Terms of Reference – Consulting Assignment
Title: Capacity Building in TEVET Assessment and Certification Services
Domain: Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Consulting Level Grade: Senior
Organizational Unit: UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Type of contract: Consultancy
Duration of the contract: 54 working days (tentative)
Deadline (16.00 Malawi time): June 15.2019
Application to be sent to: email@example.com.
UNESCO is implementing part of the European Union funded Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP) in Malawi. In this context, UNESCO and the European Union are partnering in supporting the expansion and improvement of equitable and gender-balanced TVET in Malawi. In particular, the project is working to improve access to TVET, review qualifications system, update curricula, review the governance and management of TVET system, and better train TVET teachers and trainers. The project’s time frame is four years (April 2016 – March 2020) and the overall budget for the UNESCO component is 9 million Euros. (When including the cost of building renovations and equipment plus the provision of grants to a number of NGOs, the entire value of STEP is 32.6 million Euro.) The project is targeting programmes for the construction sector of the economy and also is tasked with promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
In late 2016 and early 2017, a curriculum and qualifications consultant conducted a review of the CBET system and the curriculum development process finding a number of gaps. In response to this, the consultant prepared a revised process in consultation with TEVETA and with substantial input from members of the construction industry in Malawi. The revised process was described in a flow chart and documented with a variety of information sheets and templates for new forms proposed for use in the revised curriculum development system. The revised process was approved by a Curriculum Development Advisory Committee, and used to revise five Level 1 construction trade programmes up to and including new Facilitator and Trainee Guides and revised and enhanced assessment standards, methods and procedures for construction TEVET programmes including brick-laying, carpentry, plumbing, electrical installation (house-wiring), and painting.
Previously, there were three assessment bodies for assessing trades in Malawi – i) Trade testing service under the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development; ii) Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA), and iii) Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB). Recently, there was a decision to establish just one examination body for assessing competence in skills. The transition process is still underway.
There are currently three TEVET assessment centres under the MOLYSMD located in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu. These centres have just received an upgrade with some new equipment to enhance assessment capacity.
Challenges for the assessors in the system include a renewed focus on competency based training, in particular, the very job-oriented and hands-on approach included in the revised Level 1 construction trade programmes. Another challenge is the adoption of recognition of prior learning as a service to be offered to clients. The process has been agreed but RPL has not yet been launched due in part to lack of training on the process for assessors.
A broad set of training needs for assessors were identified by the person in charge of the Trade Testing Unit as shown below.