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Consultancy announcement: Vocational Training Consultant – Guangxi

By the end of the assignment vocational training structure will be set up at the special schools and a clear action plan will be in place for monitoring and evaluating the VT actions. The consultant will work closely with the Handicap International Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) team.

Background information

In 2006, upon the Guangxi Disabled Persons’ Federation (GDPF)’s request, Handicap International Belgium (HIB) initiated a first phase of a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project by setting up, in two pilot rural counties, Mashan and Fusui. In 2010, the project has expanded to include third project site, and a new partner a local NGO in Nanning.  The project has focused on a number of key activities in the area of education. Activities have taken place both within the formal education system, the community and within the home to assist with improving CWDs access to education, and to promote education for all.

To date, the project has supported the special schools to set up vocational training units, which have recently started to provide training to students at the special schools in areas such as cooking, hair cutting and flower arrangement. Teachers have expressed that they have difficulty with linking the training to local employment opportunities for their students, and would like to have more opportunity to explore job placement for their students. Currently activities lack appropriate structure and do not have clear competency based curriculum.

A number of actions have taken place to do this. Partnerships have been developed between the schools and the DPF who have links with employers and provide needs basis vocational training to adults with disabilities, and an action plan for 2010 has been developed. As survey into the attitudes regarding employment has been completed in the target areas, this survey included people with disabilities, older children with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, employers and community members. It is hoped that this information can guide development of VT content and further inform the action plan.  Currently, an education consultant is working with the special schools and DPF to develop life skills and pre-vocational training curriculum.

A more planned approach to vocational training is required to ensure that the training lead to employable skills, as well as produces skills that meet the market demand

Objectives

By the end of the assignment vocational training structure will be set up at the special schools and a clear action plan will be in place for monitoring and evaluating the VT actions. 

VT teachers at the schools and DPFs will be able to implement basic, short term VT resulting in employable skills. They will also have strategies for monitoring local employment markets, and have links with employers in the community.

The consultant will work closely with the Handicap International CBR team, and will report daily to the Guangxi Project manager. The consultant will have regular interaction with the county DPFs, special schools, and education bureau.

Responsibilities

Responsibility 1: Initial Planning

  • Sharing ideas and experiences of other well developed VTC or VTS for the PwDs in other areas or countries including HI VT project in Tibet.
  • Work with the partners to decide on what vocational training should be provided that are feasible for people with disabilities to be able to generate income from, and are linked to the situation analysis.
  • Work with the partners to develop appropriate awareness strategies to promote vocational training and employment of people with disabilities to employers and community through the media.

Responsibility 2: Development of training materials, protocol, and evaluation tools

  • Assist parents to identify appropriate trainers and training opportunities.
  • Assist key persons to develop training materials and protocols for short-term vocational trainings (e.g; nails make up, flower dealer, computer typing, mechanical repair etc),
  • Development of modules on “employment of people with disabilities” and “building an employment office”
  • Assist key persons to develop systems of monitoring and evaluation for vocational  training at the special schools and DPF
  • Regular exchange of resources and materials with HI VT project in Tibet.

Responsibility 3: Capacity building

  • Provide training on the adapted teaching methods and curriculum and workstation accessibility (for VT teachers and DPF)
  • Help/train the VT teachers and DPF how to monitor the local market for employable jobs that the vocational training program is in keeping with the demands of the market
  • Provide guidance for partners’ staffs to identify & access  job placement opportunities

Responsibility 4: Strategic development

  • Work with local DPFs and special schools and key stakeholders to develop strategy for linking the vocational training and job placement / internship / self employment for students
  • Work with DPFs and special schools to develop action plan for 2011  
  • Facilitate the development of links between the special school, DPF, education bureau, labour bureau and mainstream vocational training centres.
  • Regular communication and exchange of ideas and approach with HI VT project in Tibet.

 Duration

 The assignment is for 3 months and expected to be conducted from August to October, 2010

Expected outputs

  • Competency based training modules for VT are produced that are accessible are accessible for people with vision, hearing and cognitive impairments
  • VT modules are ready for implementation in special schools
  • Monitoring and evaluation systems are set up for VT and employment opportunities
  • Modules on “employing people with disabilities” and “building an employment office” are produced.
  • A directory of local businesses employing people with disabilities in the two project areas is available.
  • Action plan for VT 2011 is completed.
  • End-of-mission report with concrete recommendations and actions required for follow up post consultancy, as well identifying any synergies or complementary activities required to support vocational training in Guangxi (eg social enterprises).
  • 1 day restitution with project team & partners in Guangxi.

 The reports will be submitted in English; all materials will be translated in Chinese.

Qualifications

Knowledge

  • Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training or related qualifications
  • Fluent oral and written English, Chinese is an asset
  • Knowledge of disability, especially intellectual disability is a strong asset
  • Background experience in other developing countries on education, or developing new services

Skills

  • Previous experience in working on Vocational Training strategies
  • Experience in designing, implementing and evaluating competency based training
  • Previous experience in working with governmental departments
  • Ability to strike a balance between decision-making and consultation
  • Good planning skills
  • Good reporting and writing skills
  • Ability to work with a minimum direction
  • Experience of working in partnership with local and international NGOs
  • Previous experience in working in China is an asset, working experience in Asia is highly desirable

Personal qualities

  • Strong communication skills
  • Creative, patient and flexible
  • Capacity to adapt to different cultural contexts, especially to adapt his/her communication style
  • Ability to work in a team
  • To adhere to Handicap International’s vision: a world in which all forms of disabilities can be prevented, cared for or integrated, and in which the rights of people with disabilities are respected and applied.          

Submission requests

Handicap International invites experts to express their interest through submission of a current Curricula Vitae and a cover letter in English. 

Please send your application to the following e-mail addresses: Marie-Noël Ponteville: marie-noel.ponteville@handicap.be / Helen Gao: hr@handicap-int.org.cn

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