Consultancy Labour Market Assessment for Economic Opportunities for marginalized key population refugees in Kakuma, Kenya


Terms of Reference: Consultancy Services to Conduct Labour Market Assessment, Kakuma Refugee Camp

Alight Horn of Africa, on behalf of one of our subsidiary partners**, ORAM,** is seeking to engage a consultant as provided in the details below:

Title: Consultancy Labour Market Assessment for Economic Opportunities for marginalized key population refugees in Kakuma

Location: Kakuma refugee camp, and Kalobeyei, Kenya

Reporting lines: Consultant will be reporting to the East Africa Program Manager, based in Nairobi, with support from the Senior Program Manager.

About ORAM

ORAM protects and empowers marginalized and vulnerable key population asylum seekers and refugees globally, creating sustainability and systemic change. We assist them on every step of their journey, working along displacement routes and in transit countries. We connect individuals with the resources and opportunities they need to build safe, stable, and empowered lives.

Budget: USD 3,500

Duration: September– October 2023

About the Project

In Kenya, our work is focused on supporting marginalized key population refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma and Nairobi to achieve self-reliance through livelihood support, emergency support and capacity strengthening of Refugee-Led Community Based Organizations (RLOs-CBOs).

There is a need to promote safe and feasible economic opportunities for key population refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma. ORAM seeks to conduct a market assessment through the lens of ORAM’s key population, factoring in the challenges they face when interacting with the market and identifying and recommending safe value chains and trade opportunities for them. This assessment will inform ORAM’s programming toward promoting sustainable market-driven livelihood interventions for the key population in Kakuma refugee camp.

Scope of Work

The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a labor market assessment to identify safe value chains and viable trades in Kakuma for ORAM’s target group to safely trade-in and generate sufficient income. The consultant will engage relevant stakeholders, actors and ORAM clients, and host community in Kakuma Refugee Camp in primary and secondary data collection, conduct data analysis, reporting and facilitate a validation workshop, and provide clear and tangible recommendations for addressing livelihood challenges for ORAM’s target population in Kakuma. The assignment is planned to be carried out between September and October 31, 2023 in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei.

Objectives of the Consultancy

The main objective of the consultancy is to conduct a labor market assessment with a particular focus on ORAM’s target group in Kakuma Refugee Camp and recommend viable value chains and trade opportunities they can explore safely and profitably; contract, wage, and self-employment. The assessment will be beneficial in informing ORAM’s programming toward promoting sustainable livelihood interventions for the marginalized refugees and asylum seekers in the Kakuma refugee camp.

The specific objectives are to:

  1. Determining the challenges and barriers faced by ORAM key population in having successful economic outcomes.
  2. Identify the key growth sectors of the economy that currently absorb labor, and which are likely to see significant increases in employment in the future for the marginalized refugee and asylum seekers population.
  3. Recommend what and how ORAM’s target population can safely participate in the identified value chains and trade opportunities and innovative approaches to ensure trade competitiveness and profitability.

Expected Deliverables and Key Activities

  • A detailed work plan for the assignment and the research plan, sampling criteria, data collection methodologies and a data analysis plan.
  • Develop a research inception report and share with ORAM Kenya Program for feedback.
  • Support in obtaining approvals from relevant authorities.
  • Pre-test, adapt and finalize the data collection tools and engage in data collection activities with the approved tools.
  • Plan, manage and supervise all aspects of data collection in Kakuma including logistics.
  • Undertake data verification, cleaning and quality assessments and share draft report for review. This should include an overview of the target group’s profile including their age, educational background, capacities, skills, professional experience, legal status, and current income-generating activities. Collected data should be disaggregated by gender, age and ethnicity.
  • Participate in check-in calls with the ORAM for progress updates.
  • Facilitate a validation workshop for key stakeholders in Kakuma Refugee Camp to present a snapshot of the initial and discuss the recommendations and incorporate the discussions in the final report.
  • Provide clear and tangible recommendations for addressing livelihood challenges for the key population refugees in Kakuma.
  • Provide the following reports:
  • Inception report.
  • Data collection and analysis report with all recordings, all questionnaires and analysis files.
  • Draft assessment report before validation workshop.
  • Final report within 2 weeks of the validation workshop, with findings, further recommendations for the project and proposed intervention.

Additional Information

The consultant is responsible for all costs and time related to the acquisition of visas, travel arrangements, meals and transport for their team during the service contract period. ORAM will cover the cost of research fees, logistics for the one-day validation workshop in Kakuma Refugee Camp. ORAM will also support with mobilization in reaching out to the refugees and other relevant stakeholders in Kakuma.


  • The consultant/ consultancy firm will have at least 5 years of experience in undertaking labor surveys and market assessments in Kenya and/or East Africa.
  • Experience working with marginalized communities, especially in the Kakuma Refugee Camp is an added advantage.
  • Strong understanding of the refugee situation in Kenya, including that of marginalized and key population refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Knowledge of the labour market policies and regulations in Kenya and Turkana County.
  • The lead consultant should demonstrate prior experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and reporting demonstrated through reference to similar assignments undertaken in the past.
  • Proficient in the use of English and Kiswahili to deliver the training. A team with a French speaker will have an added advantage.

How to apply

How to apply

  • Expression of interest (EoI) outlining how the facilitator meets the selection criteria and their understanding of the ToR.
  • A summarized description of the scope of work and the intended methodology to be used as well as a tentative work plan including activities.
  • An example of two recent similar pieces of work completed recently, along with contact details for a reference check.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) of the key personnel who will take part in the consultancy.
  • Itemized financial proposal.

Applications should be submitted to: on or before August 31st, 2023, with the subject heading “MARKET ASSESSMENT -KAKUMA”.