Swisscontact - Bangladesh

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Skills and Employment Programme Bangladesh (SEP-B), branded as Sudokkho, is a 5-year programme funded by UK aid and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The programme is implemented by Palladium, in consortium with Swisscontact and the British Council. It stimulates the private sector to deliver vocational skills training sustainably and at scale. Swisscontact invites applications from qualified candidates for the following position:

Industry Based Training Coordinator - Construction

Location : Dhaka with regular field work at locations of (potential) partner organisations and other stakeholders of Sudokkho.
Duration : January 2017 till March 2019
Purpose : Construction Sector Lead

Background of Sudokkho

Sudokkho is a 5-year skills training and employment programme applying market system approaches, funded by UK aid and SDC and implemented by Palladium in consortium with Swisscontact and the British Council. Sudokkho tests and scales-up market-driven, quality skills training systems within the Readymade Garments (RMG) and Construction sectors that will stimulate further investment in training by trainees, private training providers and employers. The programme's target is that 100,000 poor people, including women and disadvantaged populations, will earn increased income in skilled or semi-skilled jobs after successful completion of training.

The programme supports Private Training Providers (PTPs) and Industry-Based Training (IBT) initiatives (supply-side stimulation), and raises awareness about the value of skills development among the trainees and industry (demand-side stimulation). Additionally, Sudokkho strengthens the institutional capacity and supports key functions of the Industry Skills Councils (ISC) in the concerned sectors and the development of skills training packages that meet the occupational standards of the industry and can be used by the above mentioned training systems.

Sudokkho builds upon the TVET reform agenda in coordination with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) supports initiatives that facilitate greater involvement of the private sector to ensure skills training is relevant and of high quality, thereby increasing post-training employment opportunities, as stipulated in the National Skills Development Policy 2011. The programme also supports capacity building of national Training Consultancy Service Providers (TCSP) to sustain a long-term development process.

Rationale for the Assignment

Sudokkho’s programme implementation team is structured around the two sectors it supports; For each sectors, there is a sector-team headed by a Sector Lead and four or five Project Officers. The sector-team is tasked to develop and facilitate implementation of project interventions in cooperation with and support to partner organisations. This includes industry based organisations and companies that are interested to lead on new and innovative vocational training systems that will be implemented by the industry. To strengthen the construction sector team of Sudokkho, the programme is recruiting a full-time IBT Coordinator who will be responsible for the expansion and successful implementation of IBT projects in the construction sector.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The IBT Coordinator is part of a team that is responsible for the implementation of a set of Sudokkho interventions that contribute to the overall targets of Sudokkho in the construction sector, which targets are agreed upon by the project management in consultation with its financiers (DFID and SDC) and the three consortium partners (Palladium, Swisscontact and British Council). The annual Sudokkho log frame targets and the related annual Sudokkho work plan are the basis for detailed targets and work plans within the scope of the three Sudokkho Output Components. To contribute to the Sudokkho sector targets, the IBT Coordinator - Construction in consultation with the Construction Sector Lead will agree on personal targets and work plans, which are subject to approval by the Team Leader. This includes overall annual targets as well as intermittent targets for specific tasks. Aligned with this, the IBT Coordinator will prepare on a weekly basis 4-week rolling activity plans and will report on a weekly basis the factual activities undertaken by means of a standard time sheet.

The IBT Coordinator will participate in Sudokkho sector planning and monitoring meetings that are chaired by the Construction Sector Lead. He/she will also contribute to Sudokkho’s quarterly and annual progress reporting and where applicable to the annual review.

The duties and tasks of the IBT Coordinator are as follows.

1. IBT projects concept development and partner engagement

This is the chief responsibility of the IBT Coordinator, and includes the following:

  • Network among various stakeholders among the construction industry and identify possible IBT project concepts aligned with Sudokkho’s “Industry Based Training (IBT) – Development and Assessment Process” approach.
  • Assist potential IBT partner organisations in the formulation of concept notes for IBT projects in the construction sector, including the development of a draft “training model” and draft “results chain”.
  • Support the Sudokkho Team Leader in presenting the IBT concept notes to the IBT Appraisal Committee.
  • In cooperation with Sudokkho’s “Grants and Contracts Team” and where applicable for the IBT project implementation, support the engagement of national and/or international “Training Consultancy Service Providers”
  • With support of construction sector team contribute to the development, piloting and implementation of the IBT projects.
  • Capture lessons learnt and formulate sector-wide upscaling for the construction industries in Bangladesh.

2. Research and development

  • Conduct research and support the construction sector team in data processing and analyses and design strategies pertaining to skills and employment promotion.
  • Remain well aware of developments in the construction sector.

3. Gender and social inclusion

  • Ensure that within the assigned duties and tasks the Sudokkho Gender and Social Inclusion Strategy is fully applied, and where relevant seek cooperation with the Sudokkho Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor.
  • Where applicable, support women as specific target group in non-traditional occupations in IBT project concepts for the construction sector.

4. Communications

  • In consultation with the Sudokkho Communications Advisor apply the Sudokkho communication strategy to outreach to different stakeholder groups, specifically key stakeholders relevant to IBT projects in the construction sector.

5. Monitoring and results management

  • Contribute to the process of designing planning and monitoring tools, including results chains and corresponding results measurement framework, in consultation with Sudokkho’s MRM team.
  • Support Project Officers who will be assigned to IBT projects in the construction sector in the process of results measurement and quality assurance of performance data among partner organisations and the target group of Sudokkho
  • Conduct regular field visits to IBT projects in the construction sector to ensure proper implementation of the scope of cooperation.

6. Reporting

  • Prepare periodic progress reports and communication materials for the programme.

7. Other

  • During the scope of implementation of Sudokkho additional tasks may emerge for which the programme takes responsibility; In the event that the Project Officer is considered suitable among the entire programme staff for taking up these tasks, and if workload permits, the Team Leader in consultation with his/her direct superior may assign these additional tasks

Key Performance Indicators

  • Meeting all targets as agreed upon in the individual detailed work plan.
  • Compliance with all planning, monitoring, results measurement and reporting tasks.
  • Compliance with the Sudokkho Gender and Social Inclusion Strategy.
  • Compliance with the Sudokkho Communication Strategy and branding guidelines.
  • Compliance with the guidelines of the Sudokkho operational manual.

Skills and Experience

  • It is of chief importance that the candidate has an entrepreneurial background with demonstrated partnership brokering experience, especially with private sector entities and dealing with public agencies;
  • The candidate should have solid understand of the dynamics of how the construction sector is organised, how it operates and how the sector employs people;
  • He/she should have experience with donor-financed development cooperation projects, specifically with projects that are o engaged in market system development, and o apply results measurement and monitoring systems suitable for development cooperation projects, such as the DCED Standard for results measurement; and
  • It will be an advantage when the candidate has experience with TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).

Furthermore, the candidate should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have at least 10 years’ of working experience;
  • A Master’s degree in economics, business, development or technical studies;
  • Proven excellent proficiency in MS Office (particularly Word and Excel);
  • Excellent communication in English and Bangla; and
  • Strong analytical and organisational skills, and proven reporting skills.

Working Conditions and Environment

This will be according to the Swisscontact Staff Manual.

Application details: Detailed terms of reference and application form can be downloaded from our website Please email your application along with a cover letter (elaborating your competencies that you think make you a suitable candidate for the position and expected salary) to You can also submit your application at Swisscontact, South Asia Regional Office (SARO), House 19, Road 11, Baridhara, Dhaka 1212 addressed to Head of Operations. Please mention Name of the Position applied for in the “subject” line of your email or on top of the envelope. Applications must be submitted on or before 01 January 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.

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