Position: Looking for Firm/NGO to Conduct Tracer Study of Graduates from Training Projects (SDF)__Deadline:28-September

A.    Project Background
The Skills Development Fund (SDF) project has been piloted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) since March 2018 to test a new and innovative financing mechanism in order to promote demand-driven and sustainable skills development with the ultimate objectives of diversifying and increasing value addition  of  Cambodia’s  Economy  as  well  as  creating  better  and  well- paid jobs for Cambodian citizens.

As a result of the implantation so far until July 2023, the SDF has approved 100 training projects in priority sectors such as Manufacturing, Construction, ICT, Electronics, Automotive and Tourism amounted 6 million USD worth of training grant for 11,309 trainees (37% female) under the cost- sharing and joint-training model between industry and training providers (public, private and NGO). With this success, the Royal Government of Cambodia has transformed this pilot project into a TRUST FUND under the name of Skills Development Fund (SDF) (Sub-Decree 97.RNK.BK dated May 18, 2023) with the Board of Director comprised of the MEF, relevant line ministries and industry leaders. To date, the SDF has received fundings from the Royal Government of Cambodia, and development partners such as the ADB and AFD. The mission of the SDF is to stimulate pragmatic partnership between employers and training providers.

It is required to conduct tracer studies of graduates from the skill training projects when they are completed. Therefore, SDF is going to recruit a consulting firm to evaluate the completed training projects which received fund support from RGC. There are 19 completed projects with 21 skills that the selected consulting firm will be responsible for the tracer studies.

B.    Objectives of this Assignment
The general objective of this assignment is to trace the trainees graduating from 19 awarded training projects in terms of their employment status and salary levels (excluding allowances and benefits) and to assess if the training projects achieved on the employment rates and salary rates they were aiming at in the proposals they submitted to SDF. The specific objectives are:
  • Trace if the graduates is employed or not employed within 3 months after the training completion as indicated by reports by the training projects
  • Verify and record salary (excluding allowances and benefits) of each graduates and compared them with reports by training projects
  • Calculate percentage of employment of training projects and compared them with employment rate the project committed to see if they achieve their intended targets
  • Calculate the average monthly salary of graduates (excluding allowances and benefits) and compared them with salary rate the project committed to see if they achieve their intended targets
C.    Scope of Work
The consultants shall conduct the study with the following scopes.
  • The selected consulting firm shall develop a structured questionnaire, tools, and survey plan for collection of the necessary and required information from the representative number of graduating trainees. The questionnaire should include the general information of the graduating trainees, employment status and the monthly salary of the graduating trainees, and other questions that will help the consultants to analyze and deliver the above expected results. The salary in this assignment should exclude allowances and benefits that the persons receive. The salary of each graduate shall be verified by their pay slip if possible. The allowances and benefits shall be calculated separately as value of money.
  • The interview shall be conducted online using the designed questionnaire. The study should include both quantitative and qualitative data analyses including the analysis of the employment status and the salary range. The client will provide a list indicating which training projects the graduating trainees attended, and the consultants shall analyze the data per a given training project. The consultants will be requested to develop the research methods and materials as well as this analysis method in the inception report after contracting.
  • Definition: Regarding the terms of employment, the consulting firm shall refer to the definition defined by the National Institute of Statistics, the Ministry of Planning, in the Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey 2014 as following:
  • Status in  Employment:  “the  status  of  an  economically  active  person  with  respect  to  his or her employment. That is, whether he or she is an employer, own-accountant workers, employee, unpaid family worker or other, etc.”.
  • Employed: All persons who worked at least one hour during the reference period, the past seven days, or had a job/economic activity from which they were temporary absent are employed. Unpaid family workers are included in employed.”
  • Unemployed: “comprises all persons who during the  reference  period,  the  past  seven days, were without work, were currently available for work and were actively seeking work. All three criteria must be fulfilled simultaneously”.
The hired Firm/NGO is expected to trace employment and salary rates of graduates from the 19 training projects below:

No

Name of Training Project

Contract Number

By School

Training Type

Number of Trainees

1.

Production Sewing Skill

SDF-R2-01

CGTI

Upskilling

157

 

2.

Building Electrical Installation & Aircon Install

 

SDF-R2-02

 

NIEI

 

Upskilling

 

150

3.

Networking

SDF-R2-03

Sunrise

Upskilling

15

4.

Electricity

SDF-R2-04

NPIC

Upskilling

30

5.

Electric& Computer Repair

SDF-R2-05

PCCFPI

Pre-employment

90

6.

LED Installation

SDF-R2-06

PCCFPI

Pre-employment

15

7.

Merchandising& Industrial Engineering

SDF-R2-07

CGTI

Pre-employment

25

8.

Transformative Software Engineering

SDF-R2-08

Idealink

Pre-employment

20

9.

Hospitality

SDF-R2-09

EGBOK

Pre-employment

50

10.

IT Vocational Training

SDF-R2-10

PNC

Pre-employment

73

11.

Software Engineering

SDF-R2-11

CADT

Pre-employment

80

12.

Air-Conditioning

SDF-R2-12

ITI

Pre-employment

150

13.

Global Distribution System Expert Training

SDF-R2-13

BookMeBus

Upskilling

20

14.

Automotive Services

SDF-N2022-22

RPITSB

Pre-employment

20

15.

Refresher training for hoteliers

SDF-T2022-01

CATA

Upskilling

700

16.

Refresher training for tour guides

SDF-T2022-02

CATA

Upskilling

200

 

17.

Refresher Training for Travel Agents and Tour Operations

 

SDF-T2022-03

 

CATA

 

Upskilling

 

175

18.

ToT for Tour Agents & Tour guides

SDF-T2022-04

CATA

Upskilling

49

 

 

 

19.

Refresher Training on Housekeeping & Ethics

28-July-22

NPIA

Upskilling

200

Refresher Training on Front Office & Ethics

28-July-22

NPIA

Upskilling

200

Refresher Training on Food and Beverage Services & Ethics

 

28-July-22

 

NPIA

 

Upskilling

 

100

Total

2,519

 
D.    Expected Deliverables and Schedule
The hired Firm/NGO will be responsible for the following tasks and deliverable:

No

Key Tasks

Indicative Date

1.

Develop inception report, containing methodology, instruments work plan and team arrangement

2 weeks after contract was signed

2.

Hire and train sufficient number of data collectors to trace the sampled graduates

2 weeks after the inception report was approved

3.

Conduct the field work of the tracer study

3 weeks after the data collectors were trained

4.

Submit draft report and present findings from the study to SDF team and submit final report

2 weeks after the data collection was completed

 
E.    Institutional Arrangement and Organizational Arrangement for this Assignment
The hired Firm/NGO will be working under direct supervision of SDF M&E division. The SDF M&E division will provide a list and contacts of graduates from 19 training projects and other information as requested by the firm to conduct the survey successfully. For the rest of tasks, it shall be performed by the hired firm.

F.    Qualification Requirements
  • Firm/NGO based in Cambodia
  • Demonstrated experiences relevant to designing and executing tracer study or survey
  • Demonstrated capacity in planning and logistics carrying out tracer study to trace job and wage of graduates from training projects or similar studies
  • Demonstrated access to a network of personnel for data collection and data entry
  • English is advantage

G.    Payment Schedule
Tentative schedule for payments is as follows:

 

Terms of Payment

1.

First payment will be done after contract was signed

2.

Second payment will be done after data collection is completed and submission of draft report and presentation of findings

3.

Third payment will be done after submission final version of the report, incorporated comments from SDF team

H.    Application Procedures
Interested Firm/NGO could submit technical and financial proposals to SDF, using their own proposal templates. Submission is requested to submit electronically to  adminofficer@sdfcambodia.org by 28 September 2023 at 5:00 pm.

I.    Evaluation Criteria
SDF will use 5 criteria to evaluate the proposals (i) Strong experience of the firm in conducting tracer survey or similar surveys; (ii) Strong organization and management of the firm; (iii) Qualifications and practicality of the proposed methodology (iv) Qualifications of the proposed team and (v) Clear planning and organization of teams and tasks to ensure timely deliveries.
The weight for evaluation of proposals is: technical proposal 80% and financial proposal 20%.

J.    Sample Size for Tracer Study
The sample size of each training project for tracer study is selected by using the formula of sample size selection with margin of error 3% and confidence level 95%. So, total sample size of 19 training projects for tracer study is 1,263 trainees (equal to 50% of total trainees). The sample size of each training project can be flexible based on the approval from the SDF but the total sample size has to be respected.

The below table is the detail sample size for tracer study in 19 training projects:

No

Training Project

Contract Number

By School

Training Type

Number of Trainees

Sample Size

1.

Production Sewing Skill

SDF-R2-01

CGTI

Upskilling

157

88

 

2.

Building Electrical Installation & Aicon Install

 

SDF-R2-02

 

NIEI

 

Upskilling

 

150

 

86

3.

Networking

SDF-R2-03

Sunrise

Upskilling

15

14

4.

Electricity

SDF-R2-04

NPIC

Upskilling

30

26

5.

Electric& Computer Repair

SDF-R2-05

PCCFPI

Pre-employment

90

62

6.

LED Installation

SDF-R2-06

PCCFPI

Pre-employment

15

14

7.

Merchandising& Industrial Engineering

SDF-R2-07

CGTI

Pre-employment

25

22

8.

Transformative Software Engineering

SDF-R2-08

Idealink

Pre-employment

20

18

9.

Hospitality

SDF-R2-09

EGBOK

Pre-employment

50

40

10.

IT Vocational Training

SDF-R2-10

PNC

Pre-employment

73

54

11.

Software Engineering

SDF-R2-11

CADT

Pre-employment

80

57

12.

Air-Conditioning

SDF-R2-12

ITI

Pre-employment

150

86

 

13.

Global Distribution System Expert Training

 

SDF-R2-13

 

BookMeBus

 

Upskilling

 

20

 

18

14.

Automotive Services

SDF-N2022-22

RPITSB

Pre-employment

20

18

15.

Refresher training for hoteliers

SDF-T2022-01

CATA

Upskilling

700

157

16.

Refresher training for tour guides

SDF-T2022-02

CATA

Upskilling

200

101

 

17.

Refresher Training for Travel Agents and Tour Operations

 

SDF-T2022-03

 

CATA

 

Upskilling

 

175

 

94

18.

ToT for Tour Agents

& Tour guides

SDF-T2022-04

CATA

Upskilling

49

39

 

 

 

19.

Refresher Training on Housekeeping & Ethics

28-July-22

NPIA

Upskilling

200

101

Refresher Training on Front Office & Ethics

28-July-22

NPIA

Upskilling

200

101

Refresher Training on Food and Beverage Services & Ethics

 

28-July-22

 

NPIA

 

Upskilling

 

100

 

67

Total

2,519

1,263

 

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