UNDP Researcher Zanzibar - Youth Upskilling Strategy Jobs in Tanzania

UNDP Researcher Zanzibar - Youth Upskilling Strategy Jobs in Tanzania


The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments—through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance—can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.

By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation.

By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.

Duties and Responsibilities

UNCDF seeks to engage a researcher/consultant to draft and design a strategy for a future program to equip IT-skilled youth in Zanzibar to meet the talent demands of national and international technology firms. The program will aim to leverage off and strengthen existing training and skilling programs/resources in order to build pathways through which Zanzibari youth can attain employable digital skills that are industry driven and marketable.

Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following:

Supply Side:

  • Conduct a mapping and analysis of the Zanzibar digital innovation ecosystem, its stakeholders and training/educational resources available in Unguja.

  • Identify existing higher educational institutions and/or programs both private and public offering technical IT training (segmented according to foundational and advanced level training)

  • Segment IT trainings received at higher educational institutions according to topics and content.

  • Map and assess quality and availability of human and physical IT training resources (trainers, experts and IT equipped training centers)

  • Based on a sample of IT graduates, assess IT skill competencies, skills and knowledge of graduates of Zanzibari technical trainings; identify skill gaps; identify constraints faced by youth (cost, access, language etc..).

  • Identify existing IT learning platforms targeting African youth and map according to content, cost and length of training.

  • Identify private and public stakeholders relevant to higher level IT skill development, any ongoing, complementary initiatives, potential opportunities; map relationships among the stakeholders and key decision-makers.

  • Highlight enabling attributes or potentially constraining regulations that could hinder program implementation

  • Identify opportunities and challenges to bring regional and international skill-building agencies, organizations and companies to the Zanzibar market to support digital upskilling

    Demand Side:

  • Identify and map potential public and private sector employers of IT-skilled graduates

  • Identify and map digital core competencies required by potential
    employers; demand and salary range of IT-related competencies.

  • Identify apprenticeship/fellowship/internship opportunities that could be provided by employers.

  • Identify opportunities at the regional and global levels for skills outsourcing (exporting skills to mainland and internationally)

    Key Performance Indicators and Service Level

  • A kick-off meeting will be conducted at the beginning of the project to agree on the minimum standard of services acceptable. UNCDF must be informed and be part of decision-making if there are any deviations from the sampling protocol, tool change or any other augmentation.

  • At least two progress meetings will be required per phase. The first meeting will be to discuss the planning and the second meeting will be to approve the deliverables.

  • Monitoring of progress shall be measured both per the activities of the contractor as well as the performance of the UNCDF partners involved in the project.

  • The contractor will be asked to organize progress calls with UNCDF bi-weekly.

  • Payments will be linked to the approval of deliverables. Should a deliverable not meet the standard agreed, UNCDF will withhold payment and discuss remedial actions with the contractor.

    Duration of the Work

    The expected duration of the assignment is 4 months. The activities are expected to be completed by July 30, 2023.

    Duty Station

    This is a home-based consultancy.

    Facilities to be provided by UNCDF

    No facilities will be provided by UNCDF
    All costs needed to achieve the deliverables set forth in this RFP are to be included in the financial proposals from the applicant/bidding entity (transport, professional fees, software, hardware, communication, consumables, stakeholder events, etc.)


    Requirements of the Successful Consultant

  • Successfully conducted similar research previously.

  • Experience drafting strategies and/or program proposals.

  • Experience engaging with public and private sector and performing focused group discussions

  • Previous experience working in Zanzibar

  • Experience providing analyses based on findings and proposing a way forward.

  • Existing relationships with various government stakeholders in Zanzibar

  • Understanding of technology-based private sector in Tanzania (including Zanzibar)

  • Technical understanding of IT-related competencies and their application within technology firms

  • Understanding of how private and public educational institutions in Zanzibar function


  • Minimum 2 years of experience in doing qualitative research and program design

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in IT-related sector or IT-related educational sector

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Kiswahili languages


  • Bachelor’s Degree in development studies, economics, communications, arts and/ or social sciences, education, or equivalent in work experience.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Researcher Zanzibar - Youth Upskilling Strategy Jobs in Tanzania

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