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Consultancy Title: Impact Assessment of Women and Youth -Led Social Enterprises In Jordan

Amman (Jordan)

Women’s economic autonomy and access to skills training, credit and employment is one of the key protective factors against women and girls’ risk to poverty, violence and abuse; also, social enterprises have proven to be a tool to enhance individual and community health since it acts on the social determinants of health.

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Consultancy Title: Impact Assessment of Women and Youth -Led Social Enterprises In Jordan

BACKGROUND:

Women's economic autonomy and access to skills training, credit and employment is one of the key protective factors against women and girls risk to poverty, violence and abuse; also, social enterprises have proven to be a tool to enhance individual and community health since it acts on the social determinants of health.

In the Jordanian context, social enterprises play a decisive role since 99 per cent of businesses are small and medium enterprises and employ three-quarters of the workforce, nevertheless receive only 13 per cent of loans. In that sense, UNICEF Jordan, as part of the first small-scale partnerships pilot to drive skills building and livelihood demand at the local level identified three youth and/or women led social enterprises, at different investment stages to provide financial advances similar to bridging loans/angel funds to NGOs and private sector actors with sustainable business models based on the delivery of agreed public good.

 

Given that context, the project aims to support the 3 social enterprises during 12 months period on a two phases approach in which the project aims to strategically build the infrastructure, products and services offered, as well as to strengthen the cooperatives ability to expand in the market.

One of the added values of the pilot project is that it can be used as a model to replicate in other cooperatives located in poverty pockets and in other social enterprises based on the knowledge and experience gained. Under the premise that the project may has a positive impact in terms of economic growth and job, but also in terms of gender equality and empower of women and girls, as well as in different dimensions of health including: engendering a feeling of ownership and control; improving environmental conditions (both physical and social)

OBJECTIVE:

The assessment seeks to investigate how the strategic development and market expansion of the cooperative and angel loan to these social enterprises may improve employment opportunities and income generation of women and youth, and through these the connection between the social enterprise activities and potential impacts on different dimensions of health and wellbeing, such as: physical and mental health, education, housing quality, self-confidence, social connectedness and empowerment.

The information generated by the assessment will support the decision-making process on how to adjust, replicate or replace the project interventions. Also, may serve to know to which extent have the strategic development, market expansion and targeted training helped to improve the results and whether the investment has had a positive return.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

 

KEY DELIVERABLES:

  1. Work Plan & Inception report (within two weeks from the start date): which includes:
  • Detailed time line and work plan.
  • Outline of any proposed changes to the scope of the evaluation
  • Outline of assessment methodology, including proposed approach to beneficiary sampling and selection and data collection.
  • Key learning questions.
  • List of stakeholders to be consulted.
  • Any draft data collection tools will also be submitted for review at this stage.
  1. Revised Inception report: within 3 weeks of contract start date incorporating revisions and recommendations from UNICEF Youth Team.
  2. Preliminary Report and Presentation: within 13 weeks of contract start date, the consultant will present the preliminary findings for discussion at a stakeholders workshop. At the end of the workshop, a report incorporating comments by stakeholders and, where necessary, responses will be submitted to the UNICEF Youth section.
  3. Final Report: within 16 weeks of contract start date, a detailed report of the overall findings of the assessment will be submitted for approval. This report should incorporate specific, practical and feasible recommendations for improving project delivery and impact based on learning from project design, implementation and delivery. The main body of the report will contain an Executive Summary of no more than 3 pages including a table of indicators, outline and rationale for methodology, the main findings and analysis, and any subsequent project design and measurement recommendations. Any data collection tools and sampling frames used should be included as Annexes. 
  4. A copy of the raw data, (every single survey response to every question) and clearly labelled, without calculations or amendments, preferably in excel. A copy of the cleaned data and all workings used in analyses, again, preferably in excel. Other software use is acceptable, however clear workings must be supplied; please confirm with UNICEF Youth Team prior to contract signature the format the data is intended to be supplied.
  1. Specific Activities

The consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Developing the detailed methodology for the assessment.
  2. Conducting all data collection.
  3. Analysis of data and reporting of the assessment in a clear and accessible format.
  4. Regular progress reporting to the UNICEF Youth section, including responding to any comments or technical inputs wherever reasonable;
  5. Presenting preliminary findings at stakeholders workshop.
  6. Production of deliverables within agreed timeline and in accordance with quality requirements.
  7. Seeking comments and feedback from UNICEF Youth section, in sufficient time to discuss and incorporate these into the final report; 
  8. Production of the final evaluation report containing evidence-based responses to the key evaluation questions, summary of lessons learnt and recommendations for future implementation of the project.

 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (IF APPLICABLE):

The assessment will be managed and coordinated by Youth Section Chief with support of the technical reference group that is composed of Social Protection Expert and Social Policy Expert. 

Final performance review will be conducted based on the quality of the final deliverable.

All materials developed and data collected by the consultant will remain the copyright of UNICEF and that UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in future.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

The consultant is expected to have the following qualifications

Education: Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in Social Sciences, Economics, or another related field.

  • Work experience: Extensive research experience (at least 8 years).
  • A strong experience in performing qualitative data analysis;
  • Extensive experience in capacity building in data collection and analysis;
  • Good communications and facilitation skills among different audience, i.e. children and the Youth 
  • Availability, motivation, patience and commitments to be engaged with intensive analytical process and dialogues in producing a high-quality report;
  • Proven skills in analyzing and understanding socio-economic and political dynamics and the youth related development issues in the Middle East;
  • Good computer skills and good command of qualitative analysis software
  • Fluency and excellent writing skills in English is a must. A good command of Arabic language is a strong asset.
  • Mastery of MS office and other relevant applications;

 

  • Language: Fluency in Arabic and English is must;
  • Excellent writing skills (Arabic and English is a must)

 EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees, and lump sum for travel/administrative/subsistence, if applicable.
  3. CV.
  4. Examples of previous, relevant work as applicable
  5. Proposed methodology/approach to managing the project.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

  • Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
  • UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

 

 

 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Social Affairs
    • Youth
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-08

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