National consultant to support UNICEF in Tajikistan with coordinating its collaboration with the Ministry of Labour Migration and Population of Tajikistan (deadline extended – 19 May 2022)

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UNICEF Tajikistan Adolescent Development addresses the needs of adolescents and youth in the country while contributing to achievement of UNICEF global strategic vision on second decade and national priorities of Tajikistan.  The program focuses on adolescent health, education, skills, protection and the rights of adolescents in meaningfully contributing to the society. Tajikistan’s population is young, with 70% of population under 30 years  the country is at the early stage of demographic dividend, yet, is not able to benefit from it for economic growth and development. Despite increased access to education, children and adolescents are failing to improve learning and skills for life and work. Adolescents lack the skills required for successful transition from school to work life, cannot realize their full potential and maximize their contribution to their communities. 30% of young people aged 15-24 are NEET, 89 % of them being girls (LFS 2017). To address the barriers faced by young people and to benefit from the existing window of opportunity, UNICEF envisions and works to promote transferable skills and employability skills for supporting their transition from education to work life.

UNICEF CO in Tajikistan is moving towards integrated  approach to accelerate implementation of  skills, Innovation,  and employability including resilience building where Adolescent Competency Framework  that provides a framework for developing transferrable skills, competencies and innovation among adolescent girls and boys promoted through  Adolescents Innovation Labs (AIL) in the formal, and additional education setting and in other institutional setting such as Youth center of Committee of Youth and Sport and the TVET system of Ministry of Labor Migration and Employment of Population (MoLMEP) and will be linked to other initiatives such as Technology for Girls, ICT skills for employment,  Impact sourcing. Aligning multiple skill development initiatives is expected to complement each of the initiatives to converge on young people/target audience in coherent manner to achieve better value for money and strengthen the human centric approach to programming. 

UNICEF CO in Tajikistan is collaborating with the MoLMEP of Tajikistan in different areas including helping youth gain transferrable skills and gaining employment through distance microwork. UNICEF is in the process of establishing at scale intervention to promote skills and competency for resilience strengthening, peace building and promoting innovative approach to economic empowerment of young people from displaced, in this context UNICEF is aiming to support MoLMEP to re-align some of its vocational education and adult learning programme to match the needs of communities through an Accelerated skills learning programme. This accelerated learning system within the existing TVET programs will be implemented with short term upskilling programs and the same will be documented for future scaleup. In collaboration with trelavant ministries UNICEF also seeks to link the TVET system with private sector to have access to market-aligned training courses, internship and apprenticeships.

 PURPOSE :

To support UNICEF CO in Tajikistan in its collaboration with relevant ministries and private sector with an aim of understanding the current vocational education system, similar systems in other countries and support UNICEF and MoLMEP in developing a road map and linked business continuity plan to re-align the vocational education to the short-term need of selected vulnerable population. Based on the plan, support the technical team to develop an  accelerated skills learning program to be rolled out in selected areas and build critical partnerships to connect skills building to employment opportunities.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

All activities under this consultancy will be designed in coordination with UNICEF team. The following tasks will be some of the main responsibilities of the Consultant:

  1. Desk review and study of the current existing vocational education system in Tajikistan and other global best practices. Match the same with the vision of MoLEP, National Development Plan 2030 and other directives through engagement with relevant ministries.
  2. Based on the desk review, stakeholder consultations and existing/ongoing studies and global experience prepare a report with recommendations to MoLMEP on how to strengthen the existing vocational education and skill development system to suit the needs of young people and devise a roadmap of collaboration for UNICEF and MOLMEP.

Including a pathway for youth in NEET to go through Innovation Labs of UNICEF, Impact Hubs within MoLMEP or short courses of TVET, gain ICT and other market aligned skills to gain employment through distance job platforms.

  1. Coordinate and involve relevant stakeholders to develop an Accelerated learning system within the existing TVET program to match the needs of vulnerable youth (instead of 2 year courses, offering short term 2-3 month courses).
  2. Develop strategic alliances with relevant ministries, private sector and young people themselves and connect TVET system with employment opportunities or internships, traineeships and apprenticeship programmes and entrepreneurial ventures for vulnerable young people.
  3. Develop a Business continuity plan for the ongoing Distant Jobs/Impact sourcing which is implemented by UNICEF with support of EU and in partnership with MoLEP.
    1. Review the researches conducted in Tajikistan and other countries on microwork and distance employment opportunities, the existing impact hubs and the legal landscape to support it and based on this review propose the system changes required to scale distance microwork in Tajikistan for youth, specifically focusing on youth in NEET.

KEY DELIVERABLES/TIMEFRAME/PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

 

 

                 Task/milestone

Deliverables/Outputs

 

Number of Days

 

Timeline

Payment schedule

Meetings with UNICEF staff, MoLMEP and other relevant ministries, visiting Innovation Labs, impact Hubs and other programs

Inception Report

 

A detailed workplan for the next 10 months

 

 

 

1 month

 

 

May -June 2022

 

 

On monthly basis

Desk reviews and field visits. Stake holder consultations and consultations with vulnerable young people including support to a Needs assessment )

Report with recommendation for Accelerated learning programme

 

Draft Roadmap of collaboration with UNICEF and MOLMEP

2 months

June-July  2022

Coordinate the development and roll out of the first batch of  Accelerated Learning plan (Minimum one batch of Accelerated learning programme rolled out by appropriate partners)

Accelerated Learning – implementation plan and coordination report

2 months

Aug-Sep. 2022

Review and study the landscape analysis on accelerating employability in Tajikistan, engage with stakeholders and youth .

Present the final roadmap for UNICEF to work with relevant ministries to accelerate skills for employment 

1 month

Oct. 2022

Coordinate and involve necessary stakeholders in receiving feed back for the accelerated  learning programme and record the same

Final draft plan for Accelerated learning  with recommendations to scale-up presented to UNICEF

1months

 Nov. 2022

Continue review details of Impact sourcing/ microwork in other countries and understand legal landscape of Tajikistan

Develop a business continuity plan with milestones and policy  recommendations for Impact Hubs to be scaled up in the country.

 

System/legal landscape changes

 

Implementation Roadmap

1 months

Dec.2022

Total

 

8 months

May-Dec. 2022

Final key deliverables:

  1. Inception report with clear plan for delivering tasks assigned in the assignment with final timeline.
  2. Draft Evidence informed Road map for aligning Vocational training to short-term need of young people.
  3. Draft Business continuity plan for short-term vocational education training for economic empowerment of young people.
  4. Final programme report of the Accelerated skill learning programme

  Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:

 Some of the performance indicators of the consultancy would be as follows. The rest of the indicators will be developed together with the ADAP Section of UNICEF CO and the chosen consultant:

  • The strategies developed
  • The roadmaps proposed
  • The number of partnership generated to support youth in remote employment
  • The strategies accepted and implemented by the governmental agencies (or accepted and started the implementation process)

 QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 The evaluation of the results will be based on:

  • Technical and professional competence (quality of product delivered to UNICEF)
  • Scope of the work (complexity and number of tasks carried out)
  • Quality of work (costing methodology used, draft sustainability plan proposed, and final report submitted)
  • Quantity of work (incl. number of documents reviewed; meetings facilitated etc.)

 Skills and qualifications:

 The consultant applying must be of good repute with relevant experience in the technical areas referred to in this TOR. The following skills and experience are required:

  • Advanced University Degree in any relevant area of study, Social Science and Education or Economics, Business Administration.
  • Good knowledge of Vocational Education, education, skills development  programmes as well as social and economic development programme.
  • Good knowledge of Tajikistan Education system, Vocational Education in particular, it’s legislation, structure and practices.
  • Strong strategic planning, writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to balance attention to details with prioritizing work in order to meet deadlines.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the related field of work;
  • Experience in the private sector and international work experience considered as advantage.

 

Language: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English.
  • Knowledge of Russian and/or Tajik.

REQUIREMENTS:

 Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application/CV.
  2. A brief technical proposal with the proposed methodology/approach to managing the project, showing understanding of tasks.
  3. Financial quote for the consultancy in TJS per deliverable, stating also the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate (as well as travel and subsistence costs, as applicable).
  4. Minimum two Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables.
  5. At least two references.

Queries can be sent to [email protected]  with the subject line “National consultant to support UNICEF CO in Tajikistan”. Applications must be received in the system by 19/05/2022 (deadline extended) on our website.

Travel costs and daily sustenance allowance (DSA) will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible cost.

Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

The Consultancy will be carried out under supervision of Chief, ADAP Section, and technical guidance of Adolescent Development Officer (Skills).

Please indicate your availability/ start date of consultancy and rate per deliverable and approximate daily in TJS to undertake the terms of reference above. 

Financial Proposal

Please provide a rate all-inclusive price (in Somoni) for delivery of professional services in accordance with the assignments described under this TOR.

The formula for the rating of the Financial Proposals will be as follows:

FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100

Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible cost.

Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance

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Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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