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Call for Expression of Interest: Tourism Expert

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Reference
HR18-LAO029-S-FUH
Place
Laos
Publication date
06.07.2018
Starting date
01.09.2018
Duration
58 jours

How to apply

Deadline
29.07.2018
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Background

Tourism is seen as one of the sectors with significant potential to create income for people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Lao PDR. The main income from tourism (with pro-poor potential) is generated in hotels and restaurants (through salaries paid to employees and sale of agricultural products for meals), as well as the sale of handicrafts and community-based services (such as guiding and home-stays). However, at present, people from disadvantaged backgrounds profit only marginally from tourism. There is potential to increase their share of tourism-related income, directly through greater participation in the tourism labour force, and indirectly through participation in tourism-related supply chains such as handicrafts. The challenge is to provide them with the skills and knowledge to move up the value chain by providing higher quality services and goods, resulting in higher economic yields that make a greater contribution to poverty alleviation.

Therefore, Switzerland and Luxembourg have joined hands with Lao PDR to implement a project entitled ‘Skills for Tourism’ (referred to hereafter as LAO/029), which will allow for improvements in tourism/hospitality (T/H) technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development (SD) provision through enhanced quality, increased scale of provision, financing and governance, and greater private sector involvement. A particular emphasis of LAO/029 is to support people from disadvantaged backgrounds to acquire the skills needed to obtain direct employment in the T/H sector, or engage indirectly in the greater tourism economy in Lao PDR.

LAO/029 operates at varying governance levels and targets multiple beneficiary groups. At the macro level, it engages in policy dialogue, capacity development, coordination support to national institutions, including support for increased involvement of the private sector. Meso level support is provided for capacity development to align and enhance the quality and volume of TVET and SD as it relates to regulatory frameworks such as a National Qualifications Framework (NQF), assessment and certification, curriculum development, training of trainers/teachers (ToT), delivery modalities, and pro-poor financing mechanisms. At the micro level, LAO/029 provides affirmative action support to people from disadvantaged backgrounds by improving awareness of T/H education/training and employment opportunities, defining career paths, eliminating access barriers, providing opportunities for engagement in T/H TVET and SD, and supporting the acquisition of gainful employment.

Under Outcome 2, there is a specific emphasis on enhancing work-based learning (WBL) and improving the cooperation between T/H education and training providers and T/H enterprises, in order to improve the labour market orientation of TVET and SD programmes.    


Work-Based Learning: WBL refers to all forms of learning that take place in a real work environment. It provides individuals with the skills needed to successfully obtain and keep jobs, and progress in their professional development.   WBL is a key component of activities under Outcome 2 and is also a significant part, in the form of internships, of the national T/H Diplomas developed with the support of LAO/029 (under Outcome 1).

While internships have been part of TVET Diploma programmes for several years, a lack of widely implemented good practice models and guidelines for schools/colleges and host businesses has meant that the benefits of internships are not always being fully realised. With the limited practical training opportunities within schools/colleges, internships and other forms of WBL are vital in equipping students with the necessary practical skills to obtain gainful employment in their chosen field of study upon graduation.


Other types of Education-Enterprise Engagement (EEE): Aside from internships, there are other ways through which T/H education and training providers and T/H enterprises can work together to enhance the relevance, quality and consistency of the training provided to students of T/H TVET and SD providers and support their transition into gainful employment.  These may include providing opportunities for teacher training and upskilling, contributing towards the development of training programmes, curricula and learning materials, providing access to specialised equipment, sponsorship or construction of training facilities, sponsorship for recurrent costs (supplies) and offering career guidance to students, to name just a few.

Some institutes such as the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (LANITH) and the Lao-German Technical College have developed a number of ways of engaging enterprises in sectors such as T/H, and automotive and mechanical engineering.  However, the practice is not widespread in Lao PDR. 

The objective of this intervention is to facilitate greater engagement between TVET and SD providers and private T/H enterprises at a local level. Case studies of good-practice internships and other education-enterprise engagements – both national and regional (ASEAN) – will be documented and implementation guidelines developed. Building consensus and buy-in with key T/H educator and enterprise personnel will be required, along with the initial training of personnel to facilitate the implementation of the good practices. Finally, a concept note will be developed for a Challenge Fund to incentivise and financially support the future implementation of good practice EEEs.

Under the supervision of the T/H Private Sector Training Expert, and with the support of a S/T National Adviser, the S/T International Expert is expected to take the lead in the development and implementation of this activity.

Mission Objectives

The objective of this intervention is to facilitate greater engagement between TVET and SD providers and private T/H enterprises at a local level. Case studies of good-practice internships and other education-enterprise engagements – both national and regional (ASEAN) – will be documented and implementation guidelines developed. Building consensus and buy-in with key T/H educator and enterprise personnel will be required, along with the initial training of personnel to facilitate the implementation of the good practices. Finally, a concept note will be developed for a Challenge Fund to incentivise and financially support the future implementation of good practice EEEs.

Under the supervision of the T/H Private Sector Training Expert, and with the support of a S/T National Adviser, the S/T International Expert is expected to take the lead in the development and implementation of this activity.

Responsibilities

The achievement of this objective will happen through the implementation of a number of specific tasks, split between two focal areas: 1) Internships and 2) Other Education-Enterprise Engagements

Internships:

  • Map existing models of good practice of internships within Lao PDR between leading TVET and SD providers and the private sector through targeted interviews.  Consideration should be given to sectors outside of T/H which are demonstrating good practice.   
  • Host a workshop in Vientiane for the Internship Coordinators from all TVET and SD providers offering T/H courses and key representatives of the private sector, to further understand current practices, identify challenges and build buy-in for the development and implementation of good practice internships.
  • Document existing good practice in Lao PDR regarding internships and develop short, practical case studies highlighting these.  The aim of the case studies is to provide inspiration and practical steps for TVET and SD providers and the private sector to facilitate implementation of such practices.
  • Through desk research, supplement these case studies with examples of good practice in internships specifically within T/H sector from other ASEAN countries.  
  • Develop an Internship Good Practice Manual – specific to the Lao context - addressing the roles and responsibilities of students, schools and employers, and including easy-to-use templates for all key documentation users may require.
  • Develop a proposal for consideration for a study tour to a regional TVET/SD institution featured in the case studies to expose the Internship Coordinators to good practice in action.
  • Develop a short (1-2 day) introductory training programme to engage and build the capacity of Internship Coordinators and T/H businesses to implement the Good Practice Internship model and pilot this twice, building the capacity of the S/T National Adviser to replicate this training in other provinces.

Other Education-Enterprise Engagements:

  • Map existing models of good practice of other EEEs within Lao PDR between leading TVET and SD providers and the private sector through targeted interviews.  Consideration should be given to sectors outside of T/H which are demonstrating good practice.  
  • Document existing good practice in Lao PDR regarding other EEEs and develop short, practical case studies highlighting these.  The aim of the case studies is to provide inspiration and practical steps for TVET and SD providers and the private sector to facilitate implementation of such practices.
  • Through desk research, supplement these case studies with examples of good practice in other EEEs specifically within T/H sector from other ASEAN countries. 
  • Develop Implementation Guidelines – specific to the Lao context and targeted at TVET and SD providers and T/H enterprises -  including easy-to-use templates for key documentation users may require.
  • Develop a concept note for the creation of a Challenge Fund to incentivise and financially support TVET and SD providers and T/H enterprises to jointly implement similar initiatives. Furthermore, develop the supporting implementation guidelines and templates to support this.

Develop a short (1-2 day) training programme to engage and build the capacity of TVET and SD providers and T/H businesses to identify suitable models of EEE and understand the concept of the Challenge Fund, piloting this twice and building the capacity of the S/T National Adviser to replicate this training in other provinces.

 

Deliverables and Reports

The S/T International Expert is required to produce the following deliverables, in English language:

Internships:

  • A short workshop report with recommendations.
  • 10 case studies documenting good practice in internships. 
  • A Good Practice Internship Manual with supporting documentation.
  • A short study tour report with recommendations.
  • An introductory training programme to support the implementation of the good practice internships.

Other EEEs:

  • 15 case studies documenting good practice in other types of EEEs, ensuring a varied cross-section of examples and with the emphasis on T/H where possible.
  • Implementation Guidelines for TVET/SD providers and T/H businesses to implement the good practices.
  • Challenge Fund concept note with accompanying guidelines and templates.
  • An introductory training programme to raise awareness and build capacity for the implementation of the good practice

Skills required for the job

The S/T International Expert will have:

Essential:

  • Expert knowledge of education-enterprise engagement and WBL in particular.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English;
  • Experience of working with TVET/SD in South-East Asia. 
  • A relevant tertiary qualification.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working with TVET/SD in Lao PDR; 
  • Experience in designing and/or implementing internships.
  • Experience of developing partnerships with private sector businesses, preferably in the T/H sector.
  • Experience of Challenge Funds preferably in a TVET/SD or T/H environment.
  • A background in the provision of T/H TVET or SD.

The S/T International Expert will be contracted for a total of 58 working days, with approximately 12 days assigned to working at the home station and 46 days assigned to working at the duty station (Vientiane with some in-country travel required).  The majority of work is scheduled to take place between September and November 2018 across two separate missions, with the training programmes scheduled for February 2019 - the exact dates are to be agreed between the Expert and the Project Office. 

Please send your CV to lee.sheridan@luxdev.lu.

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