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Consultancy - Creative Agenda Expert, Kenya.

We are searching for an experienced Consultancy - Creative Agenda Expert, Kenya. at our Kenya facility. Youare eligible for this position if you have demonstrated experience marketingand business development consulting primarily in sales lead generation, productdevelopment and strategy. Please note that Only applicants who are residentsin Kenya will be considered.

Project Overview:

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE)is a 7-year and € million programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry ofForeign Affairs, that aims to create a prosperous future for , youngwomen and men in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel & West Africa andHorn of Africa regions. The Fund will be supporting initiatives in 12 focuscountries that will offer youth, in particular young women, opportunities forwork that is demand-driven and productive, offering a stable income and safeworking conditions, and that is contributing to their personal development... andsocial protection.
The portfolio of projects is selected frombusiness cases that were proposed by private sector, civil society andknowledge institutions. Each business case has outlined scalable solutions forcreating more and better jobs and income generating opportunities for youth.Solutions in particular focus on an integrated approach that addresses theshortcomings on the demand side (jobs) and supply side (skills) and bridgingthe mismatch between these two in the labour market.

Assignment Overview:

The need for a Learning Agenda inthe creative sector is primarily driven by the complexity and dynamism of theindustry, which presents unique challenges and opportunities for youthemployment and entrepreneurship. The creative sector in Kenya, characterized byactivities ranging from digital arts to traditional crafts, holds significantpotential for economic growth and social impact. However, understanding thebarriers and enablers within this sector requires a structured approach tolearning and evidence gathering. This Learning Agenda seeks to align with broaderstrategic objectives in Kenya, aimed at nurturing talent, fostering innovation,and promoting inclusive growth.

Employment within the creativesector has often been reported in several circles to mirror the broader trendsand challenges of the gig economy—irregular work, lack of job security, and theneed for continuously updating skills. For youth, particularly women andmarginalized groups, these challenges are compounded by systemic barriers thatlimit access to opportunities. Through targeted research questions, this learningagenda seeks to uncover the nuances of gender disparity, evaluate theeffectiveness of interventions aimed at inclusivity, and generate actionableinsights that can lead to more equitable industry practices.

Moreover, the rapid pace oftechnological change impacts the creative sector more acutely than many otherareas of the economy. The Learning Agenda will attempt to provide a frameworkto explore how digital skills and technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence(AI) and machine learning, are reshaping creative roles and what new skills areneeded to ensure that youth are not only consumers but also creators oftechnology. Understanding these dynamics would be essential when ecosystemactors are designing training programs that are relevant and responsive toindustry needs, thereby enhancing the employability of young people in thecreative sector.

In addition to addressingimmediate skill and employment challenges, the Learning Agenda also examineslong-term sustainability and growth prospects of the creative sector. Thisinvolves studying the impact of cultural policies, investment in creative enterprises,and the overall economic contribution of the sector. By focusing on strategicareas such as policy influence, job decency, and gender mainstreaming, theagenda aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how different levers can beused to support and grow the creative industries in Kenya.

Finally, the CFYE Project projectsthat the implementation of a Learning Agenda will foster a culture ofcontinuous improvement and evidence-based decision-making among ecosystemactors in the creative sector. Through insights generated from the assignment, theproject aims to build a robust knowledge base, a reference point for policymakers, educators, and industry leaders. In the long-term, this evidence-drivenapproach not only enhances program effectiveness but also ensures that futureprojects are adaptable to the changing landscapes of technology and globalmarkets, thus securing a resilient future among creatives in the sector.

Assignment Objective:

The project aims to addresscritical questions related to youth employment in Kenya's creative sector,focusing on gender inclusivity, systemic barriers, job decency, and the impactof technological advancements. The assignment seeks to generate evidence toinform strategies that promote sustainable growth, cultural preservation, andequitable opportunities in the industry.

To achieve this goal, CFYE islooking to onboard an organization/s (it can be a consortium with a LeadPartner) with extensive research experience in the creative sector based in Kenyato support CFYE Kenya to conduct research that will generate evidence to informstrategies that promote sustainable growth, cultural preservation, andequitable opportunities in the broader creative sector ecosystem.

The organization/s will reportdirectly to the Country Lead and work closely, on a day-to-day basis with the CFYEKenya implementing projects in the creative sector.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

- Conduct research on the creative sector (guided by key Learning Agenda Questions provided on request through)
- Evaluate barriers to gender representation and inclusivity, in addition to systemic barriers (financing, policy in the creative sector, and propose strategic initiatives to enhance access to opportunities.
- Assess job decency and develop strategies to improve employment quality.
- Investigate the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital skills in advancing the creative sector.
- Support CFYE in the analysis and documentation of findings within the creative sector.

Deliverables:

- End of assignment reporting on activities and impact
- Map and engage relevant stakeholders and conduct comprehensive research in the creative sector based on the learning agenda questions.
- Conduct analysis of data collected and develop a learning report based on the findings.
- Participate in the dissemination workshop to share findings and best practices obtained from this learning agenda assignment.

Required Qualifications:

- Substantive experience working in the creative sector.
- Demonstrated experience in research, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
- Experience conducting research on the creative sector is an added advantage
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships across teams and organizations.
- Experience working with small and growing companies (SGBs) operating in the informal sector is an added advantage.
- Demonstrated experience working in development cooperation project will be an added advantage.

Core Competencies:

- Strong communication skills – an ability to clearly communicate (both written and oral) complex results to technical and non-technical audiences.
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities effectively and efficiently often within a required timeframe.
- Basic knowledge in office suit (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Strong business acumen.

How to Apply:

Apply on the website bysending a technical and financial proposals (in one document) here and email it to
Nairobi Kenya

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