Gender Labour Market Analysis Study
WORK PACKAGE: Gender Labour Market Analysis Study
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
EXPECTED START DATE: June 25, 2020
Innovation in Non-traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) for women in Ghana is a 5-year collaborative initiative (2020-2025) that will build sustainable pathways to enhanced economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive growth for 5,000 urban poor young women in Accra, Kumasi, and Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana. This CAD$8.5 million project will test and scale innovative, sustainable models to improve the enabling environment, reduce gender-specific barriers to women’s economic participation, and enhance access to decent work for marginalized women in high-growth, non-traditional sectors. Using an inclusive market systems (IMS) approach, the project will INVEST in women, institutions and the labour market system of high-growth sectors to achieve trans formative change that is sustainable and scalable. A wide array of stakeholders on both the supply and demand sides of the labour market will be engaged throughout the project cycle. This integrated, holistic approach will contribute to reducing the multiple dimensions of poverty experienced by urban poor young women. Key aspects include: supporting women’s full participation in economic decision-making and leadership, promoting women’s equal access to finance, improving technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for women, motivating industry to hire, retain and promote women, and improving the ability of women to participate and exercise their rights in the workforce.
Urban poor young women in Ghana face several dimensions of poverty concurrently. These include limited access to education beyond the primary level and a lack of gender parity at all levels of education; political and social exclusion, contributing to low representation and participation of women in decision-making; risk of personal insecurity including harmful cultural practices such as early and forced marriage, sexual and gender-based violence and maternal mortality; and infringements on human rights, both generally and specifically in terms of access to decent work.
NATURE AND SCOPE
WUSC wishes to retain a firm, consultant, or group of consultants to conduct a gender labour market analysis in the regions of Accra, Kumasi, and Sekondi-Takoradi. The analysis should be conducted in collaboration with WUSC and WUSC training partners, and employ a market systems approach to understanding supply and demand constraints facing young women in promising high growth sectors. The goal of the rapid gender labour market analysis will be to identify priority sectors for support, specific occupations important to those value chains, identify key private and public sector actors, and focus key actions for capacity building and policy change.
Given the timeframe in question, the consultant will pay particular heed to the opportunities and risks presented by the current COVID-19 crisis. First, the labour market analysis should be COVID-aware. Sector selection should, insofar as possible, identify possible changes in labour markets and women’s inclusion that may result from the current crisis. Second, the consultant must exercise duty of care to ensure the protection of interviewees, partners and the consultant team. The consultant will take into account travel and meeting restrictions, and will propose an approach that maximizes the use of existing secondary information and data, remote data collection, and data collection methods that protect the health and wellbeing of respondents, interviewers and stakeholders.
The key components of the Labour Market Analysis will comprise of:
- Sector Analysis and Sector Selection of high growth, innovative sectors that can provide relevant opportunities for poor, young urban women.
- Demand/Supply Analysis of key occupations and skills within chosen subsectors with gender analysis of suitability for young women.
- Institutional and systems mapping of key actorsBecause each of these components are interrelated yet sequential, the consultant will be asked to confer closely with WUSC and key partners following each milestone prior to advancing to the next step.
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