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IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services (MAS) department covers sectors which cater to basic human needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and health and education. These sectors play a critical role in providing goods and services to consumers, create jobs, contribute to government revenue, and stimulate growth through SMEs.
IFC's priorities in MAS are: (i) increasing access to goods and services, with a particular focus on frontier countries and regions; (ii) building top sector expertise to make IFC the preferred partner for key clients (iii) supporting local companies, while improving their transparency, efficiency and sustainability; (iv) catalyzing foreign investment, including mobilizing B loans and parallel loans; and (v) developing client, sector and country-level solutions that can be scaled and replicated with a special focus on climate change.
IFC has developed and is deploying a new Employability Tool for education sector clients to support the global skills agenda. The tool takes a 360-degree view of the education provider (TVET, institute, university) to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of how the institution is delivering on employability outcomes for students.
The Tool is being rolled out globally to private sector higher education institutions (HEIs). An online version of the Tool is being developed to allow institutions ease of access to employability data, best practices and opportunities for comparative assessment and online learning. In a select group of countries, including South Africa, IFC is conducting employability assessments of public sector institutions and outreach to education sector stakeholders in partnership with industry, governments, and development partners on good practices in employability. In South Africa, IFC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dept of Higher Education and Training to roll out employability advice to public and private sector institutions.
IFC is looking for a Consultant to complement its team in the delivery of this initiative. The Consultant will have the following responsibilities during the assignment:
First and primarily, the Consultant will be responsible for building a strategic pipeline of institutions to undergo employability assessment, working closely with the employability team as well as upstream and investment counterparts to select clients. This will include partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training to select and engage public institutions for assessment.
Second, the Consultant will lead employability assessments of public and private educational institutions as the pipeline converts into mandates. The Consultant will be responsible for drafting and delivery of reports and debriefs while IFC experts would provide advice and input to client engagements on their specific areas of expertise. The Consultant will also manage IFC’s delivery of implementation advisory services to a subset of assessed clients. While clients are expected to be mainly in South Africa, the Consultant may be required to lead engagements in other countries during the assignment.
Third, the Consultant will be responsible for overall project management. Duties include operational management of STC and vendor resources for the project, as well as management of time of IFC experts and staff. The Consultant is responsible for monitoring of project budget. Responsibilities include management of client relationships including operational relationship with the Dept of Higher Education and Training of South Africa and relevant stakeholders.
The Consultant should have an understanding of the landscape of higher education and employability in South Africa. The Consultant should have prior experience working for or consulting private sector companies as well as exposure to public sector regulatory bodies.
THIS CONSULTANCY POSITION IS BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA.
Duties and Accountabilities
Build a pipeline of HEIs for Employability Tool assessment in South Africa, working closely with the IFC education and employability team, and deliver assessments to public and private HEIs.
Build a pipeline of HEIs for employability assessment in South Africa:
- Lead the development of a strategy for rolling out employability tool and building a pipeline of HEI assessment clients in South Africa:
- Complete ongoing mapping of public and private HEIs and identify priority HEIs for relationship development and employability pitch, based on strategic criteria developed and agreed with the broader team including MAS investment;
- Identify outreach activities and employability messaging required, based on discussion with stakeholders;
- Develop implementation workplan with activities and targeted results;
- Develop and update a PPT strategy deck summarizing strategy, activities, results, next steps and progress against targets.
Pitch the employability assessment tool to HEIs together with IFC education specialists:
- Identify and contact targeted HEIs to set up employability tool discussions;
- Together with employability staff, pitch employability tool assessment to clients;
- Build and manage relationships with priority HEIs and design and participate in outreach activities targeted to HEIs in South Africa;
- Build and manage relationships with relevant partners and public sector bodies in South Africa, with the goal of promoting discussion on employability in higher education.
- PPT summary of South Africa employability tool rollout strategy (slide deck) and results.
- 8 HEIs sign mandates for assessment or implementation in South Africa by end FY22.
Support employability assessment of HEI clients, both public and private and manage delivery of implementation advice to HEIs and other partners:
- Liaise with the client’s management team to ensure understanding of the Tool methodology and prepare and agree an agenda for the overall assessment process as well as the site visit;
- Advise the client in completing the self-assessment and survey portions of the Tool online or in paper form;
- Conduct a 3-5 day site visit at the client institution (or virtually): interview staff, management and faculty as well as hold focus groups with students and alumni; interview employers selected by the institution. The site visit will be lead/supported by specialist IFC staff.
- Prepare and provide an early PPT debrief to institution management at the end of the site visit, to summarize and validate key findings;
- Prepare a Back-To-Office Report post the site visit for internal circulation;
- Prepare a draft assessment report (based on IFC template) within 2 weeks of the site visit; incorporate internal comments into a revised draft and deliver to the client;
- Present the report (virtually/in person) to senior institution leadership and incorporate client feedback into a final assessment report; prepare a PPT summary for this discussion with client management.
- Provide support to employability engagements outside South Africa on an as-needed basis.
- Support a subset of assessed institutions and partners to receive employability advisory services on key areas of recommendations, together with content area experts on the global IFC team.
- Gather data on good practices identified during assessments to leverage in future engagements.
- Contribute to improving the Employability Tool and assessment process based on client experience.
Manage the day to day operations of the Skills in South Africa project:
- Manage IFC staff and consultant time and inputs to allow for efficient delivery of advice to clients in South Africa.
- Manage day to day operational relationship with the Dept of Higher Education in South Africa.
- Manage operational relationship with relevant MAS investment staff, upstream staff and World Bank counterparts working in education.
- Draft internal and external reports on project activities, results, strategy and impact including PSRs, donor reports, M&E monitoring frameworks etc.
- Monitor and report on project budget against deliverables.
- Identify and fill resource gaps for the project, interview candidates for consultancy positions.
- Support development of communications materials on the Tool, assessment process and client results.
- Incorporate inputs and priorities from investment and upstream teams into project operations where relevant, to ensure sound results for IFC’s work in education in South Africa.
Summary of deliverables per client assessment:
- PPT summarizing early findings delivered to the client at the end of the site visit.
- Back to Office Report for IFC staff.
- Employability Assessment Report with findings and recommendations (draft and final version).
- PPT summary of key findings for client senior management.
- Commitment to the World Bank Group mission, strategy and values.
- Masters degree and at least 10 years work experience in consulting and/or education.
- Demonstrated experience leading and delivering successful engagements for private sector clients.
- Recent experience working with higher education institutions in South Africa, either directly or in a consultancy capacity.
- Understanding of the post school education landscape in South Africa and familiarity with ongoing initiatives to boost employability outcomes of tertiary graduates.
- Understanding of the structure, functioning and governance of education institutions, including operations of career services, alumni relations, employer relations and development of a curriculum driven by labor market needs.
- Strong client relations and problem-solving skills, drive for excellence.
- Self-starter with sound business judgment, ability to deliver results under challenging timetables.
- Excellent English communication skills.
- Willingness to travel regionally and internationally.
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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.