About the Overall Project

The Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program is a five-year activity funded by USAID with a goal of increasing wage employment or self-employment for Kenyan youth (ages 18-35) who have not completed secondary school.

With RTI as the project’s main implementer, SSG is leading activities under the cross-cutting Objective 6 (Sustainability through partnership) and will work to engage the private sector and develop public-private partnerships in order to leverage additional cash or in-kind resources for the project and increase sustainability of project interventions across the project’s four technical objectives, as well as in the cross-cutting Objective 5 (Gender Equity):

• Objective 1: Improved technical and vocational skills of youth participants;
• Objective 2: Increased business skills;
• Objective 3: Improved effectiveness of market and employment information, career counseling, mentoring, and job placement for youth participants in target areas/sectors.
• Objective 4: Youth awareness and utilization of financial services.

Our Approach

On the behalf of KYES, SSG is engaging wide range of private sector partners at the national and county levels. SSG is using its proven Sustainable, Transparent, Effective Partnerships (STEP) methodology to manage the private sector engagement process and approach to partnership development. SSG will cultivate and structure partnerships with local, regional, and multinational companies/employers that will enhance workforce readiness and connect youth to new or better employment opportunities.

In the first two years of the project, the emphasis will be on developing and testing partnership models in Bungoma, Kwale, Nairobi, Garissa, and Kericho counties, such that partnerships can be successfully expanded in project Years 3-5 across the remaining target counties of West Pokot, Migori, Nyeri and Kisii.

Expected Results

• Public-private partnerships and/or global development alliances established.
• Sustained linkages between vocational and business service providers and market-appropriate private sector actors.