties of Bungoma, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir.

We also work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have strong experience in delivering programmes for pastoralists in Northern Kenya.

To improve the economic inclusion of youth1 (young men and women), the EBTVET (Enterprise Based Technical Vocational Education and Training) project will conduct a labour market assessment to inform areas of skills development (e.g. technical and vocational training).

The assessment is expected to identify the most feasible areas of youth skills development for Mandera County. Skills development shall be done through the existing skill based enterprises in Mandera West, Banisa and Mandera South sub-counties in Mandera County.

Objectives of the assessment: The overall objective of this consultancy is to gather local job market information that would help the project to provide market-driven vocational skills training.

The survey will also assess the technical and institutional capacities of the TVET centers in the project target areas.

Purpose and scope of the assessment

The assessment will have three components:

  • Analysis of all existing formal and informal labour market opportunities in Mandera County.
  • Identification of formal and informal labour market opportunities relevant for youth (female and male). What are the potential growth opportunities for each of the labour market?
  • Identification of skills needed by youth to maximise access to the above labour opportunities.

Recommendations are required, based on the above findings, on how to undertake appropriate vocational skills development for youth, taking into consideration gender barriers and other social relations whilst ensuring the ‘Do No Harm’ principle is adhered to.

Recommendations will include best strategies and approaches for skills development by exploring partnerships options with Mandera County government, and other public and private sector actors.

Specifically, this consultancy intends to;

  • Assess the public and private (including formal or informal) labour employment opportunities in Mandera County indicating their trends of development in the last few years and expected future trends.
  • Estimate the supply and demand indicating number of new workers (youth workers including female and male) coming into the market compared to available labour opportunities.
  • What labour skills are being supplied by the youth and how relevant are they to existing labour market opportunities?
  • Assess the current supply of labour skills training from various vocational and other technical training institutions and their relevance to current market demands. Outline gaps in vocational training provision: both in terms of the relevance of the courses offered, which courses are targeted at girls versus boys, and places available.
  • Based on the existing labour opportunities, analyse the existing gaps in labour skills being supplied.
  • Outline and analyse the gender aspects in respect to supplied and demanded labour skills and any existing gender-related barriers to access existing labour market opportunities. Where feasible, recommend how the gender barriers could be overcome.
  • Match the skills requirement by the labour market with available vocational training and other training opportunities within and outside Mandera County.
  • Explore how the labour skills development could be linked to opportunities for self-employment created by GoK Youth Enterprise Development Fund and other GoK programmes aimed at promoting youth self-employment opportunities. The funds are sharia compliant as they don’t charge any interest.
  • Based on above analysis, provide recommendations for relevant labour skills development to adequately meet the local market demand. Identify the best strategy and approach to skills development such as partnership options with County government, and other public and private sector actors. Explore any other appropriate livelihood opportunities suitable for the growing unemployed youth population.
  • Find out the relevance of skills training courses offered in EBTVET rounds 1, 2 & 3 to market needs.
  • Assess immediate priority skills needs in the priority economic sectors categorized into skill types and levels.
  • Assess the capacity of EBTVET service providers in relation to the provision of identified market-demanded courses.
  • Identify other economically significant sectors where skills deficiencies might constrain future employment and economic growth.
  • Assess key sectors and skills requirement by occupations with a regional overlay, incorporating consistent and comparable skills data across Mandera.


The consultant is expected to come up with the most appropriate methodologies and approaches for undertaking this assignment, taking the following into consideration:

  • Desk review of secondary data including project documents, EBTVET rounds 1, 2 & 3 reports, assessments, evaluations and previous labor market surveys.
  • Field visits and collection of primary data on the labour market situation.
  • In-depth discussion with target beneficiaries on skill gaps and preferences.
  • In depth interviews with the previous trained graduates, private sector employers, stakeholders, TVET centers, relevant ministries including ministry of Education and TVET county director.
  • Employ clear and sound scientific research methods to carry out the exercises in Mandera County.
  • Develop a detailed evaluation framework with clear assessment methods and tools.
  • Develop a detailed work plan for the assignment in consultation with Save the Children project team.
  • Undertake the assignment while providing supervisory oversight to all aspects of the assignment.
  • Data entry and data analysis
  • Draft and present preliminary findings to the field team in Mandera (and possibly country office in Nairobi)

Key Deliverables

  • Inception report: detailing the methodology including the main research methods, the sampling framework, proposed sources of data, procedures for data collection and analysis, and a draft but detailed table of contents. The proposed research tools will be discussed and approved by Save the Children Program Team before data collection commences.
  • Revised first Draft Final Report, incorporating suggestions and recommendations from the reference group. A second round of revision may be required before the final version of the Final Report can be produced,
  1. A final report (one electronic copy in PDF Format and one in DOC format)
  2. An electronic copy of all data collection tools and the labor market study data set.
  3. A final presentation of the overall findings to the stakeholders for validation.
  4. Annexes: Copies of survey tools used and List of interviewees

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