Consulting firm or organisation to conduct a scope research project


JA Europe is the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide which for 100 years delivered hands on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. JA creates pathways for employability, job creation and financial success. Last school year, the JA network in Europe reached almost 4 million young people across 40 countries with the support of nearly 100,000 business volunteers and over 140,000 teachers/educators.

Looking at the effect of COVID-19 and all the challenges and opportunities brought by the increased digitalisation in education, Junior Achievement Europe is exploring ways to better serve youth with lack of resources and in their transition from education to employment.

Scope of Services

JA Europe is looking for a consulting firm or research organisation to conduct a scope research and develop a road map that will inform decision making on transitioning to new areas of work.

The research should reflect the international/European context, however accounting for special focus in the following countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, The Netherlands and Spain.

The research scope should explore but may not be limited to the following:

  1. The problem at hand: What are the underlying issues that prevent youth with limited opportunities from becoming work ready and increasing their employability or become entrepreneurs?
    • Who are the most affected by these underlying issues? Can we make a distinction in terms of age group, gender, social-economic status, geographical areas, access to infrastructure, type of problems, other factors, or a combination of factors?
    • What is the (expected / predicted) effect of COVID-19 on both the breath of the target group and the issues at hand?
    • What are the observed labour market trends and their impact on target group? What are the potential sectors generators of employment and what are the related in demand skills?
    • What are the obstacles for the target group to create their own company?
  2. The solutions at hand: What are the current practices/interventions (inside and outside of the Junior Achievement Network) and policies in Europe working on these underlying issues and therefore stimulating employability among this group?
    • How does the current market look like? what do other organisations offer and to which target group? Where is gap in supporting young people with limited opportunities?
    • Why (or why not) are the current solutions working in stimulating the transition to employment within this target group? In which context do these solutions work?
    • What are the most innovative solutions facilitating the transition from school to work even by utilising the power of technology and AI?
  3. The opportunities: What are the identified gaps, missing interventions as well as interventions in place that have the ability to scale?
    • What role is JA taking in this ecosystem?
    • What partnership opportunities exist?
    • What does it take for JA to transition to these new areas of work?

Tasks include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Design and deliver co-creation workshops with the JA Network;
  • Write research brief;
  • Conduct literature review of existing studies, policy documents and other related resources to the problem at hand;
  • Create an inventory of initiatives working on the same problem plus an in-depth case study analysis where a sample of the most relevant initiatives are selected to capture in detail the elements that work and the rationale behind it;
  • Conduct direct data collection through interviews, focus groups (and possibly surveys) with potential beneficiaries, JA staff and other stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the problematic and JA's need for transition;
  • Develop a roadmap including a change management plan for JA; and
  • Write a final report summarising research outcomes, including leading theory of change.

The final research questions and methodology will be agreed with the selected consulting firm or research organisation.

The activities should start on 1 March 2021 and be finalised by 1 July 2021.

Elements of the Proposal

A submission must, at minimum, include the following elements:

  • Description of the firm/organisation that includes a general overview and names and credentials of research team;
  • A one-page narrative outlining the organisation's strengths and distinguishing skills or capabilities as they might relate to this offer;
  • A list of the 5 most relevant experience of this offer and a contact reference for at least 3 of them;
  • An outline of the proposal including proposed methodology, tasks and timeline; and
  • A financial proposal (minimum 40,000 € and maximum 50,000 € excluding VAT) including disaggregation of the LoE of each consultant.

Evaluation Criteria

The successful respondent will demonstrate:

  • The education, experience, knowledge, skills, and qualifications of the organisation who will be available to provide these services;
  • The competitive cost of services based on disaggregated level of effort; and
  • The expertise of the organisation in providing similar services.

Respondents to this request for proposals must submit their proposals no later than 22 February 2021 and should be sent to including RFP - Scope Research in the subject line. In the body of the email, please copy in: "I hereby consent that my personal data is processed by JA Europe ASBL for recruitment or contractual purposes" so that JA Europe has your written consent to follow up on your application. Only selected participants will be contacted. In case more information is needed, please contact Emma Kiraly (

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