Terms of Reference for a senior International Short Term Expert (ISTE) in Training Needs Analysis an

1. Project background
Islamic Relief Palestine (IRPAL), in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is responsible for the implementation of a new TVET/LM project entitled Enhancing Youth Employability in the Gaza Strip. The overall goal of the Enhancing Youth Employability (EYE) project is to improve youth employability in the Gaza Strip while, at the same time, improving the overall TVET system in the Gaza Strip.
Project aim
To enhance the employability of young men and women in the Gaza Strip through an improved and unified TVET system with public TVET centres providing trainees with labour market relevant skills and employment services
Project objectives
1. Palestinian national TVET/LM strategies are adopted by relevant ministries in Gaza
2. The capacity of public TVET institutions in Gaza is revitalised in terms of improved working processes and human resources are enabled to deliver employment orientated training in selected priority occupations
3. Vocational training in selected occupations is delivered to national standards and successful trainees are employed
The EYE project, which will be implemented during the period January 2013 to December 2015, also aims to improve opportunities for young Gazan women to access quality TVET provision and the long-term capacity of Islamic Relief to design and implement high quality TVET/LM initiatives in the Gaza Strip in the future.
The project has been developed within the overall framework of the National Palestinian TVET Strategy (revised 2010) and will support the implementation of key elements of this strategy in the Gaza Strip.
The EYE project will achieve its objectives through a combination of TVET institution building, human resource development, curricula development and labour market initiatives.
These ToR relate specifically to the EYE Project’s staff capacity building and human resource development component.

2. Missions focus
The main purpose of the two missions is
(i) To undertake a comprehensive competency-based Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
(ii) Based on this TNA to develop a detailed Human Resources Development (HRD) plan for the following key groups of EYE project stakeholders:

  • Three TVET Centre of Competence (CoC) staff including management, trainers and administration
  • MoEHE, MoL, and MoWA staff1 involved in TVET policy, planning and provision
  • IRPAL staff involved in TVET policy, planning and provision
  • Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and project Working Groups (2) members
  • Relevant employer/employee groups/organisations and NGOs

3. Timing and duration
The senior ISTE will carry out two missions totalling 60 working days in the Gaza Strip in June/July (first mission) and August/October (second mission) 2013. Each mission will last for approximately 30 working days. These 60 working days include four travel days.

4. ISTE duties/activities

The senior ISTE will

during the first mission:

  •  Review all relevant project documentation
  •  Prepare and agree, with EYE project staff, a methodology2 for both missions, (to include a specific role for a Local STE who will be available for 80 working days to assist the ISTE to carry out this assignment)
  • Familiarise him/herself with the current and changing context in Gaza in relation to the TVET sector
  • Conduct meetings/field visits with/to key stakeholders listed in Section 2 above
  • When possible, attend PAC and Working Group meetings as an observer
  • Carry out a comprehensive TNA, showing required knowledge, skills and attitudes/behaviours, for the key stakeholders listed in Section 2 above and prepare an integrated draft TNA Report. In broad terms, this TNA will identify existing competencies, identify training needs, prioritise any training and development required at individual and team level, and identify strengths and weaknesses within teams and groups. This will link strongly to the competency based modular training programme described in the second mission below
  • Present the draft TNA to the PAC/IRPAL TVET Project Team for discussion, amendment and finalisation
  • Prepare and submit an end-of-mission report to include recommendations for further development of this activity
  • Advise the TVET Project Manager as considered appropriate

during the second mission:

  • Based on the approved TNA Report prepare, submit for approval and amend as necessary, a detailed and integrated HRD Plan for the key stakeholders listed in Section 2 above which, inter alia, will include
    • An introduction and rationale for the HRD Plan
    • A HRD policy statement/vision for the EYE Project
    • Competency-based modular training programmes for each stakeholder group
    • Where practicable, each module to be sub-divided into learning units and learning sessions
    • Each module to contain, inter alia, Module Overview, Aim(s), Learning Outcomes, Linkage/Relationship with other HRD Plan Modules, Duration (total and hours per session/unit), Training Methodology, Learning Resources, Sample Learning Plans/Exercises, Recommended Trainer Profile, Assessment and Evaluation Methodology
    • Recommended training plan and time schedule for the implementation of the HRD Plan in line with EYE Project requirements
    • Any other learning support materials or information considered necessary by the senior ISTE
    • Prepare and submit two end-of-mission reports to include recommendations for further development of this activity
  • Advise the TVET Unit Project Manager as considered appropriate

6. Qualifications and skills

  • Initial or higher degree in education, human resource management/development, vocational/technical education or related discipline
  • At least 15 years professional experience in the HRD Sector
  • At least 10 years relevant work experience in the field of demand-driven TVET reform
  • At least 10 years experience in carrying out professional TNAs and preparing HRD plans
  • At least 10 years experience in designing developmental training programmes based on adult learning principles
  • Experience in the design of competency-based modular curricula and qualifications based on the European Qualification Framework (EQF), learning outcomes and lifelong learning principles
  • Wide experience with TVET standards and curricula development using a sectoral approach
  • Have a high level of proficiency/fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Be aware of gender and environmental issues
  • Be computer literate
  • Have good organisational, report writing, presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience related to TVET development in the Middle East would be an advantage
  • Be politically aware of issues relating to the occupied Palestinian territories

7. Reporting
The senior ISTE will report to the IRPAL TVET Unit Project Manager, and liaise closely with the Project Coordinator responsible for this activity.

8. Work schedule
By arrangement with the IRPAL TVET Unit Project Manager.

9. Location
The senior ISTE will be based in IRPAL’s TVET Project Unit office in Gaza City and will be required to travel frequently throughout the Gaza Strip.

10. Contract
IRPAL will be responsible for all contractual matters relating to this assignment and the consultant will be contracted by IRPAL.

11. Contact
ISTEs who are interested in and available for this assignment should e-mail their updated CVs, preferably in EU format, to Dr Ammar Elqidra, IRPAL TVET Unit Project Manager, at a.qidra@irpal.ps