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Assignment: Support to NSDC Secretariat - Reformed Funding Mechanisms for Bangladesh TVET system
Designation: External Collaborator: TVET Funding Mechanism
Location: NSDC Secretariat, Dhaka

Background  
TVET Reform Project: - In cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh, the ILO is implementing an EC funded project to reduce poverty through reforms to the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system. These reforms will enable more people to acquire employable skills and thus generate income through wage-earning jobs or self-employment.

The project has five interrelated components:

  • TVET policies, systems and legislation reviewed and strengthened at the central and decentralized levels;
  • Enhanced flexibility, quality and relevance of TVET;
  • Strengthened TVET institutions through improved knowledge and skills of managers and teachers;
  • Improved skills development resulting in enhanced productivity and competitiveness in key growth and export-oriented industries in the formal industrial sector; and
  • Increased access of underprivileged groups to TVET. 

Each Component has a detailed work plan and activities under the result areas which include recruiting and training national consultants to build national capacity aimed at supporting the TVET Reform Project with an intention for their continued services in this vast and reformed sector.

The TVET reform project is supporting the NSDC Secretariat.

National Skills Development Council: - The National Skills Development Council (NSDC) was re-established on 3rd September 2008, with the Prime Minister as its Chair.  The NSDC is supported by a Secretariat and an Executive Committee (ECNSDC). ECNSDC is co chaired by a private sector representative and the Secretary of the Ministry of Education. Members of the ECNSDC include relevant ministries and stakeholders. The NSDC was established to address the priority for the Government of Bangladesh in the field of Skills Development, including Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bangladesh. This important forum provides leadership and clear direction to skills development. As the apex body in skill development, NSDC oversees and monitors all activities of public and private training providers related to TVET and skill development.

Both the NSDC and the ECNSDC are non-establishment bodies consisting of part-time members from Ministries and business; and is supported and informed by a Secretariat. The Secretariat also carries out many functions that are vital to the SD/TVET system in Bangladesh. Without a functional NSDC Secretariat, the reformed SD/TVET system will not operate efficiently.

Among other functions, NSDC Secretariat will acting as the catalyst to promote workplace learning in close cooperation with industry and all the ISCs. At this time the project is working to build the capacity of NSDC Secretariat in different areas.

Swiss Development Corporation (SDC): - The SDC is involved with the above effort and funded a skills demand survey and also provided monies to the ILO to strengthen the Secretariat. Already, many of the Secretariat officers have attended training under the SDC scheme and equipment and furniture were provided with these same funds.

Indicative outcomes of the SDC funded initiative with the Secretariat are:

  • Successful NSDC Secretariat operations supporting the NSDC and the EC-NSDC in a way that ensures that GoB will take over the responsibility for its continuity by the end of the SDC funded project; 
  • An action plan (for the project duration) and a long term perspective plan (based on the SD Policy and the 6th Five Year Plan), with supporting budget and requests for medium and longer term funding from Government and other sources;
  • Creation of the TVET data cell building on the data collected from the National Skills Survey (funded separately) and produce reports for NSDC and stakeholders;
  • Implementation of policy and procedures, and produce operational guidelines for the NSDC.

Three national consultants will be contracted to focus on three separate but related area, namely: i) IT support; ii) Industry Skills Council (ISC) support and Divisional Level Consultative Committee development, and iii) TVET funding initiatives.

This ToR refers to TVET funding

Specific Tasks for the Consultants

  • Review different options of TVET funding in Bangladesh mentioned in two TVET funding studies conducted by the TVET reform project.
  • Review the short-term, medium-term and long-term funding suggestions proposed in the stage 2 reports with a view to prepare proposals regarding adaptation of the recommendations.
  • Review relevant GOB legislation, regulations and policies pertaining to existing TVET funding to assess ways to introduce the reformed funding mechanisms.
  • Review the latest international TVET financing models, in particular, levy, levy-grant and others mechanisms to create HRDF (skills development fund) for Bangladesh including its governance and sources of funding.
  • Propose financial support mechanisms for under-represented groups in TVET, e.g. women, PWD, etc.
  • Prepare funding mechanisms and formulae for both public and private TVET institutions to support effectiveness, quality, cost-efficiency, social inclusion and demand-driven provision.
  • Propose TVET financial accountability framework for effective and optimum utilization of financial resources.
  • Submit reformed funding mechanisms in the technical (financial) working group and then place it in a National Conference for stakeholder’s feedback.
  • Support the resource mobilization initiatives including identification of funding opportunities, support in proposal development, writing of grant proposals, submission to funding agencies, reporting and review of grants funding.
  • Support the development and implementation of management systems, processes and procedures including M&E and reporting functions.
  • Provide training/capacity building to the NSDC Secretariat’s programme and finance staff on funding mechanisms.
  • Support NSDC Secretariat establishing relationships and working across key agencies including coordination among major skills development/TVET programmes in Bangladesh in relation to TVET funding.
  • Participate in meetings discussing Human Resources Development Fund establishment (including fund utilization procedure).

The consultant will work in collaboration with the CEO of National Skills Development Council (NSDC) Secretariat and CTA of the TVET Reform Project

Expected outputs

  • Reformed funding mechanisms proposals based on Short, Medium and Long-term recommendations made in the previous studies conducted by the TVET Reform Project.
  • New Funding models placed in a Technical Working Committee meeting and stakeholder’s National Workshop.
  • Final funding mechanism report prepared incorporating the feedback of the Technical Working Committee and National Workshop.
  • Report on major skills development/TVET programmes in Bangladesh and M&E summary.
  • Prepare an guide on TVET funding for NSDC and NSDC Secretariat; and
  • Submit the final report to the ILO.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Masters in Economics/ Finance/Business Administration.
  • 5 years experience in training/skill development, report writing, dealing with industrial stakeholders and coordination of workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Experience in TVET funding mechanisms.
  • Knowledge about the competency based training program (CBT), TVET Reform initiative, etc.
  • Experience with UN agencies or any other donors’ organization or in development field would be an advantage.

Consultant should have demonstrated experience in the arena of TVET funding arrangements at both national and institutional level.  S/he must be competent with the current budgeting and expenditure system of the government of Bangladesh.

Duration:
5.5 Months (approx): Terms and conditions are as provided in the external collaboration contract of the ILO.

Reporting
The above activities will be closely supervised by NSDC Secretariat CEO with regular progress reports to CTA, TVET Reform project. The Ex-Col will also work closely with respective Component Program Officer at TVET Reform project.

Location
The external collaborator will sit at NSDC Secretariat in Dhaka. She/he needs to travel at the ILO project office and other places to coordinate with all stakeholders to accomplish the assignments.

Fees and Travel
Fees are negotiable. The office will bear the expense of travel outside Dhaka as per standard procedure. The consultant needs to take approval and should have proper justification for such travel outside Dhaka. Fees can be paid at installments after submitting an invoice and necessary documents of accomplishments as mentioned in the specific tasks.

Communication: Applications should be sent to the following address by 28th February 2013:

Director
International Labour Organization (ILO)

Attention: Mr. Arthur Shears, Chief Technical Advisor, TVET Reform Project,
House-12, Road-12, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1207