BRIDGES Programme

Fortune Nov1,2020



BRIDGES is a job creation program funded by the Mastercard Foundation under its Young Africa Works strategy and envisages supporting the creation of close to 600,000 jobs for the youth (80% women) and 15,000 MSMEs, with 300,000 unemployed youth trained through supporting IP job creation initiative and market linkage between IPs and MSMEs.

As part of job creation and enterprise development effort, FC/BRIDGES has designed an innovative scheme called ‘TATARI,yenege sera fetari’.

About the TATARI program

The TATARI program is designed for higher education institutes’ (university and TVET) students as well as young graduates aspiring to become entrepreneurs. It provides training, mentoring, matching grant, and credit facility to eligible members. It works in partnership with selected financial institutions for favorable savings and credit facilities.

It also provides continuous business development service, coaching and mentoring services between 6-12 months. Each member of the TATARI program will contribute a minimum fixed amount on a monthly basis to be opened in the partner financial institution. The BRIDGES program will match certain amount of money upon graduation depending on the number of years they have been saving and the availability of funds. Upon the students’ graduation, the partnering financial institutions will provide a credit of up to 3 to 4 folds of the saved amount with favorable credit terms to TATARI members. First Consult/BRIDGES is looking for qualified and dynamic coordinators in the target regions/city administrations of Amhara region (Bahirdar, Dessie, Debreberhan), Oromia region (Adama, Jimma, Assela, Ambo),SNNPR and Sidama region (Hawassa, Wolayita Sodo, Arbaminch), Somalia region (Jijiga), Addis Ababa and DireDawa.

Specific Task of the Assignment

The Coordinators are responsible for coordinating, consolidating, and ensuring smooth implementation of TATARI program and will work closely with academic institutions, BDS service providers, partnering financial institutions, students/graduates and other concerned stakeholders as intended, in the respective regions/cities to:

  • Ensure implementation of work plans in accordance with the agreements signed between the institutions and BRIDGES;
  • Identify, approach and facilitate the process to onboard higher education institutes to be part of the TATARI program,
  • Work closely with target universities/TVET institutions to promote and register aspiring students for the program;
  • Facilitate and organize workshops and trainings in collaborations with service providers and academic institutions;
  • Facilitate coordination and smooth flow of communication among stakeholders;
  • Facilitate the provision of continuous and regular trainings, business development service, coaching and mentoring services for TATARI members;
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the trainings given under the TATARI program
  • Collaborate and closely work with selected financial institutions for opening of blocked saving accounts and follow up with the matching fund
  • Ensure implementation challenges and risks are flagged and mitigated ahead of time;
  • Take proactive steps as per the dynamics of the project and manage the entire registering of students to the program



Description of each deliverable



Regular reports on progress and registering students for TATARI programme and soft skills training as per the project work plan.



Monthly project performance reports



Quarterly and final project reports as per a template agreed with BRIDGES



MRM trackers on an agreed basis


The assignment will take 12 months, with a possibility of extension, starting from November 2020 – October 2021. Performance based payment will be applied


  • Experience working in a multi-stakeholder environment delivering similar assignments;
  • Prior experience implementing coordination assignments;
  • Strong track record of project management and reporting:
  • Demonstrated ability to network with various stakeholders,
  • Good understanding of MSMEs development/ sector and related work experience;
  • Excellent analytical, technical and conceptual knowledge about management and grasp of business management principles and practices;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic;
  • Experience related to youth job creation and connection with higher education institutes including TVETs is an asset.


Submission of Offer:

Based on this ToR and information provided, interested firms will develop a proposal the intended assignment and shall submit two separate documents the technical and financial:

A. Technical proposal that includes

  • An outline of the proposed methodology, clearly stating specific cities they are interested to work in;
  • A tentative work schedule with projection of registering TATARI students in respective region;
  • Any suggestions for improvement of the ToR and/or the assessment;

B. Financial proposal that includes

Detailed cost breakdown including logistics; costper registered student;

Proposed budget.

The consulting firm should list down all costs it will incur in the financial proposal. The payment milestone should be based on number of TATARI students registering, opening saving accounts and attending trainings.


Applicants should email their proposals and supporting documents to no later than 5:00 PM on November 10, 2020

The application is open for firms only. The subject of the email should say TATARI Coordinator and specify region/city of application as stated above. For any queries related to this ToR please contact Habtamu Ertiro at