Centre de Formation Professionnelle d'Haïti (CFPH CANADO)
Specialists in program development using the skills-based approach (SBA) and specialists in workshop development for vocational training programs using the skills-based approach (SBA)
The objective of this letter of interest is to verify the existence, availability, and interest of Canadian experts in support to the Canadian International Development Agency in providing technical assistance to ensure the successful implementation of the skills-based approach (SBA). To this end, the project plans a nine (9) month pre-startup phase. This process will allow the recruitment of:
1) six (6) specialists in program development using the SBA, who will be responsible for reviewing the current programs offered by CFPH CANADO, producing a feasibility study on the implementation of new training streams at the Centre, and implementing other information activities;
2) one (1) specialist in workshop development (physical space and equipment) for vocational programs developed using the SBA.
These six (6) specialists in developing programs using the SBA will undertake the pre-startup work in groups of two (2) for three (3) consecutive periods of three (3) months each. The specialist in workshop planning will undertake his/her activities for short periods during the nine (9) month pre-startup phase.
Please note that this exercise does not constitute a request for proposals (RFP) and does not represent a commitment by CIDA to award a contract.
The goal of the project is to strengthen Haïti's vocational training system by using the skills-based approach. The purpose of the project is to support CFPH CANADO to improve the training that the Centre provides and to make this institution a "Reference Centre" within the process of upgrading Haïti's vocational training sector. The project's impact will be to make Haïtians more employable.
To manage the project successfully, a review of CFPH CANADO's current programs is deemed a prerequisite for activities designed to develop trainers, rehabilitate infrastructure, and procure equipment. The project thus plans to mobilize the seven (7) specialists to establish the necessary prerequisites to implement the main phase of the project. A total of three (3) field postings are planned for a period of nine (9) months, or 180 working days.
Generally, experts should be able to provide the following services:
- Develop SBA information, awareness, and ownership activities.
- Review CFPH CANADO's current programs.
- Produce a feasibility study to identify new training streams and develop programs in these streams.
- Develop training programs for semi-skilled trades in CFPH CANADO's existing streams and develop training programs for semi-skilled trades in the new streams.
- For the workshop development expert - Assess needs for building or construction re-design, renovation and addition for physical space required to develop workshops; Identify requirements in terms of equipment and materials for workshops; Assess the physical space needed to create storerooms.
Haïti's high-level authorities asked the Prime Minister and the Minister of International Cooperation to help them in strengthening CFPH CANADO and the vocational training sector throughout Haïti. In this context, an exploratory mission in December 2007 and a planning mission in February 2008 allowed pre-feasibility and feasibility studies with a view to drafting approval documents.
Support for CFPH CANADO is part of a broader initiative, at the planning stage, to strengthen vocational training in Haïti. CFPH CANADO and Haïti's future vocational training initiatives will be in line with CIDA's broader vocational training initiatives in the Americas.
CIDA's support for CFPH CANADO is in keeping with Canada's priorities and reflects Canada's renewed commitment to the Americas, in which Haïti and vocational training are deemed priorities.
Moreover, the upgrading of vocational training is in keeping with Haïti's Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (GPRSP), since it contributes to a modern, competitive economy.
4. TYPES OF SERVICES THAT MAY BE REQUIRED FROM THE CONSULTANT
4.1. General and Specific Scope of Work for Specialists in Developing Programs Using the SBA
First group - Two (2) specialists in developing programs using SBA principles will be assigned to CFPH CANADO. They will have a mandate to implement SBA information, awareness, and ownership activities, to review two of the Centre's current programs (electrical engineering and industrial mechanics), and to conduct a feasibility study to identify other streams that could be provided to better meet labour market needs. This assignment is scheduled for the fall of 2008 (September, October, and November).
Second group - Two (2) other specialists in developing programs using the SBA will be assigned to CFPH CANADO. They will have a mandate to review two other current CFPH CANADO programs (secretarial services and informatics streams), to develop training programs for semi-skilled trades in the streams that the Centre provides, and to pursue SBA information, awareness, and ownership activities. This assignment is scheduled for the winter of 2009 (January, February, and March).
Third group - Two other program development specialists will be assigned to CFPH CANADO. They will have a mandate to develop programs in the streams previously identified in the feasibility study produced by the first group of specialists, to develop training programs for semi-skilled trades in these new streams, and to pursue SBA information, awareness, and ownership activities. This assignment is scheduled for the spring of 2009 (April, May, and June).
4.2 General and Specific Scope of Work of the Specialist in Workshop Development for Vocational Training Programs Developed Using the SBA
The specialist in workshop development (physical space and equipment) will be specifically responsible for evaluating the redevelopment, refitting, addition, or construction of buildings; evaluating equipment needs for each workshop and inputs required for the proper operation of workshops; and evaluating the physical space needed for the various storerooms that will store inputs and light equipment. The specialist will be on assignment for several short periods during the pre-startup phase (fall 2008 to spring 2009).
4.3 General Management of Specialists' Assignment
Since the main purpose of the support is to transfer expertise, the specialists' assignment will be carried out through training/action approach and in close cooperation with management at CFPH CANADO and the Institut National de Formation Professionnelle (INFP). The assignment will also be carried out from the perspective of both the Haïtian and Canadian governments' priorities which are: (1) strengthening the State, (2) access to basic services, and (3) social appeasement and meeting essential needs.
Updating the programs targeted by the assignment is a prerequisite for upgrading trainers' skills, rehabilitating infrastructures, and procuring material/equipment.
The specialists will report to the Senior Project Development Officer, Haïti and Dominican Republic Division (BMH), at CIDA Headquarters. Regular operations will be discussed with the field representative (RST), who will be supported by education specialists in the field. The program development specialists will be on assignment in groups of two (2) for three-month periods. The workshop planning specialist will conduct regular missions on short-term assignment.
5. INSTRUCTIONS TO INTERESTED FIRMS OR INDIVIDUALS
CIDA would like to know if there are interested firms or individuals with the required expertise:
1) to develop programs using the skills-based approach (SBA);
2) to develop workshops (physical space and equipment) for vocational training programs using the SBA.
CIDA will require a two-to three-page letter from interested firms or individuals, explaining how their experience and expertise meet the requirements of this possible assignment.
Please note that the work will be done in Haïti, and the working language is French.
Please note that this letter of interest in no way obliges CIDA to offer a contract to a firm or individual. Letters of interest must be received no later than 2:00p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT), Tuesday, June3, 2008, at the following address:
CIDA Bid Receiving Unit
c/o Central Mailroom, 1st Floor
Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
LETTERS OF INTEREST SUBMITTED VIA FACSIMILE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Estimated value: $100,001 - $250,000