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Communications and GESI Expert (1 position), Level : SB 4/Peg 2 (Only for Nepalese nationals)
|Location :||Kathmandu, NEPAL|
|Application Deadline :||18-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 months|
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.
The Support to Knowledge and Life-Long Learning Skills (SKILLS) Programme is a joint policy project running under the National Implementation Modality of UNDP following a bilateral agreement with the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). This programme has been designed to suggest pragmatic policy reform initiatives, develop integrated National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) management information system (MIS), enhance private sector engagement in TVET and come up with policy on entrepreneurship and keeping women in the workforce. It also aims to help increase quality assurance and knowledge networking and governance of TVET programmes and services of MoEST, which is also the implementing agency of the programme. The planned outcomes of the project are to: (a) develop an integrated TVET Policy and Contribute to policy design that can help bring about good governance in the entire TVET sector, (b) run Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes by consolidating all the resource under TVET Fund through SWAp, (c) link technical education and vocational training with higher education, (d) strengthen TVET-MIS, monitoring and evaluation system, and (e) support to carry out province-level skill mapping and develop local level TVET strategic plan.
The planned outcome expanded in 2020 with the aim of contributing to recovery process of COVID-19 pandemic by transforming Returnee Migrant Workers’ (RMWs) prior work-based skills and knowledge to increase production locally. Thus, as part of SKILLS’s COVID-19 response, SKILLS successfully implemented “Workplace-based Learning and Earning Programme” in partnership with National Youth Council (NYC) in four Local Levels of Sudurpaschim Province for creating self-employment opportunities for returnee migrants. Since this programme has proven to be very effective to address the needs of returnee migrants and transform their prior workplace-based knowledge and skills in their own communities. In view of the livelihood and job prospects of RMWs being affected by the pandemic, it has become essential to create opportunities for them related to relevant skills training and development. According to government estimates, over half a million Nepali citizens (as of September 30, 2021) have returned home from abroad after the pandemic began in early 2020, and a significant number of them (over 60 percent) are migrants who returned home after losing their jobs as a result of the ongoing Pandemic, primarily in Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
It is obvious that RMWs do already have certain kind of workplace-based skills, which could be the precious capital to diversify and trigger the potential local enterprises, forcing the development actors to think of new solutions to address the recovery process. However, a high proportion of RMWs, 81%, reported that the skills they had acquired abroad were not useful in Nepal, pointing to a mismatch between current skills and jobs available locally. Based on the evidence available, therefore, there is an urgent need to develop, explore and implement relevant, innovative, and timely Skills Development (SD) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs targeting RMWs specifically with a view to facilitating their entry or re-entry into the local economy and labour market.
The Government of Nepal through national budget of 2078/79 introduced a policy to provide returning migrants workers with collateral-free loans at a subsidized interest rate to incentivize them to become self-employed. Also, UNDP’s SKILLS, in collaboration with NYC and Returnee Migrant Nepal (RMN), is conducting mapping of skills (for creating skills profile) of RMWs with the aim to help certify their skills through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and connect them to labor market. In the past, SKILLS had introduced “Workplace Based Learning and Earning Program” which trained 87 RMWs of Sudurpaschim Province for engaging them in self-employment activities.
UNDP SKILLS has recently initiated a new project entitled “Enhancing returnee migrant workers-RMWs skills for employment” for the productive reintegration of RMWs into the labour market and the economy, particularly the women, historically disadvantaged, poor and marginalized groups. The objective of the project is to provide effective, relevant and efficient skills training to selected RMWs, and to link them with skills certification to create better employment/self-employment opportunities. This will be done through an integrated Public Private Partnership Approach in skills training in three key economic sectors: i) agriculture ii) construction, and iii) tourism. These three sectors offer the most employment/self-employment opportunities for promoting the transition to a greener, climate-resilient and low-emission economy in Nepal. The project will attempt to introduce an innovative bottom-up approach by initiating public-private dialogue forum at the federal, provincial and local levels. This endeavor will address the needs of labour market for skilled human resources and ensure increased access to sustainable livelihood and decent employment for RMWs. The specific expected result of this project is the linking of the RMWs skills training with the existing skills standards set by Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) and conducting a skills certification programme.
The Communications and GESI Expert will work under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager (NPM) based on the overall guidance of the National Project Director and Portfolio Manager. S/he will also work in close collaboration with Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), National Youth Council (NYC), Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Returnee Migrant Nepal (RMN) and Province and Local Levels as necessary. S/he will also coordinate with relevant organizations for the effective implementation of the project’s targets of providing short-term customized training and skills certification to 1,500 RMWs to ensure their better access to the job market.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Communications and GESI Expert will be responsible for the development of communication/visibility and outreach strategies to sensitize policymakers, stakeholders, media and the general public on migrants’ current capabilities and aspects of TVET to respond them for reintegrating into the society. S/he will be responsible for the dissemination, publication, knowledge management of the project; S/he will also ensure gender equality and social inclusion issues in all stages of the project by providing:
The key Responsibilities of the assignment are:
The Communications and GESI Expert will work directly under the supervision of National Project Manager (NPM), and in close coordination with the National Project Director (NPD), CTEVT, and UNDP Portfolio Manager and UNDP communications for the programme. The Expert involved in this assignment will have to design appropriate method for achieving the assigned tasks. The key responsibilities of the Expert are as follows:
1. Technical support for the design, implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of the “Enhancing Returnee Migrant Workers (RMWs) skills for employment” and productive reintegration of RMWs into the labour market and the economy.
2. Coordination and collaboration with relevant stakeholders for awareness creation and capacity building.
3. Support to develop and implement GESI related programmes for the productive reintegration of RMWs into the labour market
Impact of Results
Successful implementation of the project “Enhancing Returnee Migrant Workers (RMWs) Skills for Employment” to ensure productive reintegration of RMWs into the labour market in line with the project objective.
Required Skills and Experience
Completion of at least Master’s degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, English, Social Sciences, or any other related area of study.
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