Partnership and Knowledge Management Specialist (International Consultant with residence in Cambodia)
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Cambodia remains a young and growing nation; people under the age of 30 represent two-thirds of its population, which continues to grow at around 1.6% per year. Youth also constitute about 43% of the total working-age population. Whether Cambodia can unleash the potential of its youth, however, is dependent on youth's access to decent and higher value jobs and their ability to start and sustain their enterprises, as well as to successfully respond to rapid technological change driven by the digital economy and industry 4.0.
To address these critical issues and support Cambodia to promote skill development and employment for young Cambodians, UNDP is implementing a project on Promoting Youth Employment Project with three key objectives: 1) Contribute to the improvement of sectoral and national policies related to youth skills development and employment through policy-oriented researches and advocacy which includes an analysis of the threats and opportunities presented by Industry 4.0 for youth employment and a co-design of appropriate policy responses following the analysis; 2) Increase human capital for decent and better employment to support Cambodia’s Industry 4.0 transition through enabling young working-age Cambodians to participate in the dynamics of rising income from higher value-added manufacturing and services; 3) Increase young entrepreneurs’ capability by equipping them with entrepreneurial skills that will allow them to start-up businesses in both rural and urban areas that are responsive to changing industry needs and coordinate efforts and leverage resources from key stakeholders including government, development partners and private sector to promote social impact investment by young entrepreneurs.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant is expected to take lead in implementing the project activities outlined in the terms of reference and assist the project manager on other tasks including the arrangement of project evaluation, drafting project quarterly and completion reports, including documenting lessons learned, good practices, and challenges, and organizing relevant events. Specifically, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks in close coordination with the UNDP team:
Task 1: Provision of the Customized Digital Skills Training and Work Placement Model for Youths
- Conduct regular progress and technical meetings with the selected service provider regarding the progress and result of the training programme.
- Coordinate, review the service provider’s deliverables, and provide technical input to the service provider in identifying and testing workplace models based on data available and agreed plan to reach a defined target.
- Review and make an appropriate inform consent to UNDP team on sustainability and transferability plan of training curriculum including strategic engagement with TVETs or development of an open-source knowledge hub of the training programme.
- Coordinate with the service provider to ensure that a graduation ceremony is organized with the participation of project stakeholders, youths, government agencies, and the donor representative.
Task 2: Development and Launch of the ICT Occupational Profile
- Conduct regular progress and technical meetings with the service provider, NEA, and international consultant to ensure the draft ICT Occupational Framework/Profiles and relevant template are consulted and adopted by NEA.
- Provide technical support to the NEA team to disseminate the newly developed framework, including the development of a landing page on the NEA website (or a separate website) to host occupational profiles and in a view of hosting occupation profiles of other sectors and organizing launching and dissemination workshops to target users.
Task 3: Development and Pilot of Digital Recognition of Prior Learning System
- Coordinate the selected service provider to ensure that E-RPL System development is guided by TVET experts and input from concerned stakeholders.
- Coordinate with TVET/ILO technical team to ensure that technical capacity and arrangement of technical aspects for the first RPL assessment are well in place: selection of occupation /competencies packages, guidelines, assessors, training to TVET institutions, assessment).
- The launching event is organized for the newly developed system and the result of pilot e-RPL.
Task 4: Startup Mentors Programme
- Monitor and provide inputs to the service provider tasked to expand the network of startup mentors for youth entrepreneurs by onboarding at least 25 more local startup mentors (50% women) onto the Startup Cambodia Platform and organize onboarding orientation in partnership with Techo Startup Center (TSC).
- Coordinate closely with the selected service provider through regular technical meetings to ensure that mentoring guidelines/toolkit, mentors training, identification of mentor qualification models, dissemination of developed mentoring guidelines, and mentoring support to youth entrepreneurs are carried out per agreed workplan during the first haft of 2022.
- Work with TSC on building two additional features (1. setting engagement metrics; 2. tracking these metrics for measuring results to engage startups and mentors and prepare transition materials and documents for TSC to continue the engagement with mentors onboarded onto the platform.
- Host at least 3 bi-monthly startup mentor calls, manage the startup mentor community built through Telegram, and coordinate with Regional Youth Team for relevant support and sharing of lessons learned.
- Work with the service provider to document results and impact stories.
Task 5: Provide management support to the UNDP Project Manager
- Track project results and relevant data and draft project quarterly report and result & evidence-based completion report.
- Support Project Manager and team to organize at least three project-related events, including the final project board.
Provide support in final project evaluation exercise including providing the list of relevant documents from above initiatives, list of relevant stakeholders, and facilitating the connection between project evaluator and project partners/beneficiaries as needed. the Draft press release and talking points/speeches for the above-related events where UNDP Representative is engaged.
interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=86187 for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.
- Knowledge of skill development interventions/systems, relevant policies, and digital skills landscape in Cambodia.
- Knowledge of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Cambodia, especially, youth entrepreneurship and startups, mentoring services, or startup support landscape.
- A highly organized person, sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadlines, and manages time efficiently.
- Ability to present complex issues simply and clearly.
- Ability to meet and build networks with stakeholders of various backgrounds and especially successful entrepreneurs.
- Ability to think out-of-the-box and works toward creative solutions.
- Ability to coordinate with stakeholders of various backgrounds
- Ability to deploy digital tools in executing project activities
- Ability to draft knowledge products and project documents.
- Works well in a team to advance the priorities of the project and UNDP programmes;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, age sensitivity and adaptability, and is committed to UNDP gender equality strategy, gender sensitivity, and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in business administration or business management; specialized in strategic management, entrepreneurship, international development, or other related fields..
- Minimum 3 years of experience working in development projects or for the private sector in Cambodia and other countries.
- Solid experiences in planning, providing strategic advice, implementing and coordinating specific tasks/initiatives related to youth skill training activities, start-up, entrepreneurship programs, and communication campaigns.
- Demonstrated experience in coordinating with various groups of stakeholders and building resource networks/mentors to support youth entrepreneurs plus managing partnerships with different stakeholders, especially successful entrepreneurs, startup mentors, and advisors or business incubators/accelerators.
- Demonstrated experience in data collection, drafting knowledge products or project reports, and collecting stakeholder feedback.
Language Requirement: Fluency in English
UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.
Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.
Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
2. Financial proposal
3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.
Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email [email protected] and cc [email protected] . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice