Job Description

The “Modernization of Vocational Education and Training (VET) system related to agriculture in Georgia VET Phase 2)” project will provide support to further development and strengthening effective public private partnerships and well-developed A-VET and extension systems that ensure improved delivery of relevant, high quality A-VET and extension services (2018-2022). Upgrading the skills and technical capabilities of farmers and rural entrepreneurs to improve productivity and overall farm management and competitiveness is a fundamental objective of both, the Ministry for Environmental Protection and Agriculture and the Ministry for Education and Sciences. Currently, most farmers are using outdated technologies and old varieties. They have limited access to quality information on modern technologies, training, and advisory services. The UNDP/SDC collaboration on VET and Agricultural Extension (AE) started in 2008. Support was provided for effective policy making, developing capacities of VET service providers, and improving quality of VET services and Extension with the aim of increasing (self)employability VET graduates and effectiveness of self-employed farmers. In 2013 the SDC and UNDP cooperation intensified, and, together with MoESCS and MEPA, the four partners emphasized more on systemic change and focused on the biggest community of rural population – the farmers. An extensive 5-year project started to contribute to the development of a system of high-quality VET and AE services in agriculture that results in improved livelihoods of the rural population. During a 2nd phase of 4 year, and with a budget of USD 6’152’000, the project at impact level will continue to contribute to improving agricultural knowledge and skills of female and male secondary school leavers and farmers that will result in higher productivity, increased incomes, and enhanced self-employment. The project will emphasize on institution building and system development on one hand and on improving service provision on the other hand. It will work closely with and support public and private sector partners intervening at national as well as regional level and support the development of a system of high-quality VET and extension services in agriculture. The project will achieve three outcomes:
  • A coherent coordination in A-VET and extension services is established and working;

  • Public-private partnerships of A-VET and extension providers ensure delivery of relevant and high-quality services;

  • Male and female farmers and A-VET graduates learn and apply need-based agricultural knowledge and skills.

The Project will ensure setting up and strengthening of an institutional set-up up that will be capable delivery high quality A-VET and Extension services. It is expected that this intervention will bring sustainable change at system level and will have a lasting impact on the livelihood of the farm community. The project will provide support for the strengthening of existing and the setting up of new VET and extension structures. These include the MoESCS and MEPA, their staff and their respective sub-agencies; the Georgian Farmers Association as the private sector representative for education in the agricultural sector; 8 public A-VET colleges in 7 regions, 16 MEPA Information Consultancy Centers in 3 regions; the Technical University of Georgia and Akhaltsikhe University; and 3 – 5 non-state extension service providers (NGOs) at regional level and target 8,000 farmers and several hundred A-VET graduates. The project will put special emphasis on consolidating and scaling Work Based Learning (WBL) models and the development of short-term training programs and on aspect related to farm management and entrepreneurship and elaboration and implementation of extension services. UNDP is going to hire a qualified candidate for the position of “VET programs and projects implementation” for this project. Duties and Responsibilities Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager the incumbent will provide support in VET programs and projects smooth implementation in compliance with all relevant UNDP rules and regulations. Specific tasks of the VET programs and projects implementation specialist would include:
  • Contribute to planning, monitoring and implementation of project activities related to Vocational Education and Training;

  • Participate in the development of vocational education programmes related to agriculture, modular programmes and implementing guidelines;

  • Coordinate the elaboration of a knowledge database for modular programmes and teaching and learning materials related to VET in agriculture;

  • Contribute to the implementation of teachers training measures based on innovative training methods in coordination with the Teachers Professional Development Center (TPDC);

  • Guide relevant working groups on learning environment and VET college physical infrastructure upgrading and work-based-learning;

  • Contribution to UNDP and SDC supported Vocational Education and Training reform agenda.

  • Provide inputs to the elaboration of project tender documents and evaluation of contractor bids;

  • Guide subcontractors, national and international consultants contracted by the project;

  • Ensure quality of performance of project implementing partners, contractors and consultants;

  • Guide managing of VET School partnerships between Georgian VET colleges and European colleges;

  • Coordinate working groups nominated by the project stakeholders;

  • Working in close cooperation with the project team, namely the Knowledge Management specialist, the Agricultural and Farming Specialist and College Development Program Consultant;

  • Provide content inputs for the project visibility;

  • Perform other duties as requested by the UNDP CO and Project Manager.

Competencies Core competencies:
  • Innovation:
    • Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them;

    • Provides authoritative advice to decision makers;

    • Critically assess established methods.

  • Leadership:
    • Actively shares experience and knowledge.

  • People Management:
    • Models independent thinking and action;

    • Provides practical development support.

  • Communication:
    • Shows others how their objectives align with own, getting past individual bias;

    • Actively contributes to the broader organization or team, compromising on own preference where necessary.

  • Delivery:
    • Anticipates constraints and identifies solutions;

    • Accountable for project implementation and/or team deliverables;

    • Combines hard data and personal insights to identify benefits and make decisions that create value above and beyond the expected.

Functional Competencies: Develops and applies professional expertise/business acumen; Adapts and applies knowledge / innovations in different contexts; Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view; Thinks analytically and strategically; Can prioritize and complete tasks in a very limited time span under pressure (time-management); Develops and implements conceptually innovative approaches to the provision of technical expertise; Shares knowledge and experience, communicates ideas and manages information flows internally and externally to the organization; Has outstanding communication and presentation skills. Required Skills and Experience Academic Qualifications:
  • Advanced University degree or equivalent in education, social sciences, economics or related fields.

Experience and skills:
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in VET and knowledge systems preferably in agriculture;

  • Experience in working with public sector, private sector and donor organizations and experiences in institutional development projects;

  • Working experience in agriculture training and knowledge transfer will be an asset;

  • Experience in working with VET college/education institutions will be an asset;

  • 2 to 3 years’ experience in planning training provision to farmers and trainers will be an asset;

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (especially MS Word and Excel, etc.).

  • Fluency in English and Georgian (both written and oral).

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