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Target Business Consultants PLC: Terms of Reference For Development of training modules and Carrying Out Training of Trainers

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Terms of Reference Development of training modules and Carrying Out Training of Trainers



1.           BACKGROUND

About the Jobs Creation Commission (JCC)

Sustainable job creation and youth employment are critical challenges that Ethiopia is facing today, as the Country aims to transition to a middle-income country by 2025. With about 2 million new entrants to the labor market every year, 49% of employed population being in subsistence employment, and ~70% of the population under 29 years old, a concentrated effort to grow current jobs, create new jobs, improve the quality of these jobs and the inclusiveness of the labor market are necessary. To this end, the Jobs Creation Commission (henceforth referred to as JCC) adopted a holistic approach to tackle the binding constraints to jobs and proposed an ambitious, yet urgent call to create 14 million sustainable jobs by 2025.

The Commission is a year-old federal institution established under the Prime Minister Office in Ethiopia, with a mandate to coordinate, govern and monitor all national and regional institutions to reach the nation’s objective to align policy and institutional strategic plan to achieve a sustainable jobs ecosystem. Well-aware of past local and global experiences that policy and governance alone cannot produce sustainable outcomes with a single change, JCC spearheads the jobs creation agenda by initiating a ‘One Plan. One Report’ initiative and data collection mechanism to capacitate institutions and facilitate systemic change. Building institutional capacity by raising expectations, increasing motivation, and building networks of relationships, have the power to transform the jobs ecosystem. Thus, JCC intends to resolve competing objectives and weed out disjointed, fragmented decision-making practices that impact employability, job creation, quality of jobs, human capital potential, and economic growth by connecting the dots and creating enabling jobs environments to drive the system.

The JCC has worked on developing a Plan of Action for Job Creation (PAJC) that aims to identify the set of policies and programs required to foster job creation and unleash the potential of the Ethiopian Economy. The Plan of Action for Job Creation proposes holistic interventions to solve the employment and job creation challenges and provides a new vision of employment in Ethiopia.

About the Enabling Ethiopia Project supported by the MasterCard Foundation

The JCC is being supported by the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) for the Enabling Ethiopia (EE) Project, a 3-year initiative designed to improve youth employment opportunities through the implementation of key components of the 2020 - 2025 Plan of Action for Job Creation. These include:

  • Adopting Job rich policies: Alignment of policies with the Plan of Action's Visions and Objectives including revision the MSME strategy
  • Building and strengthening capacity: Fully embedding a 'One Plan. One Report' approach in Jobs Creation and building the delivery capacity of regional and sub-regional bodies
  • Establishing and strengthening systems: Building a data-rich environment for employment services (LMIS);
  • Building a labor market resource mapping and optimization: ensuring sufficient resources are directed towards meeting job creation
  • Creating the next generation of high growth entrepreneurs in Ethiopia & Expanding Economic opportunities and inclusiveness: Large scale market-oriented upskilling work-readiness program along with inclusive innovation solutions in job creation
  • Encouraging Entrepreneurship: through behavioral change and direct support though grants and competitions.

·     About Target Business Consultant PLC (Target)

Target is a consulting firm established in 2004 for the provision of consulting services in business, finance, and organizational development.  It also provides business outsourcing services including fund management, payroll, and payment management services.

Target has been assigned by the MCF to provide service and Fund Manager to the Enabling Ethiopia Project implemented by the JCC. Accordingly, it has the responsibility of handling the process of procurement of service, hiring service providers and effect payment for the service provided as per the approval of its performance of the assignment by the Enabling Ethiopia project. 


In 2019/20 FY, the government through JCC’s leadership targeted to create 14 million jobs by 2025 by aiming to foster the business environment and conditions necessary, to absorb the currently unemployed, and to ensure that sustainable jobs are created for new entrants to the labor force. To achieve this target, we need capable government supports the structure that would enable the private and public sectors to create this amount of jobs. This government support structure includes different ministries, Jobs Creation Agencies at the regional level, zonal, woreda, and kebele level jobs creation offices, One Stop Shops (OSSs), and other offices responsible for jobs creation.

In the past, to facilitate the implementation of targets set for jobs creation effort, the government used to implement different strategies (such as Enterprise Development Strategy) that are implemented at OSS level and monitored by urban and rural jobs creation organs both at Federal and regional level. However, the unemployment rate in Ethiopia has reached a critical stage threatening the existence of the country; hence, it is crucial to plan and execute strategies differently than before. To assure that JCC needs to create enabling environment in terms of capacity (both skill and material) and accountability at OSS’s and last-mile service delivery including federal, regional and other stakeholders responsible for job creation agenda to assure the delivery of the 14 million new jobs target by 2025.

Hence, JCC commissioned a consultancy firm to assess the capacity gaps of federal, regional, and other stakeholders including OSSs in the job creation agenda. This assessment was conducted on all regions (except regions with security issues such as Tigray). It covered almost 139 OSSs in Addis Ababa, Oromia, Amhara, SNNP and Sidama; and 60 OSSs in other regions (including Afar, Gambella, Benishangul Gumuz, Harari, Somali and Dire Dawa). The assessment was focused on five elements i.e. service provision, human resource, infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, monitoring and evaluation, and information management. The result showed the following gaps:

  1.  Human resource:

a)   Most OSSs and job creation offices are understaffed with the ones existing lacking appropriate skills for the post.

b)   There is a need for proper training on problem-solving, analytical, project management (planning and MLE), and communication skills.

  1. Services and infrastructure:

a)   There is lack of proper infrastructure including office furniture, transportation (for follow up purposes), office supplies, office equipment, limited or no communication (including no landline and internet connection) and office premises.

b)   Delivery of services are hampered due to the lack of appropriate infrastructure and budget.

  1. Information Management: 

a) Employees lack information management skills including collection, organizing, processing and analyzing data which makes them prone to erroneous data.

b)   Lack of central data system

  1. Stakeholder Analysis

a)  Employees in the job creation organs lack proper skill to assess their stakeholders and prioritize based on their demand.

b)   Employees do not understand the weight of their jobs to achieve the national target set for job creation.

  1. Monitoring & Evaluation

a)   Employees are continually indicating that they have limited knowledge on how to plan, implement projects and report progresses. In addition, they have problems identifying their indicators for their plans, conduct a proper analysis, and writing reports

As it is impossible to resolve all the capacity gaps identified above in a short period, JCC has prioritized three main training areas to work on. The focus areas are 1) conducting a training on result based MLE, 2) conducting a short-term training on data analysis, and 3) conducting a short-term training on Micro Planning. The training will be implemented for a quick win that will enable last mile service deliveries in the jobs creation government organ to be more efficient. In addition to the training, JCC will increase the effort of developing a Labor Market Information System.



General Objective

·     Develop a module and conduct training to regional and federal (rural and urban) job creation stakeholders in the following areas

1.   Result based monitoring learning and evaluation framework

2.   Data analysis and

3. Microplanning 

 Specific Objective

·         Develop a module on:

o   Result based monitoring learning and evaluation framework

o   Data analysis:

§  Data collection and analysis using Excel,

§  Data verification

§  Job creation data collection (recording)

§  Data triangulation

§  Job creation data collection templates

o   Microplanning of job creation targets per year using decision stages (L-Gates)

·         Provide training of trainers (TOT) for 80 individuals from Regional and Federal offices across Ethiopia


The final delivery of the assignment will consist of two outputs i.e., high standard modules and ToT of the modules.


A final delivery of the modules is expected before May 10, 2021. The first draft of the document is expected to be shared with JCC by May 5th for comments and feedback, and training shall be carried out between May 12 - 20.



The module development should be carried out in Addis Ababa. However, the trainings may be required to be conducted in central locations in regional cities or towns.

Language consideration

The modules should be in both Amharic and English language. In addition, the training should consider local languages as well.

 Target Group

The main targets are:

-      Regional and Federal both rural and urban job creation organs around 80 individuals


Two or more consultants could submit a joint proposal together. Collaboration based on specializations is highly encouraged in this assignment.

 Other considerations

It is recommended to collaborate with JCC staff while conducting researches in and out of office.


Evaluation of tenders will be made in two steps that include Technical and Financial evaluations. Technical Evaluation is given weight of 70% while the financial proposal shall be weighted 30%.

 Technical Evaluation:

Technical proposal shall be evaluated using the following criteria:


Evaluation Criteria



The Firm’s organizational adequacy, professional reputations and general experience in the field of assignment



Past performance references and supporting documents



The adequacy and quality of the proposed approach, methodology, understanding of the service required, work plan (completion time and program) and staff schedule



The qualification and competence of the personnel proposed for the services to be undertaken and the Firm’s ability to perform the assignment with its own personnel and equipment.


Financial Evaluation:

  • Only firms whose technical proposal score high among the bidders will be considered for the financial evaluation. (30%)
  • The financial proposal shall show the payment schedule and advance payment. 
  • Proposed costs will be reviewed for reasonableness. 

8.    How to Apply

Interested firms should submit their technical and financial proposals in separate envelop or before April  9, 2021, at 2:30 PM, to the following address: -

Target Business Consultants Plc

N/Lafot Sub City,  Lebu mebrat Shoa supermarket 3rd floor

Tel +251 926796218, +251 116 636645 

Addis Ababa Ethiopia


9.Target Business Consultants PLC reserve the right to reject any or all the offers.


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Applicable date: Apr 7th, 2021