Wednesday, January 4, 2017

National Consultant (Skills and Employment) for Labour and Social Trends Report - ILO Jakarta

Dear All,

ILO is looking for a suitable candidate for a National Consultant (Skills and Employment) with the following information:

Terms of Reference
National Consultant (Skills & Employment)
Labour & Social Trends Report, 2017
International Labour Organization, Jakarta
1. Introduction
The Labour and Social Trends Report is a flagship report of ILO Office in Jakarta. Since 2008 ILO has been regularly publishing this report to stimulate and feed the national policy dialogue on economic development and employment.

Each report focuses on a specific theme to highlight a topical issue. Past themes have included productivity through decent work (2014-2015), role of decent work in equitable growth (2013), working for sustainable and equitable economy (2012), promoting job-rich growth in provinces (2011), translating economic growth into employment creation (2010), recovery and beyond through decent work (2009), and pathways to job-rich growth (2008).

In a middle-income country as large and diverse as Indonesia, policy makers have to constantly respond to the changes in the economy and the labour market. With the recent slowdown of the economy, job creation and poverty reduction is high on the national agenda. In this regard, the current government has undertaken several policy reforms with an objective of improving the investment climate and stimulating growth.

A total of 13 “Policy Packages” have been launched to address barriers for businesses to invest. Among others, infrastructure spending was prioritized to improve connectivity across the archipelago. Overall, there is recognition that Indonesia needs more private investment to absorb people who are entering the labour market and at the same time improve productivity.
 While the labour force participation has declined slightly, more and more young people are entering the labour force which is putting greater pressure on the labour market. The youth unemployment rate (17.9% in Feb 2016) and number of young people who are not working or studying youth is relatively high (21.8%)[1].

An important policy dimension that has been not been fully explored in the public discourse is the evolving nature of the economy and jobs as the Indonesian economy confronts the latest technological changes and environmental concerns. It is imperative that policy discourse should focus on these changes and effects it is likely to have on the job market as well as the movement of labour.
In light of above, “Youth Employment and changing face of the Indonesian economy” was chosen as the main theme for the ILO Labour and Social Trends Report, 2017. The report will look into the ongoing structural changes vis-à-vis technology and possible shift towards a greener economy and explore how this is and will affect jobs for young people. Focus will be on industries that are likely to lose jobs, those that will become engine of future job creation, and what government needs to do to prepare the workforce.
2. Scope of Work
ILO is seeking the services of a Consultant to assist in the drafting of the Labour and Social Trends Report 2017. Specifically, the Consultant will be responsible for conducting research on skills and employment.

The main body of the research will look into the so called “skills gap” which is often cited as a key barrier to labour productivity. In this regard, he/she will analyze the long-term trends in skills formation: among others, educational qualifications of the labour force, perceived and real quality of skills and competencies among Indonesian workers.

The Consultant should review the education and training system in the country and how it prepares the workforce for employment. He/she should discuss the strengths and shortcomings of the current system and how it is affecting human capital development. Non-formal sources of training through which people can acquire skills should also be discussed. 

Furthermore, the Consultant should consider the case of youth entering the labour market. Here, the inquiry should also focus on the challenge that youth face to make the school-to-work transition. As needed, he/she can draw from the research work of ILO and MasterCard Foundation on school-to-work transition.

Lastly, the Consultant will provide a set of key policy actions that Indonesia needs to focus on to improve worker productivity and quality of skills to become more employable. The latter can be explored in the context of ASEAN with progressive opening of the labour market among the member countries.

Consultant may be required to present the key findings from the report at a forum that ILO will organize as part of consultations with key stakeholders. Consultant will report to the relevant ILO Programme Officer with day-to-day guidance and supervision provided by the ILO Economist based in Jakarta.

3. Tasks & Timelines

Number of days
General literature review and data analysis and prepare an annotated report outline
Incorporate feedback and revise annotated report outline 
Prepare first full draft report and submit for review
Incorporate changes based on inputs and resubmit the final draft report (around 25 pages excluding annexes)

Total Number of Work Days:   20
4. Required Qualifications
Advanced university degree in economics, education, or any related discipline.
Minimum ten years’ of relevant experience. Previous experience conducting research and policy analysis in the area of education and skills. Ability to conceptualize complex issues; excellent writing skills are essential.  
Excellent command of English and Bahasa Indonesia is required.
Interested candidates should email their resume to before Jan 10, 2017

[1] SAKERNAS, Feb 2016

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