RE- ADVERTISEMENT:TERMS OF REFERENCE Consultancy to Expand the Vocational Qualification Framework (VQF) and Build Capacities of Vocational Qualificati

TERMS OF REFERENCE: RE- ADVETISEMENT Consultancy to Expand the Vocational Qualification Framework (VQF) and Build Capacities of Vocational Qualification Authorities (VQA) in Somalia

Job title

Consultancy on Improvement of Vocational Qualifications Framework & Capacities for TVET registration, accreditation, assessments & Certification.


Hargeisa, Somaliland, Garowe & Galkacyo -Puntland, Kismayu-Jubaland, Mogadishu-Banaadir, South Galkacyo- Galmudug


2nd June 2018-15th December 2018

Time input

400 consultancy days

1. Background Information

The TVET and Higher Education for Boosting Road Infrastructure Development and Growth of Energy Services (THE BRIDGES) project is being implemented by CARE International in Somalia and the University of Technology - Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands. This is a 36-month project funded by the European Union with interventions targeted at beneficiaries in Puntland, Galmudug, Jubaland, Banaadir and Somaliland.

Given the increasingly dynamic employment market, the project supports the introduction of a private sector-led and a high-quality competency-based skills development approach facilitated by innovative and internationally bench-marked frameworks, to increase the relevance of the skills training offered and to ensure an optimal absorption of the (new) skilled workforce into the labour market. To attain these objectives, first national and local capacities in the design, management and implementation of skills development and employment promotion programmes in TVET and HE linked to the road infrastructure and energy services must be strengthened and training qualifications need to be brought to a higher quality and existing frameworks need to be aligned with standardized norms.

The training system in Somalia is characterised by the absence of clearly defined standards, which limits the design and implementation of market-oriented programmes. In order to address this, both Somaliland and Puntland are adopting a best practice model for TVET which is based on a market-driven specification of standards and competency-based programming. Specific recent achievements include the creation of a national VQF for Somaliland and Puntland, which aims to align TVET programmes and qualifications with the needs of the labour market. The VQF was established as safeguard against institutionalization of supply-driven training programmes, which cannot provide graduates with competencies and skills relevant to the needs of the labour market. Despite these positive developments, the current VQF is limited to three lowest levels of TVET qualifications and covers only a few occupations.

Moreover, the implementation process both in Somaliland and Puntland has been slow. Therefore, THE BRIDGES project will support further development of the VQF and systematic implementation of its provision. More specifically, the project will look into expanding the scope of the VQF to include more levels of qualifications (a least up to diploma level), increase its coverage to encompass more occupations within targeted sectors and accelerate its implementation for the targeted sectors. A VQF for Somaliland/Puntland with additional levels and new occupational standards is expected to provide guidance on curriculum design and quality assurance processes required to deliver the planned training programme for new skill areas under this project. It will also inform the design of training programmes for trainers to deliver the programmes.

2.0 Purpose and Objectives of the Consultancy

The purpose of this consultancy is provision of a consolidated approach to improve Vocational Qualification Framework & Capacities for TVET Registration, Accreditation, Assessments & Certification to meet the immediate and emerging labour market demands within road infrastructure and energy sectors.

The assignment will be guided by the following 4 specific objectives:

a) Further improvement and expansion of scope/coverage of the VQF

b) Development of programme registration and accreditation guidelines;

c) Development of competence-based assessment and certification guidelines

d) Provision of capacity building training to VQA on the implementation of the VQF and related guidelines

A detailed description of components under each of the above listed objectives is as outlined below:

a) Further improvement and expansion of the scope and coverage of Vocational Qualifications Framework

This activity will be in furtherance of the ongoing efforts in the development of TVET frameworks. The current VQF for Somaliland/Puntland is limited to the three lowest levels of TVET qualification and covers only 3 economic sectors. Even among the sectors covered, only a few skills are included. Substantial improvement and further expansion of these VQFs are needed to enable preparation and implementation of new curricula and to deliver skills training at appropriate levels. This will be especially important to guide the development and delivery of training skills linked to roads and energy sectors which are not covered under the current VQF. The project seeks to expand the scope of the VQF by adding more qualification levels and increase its coverage to cover more skills areas. The improved and expanded VQF is expected to provide a complete work-related qualifications and competency levels for all sectoral occupations covered. All the training programmes offered by this project will be designed in accordance with the respective VQFs and related quality standards. This will take skills development to higher levels on the qualifications pathway, facilitating the movement of trainees through the education and training system. The VQF will be formulated for inclusion into the education sector policies and will specifically form part of the implementation of the TVET sub-sector policies and strategies to guide middle level skills development for economic growth. International experts will be engaged to lead the VQF development process.

b) Development of a Guideline for Registration and Accreditation of TVET Training Providers.

The project seeks to support efforts to develop a well- regulated and a quality-assured TVET system. Both Puntland and Somaliland, the respective Vocational Qualification Authority (VQAs) are responsible for the functions of accreditation, regulation and course-certification of training providers. The project will support the VQAs to develop TVET registration manual to define the requirement and procedures for licensing a training provider. It will also support the development of accreditation guidelines to define the criteria for accrediting a training programme. This project will support the respective VQA to provide orientation to training providers on the requirements registration and course accreditations.

c) Development of competence-based assessment and certification guidelines

This activity supports government efforts to strengthen its methodology in the assessment of skills and issuance of qualifications that are nationally recognized. The Somaliland and Puntland VQAs have the responsibilities of undertaking trainee assessment and certification within the respective VQFs. But at present, these functions have not been fully activated and there is still lack of clarity on the assessment and certification process. Even the assessment and certification guidelines developed to guide the process, are not yet operational. THE BRIDGES project recognizes that assessment is a strong quality assurance mechanism while certificate can be used to communicate competences attained by a trainee. The project will therefore finance interventions related to administration of assessments and issuance of certificates to project trainees. This would include: (i) selection and training of assessors; (ii) the development of assessment materials; (ii) organization of assessments themselves; (iii) issuance of successfully assessed candidates with VQF-compliant certificates of qualifications. The project seeks also to revise and update the assessment and certification guidelines and provide trainings to VQAs and training providers on its implementation.


How to apply:
Interested firms to submit sealed proposal documents by Tuesday 29th May, 2018 and deposited in the Tender Box located at the Reception at CARE International Somalia office at Lavington Mbambane Road off James Gichuru Road.