International expert on establishment of National Skills Council and Advisory Board

United Nations Development Programme, Baku, Azerbaijan

Skill Required:, Education ManagementProject/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2021


Job Description

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

BACKGROUND

The Government of Azerbaijan has recognized the importance of developing the VET system in the “Strategic Roadmap for Vocational Education and Training,” “Strategic Roadmap on SME development” (approved in 2016) and many other government programmes. The general objective of these policy documents is to reform Azerbaijan’s VET system and lead to better results through improvements in infrastructure, educational content, professional capacity, recognition of prior learning, internal quality assurance and social partnerships (including public-private partnerships).

The EU funded UNDP implemented project “VET for the future: Development of VET providers’ excellence in Azerbaijan” is intended to support the modernization of VET institutions in Azerbaijan to deliver competence-based training in order to increase the attractiveness and labour market relevance of VET. Project activities will be piloted in seven VET schools/centers (four in Baku and three in the

regions - Ganja, Jalilabad and Sheki). The selected regions are a top priority for the Ministry of Education, especially for State Agency on VE and have been selected based on factors such as labor market relevance, priority sectors for country development, private sector interest and the existence of required infrastructure. The project’s main target groups will be youth, adults, internally displaced persons, professional, administrative and management staff of the center and unemployed men and women. The project is also expected to increase public awareness, change occupational stereotypes, improve inclusivity and support for people with disabilities and attract more women to VET. The best practices derived through this project in the targeted locations with be later further replicated in other regions.

Objective of the assignment

At present, vocational education refers mainly to the activities of vocational education institutions subordinated by the SAVE. But at the same time, there are educational institutions under the auspices of other state institutions and agencies related to vocational education and training. In general, there is a strong need for coordination of VET service providers, private sector and other interested groups at the national level, both in terms of government funding and management of vocational education, as well as the close integration of other interested groups in this process. By creating a platform for information exchange and discussion at the sector level, it is possible to develop sector-level vision taking into account the views of all stakeholders and to discuss and resolve other related fundamental issues in the VET sector. At the national level, the project will support the establishment of the National Skills Council tasked with the coordination of matters related to vocational education. This includes the development/preparation of guidelines and regulatory documents, as well as facilitation of the work of the National Skills Council.

The National Skills Council will be a platform formed with the participation of key interested groups in vocational education across the country, where various topics (policy, regulatory, development, etc.) are discussed and recommendations are made to relevant agencies. Representatives of government agencies such as SAVE, MLSPP and etc., the private sector and their organizations (chambers, confederations), employees and other interested groups (international organizations, trade unions, etc.) will be presented in the National Skills Council. The work schedule and organization of the Council will be coordinated by SAVE. The Council will have its own secretariat and the topics, documents and issues to be discussed will be determined in advance. The Council will be a platform where the top management of the organizations will be represented.

The process should be consultative, to raise awareness of skills challenges in the country, develop possible solutions and achieve consensus on joint action. The process should be inclusive, involving coordination among all ministries and agencies engaged in skills development, and other relevant ministries, including finance for resource allocation. It is nevertheless critical to identify a lead agency or ministry as responsible for overall implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation (e.g. the national apex agencies for skills development or TVET).

At the national level, the project will support the establishment of the National Skills Council tasked with the coordination of matters related to vocational education. This includes the development/preparation of guidelines and regulatory documents, as well as facilitation of the work of the National Skills Council.

The National Skills Council will be a platform formed with the participation of key interested groups in vocational education across the country, where various topics (policy, regulatory, development, etc.) are discussed and recommendations are made to relevant agencies. Representatives of government agencies such as SAVE, MLSPP and etc., the private sector and their organizations (chambers, confederations), employees and other interested groups (international organizations, trade unions, etc.) will be presented in the National Skills Council. The work schedule and organization of the Council will be coordinated by SAVE. The Council will have its own secretariat and the topics, documents and issues to be discussed will be determined in advance. The Council will be a platform where the top management of the organizations will be represented.

The process should be consultative, to raise awareness of skills challenges in the country, develop possible solutions and achieve consensus on joint action. The process should be inclusive, involving coordination among all ministries and agencies engaged in skills development, and other relevant ministries, including finance for resource allocation. It is nevertheless critical to identify a lead agency or ministry as responsible for overall implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation (e.g. the national apex agencies for skills development or TVET).

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The International consultant will set out key principles of sound policy formation in this context:

Social dialogue and social partner involvement

The involvement and input of all stakeholders is essential.

An informed but locally grounded approach

The starting point for policy development should be grounded in the particular conditions, existing institutional setting and skills challenges of the country, rather than in an ideal model that is out of step with reality. Policy-makers should be well informed about international good practice and, to the extent that such data exist, be based on sound evidence regarding the challenges to be addressed by the policy. Policy design should be based on a realistic assessment of its feasibility, including the level of commitment of the key stakeholders.

All efforts should be underpinned by continuous research

Development of guidelines of the National Skills Council and review should be supported by continuous research into various aspects of human resources development (including identifying skill needs, learning and training methodologies, identification of barriers for accessing training, and international best practice etc.); Continuous monitoring and evaluation of the policy’s impact will provide key inputs for policy review

The international consultant will be responsible:

National Skills Council

  • Development of guidelines of the National Skills Council (NSC), including structure and functions of NSC in the basis of international best practices
  • Workshop to validate guidelines of NSC (Depend on developed guidelines one or two days’ workshop should be organised for staff of SAVE, Ministry of Education and other related stakeholders indicated in the guideline in Baku. After workshop the final version of guidelines should be prepared and submitted for SAVE and UNDP.
  • Identification of potential members of NSC and preparation of recommendations regarding members of NSC to VET Agency
  • Establishment of NSC and Facilitation and coordination of meetings and events of NS

Advisory Board

  • The project also intending to establish “school advisory boards” to support managing staff and to ensure participation of industry sector in the school management. These boards will bring together representatives of the private sector, government agencies and VET providers at all levels.
  • Development of guidelines for Advisory Board
  • Establishment of Advisory Boards in one VET providers

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Education:

  • At least master degree in Education, Economy, public policy or in social science.

Experience:

  • 7 years working experience in Vocational Education and Training or private sector engagement;
  • 3 years working experience as international expert in EU other donor funded projects
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and verbally, using generally accepted

Language:

  • Excellent English written and communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of quality analysis for the project proposal;
  • Sharing knowledge and experience, communicating ideas and managing information flow
  • Good ability in partnering and networking
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills

Source:https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=96305


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