Request for proposals to evaluate the Specialist Training and Employment Programme

World Jewish Relief
Closing date: 13 December 2019
Job Type: Paid
We would like to have some means of independent evaluation of this project to help us and our supporters develop and improve the STEP programme.

This Request for Proposals is not an offer, or an expression of an intention to enter into legal relations.  No matter raised in discussions or negotiations pursuant to this Invitation to Tender shall bind either party unless subsequently incorporated into a properly executed contract.

Issue Date: 18/11/2019

Response Date and Time for Request for Proposal:  13/12/2019 

Background Briefing

Specialist Training and Employment Programme (STEP)  
August 2018 – August 2020

Project Details

The project needs to be completed by April 2020
The project value is £10,000

Documents

We would like to capture a real time learning document on what we have banked knowledge wise to date.

We would like to have some means of independent evaluation of this project to help us and our supporters develop and improve the STEP programme. We would require a report and recommendations for the STEP programme that can be disseminated to partners, supporters and future delivery partners. 

Aims of the Evaluation: 

  • To identify a set of criteria to measure the success of our intervention.
  • What have we learnt through our intervention?
  • The evaluation will need to be quantitative and qualitative and measured against original objectives.
  • Can these lessons be used in the wider refugee employment context?
  • What is the most effective model to support refugees in to work?
  • How could this be a sustainable model?

Project to date
In 2015 World Jewish Relief carried out research in to the proposed Government Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. Our conclusions showed that even though the Government were keen for refugees to integrate they were not offering any specific support for employment. Within the Refugee NGO sector there was little or no employment support on offer and where there was it was based in London and few refugees were being resettled in London

Therefore World Jewish Relief took the decision that employment was area where we could offer support due to our experience of developing international work on livelihoods. In April 2016 we began a project in Bradford in partnership with Horton Housing Association who manage the integration and housing support for Syrian refugees. The aim was to work with 50 clients over 12 months. The priority of the programme was to understand the clients and the Employment Advisor to work intensively with clients to find their bespoke route in to employment. Also on offer were group workshops but participants were invited on to the courses where relevant. As part of the programme we offer additional ESOL support, which doubles the Government’s current ESOL provision and we offer a training budget for each client. In November 2016 the Home Office requested that we pilot a regional project, which they would fund, based on our work in Bradford. Therefore we developed a programme that is based in main hubs of resettlement but also to serve the surrounding areas where smaller numbers of refugees have been resettled. The programme is starting in Sheffield, Leeds and an additional Employment Advisor in Bradford. The aim is to work with 150 clients over 12 months. In January 2017 we began a programme in Coventry as it was the city that had resettled the largest amount of Syrian refugees to date.  In August 2018 we received 75% of our funding from the EU Asylum and Migration Integration Fund for a two year project to provide employment support to 400 resettled refugees in 5 locations in the UK. The remaining 25% is raised through supporters of World Jewish Relief.  We work with six partners to deliver the STEP programme: Refugee Council, Horton Housing Association, Coventry City Council, Business in the Community, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network and the Stand Up and Be Counted Theatre Company. The STEP programme works with resettled refugees on the VPRS (Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme) and VCRS (Vulnerable Childrens Resettlement Scheme).

Data
The programme has collected qualitative and quantative data since August 2018 and this is updated on a quarterly basis. We currently have 428 participants. 

Evaluating STEP

  • Are our assessment tools fit for purpose?
  • Are we collecting helpful information?
  • Are there aspects of the data we collect that we should analyse further? 
  • Do we offer an appropriate service for all levels of STEP participants?
  • Are there elements missing in the service?
  • Are we spending the right frequency and amount of time with clients to be affective?
  • Do clients feel motivated to progress on the programme?
  • Do we have suitable expectations of our clients?
  • Are our ESOL interventions working?
  • Are the additions to the STEP programme effective: BITC, SBC and TERN 
  • How successful are the STEP partnerships
  • Are we using the Further Education/NVQ system well enough to support our clients?
  • Is the work we do with employers supporting our clients in to work?
  • How effective are volunteering and work placements the client group?
  • Are we taking in to account enough local context (labour market, housing etc) when working in such different locations? 
  • Is this programme value for money?
  • Can this programme be replicated nationally?
  • Can this programme be replicated to support all refugees?

Decision making criteria
The minimum selection criteria to be used in the evaluation of Proposals include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Criteria used for proposed evaluation?  
  • Understanding the business - how well do you understand the refugee and employment sector ,and the issues we face? 
  • People – do you have the experience we are looking for?
  • Ability to achieve required timescales and to manage any potential risks?
  • Fees – to be quoted exclusive of VAT, in UK Sterling. Are they value for money? 

These criteria are not in any particular order, nor do they necessarily carry equal weight.

World Jewish Relief may request additional information from Proposers to assist further evaluation of Proposals.

Application notes

Submitting a proposal
If you are interested in submitting a proposal please send a short document outlining how you would approach the work with a budget and time line.  The submission deadline is 13th December 2019.

Contact at World Jewish Relief
If you would like to discuss this further please contact Janice Lopatkin, UK Programme Director  0208 736 1250 or [email protected]

Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.