Organization: Belgian Development Agency
Closing date: 25 Jun 2017
In cooperation with 4 other bilateral agencies, BTC is currently looking for a (m/f):
Team Leader VET Toolbox – BRUSSELS
Education, Training and Employment Unit
Location: main duty station is Brussels (BTC office) with regular missions to partner countries
Duration of the contract: 57 months
Estimated starting date: July 2017
Gross monthly salary : (class 7 HQ) min. 5.042,95 euro for 10 years of relevant professional experience. The salary will be calculated in function of the real number of years of relevant experience. Meal vouchers, hospitalisation/healthcare insurance, group retirement savings plan, 24h/24h ETHIAS-Assistance, 13th month, double holiday allowance, 100% reimbursement of public transport costs.
The ‘VET Toolbox’ project is funded by the European Union and aims at supporting EU partner countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific in the design of national employment and VET strategies as well as in enhancing their VET service delivery systems.
The VET Toolbox will act as a support facility that provides high level expertise, develop tools and instruments and other learning and support actions, based on requests that are introduced by partner countries (on themes such as VET policy and reform, labour market intelligence, private sector engagement in VET and inclusiveness). The VET Toolbox will also financially support local non-state actors on inclusiveness, through a series of calls for proposals.
The European Commission requested a consortium of five bilateral development agencies to jointly implement the ‘VET Toolbox’ (AFD, BC, BTC, GIZ and LuxDev). These agencies have many years of experience in the VET sector and have been maintained for many years a network to exchange good practices and lessons learned on Vocational Education and Training (VET). The VET Toolbox will have a Project Management Unit (based at BTC in Brussels) and liaise with the bilateral agencies who will join tly implement the activities.
The overall objective of the VET Toolbox is to improve the effectiveness of VET reforms so that they are more demand-driven and responsive to labour market needs and provide increased access to (self-) employment, including for disadvantaged groups.
The specific objective is to provide partner countries with know-how, tools and advice in order to improve the labour market responsiveness of VET reforms, strategies and action plans, in particular the ones supported by the EU (EC and EU Member States), thereby also enabling the orientation towards an inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
The Team Leader of the VET toolbox is in charge to lead, manage and coordinate the VET Toolbox project management unit (based at BTC in Brussels) and the activities in a large number of partner countries, in order to ensure optimal execution in line with the project document and the orientations provided by the Steering Committee.
The success of the function depends on the adequate use of the VET Toolbox by partner countries, the provision of high-quality support to partners and the development of a knowledge base on VET that is disseminated to all stakeholders.
As project manager : manage the operational and financial planning in order to ensure a smooth start-up, progress and achievement of results of the VET Toolbox;
As coordinator: coordinate the activities and ensure their execution, in compliance with the strategic orientations, the set arrangements and procedures in order to achieve the objectives of the VET Toolbox;
As senior expert: ensure the technical outputs of the VET Toolbox are of high quality and ensure continuous quality improvement in order to ensure high quality deliverables of the project;
As knowledge manager: coordinate the knowledge building and management process and ensure that the results thereof are disseminated in order to ensure a knowledge-based programme approach that will result in the VET Toolbox being widely recognised as a centre of knowledge and expertise;
As People Manager: Lead the team in order to have qualified and motivated staff;
As Communicator: Ensure proper communication and representation of the VET Toolbox to all stakeholders (European Commission – DEVCO, 5 agencies, beneficiaries, supervising bodies,…) to render the action visible, the results tangible and the stakeholders informed.
Qualifications and required experience
A university degree (minimum Master level) in social sciences, education and training, pedagogy, labour, economics or similar;
At least 10 years of relevant experience in the specific area of Vocational Education and Training (VET). This includes professional experience in: VET training delivery, financing VET, policy development on VET and employment, private sector engagement in VET, employment support, inclusion and VET, quality assurance & curriculum development in VET…);
At least 5 years of relevant experience in project management and team coordination in development cooperation, including one long term field posting.
Required technical competences
Broad and in-depth insight in all aspects of development cooperation;
Proven expertise in preparing technical papers and articles, policy papers in the area of VET, employment or private sector support;
Thorough management and organisation skills;
Thorough knowledge and expertise in VET, employment or private sector support;
Expertise in knowledge management and knowledge building;
Fully ICT literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
Fluency in written and spoken English and French. Active knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and/or Dutch is considered as an asset.
Good negotiation skills;
Team player and consensus builder;
Please apply no later than June 25th 2017 through our website: https://www.btcctb.org/content/jobs
If you have any additional questions**,** don’t hesitate to contact us at +32 (0)2/505 18 65.
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