Latest Jobs In Kenya: Call for EOI for Youth Entrepreneurship Training and Mentorship Support Initiative in Coast Kenya.-Aga Khan Foundation

1. Background

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) mounted a comprehensive response, leveraging a broad and diverse range of partners and local platforms. The aim was to slow and stop transmissions, provide optimal care for all patients particularly the critically ill, minimize the impact of COVID-19 on communities, vulnerable persons, and support access to essential social services and economic livelihoods.

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified many of the challenges already faced by youth in Kenya, as many are now at risk of being left behind in education, economic opportunities and health and wellbeing during a crucial stage of their life. For instance, a survey conducted in May 2020 in Kenya indicates that since the beginning of the pandemic, 95% of youth earned less than $3 a week, up from 40% in a similar survey in 2019, while 74% went to bed hungry for at least one day in a week, up from 15% in 2019. Many of these youth are now more likely to been left unemployed or in precarious job contracts and working arrangements without social protection. Furthermore, underprivileged youth in rural areas of Kenya are disproportionally affected due to the lack of access to remote learning tools.

2. Overview of the initiative

This initiative aims at increasing access to livelihood opportunities for youth in the Coast Region of Kenya through entrepreneurship support. This support will enable youth to improve opportunities for dignified life and work and become productive members of the society. This approach will not only support youth who may have lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19 pandemic, but many other unemployed youths will acquire valuable skills for micro-entrepreneurship, further enhancing resilience during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

2.1 Overall Objective

Overall, this initiative is embedded within a broader COVID-19 Response Programme that seeks to improve systemic, gender-sensitive responses to overcome health, economic and social vulnerabilities caused by COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern Africa focusing on:

  1. Strengthening coping strategies to the COVID-19 pandemic for vulnerable men, women, and youth.
  2. Strengthening health care delivery system for effective management of COVID-19 pandemic in target communities.
  3. Increasing access to adolescent and youth friendly health services, life skills, and livelihood opportunities.

2.2 Scope of the Expression of Interest

The Aga Khan Foundation Kenya invites Business Development Service (BDS) providers for submission of Expressions of Interest in providing Youth Entrepreneurship Training and Mentorship Support in the Coast Region of Kenya.

a. Timelines for delivery: July 2021 to June 2022

b. Deadline for submission of EOI: 10th June 2021

c. Geographical area: Coast Region (Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, and Mombasa)

d. Target: 4,000 Youths (60% Female).

3. Deliverable

Support 400 youth to access livelihood opportunities through digital platform-based practical training and mentorship support on entrepreneurship:

This will involve mobilising, training, and supporting 400 selected youth drawn from 400 youth groups (each group with at least 10 members-total 4000 youth) in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu. The focus will be on entrepreneurship training and mentorship support and will be delivered through a digital platform to equip the participants with relevant and contextualized skills necessary for their groups’ entrepreneurial initiatives. The bidders must arrange for subsidized user subscriptions for the target 400 youth to access the online training and mentorship support through their mobile phones or cyber cafes within their community. The indicative number of youths that will be trained and mentored in each County will be: Kwale (80), Mombasa (160), Kilifi (80), and Lamu (80). However, the actual number per county may change during implementation based on the initial experiences on the ground. The BDS provider will work closely with a Youth Lead CSO in each county which will support in mobilising the target 400 youth drawn from established 400 youth groups within respective counties. Through this entrepreneurship training and mentorship support, at least 4000 youth will be supported to implement entrepreneurship opportunities through their groups. In this regard, the bidder is expected to include a component that will prepare the participants in transferring the skills to their group members. It is anticipated that the specific youth groups will be involved in a variety of enterprises including agribusinesses, poultry, transport, merchandise, retailing, tree nurseries, apiary, hairdressing, saloon, fish value chains, and a range of other micro-enterprises based on the context.

4. Application process for bidders

Interested BDS providers should submit a concept as EOI detailing the following information (Max 10 pages). *(NB: successful bidders will be required to provide more information at a later stage in this process).*

a. About the Organization (20 Marks) (3 pages):

i. Address, locations, and point of contact information, including the specific location of operations.

ii. Registration status of the organization in Kenya, Ownership and Type of Entity

iii. Description of the organization and its main activities, history of operation, and milestones.

iv. A brief on the team (100 words) for each key staff that will be involved in delivery of the technical support.

b. Methodology and approaches (50 marks) (3 pages):

A description of the proposed methodology and approaches in delivery of the technical support.

i. This should include specific training and mentorship support activities, approaches, and time frame.

ii. Indicate the current infrastructure, and expertise in the organization that will be deployed in delivery of the entrepreneurship training and mentorship support.

iii. Description of evidence on why the proposed methods and approaches will be successful and sustainable beyond the project period.

iv. Description of how the target youth and their groups will be tracked to monitor their progress during and after the entrepreneurship training and support.

v. How gender will be mainstreamed in the proposed methods and approaches

c. Budget (30 marks) (3 pages):

A description of the budget separated by item lines including:

i. Itemized professional and operation costs with clearly indicated item and unit costs.

ii. Taxation amounts (if applicable).

5. Evaluation criteria

Organizations wishing to apply should meet the following criteria:

a. Be registered in Kenya.

b. Demonstrated experience in delivery of youth entrepreneurship training and support programmes in Kenya.

c. Previous and/or current interventions in the target counties for this initiative.

d. The concept should demonstrate relevance, quality and coherence of the proposed methodology and approaches.

e. Institutional capacity for delivery of the technical support.

f. Demonstrates value for money.

How to apply

Timeline for Submission

The Expressions of Interest to be submitted by Thursday 10th June 2021 at 1630 hours EAT by email to with ‘AKF Youth Entrepreneurship Training and Mentorship Support’ in the subject line.

Only shortlisted organisations will be contacted.

2. About the Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. AKF is a private, not-for-profit international development agency that seeks to provide long-term solutions to society’s problems. AKF has a special focus on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. AKF works closely with civil society groups in programme levels in all its thematic areas, with a range of synergistic initiatives that both support civil society actors and benefit from their reach and experience. AKF’s primary areas of focus are; Education; Early Childhood Development (ECD); Health and Nutrition; Civil Society; Agriculture and Food Security; and Economic Inclusion.

AKF believes in Equal Opportunity and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.

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