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International Labour Market and Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant to support the development of the National Employment and Skills Strategy 2023-2030
|Location :||Home-based with 3 missions in Tirana, Albania, ALBANIA|
|Application Deadline :||23-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||50 working days during the period between May and December 2022|
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.
In the recent years, Albania has made efforts to undertake structural reforms that aim at equitable growth, raising productivity and competitiveness in the economy, creating more jobs and improving public service delivery. In addition, enablers of growth have been identified, such as regional connectivity and accress to regional and global markets, as well market diversification.
While these efforts have been challenged by external shocks such as the earthquake of November 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic, the government remains committed to continue the policy reforms and define the new policy and and strategic framework in the relevant sectors until 2030.
The current National Employment and Skills Strategy 2022 was developed in the period between 2013 and 2014 and adopted by the end of 2014, including four strategic pillars: 1) decent employment opportunities through active labour market policies; 2) quality vocational education and training for youth and adults; 3) social inclusion and territorial cohesion, and 4) governance of employment and vocational qualifications systems.
Following a mid-term review in 2018, the implementation of the Strategy was extended to 2022. Whilst the strategic priorities of the NESS 2014-2020 remained relevant for the extended implementation period, revisions were undertaken at the level of immediate results and activities of the Action Plan.
In the final stage of NESS 2022 implementation, analysis shows that significant progress has been made, especially on the adoption of the new regulatory frameworks for both the VET sector and public employment services and policy, as well as for establishing the new governance and institutional arrangements. Achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the implementation of NESS 2022 will guide the process of designing and developing the NESS 2030.
The EU integration agenda of the country, including EU priorities and policies in Vocational Education and Training have played a significant role in defining the strategic vision and priorities in the Albanian VET system. Thus, the most recently adopted Recommendation of the EU Council on VET, the Osnabrück Declaration, as well as the EU Skills Agenda will define the vision for an Albanian VET system that is based on the principles of agility, flexibility, permeability and inclusiveness, as well as underpinned by a culture of quality assurance. In this regard, the country will rely on the support of the European Training Foundation (ETF), as the responsible EU Agency, has established support and monitoring mechanisms for all its partner countries with regards to the afore mentioned policies and priorities.
Similarily, with regards to the design of public employment policies, the country can rely on EU best practices and collaboration platforms, such as the the Network of European Public Employment Services (PES Network).
National and sector strategies including the future sector strategy on employment and skills are developed in the frame of a comprehensive system for policy making and coordination, the Integrated Planning System (IPS), which provides the overall architecture for a comprehensive system for policy-making and coordination.The three cornerstones of the IPS are: the national and sector strategies providing guidance to high-level; the European integration agenda; and the medium-term budget process detailing the short and medium-term planning and financial arrangements for the delivery of policies by each Ministry and government agency.
In this context, methodological support and tools to responsible Ministries and government agencies are provided by the State Agency for Strategic Programming and Aid Coordination (SASPAC).
The SD4E Programme is seeking to engage a team of experts to support the technical working group established by the Minister of Finance in developing the New Sector Strategy for Employment and Skills 2023-2030.
The Skills Development for Employment (SD4E) programme, financed by the Swiss Government and implemented by UNDP Albania continues to support the Government of Albania in the national VET and Employment reform through a comprehensive approach of institutional capacity building on a macro/policy level, enabling key actors (MFE, NES/NAES and NAVETQ) to deliver coordinated and demand-driven services. Responding to national priorities and the objectives of the National Employment and Skills Strategy, this Swiss funded intervention has the ambition to make a systemic contribution where the Albanian VET system and Employment Service supply the labour market with a skilled workforce that contributes to sustainable and inclusive economic development of the country.
 https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/albania/overview#1, last retrieved April 18, 2022
 EU Council Recommendation on Vocational Education and Training, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32020H1202(01)&from=EN, last retrieved April 18, 2022
 Regional Cooperation Council (2019): Albania: Report on the Preparation of Post-2020 Strategy, p.6
 Decision of the Council of Ministers No. 642, dated 29.10.2021 “On the Establishment, Organisation and Functioning of the State Agency for Strategic Programming and Aid Coordination”,
 Order No. 60, dated 18.02.2022 of the Minister of Finance and Economy “On the Establishment of the Working Group for the Development of the Document of the National Strategy for Employment and Skills 2023 – 2030”
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the assignment is to support the working group of the MoFE to develop the National Employment and Skills Strategy 2023 – 2030 (NESS 2030). The NESS 2030 will be the main strategic planning document for the employment and skills development sector, to be monitored regularly against progress measured on a yearly basis and to be updated on a medium term basis. The international consultant is experted to work in a team of three experts that will guide and support the working froup established by the Minister of Finance and Economy. The objective of the assignment is to support the development the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for the NESS 2030 and to contribute with technical expertise in setting the strategic priorities of the employment policy reform agenda on the country.
With the guidance of the Programme Specialist, under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the expert is expected to deliver the following:
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would consider both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70
Criteria A: Master’s degree in international development, Economics, Social Sciences or closely related field – max 20 points
Criteria B: Minimum 10 years of professional experience in developing or conducting monitoring and evaluation systems and procedures – max. 20 points
Criteria C: Substantive knowledge of data collection techniques and tools – max. 10 points
Criteria D: Prior experience in supporting development and monitoring of labour market policies in Western Balkans – max. 20 points
Criteria E: Technical Proposal outlining a methodology and tools for carrying out the assignment – max. 30 points
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max 30 points
Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
The application should contain:
[CORRECT] (Select Here and elaborate) [X] A total lump sum of [state amount in words and in numbers, indicating exact currency], payable in the manner described in the Terms of Reference.
*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application.
How to Submit the Application:
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Due to large number of applications, we receive, we can inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.