2019 British Council Next Generation Zimbabwe Open Call

Deadline: December 3, 2018.

Next Generation is a global research programme initiated in countries that are experiencing a period of significant change, with the purpose of ensuring that young people’s voices are heard and their interests properly represented in decisions that will have lasting implications for their lives. The stated aims of the programme are to:

1.Understand youth attitudes and aspirations

2.Amplify youth voice

3.Support better youth policy-making

This research has been conducted in countries including Pakistan, Tanzania, the UK, Colombia, Turkey and South Africa; there is currently work underway in Ireland/Northern Ireland, Myanmar and Germany. The study seeks to analyse the conditions that support young people and allow them to reach their potential as fulfilled, productive and active citizens. The research is always completed with a series of recommendations based on supporting policy change.

We look to see how one or more significant changes or periods of activity – particularly when a number of events or circumstances come together – affects young people’s view of themselves and their place in the world. As examples: the UK research was sparked by the referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union; in South Africa, by the sense that the ‘born free’ (post-apartheid) generation are coming of age and are dissatisfied with the post-apartheid social contract; and in Colombia, by a young generation coming to terms with the new peace settlement.



They are looking to commission Next Generation Zimbabwe and examine how young people there are reacting to ongoing change.

The Next Generation Zimbabwe report will ask a nationally representative sample (95% confidence rate or higher) of young people aged 18 – 35 who are Zimbabwean nationals in Zimbabwe about their experiences, their engagement in the civic, economic, social and democratic life of their country and their aspirations on influencing their community, country and wider world. This forms part of the global Next Generation series led by the British Council.

The research design is expected to include:

1.Desk Research: a comprehensive review of published research on the attitudes, aspirations and behaviours of young people in Zimbabwe

2.Next Generation Survey: an opinion survey that can be implemented across the country by telephone, face-to-face, or online

3.In-depth Discussions: qualitative research with young people and other stakeholders to explore in depth themes emerging from the survey data

4.Analysis of Data, Conclusions and Recommendations: with a strong focus on policy recommendations

The consultants will be expected to lead the assignment, but also to work alongside British Council staff in the UK and Zimbabwe to develop the methodology required as the research develops.



The British Council is looking to appoint a reputable research provider with the following qualities:

•Strong qualitative and quantitative research portfolio, evidenced by previous projects

•Expertise in conducting interviews and identifying case studies – evidenced by previous research projects and consultancies

•Strong dedicated team with suitable experience and qualifications

•Knowledge and expertise of the country of Zimbabwe

•Experience of working with young people, and with evidence of showing how they can engage and amplify youth voice in this research

•Real understanding of the Next Generation brief

•Offering good value for money

•Capacity to deliver within an agreed timeframe

The final methodology used for this research project will be agreed by the appointed researchers in consultation with the British Council.



Interested consultants are requested to respond to the tender document with details on how you propose to approach the research objectives. All proposals received should include:

•evidence of relevant knowledge and experience

•details of approach and methodology to be used

•qualifications/experience of the team members who will be involved in this project

•detailed timescale

•detailed costing plan

Please submit you’re your questions and completed response via e-mail to the British Council UK Research Team at Melody.Sango@britishcouncil.org.zw titled Next Generation Zimbabwe.

Please note, we can only respond to successful applicants and only within five working days of the application deadline.




Next Generation Zimbabwe Open Call

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