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Sep 25, 2017

Save the children Development of Vocational Education Training Manuals Consultancy in South Sudan

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Terms of reference for Development of Vocational Education Training (VET) Specific Course Manuals including a Customised Entrepreneurship Manual for Trainees

Background: Save the children with funding from the European Union is implementing a three year ‘’Youth Employability and Participation’’ Project in South Sudan - Lakes state. 


This is an integrated programme aimed at holistic development of youth through provision of Business Technical Vocational Education and Training (BTVET), strengthening institution capacity of state ministry officials, community and CSOs with the aim of improving employability chances of the deprived youth hence enable to actively participate in development agenda of the country/state.
 
1200 (600 female) youth are being targeted to benefit from this Project. Training includes hands on skills training, simplistic course theories and life skills training; Choice of the trade ranges from – Masonry, carpentry, welding, hair dressing, beauty and hair dressing hair cutting, baking, agriculture, Tailoring and computer training.

431(189 females) youth are currently undergoing training in five trade areas (Vegetable gardening/horticulture, welding and metal fabrication, Masonry, Carpentry & Joinery, hair dressing and beauty, hair cutting and tailoring among others and are expected to graduate in December 2018. 

Courses run for 3 months to 9 months depending on complexity of the trade. 

In order to meet the project targets, two delivery modes of training are used;

1.     Institutional based approach (training more youth in a center using defined curriculum and following agreed calendar. 
2.     Enterprise based mode of training (using existing and well established local artisans to deliver skills to selected youth ‘’Jua kali approach’.’
Target beneficiaries of the programme are a heterogeneous group of youth and ranges from School dropout, youth who cannot read or write, youth/children living in the streets, youth that have been in contact with law, young parents- boys and girls and graduates from different level of academic attainment who may have missed further development chances due to limited resources or lack of employment opportunities in the in South Sudan.
The project applies a holistic approach to deliver knowledge and skills to ensure that all categories of beneficiaries have a chance to receive quality training through observation, doing and demonstration. VET training, Entrepreneurship training and business mentorship are the major components of project delivery. 
They are aimed at developing both practical and business competencies of the youth and prepare them to become young entrepreneurs with requisite skills to access employment opportunities, become competitive in the world of work and subsequently venture into gainful business ventures that would improve their livelihood as well as access to employment in both rural and urban setups through establishment of SMEs. 
Graduates are also expected to form business working groups after completion of their training programme. 
Entrepreneurship or entrepreneur ability is thus an equally important factor contributing to the youth’s ultimate success to grow an enterprise or business.
In lieu of the above, SCI – YEP project is seeking to recruit an expert with curriculum development skills to support in development of a customised VET specific trade manuals and a complementing customised entrepreneurship manual. 
He/she will work with VET centre trainers, selected local artisans, CSOs and relevant stakeholders in the development of   9 VET specific trade guidelines and a simple entrepreneurship training manual. Both the VET specific guideline and entrepreneurship manual guides will be used by current VET trainees as well as graduates from VET programs.
Objectives of the assignment: The main objective of the assignment is to develop tailor-made guides that will be used as reference in both the instructional and apprenticeship training programme.

Specific Objectives

·         To develop VET specific course guides for the current trade areas
·         To develop a customised entrepreneurship manual for training VET trainees
·         To identify and promote uptake of best practices across the sector in order to create synergy amongst VET trainers and VET service providers
·         To strengthen capacity of VET trainers in both content and use of the guides through a Trainer of Trainers (ToT)
Scope of work

Objective
Activity
Outputs
General
Conduct a literature review/desk review of programme documents and any other data  relevant to accomplishing the tasks
Interim Narrative report
Objective 1
·         Solicit innovative information that are industry-driven, through a consultative process with trainer and other key stakeholders in order to expand/improve existing training programme content to meet industry needs. 
Innovative information that will guide development of the content for the training programmes.
Draft copies of VET Specific Course Manuals Masonry, carpentry, welding, beauty & salon, hair cutting, , baking, agriculture, Tailoring and computer training that are currently being taught at the center.
Objective 2
·         Conduct a training needs assessment of trainees at the VET centre
·         Conduct consultative meetings and interviews with employed graduates, enterprise owners, and chamber of commerce traders to identify training gaps.
·         Conduct interviews with relevant government line ministries, Youth Groups, CBOs and CSOs in order to incorporate their views in the training manual
·         Organise focused group discussions with  both VET trainers and trainees
Comprehensive Training Needs Assessment report with a capacity development plan

Customised entrepreneurship manual for training VET trainees in entrepreneurship

Objective 3
·         Identify, and document best practises across the sector.
Documented VET Best practises within Save the Children supported programs and other VET service providers
·         Disseminate and promote uptake of best practices with a view to strengthening and creating synergy across the sector.
Documented VET Best practises are disseminated to VET trainers and other VET service providers through a participatory approach
Objective 4
·         Provide Capacity Building and expertise to VET trainers and VET providers to sharpen their skills in developing and implementing curriculum and capacity building programmes for VET trainees.
Comprehensive ToT training report complete with modalities of cascading training to other trainers and an action plan

Time and Budget

Timing: The duration of this task shall be 30 working days (6 days per week) from the date of signing of the contract agreement with SCI South Sudan country office.

Budget:
·         The consulting organisation/ individual should prepare a realistic financial proposal/budget
·         Work plan detailing how he/she will deliver the task including methodology to be used.
·         The consultant shall bear all tariffs, duties and applicable taxes or charges levied at any stage during execution of the work.
·         The consultant should also prepare a precise budget detailing every activity cost.

Terms of payment
The organisation will pay 20% of the agreed total sum upon signing of the contract. The remaining 80% will be paid upon successful completion of the assignment. This will be approved by MEAL manager and YEP project manager.

Duties and Taxes

The consultant shall pay all tariffs, duties, other taxes or charges levied by the government of South Sudan at any stage during the execution of this assignment.

Required Qualifications

Potential services providers should meet the following criteria:
·         A person/team with proven track record of conducting and leading curriculum development process (CV’s to be attached);
·         Documented experience in Teacher training, Coaching and Mentorship
·         Support documentation should include evidence of successful curriculum development projects completed particularly those developed for a similar heterogeneous target group;
·         Knowledge of and experience in entrepreneurship will be an added advantage
·         Strong business skills, as well as analytical and project management skills; and
·         Degree in education; preferably in Technical Vocational Education and Training
·         Knowledge of local language will be an added advantage
Ethics, Safeguarding and Code of Conduct
As the consultant(s) will be working on behalf of Save the Children they will be required to adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policy and ethical guidelines. The consultant will receive a briefing on and sign Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy. The consultant will make clear to all participating stakeholders especially children of all ages that they are under no obligation to participate in the evaluation.   
All participants will be assured that there will be no negative consequences  if  they  choose  not  to  participate.  The consultant must obtain informed consent  from  all  participants,  including  children  and  their caregiver  if  a  child  is  to  be  interviewed. 
The consultant must receive prior permission for taking and use of visual still/ moving images for specific purposes, i.e., ‘for evaluation report and presentations.  The consultant will assure the participants the anonymity, confidentiality and will assure the visual data is protected and used for agreed purpose only.
Applicants Shall
As the consultant(s) will be working on behalf of Save the Children they will be required to adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policy and ethical guidelines. 

The consultant will receive a briefing on and sign Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy. 

The consultant will make clear to all participating stakeholders especially children of all ages that they are under no obligation to participate in the evaluation.   

All participants will be assured that  there  will  be  no  negative  consequences  if  they  choose  not  to  participate.   

The consultant must obtain informed consent  from  all  participants,  including  children  and  their caregiver  if  a  child  is  to  be  interviewed.

The consultant must receive prior permission for taking and use of visual still/ moving images for specific purposes, i.e., ‘for evaluation report and presentations.  

 The consultant will assure the participants the anonymity, confidentiality and will assure the visual data is protected and used for agreed purpose only.

Note; SCI will cater for air cost to and from Juba only, stationary and accommodation of lead consultant while in the field.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online 


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