Please note that the deadline is extended from 31st August to 7th September.
Around 40% of youth aged 18-29 in the West Bank and Gaza are unemployed, with women disproportionately represented among those out of work. Individuals with high levels of education also suffer high rates of unemployment, suggesting that the education system is failing to equip youth with the skills relevant to the labour market. Workforce development programmes in the West Bank and Gaza have benefited from approximately USD$140 million in donor investment since 2001, but programmes have focussed almost exclusively on skills training provision alone, failing to build partnerships with the private sector that could help inform training content development and facilitate education-to-employment transitions for young people.
The West Bank and Gaza Youth Employment Development Impact Bond (DIB) will be the world’s first training and employment DIB sponsored by the World Bank as part of the Finance for Jobs programme. It aims to support around 1,500 unemployed Palestinian young people aged 18-29 into training opportunities and employment. Investors will fund the upfront delivery of training and employment placement services, and will be repaid by an Outcome Funder—in this case, the World Bank, through the Project Implementation Agency (PIA), DAI Global—on the basis of pre-agreed training and employment outcomes being achieved by young people through the programme. A key principle of the DIB is giving service providers the freedom and flexibility to try different approaches to achieving the outcomes, and it is important for both service providers and the DIB manager to be able to use data to evidence outcomes and understand what works to achieve them. The DIB therefore requires a Management Information System (MIS) which enables the project to track, monitor, and record the case profiles, training and employment journeys, service delivery activities and outcomes of service users.
We are seeking a provider who:
• Is knowledgeable about the issue the DIB is seeking to address, results-based financing and/or the local context;
• Is able and willing to work with Social Finance and other relevant stakeholders, such as investors, in a collaborative, flexible and communicative manner that is ultimately centred on the end users of the system;
• Understands and is able to advise on the data security implications of developing a MIS for a programme with many international stakeholders; and
• Is able to carry out the work required in a cost-effective and timely way.
We anticipate that there will be two phases to this work:
• Phase 1: Development and testing (to be carried out in the two months following the date of contract signing on Page 8) of a prototype MIS
• Phase 2: Final configuration and deployment of the MIS (in parallel with the commencement of service delivery), with a low level of ongoing support and/or maintenance over the duration of the DIB
Bidders are invited to suggest the activities and work which will be needed in each phase in order to deliver an MIS which meets the requirements of the DIB. This contract is for the work required in Phase 1, but the successful bidder will be the preferred candidate to deliver Phase 2 and should therefore include plans and an indicative budget for Phase 2 in their proposals.
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