Development of a National Framework for Adolescents and Youth Career and Skills Development for the Ministry of General Education
Jobs at:Restless Development Zambia
Deadline of this Job:
06 August 2021
Within Zambia , Zambia , South - Central Africa
Date Posted: Monday, August 02, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Terms of Reference:
Development of a National framework for adolescents and youth career and skills development for the Ministry of General Education
Purpose of the Consultancy:
Restless Development Zambia has, through the Zambian Girls 2030 Project, committed to contribute towards the development of a scalable sustainable national career and skill development model to reach in school girls. It is with this background that Restless Development Zambia therefore seeks the services of a suitably qualified and innovative expert to lead a process that will see the development of a framework that will inform and guide the successful national scale-up of career and skills development under the Ministry of General Education.
As per its 7th National Development Plan, the Government of the Republic of Zambia has made human capital development its priority, especially in connection with reducing youth unemployment. In this regard, the Plan highlights the importance of increasing opportunities for girls to complete secondary education and transition to work, as well as the key role of internships, skills development opportunities and learning in schools and the workplace.
As strong mutually reinforcing partners, the Zambian Ministry of General Education (MoGE), UNICEF and Restless Development Zambia (RDZ) have been collaborating for 6 years to support Zambian girls to complete secondary school and engage in learning activities to successfully transition into adulthood and the workforce.
The Zambian Girls 2030 project is an initiative of the Ministry of General Education funded by UNICEF and in partnership with Restless Development Zambia. The project aims to increase transition and retention rates of adolescents through career guidance and mentoring, financial education and entrepreneurship skills training. From 2016 to 2021, it was implemented in 350 rural schools of Northern and Southern provinces. To help meet its objectives, the project facilitates school-level Career and Skills Clubs, career camps and internships.
With the project coming to an end and to sustain efforts that support girls’ completion of secondary school and transition in economic activities, one of the final project objectives is to have developed “By 2021, a sustainable national model for youth career and skills development is developed through evidence and human centered design approach and consultations, anchored in the local public and private structures”. Project partners are therefore seeking a consultant to help draft a national framework for adolescents and youth career and skills development, a document endorsed by MoGE that guides all actors (MoGE staff, schools, private sector partners, other Ministries, CSOs and development partners) in supporting learners learning the skills needed to successfully enter the workforce after school completion.
A National framework for adolescents and youth career and skills development for the Ministry of General Education in Zambia
The consultant will use a variety of information sources to put together the document:
• background documents from the Ministry of General Education, such as the Education Policy, the Skills Development Guidelines, etc
• international documents guiding skills development for the 21st century
• national planning documents such as the seventh national development plan and other ministries relevant documents
• lessons learned and evaluation from the Zambian girl 2030 project
• key informant interviews and focus group discussions to be conducted by the consultant with school personnel, parents, ministry of general education staff, UNICEF and RDZ staff, private sector institutions
• Consultation with young people
Partners are interested in the replication and scalability of career and skills development interventions at a national level. The purpose of this framework is to package, for the Ministry of General Education and other stakeholders interested in the career and skills development, opportunities, structures and resources available for schools to support youth to develop/acquire skills (incl. what skills to develop, a model that can be easily implemented and managed by the Ministry of General education and schools without the assistance and presence of Restless Development Zambia or UNICEF).
The framework is to be used by the MoGE in Zambia. It will also be shared with and presented to key partners and stakeholders of the MoGE, including private institutions keen to support skills development in partnership with schools. The consultant will be expected to produce draft framework so that the feedback from UNCIEF, MoGE and RDZ can be gathered and incorporated before the submission of the final document.
Technical Supervision – Role of Parties Involved
The consultant will be supervised by RDZ, including regular follow up meetings expected and to the extent that the document produced by the consultant will have to be reviewed and approved by RDZ Hub Director.
His/her work will have to satisfy Ministry of General Education, UNICEF and RDZ.
Constant support will include the sharing of key documents with the consultant and the logistical support so as to organize key interviews. However, the consultant should be willing and able to also participate in the effort to gather needed documents and support the organization of interviews/consultations.
S/he should also expect to be asked to present his/her work to partners in a sharing session so as to gather inputs and feedback.
The Consultant must be able to demonstrate the following experience and expertise:
• Proven work experience in the use of participatory data gathering methods;
• Demonstrated experience assessing and analyzing complex situations in order to succinctly and clearly distil critical issues;
• Experience in delivering with flexibility quality products in high stress and short deadline situations
• Proven understanding of the education sector is an asset
The consultant will be expected to demonstrate the following:
• Excellent written and presentation skills (English)
• Excellent analytical and writing skills;
• Strong communication skills
• Must be a self-starter and be able to work independently with excellent demonstrated teamwork, coordination and facilitation skills;
• Ability to work in a multicultural team environment and to deliver under pressure/meet deadlines
• Ability to network with partners on various levels
• Comfortable with the necessary computer skills.
• Knowledge of local languages would be an asset.
• A university degree at the postgraduate level in the social sciences, management or other relevant field of study
The consultant will be expected to work from home and is expected to use his her/his own computer to deliver the assignment. Depending on the Covid situation, s/he can be expected to meet physically with staff, schools or partners – otherwise, distance arrangements will have to be made by the consultant.
Job Experience: No Requirements
Work Hours: 8
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree
Job application procedure
Interested candidate should submit to RDZ:
• A CV highlighting relevant and similar experiences (including references from previous assignments).
• A letter of interest detailing why they have the needed skills to successfully carry out the assignment, explanations on similar work example, approach they would take.
• A financial proposal.
• The deadline for submitting applications is 06 August 2021 at midnight Zambia time.
• Send your Applications to [email protected] indicating subject as “APPLICATION_YOUR NAME_ZG 2030 CONSULTANT.“
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
Women and young candidates are strongly encouraged to apply