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Consultancy - Capacity Building (TEVET)

Date Posted: May 30, 2019

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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: t.kasawala@unesco.org

BACKGROUND

UNESCO is implementing part of the European Union funded Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP)[1] 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[2] 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.

  • Principles of testing, measurement and evaluation;
  • Concepts of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and their linkage to issues of Lifelong Learning;
  • Costing of assessment
  • Modern practice in the provision of security to examinations (from test development, administration, marking to final results determination);
  • Modern methods and security features in certification;
  • Assessment for competency based training and assessment;
  • Leadership and organisational management;
  • Data management. Computer applications and packages suitable in testing, measurement and evaluation (candidate registration, timetabling, online assessment, uploading of results, forms, announcements, etc.);
  • Question (item) banking -How to develop valid and reliable tests -Designing of plausible practical models and marking schemes to accurately capture the competency of examinees;
  • Accreditation of curricular, awarding bodies, examination centres and assessors.
  • Under STEP specific objective 2 ‘Improve the quality and relevance of TEVET’, Activity 2.1.4 states: focus on the provision of capacity building through short training programmes for the personnel at the testing centres. The planned upskilling consists of short training programmes as well as on-the-job support for trade testing, developed as part of this assignment.

The first round of the training conducted in December 2018 targeted a total of 30 assessors and workshop assistants from the three regional assessment centres and staff and management from the trade test centres and representatives from the Assessment Unit in MoLYS&MD (7 days training.)

The aim of the training was to build their capacity in assessment and certification, and will be helping the Assessment Unit in rolling out the new approach for testing and assessments. This training.

OBJECTIVES .

Objective 1. Develop and deliver adequate training programmes (based on new DACUM developed for TEVET assessment in Malawi) for internal and external verifiers, and workshop assistants (training, to include standards, learning outcomes, assessment standards and methods, trainer guide and learner handbook)[3];

Objective 2. Train and mentor up to 8 master trainers in delivery of training courses for assessors, verifiers and workshop assistants and develop

Objective 3. Support the planning and implementation of on the job training in new assessment methods and tools that they have been trained in.

Objective 4. Plan and implement one Workshop for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) within one construction trade.

ACTIVITIES

General
  • Develop and submit of detailed action plan for the assignment including a description of the training and workshops, methodologies, deliverables and timeline for the assignment
  • Introduction meetings with MoLYS&MD and TEVETA

Objective 1.
  • Plan and implement training needs assessment for participants of assessor and workshop assistant trainings who will participate in the training
  • Develop and deliver 2 sets of assessor training programme for internal and external verifiers (6 days each)
  • Develop and deliver 1 assessment introduction programme for workshop assistants.;
  • Development of training curricula and facilitator and learners guides for the two training programmes [4];

Objective 2.
  • To coach train and mentor up to 8 assessors during delivery of training programmes and support their participation in the training as co-trainers
  • Develop a short Trainer of Trainers manual for assessor master trainers. The development must be done in close collaboration with MoYS&MD and TEVETA

Objective 3.
  • Development an action plan and programme for practical assessment sessions for assessors and verifiers, already trained (aim is for them to use the CBT&A assessment methods, tools and procedures in practice)
  • Organise the practical CBT&A assessment sessions for assessors and verifiers who have participated in the assessment training.

Objective 4.
  • Develop the framework, programme and materials for the APL workshop
  • Plan and implement the APL as a demonstration of a best practice example for APL within construction for up to 20 participants within a prioritised construction sector.
  • Evaluate the APL workshop, and provide recommendations for the continuation of APL as part of the TEVET construction assessment framework.

DELIVERABLES

Inception report including
  • Travel, DSA claims
  • Detailed action plan for the assignment including a description of the trainings and workshops, methodologies, deliverables and timeline for the assignment
  • Minute of Introduction meetings with MOLYS&MD and TEVETA
  • Training needs assessment tools and results for participants of assessor trainings
  • Programmes, Standards, curriculum frameworks, and materials for assessor training workshops;
  • Two Training workshops for external or internal TEVET verifiers within construction verifiers (2×6 days) and one assessment introduction training workshop for workshop assistants (4 days)[5]; (includes coaching of 8 assessors acting as co-trainers)
Training delivery report including:
  • Report for the three workshops;
  • Summary of results from the coaching and training of up to 8 assessors during delivery of training programmes and support their participation in the training as co-trainers;
  • Programme, plan and materials for on the assessor on the job training for assessors and verifiers
  • Workshop evaluations for assessors
  • On the job training sessions APL concept for assessors in and verifiers at the three trade test centres, and final reporting.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Consultant must have at least:
  • 10 years’ experience in TEVET or related technical areas as engineering;
  • a first degree or equivalent technical qualifications relevant to the assignment.

Work Experience

The consultant should have:
  • At least 3 years of experience in conducting CBT&A assessment within TEVET
  • At least 2 years of experience in planning and delivering assessment training programmes in TEVET.

Skills/Competencies
  • Knowledge of the UNESCO’s mandate and its programme of activities.
  • Sound understanding of assessment principles ad practice in TEVET
  • Understanding of gender issues
  • Must display a high standard of ethical conduct and exhibit honesty and integrity
  • Gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are required.
  • Sound judgement and analytical skills.
  • Excellent skills in writing and document formatting
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills

Languages
  • Excellent knowledge of English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
  • Higher qualification in a related field would be an advantage.
  • Desirable to have contracted work experience with UN and/or other development agencies.

REMUNERATION

This assignment will be at the level of senior consultant and negotiable depending on relevant experience.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send a cover letter and a proposal of not more than 10 pages explaining how your education and experience meets the requirements of the TORs, and how you will approach the assignment and a CV in English by email to t.kasawala@unesco.org by 15th June 2019.

For more information, contact Arthur E. Shears at: ae.shears@unesco.org  or Kirsten Larsen at: ki.larsen@unesco.org 

[1] The STEP website can be viewed at: www.stepmw.com 

[2] The documented training approach for the construction trade programmes is competency based training and assessment and this is combined in formal training with an apprenticeship scheme of four years.

[3] Training will include a bridging or introductory program for those who have little or no experience in assessing and a higher level program that will revise aspects delivered in the introductory program but more heavily focus on the critical aspects of competency based assessment

[4] Training will include a bridging or introductory program for those who have little or no experience in assessing and a higher level program that will revise aspects delivered in the introductory program but more heavily focus on the critical aspects of competency based assessment

[5] Training will include a bridging or introductory program for those who have little or no experience in assessing and a higher level program that will revise aspects delivered in the introductory program but more heavily focus on the critical aspects of competency based assessment


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