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Global Development Company recruiting Vocational Training Expert


Monrovia, Liberia, 22 July 2014

Description

DAI seeks a Vocational Training and Non-Formal Education Specialist for a long-term field assignment the USAID Liberia Food and Enterprise Development (FED) project.

Background

FED is a USAID-funded project that aims to increase productivity, profitability, and access within the rice, cassava, vegetable, and goat value chains; improve nutrition; and strengthen food security. FED is focused on four priority counties (Grand Bassa, Bong, Nimba and Lofa) and two secondary counties, (Marghibi and Montserrado) The FED Program is being implemented to achieve the following component objectives:

  • Component 1: Increase agricultural productivity and profitability and improve human nutrition

  • Component 2: Stimulate private enterprise growth and investment;

  • Component 3: Build local technical and managerial human resources to sustain and expand accomplishments achieved under components one and two.

This assignment focuses on Component 3. This component focuses on workforce development and building the technical and managerial capabilities of Liberians to engage in agriculture and related business. These activities complement FED’s other components by increasing the number of Liberians with the right skills and training. The Vocational Training and Non-Formal Education Specialist should assist in making curricula dynamic and practical to the current needs of the job market and design programs and incentives to link students and their teachers to growth areas of the Liberian work force and the economy.

Objectives

The Vocational Training and Non-Formal Education Specialist will provide expertise to help the GOL and the Liberian staff upgrade four institutions: the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata and the community colleges  in Grand Bassa, Nimba, and Lofa Counties into Centers of Excellence in vocational education in agriculture.  The activities will include upgrading of the curriculum, building the instructors capacity, establishing the appropriate learning facilities, etc.  Development of appropriate curriculum and innovative training methods to provide the skills for graduates of these institutions to enter into commercial agribusiness or establish their own agribusinesses will be a key outcome. For these institutions to continuously support agriculture in Liberia, it is important that they are able to sustainably operate the facilities and other improvements put in place through USG support.   It is important that all curricula developed by the project be gender sensitive and socially inclusive to appropriately transfer relevant knowledge to a variety of audiences. 

Tasks:

  • Plan and work closely with the GOL ministries and other organizations engaged in this sector to build local technical and managerial human resources, which include supporting the trainings provided by the other Components.

  • Coordinate and work with other, complementary USAID and other donor-funded projects.

  • Assist in customizing interventions for each institution’s specific situation and needs and ensure that such assistance will be guided by the demand for skills, thus ensuring alignment of skill enhancement with specific labor market needs and commercial opportunities.  Particular attention will be paid to ensuring that the curricula revisions are transformational and promote the entrance of men and women in nontraditional roles. 

  • Coordinate with FED partners the NDA curriculum roll out (timeline, course incorporation, teacher implementation and review) and implementation for both 2014 and 2015.

  • Work with partner institution personnel to review current agriculture enterprises and to develop COE business plans integrating the revenue generation of demonstration farms, labs, and other  enterprises with a goal of institutional sustainability, 

  • Work with STTA and GoL specialists to develop gender-sensitive outreach programs aimed at specific employment opportunities.

  • Closely coordinate with FED staff working to define the real labor and skill needs of the agricultural sector and to define the necessary career skills for the vocational graduates, as well as clarify the roles of the various GoL institutions and private sector players.

  • Work with vocational training center staff, students, returning Liberian expatriates and the existing post graduate organizations to link students to previous graduates for career opportunities.

  • Work with Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Gender and Development and other ministries and FED to consider nontraditional ways to train and deploy female extension agents into service quickly.   This may include developing a cadre of female agents who may not be highly trained in all aspects of agriculture, but who could transfer discrete pieces of very important knowledge to women.

The first year (fiscal year 2015) activities for the Vocational Training and Non-Formal Education Specialist will include:

  • Review and follow-up of previously conducted activities, including: COE partner institutions’ science lab establishment, procedures for use and sustainability; NDA implementation, appraisal  and review; appraisal of  the COEs internship programs, library facilities, as well as business plans for each COE and specific enterprises with a goal of institutional sustainability.   This appraisal will also include the extent to which COEs  are gender sensitive in content and presentation.

  • An assessment of short term training needs for COE faculty and staff, including the use of the science labs leading to a strategy to meet those needs, recognizing that the need for capacity building in gender sensitivity training for trainers may be needed. 

  • Additional activities as that emerge as needed and requested by the FED Chief of Party.

Reporting Requirements and On-Going Deliverables:

The VTNFES will report to the FED Chief of Party (COP), or her designee, and to the AgCenter Principal Investigator (PI).  In doing so, he will provide the following on-going deliverables over the 24-month period of performance.

  • One or both of the following, at the discretion of the COP:

    • A 1-2 page weekly activity report to be submitted to the COP or her designated representative and to the PI; and/or

    • A weekly debriefing meeting with the COP or her designated representative.

  • Documentation of completed activities including those mentioned in the Task Section of this SOW to be submitted to the COP and the PI within seven days of each activity’s completion and written information to be included in the FED monthly, quarterly, and yearly report.
  • A quarterly synthesis of the two afore-mentioned items to be submitted to the COP and the PI within two weeks of the conclusion of each quarter that the VTNFES is on the Project Staff.  This synthesis will be incorporated into the overall FED Project Quarterly Report.

  • An annual synthesis of the quarterly reports to be submitted to the COP and the PI within two weeks of the conclusion of each year that the VTNFES is on the Project Staff.  This synthesis will be incorporated into the overall FED Project Annual Report.

  • An annual work plan for FED’s Component 3 to be submitted to the COP and the PI by the end of November for each year that the VTNFES is on the Project Staff.  This Component 3 work plan will be incorporated into the overall FED Project Annual Work Plan.

Deadline:  15 August 2014

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