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Advisor to the National Skills Standard Agency in the Vocational Skills Development Program in Myanmar

GIZ International Services tenders for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded Vocational Skills Development (VSD) Program in Myanmar. The goal of the VSD Program is two-fold, stating an impact for the target groups in terms of safer employment and better income, and an impact on the system at large in terms of improved inclusion and a more effective delivery and higher relevance of Vocational Skills Development. The program is set to provide an expansion of training opportunities for the large group of young persons who have little or no access to the few public and even fewer private training centers. The VSD program composes of 5 components which are: 1. Supporting a Centre for Vocational Training, 2. A private sector hospitality training initiative, 3. A mobile training network to reach out into Swiss Development Cooperation target areas, 4. Capacity Development for the National Skills Standards Agency, and 5. Policy dialogue. We are looking for a team leader and short term experts for component 4: Capacity Development for the National Skills Standards Agency (NSSA). The objective of this component is to support the emerging qualifications framework and the capacities of the responsible regulatory authority, the National Skills Standards Agency (NSSA), in order to make the training offers system-compatible, integrated and sustainable. Support is geared to competence assessment of trainees and other candidates for certification and to the revamping of idling or underused technical training facilities of various TVET providers. The emerging framework is clearly a policy instrument in favor of disadvantaged target groups, as it opens up lower levels of qualifications and positions them on a career ladder. In addition, the framework provides open access to assessment (“recognition of prior learning”), which gives persons without formal training, but with experience and informal work exposure, an opportunity to become certified. This is also an equitable measure for returning migrant workers. The two outcomes of the component on capacity development for the NSSA are: 1. Non-formal TVET upgraded, expanded and regulated in a provider-friendly way on basis of new legislation; smart compliance with ASEAN practices ensured 2. Equipment- focused support to selected training providers operating under NSSA regulations as to re-activate idle or underused capacities Your tasks You are member of a team of international experts and reporting to the team leader. You are responsible for the implementation of the component of the VSP program aiming at capacity development of the National Skills Standards Agency (NSSA). Your responsibilities are: Consult with partners already involved in supporting the NSSA to identify institutional capacity building priorities Provide overview on assessment approaches and particulars; agree on assessment approach at board level Develop first series of test instruments and items (practical and knowledge); train assessors, test-item developers, verifiers Identify and develop assessment centers Support assessment trial runs and monitor outcomes Scale system up and include open assessment Identify other areas of NSSA capacity building Identify promising training providers (public and preferably private providers accredited under NSSA regulatory regime) with technical bottlenecks (outdated or defunct) Enter into agreement with them (provide technical upgrade or rehabilitation, support instructors in methodology and maintenance; ensure intake of disadvantaged participants as part of the “deal”) Monitor results Contribute to program’s knowledge management and sharing Your profile Qualifications and skills Postgraduate degree in social and/or political sciences, education, public and/or business administration, or in another field related to the duty; Excellent management, communication (written and oral) and networking skills; General professional experience At least ten years professional experience in the field of capacity building for National Skills Standards Agencies, development of occupational standards and/or in the field of supporting qualification frameworks; preferably in Asia At least ten years professional experience in organizational development of government organizations and TVET institutions Experience in project management Experience in operating in fragile context, dealing with disrupted or strained social textures Experience with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation would be an advantage. Specific professional experience Good knowledge of and working experience in Vocational Skills Development in developing countries, including provision of technical assistance; Extensive knowledge of the political, economic and social context around employment barriers, skills development and economic empowerment of vulnerable groups and youth; Assignment period The indicative start date is 1 January 2014 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 36 months from this date. Assignment period for long term expert will be 36 months and for short term consultant up to 4 months per year. Information on place of assignment The technical assistance team will have its Headquarters in Yangon. Other information Please note that we basically can only receive and process applications sent via our e-recruiting system. Should you not be able to do so, please contact the person named in the job advertisement. 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