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SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria is one of 137 Member Associations working under the umbrellas of SOS Children’s Villages, an international non-governmental social development organization that works with all our stakeholders to find the most appropriate response to the situation of children at risk of losing parental care and those without parental care. We focus on the child’s development into a self-supporting and contributing member of society, and the recognition that a child’s development to his or her full potential is best realized in a caring family environment. Since 1973, we have been active in Nigeria, with footprints across the country in Isolo (Lagos State), Owu-ljebu (Ogun State), Jos (Plateau State), Ibadan (Oyo State), Benin (Edo State), Kaduna (Kaduna State), Abuja, (Federal Capital Territory) and Maiduguri (Borno State). We invite suitably qualified consultants for an Expression of Interest (EOI) to conduct End Line Evaluation for the project titled: “Youth Empowerment through Skill Development (YETSD) for SOS Children’s Villages.

The end-line evaluation is to be carried out in Edo South, Edo Central, and Edo North. Also, the study is expected to carry out an evaluation of key Advocacy made in the course of implementing this project. The project objective is that:
i. Supply of labour via TVET system support.
ii. Matching in the labour market via active labour market measures

The project in Edo State contributes mainly to the matching in the labour market, by developing and implementing technical short-term and soft skill training for Nigerian youths to fill employability skill gaps and increase the chances of this target group to find gainful employment. The proposed project also includes returning migrants in its main target group.

To achieve the project goal SOS children’s Villages Nigeria supported the Active Labour Market Measures (ALMM) where SOS will facilitate short- term, non-formal technical and soft skills training for young people. These training programmes helped close specific technical-or soft-skills gaps that, once acquired will enable the beneficiary to quickly take up self-employment or wage employment. It is believed that creating these pathways for employability through skills development, as well as supporting them with the right equipment to start a business would go a long way in curbing the high rate of unemployment in the state.

The project will be implemented in Edo State in partnership with the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs), the various Skills Acquisition Centres in the Edo State, and other stakeholders/service providers.

The selected locations of the Job Centres and Skills Acquisition Centres are:

Edo Central1.      Skills Acquisition Centre, Uromi2.     Skills Acquisition Centre, Irrua3.     Job Centre: Esan North East LGA, Uromi (Office Spaces for future job centre)
Edo South1.     Skills Acquisition Centre, Udo2.      Skills Acquisition Centre, Usen3.     Job Centre: Edo State Polytechnic, Usen (premises for future job centre) 
Edo North1.     Skills Acquisition Centre, Agbede2.     Job Centre: Etsako West LGA, Auchi (Office Spaces for future job centre)

Project Objective (Outcome): Young people (30%-50% female) use their relevant education and skills to set up viable businesses or secure decent employment towards their self-reliance.

Sub-goal 1 (Output) 500 youth (30%-50%, female) have improved Life/social skills and soft skills needed for daily interactions.
Sub-goal 2 (Output): 500 youth (30%-50% female) have learned a viable technical skill.
Sub-goal 3 (Output): 130 youth (50%, female) are supported to start up or improve their trade.
Sub-goal 4 (Output), 50 youth (50%, females) have improved knowledge of Digital Skills (Coding, Graphics Design, Search engine optimization).
Sub-goal 5 (Output): 100 youth (50% Female) have improved their entrepreneurship skill and developed viable business plans.
Sub-goal 6 (Output): 100 youths (50% Female) have gotten their first job experience through an internship or support to get a decent job.
Sub-goal 7 (Output) Facilitate NABTEB or an Equivalent certification of at least 100 of the trained youth

The objective of the project is to document the impact of the project by determining the quantitative and qualitative information on the current status of our target group after the project implementation and ascertain the impact the project intervention had in its target group.
The specific objectives of the evaluation are:
• To assess the impact and effectiveness of the activities implemented in the project Youth Empowerment through Skill Development (YESTD).
• To evaluate the efficiency of the project in relation to beneficiaries, cost and timeframe of the project.
• To assess the current figures of the Objectively Verifiable Indicators as found in the impact matrix.
• To assess the sustainability of the project (institutional, social, financial, etc.)
• To make recommendations for improving future interventions
The desired results of the evaluation are:

• To document the impact of the project with special emphasis on the impact the project has had on young people and youths.
• To provide commentary on the overall project design, the intervention logic and an analysis of the strategy and methodology used in the project.
• To critically examine the impact matrix and verifiable indicators found in the original proposal and provide post-project figures along with a narrative explaining the reasons for under/over performance achievement.
• To conclude, make recommendations and state lessons learned for future strategy and improvements in the implementation of the project.
• To provide commentary on the current political, social, and cultural factors influencing the implementation of the project.
• To document the communities/stakeholders’ attitudes toward the project.

Key stakeholders are:
• Direct and indirect beneficiaries
• Project team
• Project partners, community members, local partners, and main stakeholders.
• Project management team

Key users of evaluations results are:
• Project level: Project team and implementing partners
• Management level: National Director (ND), DND, PDM, FDM, FCM, HROOM, RPMs, HIPD, HPMEL. etc.
• Regional level: SOS International Office Region (IOR).
• Global level: SOS international (10), project donor and SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit
• The results of this evaluation will also form part of key lessons learned in implementing other projects

Target Locations
i. Edo South
ii. Edo Central
iii. Edo North

Profile of the consultant/agency
• Proven competency and experience in feasibility studies, needs assessment, monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessments.
• Experience in data analysis or data visualization.
• Experience analyzing data for social evaluation and analyzing data from social monitoring systems, monitoring and evaluation work, or other survey work.
• Ability to synthesize large amounts of information to identify underlying trends and patterns.
• Demonstrated ability to translate between data/science/technology and international development.
• Proven familiarity and expertise with analytical techniques and modeling of complex systems.
• Demonstrated experience documenting processes and/or writing scientific research articles.
• A good understanding of development work and partnerships.
• Good facilitation and interpersonal skills
• Proven experience in data collection and evaluation studies methods.
• Strong skills in coordinating teamwork.
• Strong analytical and conceptual skills.
• Excellent writing and communication skills.
• Ability to transfer complex concepts/ideas into practical and simple language.
• Good understanding of the target locations

Interested candidates and/or institutions are requested to submit
• A Curriculum Vitae/Company Profile
• Detailed Technical and Financial Proposal
• Letter of interest

The Consultant will be selected in accordance with SOS Children’s Villages Guidelines. All EOl received will be reviewed based on its qualification, un relevance, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness in response to the EOI call.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Recruitment of an External Expert Consultant should be submitted via: [email protected] with the subject “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) TO CONDUCT AN ENDLINE EVALUATION STUDY FOR THE PROJECT “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILL DEVELOPMENT (YETSD) FOR SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES NIGERIA.

Note that applications must be received no later than 17:00 GMT Nigeria time on or March 22nd 2023 and hard copies will not be accepted.

This call for EOI does not amount to any commitments on SOS Children’s Villages International or its Member Association (SOS Children’s Village Nigeria) or its staff either financially or otherwise.Save this Tender