Application Deadline: October 8th 2018

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Dutch Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have launched a call for concept notes for research to boost decent employment for young African men and women. Their goal is to support action-oriented research that will help design effective and innovative interventions to develop soft skills and digital skills among youth and offer apprenticeships and mentorships.


The call is open to applicants from research-focused organizations, academia, research institutions, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations around the world. However, the applicant must have a strong presence in sub-Saharan Africa or a partnership with a sub-Saharan-based institution.


IDRC, INCLUDE, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) seek concept notes for action-oriented research aimed at informing the design of effective and innovative interventions that boost decent employment for Africa’s youth.

Nested within the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, this call is part of a series planned for the next two years to help governments, civil society, and private sector actors design effective and innovative interventions that boost economic opportunities for youth in sub-Saharan Africa.

Priority research themes

This initiative will support cutting-edge research projects that address either one of the following priority research themes:

  • Soft skills and digital jobs for youth; and
  • Effective approaches to foster work-based learning programs and mentorship.

Concept notes under each theme must address gender constraints that hold young women back from improving their economic prospects and accessing decent work.

The call seeks concept notes that are systems-oriented; innovative; grounded in practice; engage directly with key stakeholders; and have the potential to inform action in one or more countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Application guidelines

Applications should contain the following:

• A completed Concept Note, to be submitted using the online application form

in FluidReview (Guidelines included below).

• One (1) sample of work to demonstrate capacity to carry out rigorous research

on the proposed topic, including capacity to integrate gender based analysis.

• An estimated budget, with a cost breakdown for different budget categories.

• CVs of research team (each CV should not exceed 2 pages).


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IDRC Call for proposals : Boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth

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