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Education and Skills Expert ( Senior technical support to Team Leader) , South Africa

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South Africa
Education and Skills Expert ( Senior technical support to Team Leader)
Education and Employment Promotion
Monday, December 30, 2019
Name of project: 
Education for Employability (E4E) Sector Reform Programme
Task description: 

The Education and Skills Expert will support the Team Leader in the overall implementation and management of the Education for Employability Programme in South Africa.

The overall objective of the Education for Employability (E4E) Budget Support Sector Reform Programme of which this contract will be a part is "more inclusive, equitable and quality education and employment prospects for South African youth".

The specific objectives/ outcomes of the programme are:

Specific Objective (SO) 1: enhance institutional coordination within the education, training and public employment services systems to promote the development of a smooth pathway from training/education to employment opportunities, especially for disadvantaged youth. This objective is in line with SO3 of Sector 1 of the MIP (Employment creation), "Actions in the area of skills development and placement assistance enhanced"


Specific Objective (SO) 2: support, from early ages up, an educational offer that is equitable and inclusive, especially for disadvantaged youth. The objective is in line with SO1 of Sector 2 of the MIP (Education, training and innovation), "Teaching and learning at pre-school and primary school level improved".

To attain the above-mentioned specific objectives, the action has been designed to support the Government of South Africa in the following result/output areas:

1. Diversified learning pathways (with emphasis on work integrated learning) for improved employability of students, are set-up and offered to students at school/college level;

2. Public labour counselling and placement assistance services are improved;

3. Access to quality Early Childhood Development and throughput through grades are improved; and

4. Parental involvement and support is mainstreamed from the early ages up to TVET.


Qualifications and skills

  •  A Master’s Degree in education, development studies, management or a related discipline is required; (In the absence of a Master’s Degree, a Bachelors' degree or equivalent qualification with at least 10 years' experience in the fields listed above or related disciplines will be considered;)
  •  Good communication skills in English- written and spoken;
  •  Competent in MS Office;
  •  Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills.

General professional experience

  •  At least 12 years’ experience in a mix of areas relevant to basic education, higher education, skills development or employment services in a developing country;
  •  Minimum of 3 experiences in programme/project management in the public sector;
  •  Experience in programme/project management for the South African government will be an added advantage.

Specific professional experience

  •  Minimum of 10 years experiences in programme/project management in the public and private sector;
  •  At least 5 experiences in strategic management or project and programme management or a mix of these fields.
  •  Experience and exposure to monitoring and evaluation approaches will be an added advantage.
Mission start date: 
Mission end date: 
Project start date: 
Project end date: 
36 months
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