• Category : Academic Consultancy
  • Posted Date : 04/23/2021
  • Source : Reporter
  • Closing Date : 05/10/2021



Background and Justification

NRC commenced operations in Ethiopia in 2011 and has since been a leading humanitarian organization in providing lifesaving assistance, durable solutions, and building resilience amongst vulnerable displacement affected populations (refugees, IDPs and host communities). NRC’s Country Office is based in Addis Ababa and operates through seven area offices in Gambella, Dollo Ado, Shire, Assosa, Jijiga, Bule Hora and Addis Ababa. NRC works to improve the protection and living conditions of displaced and displacement-affected populations through Education; Shelter; WASH, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), Livelihood and Food Security (LFS) and Child Protection. Education has four strategic response areas, namely, Support to Formal Education, First Phase Education, Non-Formal Education, and Youth Education and Training.

Since 2011, and in collaboration with the Regional Education Bureaus (REBs), NRC Ethiopia has provided Youth Education and Training to the refugees and host community youth, which mainly contains Life Skills Training, Computer Literacy and vocational skills training. The refugee and the host community youth are baffled continuously by and at odds with their inner selves and other people with whom they regularly interact; as well as the environment around them. As they develop into adolescents and adults, they need to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that will enable them to handle themselves and their environment successfully[1]. As a result, the youth require 12 core skills identified by UNICEF’s Life Skills and Citizenship Education[2]. NRC has framed those skills to address four cluster areas of skills for learning, skills for employability, skills for personal development and skills for active citizenship. 

The Life Skills component of the training aims at developing the all-rounded personality of the participants of the training including the following: interpersonal communication skills, self-esteem, achieve a reliable basis for making informed choice, belief in a promising future with real opportunities, cultivate the inquiring and problem-solving habits of mind for lifelong learning, acquire the technical and analytic capabilities to participate in a world-class economy, become ethical persons, learn the requirements of responsible citizenship and respect diversity in our pluralistic society.

The second component of the training, which is the major focus, is vocational skills training. Selection of the trades in the vocational skills training is made in line with market assessment ensuring that there is a substantial match between supply and demand side of the labour market in both the host communities and refugee camps for each area of vocational skills. Currently, there are 15 trades with several sub-skills for employment selected, based on labour market assessment and Ethiopian Occupation Standards. They are (1) Metal Work, (2) Furniture Making, (3) Building Construction, (4) Electrical Building Installation, (5) Electronics, (6) ICT, (7) Food Preparation, (8) Garment Making (with sub-skills of Basic Apparels, Weaving and Embroidery), (9) Beauty Care/Hair Dressing, (10) Leather Products, (11) Plumbing, (12) Accounting/Bookkeeping, (13) Gypsum work/ finishing works of construction, (14) Making mops and brooms and (15) Carpet Making.

Evidence shows that the combination of technical and life skills is crucial to developing positive attitudes and behaviours, fundamental competencies in communication and leadership, and mutual understanding between diverse groups. In displacement contexts, it can include the application of life skills in specific risk situations and in situations where young people need to be empowered to promote and protect their rights. According to NRC’s draft guidelines for life skills youth programming, refugees and host community youth require thirteen sets of transferable life skills to enable them to adapt to and deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Therefore, NRC is looking for a qualified consultant to develop a curriculum for training for refugee and host community male and female youth ages 15 to 19 on life skills. The syllabus and training materials will cover the thirteen skills: 1) critical thinking, 2) problem solving, 3) creativity, 4) negotiation, 5) decision-making, 6) communication 7) cooperation, 8) self-management, 9) resilience, 10) empathy, 11) respect for diversity, 12) participation, 13) positive parenting skills. The life skills curriculum should be adaptive, depending on social background and gender.

A positive youth development approach is expected to be used as the basis for analysis of needs and any product development. NRC has interpreted and used positive youth development framework that was developed by USAID here

 The objective of the consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is to develop a curriculum for life skills training for Ethiopia, covering the above mentioned thirteen skills for use in the classroom and to be digitized. The developed curriculum should contain two documents; training manual, facilitators guide and TOT materials. 

  • Consultants can pick-up in person the TOR documents from Logistics Department from Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:00 at the following locations: Addis Ababa Country Office – 3rd Floor, Isaac Tower, Airport Road, Bole Japan, Addis Ababa: or NRC website

Deadline for submission of quotations is 10 May 2021 before 16:30

[1] West Nile private sector development promotion centre limited. Life skills training for youth, trainer’s manual.

[2] UNICEF’s Life Skills and Citizenship Education in the Middle East and North Africa: Conceptual and Programmatic Framework: A Four-Dimensional and Systems Approach to 21st Century Skills