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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

TechnoServe Request for Proposal for Digitization of STRYDE Personal Effectiveness Module for Scale and Sustainability

TechnoServe
Request for Proposal for Digitization of STRYDE Personal Effectiveness Module for Scale and Sustainability
1 Introduction
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.
We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.
Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women even in the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities.
With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
For more information visit: www.technoserve.org
2 Project Overview
The overall goal of TechnoServe’s Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) Program is to sustainably improve the livelihoods of 48,000 rural youth and their households.
The program delivers this through an intensive program of training on self-efficacy and financial/economic skills, which is followed by a hands-on after-training support period that includes linkages to formal employment and advisory services and technical skills training for entrepreneurs.
As a result of the training, STRYDE youth are more motivated and self-confident and therefore better able to make strategic decisions about their futures and pursue opportunities that were previously beyond their reach. A key focus of the STRYDE program model is sustainability.
We utilize a systems facilitation approach to transfer STRYDE training and other TechnoServe functions to prioritized partners who are permanent actors in the youth training ecosystem with the aim of sustaining impact after the end of the program.
Central to achieving suitability is having a replicable, needs-based and quality training manual available on a digital platform that facilitates scale.
3 STRYDE Training Manual
The STRYDE training manual, that we seek to digitize, was created for youth aged 18-30. It was designed with easy to deliver sessions that incorporate adult learning techniques and participatory learning approaches that target youth in the rural areas and those in the Vocational Training Institutions, prisons, colleges and polytechnics across Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.
The manual is in English and fully embraces principles of effective coaching and facilitation skills of accelerated learning embodied in TechnoServe’s CREATE model.
The manual has allowed the program to deliver self-efficacy trainings to thousands of East Africa’s youth across a broad geographic footprint that have provided them with the confidence, skills, and opportunities necessary to successfully navigate the youth training, labor, and self-employment markets.
Few rural youth have the opportunity to develop critical self-efficacy skills such as self-awareness, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-representation, interpersonal communication, or time management.
Without such a foundation, the odds remain stacked against them from the start of their young adult lives. Whether these youth have finished formal education in primary schools, secondary schools, VTIs, polytechnics, colleges or have dropped out of school, the education system often fails to prepare them for the challenges of life’s transition to independent living.
4 Purpose of the Assignment
The STRYDE program is looking to engage a consultant to review and digitize the personal effectiveness module as part of our effort to enable scale.
Although STYRDE has seven modules, the consultant will start with the personal effectiveness module to test and learn.
Once TechnoServe is satisfied with the quality and usability of the personal effectiveness module, the other modules will be digitized
5 Scope of Work
  • Familiarization with the current STRYDE training manual and delivery model;
  • Review personal effectiveness content and develop a plan for digital customization;
  • Develop draft digitized personal effectiveness module;
  • Review the digital sessions with the Regional Training and Capacity Building Manager and other STRYDE staff for feedback and review
  • Pilot the module with select youth and adjust based on feedback before the final roll out;
  • Review the digital sessions with the Regional Training and Capacity Building Manager ;
  • Deliver the final digitized training module and roll out plan;
  • Submit report;
6 Objectives and Deliverables Expected from this Assignment
The consultant/firm will be expected to deliver the following:
  • A detailed work plan for the digitization, review, pilot and publish process.
  • A review of the current personal effectiveness training material and mode of delivery and engagement with STRYDE beneficiaries to understand their needs, challenges and motivations
  • A fully-developed beta version to be presented to the Regional Training and Capacity Building Manager and other STRYDE staff for feedback.
  • A STRYDE Test and deliver quality, youth friendly and digitalized personal effectiveness module for scale and sustainability approved by the STRYDE Regional Program Director and the Regional Training and Capacity Building Manager
  • Comprehensive report on the digitized personal effective module highlighting proposed changes to content and style of delivery, lesson learnt during the testing phase, recommendations and any other key areas
7 Requirements
The successful consultant will have the following:
  • Demonstrated experience in similar tasks, capacity and innovativeness
  • Demonstrated understanding of curriculum and training manual development
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting entrepreneurship development
  • Experience in youth and women development and instructional design work
8 Period of Performance
The period of performance of a contract resulting from this solicitation is anticipated to begin in Mid-February 2017 for a period of three months.
Proposals shall detail the estimated length of time required to accomplish all deliverables, with detail on individual activity implementation dates, as referenced in the Scope of work indicated above.
9 Mandatory Requirements

10 Criteria for Selection
The evaluation of each response to this RFP will be based on the requirements set out in the solicitation and any addenda thereto.
At the sole discretion of TECHNOSERVE, the top proposals may be selected for follow-up questions or to provide an oral presentation.
The following weighting and points will be assigned to the proposal for evaluation purposes:

11 Terms and Conditions
a) The Request for Proposal is not and shall not be considered an offer by TechnoServe.
b) All responses must be received on or before the date and time indicated on the RFP. All late responses will be rejected.
c) All unresponsive submissions will be rejected.
d) All proposals will be considered binding offers. Prices proposed must be valid for entire period provided by respondent.
e) All awards will be subject to TechnoServe contractual terms and conditions and contingent on the availability of donor funding.
f) The organization with the winning proposal will be notified in writing. Those who were not selected may or may not be notified, at the sole discretion of TechnoServe
g) TechnoServe reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal or cancel the solicitation process at any time, and shall have no liability to the proposing organizations submitting proposals for such rejection or cancellation of the request for proposals.
h) TechnoServe reserves the right to accept all or part of the proposal when award is provided.
i) All information provided by TechnoServe in this RFP is offered in good faith. Individual items are subject to change at any time, and all bidders will be provided with notification of any changes. TechnoServe is not responsible or liable for any use of the information submitted by bidders or for any claims asserted therefrom.
j) TechnoServe reserves the right to require any bidder to enter into a non-disclosure agreement.
k) The bidders are solely obligated to pay for any costs, of any kind whatsoever, which may be incurred by the bidder or any third parties, in connection with the response. All responses and supporting documentation shall become the property of TechnoServe, subject to claims of confidentiality in respect of the response and supporting documentation, which have been clearly marked confidential by the bidder.
12 Form / Content of Response
All proposals shall:
A. Be in the English language.
B. Contain detailed cost in Kenya shillings with applicable tax/charges clearly identified.
C. Provide requested payment terms and conditions.
D. Describe the qualifications, experience and capabilities of the firm in providing the type of services being requested by this RFP. Resumes or CVs of “key personnel” shall be submitted as an attachment.
E. Include a contact name, email address, and telephone number to facilitate communication between TechnoServe and the submitting organization.
F. Contain a brief outline of the organization and services offered, including:
a. Full legal name, jurisdiction of incorporation and address of the company
b. Full legal name and country of citizenry of company’s President and / or Chief Executive Officer, and all other officers and senior managers of the company in the year business was established.
13 Submission
Complete Technical and Financial proposals should be addressed to: kenyaprocurement@tns.org with “Proposal for digitization of STRYDE Personal Effectiveness Manual” as the email subject and addressed to:
Procurement Department
TechnoServe Kenya
P O Box 14821 – 00800
Nairobi
To be received on or before 8th February 2017.
N/B Late Submissions will not be accepted

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