TOR for Lunn‐Teitelbaum Gender Assessment

Summary/Background

Save the Children’s flagship youth employment program, Skills to Succeed (S2S), is designed to equip deprived and at‐risk youth, ages 15‐24, with the right combination of market‐relevant skills, networks and opportunities to get decent jobs or build their own businesses. S2S works on two levels: it supports the transition from school to work and it ensures that out‐of‐school youth find skilled, safe and secure jobs that qualify as “decent work”, according to the definition by the International Labour Organization. In 2017, with funding from Accenture, the Skills to Succeed program was expanded under the existing Education for Youth Empowerment (EYE) Program in Bangladesh. The program now focuses on transitioning youth to formal employment in the information communication technology and business process outsourcing sectors. By 2020, the program will reach 13,500 youth (8,100 M, 5,400 F).

With the generous contribution from Drs. Anthony Lunn and Phyllis Teitelbaum, Skills to Succeed will be conducting research to answer two key research questions: 1) what impact does participating in S2S have on youth’s employment outcomes; and 2) how can S2S empower and boost the employment outcomes of young girls?

Save the Children will answer these questions in two phases, a formative research phase and an impact evaluation phase. The formative research phase will allow for further refinement of the questions and design of the research to create a study that would be most successful and useful for Save the Children and the existing evidence base for youth programming in international development.

As part of the formative evaluation phase, Save the Children is looking for research consultants to assist the Save research team on conducting a qualitative gender assessment with S2S alumni in Bangladesh to explore factors such as gender‐based barriers and societal norms that influence the decision‐making process when choosing employment. Both female and male youth will participate in this assessment as well as family/community members and employers of youth. The program specifically seeks to understand what barriers young women face and what assets and opportunities they could build on to find more productive jobs. The results of this assessment will inform the design of a small‐scale intervention that will help boost and sustain the employment outcomes of young girls participating in the program.

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