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IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services (MAS) department covers sectors which cater to basic human needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and health and education. These sectors play a critical role in providing goods and services to consumers, create jobs, contribute to government revenue, and stimulate growth through SMEs.
IFC’s priorities in MAS are: (i) increasing access to goods and services, with a particular focus on frontier countries and regions; (ii) building top sector expertise to make IFC the preferred partner for key clients (iii) supporting local companies, while improving their transparency, efficiency and sustainability; (iv) catalyzing foreign investment, including mobilizing B loans and parallel loans; and (v) developing client, sector and country-level solutions that can be scaled and replicated with a special focus on climate change.
IFC has developed and is deploying a new Employability Tool for education sector clients to support the global skills agenda. The tool takes a 360-degree view of the education provider (TVET, institute, university) to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of how the institution is delivering on employability outcomes for students.
The Tool is being rolled out globally to private sector higher education institutions (HEIs). An online version of the Tool is being developed to allow institutions ease of access to employability data, best practices and opportunities for comparative assessment and online learning. In a select group of countries, including South Africa, IFC is conducting employability assessments of public sector institutions and outreach to education sector stakeholders in partnership with industry, governments, and development partners on good practices in employability. In South Africa, IFC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dept of Higher Education and Training to roll out employability advice to public and private sector institutions.
IFC is looking for a Consultant to complement its team in the delivery of this initiative. The Consultant will have the following responsibilities during the assignment:
First and primarily, the Consultant will be responsible for building a strategic pipeline of institutions to undergo employability assessment, working closely with the employability team as well as upstream and investment counterparts to select clients. This will include partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training to select and engage public institutions for assessment.
Second, the Consultant will lead employability assessments of public and private educational institutions as the pipeline converts into mandates. The Consultant will be responsible for drafting and delivery of reports and debriefs while IFC experts would provide advice and input to client engagements on their specific areas of expertise. The Consultant will also manage IFC’s delivery of implementation advisory services to a subset of assessed clients. While clients are expected to be mainly in South Africa, the Consultant may be required to lead engagements in other countries during the assignment.
Third, the Consultant will be responsible for overall project management. Duties include operational management of STC and vendor resources for the project, as well as management of time of IFC experts and staff. The Consultant is responsible for monitoring of project budget. Responsibilities include management of client relationships including operational relationship with the Dept of Higher Education and Training of South Africa and relevant stakeholders.
The Consultant should have an understanding of the landscape of higher education and employability in South Africa. The Consultant should have prior experience working for or consulting private sector companies as well as exposure to public sector regulatory bodies.
THIS CONSULTANCY POSITION IS BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA.
Duties and Accountabilities
Build a pipeline of HEIs for Employability Tool assessment in South Africa, working closely with the IFC education and employability team, and deliver assessments to public and private HEIs.
Build a pipeline of HEIs for employability assessment in South Africa:
Pitch the employability assessment tool to HEIs together with IFC education specialists:
Support employability assessment of HEI clients, both public and private and manage delivery of implementation advice to HEIs and other partners:
Manage the day to day operations of the Skills in South Africa project:
Summary of deliverables per client assessment:
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
|Country:||-- South Africa|
|Closing date:||December 8, 2021|