The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the technical arm of the African Union coordinating the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Program (CAADP), has stressed the importance of Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) in the economic development of countries. Qualified workers have better job perspectives in African agricultural value chains and in general, agricultural investments are attracted through a conducive labour and skills environment. Both factors are important in the promotion and implementation of the National Agricultural Investment Plans at country levels. With support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Ger-man Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), a project called “Promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training for the Agricultural Sector in Africa (ATVET project)” started in 2013. In a multi-level approach, CAADP operates at the continental, regional and national levels, where the national level is the cen-tral level for implementation. In 2017, the ATVET project added a new module that focuses on women to enhance their participation in ATVET activities. The 12 pilot ATVET and ATVET women countries include; Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and South Africa. See Annex 1 for a list of criteria important in the consideration of ATVET Women activities.
The project focuses on an innovative approach involving the private sector in developing curriculum along agricultural value chains, using the Competency Based Training methodology (CBT) in the delivery of formal, non-formal and informal training. Since September 2018, GFA Consulting Group GmbH has been contracted by GIZ to support project implementation of ATVET and ATVET Women with a focus on country implementation.
Main tasks of the international long-term expert 2 include:
• Advise planning, preparation and implementation of curricula development for the selected ATVET value chains
• Advise, planning and supporting implementation of Training of Trainers based on the developed curricula and teaching materials
• Supporting the process of Training Provider support including gender-sensitive training delivery activities in close cooperation with GIZ coordinators and experts in ATVET countries.
• Concept development of gender-transformative activities in the programme and guidance of regional and country coordinators
• Steering of short-term experts (STE), preparation of ToR and conducting quality assurance for STE assignments
• Ensure the sustainability of measures by supporting development of manuals, guidelines, process descriptions for project partners
• Master degree in related subjects to (A) TVET and/or agriculture, vocational training, gender studies.
• 8 years of combined work experience e.g. in the fields of (A) TVET and agricultural value chain promotion, agribusiness and gender-transformative skills development.
• Comprehensive knowledge of and experience with curricula development, training of trainers, (A)TVET school development/management, cooperative and competency-based education and training (CBET) approaches, gender-transformative skills development, value chain promotion preferably in agriculture / food or related sectors as well as proven experience in working with/in private sector companies (preferably Agribusiness).
• Proven practical knowledge and experience in state-of-the-art knowledge management and different formats of learning material e.g. e-learning.
• Experience in development cooperation.
• Knowledge on promoting gender equality.
• Proven facilitation and moderation skills, especially in multistakeholder dialogue facilitation.
• Working experience in Africa.
• Excellent spoken and written English and French