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Call for Expressions of Interest - Skills Development Advisors, Solomon Islands

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Skills for Economic Growth Program (S4EG) is a component of Australia?s Education Support Program in the Solomon Islands. The program is funded by the Australian Government and implemented by Palladium. The strategic objective of the program is ?To strengthen the capacity of the nation's tertiary and skills sector to produce quality graduates who are in demand in the labour market.?
Palladium International is seeking ?expressions of interest? from people interested in working in a challenging environment and developing the capacity and capability of local skills training providers in the Solomon Islands. The positions become available from 1 February 2018.

Long Term Adviser (LTA) Positions:
  • (S4EG-01) Skills Adviser - Automotive (Light Vehicles) Trades
  • (S4EG-02) Skills Adviser - Electrical Trades
  • (S4EG-03) Skills Adviser - Construction/Carpentry and Joinery Trades
  • (S4EG-04) Skills Adviser - Plumbing Trades
  • (S4EG-05) Skills Adviser - Curriculum and Workforce Development0

Short Term Adviser (STA) Positions:
  • (S4EG-06) Skills Adviser - Automotive (Heavy Vehicles) Trades
  • (S4EG-07) Skills Adviser - Business Studies
  • (S4EG-08) Skills Adviser - Agribusiness
  • (S4EG-09) Skills Adviser - Tourism
  • (S4EG-10) Skills Adviser - Hospitality
Work Location:
The primary work location for all positions will be the Solomon Islands, in:
  • Honiara, at SINU?s School of Technology and Maritime Studies (STMS) and when required, Don Bosco Technical Institute; and/or
  • Provincial Technical Institutes located in the Western and Malaita Provinces.

Duration of Employment:
We are offering the successful candidates employment on fixed term contracts, for:
  • Long Term Adviser (LTA) positions (S4EG-01 to S4EG-05) -10 months from 1 February to 30 November 2018; and
  • Short Term Adviser (STA) positions (S4EG-06 to S4EG-10) -a total of 180 days in country spread over 2 inputs, the first commencing on 1 February and the second 1 August 2018.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Program?s Senior Skills Advisers the positions will be responsible for leading the institutional strengthening and capacity building of S4EG?s training provider partners including the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and Vocational Rural Training Centres (VRTC).

The Skills Advisers will work under the direction of the S4EG Team and in concert with partner training institutions to plan and implement initiatives that help develop the capacity and capability of all S4EG partner institutions to deliver high quality competency based skills programs which meet the needs of the Solomon Island labour market and the requirements of new nationally (SI) accredited qualifications. In summary the positions S4EG-01 to S4EG-10 (excluding S4EG-05) will:
  1. Support teaching staff at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and Rural Training Centres (RTC?s) to implement initiatives that target the quality improvement of competency based skills program development and delivery with a focus on supporting economic growth.
  2. Support continuous improvement processes and mentoring initiatives around; curriculum and learning materials development, infrastructure, teacher training and development, business systems and management processes.
  3. Develop and implement continuous quality improvement plans focussed on meeting provider registration standards and national course accreditation requirements.
  4. Participate in the development of new course/qualification development including industry and stakeholder consultation processes to ensure the relevance of national skills packages to labour market demand.
  5. Provide advice and support to strengthen partnerships with local industry and community and other local stakeholders as and when required.
  6. Provide in class or workplace support to Trainers delivering new curriculum and assessment systems and conduct professional development programs to assist their product development skills.
  7. Work with SINU and RTC trainers to prepare lesson plans, teaching and assessment strategies, teaching aids and other support materials such as on-line resources through learning management systems.
  8. Support the implementation of proposed changes to the SI apprenticeship scheme including participation in industry forums and workshops.
Position S4EG-05 will:
  1. Participate in the development of new course/qualification development including industry and stakeholder consultation processes to ensure the relevance of national skills packages to labour market demand.
  2. Lead the process for the evaluation and/or revision and updating of courses, curriculum and resources under national qualifications in keeping with changes in practice, legislation, and regulation as well as industry competency standards.
  3. Lead the planning, utilisation and training for product development using S4EG patented ?Futura? learning management system.
  4. Provide in class or workplace support to Trainers delivering new curriculum and assessment systems and conduct professional development programs to assist their product development skills.
  5. Conduct research and consult with key collaborators for curriculum and assessment development purposes, particularly around the resources required for the accreditation of courses.
  6. Source instructional material for printing or on technology platforms and develop outlines with the necessary details to direct instruction, including the review of training materials from a variety of commercial vendors
  7. Implement workforce development initiatives to meet the requirements of trainer ?individual training plans? aimed at developing their professional and technical competence, including organising training and development programs relevant to their discipline area.
  8. Manage, maintain and evaluate the effectiveness of workforce development programs and monitor and report on the impact and change in behaviours of trainers.
  9. Development and/or update training and development programs to ensure that they are current and make the best use of available resources.
  10. Manage the review and on-going customisation of the ITAC and TAE and other relevant training and professional development programs.

Requirements

The people we are looking for will have extensive and relevant experience and a comprehensive understanding of contemporary tertiary education and skills system, competency based training and assessment and how to develop industry relevant vocational skills training programs, curriculum development, training delivery and assessment practices. Working in developing countries and in remote locations can be challenging and requires skills and other attributes of a ?special? nature. Therefore we are looking for people with the following:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Be a highly motivated self-starter with high level communication, analytical and team work skills.
  • An ability to coach, mentor and capacity build Solomon Islander national TVET Trainers and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of competency based training & assessment and workforce development practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in teaching and student learning resource development.
  • Experience in developing and implementing training, assessment and quality improvement plans.
  • The ability to work and support a diverse team including expatriate and national staff, meet deadlines, write reports and keep records.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Between 5 and 10 years minimum recent and relevant experience in developing and delivering CBT vocational skills programs, curriculum and learning resources and workforce development.
  • A minimum, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent.
  • Relevant professional and/or industry qualifications.
  • Specifically we are a looking for people who can demonstrate through their application, a ?good fit? with the people, culture, environment and skills training providers of the Solomon Islands.