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National Consultant for the Proposed Project on Boosting decent jobs and enhancing digital skills for youth in Africa’s Digital Economy in Kenya

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For the development of a summary project outputs (SPROUT) and project document (PRODOC) for the proposed project on “Boosting decent jobs and enhancing digital skills for youth in Africa’s digital economy in Kenya to be implemented by ILO, ITU and AU**


Africa’s growing youth population and the continent’s transition to the digital economy represent a huge opportunity to bolster African economies while addressing the important levels of unemployment and working poverty among young people. At global level, the Joint ILO-ITU programme on Boosting decent jobs and enhancing digital skills for youth in Africa’s digital economy, contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the overarching objective of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the Call for Action adopted by the 2012 International Labour Conference, and the UN Youth Strategy: Youth 2030. At continental and regional level, the programme, which is also supported by African Union, recognizes and contributes to Ouagadougou +10, the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (2016-2025), the SMART Africa Alliance, the African Girls Can Code Initiative (2018-2021) and Agenda 2063.

In 2019, African governments issued a strong commitment to embracing technology, expanding broadband internet access, and equipping all Africans with the appropriate digital skills to leverage the growing digital economy. At the national level, the programme will integrate with each participating country’s own plan for digital development and employment development for youth. As the work is further conceptualized at the national level, it seeks to build and grow the related initiatives together with youth to best serve young people.


Technology and digital transformation are rapidly changing economies and their associated labour markets across Africa. These new technologies can create new jobs and entirely new fields of work – for example, the tremendous potential of digital finance. Digital jobs can include those at high (online freelance work); medium (ride sharing services) and low (delivery and warehousing) skill levels. However, access to new jobs and new opportunities in a digital economy depends on people having adequate skills, and this in turn requires suitable education and training systems. With enhanced digital skills, access to markets, networks, finance, information, voice and representation, young people can both benefit from and contribute to their country’s digital transformation. Working together, under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with the support of the African Union (AU), developed a comprehensive approach to youth employment creation in the digital economy.

Accordingly, ILO, ITU and AU have agreed to collaborate in 5 countries in Africa, including Kenya, to implement a project on ‘Boosting decent jobs and enhancing skills in the digital economy’. The project will offer a range of policy and programmatic interventions in five countries and activities that engage multiple stakeholders across the continent. The target countries were selected based on the existence of political will (Kenya has launched a digital economy blue print in 2019) for the promotion of youth employment, a growing digital economy, and an enabling ecosystem of support. The project will focus strongly on youth and women, their challenges and opportunities for decent work, build a systematic approach on boosting decent jobs and enhancing skills for youth in Africa’s digital economy, working closely together with the youth.

The successful implementation of the project will rely on a system’s approach to leverage growing digital markets. It aims at enhancing youth labour demand through pro-employment policies, “first job” initiatives and the promotion of youth-led businesses, while boosting digital skills, youth rights and the capacity of employment services to connect young jobseekers to decent jobs.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

(a) Job creation and entrepreneurship opportunities in the digital economy (labour demand side)

(b) Investment in youth digital skills (labour supply side)

(c) Prepare public and private employment services in the digital era (labour intermediation).

The programme will leverage new and existing partnerships between ILO, ITU and the AU. New partnerships will be established to create additional skills development and employment opportunities for youth in the country.

Under the guidance of the CTA PROSPECTS in Kenya and the Employment Specialist, CO Dar es salaam, and with support from the ILO staff in Nairobi, Decent work team in Pretoria and Regional Office in Abidjan, the field consultant will be responsible for: undertaking consultations, collecting relevant information as well as developing a summary project outline and project document for the proposed project. The information should come from secondary sources such as available policy documents and reports, but also from meetings and interviews held with important stakeholders in Kenya. The consultant will also provide input for the development of the proposed budget. The consultant will also be expected to incorporate inputs received from various stakeholders as necessary on the draft project document and finalize the outputs.

Specific Tasks

  1. Collect and go through relevant policy documents reports and plans on youth employment and the digital economy in Kenya.

  2. Hold meetings and interviews with relevant key informants and stakeholders with a view to get priority actions and intentions (on the demand, supply and labour intermediary) for the proposed project. These should include government and non-government actors among others.

  3. Hold conversations with ILO specialists and other experts on the above-mentioned issues to get their insight on the realistic and impactful interventions for the project.

  4. Develop a Summary Project Outline (SPROUT) with possible interventions areas for the proposed project, based on ILO/ITU Joint Programme Document.

  5. Based on comments received, refine further and expand the SPROUT to elaborate a full project document, including proposed budget.

  6. In consultation with ILO, conduct a validation meeting to collect more inputs for the project document.

  7. Meet with, and provide a donor mapping of development partners that may be interested in supporting the project, in particular the AfDB, EU, Canadian and USA embassies amongst others

  8. Share both the SPROUT and full draft project document for inputs; and incorporate the comments, and suggestions received and submit revised documents to ILO.


The consultancy will cover 25 working days starting August 2020. The consultant will be paid at a daily rate of USD 300.

How to apply

Expression of interest should be sent to [email protected] no later than 31st July 2020.

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