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International Consultant to develop concept for introducing catch-up programmes in VET for early school leavers (NEETs and other) and instruments to identify NEETs
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||27-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 30 working days during the period of September - October 2021|
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.
UNDP project “Creating Better LLL Opportunities through Local Partnerships” addresses the employability related challenge of the most vulnerable cohort of Georgia’s population, Youth and physically or socially disadvantaged people. The project complies to the overall objective of the programme by addressing the human capital development, with focus on creation of accessibility to new education services and quality development of Vocational Education and Training provision.
The project is concentrated around two sectors of Care Economy: Tourism and Wellness/health around with specific objectives, which are building three main pillars, addressing leading components – Accessibility, Quality and Relevance of skills to labour market needs, taking into consideration the new realities, including safety requirements caused by COVID-19. The project aims at increasing three different types of accessibility - Geographical - by developing new VET provision spot in non-covered municipalities. Social - creation of new opportunities for early school leaver vulnerable groups to finalize the basic education level through catch-up courses and access VET system; Physical - by developing digital/blended learning opportunities for all with focus on people with special needs and those who cannot regularly attend the learning process. The project also aims at strengthening of service quality, which will be achieved by two types of interventions: Institutional strengthening - Capacity building of the managing teams in stakeholder institutions, also support to VET providers in introducing Entrepreneurial School Model and establishment of the Sectorial School Networks, including peer-learning; Multiplier strengthening – training and coaching of teachers, trainers, professional associations, youth workers to improve the service quality and transfer knowledge, including on safety requirements against COVID-19 in education and employment. Labour market relevance is aimed to be achieved by increased employability of youth and vulnerable groups, to enhance and match their skills with dynamic labour market. All the activities of the project are based on 4 cross-cutting principles: Gender Equality, Inclusion, Environmental Protection and Partnership.
To achieve the programme purpose and finally the programme goal, it will aim to improve the quality of service provision in VET and employment promotion in Georgia.
The outcomes and outputs of the project are:
Approximately 31 percent of youth (persons aged 15-24) are not in education, employment or training (known as NEET) that leads to the exclusion from social and economic life. Under this action, The International Consultant will develop the concept for introduction and implementation of catch-up programmes in VET system for early school leavers (NEETs and other disadvantaged groups) as well as introduce the special catch-up courses for preparation to VET of youth out of system and lacking the basic key competencies.
The International Consultant works closely with the CBLLL Project team to provide expertise and advice in the process of creating access to new educational services in vocational education and training (VET), ensuring sustainable and inclusive development of the VET system and the labour market in Georgia.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the assignment following tasks and activities:
Under this activity, the International Consultant shall produce a concept paper and recommendations that will include the vision, concept and supporting mechanisms for the effective implementation of the catch-up programme in the VET system.
The special instruments for identification of NEETs will be drafted together with stakeholders, to be applied further within the Georgian VET system. The concept will help for development and adoption of respective changes/ amendments or new provisions in existing normative documents or drafting new regulation by the Ministry of Education of Georgia which will be supported to ensure institutionalization of this innovative approach.
The international expert is expected to assume the following duties and responsibilities:
70 % of the total fee
Deliverable 1 - A document on best international practice on second-chance learning options for NEETS for further references describing opportunities and challenges. Submission Date: 7 days after the commencement of the assignment
Deliverable 2 - Draft Concept Paper for introduction and implementation of catch-up courses for NEETS based on best international and local practice and collected findings. Submission Date: 14 days after the commencement of the assignment
Deliverable 3 - presentation on the new concept and present it to the CBLLL project team and stakeholders, conduct a discussion and collect feedback. Submission Date: 18 days after the commencement of the assignment
30 % of the total fee
Deliverable 4 – presentation on the draft document on identifying NEETs. Submission: Submission Date: 21 days after the commencement of the assignment
Deliverable 5 -Submit a final report, reflecting the steps undertaken as part of the consultancy, assignment, listing the challenges, and lessons learned. Submission Date: 30 days after the commencement of the assignment
The consultant will work closely with the CBLLL project Team in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Skills Agency.
Development and operational effectiveness
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis: Individual consultants will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Technical evaluation stage encompasses desk review and interview of applications. Experts not meeting any of minimum technical qualification requirements will be automatically excluded from the list of candidates for further technical evaluation. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 points (70%) and for financial criteria 30 (30%). Technical criteria composed of desk review (40 points) and interview (30 points). Offerors who pass 70% of maximum obtainable scores of the desk review (i.e. 40 x 70% = 28 points because of a desk review of applications will be invited for the interview. Those offerors who pass 70% of maximum obtainable scores for interviews of (i.e. 30x 70% = 21 points) will be considered as short-listed offerors and requested to provide financial proposals.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum. Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.