Freedom Fund RFPs: Feasibility Study for a Vocational Training and Formal Employment Scheme for Survivors of Slavery in Ethiopia

Deadline: 21 January 2019

The Freedom Fund is requesting proposals to explore the feasibility of setting up a survivor training program leading to formal employment in Ethiopia.

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Building on the model of the GenOne Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) scheme in Australia, they are seeking to create a program that would connect women survivors of trafficking and domestic servitude with formal, long-term employment in international businesses operating in Ethiopia or Ethiopian businesses.

Feasibility Study

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The feasibility study should answer the following points:

  • The market and potential private sector partners
    • What are the main industry sectors and job types that should be considered for this scheme? Consideration should be given to industries, roles and skill sets that are appropriate for the target group.
    • What would be the approximate pay and working conditions for participants in the scheme, and would this be sufficient for their needs?
    • Which specific businesses or brands might be approached to partner in this scheme, and why?
  • Training and work readiness
    • What are the main barriers to formal employment that survivors face?
    • What types of training are required to overcome these barriers?
    • Who should provide this training? d. What are the opportunities and challenges of government TVET centre involvement?
    • Are there existing curricula that would fit the needs of the scheme?
    • Which other partners, including existing Freedom Fund NGO partners, might need to be involved in preparing survivors for employment and supporting them once employed?
  • Survivor-centred design
    • How do survivors view the job market? Which industries and jobs are most appealing to survivors?
    • How should participants in this scheme be selected?
    • What kind of support would be required to assist survivors once placed in jobs? Are there any other issues the Fund should consider relating to the well-being of survivors in this scheme, such as how to ensure that their personal history is not exposed to their colleagues at work?
  • The model
    • What would be the most effective structure for a VTEC style scheme of formal employment for survivors of trafficking and domestic servitude? What adjustments to the GenOne VTEC model would be required to make it relevant to the Ethiopian context and the target group?
    • What specific roles and responsibilities should the different partners, including the Freedom Fund, play in the scheme?
    • What are the legal and government regulations relevant to this project?
  • Costs
    • What would be the estimated cost of a program to formally train, employ and support 1,100 survivors over three years?
    • What is the potential for government or business to contribute toward these costs, either in financial or in-kind terms?
  • Measuring success
    • What metrics should be used to measure the impact of the scheme?
  • Considerations and possible timeline for preliminary phase
    • What might be an indicative timeline for the key set-up and implementation components of the scheme’s first year?
    • Are there any other issues that the Freedom Fund should consider in planning the scheme?

Expected Outputs

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The scoping study should deliver:

  • a final research plan including research questions, tools and interview targets (by 1 February)
  • a draft report answering all research questions (by 15 March)
  • a final report, incorporating feedback from the Freedom Fund, to include a set of recommendations (by 31 March)
  • transcripts of interviews and bibliographical references (by 31 March)
  • contacts details for all relevant individuals met as part of the research (by 31 March)

Eligibility Criteria

  • They encourage applications from qualified individuals, consultancies and non-governmental organisations.
  • Non-Ethiopian entities can apply but should demonstrate a deep understanding of the Ethiopian socioeconomic and legal context and will be encouraged to partner with an Ethiopian entity.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A cover letter expressing applicant’s interest
  • An outline methodology and timeline for undertaking the study
  • CVs of the proposed team, with references to previous relevant work
  • A proposed budget

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  • Avatar Barnaba j. Haule says:

    Its good study but may help me to join in this study.

  • Avatar Barnaba j. Haule says:

    Am tanzanian how may join in this study.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Barnaba j. Haule,

      Non-Ethiopian entities can apply but should demonstrate a deep understanding of the Ethiopian socioeconomic and legal context and will be encouraged to partner with an Ethiopian entity. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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