Deadline: 14 June, 2020

The British High Commission (BHC), Nairobi, has launched a Skills for Prosperity (S4P) programme in Kenya focused on reducing poverty by providing support to tackle skills deficits which are holding back sustainable and inclusive growth.

The UK Government announced a Prosperity Fund which will run through March 2023. Its primary purpose is to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries, in accordance with Official Development Assistance (ODA) rules, the International Development Act (IDA 2002) and the Gender Equality Act (GEA 2014). It will contribute towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Following a series of scoping studies and consultations with stakeholders in government, business and civil society, BHC, Nairobi, designed the Kenya S4P programme. The programme will deliver three core strands of activity. Strand One will focus on strengthening education to industry links at the institutional level, tailored to priority sectors key to county or national development. Strand Two will aim to develop an enabling environment for a strong skills ecosystem through technical assistance and capacity building – including enhanced institutional capacity and capability. Strand Three will focus on improving access to HE and TVET education for marginalised and unemployed youth.

Benefits
  • The value of the project proposal should not exceed £5,000,000
  • Programme is expected to run to March 2023, including end-line evaluation to complete programme delivery. Proposals to expand delivery will be taken into consideration based on needs assessment and presenting clear exit strategy for programme sustainability
Eligibility

BHC, Nairobi, invites proposals for projects that would improve the quality, relevance, equity and cost-effectiveness of TVET and HE in Kenya. Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate strong value for money
  • Alignment with programme strategic objectives
  • Compliance with OECD criteria for ODA funding
  • Evidence of impact and successful delivery of similar programmes/projects from key stakeholders, eg government, private sector, donors, development organisations, universities, TVETs, etc
  • Project viability, including bidders’ capacity, experts’ networks, and track record
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the S4P programme theory of change and how activities contribute to it
  • Demonstrate strong technical understanding of the national and county level education programme design and implementation
  • Demonstrate strong international networks in higher education, including UK networks
  • Project design, including clear and achievable impact, outcomes, outputs and planned interventions/activities
  • Provide evidence of stakeholders’ engagement and management
  • Demonstrate ability to forge strong networks with key beneficiaries
  • Provide evidence of collaborating with government and Kenyan state entities, and strong record of accomplishments working with TVETs and universities
  • Demonstrate experience and expertise in developing and delivering online learning programmes in the HE sector
  • Risk assessment and management plan
  • Sustainability plan
  • Provide strong MREL framework, GESI methodology and clear reporting mechanism

To apply and for more information, click here.

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