Call for applications: diagnosis of the skills program for tomorrow “CPD” 

Call for applications: diagnosis of the skills program for tomorrow “CPD” 

As part of its “Skills for Tomorrow” (CpD) programme in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Mali and Senegal), Secular Solidarity is seeking a senior consultant and 05 resources to carry out an in-depth situational diagnosis on the needs and aspirations of young people in the peripheral areas of the capitals of the countries involved.

Secular Solidarity works in West Africa through the work of its members and partners to facilitate access to quality education for the benefit of the greatest number of children, young people and women. Federating, networking and co-building with partners at the local level was the backing ground of this commitment. In 2018, changes caused by increasingly complex social and environmental dynamics have led the association to open a regional Branch in West Africa. The challenges of this Antenne are enormous, when, for example, the public school is weakened by terrorist attacks in areas plagued by violent extremism or by the commodification of education throughout the sub-region. Its task is immense when the disenving of young people is accentuated by a changing social environment where demographic, ecological and digital transition remains a challenge and where the future of salaried employment is uncertain. In a logic of alliances and openness to all actors of education, while mobilizing the expertise of all members of Secular Solidarity, the ambition of the Antenna Solidarity Secular West Africa is to contribute to the construction of the future of this region by strengthening access to quality education while responding to contemporary challenges.

Competence For Tomorrow (CPD) is a program carried out in consortium with Aid and Action France and in partnership with civil society organisations in sub-Saharan Africa. Its ambition is to participate in the search for new solutions on the empowerment of young people in the peripheral areas of large cities while taking into account the problems related to this environment. Thus, its main axis: the employability and citizen participation of young people in order to drive the socio-economic transformations of their territory. The Programme targets the outlying areas of major cities in six French-speaking West African countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Mali and Senegal. The population of relatively young Sub-Saharan Africa faces many challenges exacerbated by climate and political constraints, in a context of land pressure on agricultural land, scarcity of work in a predominantly informal economy, and development of inequalities. High rates of underemployment, job insecurity and unemployment, as well as inequality of access to resources and low representation in terms of participation are factors that cause frustration and can lead to situations of violence and insecurity. Every year more than 30 million young Africans enter the labour market. Unfortunately, most of them are unable to get a job. In such a context, the development of cognitive, transferable and professional skills among young people to ensure their socio-economic autonomy, the exercise of their rights and the development of their employability or ability to self-employ, constitute an absolute lever for their economic integration (employment or self-employment) as well as social and political. Competence for Tomorrow (CpD), whose intervention targets six (06) French-speaking West African countries with similarities in terms of human development and youth-related issues, is seen as a proposal to respond to the various challenges raised by the issue of youth empowerment. Its strategic vision is to propose an open education process, which allows all young people, especially those in the most vulnerable areas, to find their place in an increasingly complex world. Its ambition is to help find new solutions on the empowerment of young people in the peripheral areas of large cities while taking into account the problems related to this environment.

Main missions of

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data for better profiling of young beneficiaries of the programme;
  • Identify the real needs and aspirations of 15 to 35 year olds in the CPD area of intervention (real motivations, dreams, initiatives, vision of the future, blockages, social positioning, etc.);
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data to analyze their determination in the labour market on both the formal and informal economy (opportunities and constraints; promising channels; positive/negative experiences; etc.);
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data to analyze their citizen participation (association links; links with other civil society actors; links with territorial communities; perception of citizen engagement; etc.);
  • Identify and map all the resources/partnerships/potentialities/opportunities that exist in countries/intervention areas on the issue of youth and make concrete proposals for synergy to enable the programme to optimize its interventions;
  • Serve as a tool to involve young beneficiaries in thinking about the implementation of the program.
  • Make recommendations and provide clear guidance on the implementation of the two axes of the programme.

Profile of

The consultants sought must have at least a BAC-5 university education in economics, statistics, agro-economy or sociology with a good expertise in diagnostic conduct. Proven experience in youth activities, community-level animation, data collection and analysis, and support for advice to small and medium-sized enterprises will be seen as assets.

Length of mission

Lay Solidarity West Africa believes that the study should not, however, exceed the duration of 45 days following the phases.

Composition of the application file

The submission files will include the following: A technical offer including:

  • Understanding and commenting on terms of reference;
  • The proposed methodology with tools for data collection, with a view to producing the expected results of the study;
  • A schedule and deadlines for carrying out the various activities;
  • The consultant’s CV highlighting the experiences and qualifications relevant to the study.

A financial offer consisting of:

  • A dated letter of submission, signed and indicating the amount of the offer;
  • An estimated estimate in TTC or HT dated and signed according to the tax regime to which the consultant is subject.

Nominations submitted no later than February 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


 The consultants will submit detailed technical and financial offers to Lay Solidarity West Africa upon receipt of the present terms of reference. The financial offer will provide details on the cost of carrying out the diagnosis. The files must be received in three copies (1 original and two copies) with the technical offer and the financial offer in separate folds closed by February 10, 2021 at 17:00 minutes at the following address: Headquarters of Solidarity Laique West Africa, In the city of Somgandé, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, such: (00 226) 25 35 59 14 Or the following emails:;, copying:; Learn more about The Skills for Tomorrow program

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