|Title||Request for concept note submission – Creating work opportunities for youth by advancing sustainable agricultural productivity and diversification through inclusive markets and trade|
|Issuing organization||Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)|
Head office: West End Towers, 4th Floor.
Kanjata Road, off Muthangari Drive, Off Waiyaki Way
P.O. Box 66773 Westlands, 00800 Nairobi, Kenya
|Submission of questions & Concept Note application||We only accept online submission at AGRA’s online portal AMIS.|
|Deadline for Receipt of|
|By Friday November 3, 2023|
|Deadline for Responding to the questions (for AGRA)||By Monday November 06, 2023|
|Deadline for Receipt of|
Concept note Applications
|Friday, November 10, 2023, before 11:59 pm, Southern Africa Time (CAT).|
Malawi AGRA Strategy
AGRAs investments in Malawi will catalyze the growth of inclusive food systems and agricultural transformation across Malawi as the basis for creating work opportunities for young people, especially women. AGRA in Malawi will use a market system approach to deliver transformational systems change that enhances the capacity of youth micro-entrepreneurs, and the productivity and resilience of youth farmers through farming as a business. AGRA will also support the government to create an enabling environment that enhances Food systems transformation.
Scope of work:
A: The Young Farmer Mobilization and Organization
Our youth work opportunities program envisions a brighter future for Malawi’s youth by offering a holistic approach to empowerment, skill development, and employment creation. We recognize that youth empowerment is not a one-size-fits-all strategy; it requires a multi-staged, dynamic, and inclusive strategy.
- Identification, Screening, and Registration – This phase involves a comprehensive process of identifying youth especially young women. The selection process should be inclusive and sensitive to the unique circumstances of youth. The partner will employ an approved methodology to ensure that the right youth are selected and registered into the program. This methodology should be efficient, transparent, and accountable. It should include mechanisms for verifying the eligibility criteria and conducting thorough background checks to minimize dropout rates once resources are allocated.
- Inspiration, Empowerment, and Basic Entrepreneurship Training – The partner’s role in this stage is to inspire and empower the registered youth. This involves providing basic life skills and entrepreneurship training to help youth discover their areas of interest and build their confidence. The training should motivate and instill a sense of self-worth, encouraging beneficiaries to explore various opportunities.
Eligibility Criteria for young farmer mobilization:
- Experience: The partner institution should have a proven history of working with youth, implementing programs that promote their well-being, education, and economic empowerment. They should be able to provide documentation of past projects, highlighting their impact on youth development.
- Capacity: The partner should possess the necessary infrastructure, technology, and logistical support to efficiently execute the program. This includes well-equipped training facilities, qualified trainers, and a strong project management framework.
- Relevant Experience: The partner’s previous experience should include successful implementation of programs targeting vulnerable and marginalized youth. Experience in areas such as education, vocational training, mentorship, or job placement for youth will be highly advantageous.
- Commitment to Inclusivity: The partner should demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity by having policies and practices in place to ensure equal opportunities for all eligible beneficiaries, regardless of gender, disability, or refugee status. They should actively seek to break down barriers and address the unique challenges faced by these groups.
- Transparency and Accountability: The partner should commit to full transparency in all processes, from beneficiary selection to program execution. They should be prepared to provide regular reports, undergo external evaluations, and maintain open channels of communication with AGRA Malawi to ensure program goals are met.
- Local Knowledge: An understanding of the local context, including cultural and economic dynamics in Malawi, is essential. Experience in working with Malawian youth, along with knowledge of the specific challenges and opportunities within the region, will contribute to program success.