(Module 1: Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP

Terms of Reference

Professional Local Expert (Independent/ Body)

R_ 5_C Implementation of vocational training Program

Module 1: Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP)


Project: Improvement of Development Process and Local Governance in the Municipality of Tripoli


  1. Introduction

The Municipality of Tripoli  received on  the 15th of January 2016  a grant from the European Union (EU) to realize the project” Improvement of Development Process and Local Governance in the Municipality of Tripoli” over a period extending to 36 months. The overall objective of the project is to improve the institutional and operational contribution to governance and development process in the Municipality of Tripoli. The Specific objectives of the project are to improve access in Bab El Tabbane, Jabal Mohsen and El Ghouraba to basic and adequate social services on a sustainable basis. All three communities will benefit from a positive impact on different levels especially on Health, Education, Job Creation and awareness levels. Five Expected results derive from the project.


  1. The project

The project derives from four basic facts advanced by the Municipality of Tripoli:

  1. The local authority and civil society are in need for capacity building,
  2. Health is a fundamental human right and should be available to all people regardless of gender, social class, ethnicity and age,
  3. Job opportunities are very limited due to the deficiency of educational skills,
  4. Recreational activities allowing the cohesion of the dissimilar zones allow a better synergy.

The civil war witnessed throughout many years from 80s and renewed with the Syrian crises had severe repercussions on the social fibre and the spatial structure of the town. It weakened the social cohesion and shaped the city into neighborhoods demarcated and ruled by conflicting sectarian groups.

To tackle the hard social division, workshops and roundtables that include the broad spectrum of the local society to enhance citizenship and promote dialogue among different constituents of the local community will be organized. The subjects to be addressed could include the reconciliation, trust building, negotiation, dialogue principals, social inclusion, mutual assistance and social solidarity.

Many sessions, roundtables, workshops to capitalize on the theatre drama, volunteering and best practices conducted in these fields through NGOs and Civil Society organizations in the targeted neighbors will be presented, discussed and enhanced to disseminate a new culture of change and cohabitation and declaration of intent.


  1. Tasks

The Expected Result (5) of the project (subject of the present TOR) is to provide dropped out youth and students and people with special needs with skills and know how in order to have access to the labor market.

For this purpose, and according to the stipulations of article 3.2.3 of the “Practical Guide to contract procedures for European Union external actions “applicable from 15/07/2015, the Municipality of Tripoli is seeking to contract a short-term local expert to perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct and manage the vocational training module on Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) based on the carried assessment
  • Elaborate a wrap up report for future capitalization that includes evaluation of the impact of the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP)
  • Participate in the closing ceremony of the vocational training activity.
  • Consult with the steering committee created by the Municipality of Tripoli in all issues related to the vocational training program


  1. The Objectives of the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP)Assignment:

The main objective of the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) is to improve the capacity of the vocational training’s trainees to have a professional access to the labor market.

The PSDP will teach every participant entrepreneurial skills and the basics needed in order to find employment since many job seekers do not understand the importance of Marketing themselves. Trainees will learn how to write a proper CV and portfolio, prepare business cards and cover letters for themselves.

Learn verbal/non-verbal communication.

Once the PDSP has been taken, participants will be able to further choose a vocational training program that targets a specific industry from the ones that have been assessed with respect to the needs of the labour market in the highlighted areas.

The target group of the vocational training program is mainly, youth and job seekers between 18 and 40 years old including persons with special needs.  

  1. The Objectives of the course

The course is made up of 3 Sub- Modules. These are: Interpersonal Skills, Written Communication Skills, and Basic Information Technology (IT) Skills.


Interpersonal Skills Course, It aims on teaching each participant the skills and knowledge necessary for effective communication in any work field. The focus will be to understand and adopt basic communication skills responding appropriately to a wide range of communication styles. The course will highlight skills such as oral communication (verbal and non-verbal), problem solving, conflict resolution, and team dynamics.

The course will outline the importance of vision, self-awareness, relational transparency and the importance of emotional intelligence for promising future leaders. Such communication skills can also enhance interaction amongst socially tense such as Jabal Mohsen and Bab el Tebbaneh, which have witnessed over 20 clashes amongst one another in the past.

Written Communication Course. It covers effective job searching. Written communication includes the basics on business writing in addition to using modern information technology (such as an email). It also includes how to write a good resume, cover letter, business letter, and how to respond to varying types of letters.

Basic Information Technology (IT) Skills. It will provide each participant with basic computer skills, which will help them when it comes to creating their own resume and cover letter using Microsoft Word.

  1. Participants to the course

All candidate to the vocational training program will be required to participate to this course

  1. Start and duration of the contract

- The contract duration is three weeks and will start after its signature with the Municipality of Tripoli according to the vocational training time schedule elaborated by the Municipality of Tripoli .

- The maximum number of working days that the expert is expected to spend during the duration of his contract is: 6 Days and maximum number of hours is 40 hours.

- Each sub-module will be given twice per week . Each weekly session will run for a minimum of 6 hours,

- The ceiling of the contract is: 1200 Euros


  1. Duties and Responsibilities of Expert

The expert will be responsible of the following tasks:

· Develop appropriate instructional aids and display materials to enhance learning.

· Deliver the presentations and animate the sessions.

  • Evaluate the participants’ performance, knowledge and skills after the completion of the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP


  1. Evaluation of proposals and award of the contract

Proposals will be evaluated by the concerned committee. Methodology and CV will have a grade over 80 and the financial offer will have a grade over 20. The total evaluation grade of the expert will be the sum of the two grades and over 100.


  1. Dependence

The professional local expert will report to the Project Coordinator and will coordinate his/her work with the Mayor, the project committee, the steering committee and the Partnership Forum


  1. Deliverables

The following deliverables are requested from the local expert:

  • Report on the implementation of the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP)
  • Report for future capitalization that includes evaluation of the impact of the vocational training program.
  • Report on the closing ceremony


  1. Education/Professional experience and skills


  • Strong presentation, communication and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver quality training.
  • Self-motivated and organized with a demonstrated capacity to manage time and personal work plan.






Required qualifications:

The candidate should have an academic formation in business administration or marketing, or related fields.in addition to a minimum of 5 years of  experience in the fields related to the above tasks, mainly , conducting capacity building training or vocational training .

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English. (Fluency in French is an additional asset)

IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office Suite.

  1. Training Methodology:

Vocational training will be based on lectures, use of the internet and using social media platforms.

  1. Submission of proposals

Interested experts are invited to submit their proposals in two components, a technical part and a financial part. Each of the two components should be placed inside a separate sealed envelope showing on the outside the title of the component (Technical of Financial). The two envelopes containing the technical and financial parts should be placed inside one main envelope. The main envelope should be submitted sealed and should show on the outside just the project name as follows:  

Project: Improvement of Development Process and Local Governance in the Municipality of Tripoli

Module 1: Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP


Any other sentence, mark, sign or logo shown on the outside of the main envelope that may refer to the identity of the expert presenting the proposal will lead to discarding the proposal.

The technical proposal should contain:

- Name and Coordinates of the expert presenting the proposal.

- Copy of the registration of the expert at the Lebanese Ministry of Finance

- The Expert CV that highlights the expertise needed in the TORs;

- An elaborated methodology of work (maximum 5 pages) where the expert explains the approach s/he will undertake to implement the proposed tasks. The methodology should also refer to number of days per task (e.g. will s/he do a training or a session? how many days/hours per type of training/ session), the techniques used (e.g. what approach s/he will use )

- A Gantt chart of the proposed schedule of activities

- In case the applicant is a CSO, a complete file showing that the CSO is working in the targeted area, together with a detailed proposal, report of its activities in the same field of activity proposed in the action and a financial report for the past three years should be attached also to the proposal. 

The financial proposal should contain:

- A financial offer including the expert expected dues for the whole intervention in Euros

All proposals should reach the Municipality of Tripoli, Tall Square, Tripoli-Lebanon. Not later than

12:00 noon of day …1/2./2018

All requests for clarifications, should be addressed in writing by e- mail to the following mail address: idlg.tripoli@gmail.com

Proposals sent by e-mail will be discarded.

  1. Settlement of Expert Dues

The expert's dues will be settled, after receipt and acceptance of his/her deliverables and against an invoice submitted to the Municipality of Tripoli at the end of his/her contract.