Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal (with extensive travel in Lumbini Province, Province 2 and others)
LOE: Full time
Start Date: December 15, 2020
The FCDO Skills for Employment Programme (सीप) is brokering transformational partnerships with the Nepali private and public sector to propel growth in selected priority sectors – commercial agriculture, light manufacturing, tourism, ICT, and construction through expanded access to quality skills training linked to gainful employment and migration optimization for Nepalis. सीप uses a Challenge Fund co-investment and technical assistance mechanism to forge partnerships aimed at addressing key market constraints for increased job creation, financial inclusion, and industry growth by introducing innovative, scalable skilling models and financial services; catalyzing multi-sectoral collaborations; and unlocking public and private capital. Currently, सीप has active 13 private sector partners in total, of which eight are under the Skilling Component.
Role and Responsibilities:
The सीप Skills Component Lead/Partnership Advisor will lead and manage a dynamic results-oriented component responsible for the co-design and implementation of sustainable skilling and job creation models with the private sector and skilling providers through a co-investment approach. Will also coordinate the component’s efforts aimed at promoting private sector engagement with the Government of Nepal to harmonize emerging new in-demand job occupations with the National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) and to seek Government ownership, including co-funding to scale impact. Key responsibilities of the सीप Component Lead/Partnership Advisor will include:
- Working closely with सीप’s Challenge Fund, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), Regional Managers, and GESI and Communications teams, oversee and support effective result-focused management of SEP partners, in particular to track and ensure the attainment of the stated skilling and employment goals, systemic changes, evaluation of targeted beneficiaries, timely reporting, and knowledge sharing
- Provide strategic direction to a component team working with the private sector to identify skills gaps and future skills needs across a range of sectors and geographic areas (Province 2 and Lumbini Province) that are linked to growth opportunities and to support adaptive management of the partnerships forged by SEP with a learning and scale-up mindset
- Coordinate with GoN and other donor-funded skilling initiatives to link सीप and its partner efforts for replication and scale-up in order to maximize results
- Explore the feasibility, adoption, and scale-up of different skilling models by the private sector on a co-investment basis. Work with the private sector on the co-development and scale-up of business models that supports introduction/expansion of skilling initiatives for in-demand job occupations leading to employment/self-employment opportunities
- Working closely with the MEL and Component team, deploy Value for Money & Cost Benefit assessments, and beneficiary verification to ensure sustainability and impact of skilling models; on a more regular basis, ensure receipt of timely monthly and quarterly reports and beneficiary profiles from all partners; elevating deviances and constraints to the team on a timely basis to ensure they are addressed and optimized and partners receive the support they need
Requirements for the Position
- Master’s degree in economics/business administration or equivalent with an in-depth knowledge of investment analysis and related computer applications
- Minimum of 15 years of experience working in the private sector (preferably in the sectors of सीप’s interest identified above or with a private sector financial institution’s lending or investment advisory arm working that has orchestrated financing arrangements with businesses in सीप’s targeted sectors
- Familiarity with the working of challenge funding preferably gained through prior work on a FCDO/DFID’s or a similar donor project that has orchestrated successful co-investments with the private sector- preferably in private sector development, skilling, and financial inclusion
- Successful track record of leveraging private sector funding from firms in Nepal’s growth sectors into skilling or other economic development projects funded by FCDO/DFID or other similar donors
- Prior experience working as a component lead on FCDO/DFID or a similar donor’s skilling and/or private sector development output-based contracts with in-depth understanding of the theory of change, logframes and related reporting requirements
- Evidence of having deployed analytical/management tools, including market ecosystems mapping and constraints analysis, undertaking gaps assessments, and developing roadmaps/implementation plans.
- Experience promoting private sector engagement with the Government of Nepal to introduce systemic change aimed at transformational growth and employment in progressive sectors and to catalyze public private partnerships
- Written and oral communications skills, and a good command over the English language given the requirements for drafting reports and leading presentations
- Proficiency in MS Office suite of applications
Eligible applicants are requested to provide a resume to not exceed 3 pages at [email protected]com by 25th November, 2020. Accompanying the resume should be a 1-page cover letter summarizing how the applicant meets the requirements for the position. Failure to follow this procedure will disqualify the applicant for consideration.