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Request for proposals on Skills Gap Assessment for Youth.

Scope of Work

Skills Gap Assessment for Youth Employment in Libya

Skills Gap for Youth Entrepreneurship in Libya

Background on Libya Economic Empowerment Project

Women and youth remain a largely untapped economic resource in Libya. The Libya Economic Empowerment (LEE) project was designed specifically to release the unrecognized economic potential of women’s and youth’s entrepreneurship through engagement in a number of activities over the past 6 years and thereby help contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Purpose of Skills Gap Assessment

The purpose of the skills gap assessment is to provide Libyan youth (15-30) with information to make informed decisions about their livelihood options and be purposeful about education and professional development choices to obtain their goals. There are two main objectives of the skills gap assessment:

  • Provide youth in Libya with information on sectors with the highest potential for employment and entrepreneurship. Highest potential will be defined by the ability to earn a high wage or availability of open positions in the market in the case of employment, or short to long term earning potential and relatively low barriers to entry in the case of entrepreneurship.
  • The gap assessment will then survey the employers or business owners in that sector to obtain information about the skills needed to be successful in that sector. In this way, youth can make informed decisions about their livelihood options, and be purposeful about education and professional development choices to obtain their goals.

The LEE project envisions completing 4 skills gap assessments; 1 for male youth employment, 1 for youth female employment, 1 for male youth entrepreneurship, and 1 for female youth entrepreneurship. We reserve the right to make one award to an eligible organization to complete all 4 assessments, OR multiple awards.

Eligibility

This solicitation is open for proposals from registered private sector companies or non-profit organizations that have operations in Libya (do not have to be headquartered in Libya) and have the ability to work throughout Libya. Government agencies or individual consultants are not eligible to apply. To apply please send your proposal by email at: infolibya@meda.org  Deadline is  April 21, 2019.

The contract / s will be awarded by 30 April, 2019.

Requirements

Eligible organizations should be able to complete their skills gap assessment no later than August 1, 2019.

Eligible organizations should submit a proposal to the LEE project that is no more than 15 pages, with the following:

  • A detailed description of how the organization will carry out the skills gap assessment, including timeline for completing the work, methodology and tools used for collecting and storing data, and clearly state which of the 4 skills gap assessments they are proposing to complete; organizations may select a single assessment, any combination of assessments, or all 4 assessments.
  • Description of the organization and description of the organization’s ability to carry out the skills gap assessment, including completed similar work, core competencies, and proof of registration status in Libya.
  • List of proposed personnel, current title, brief bio, and responsibility on the skills gap assessment.
  • A detailed budget showing all the costs that are directly allocated to the project.

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Yummy! or using ICT for marketing in Libya

Fatima Nassir, and Azeeza Adam, are young women entrepreneurs from Sebha  in the Libyan south who are successful examples of the LEE project.

They own “Yummy !” a virtual platform that uses digital marketing via an application where food service providers, house wives and women in general, are able to sell their products.
It all began when a short time into the pilot period of their project, Fatima and Azeeza along with a number of other women had the opportunity to attend one of LEE’s sponsored self-development and leadership programmes in their city. The Springboard training is renowned for the tools it deploys in the service of women at no matter what stage they are in life. That is its strength, and the skills and self-confidence gained through the training in addition to the exposure to others going through a similar self-reflection phase spurred these young women to take the decisive step to move on from the Beta version and launch the full mode “Yummy!”

The “Yummy!” Idea had started out when Fatima who loved IT technology, wanted to harness its benefits to help boost the local catering businesses and support in marketing their products. She needed encouragement and a partner. Catering was a phenomenal rising trend in Libya spurring many women owned businesses who either lacked other marketable skills or were home based due to security reasons especially in her area. The advantage of creating something that would contribute to empowering these women and helping them enter the economy whilst bringing income to their households and communities was an irresistible combination as it started to crystallize in Azeeza’s thinking during the training and they were ready to put it out there by September 2017.

They opened a Facebook page and almost immediately had 700 likes, receiving many requests to register with “Yummy!” from women who wanted to promote their catering services and clients interested in buying healthy homemade food. Fatima and Azeeza further enhanced their Facebook image and the network gained through their social media visibility increased their popularity and allowed them to link 25 men and women with caterers to provide home cooked delivered food.

Within a month they had officially launched the “Yummy!” app. This encouraging success showed them that this was but the beginning. Their next step took them to participate in a startup competition implemented by Tatweeer Research. Solely based in Benghazi it is a government entity established in 2010 between the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) & Central Bank of Libya (CBL). It is a commercially driven enterprise that promotes the creation of a Knowledge Economy in Libya. “Enjazi” is it’s first competition.

Twenty out of one hundred and twenty eight projects submitted for Enjazi were shortlisted and among them was luckily enough “Yummy!. The next phase of the competition took them to Beirut, Lebanon where they attended a two-week intensive training program where they were taught how to fine-tune their start-up idea. Fatima and Azeeza’s hard work paid off and they ended winning third place in the finals.

The prize includes a learning trip to London, England to visit various exhibits and start-up centers as well as co-working spaces. Fatima and Aziza were set to gain the necessary exposure to meet with potential experts to deliberate on further developing their project. At the same time, they were  hoping to acquire some type of monetary value to fund their project. Moreover, they won the free life-time use of co-working space at Tatweer Research in Benghazi and have started to become renowned locally and internationally.

Yummy founders
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13 Libyan Women Win the LWEE Business Plan Competition Award

Hundreds of  women from all parts of Libya participated in the Business Women Entrepreneurship Award competition launched by the Libya Women Economic Empowerment (LWEE) project this summer. At a big celebration in Tripoli on Saturday 24 September 2016, the names of the winners of the matching grants awards were announced after thorough deliberations by an experienced panel from Libya Enterprise and experienced business men and women. The winners (13 women from all parts of Libya) submitted creative and feasible business plans in a variety of sectors and services including education, training, health and beauty, engineering, telecommunications, etc. 

This is the second time that LWEE, supported by MEDA, has organised the competition to encourage Libyan women entrepreneurs to start and/or expand their own businesses, playing a leading role in supporting their communities and the national economy.   

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