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International Expert Study Research on Financing TVET in the Arab Region

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Banking and Finance
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-13

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Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Beirut

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 13/06/2021


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



UNESCO Beirut Office is currently seeking a consultant to conduct study research and guidelines on Financing Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) in the Arab Region. This assignment is intended to assess the present TVET financing systems of different countries across the region, detect their strength and weakness, identify opportunities for reforming the TVET financing systems, and provide practical guidelines in forming feasible TVET financing models both at national and regional levels. It aims to strengthen the capacity to mobilize the means to develop and reinforce effective TVET, further transforming the current supply-driven system to the one responsive to the evolving needs of industries and labour markets.

The purpose of the Study Research on Financing TVET in the Arab Region is to assess the present system relative to TVET financing in Arab states with its strength and weakness, and identify opportunities for reforming the TVET financing systems and for widening the scope of financing TVET. The study report is intended to cover the whole Arab region, contributing to the implementation of Target 4.7 of SDG 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Consistent with the mandate, the Project will be hiring a consultant to:

- Undertake comprehensive research and analysis regarding TVET financing systems in the region, through desk review, literature review, analyses, etc;

- Form a regional report on financing TVET in the Arab region, and present a financing TVET model as an outcome of the study;

- Provide a practical guideline for the TVET stakeholders of the member states and the region to form effective TVET financing models at national and regional levels. The practical guideline shall include, but not limited to (public-private partnerships, financing Work-based Learning (WBL) mechanisms, training levies and training programmes funds, gender-sensitive funding, TVET systems self-funding etc.). The guidelines shall provide TVET funding best practices from other countries to benefit Arab States.

- Organize two-three online training sessions for delivering the research content and guidelines to key TVET stakeholders and managers.



  • Produce a regional report on financing TVET which identify challenges, practices, alternative funding sources and tools to support policymakers and TVET practitioners to develop efficient and effective mechanisms for financing TVET Systems;
  • Organize online training sessions around the study and guideline for key TVET stakeholders and managers for raising awareness, and share relevant knowledge regarding the issue;
  • Inform TVET policymakers and practitioners on how to design and manage effective funding mechanisms to support TVET Systems;
  • Provide policy advice and guidelines to TVET policymakers and key stakeholders to identify alternative methods for funding TVET and exploring how the existing financial resources could optimally be utilized;
  • Enhance and strengthen capacities of TVET policymakers and practitioners for widening the scope of financing TVET.

Please find the detailed description of the position in the attached TOR.

Long Description Long Description COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


Relevant academic qualifications, preferably in disciplines such as education, technical and vocational education studies, public policy, economics, labour market, development studies, and other appropriate fields of social science.


At least seven years of professional experience in TVET & skills development systems

Demonstrated technical proficiency in TVET institutions and systems

Experience in conducting researches in the field of education through collecting and analyzing data and preparing & presenting data; specifically, experience conducted research on TVET will be preferable

Solid experience in developing practical guidelines & technical manuals on TVET and in particular financing TVET systems

Relevant knowledge & experience in economics and labour market research and analysis and mechanisms of building partnerships between TVET institutions and LM institutions and policy making

Extensive experience in economics, management of TVET institutions, TVET governance, policy and strategy development & in mechanisms of building/strengthening partnerships between TVET institutions and LM institutions

Experience of developing financing mechanism of Sector Wide Approach in TVET will be an advantage

Published academic work is encouraged to attach & share when applying for the position

Knowledge and experience working with government ministries, UN systems, private sector & development organizations/partners in the region will be an asset


A comprehensive understanding of the TVET situation in the Arab region

Proven expertise & excellence in academic research & reporting, both in quantitative and qualitative methods

Ability to carry out and deliver research in a timely manner

Language skills

Fluent written and spoken English is required; good knowledge of Arabic is a plus


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