Technical Advisor, Skills Development
Banjul (Gambia the)
Job Code Title: Technical Advisor, Skills development
Organization/Department: International Trade Centre (ITC)/ Office for Africa (OA)
Reports to: Project Manager YEP, OA, ITC
Duty Station: Banjul (with travels)
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Post Category: SB-5 (max Peg 3)
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, focusing in particular on developing the export capabilities of small and medium-sized businesses in developing and transition economies. ITC is 100% "Aid for Trade", supporting trade that delivers inclusive and sustainable development results. ITC’s mandate covers all developing countries and transition economies with special emphasis on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDs) Fragile States and Sub-Saharan Africa. ITC Headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITC projects and programmes contribute to the global efforts to achieve UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Aid for Trade agenda. ITC works at three levels:
Strengthening the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy,
Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and enhancing the abilities of trade support institutions to better support them,
Improving the international competitiveness of SMEs.
About the Jobs, Skills and Finance (JSF) for Women and Youth in The Gambia
The “Jobs, Skills and Finance (JSF) for Women and Youth in The Gambia” Programme funded by the 11th European Development Fund and contributes to stabilizing the economic, social and security situation of the country during the democratic transition by facilitating social inclusion and employment of the youth and women, with a specific emphasis on promoting gender equality and addressing climate change. The overall intervention logic for the project includes three complimentary result areas:
- green and climate resilient local investments through “cash-for-work” and procurement to local MSMEs (under the LoCAL mechanism - ER 1.1)
- skills development programmes (ER1.2).
- improved access to finance (ER 2.1).
JSF implemented by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF – lead agency) in collaboration with ITC. The scope of ITC’s support focuses on improving the relevance, effectiveness and accessibility of vocational and technical training to improve employability and job creation (ER 1.2). The target beneficiaries are youth and women in the rural Gambia (North Bank Region, Lower River Region and Central River Region). The project has an overarching focus on promoting a green economy which will guide the identification and selection of economic sectors of opportunities such as renewable energy, sustainable construction and eco-tourism, soil and water management, climate-smart agriculture, agroforestry, agro-processing and agro-marketing, in line with the menu of investments of the local investments (LoCAL) mechanism. The project will also support the government in providing strategic direction and coordination at national and regional level for a market-oriented TVET system, strengthen the capacity of training providers and effectiveness of their services, and support the roll-out of training opportunities for youth and women. The TVET component of JSF covers the following areas:
Development of a National TVET Roadmap and skill gap assessment for priority sectors: the project will support the government in providing strategic direction and coordination at national and regional level by facilitating the development of a National TVET Roadmap. In keeping with The Gambia’s National Development Pan and building on existing assessments and strategies, the National TVET Roadmap will help create consensus for action among public and private stakeholders on key strategic decisions. It will help define priorities for TVET investments and upgrading of training offers; facilitate coordination and coherence of initiatives in support of TVET development at the national and regional level (including guidance for decentralization of training offerings in rural Gambia); support the creation of knowledge platforms; and identify capacity building needs. The TVET Roadmap will be complemented by the establishment of a coordination framework to create a demand-driven TVET system responsive to labour market needs and related capacity building support.
Increased value proposition (quality, affordability and accessibility) of training offerings to youths and women in target regions: the project will facilitate the expansion of training services to rural communities with a focus on sectors conducive to building a greener and more resilient local economy such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, eco-construction or sustainable tourism. A competitive, results-based approach will be applied in disbursing funds to training providers to ensure that training programmes address the needs of Gambian youth and women in rural communities and target employment and/or self-employment outcomes. The project will also strengthen the capacity of existing training institutions and provide support in reviewing, updating their curriculum, teaching material, and acquiring equipment. The revision of the curriculum will be done jointly with sector stakeholders, including representatives from the educational public sector (MoHERST and NAQAA) and the private sector.
Improved quality of informal skills training and apprenticeship programmes. The project will support the “recognition of prior learning” and facilitate the placement of graduates in Gambian companies through internship, traineeship and apprenticeship programmes as an important avenue for skills development and job creation. Synergies will be drawn with cash for work programme to enhance on-the-job learning opportunities available to youth and women.
The scope and priorities of the technical and vocational education and trainings will be informed by the menu of investments for performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRG) provided by the JSF project under result 1.1 as well as the sector of economic opportunities. The latter will be captured by the TVET roadmap designed and validated with partners. The selection of the sectors of economic opportunities are guided by the findings from previous assessments such as the Youth and Trade Roadmaps that identified gaps and priorities in the tourism, agribusiness and ICT related sectors as well as other relevant assessment and development plans by the government such as the MSME cluster development strategy. The sectors of economic opportunities pursued by JSF will balance the strategic priorities and plans for economic decentralization at national level with tangible opportunities in the priority regions.
UNCDF and ITC will create synergies and complementarities as UNCDF provides capital/access to finance solutions that will create skills demand (under the “Local Climate Adaptive Living” or “LoCAL” facility), while the ITC component will contribute to skills development. In addition, the business and entrepreneurs whose skills have been developed will also have access to capital/ finance through the UNCDF project activities. ITC will collaborate with institutional training providers in the vocational training and education sector. ITC project will also work with providers of non-formal training schemes focusing on-the-job learning and apprenticeship programmes. The project will develop partnerships with private sector associations and companies to seek market-oriented skills development and to facilitate dissemination of training services in a sustainable fashion.
The position will be based in the ITC office in the Gambia which is responsible for the efficient and effective implementation of the project component. The Technical Adviser, Skills Development will work under the supervision of the ITC Programme Manager and in close collaboration with the whole JSF team including the JSF Programme Manager, technical staff responsible for the implementation of other project components as well as field officers stationed in priority regions.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Function / Expected Results: Technical guidance for skills development
- Collect data about the existing skills training offered in the Gambia with a focus on rural Gambia (North Bank Region, Lower River Region and Central River Region) and promoting a green economy (e.g. renewable energy, sustainable construction and eco-tourism, soil and water management, climate-smart agriculture, agroforestry, agro-processing and agro-marketing;
- Identify gaps in vocational and training offerings in priority sectors according to labour market demands and with a special focus on needs from women and youth;
- Support government stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of the TVET roadmap;
- Facilitate stakeholder consultations and develop related agendas, concepts and reports;
- Promote dialogue between the local industry and training providers to develop partnerships in skill development
- Facilitate the establishment of knowledge platforms for public and private providers of vocational and technical training:
- Identify implementing partners to be engaged by the project for skills development in priority sectors:
- Review and assess proposals submitted by project partners in view of relevance and effectiveness for the project;
- Identify needs for upgrading of existing curricula and content manuals in priority sectors based on economic opportunities and labour market needs:
- Contribute to the development of technical concept notes and reports;
- Assist in the selection of training beneficiaries for the project, screen and monitor beneficiaries;
- Contribute to the development and review annual work plans with local counterparts;
- Explore link between different project components;
- Participate and contribute to technical meetings;
- Facilitate capacity building workshops and advisory services for implementing partners in the area of service delivery and operational efficiency;
- Prepare project progress reports and organize the collection of data and information for project reporting against the project monitoring and results
- Identify and disseminate good practices and lessons learnt;
- Keep abreast with developments in the country and identify synergies and opportunities with other projects and initiatives;
- Undertake other tasks assigned by the supervisor in support of efficient implementation of the project.
Functions / Key Results Expected
- Project priorities and capacity building needs identified
- Well planned and timed project activities
- Results-focused project interventions
- Efficient and coordinated implementation of project activities with stakeholders
- Timely reporting towards ITC Headquarters and EU
Impact of Results
- Achievement of delivery targets and results as outlined in the project work plans
- Effective national capacity building of national stakeholders and beneficiaries by the project
- Strengthened partnerships with national stakeholders and expanded partnership with relevant government agencies and private sector
- Good communication and positive image of the project in The Gambia
ITC’S VALUES are: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
ITC’S CORE COMPETENCIES are: Communication, Teamwork, Planning & Organizing, Accountability, Creativity, Client Orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Technological awareness.
ITC’S MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES are: Vision, Leadership, Empowering Others, Managing Performance, Building Trust, and Judgment/Decision making.
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- Strong problem solving and analytical skills
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work with stakeholders from different backgrounds and industries
- Ability to identify priority activities and assignments and adjust priorities as required
- Ability to work with accuracy under time constraints and pressure in a stressful environment; with patience, tactfulness, maintain confidentiality, take initiative and exercise good judgment
- Proven skills and knowledge in private sector development and good understanding of the private sector needs and required business development services in The Gambia
- Demonstrated knowledge of challenges related to employment for youth and women
- Extensive knowledge of and experience in skills development and vocational training fields, including at the strategic level
- Specific knowledge about technical and vocational training offerings in the area of agriculture, agro-processing and renewable energy (including related curricula and content manuals used by training institutions) is an asset
- Good understanding of needs and trends in green economy and related implications for vocational and technical training needs
- Computer literacy
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Work experience:
- Master Degree or equivalent in economics, international trade, Business Administration, Development Studies or related field.
With Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of technical assistance, including some experience in project management, administration or related field
A Bachelor’s degree in international trade, Business Administration, Development Studies or related field
With 7 years’ experience in the field of technical assistance including some experience in project management, administration or related field
- Advanced English with excellent written and oral communication skills is essential
- Knowledge of local languages is a plus
Required knowledge and skills:
- Demonstrated knowledge of challenges to private sector development and employment creation in The Gambia;
- Very good understanding of public institutions in The Gambia and their mandates as well as of private sector needs and expectations;
- Demonstrated knowledge in technical and vocational training including at the strategic level;
- Knowledge about green economy and related priorities for technical and vocational training services, particularly in agriculture;
- A positive track record in working in multi-stakeholder environment;
- Excellent drafting and communication skills
Desirable knowledge and skills:
- Knowledge of the UN system and procedures or experience of EU-related projects would be an asset.