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Request for Proposal with Mercy Corps

Consultancy- Curricula Development for Emerging Industries in Afghanistan

Mercy Corps is implementing a new three-year informal Vocational Training program in four provinces, and is planning to scale it up to additional provinces where there are high numbers of returnees. Emerging sectors were identified through a study based on Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with the respective Ministries and key stakeholders from public and private sectors, and in light of the workforce needs of the government and its National Priority Programs.
Key criteria of the study to identify target sectors were:
• Growth Potential
• Current and future demand by employers
• Geographic location of demand
• Sustainability
• Relevance to the National Priority Programs and other infrastructure programs
The following sectors were chosen to be addressed within our program:
• Hospitality
• Gas
• Mining
• Railways

Consultant Activities
Since these sectors have not benefited from a systematic vocational training, there are no Curricula or National Occupational and Safety Standards (NOSS) for them. The Consultancy is required to work closely with Government and private sector stakeholders (in Kabul, Herat and Nangarhar provinces) to begin developing NOSS and curricula for the emerging sectors that
• Respond to the needs of prospective trainees who may have lower literacy levels
• Are responsive to market needs
• Align with Afghan Government Ministries’ expectations
• Are able to seek endorsement by relevant Afghan Government Ministries
The Consultancy is also required to train respective individuals from both Mercy Corps and the government on each curricula so that the training can be cascaded in a sustainable manner.

Consultant Deliverables
The consultant will:
• Prepare a 6-month curriculum for three (3) identified skills from each of the three (3) sectors identified, totaling nine (9) curricula.
• Prepare a job description for each of the nine (9) skills
• Prepare a training guide to be used by trainers for each of the nine (9) skills
• Conduct a one (1) day training of trainers for each of the nine (9) skills, delivered to Mercy Corps staff, Government officials and vocational trainers
• Deliver a report summarizing findings and learnings accumulated during the process

Completion is expected within four months of contract award. An agreed timetable for each sector will be separately agreed within the overall timeframe. The expected date for starting the assignment is July 15th, 2018.

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Closing Date: Jun 30, 2018

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