Request for Quotation RFQ Ref: “ITB/SRO/AO2/2021/0005” NORTHEAST SYRIA MARKET ASSESMENT – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: Request for Quotation RFQ Ref: “ITB/SRO/AO2/2021/0005” NORTHEAST SYRIA MARKET ASSESMENT

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 15 Dec 2021

Request for Quotation

RFQ Ref: “ITB/SRO/AO2/2021/0005” Northeast syria Market ASSESMEnT **

From: Norwegian Refugee Council

Abd Al-Hameed Sharaf Street, Bld No. 93, P.O Box 930411, Shmeisani, Amman, 11193.

Date: 28 November 2021

No. of pages: 9


Northeast syria Market ASSESMEnT (ToR) included in this file.**

Manner of Submission:

Norwegian Refugee Council invites you/your company to submit your quotation in accordance with the requirements detailed below to the following Email address:

  • Quotation Submission deadline: 15th of December, 2021 17:00 PM Amman, Jordan Time. Failing to submit the offer within the deadline will lead to the disqualification of the offers.

  • The Request for Quotation Reference” RFQ” number “**ITB/SRO/AO2/2021/0005**”** should be mentioned in the Subjected of Email. Failing to mention the RFQ Ref. Number will lead to the disqualification of the offers.


Terms of Reference

NORTHEAST SYRIA Market Assessment


  1. The conflict in Syria has been ongoing for more than ten years. It has caused enormous destruction and suffering for the Syrian people, and mass displacement that have together created a deeply embedded humanitarian crisis which continues to worsen. Humanitarian and protection needs continue to grow inside of Syria as a result of the ongoing conflict and consequent complex emergency situation in which displacement is both massive and widespread. At present, 13.4 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, or 21% more as compared to 2020. Over 6.7 million people are internally displaced, most of which for multiple times, of which 1.9 million people live in informal settlements and planned camps, a 20% increase since January 2020. As a leading humanitarian organization, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) supports displacement-affected population by implementing programs across the Shelter, Education, Livelihoods and Food Security, Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectors with strong protection and resilience focus integrated into our programs. This piece of work is commissioned by and will inform the work of NRC over the coming period in Livelihoods and Food Security, and Education/Youth sectors in northeast Syria (NES).


· To analyze the local targeted labor markets including services in demand, to provide an analytical review of the most viable value chain that could help beneficiaries, with a practical focus on women and youth, and where relevant persons with disabilities (PWDs), generate income and access to the local market.

· To Identify key supply chains of services in demand and provide recommendations to ensure business functionality, protect markets and employment.

· Identify existing livelihood opportunities, including potential employment for youth and self-employment opportunities for youth, women, and men.

· To identify existing Vocational Training Curricula adopted by NGOs and Formal TVET providers

· Identify high potential growth sectors to improve livelihood prospects of youth, men, and women.

· Stakeholder mapping to include all the interlocutors and their involvement in the most vital value chain.

· Scope of the work:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive field-based assessment across the targeted locations in the following sub-districts (Qamishly, Hassakeh, Al Malikeyyeh, Ras Al Ain sub-districts in Hassakeh governorate) in order to identify the vocational skills which are in demand as well as the sectors of the economy which have potential for growth. The consultant will assess both the formal and informal labor out-of-camp markets.

  2. Map existing value-chains of the targeted markets (Size of the market, supply, and demand for products and services) through field-based assessments and desk review

  3. Analyze the livelihood opportunities in the selected areas with a focus on identifying potential sectors that can be expected to lead to employment and self-employment opportunities creation for youth, women, and men.

  4. Determine the gaps in training interests of youth, women and men and where they correspond with the demands of local economy to ensure adequate vocational training and employment opportunities.

  5. Assess the avenues available for trained participants to establish micro-enterprises and identify level of support needed for this to happen.

  6. Determine constraints and barriers faced by vulnerable women, men, and youth in the labor market, and best practices with which to overcome.

  7. Stakeholder mapping including institutions, organizations, operating and delivering livelihood services in the area; including vocational training, financial services and support for small business development.

8.Explore, identify, and recommend appropriate strategies, approaches and processes, to strengthen apprenticeship and/or employment opportunities for the target group of trainees


As per the management instructions, all Personal Identifiable Information (PII) of any NES agencies, any staff or beneficiaries should all be kept confidential and anonymized in documents produced and the final report.

In order to complete the analysis, the consultant is expected to use a mixed methods approach including qualitative and quantitative data collection, which would include:

· Review available secondary data and project documents to understand the context and develop/refine assessment tools to meet assessment objectives. During the desk review, the consultant should prioritize private sectors and identify specific firms or business sectors for engagement in NRC livelihoods and youth programming. Programme documents shared to the consultant are to be kept confidential and not re-shared without permission of NRC.

· Conduct Business Surveys: This will be conducted in the form of quantitative surveys with employers to explore multiple aspects of employment. These surveys should cover the overall business sector, assess challenges facing the business sector, identify opportunities and interests for mentorships, apprenticeships, and job placements, businesses’ perceptions of job seekers, constraints to starting or expanding a business, and skills (both soft skills and technical skills) and characteristics most desired by employers versus the existing skills and characteristics available in the labour market.

· Conduct quantitative surveys with the affected communities: This will target jobless youth and adults to assess perceptions of their current skills and opportunities for employment and economic engagement.

· Conduct Key Informant Interviews (KIIs): The KIIs will be conducted with NGOs (national or international), relevant government line ministries, youth institutions and other key stakeholders. This should lead to a solid understanding of the enabling environment for wage employment and self‐employment in the targeted locations.

· Focus Group Discussions (FGDs): These will be conducted with youth, men and women and PWDs to assess perceptions of their current skills and opportunities for employment and economic engagement, which will help determine existing gaps between the perceptions of the different groups and the current labour market.

Any survey / data collection tools developed by the Consultant must be shared with NRC for inputs prior to testing to ensure programmatic relevance of the study throughout.

Deliverable Outputs & Timeframe:

The consultant team is expected to deliver key deliverables at various stages of undertaking this assignment. These deliverables should take in to account the instructions in the management section of the ToR and include;

  1. Inception report with detailed work plan including methodology and assessment tools.

  2. A short brief report/presentation of the preliminary findings. The recommendation section should outline approaches to project design and implementation providing concrete actions that NRC can engage in. This should be submitted 20 days after starting the assessment. NRC staff will provide feedback and considerations to the Consultant.

  3. A first draft final report, which clearly and concisely presents the findings and actionable recommendations for livelihood interventions. This should be submitted not later than 29 work days after starting the assessment.

  4. A final report of the consultancy, including data analysis, findings and recommendations, taking into account the feedback provided by NRC. This should be submitted not later than 33 days after starting the assessment.

  5. Debriefing workshop, that will outline activities conducted and present the final report, its key findings and recommendations for future programming. This should be submitted not later than 35 days after starting the assessment.

Assessment report should take in to account the instructions in the management section of the ToR and consist of the following contents:

  1. Executive Summary

  2. Table of contents

  3. List of abbreviations and acronyms

  4. Introduction

  5. Methodology

  6. Findings (Based on SoW 1-8)

  7. Conclusion and recommendations

  8. Annexes: Assessment tools and questionnaires, lists of reviewed documents (if any), list of interviewed stakeholders, schedule of meetings and travel

Final payment is dependent on the submission of a good quality, well-written completion of agreed outputs (as detailed above)


Activities for the labour market assessment

Duration (days)


Detailed work plan developed by consultant and agreed on with NRC project staff


Submission of Inception Report (Desk Review of Literature, Assessment Plan, Tools, and Work Plan).

Review of project documents and secondary data (data on key market sectors and related statistics)


Development of assessment tools


Refining of assessment tools for the labour market assessment to suit the context and the assessment objectives, and obtaining NRC’s approval.


Field work (data collection): Training to enumerators, Interviews with market actors, training providers and potential partners, FGD’s with business/trade associations, youth, women, men, PWDs.


Provide a list of institutions and key informants contacts. Presentation of key preliminary findings to NRC staff.

Data analysis and report writing


Preparation of draft reports


Submission of assessment reports and presentation

Presentation of Draft report


Incorporating feedback from NRC and submission of final report


Preparation and delivery of debriefing workshop with presentation of the final report, key findings and recommendations


Debriefing workshop

Total number of days

35 Days


The Consultant will provide a financial proposal for the provision of these services. Agreed rates will be based on prevailing market competitive rates and value for money. Anticipated travel and accommodation costs, if any, are to be borne by the Consultant and may be included in the proposal. The payment will be done in two installments: 1st installment, 35% of the total contract value, upon submission and NRC’s approval of the Inception report, and 2nd – final installment, 65% of the total contract value, upon delivery of all finalized deliverables and the debriefing workshop.


A Master’s Degree in social sciences, economics, business or relevant field

b) Must have at least five (5) years relevant work experience in research and micro-economic analysis and market and value chain analysis.

c) Academic, research, or consulting experience in livelihoods, microenterprise development and/or employment planning is highly preferred.

d) Excellent English, Kurdish and Arabic communication skills, reporting and editorial skills

e) Ability to work in and/or lead a team of surveyors in Qamishly, Hassakeh, Al Malikeyyeh, Ras Al Ain sub-districts in Hassakeh governorate, in Syria.


Interested applicants who meet the above requirements must submit the following:

  1. A technical proposal including scope of work including earliest date of availability to undertake assignment and a proposed work plan includes methodology and tools to be used for the assessment (maximum 6 pages).

  2. A financial proposal quoted in USD (US Dollars).

  3. Demonstration of Capability i.e. CV of the lead consultant/s and, if quoting for an organization, attach the CV of any other personnel to be involved in the assignment and certificate of registration.

  4. A list of previous work done (Work Completion Certificates can be attached) including telephone and email contacts of three (3) referees who can validate technical expertise.

  5. A (1) report of a similar assignment carried out by the consultant.

How to apply:

Invitation to tender.

Fully signed ITB and the requested documents to be sent to the following email:

Requested documents as below:

  • ITB document filled, signed and stamped
  • CV
  • List of previous contracts and samples of reports.
  • Tax registration for sole traders.
  • Business registration for companies
  • List of key personal, managers and senior staff along with their IDs and/or passports.