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World Bank recruiting Consultant for New Economy Jobs and Skills Analysis


Georgia, 16 September 2014

Context

The rapid advancement of information and communication technologies and their integration into business operations has created a foundation for the transition of the global economy into a knowledge economy. In this new reality, knowledge and education is treated as a productive asset becoming a main source of growththere is great scope to promote skills in and for businesses to create new economy jobs.

According to the National Statistics Office of Georgia, unemployment rate in 2013 was 14.6 % of the total labor force. Unemployment rate among young people (aged between 15 and 19) was 43 % of the total labor force, which was the highest among the age segments . Meanwhile, in terms of economic activities, the private sector in Georgia is dominated by trade and local services businesses (21.4 % in 2014) with a very low level of innovations applied.

The current absence of knowledge based industries and services in Georgia affects the supply side of the labor market inevitably affecting economic perspective of the country to integrate into EU market and global economy. On the other hand, there is a mismatch of skills in the local labor market. In order to successfully compete globally and make certain labor mobility between Georgia and EU, the country needs to focus on building skills imperative for the new, knowledge and innovation economy but missing at this moment to bridge students with the potential employers.

The World Bank ICT practice proposes to engage with the Georgian government, academic institutions, and private sector to develop a program concept for discussion with possible implementation partners on a Georgia New Economy Skills (GENES) program. GENES is intended to be a public-private-academic partnership to bridge education and employment, preparing Georgian students to be globally competitive in the emerging knowledge and innovation economy. The consultant hired through this selection will provide upstream research support to define the focus areas and possible mechanisms to include in GENES.

Scope of work

The indicative scope of work is below. The precise scope of work will be defined based on inputs from the Government of Georgia. The overall objective of the assignment is to develop an understanding of what role ICT can play in making labor markets more efficient in Georgia. The focus is (1) to improve information for job seekers on training and job opportunities, and (2) on finding ways to bridge education to employment.

Information and Data Gathering: The consultant shall undertake literature survey, interviews, and data analysis to assess how ICT can help young people/jobseekers find jobs and improve their employability, and to support development of new economy jobs and skills. More specifically, the consultant shall:

Gather existing reports and information (from various ministries, research centers, higher education institutions and vocational education centers) on training/education modules that relate to ICT skills development.

Assess the status of career servicespublic and privatethat are available, especially to help jobseekers understand the job opportunities available and requirements for those jobs. For this, the consultant shall interview between 15 and 20 randomly selected students (last year students) of the aforementioned education institutions to get their feedback on education quality, relevance, and job hunting concerns.

Focus should be on career services, especially in terms of assistance available to find jobs, get skills acquisition advice, and on career planning support.

Interview representatives of the donor community (United States of International Development/ USAID, European Union Delegation in Georgia, German FederalEnterprise for International Cooperation/ GIZ) to identify ongoing skills development work and any projects relating to development of career services in Georgia, especially in relation to the priority sectors.
Identifybased on government documents and interviews as neededup to two priority growth sectors in Georgia. Select and communicate with about three private companies from each of the aforementioned priority industry sectors, to identify their interests in hiring graduates with ICT skills, re-training needs and costs the companies face while hiring new graduates (and any existing re-training schemes).

Reporting: the consultant shall develop a draft report and presentation to illustrate the assessment findings to be delivered at a workshop organized by the World Bank. The final report and presentation shall be preparedbased on comments of the World Bank teamby end December 2014.

Estimated level of effort: About 20 working days.

Submission Deadline: 24 September 2014

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