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Youth Employment Support Project in Tripoli

The project aims to expend the employability of vulnerable youth from Tripoli area in the labor market. The support includes identifying and supporting at least 170 vulnerable youth to improve their employability through comprehensive vocational and te

Objectives:
The main objective of this intervention is to expend the employability of vulnerable youth from
Tripoli area in the labour market.
Scope of Work
The support includes identifying and supporting at least 170 vulnerable youth to improve their
employability through comprehensive vocational and technical training, including class-room based
teaching, soft skills training (such as communication skills, customer service skills, computer skills,
language skills, sales and marketing skills, how to prepare a CV and how to prepare for a job interview
etc ... ) as well as paid internship placements within identified local Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSMEs). Through this approach, young people get the chance to gain first-hand
experience on the labour market, learn new skills and create their own employment networks; they
will also be provided integrated human resource services such as job matching and career counselling.
Moreover, the project will include an intervention at the level of the MSMEs hosting the interns
whereby the MSMEs will participate in workshops and awareness sessions promoting the concept of
decent work, workplace requirements, occupational health and safety, legal requirements, benefits of
entering the formal sector, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), labour law requirements, ethical
employment approaches (non-discrimination and exploitation, gender equality and child labour
prevention) and other key issues. Job seekers and employers will receive awareness raising session
around strengthening gender equality in the field of employability. This will include information on
some interventions or standards that can be put in place.
Activities:
1. Carry out an analysis for the selection of priority economic sectors in the area of Tripoli.
The analysis should be based on existing assessments and market data identifying
industries with growth potential. The justification for the selection should take into
consideration market competition, potential demand and growth opportunities, restraints
and potential for the growth of MSMEs within the sectors and potential for expansion of
job opportunities.
2. Identify MSMEs within the selected sectors and carry out a diagnostic of their recruitment
gap and other Human Resource (HR) needs. The selection of MSMEs to host interns will be
based on selection criteria; that were already developed by UNDP, the Ministry of Social
Affairs (MoSA) and the Ministry of Economy and Trade (MoET). The assessment of the
MSMEs should take into consideration their capacity and willingness to host the interns in
the aim of a long term engagement (Number of interns, gender considerations and duration
of internship). The MSMEs, willing to host the interns, should be actively engaged
throughout the duration of the internship. They should supervise the youth, engage them
in the work based on his/her training program, evaluate his/her performance and provide
feedback to the implementing agent.
3. Identification of public vocational training institutions to carry out the vocational training
programmes within the needed fields of work identified through the market assessment
and HR diagnostic. The identification criteria should take in consideration geographic area,
technical capacity, (equipment needed, existing programs, availability of staff, etc ... )
enrolment capacity and costs. The selected public vocational training institutions, the
training curriculum, the duration and number of hours per training the certification are to
be approved by UNDP and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE).
4. If the needed training program is not offered by a public vocational training institute the
implementing agent carry out the trainings through specialized and certified experts that
have the required capacity, credentials and certifications. This will however require prior
approval by UNDP based on substantive justification and documentation. Coordination
with UNDP is essential on this matter.
5. The selection criteria of the youth are divided into two main categories, socio-economic
status and candidate competencies. The socio-economic criteria have already been
developed by UNDP and MoSA,ii however, the competencies criteria should be developed
by the implementing agent based on an analysis of the basic skill requirements and
prerequisites needed for each training program. The selection process should be carried
out by the implementing partner in close cooperation with MoSA and UNDP. The selection
process should be very thorough and include both application and interview screening.
6. Launch a campaign through social media and other channels to promote the program and
inform youth about the application process. For that purpose, a minimum of 10 banners,
500 flyers, 50 posters and a social media campaign need to be developed. The
implementing partner must coordinate closely with UNDP on all communications material
developed for this purpose to obtain necessary approvals (UNDP, MoSA, Donor).
7. 170 youth beneficiaries should be identified and placed in the most su itable training
programs on the basis of these criteria. The beneficiaries should be between 16 to 30 years
of age and 50 % ofthe beneficiaries should be female.
8. Roll out of vocational training programs for the 170 youth beneficiaries. The training
program should include technical skills training within the identified targeted fields of work
as well as 10 days of soft skills training, such as communication skills, customer service skills,
sales and marketing skills, how to prepare a CV and how to prepare for a job interview and
other employability skills. Gender awareness sessions need to be rolled out to youth, job
seekers as part of the soft skills components trainings. The roll out of the vocational and
technical training programs including the numbers of training hours should be adhering to
the standards and requirement set by the Vocational Training Directorate at the Ministry
of Education and Higher Education concerning accelerated vocational training. Based on
the intensity and nature of the training programs, the duration of these programs should
range at least between 2 to 3 months to fulfil the required hours.
9. Develop and implementation of 2 days' awareness workshops and sessions targeting the
selected MSMEs for the promotion of the concept of decent work, workplace
requirements, legal requirements, benefits of entering the formal sector, National Social
Security Fund (NSSF) and labour law requirements and ethical employment approaches
(non-discrimination and exploitation, gender equality and child labour prevention) and
other key issues taking gender sensitivity approaches. The training materials of these
workshop and sessions need to be shared and approved by UNDP.
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10. Enrolment of youth in internship program. The targeted youth should complete on-the-job
training within the selected MSMEs for a 2 months' period. The monthly payment
internship stipends for each beneficiary should be 300 USD per month including
transportation. The weekly progress of the MSMEs and the youth undertaking the
internship should be monitored through a well-defined training plan. Upon successful
completion of the training (evaluation form per youth to be shared) the youth beneficiaries
should receive nationally recognized certificates to contribute to their qualifications for
future job opportunities.
11. Dissemination of internship stipends on a monthly basis and provide payment justification
accordingly.
12. Launch a graduation ceremony for the youths in close coordination with UNDP and MOSA.
13. Follow-up employment support services to be provided to the youth upon the completion
of the training and internship program. This additional support should include job
matching, career counselling and other HR services.
14. In close collaboration with MEHE, UNDP and the staff of the selected public technical
schools, the implementing agent will carry out a rapid assessment to identify the future
needs of the selected centres which include needed equipment, curriculum improvements,
staff training needs, and training materials. This assessment will support UNDP future
interventions in this field.