WUSC is seeking a qualified candidate to be put forward as Team Leader on a competitive bid for a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)-Australia Request for Tender.
The four year, AUD$14.5m Skills for Inclusive Economic Growth program in Sri Lanka will instigate and support sustainable job creation and business growth along the tourism value chain in Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa, including in the informal sector, by supporting provincial planning the delivery of targeted and flexible skills and business development programs.
The Skills for Economic Growth program will pursue outcomes in three key areas:
1) Strengthen provincial coordination and planning, including improving the consultation processes between government, industry and skills providers, to build Skills Development Plan in program areas;
2) Provide targeted and inclusive skills development, with financing from a Skills Development Fund to incentivize providers to offer training and business development support to groups, especially women and people with disabilities, commonly unable to access such opportunities; and
3) Strengthen the supply of training and business support, by supporting improvements in national Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) standards and incentivising providers to invest in meeting those standards.
The Team Leader (TL) will lead the team to achieve outcomes aligned with the three key results areas. They will ensure sound implementation of the program based on the design and approved annual work plans. They will be responsible for maintaining open and effective links with GoSL and other key implementing partners in Sri Lanka including DFAT. The TL will ensure the project delivers results in line with DFAT and GoSL objectives, lead annual planning and reporting procedures, and coordinate with WUSC staff to ensure local financial and administration duties are well managed. The TL will develop and employ effective communications tools to disseminate results, and ensure integrated performance assessment occurs across the program.
a) Provide overall management and direction of the program to ensure that it achieves its objectives and intended outcomes
b) Lead skills gap analysis based on market-based approaches and decision-making processes
c) Build productive and positive collaborative relationships with GoSL agencies, particularly implementing partners within the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training
d) Build productive and positive collaborative relationships with other institutions including government and private TVET providers, tourism industry associations and private tourism operators
e) Build a strong and motivated team within the implementation team, ensuring effective capacity building, mentoring and performance assessment
f) Use good practice management and business processes and including planning, reporting, procurement, financial management, contracting and administration
g) Support the establishment of an effective system of performance assessment and analysis; ensure that all DFAT reporting requirements are met; and ensure project staff are appropriately qualified and are able to deliver planned outputs to the expected quality
h) Represent at meetings, conferences and other forums when required
i) Ensure that team builds a strong reputation in Sri Lanka as a flagship program of the Australian Government, and that DFAT ownership of the program is visible and acknowledged at all times;
Qualifications and Experience
Post graduate university degree in Tourism/ Hospitality Management/ TVET and/ or Economics, Public Program Management or similar
Professional certification in, and/ or experience with, market development approaches (such as M4P or similar)
proven commitment to gender sensitivity and able to integrate gender equality and social inclusion into project interventions.
A minimum of 15 years of working experience delivering donor-funded programs
Experience analysing, reforming and/ or establishing TVET or Skills Development programs in emerging market contexts
Experience working closely with government counterparts and other implementation partners in business, industry associations and/ or civil society
Proven experience achieving outcomes on Tourism, TVET and/ or Skills Development programs
Experience employing and managing results frameworks and monitoring systems and/or training in these via short courses or workshops as well as providing related mentoring and coaching.
Experience with organising and delivering workshops, and with capacity development and communications approaches for donor program and government clients.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong fluency in English is mandatory. Capacity to communicate in Sinhala and/ or Tamil is an added advantage
Significant work experience in Sri Lanka or South Asia is an added advantage
Familiarity with DFAT development program implementation standards is an added advantage
Australian nationals encouraged to apply
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit CVs to email@example.com by July 5th, 2016.