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Implementing partner for vocational training in Shan State

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Shan State, Myanmar
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Mid level
Posted date:
January 17, 2023
Close date:
January 31, 2023
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Job Description

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION

THE OFFICE OF THE ILO LIAISON OFFICER

Call for Expression of Interest - ILO/YGN/23/0216 January 2023

Title: Implementing partner for vocational training in Shan State

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Technical Cooperation Programme: “Achieving reduction of child labour in support of education:Programme to reduce the worst forms of child labour in agriculture(ARCL) ”

Location: Shan State

Type of contract: Implementing Partnership Agreement

Duration: 16 Feb 2023 to 15 Aug 2023 (6 months)

Closing date: 31 January 2023

Submission of applications: Expressions of interest must be submitted by email to: National Project Coordinator (email address under Apply button). International Labour Organization No. 1(A), Kanbae Road, Yankin Township, Yangon – Myanmar. Only shortlisted organisation will be contacted for further consultation process.

Background

• In Myanmar, school is mandatory until the age of 14 and - as per the Child RightsLaw - no child under 14 years is legally permitted to work. Hazardous work is prohibited for anyone under 18-years-old; yet, one in every 11 children in Myanmar is deprived of their childhood, health and education.

• The ILO works with partners at every level — from the village to the global stage— to eradicate child labour, boost compliance with international standards, strengthen capacity, implement local initiatives and advocate for change. According to the Labour Force Survey conducted in 2015 more than 10 per cent of children aged 5 to 17 years in Myanmar were found to be working, 9 out of every10 working children (1.1 million) were engaged in child labour, and more than half(over 600,000) were in hazardous work. About 27 per cent were aged 14 and younger.

• A study conducted by ILO Myanmar in late 20201 demonstrated that, among the 1,091 parents and children surveyed, 82 per cent of respondents noted a decrease in their household income and 41 per cent noted the loss of a job in the household, prompting nearly half to take up a loan during 2020. And due to the extended school closure in Myanmar (due to COVID-19 and political situation), 96 per cent of children interviewed were not attending school.

• Economic empowerment of youth under 18 is a key strategy towards the reduction and elimination of child labour in Myanmar. First, the prospects of being able to attain decent employment or self-employment is a strong long term motivational factor for children, and their families, to pursue education.. If the prospects of attaining economic empowerment through decent employment are slim, then children are more likely to drop out of school earlier to enter into child labour.

• In the current context of COVID-19 and the political situation in Myanmar, there is an urgent need to support vulnerable children who are at a higher risk of school drop-out and become a child labour. Thus, to ensure they remain in school and have access to quality education including TVET for older children, this term of reference provides a framework for interested entities to submit expression of interest in qualitative provisions of educational and/or vocational education setup in Shan State. Consultations with CSOs highlighted the need for materials, tools, equipment improvement, particularly for non-formal education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), entrepreneurship and financial literacy training.

• The selection of the target area can be based on the 2014 Census, 2015 LabourForce Survey, actual vulnerability at township level2 data developed by the Myanmar Information Management Unit or other reliable baseline data in Shan state to select the township(s), village track and/or target a village as a whole. The selection of the target group should be children, both male and female, and predominantly those working in the following sectors: agriculture, domestic work, street children and those exposed to commercial sexual exploitation.

• The target beneficiary of the project should be approximately 380 children aged between 5-17 years with risk of dropping out of school, and those who have already dropped out of school and are working in hazardous environments and any other activity incidental to the farming communities.

• In 2022, the project has conducted Education and Youth Employment training need assessment in both Mon and Shan states. This assessment has served as the baseline data for the implementation of the pilot intervention on the vocational and education support in Shan state. The study suggested that Development partners be it as International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), NonGovernmental or local organizations (L/NGOs), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) – can play a critical role in creating awareness on education opportunities and on how education can be a solid long term investment with higher and larger returns , setting up local centres to bridge schooling at the village and ward level and enabling students with marginal economic opportunities to gain access to learning tools.

• The ARC is seeking Implementing Agencies to conduct a study to collect baseline data to support the selection of target area(s) and beneficiaries, education support plan, and technical and vocational education and training plan at the community level in Shan state.

Objectives

This assignment aims to achieve the following objectives:

• to protect children from becoming child labourers by providing them with educational and training support and set up;

• to empower and increase the prospects of sustainable income to the families vulnerable to child labour through training and education setup and provisions of TVET for youth; and

• develop long term strategies for sustainable actions on child labour in the target communities

Scope of Task

The implementing partner is expected to carry out the following tasks.

A. Identification of the target areas, training needs and beneficiaries

• Identify and select the target areas (identify base line, collect data and information on the education and training needs that the project can support).

• Selection criteria for adult and youth beneficiaries who will qualify for the education and training set-up.

• Consult with local authorities and Village Development Committees (VDCs) to provide not only the project briefing but also build awareness and gain cooperation and collaboration.

• Conduct focus group discussions with and consult teachers, village leaders and community members to identify and contribute to school improvement plan that is inclusive and sustainable.

• Conduct focus group discussions with adults and youth beneficiaries to identify the needs and reflect the local situation and sentiment.

• Conduct focus group discussions and/or surveys on the local market situation for the types of work, services, products and goods that are in demand, the information will allow for targeted training and skilling for the appropriate sector, hence, providing sustainable and better job prospects and opportunities for youth and graduates of the training.

• Identify the possible and relevant vocational trainings in the selected areas through the consultation with stakeholders.

• Identify selection criteria for the adult and beneficiaries and youths for each of the training.

• Design educational interventions program and strategies based on the results from the focus group discussions and consultations with key stakeholders.

B. Education and Training Support

• Provide non-formal education support to 90 children aged between 5-17 years who are at higher risk of being school dropouts and 200 children aged between 15-17 years who already dropped out of school (training materials and support can include recreation kits, competitions, 3R’s Kit training, SCREAM training, school library activities, health talk, special talk on child labour, gender and other educational topic and IEC materials for school etc.)

C. Technical and vocational education and training support

• Conduct vocational trainings and how to start your business (based on the needs of the village and selection criteria) (90) youth age between 5-17 years. The promotion of local materials and training on creating added products is preferred.

• Sustain efforts by follow up plan and enhance the situation of starting of small businesses by youth and provide necessary support for the production of those value-added products by providing tools such as startup kits.

• Strengthen/provide business network and establish linkage to market/buyers and private sector.

Expected Outputs

1. Detailed work-plan including budget to be delivered.

2. Listing of the identified target area and target beneficiaries

3. Baseline survey report

4. Education Support

• Provide non-formal education support to 90 children aged between 5-17 years who are at higher risk of being school dropouts and 200 children aged between 15-17 years who already dropped out of school (training materials and support can include recreation kits, competitions, 3R’s Kit training, SCREAM training, school library activities, health talk, special talk on child labour, gender and other educational topic and IEC materials for school etc.)

5. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) delivery

• Series of vocational training provided and supported to 90 youth aged between 14-17 years (A total of 3 kinds of training in which 30 pax per training)

• Provide 50 start-up kits to youth.

• Establish 10 small businesses and create market linkages and business network;

6. Midterm technical and Expenditure report

7. Final Technical Report and Financial Expenditure Report.

Timeline

The Contractor may propose the timeframe for the study based on proposed activities. However, final report must be submitted by 15 August 2023. Following are the key activities and milestones with their indicative schedules and work duration:

Deliverables/Outputs (Timeline:)

1.Detailed work-plan including budget to be delivered. (16 Feb)

2.Listing of the identified target area and target beneficiaries (Feb)

3. Baseline survey report (Last week of March2023)

4. Education Support

• Provide non-formal education support to 90 children aged between 5-17 years who are at higher risk of being school dropouts and 200 children aged between 15-17 years who already dropped out of school (training materials and support can include recreation kits, competitions, 3R’s Kit training, SCREAM training, school library activities, health talk, special talk on child labour, gender and other educational topic and IEC materials for school etc.) (April to Aug 2023)

5. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) delivery

• Series of vocational training provided and supported to 90 youth aged between 14-17years (A total of 6 kinds of training or 6 times of training.)

• Provide 50 start-up kits to youth.

• Establish 10 small businesses and create market linkages and business network. (April to Aug 2023)

6. Midterm technical and Expenditure report (15 May 2023)

7. Final Technical Report and Financial Expenditure Report. (15 August 2023)

Budget

An estimated detailed budget for the above-mentioned outputs shall be submitted by the implementing partner.

Terms of Payment

➢ 1st payment: 30% upon the submission of workplan to the satisfaction of theILO.

➢ 2nd payment: 30% upon the submission of the listing of the identified target area and target beneficiaries for the education support and technical and vocational training, training materials to the satisfaction of the ILO.

➢ 3rd Payment: 30% upon acceptance of midterm narrative and financial report to the satisfaction of ILO.

➢ Final payment: 10% upon completion of the assignment and submission and approval of the final narrative and financial report to the satisfaction of the ILO. The implementation partner will keep all original bills and supporting documents(hotel, taxi, travel bills, boarding cards, etc.) for audit purposes, and will submit a certified statement of expenditure to the ILO on the prescribed format.

Duration of the activities tentative date

All activities must be conducted at community or township level as mentioned in above during the period 16 Feb 2023– 15 Aug 2023 (6 Months).

Recommended target participants

The targeted participants for this activity: youth and children, community members including parents, employers, school teachers and workers.

Recommended targeted areas for the interventions to reduce child labour activities

1. Hsipaw Township

2. Tangyan Township

3. Nansang Township

4. Taunggyi Township

5. Loilen Township

6. Kengtung Township

For intervention areas, interested organization/agency can apply to one or two townships.

Requirements

Interested organization/agency may provide proposals for pilot targeted villages of the township, and the technical proposal should include the components below.

• Organizational profile with information about other related assignments to the subject of this TOR. Knowledgeable organization with experience and staffing from the targeted areas are preferrable.

• At least two key references for these kinds of projects conducted in a satisfactory manner.

• Team’s structure to implement this assignment.

• Detailed strategy explaining how the implementation will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of this TOR and reflecting understanding and practicing the conflict sensitivity and do no harm philosophies.

• Curriculum Vitae of key project staffs must be included in the proposal.

Minimum qualifications for the Project Coordinator / team leader of the activities (who will bethe focal person):

• University degree or demonstrated evidence on equivalent experience.

• Must have prior experience implementing and managing vocational training,income generation projects, preferably in the context of Value ChainDevelopment.

• Prior experience in the development work in the capacity of Project Coordinatoror equivalent and must have been at least supervisor level.

• Skilled in technical reporting and in MS Office especially MS Word and Excel;

• Analytical and systematic

• Strong leadership and organizational skills

• Excellent management and people skills

• Good oral and written communication skills, preferably both English andMyanmar.

• No public negative record against the Do No Harm principle. A commercial proposal has to be submitted with detailed breakdown of the expenses.

Administration, Reporting and Coordination

The implementation agreement for this assignment will be issued by the ILO Liaison Office Myanmar. The implementing partner will report to the National Project Officer of child labour, ARCL project in the ILO Myanmar Office, and receive technical guidance from the Chief Technical Advisor for the ILO/Japan Multi-bilateral programme.

Application

Interested organization/agency is required to apply by submitting the technical proposal including detailed breakdown of the cost by 31 January 2023 (17:00). Application to National Project Coordinator – ILO/ARCL project-(email address under Apply button).

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