Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Background of Sudokkho Sudokkho is a 5-year skills training and employment programme applying market system approaches, funded by UK aid and SDC and implemented by Palladium in consortium with Swisscontact and the British Council.
The programme tests and scales-up market-driven, quality skills training systems within the Readymade Garments (RMG) and Construction sectors that will stimulate further investment in training by trainees, private training providers and employers. The programme's target is that 100,000 poor people, including women and disadvantaged populations, will earn increased income in skilled or semi-skilled jobs after successful completion of training. The programme supports Private Training Providers (PTPs) and Industry-Based Training (IBT) initiatives (supply-side stimulation), and raises awareness about the value of skills development among the trainees and industry (demand-side stimulation). Additionally, Sudokkho supports industry skills councils and the development of skills training packages that meet the occupational standards of the industry and can be used by the above mentioned training systems.
Sudokkho builds upon the TVET reform agenda in coordination with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) supports initiatives that facilitate greater involvement of the private sector to ensure skills training is relevant and of high quality, thereby increasing post-training employment opportunities, as stipulated in the National Skills Development Policy 2011. The programme strengthens the institutional capacity and supports key functions of the Industry Skills Councils (ISC) in the concerned sectors. It also supports capacity building of national Training Consultancy Service Providers (TCSP) to sustain a long-term development process.
In 2016, Sudokkho has shifted further its strategic direction from a traditional TVET support programme to a market-led and market-responsive training programme, stimulating the industry to invest in training and reducing subsidized training by PTPs. To facilitate this process and to change the private sector skills market, Sudokkho undertook a market systems analysis for the RMG and construction sectors and analysed the problems in the core market, supporting functions and rules that surrounds the skills training markets. This sets the agenda for future interventions and further focuses the programme towards a market systems approach.
In line with Sudokkho's revised focus, the programme requires senior M&E expertise embedded in the team in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to ensure the adequate development and implementation of a comprehensive DCED-compliant Monitoring and Results measurement (MRM) system, in line with the expectations of DFID and SDC.
Key duties and tasks The MRM Lead will undertake the following tasks: