Consultant for ILO Entrepreneruship tool adaptation and implementation modalities development

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Sudan
Organization: International Labour Organization
Closing date: 4 Feb 2021


As part of the recently launched Partnership for Improving Prospects for Forcibly Displaced Persons and Host Communities, the ILO is undertaking an adaptation for its Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) learning tool to the context of forcibly displaced and rural host communities in East Darfur and West Kordofan, Sudan. It is also aiming to develop implementation modalities that will facilitate learning-by-doing in the markets of the targeted communities. The Partnership is a unique multi-year program, funded by the Government of the Netherlands, that brings together four agencies (ILO, World Bank, IFC, UNICEF, UNHCR) to devise collaborative and innovative approaches for inclusive job creation and education in contexts characterized by forced displacement. The program encompasses three pillars, namely

  • Education and Learning;

  • Employment and Dignity; and

  • Protection and Inclusion.

The program operates in eight countries across East Africa, Horn of Africa and the Middle East employing an area-based approach, in which the partner agencies jointly focus their activities on selected regions within each country. For the Sudan chapter of the Partnership, the partner agencies have selected two focus (and neighbouring) states for implementation: East Darfur and West Kordofan.

To promote entrepreneuship in the targeted states, the ILO is using its flagship business management training program (SIYB), which has trained more than 15 million potential entrepreneurs and led to the creation of close to 9 million jobs worldwide. The SIYB course focuses on helping to establish and develop small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment for women and men. Research estimates show that the training course has led to the start-up of at least 2.65 million new businesses and the expansion of 40 per cent of existing businesses. However, as the needs of the entrepreneurs are dynamic and context dependent, the project will use the SIYB adaptation guide as an additional tool to respond to the learners’ specific needs and context.

Additionally, development of innovateve implementation modalities will be pursued. The aim of this is to encourage learners to make the plunge and to create businesses and revenue generating activities. It also attempts to create safe experiences for learners to gain entrepreneurial competencies through learning-by-doing and relfecting on experiences gained from adapting to shocks-prone markets. Building entrepreneurial competencies through support of actual venture creation will specifically take into consideration the background of the targeted population that range from literacy levels and language barriars to potential vulnerability and traumatised learners who need implemntation modalities that will rebuild their confindance in themselves and the society in general.


The objectives of this assignment are twofold:

  1. adaptation of the Start and Improve your Business learning tool to Sudan’s context, including fine-tunning the language to Sudanse Arabic; localising currency and examples; and scouring the local market for case studies of successful micro and small businesses;

  2. development of implemntatin modalities and a trainer guide that allow for real business experiences in the local market, including elements of the formation of new ventures as a part of the business-skills building. This has to heavily involve the learners in the nuances of the business processes.

All of which will be embedded in the wider approach of competency building by the ILO and partner agencies. Therefore the consultants chosen by the supplier are expected to familiarize her/himself with entrepreneurship learning tools of ILO and the other partners. It will also be an advantage if the supplier has experience at state level and is able to include refugees in the process of delivering the aforementioned objectives. The adapted set of entrepreneurship tools and developd implementation modalities will then be widely used to train targeted populations and would be expected to help them apply the entrepreneurial competencies they acquired to establish sustainable micro and small enterprises that are responsive and adaptive to the market dynamics.


The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the the PROSPECTS National Project Coordintar as well as the PROSPECTS Enterprises Development Specialist and the SIYB Mastertrainer. This includes regular progress meetings, joint discussions and agreement on best approaches. The adaptation will follow the SIYB guide to material development, translation and adaptation. That will be provided once the consultant is chosen. The guide provides tools to execute development, translation or adaptation of training materials including understanding the target group, learning material production process and production of text including suggesting illustrations. Implementatin modalities are expected to be developed to take a learner-centered approach and build the skills of the nascent entrepreneur to recognise opportunities and navigate challenges which are unltimately to create a sustainable business revenue and profit.


  1. SIYB adaptation to Sudan’s context

    a) Fine-tunning the available Arabic version of the tool to read well for the Sudanese user/reader. This version will be used widely by all projects in ILO Sudan portfolio as well as other potential delivering institutions, both private and public. This to be delivered after 2 weeks from signing the contract

    b) Reflect the Sudanese context in all details including changing of names of currency, characters, locations legal templates and any other nouns to be more suitable for the Sudanese reader. This to be delivered after 2 weeks from signing the contract

    c) Scoure the local market and provide 10 written stories of successful micro and small business case studies (including acquiring written permissions to use and publish the stories and 1 high-quality photo per story for publication). The stories have to be from different sectors and are equal representation of female and male entreprenuers. Most importantly, the case studies have to be linked with SIYB training content and knowledge objectives. This to be delivered after 4 weeks from signing the contract

    d) Advice, follow-up and finalise with the illustrator on all graphics as seen suitable. This to be delivered after 6 weeks from signing the contract

  2. Implementation modalities development

    a) Develop market-based excercises and tasks for the formation of new ventures as a part of learning experience to heavily involve the learners in the nuances of the business process.

    These excercises and tasks are expected to provide content for 3 weeks of market immersion/practice and are expected to be designed to formulate an integrated approach that takes the learner through the business processes and allows them to practice it.

    The outline of this market immersion will be developed jointly with the National Project Cooridnator in a series of 10 hours total ideation sessions. This to be delivered after 3 weeks from signing the contract

    b) Validate the content with organisations working in the area of entrepreneurial capability building in rural Sudan.

    That will be through holding a workshop with 5 entrepreneruship trainers and 15 startups from the selected supplier incubate and developing a tool that allows them to feed in to the process by identifying strengths, weakenesses and areas for improvement. This to be delivered after 5 weeks from signing the contract

    c) Writing up the final version of a) the instructor guide and b) the learner exercise book, in English. That will includ guiding the illustrator to develop appropriate visual content and follow up until the final versions are produced (including copy rights and adding project logos as needed). This to be delivered after 8 weeks from signing the contract

How to apply:

  • Submission is expected to include technical and financial proposals as well as a sample of training material that you have developed. This to be sent to with a copy of their most recent CV. The evaluatin and selection will be based on a desk review of the submitted documents.

  • Closing date of applications is MIDNIGHT of 4th February 2021, applications shown as being received after this time will not be accepted.

  • Feedback will only be given to the short-listed individuals.

  • Failure to follow the outlined procedure may result in the proposal not being considered

  • We thank all for your interest in working for ILO, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.

  • Those submitting their proposals must be legally authorised to live and work in Sudan.

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