TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

for the National Team Leader (NTL) for Social Inclusion and Broker Services in the project “From Education to Employment: Youth Skills Development and Private-Public Partnerships in Serbia” (E2E), Component 2

About the program ‘From Education to Employment’ (E2E)

The program “From Education to Employment (E2E): Youth Skills Development and Private-Public Partnership in Serbia” is a partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Government of Serbia to enhance youth employment and employability in Serbia in a socially inclusive and sustainable way.  E2E addresses high youth unemployment in Serbia on two levels:

1) at the policy level (E2E Component 1, led by the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Serbia); and,

2) at implementation level in five pilot areas (E2E Component 2, led by the IP Consult).

The Program also contributes to the implementation of the Employment and Social Reform Program (ESRP) of the Government of Serbia as well as to upcoming IPA II funds in the field of youth employment and employability.

While indicators show some improvements for the Serbian youth on the labor market, in comparison with the general working population (15+), youth are still at a disadvantage. Youth employment rate in Serbia is still more than twice below the general population, while youth unemployment rate is more than twice higher. Youth faced with multiple factors of vulnerability are a particular risk group on the labor market, and the status of women in the labor market is significantly less favorable than their male peers, across all indicators.

The SDC assigned IP Consult (Part of the NIRAS group) to implement the E2E Component 2, starting in October 2016 till the end of 2019, and namely in the five pilot areas Novi Pazar, Knjaževac, Pirot, Kruševac and Kragujevac. This component aims at combating the structural youth unemployment by developing youth skills and competences that are required on the job market in Serbia. E2E develops skills through promotion of non-formal trainings with work-based learning elements. It supports initiatives to improve active labor market measures, mediation and guidance services for youth in school-to-work transition. Furthermore, it puts emphasis on the social inclusion and work integration of youth with disadvantages on the labor market. It is the envisaged vision of E2E that all young women and men in Serbia have more decent job prospects due to right career choice, practical guidance and labor market driven dual training and learning opportunities.

To better match private sector needs with labor supply, IP Consult capacitates local brokers (e.g. Local Youth Offices) to mediate between existing market players and to offer ALMM services such as provision of labour market information, vocational counselling, internship mediation and non-formal adult education and trainings (NFAET) with dual elements fitting the needs of the private sector. The ALMM shall be the result of public-private development partnerships (PPDP) with companies, public institutions and training providers

Purpose of the assignment of NTL

The National Team Leader (NTL) for Social Inclusion and Broker Services is member of the management team and leads the unit on “Social Inclusion & Broker Services”, with responsibility to produce the outputs of the intervention strategy outlined in the project document (see logframe below).

  • 3.5 (non-formal trainings for disadvantaged youth, social inclusion) – main task;
  • 3.3 (broker services, labour market interventions);
  • 3.1 (management competence of local partners);
  • 4.1 (moderation of local policy platforms, facilitation of public-private partnerships on youth employment)

Responsibilities of the NTL

The NTL is part of the core team of the management unit:

  • Reports to the Head of Project;
  • Coordinates the team of the technical unit ‘Social Inclusion & Broker Services’ (incl. pool of experts and the twinning partners);
  • Participates in regular core team meetings;
  • First point of contact for the local partners (brokers) and the local institutions in Kragujevac, Kruševac and Knjaževac.

At technical level, the NTL leads the technical unit ‘Broker Services & Social Inclusion’:

  • Coordinates the technical team;
  • Responsible for the key actions to achieve outputs 3.5, 3, 3.1 and 4.1
  • Responsible for management and coordination of the funds to implement the Non-formal training program for hard-to-place youth” that are supporting the output 3.5 (see details below);
  • Provision of trainings, technical advice and hands-on assistance to brokers for realization of the relevant outputs;
  • Coordination of the brokers towards achievement of the relevant outputs;
  • Support to and cooperation with the M&E unit;
  • Close coordination, cooperation with and inputs to the technical unit of the team ‘Non-formal Adult Education’;
  • Coordination of activities in Kragujevac, Kruševac and Knjaževac;
  • Contribution to policy-making regarding social inclusions, skills development and employment of disadvantaged persons, career guidance, vocational and labour market information as well as labour market policies;
  • Organization of a study visit to Slovenia.

Responsibility for managing the Non-formal training program for hard-to-place youth

The NTL will be primarily responsible to deliver the tasks and conceptual work to reach the Output 3.5. To promote the work integration of disadvantaged youth, the E2E project has recently launched a “Call for Proposal” http://znanjemdoposla.rs/konkursi/, in order to fund work integration projects of NGOs and public institutions that concentrate on non-formal trainings for disadvantaged youth.

The NTL will manage this fund and further develop, guide and conceptualize the “non-formal training program for hard-to-place youth” in the targeted pilot areas. The NTL will guide the local partners in facilitating – as PPDP e.g. with NGOs, NES and private sector – ALMM and NFAET that are either exclusively tailored or accessible for (and used by):

  • Slightly mentally and physically disabled youth (in Kragujevac);
  • Young women (poor, un-/low-qualified, single mothers, rural women, victims of domestic violence (in Kragujevac);
  • Young women (poor, un-/low-qualified, single mothers, rural, victims of domestic violence (in Kragujevac)
  • Youth offenders (in Kruševac);
  • Inactive youth from rural areas, drop-outs and early school-leavers (in Knjaževac);
  • Roma youth (in Pirot);
  • Youth returnees and from poor families that receive social assistance (in Novi Pazar).

The above-mentioned target groups are only a first priority-setting based on the assessment of the inception phase.

Required qualification of the NTL

  • University/ Higher Education Degree in a relevant field of expertise (social inclusion), such as a Master in social work, pedagogy, psychology and related fields;
  • Level of training and/ or work experience related to social inclusion of vulnerable groups, labour market policies, curriculum development;
  • Confirmed experience in program management and in the management of a team comparable in size and scope;
  • Confirmed experience of promoting non-formal trainings with work-based learning elements; familiarity with dual vocational education systems and the private economic sector;
  • Relevant experience of enhancing management, organizational and technical capacities of NGOs and public institutions;
  • Relevant experience in coordinating multi stakeholder dialogues focusing on disadvantaged groups;
  • Strong analytical, writing, communication and negotiation skills;
  • Driving License, excellent command of English and Serbian are mandatory

Start of the assignment

As soon as possible

Place of work

Belgrade, with frequent travelling to the pilot areas

Application

Please send your application until June 11, 2017, by E-Mail to: Dr. Christoph Baumann (head of project), IP Consult, christoph.baumann@ip-consult.de.

The application documentation in English language should be submitted as one PDF-file which contains

  1. a one-page cover letter (essay), by outlining a possible local PPDP on work integration of one of the prioritized target groups;
  2. a CV in the Europass format, including three references of persons that may confirm all or some of the required qualifications (incl. name, function and organisation, E-Mail Address and phone number) as well as relevant certificates, reference letters.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About IP Consult

IP Consult is a dynamic, international consulting company based in Stuttgart, Germany that supports change for sustainable development. With over 35 years’ experience in development cooperation, IP Consult works in a wide range of sectors throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The services cover the entire project cycle from design and appraisal to implementation and evaluation. Working within large, multi-annual development programs, IP Consult provides clients with professional, cost-efficient and tailor-made solutions based on both proven techniques as well as innovative approaches. Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is one of the key areas of expertise. IP Consult aims to cement TVET into the context of the wider educational system through its direct link to the labor market.

As part of the NIRAS Group, IP Consult belongs to one of the largest European consultancy companies in the field of development cooperation. Approximately 180 permanent full-time project managers and consultants are working in the main offices – in Copenhagen, Stuttgart, Stockholm, Helsinki, Warsaw and Belgrade – as well as in 15 registered companies and branch offices worldwide. Currently, about 600-700 staff members are supporting partner organizations to implement over 170 projects.

For the implementation of E2E, IP Consult shares its premises in Belgrade with the NIRAS group. IP Consult engages seven project team key members, two interns and a number of national and international short-term experts.