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To fill a vacancy of a project-based assignment we are searching a qualified

Key Expert 1: Team Leader (m/f)

Brussels (and Project implementation in 12 African countries)

Assignment Period:    
expected 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2022 (depending on the date of signature of the main contract between sequa and the EU Commission for the implementation of the ARCHIPELAGO programme)

ARCHIPELAGO – an African-European TVET initiative

The Programme
sequa will implement in partnership with EUROCHAMBRES (Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and CPCCAF (Permanent Conference of African and French-Speaking Chambers) the programme ARCHIPELAGO funded through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
The ARCHIPELAGO programme aims at supporting the creation of sustainable and decent job opportunities in West and Central Africa. It contributes to tackle the grievances arising from economic and social exclusion, marginalisation and inequality.

  • Vocational competencies ARCHIPELAGO is an inclusive economic development programme addressing youth and vulnerable groups' employability through increasing their professional skills as well as enhancing employment opportunities.
  • Employability Archipelago will increase local employment opportunities and employability by developing local vocational training resources adapted to private sector needs.
  • Partnership Principle The principle approach is the implementation of targeted partnership projects between European and African Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions with the objective to provide labour market relevant TVET training. In order to increase the employability of the young people it is imperative to have a fully private sector driven approach to TVET for the Youth.
  • Approach The partners SEQUA, CPCCAF and EUROCHAMBRES will mobilise their networks and facilitate partnerships. The TVET projects will contribute from an entrepreneurial perspective important information for the selection of key sectors. After being competitively selected through calls for proposals these partnership projects will develop adapted further training modules which teach with a dual approach (workplace and TVET centre) labour market relevant skills and competencies within ca. 3 months and validate these. In addition, entrepreneurship trainings will be implemented and local business environment improved.

Programme title
ARCHIPELAGO – African-European TVET initiative

Target regions
Sahel and Lake Chad Region: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal

15 million EUR for 48 months starting in December 2018

Reach 10,500 young people and entrepreneurs

Consortium partners
SEQUA gGmbH: Development agency of the German private sector
EUROCHAMBRES: Association of European Chambers of Commerce & Industry
CPCCAF: Permanent Conference of African and French-Speaking Chambers

Expected results

1. Private Sector and youth are aware of the chances offered by TVET
2. Youth is trained and has skills according to private sector needs and identified economic potentials
3. Local economic development and entrepreneurship is enhanced and public-private dialogue facilitated
4. Performance and service provision of business membership organisations (BMOs) is improved

Main activities

  • Establishment of Technical Assistance Team, development of generic curricula, validation framework and training concepts
  • Pre-identification of value chains, analysis of economic potentials, sectors and labour market needs
  • Mobilisation of European and African partners and entrepreneurial potentials/or business interests
  • Management of calls for proposals, sub-granting and coaching; Identification of good practices, upscaling
  • Implementation of partnership projects
            1.Selection of crafts/trades and value chains, clear specification of skills & competencies needed
            2.Local adaptation of trainings concepts, curricula and validation framework for youth
            3.Development and implementation of adapted entrepreneurship and business trainings
            4.Training of Trainers/Assessors (in company and in centres)
            5.Implementation of trainings, assessment/validation, follow-up and monitoring
            6.Facilitation of local economic development, public-private dialogue

Throughout the implementation of the Programme, a Technical Assistance Team (TAT) established in Brussels and consisting of three permanent full-time experts (Team Leader, TVET Expert, Financial Expert) will be in charge of the day-to-day management, operational and executive implementation of the ARCHIPELAGO programme, in strong coordination with the Consortium’s management team which sets the strategic orientations.

Your Tasks / Responsibilities

Technical inputs

  • Steer and contribute to the analytical inception phase and provide technical inputs, in particular for the development and dissemination of generic curricula and validation frameworks, considering material and contents generated by the consortium partners
  • Steer and contributes to desk studies on economic potentials of sectors/trades per country
  • Coordinates and consolidates the technical contributions of Consortium’s members

Coordination, events, communication and public relations

  • Stakeholder and contact management
  • Coordinate the exchange of information and expertise among programme and project partners
  • Coordinate and foster synergies and complementarities with other relevant projects in the region, donors and institutions
  • Organise networking events
  • Organise project steering committee meetings and technical working group meetings, in co-ordination with SEQUA
  • Coordinate communication and visibility activities, including the drafting of C&V Plan
  • Set-up of the programme web portal with an external IT provider, taking into consideration the sustainability of the network

Management of Calls for Proposals

  • Establishment of process and procedures for call of proposals (manual) and its on-line tool for evaluation and monitoring together with SEQUA (considering also AKVO)
  • Support the Consortium in the elaboration of the guidelines for the Calls for Proposals
  • Manage the publication of call for proposals, including info-sessions and communication activities
  • Participate in the evaluation committee of project proposals emanating from the Calls for Proposals
  • Support SEQUA in concluding grant contracts with the selected TVET partnership projects

Support, monitoring and coaching of TVET partnership projects

  • Main contact point for TVET projects’ stakeholders
  • Coordinate the supervision and monitoring of around 20 TVET partnership projects
  • Organisation of training/planning workshops, in co-ordination with the PSC
  • Coordinate, mobilise and manage the backstopping and provision of expertise from the consortium partners, in particular for monitoring activities of TVET partnership projects according to the resources and competencies needed
  • Coordinate the overall programme monitoring system, incorporating the inputs of the Consortium’s backstoppers
  • Ensure synergies, complementarity and coordination between TVET partnership projects in the respective countries
  • Quality assurance of reports submitted and managerial coaching of partnership projects

Reporting, administrative tasks

  • Supervise the verification process of technical and financial reports submitted by TVET partnership projects
  • Present bimonthly (every two months) to the Consortium an overview of the state of implementation of the TVET partnership projects, including both technical and financial analyses and recommendations
  • Report in due-time to the Steering Committee about any major developments and difficulties
  • Disseminate information, templates and documentation to projects’ stakeholders for the swift implementation, management and reporting of TVET partnership projects
  • Formulate recommendations to sequa for any adjustments requiring contractual modifications
  • Provide technical and financial reporting on TVET partnership projects to be included in the consolidated report submitted by SEQUA to the EU Commission
  • Establishment of office procedures and a procedures manual together with SEQUA
  • Identify, mobilise and coordinates external short-term experts when necessary (contract management by sequa or co-applicants)
  • In charge of local office management
  • Hierarchical supervision of TAT experts
  • To coordinate the overall management and implementation of the Project
  • To be the main contact person for all communication with the relevant institutions/actors including the Beneficiary, Contracting Authority and Operating Structure
  • To be responsible for management of the TA team members and allocation of duties among experts for the efficiency and success of the operation
  • To prepare work plans and implementation schedules for the implementation of the Project
  • To ensure timely submission of all Project outputs as required
  • To ensure implementation of controlling procedures

Your Qualification / Skills

  • University degree or equivalent in economics or a similar relevant field
  • Fluent in English and French, other European languages  would be an additional asset
  • Strong communication skills and intercultural skills
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Very good organisational skills and ability to manage deadlines also under stressful conditions
  • A methodical approach and very good problem-solving skills
  • IT-proficient

Your Working Experience    

  • The Team Leader will have a minimum of 10 years of full-time experience (i.e. after formal education) in the field of Project Management.
  • She/He will have a full command of EuropeAid PRAG rules and procedures.
  • She/He will have demonstrated experience and skills in capacity building and training.
  • She/He will have also experience in managing sub-grants and regional projects in a complex setting.
  • The team leader has worked previously with business support organisations in West and Central Africa and Europe and has a very good network of private sector intermediary organizations in both regions.
  • She/He has experience in leading a small team.

Please send us your application by no later than September 30th, 2018.

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