Request for Expression of Interest
(Consulting Services – Firm Selection)
Consulting Service to Develop Occupational Standards and
Assessment Tools for Occupations in the EASTRIP Priority Sectors
- Country: Ethiopia
- Project: East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP)
- Project ID: P163399
- Credit No. 6335-ET
- Assignment Title: Selection of a Consulting Firm to Develop Occupational Standards and Assessment Tools for Occupations in the EASTRIP Priority Sectors
- Reference No.: ET-MOSHE-ET-198440-CS-QCBS
The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP). The development objective of EASTRIP project is to improve the quality and relevance of skills produced to support regional economic corridors and to deepen regional harmonization of TVET standards and qualifications in selected sectors. The proposed project will have the following three major components: Strengthening Selected Regional Skills Centers of Excellence for High Quality Skills Development in NCIP related sectors; Capacity Building for National TVET Systems and enhancing regional collaborative capacity on TVET and project Coordination.
In accordance to the financing agreement, the project has intends to apply part of the proceeds for selection of a consulting firm that Develop Occupational Standards and Assessment Tools for Occupations in the EASTRIP Priority Sectors.
The consulting services (“the Services”) expected to provide the services in develop high quality 17 occupational standards, and the necessary assessment tool packages, for occupations to be identified from the three EASTRIP priority sectors: Transport/Infrastructure, Energy/Power and Manufacturing that includes the Agro processing, Leather, Textile & Garments as well as Die Making and Precision Tools sub-sectors..
Objectives of the consultancy
The main objective of this contractual assignment from MOSHE/NPCU is to search out service from a highly qualified and experienced Consulting Firm in identifying 17 demanded occupations within the EASTRIP priority sectors followed by development of Occupational Standards (OSS) and Assessment Tools (ATS) packages for all levels of those occupations.
Specifically, the consultancy service is required to fulfill the following objectives:
- To make a review of Ethiopian TVET system documents including TVET strategy, qualifications framework and the contemporary OS and AT development manuals,
- To revise the OS and AT development manuals, following agreements reached during discussions on the system review report,
- To undertake initial labor market study to identify demanded skills and appearing occupations in the EASTRIP priority sectors taking also Eastem Africa regional contexts into consideration in addition to the Ethiopian market,
- To establish TEPs for each occupation consisting of defined number of selected experts from the industry based on agreed upon criteria,
- Provide OS and AT Packages development training to members of the TEPs and experts and managers from MOSHE, FTA and relevant industry stakeholders including (potential) members of TAPs,
- To develop high quality OS documents and AT packages for occupations identified.
The scope of services:
The assignment of the service is to develop high quality 17 OSs, and the necessary AT packages, for occupations to be identified from the three EASTRIP priority sectors: Transport/Infrastructure, Energy/Power and Manufacturing that includes the Agro-processing, Leather, Textile & Garments as well as Die Making and Precision Tools sub-sectors. The service requires starting with the review of the system and more specifically the methodology being applied for both processes by the FTA. Working closely with NPCU, and technically more with FTA, in discharging its responsibilities, the Consulting Firm will be tasked, but not be limited to:
- Critically review the OS and AT development system documents and practices currently in use (legislative, TVET strategy, qualifications framework, Manuals for OS and AT development, sample OS document and AT packages) and produce a report that identifies strength and weakness along with recommendations in reference to basic principles of outcome-based TVET and best practices from East African region and around the world;
- Present preferred methodologies for both developments works (OS & AT), along with templates/formats, to MOSHE, NPCU and FTA by portraying similarities to and differences from what is put in the respective manuals;
- Undertake initial labor market study in EASTRIP-priority sectors to identify changes in the demand side in terms of skills and newly appearing occupations with the target also meeting EASTRIP objectives of regional integration and skills mobility; Consultation with the Regional Flagship Institutions will be vital towards this end as all of them are expected to conduct a study of the labor market in the respective sectors.
- Identify industry partners in the respective sectors and establish good communication with a view of sourcing/hiring experts as members of TEPs and smoothening the validation and endorsement of documents at later stage of the processes;
- Develop training materials and provide members of TEPs along with managers from the industry and focal persons and experts assigned from FTA with an intensive and hands-on training to enable them mastering the methodology agreed upon;
- Position the newly identified occupations in the occupational map of the respective sector, in consultation with responsible TEPs and FTA experts, by indicating their levels of qualification and vertical progression and horizontal relation with other occupations within the sector.
- Draft OS documents and Assessment plan with complete content and active participation of TEPs and experts from FTA and present them to members of TAPs for their inputs (feedbacks, comments) and validation,
- Prepare final OS documents and AT packages (ofthree (3) versions) by incorporating feedbacks from discussions with members of TAPs draft OS documents and Assessment plan and present the OS documents in five (5) hardcopies along with a softcopies of both the OS and AT packages in English,
- Produce intermediate and exit reports on implementation of the whole assignment indicating progresses made against the work plan, activities conducted and deliverables, lessons learnt, major changes made with regard to methodologies as well as recommendations on the way forward,
Duration: The consultancy service should be completed within six calendar months. Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MOSHE), East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) now invites eligible Consulting Firms engaged in similar assignments to indicate their interest in providing the consultancy service. Interested Consulting firms must provide information on:
- Their core business and years of experience in the business,
- The consulting firm should have a minimum of five years of proven experience in the Education Sector and have relevant experience and expertise in the TVET sector supporting occupational standard development, policy development/ reform, implementing institutions establishment/restructuring as well as TVET quality and relevance enhancement
- Qualifications of the firm, General qualification and number of key staffs’ qualification in the field of the assignment,
- Availability of appropriate skills among staff for this assignment (required to attach client references if any) indicating that they are qualified to perform the services)
- Experience in similar type of services: The consulting firm should have proven knowledge of Competency-Based TVET System, OS and AT development, occupational analysis, occupational competency certification system and
Knowledge of research methods
- Technical and Managerial capabilities and overall organizational overview of the firm, The consulting firm must have valid and renewed licenses and registration certificates to perform the services stated herein
The consulting firm may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
The consulting firm will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost Based Selection method set out in the Consultant Guidelines of the World Bank’s Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers dated July 2016, Revised November 2017 and August 2018 (“Procurement Regulation”), setting forth the World Bank’s policy on conflict of interest.
Interested Consulting Firms may obtain further information at the address below from 8:30AM-12:30AM and 1:30- 5:00 PM local time from Monday to Friday before the deadline date and time.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in person or through email to the address below on or before December 3, 2020, 2:00 PM.
Ministry of Science and Higher Education
East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project
Project Office located at Bole: Opposite to Ethiopian Airlines Cargo around
2nd Floor, Procurement Team Office
E-Mail Address: email@example.com and zelalemeаstrip@gmail.com
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia