Save the Children Request for proposal: Employability Skills Assessment Tool Adaption Consultancy

  • Anywhere
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 17 Jan 2022

Background

Save the Children’s Adolescent Skills for Successful transitions portfolio is designed to equip deprived and at-risk youth, ages 15-24, across the globe with the right combination of market-relevant skills, networks and opportunities to get decent jobs or build their own businesses. One tool to measure the outcomes of these programs is the Employability Assessment (EA) Tool.

The Employability Assessment (EA) tool was designed in 2016, to measure the presence of “soft skills” needed for employment. It is a 24-item, self-report measure comprised of 6 sub-domains (Positive Self-Confidence, Self-Control, Social Skills, Communication Skills, Problem Solving Skills, and Job Search Skills). This tool was developed using a rigorous process of local language adaptation, item reliability testing, and test / retest reliability. The over scale reliability, in a US-based sample is 0.90 (Cronbach alpha). The EA Tool was initially designed to measure changes in basic employability skills that program participants receive during training, and to evaluate the performance of youth employability programming that focus on soft skill development. The EA Tool, being a standardized, tested instrument, has enabled Save the Children and partner programs compare in-country and cross-country results, allowing Save the Children to learn and adapt its program model within and across countries where it implements.

The EA Tool measures the overall domain, “employability,” based on six sub-domains: 1) Positive Self-Concept, 2) Self-Control, 3) Social Skills, 4) Communication Skills, 5) Higher Order Thinking Skills, and 6) Job Search Skills. Each sub-domain is measured by four questions; thus, the EA Tool is comprised of 24 questions and is used for a pre- and post-assessment to measure changes in youth empowerment and employability programs including Skills 2 Succeed (S2S) and Youth Empowerment Bulgari’s (YEB) programs.

The tool has been adapted for use with youth in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, Bolivia, Uganda, Italy, India and Ethiopia; is currently being adapted in China, El Salvador, China and Afghanistan; and is planned to be employed also in Nepal, and Albania.

Save the Children is looking to hire a consultant/firm to make adaptions to the EA Tool of two natures:

  • Firstly, to make the tool a reliable stand-alone measure of life skills (captured in the first five domains of 1) Positive Self-Concept, 2) Self-Control, 3) Social Skills, 4) Communication Skills, and 5) Higher Order Thinking Skills) by increasing its reliability. This will lead to a revised tool, capable to measure life skills acquisition – Life Skills Assessment tool.
  • Secondly, to make the tool modular so that new domains can be added to measure additional program outcomes focused on job search skills and new measures for entrepreneurship skills, commitment to education, and growth mindset.

COMPETENCIES

The firm/consultant is expected to fulfill the following qualifications.

Required

  • Demonstrated experience in psychometrics and youth programming
  • Advanced skills in conducting quantitative analysis of both descriptive and inferential analysis
  • Advanced skills in tool testing: test-retest reliability; internal reliability tests of sub-scales and overall life skills scale; consistency tests, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and ceiling effect tests.
  • Demonstrated experience/track record in conducting similar projects with organizations or similar mandate and size.

Preferred

  • Proven experience working in research related to youth and youth employment.
  • Proven experience working on research related gender and gender-related issues.
  • Proven experience developing quantitative data collection tools

Objectives

  1. Review and strengthen self-control and social skills self-domain
  2. Review and revise EA Tool so the tool can be modular
  3. Add sub-domain focused on entrepreneurship to parallel the job search sub-domain
  4. Add sub-domain focused on growth mindset
  5. Add sub-domain focused on commitment to education
  6. Guide and support local validation and reliability testing to ensure revised tool is ready for roll out

Timeframe

The consultancy period will be between January and April 2022.

Tasks

  1. Revise EA Tool to increase validity and reliability of the EA Tool, giving focus to self-control and social skills sub-domains.
  2. Make the EA Tool modular so that tool can be used and interpreted by sub-domain
  3. Create and test new items using inventory of questions for self-employment/entrepreneurship, commitment to education and growth mindset domains
  4. Work with a country and provide guidance to test revised tool. This includes;

  5. Language adaptation: including language validation with youth

  6. Scale reliability testing & confirmatory factor analysis

  7. Test/retest reliability

  8. Back translation

  9. Initial use of finalized tool

Deliverable

Consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  1. Revised and modulated EA Tool that is reliable and valid measure of Life Skills acquisition (Life Skills Assessment Tool). At a minimum this should include test-retest reliability; internal reliability tests of sub-scales and overall employability scale; consistency tests and ceiling effect tests.

  2. Validity testing with at least one pilot country and recommend adjustments

  3. Developing new items to measure entrepreneurship, commitment to education and growth mindset skills

  4. Detailed technical report (or presentation) regarding tool adaption, reliability, adaptation and scoring guidelines

  5. Update guidelines: 1) tool adaptation 2) assessment administrator and 3) data managers

Proposed implementation timeline

Below is an indicative timeline for this project. Please provide a detailed estimated timeline within your technical proposal.

1. Month 1: Revised and modulated EA Tool

2. Month 1: Developing new items to measure entrepreneurship, commitment to education and growth mindset skills

3. Month 2: Validity testing with at least one pilot country and recommend adjustments

4. Month 3: Detailed technical report (or presentation) regarding tool adaption, reliability, adaptation and scoring guidelines

5. Month 3: Update guidelines: 1) tool adaptation 2) assessment administrator and 3) data managers

SCUS Child Safeguarding Policy and Zero Fraud Tolerance Policy

Potential consultant/s are required to comply fully with SCUS’ Child Safeguarding Policy and Zero Fraud Tolerance Policy located at:

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9364821/k.A2E4/Terms__Conditions.htm.

How to apply:

Save the Children seeks expressions of interest from consultant/s. Interested consultant/s should clearly indicate their background experience and knowledge of the subject area, how they meet the required skills and experience, and their availability. Selection of the consultant/s will be done by Save the Children and will be based on the strength of the qualifications provided by potential candidates through their:

· Expression of interest / proposal

· cover letter (please sign cover letter or submit in letter head)

· CV,

· Example of a previous tool developed, adapted or designed with similar scope of work.

All submissions should be sent by 17th January 2022 with the email title “RFP: EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS ASSESSMENT TOOL” to Monica Caminiti at mcaminiti@savechildren.org and Nicole Dulieu at Nicole.dulieu@savethechildren.org

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