Request for Proposals: Daring to Shift Conceptual Planning Needs Assessment, Baseline Study, & Gender Analysis



Application Deadline

June 13, 2021

Statement of Purpose

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is undertaking a two-phased approach to completing a multi-country needs assessment (NA), gender analysis (GA) and baseline study (BL) for our Daring to Shift (D2S) project, an initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada. We are seeking consultants to deliver Phase 2 of this process which will involve data collection, data analysis and reporting on these key processes (note that Phase 1 consisted of conceptual planning and  data collection tool development).

Given the above, the specific, Phase 2 objectives of this assignment are to:

Organizational Background:

DOT is a leading international organization that is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and was established in 2002. Through its programs, DOT enables economically marginalized individuals to access and apply information and communication technologies (ICT) to create educational, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves. The organization’s vision is to make pathways to these opportunities available particularly to young people and women, as a strategy to eradicate poverty, vulnerability and gender inequality. DOT is differentiated by its unique youth-­to­‐youth model, its use of technology as an enabler to achieve economic and social goals, its record of engagement with the private sector, and its commitment to localization. Globally, DOT has trained over 5,000 young leaders who have in turn reached nearly one million young people and community members. DOT is currently operating in seven countries in Sub-­Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North America.

Background Information

D2S Project Background

Daring to Shift will enhance resilience and economic inclusion among participating unemployed and underemployed youth (aged 18 to 35) and their communities in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East regions. Over the course of four years, it will develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive despite the barriers that they face to take advantage of economic opportunities. The project will take an innovative approach to scaling-up youth empowerment, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. The main programming will be in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan, and Lebanon, while also deepening and extending programming in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, and Ghana with support from a youth-led digital innovation team in South Africa.

Among other initiatives, the project will offer training programs, access to peer networks, and linkages to partner opportunities that will strengthen the leadership, social innovation, entrepreneurship, and enhance the digital inclusion of nearly 45,000 young women and men, encouraging the testing of new solutions to old problems. Daring to Shift will also build the capacity of participating organizations and institutions to design, develop, implement, and monitor gender-sensitive strategies that will enhance enabling environments for young women’s leadership and economic inclusion. Finally, the project will scale gender-sensitive youth-led leadership and economic empowerment programming by providing training, coaching, as well as access to technical and financial support to Youth Champions. These Youth Champions are young women and men driving community change through their own community-based non-profit initiatives that provide economic empowerment, digital inclusion, and leadership training and coaching for their fellow youth.

Gender Equality

Gender equality is a core DOT value and gender is mainstreamed throughout Daring to Shift’s management and activities – including in planning, design, recruitment, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure both gender equity and women’s empowerment. The project combines a focus on gender equality with development innovation and youth empowerment. It seeks to address the root causes of gender inequality, disrupt gender norms, shift mindsets, and build a movement to advance digital inclusion as a foundation for equitable economic empowerment.

COVID-19 Context

As part of the participatory approach to D2S, DOT had intended to implement a series of co-design labs in each project country from April to July 2020, engaging young women and men in the development, testing, and iteration of programmatic strategies. This would have coincided with the project baseline study and gender analysis, and culminated in a final meeting bringing together DOT local partners and youth to finalize the Project Implementation Plan in August 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the subsequent pausing of international travel and in-person gatherings, DOT had to postpone needs assessment work, the baseline study, and the gender analysis.

Given ongoing COVID 19 operating conditions, all of the conceptual planning work will take place remotely using virtual methods.

Scope of Work

The focus of this request for consultancy support is to complete deliverables for Phase 2. This  consultancy is designed  to lead quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis for the Needs Assessment (NA), Baseline Assessment (BA) and Gender Analysis (GA) in all the D2S program countries. The consultants will not be required to develop any tools for data collection as they have already been developed through a separate consultancy. However, the consultants are expected to develop methodologies for any secondary literature review that would have to be undertaken for the three different types of assessments.  The consultants will have to develop appropriate analysis frameworks for the quantitative and qualitative data and develop the final reports. Proposals with the most efficient and safe methodology for data collection (online, face- to-face, over phone, etc.  or a suitable combination) given the COVID-19 context in the programming countries,  will receive higher scoring during assessment.

For the full RFP outlining objectives, locations, methodology, deliverables, proposed sample size for data collection and timelines, click here.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a proposal to Emily Kere, Director of Impact Measurement and Evaluation at Digital Opportunity Trust:

Applications are expected no later than June 13, 2021  11:50 ET and will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged

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