Start date: July 2020
Level of effort (LOE): 130 days over 24-month period
Based in Mexico City
Skills for Prosperity
Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Skills for Prosperity programme aims to spur inclusive economic growth in Mexico via more productive and equitable skills sectors improving employability, employment opportunities and the earning potential of beneficiaries. It seeks to facilitate effective education-to-employment partnerships at the state level in 3 to 6 Mexican states, prioritising sectors key to national economic development, and developing an enabling environment for a strong skills ecosystem through technical assistance and capacity-building.
Overall, the Skills for Prosperity programme will benefit poor women and men in Mexico so that they are better served by improved Higher Education (HE) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and are better positioned to participate in employment and the economic growth of the country.
The programme will reduce poverty in Mexico through providing support to tackle skills deficits, which are holding back sustainable and inclusive growth. It focuses on three key Pillars: 1) RELEVANCE: Improved relevance TVET and HE to the skills set needed by industry in areas key to Mexican national economic development; 2) QUALITY: Improved quality of learning outcomes from TVET and HE provision in the public and private sectors in Mexico; and 3) EQUITY: Improved equity in access to the provision of TVET and HE in the public and private sectors in Mexico, and improved progression to employment for marginalised groups. The DAI-led consortium will implement five core interventions with TVET and HE institutions across our three Pillars.
The DAI-led consortium consists of DAI, International Youth Foundation (IYF), People 1st / UK Skills Federation, and Pearson.
SFPMx’s Intervention #5 focuses on building capacity of TVET and HE institutions in three main areas: (1) strengthening safeguarding practices, (2) preventing and managing gender and school based violence, and (3) supporting schools with certification process for Mexican Norm on Labour Equality and Non-Discrimination (Norma Mexicana NMX-R-025-SCFI-2015 en Igualdad Laboral y No Discriminación).
This consultancy will specifically focus on supporting the implementation of TVET and HE capacity building to prevent and manage gender and school based violence. This will include providing training, coaching, and technical assistance to teachers, counsellors and other school officials on a customized a strategy to prevent violence, help students overcome violence-related risk factors and provide psycho-social assistance and other types of support to students who have experienced violence. This may involve developing violence response protocols, reporting and referral mechanisms, strategies to identify and improve high-risk areas, methodologies to work with families, and intervention approaches to improve emotional self-regulation.
Skills for Prosperity Mexico is seeking an experienced consultant with experience in the Mexican context designing and implementing initiatives related to preventing and managing gender and school-based violence.
Consultant responsibilities will include:
- Assist pillar three lead (Equity) to manage communications with DAI, consortium partners, and DAI international experts to coordinate implementation strategies for technical assistance to TVET and HE institutions in the areas of gender and school-based violence.
- Conduct baseline of selected TVET & HE institutions’ existing routines, roles, rules to address gender and school based violence, as well as identify all forms of violence that have taken place in partner institutions.
- Based on baseline findings, design and customize a strategy to identify, prevent, and mitigate risks associated to gender and school-based violence in TVET and HE partner institutions.
- Review, innovate, adapt, and propose new tools and methodologies to support students who are victims of violence and to work with violence perpetrators to prevent future events.
- Design an implementation plan to ensure capacity-building within partner institutions to internalize gender and school-based violence developed strategies, tools, and methodologies to ensure their accurate implementation.
- Deliver training to school counsellors, teachers, and other relevant school staff at TVET and HE partners who have the responsibility to manage all gender and school-based violence events, training them on designed tools and methodologies.
- Provide coaching and follow-up to trained school counsellors and other relevant staff.
- Manage ongoing communication and coordination with TVET & HE partners in all aspects of the delivery of TA including training, coaching, and follow-up.
- Support the MREL team to continually monitor implementation and address implementation challenges.
- Support other activities as they arise.
The ideal candidate will have experience with the design and implementation of gender-based violence programs and strategies in education institutions in the Mexican context. He or she will have good understanding of risk factors associated to gender and school-based violence prevention.
- Bachelor’s degree in fields related to: psychology, pedagogy, social work, or other relevant social sciences, with 5 - 10 years’ experience. Master’s Degree in one of the above fields preferred.
- Experience leading the design and implementation of gender-based violence prevention programs and strategies.
- Experience with school-based violence prevention programs.
- Experience delivering training and providing coaching or technical assistance in education sector or private sector.
- Experienced in project management practices and tools.
- Proven experience in developing relationships with employers.
- Entrepreneurial mindset, team-player, strong communications skills (verbal and writing), strong presentation skills, multi-tasking, and proactive skills.
- Proficient in English language and fluency in Spanish for professional communication and reporting (verbal and written).
- Excellent facilitation and organizational skills.
- Ability to travel
- Availability to take on this assignment in a short notice.
- Numerate with a high level of attention to detail.
- Excellent computer skills and advanced level in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
- A team player with a positive “can do” attitude that reflects DAI’s core principals of integrity, responsibility, excellence and global citizenship.
Reporting and support
The consultant will be line managed and supported by Pillar Lead Three (Equity) and will report to Pillar Three in SFPMx’s central delivery unit. The consultant will work closely with SFPMx Team Leader and the entire team to implement all aspects of SFPMx’s technical assistance activities related to gender and school violence prevention.
Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.
Closing date is 15th July 2020.
About the Organization
DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.