Market Research RFP Issued For Human Rights In Kenya

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The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (the “Academy”) is seeking proposals to undertake market research on the supply and demand of learning products & services for humanitarian workers in Kenya.

The Academy’s mission is to enable people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. The Academy operates two major platforms – a digital platform and a global network of Academy Centres – designed to facilitate access to knowledge and quality learning opportunities. The platforms exist as a global public good, and act as a marketplace to connect learning providers to humanitarian workers.

The  Academy  aims to achieve  transformational  change across  the humanitarian sector, empowering and equipping local governments and communities to prepare for and respond effectively to crises. The Academy will comprise a Global Academy Centre  (GAO) and  ten on-the-ground  Academy  Centres  around  the world, which will  be underpinned by  a global digital  platform  that will  enable  the  delivery of learning opportunities, sharing of  knowledge and good practice, and conversation across this network of Centres.

In its initial set-up phase to 2020,  the Academy will use its core grant funding to invest in  developing  its  infrastructure  of  10  Academy  Centres,  the global digital-platform and a quality-assurance framework for humanitarian skills. Each Academy Centre will invest in identifying and addressing any critical gaps in local skills by  paying for the development  and roll-out of  learning  courses. The  digital-platform  will  include  an online  marketplace  enabling  local  people  to access  curated  learning  content, which   will   be  aggregated  from     existing   course   providers,   translated   and contextualised for  local settings. The quality-assurance framework will allow for  the accreditation of  learning-providers, the certification of  learning products & services and the recognition of the skills of humanitarian-workers.

Scope of work

Phase 1

  1. Humanitarian    context    and   capacity;    build-upon    the   existing    research conducted by   the Academy  by   conducting  a review  of  recent academic  literature  to;  i)  map the vulnerability  of  populations  in  Kenya  to potential natural and/or man-made crises, ii) review the efforts of key  institutions to  mitigate  this  vulnerability,  and iii)  existing  approaches  to  humanitarian learning and capacity-building by  these institutions.

Phase 2

  1. Individuals; research the number and profile of i) professional, ii) voluntary and iii)   aspirational   humanitarian   workers   who have  a  demand  for   learning, including  their  career-status,  motivation  to undertake learning,  willingness  to pay and to commit time.
  1. Employers;  assess  the demand (and potential  demand) from   humanitarian organisations,  which should consider  how they currently  provide  learning  for their  staff  (either in-house  or  via  third-party  providers)  and their  ability  to hire staff  with the right experience and competencies.
  1. Suppliers of  learning  and  quality-assurance;  map  the  supply  of   learning products and services  available  from  both learning providers  and providers  of relevant quality-assurance (formal recognition, certification and accreditation). It should analyse their business models and financial health to help identify any challenges they face in sustaining and scaling their  operations.
  1. Funders;  Identify  and quantify  the relevant  funding available  for  learning  in Kenya. This includes the funding available to professional, voluntary and aspirational humanitarian workers, enabling them to fund appropriate learning. It should also include the sources of funding available for humanitarian organisations in Kenya, who the initial recipients are and how this funding flows through the supply-chain to smaller NGOs and front-line humanitarian workers.

Proposal due by December 12th, 2016

Humanitarian Leadership Academy
Attn: Dara Leyden, Sustainable Enterprise Adviser
1 St John’s Lane
London, EC1M 4AR

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