NOB (DC) DW4YM 1
Vacancy no.: DC/NAMPULA/NO/2023/05
Publication date: 11 May 2023
Application deadline (midnight Zambian local time): 25 May 2023
Job ID: 10810
Organization Unit: CO-Lusaka
Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract duration: 1 year
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Mozambique is endowed with ample arable land, water, energy, as well as mineral resources and newly discovered natural gas offshore; three, deep seaports; and a relatively large potential pool of labour. Agriculture is the mainstay of the country’s economy accounting for 20 per cent of the GDP in 2020, employing about 79 per cent of the labour force and accounting for about 25 per cent of export earnings.
Since the end of the civil war in early nineties, Mozambique has been one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa with an average real GDP growth of 7.4 per cent (1993 – 2015) (UNDP). Mozambique’s strong economic performance owes to a combination of sound macroeconomic management, several large-scale foreign-investment projects in the extractives sector and significant donor support. However, this growth, has not been equitable and has not delivered the expected results in terms of employment creation and poverty reduction. Poverty remains high, with highest rates recorded in Cabo Delgado, Zambezia and Tete regions. Women, youth, children, and people with disabilities are the most affected and make up the larger portion of the poor in Mozambique.
The Government of Mozambique acknowledges that poverty, unemployment, skills gap and the lack of basic infrastructure are the most pervasive problems that the country is confronted with and is committed to broad based policy reforms and programmes meant to address these interconnected challenges. A number of bi/multi-national development partners, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), are supporting these efforts.
In this regard, the ILO with the support of IFAD is implementing a technical assistance project meant to create more and better employment opportunities for vulnerable youth, women and People with Disabilities (PWD) in Northern Mozambique, with a specific focus on rural economic development.
The goal is to support vulnerable youth’s socio-economic integration into the labour market and to increase their employability and economic productivity with a focus priority sectors including agriculture, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. This will be facilitated through an integrated approach to technical and entrepreneurial skills development linked to employment intensive interventions and agribusiness value addition activities in selected locations. The project will have three interconnected and complementary components namely skills development, sustainable enterprise development as well as employment intensive infrastructure works.
Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Country office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique and the direct supervision and guidance of the ILO Project Manager (PM), the SKILLS-NPC will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Decent Work for Youth in Mozambique (DW4YM) project with a special focus on skills development for youth employability and the development of sectoral work-based learning approaches in collaboration with the private sector, and the integration of these initiatives into the local Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.
The incumbent will work in close liaison with the EIIP-NPC, the project team, government counterparts and social partners to create synergy and impact in project delivery. The SKILLS-NPC will also work closely with the Skills Development and Lifelong Learning Specialist DWT CO-Pretoria, who will provide technical backstopping to this specific area of work. When relevant, he/she will also interact with other members of the ILO Decent Work Team in Pretoria.
The SKILLS-NPC shall, in general, support the design, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all project activities relating to skills development, across the two project outcomes, by facilitating: 1) access to skills for improved employability of youth through curricula development, skills training as part of employment intensive infrastructure works, and enhanced demand-driven TVET institutions and 2) access to work-based learning opportunities and entrepreneurial training for young women and youth through the institutionalisation of partnerships between TVET centres and private enterprises.
1. Coordinate project activities aimed at building the capacities of local TVET institutions and sectoral-based technical training institutions through curricula development / revision, development of teaching materials and training of trainers for sector specific occupations.
2. Facilitate joint work among implementing partners for the identification, planning, and implementation of skills development initiatives, training programmes and work-based learning in a way that they enhance the employability of youth.
3. Identify and activate public private partnerships between enterprises and TVET centres to facilitate the institutionalisation of work-based learning in the target provinces.
4. Support the design and monitoring of institutional capacity enhancement and rehabilitation of TVET training facilities.
5. Prepare background information, project and technical briefs as well as inception studies, baseline and country context to support the design and implementation of skills development strategies and activities.
6. Organizing and conducting awareness workshops and meetings as well as leading the development of technical guidelines, field manuals and publications on skills development and lifelong learning.
7. Monitor progress of all skills-related interventions by reviewing, verifying and analysing work plans, progress reports, final reports and other data for clarity, consistency, and completeness. This includes the provision of inputs to develop and adopt simplified technical and managerial tools necessary for the planning, implementation and monitoring of project activities
8. Assist in the monitoring and control of usage of project resources and prepare budget estimates and expenditure forecasts by analysing skills-related activities and providing regular feedback to the PM on proposed actions.
9. Provide input in the preparation of technical reports and periodic progress reports and statistical data on status of the overall activities of the Project in English and Portuguese.
10. Ensure the visibility of ILO in all project activities and actively participate in resource mobilisation for similar projects.
11. Contribute to knowledge generation and sharing among ILO, IFAD and REFP in the area of skills development and at UNCT and ILO Office level, with a particular focus on providing technical inputs to concept notes and project proposals, based on the lessons learned and with a view to possible replication in other countries.
12. Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.
First level university degree with relevant experience in economics, development studies, social science, vocational training, or any related field.
At least three years of professional experience at the national level in the area of skills development, lifelong learning or work-based learning, and familiarity with the skills and Technical and Vocational Education and Training systems in the country.
Proven experience in the successful implementation of skills development/TVET related projects (in Mozambique or in other countries), by working effectively with national and/or local government bodies in charge of education, training and curricula development and other development partners would be an asset. Past experience working with the ILO or other UN agencies will be an added advantage.
Excellent command of English and a good working knowledge of written and spoken Portuguese.
• Good knowledge of social and economic development, including labour and employment trends and of the mandate and structure of labour market institutions, in Mozambique.
• Good knowledge of the context and challenges for the project areas of expertise (skills for employability).
• Good knowledge of project management, including project formulation, administration and evaluation concepts and procedures.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret project background history, to clarify information, to identify and analyse problems and suggest solutions during project implementation.
• Ability to understand and effectively work with Government, workers and employers’ organisations, non-governmental organisations and UN agencies; ability to maintain good working relationships with all project stakeholders.
• Ability to establish and maintain systems within project operations.
• Ability to work independently, quickly, precisely, and take initiative and responsibility, as well as ability to work as a member of a team and to deal with people with diplomacy.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to successfully advocate and mobilise action, in English and Portuguese.
• Ability to conduct action-oriented research and write analytical technical reports, in English and Portuguese.
• Ability to lead and work in a team and good interpersonal relations
• Ability to train and guide personnel.
• Ability to work in diversified environments
• Clear commitment to mainstream gender into project activities.
• Ability to work under time pressure, manage multiple tasks and work streams and meet deadlines.
• Knowledge of ILO financial rules and regulations is an additional asset.
• Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, web-browsers and database applications, among others).
• Ability to develop training materials and material development skills, alternative courses of action, project proposals, policy, procedural matters and present them at high-level meetings.
• Ability to develop positive partnerships within and outside ILO, including with institutions relevant to the area of expertise.
• Proven ability to take ownership of all responsibilities, to act with integrity and transparency by maintaining social, ethical and organisational norms, and to meet all commitments within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position.
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