Consultancy for the analysis of best practices in incorporating Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability related skills in vocational training curricula
Background of this search:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) promotes climate change education as one of the key skills for the 21st century and as part of its Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (EDS). Education for sustainable development is a key component of the fourth sustainable development goal of quality education. Additionally, according to the analysis of the International Labor Organization (ILO), jobs depend to a large extent on a healthy environment and the services it provides. The green economy can enable millions more people to overcome poverty and provide better livelihoods for this generation and future generations (ILO 2018).
On the one hand, it is estimated that more than 1.2 billion jobs depend directly on a healthy environment and the adequate protection of the various ecosystems—not only in industries and value chains related to agriculture, fishing and forestry, but also in those related to tourism, the pharmaceutical industry and others that depend on the existence of ecosystems such as forests, mountains, coastlines, and other natural assets such as rivers and lagoons. On the other hand, as countries transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies, the demands for skills related to this transition will increase in areas such as electric mobility, renewable energy, bioeconomy, climate-smart agricultural technologies, and efficient industrial machinery. As a consequence, the workforce will require a new and appropriate set of skills that allows them to take advantage of the new opportunities and occupations.
According to a recent ILO analysis, achieving the 2° C target of the Paris Agreement could create 18 million more jobs. This, however, will require complementary policies to protect workers and ensure that they obtain the right skills (ILO, 2018). In the case of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), an IDB study indicates that approximately 15 million new jobs may be created by 2030 as a consequence of structural changes in consumption and production in the transition to climate resilient and low-emission economies. This being said, the available evidence for LAC shows that the skills gap is greater in the more sophisticated sectors of the economy and, according to the ILO, the skills and knowledge required to facilitate the transition to a resilient and low-emission economy do not form part of the curricula in the official vocational training system in most countries.
Therefore, it will be important to create the skills and competencies required to implement relevant measures, such as the development of sustainable production models, the use of clean technologies in agricultural production or the inclusion of energy efficiency measures in public infrastructure. To achieve this goal, it will first be necessary to identify skills and include them in job training plans so that they can be acquired by workers. In this context, the Division of Labor Markets (SCL/LMK) is looking for an expert in economic analysis and experience in the areas of job training, climate change (CC) and environmental sustainability (SA).
The team’s mission:
The Division of Labor Markets and Social Protection (SCL/LMK) promotes more and better employment in the region of LAC. The IDB works to achieve regional goals in poverty reduction, equality of opportunities and improvement of labor productivity, by strengthening employment services and training, improving the design and scope of social security, and the analysis of labor markets and labor information. To achieve these goals, the IDB is currently focused on analytical work and projects in the following four main areas: Intermediation, Vocational Training, Workforce Migration, and Social Security.
What you’ll do:
Product 1: Analysis of the adequacy of curricula
This analysis should be based on the following:
- Review the experience in LAC and outside of the region in the incorporation of CC and SA in vocational training curricula for specific skills relevant to the transition to a cleaner economy and more resilient to climate impacts.
- Select at least 3 countries in LAC jointly with the IDB team for which skills gaps will be identified and vocational training curricula will be reviewed.
- Identify gaps in skills needed for the transition of the labor market to the green economy and the update of relevant occupations, identifying and prioritizing occupations in at least 2 sectors with added value and potential creation of employment in the pre-selected LAC countries.
- Review the official job training curricula in the pre-selected countries for occupations in the prioritized sectors to identify the existing gaps and recommendations of CC- and SA-related aspects that should be incorporated to support the adequacy of technical skills in line with current demand and potential future demand of the labor market considering the transition towards an economy that is cleaner and more resilient to climate impacts.
- Map the experience in LAC and internationally (up to 3 good practices in other countries outside of LAC) in the incorporation of CC and SA in vocational training curricula.
Product 2: Development of inputs for curricula and vocational training methodologies
- Development of inputs for curricula and specific vocational training methodologies for the incorporation of CC- and SA-related skills in vocational training of occupations in sectors of the countries in LAC object of the previous analysis.
- Schedule interviews and meetings with key stakeholders, meetings to validate the information, presentation of the study with governments, participation in missions when necessary.
- Prepare, independently, reports, literature reviews and highly rigorous methodological notes.
Deliverables and Payments timeline:
The payments will be made in line with the following payment schedule:
- 10% upon the Bank’s approval of the Work Plan.
- 20% upon the Bank’s approval of the draft analysis on the adequacy of curricula.
- 40% upon the Bank’s approval of the final version of the analysis on the adequacy of curricula.
- 30% upon the Bank’s approval of the inputs for curricula and vocational training methodologies.
- Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries.
- Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.
- Education: Master’s in economics, Economic Analysis, International Development or related degree.
- Experience: At least 5 years of experience in social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, preferably with experience in the areas of labor market, vocational training, climate change and environmental sustainability.
- Languages: Spanish and English
Core and Technical Competencies: Specialist in economics and labor markets with experience in the areas of climate change and environmental sustainability. In addition, you are expected to have excellent teamwork skills, work well under pressure, and be results-focused.
- Type of contract and modality: Products and External Services Consultant (PEC), Lump Sum
- Length of contract: 8 months
- Location: External consultancy
- Responsible person: The main responsibility for the consultancy will be with the Lead Operations Specialist of the Labor Markets and Social Security Division, Manuel Urquidi, and with Juliana Almeida from the Climate Change Division
- Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.
Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.
Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.
About us: At the IDB, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.