National Skills Development Program (NSDP)

The ASDP project is covering the following area:

Component 3: Skills Development Program and Market Linkages with a Rural Focus (Total $5.0million, IDA $5.0 million)

This component aims to support a slice of the on-going activities by the National Skills Development Program, and build the capacity within NSDP and MOLSAMD to undertake reforms in technical and vocational training, labor market assessments, and to strengthen industrial and market linkages. The three program subcomponents are:

Sub-Component 3.1: Contracted Vocational Training Packages (Total $ 3.0 million. IDA $3.0 million).

This component will contract out to training providers market driven training for waged and self employment, with a focus on (i)youth, (ii) Chronically Poor Women , and (iii) marginal farmers and landless farm laborers. Training providers will be chosen competitively and their performance formatively monitored. Training will be based on localized labor market studies and will typically cover trades in the agriculture (including horticulture, animal husbandry, apiculture and market gardens), construction sector and fabrication, etc. Where training relates to self-employment, Business Development Services (BDS) training and facilitative links to micro-finance will be provided.

Sub-Component 3.2: Training; of Trainers Program (Total $1.5 million, IDA $1.5 million)

Contracted training for Productive Skills Officers (PSOs), BDS trainers, and selected trade trainers; and the development of a menu of 15-20 contextualized productive skills curriculum materials, through competitively selected public and private/NGO training providers, or consortia of providers, to support the USAID-funded Learning and Community Empowerment Project 2 (LCEP2)

Sub-Component 3.3 : Capacity Building for NSDPMOLSAMD (Total $0.5 million, IDA $0.5 million)

This sub-component will build the capacity within NSDP/MOLSAMD in the following areas: (i) curriculum and materials development, (ii) capacity building in these organizations to collect, collate, analyze and interpret labor market information. This will also focus capacity building efforts on carrying out a labor force survey jointly with the Central Statistics Officer (CSO) and (iii) training up to 10 key personnel from the NSDP/MOLSAMD in TVET planning, management and outreach.

Component 4: Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (Total $1.0 million, IDA $1.0 million)

The objective o f this component i s to develop a program monitoring and information system that will provide routine, timely, and accurate information on program implementation and allow for the measurement o f longer term impacts and independent research.

Sub-Component 4.1: Monitoring and Decision Support (Total $0.4 million, IDA $0.4 million)

This sub-component will put in place monitoring and information systems to measure program progress. Information generated by the monitoring system (and other relevant data) will be used as input for a decision support mechanism which will identify alternatives and recommend course-corrections in program implementation.

Sub-Component 4.2: Impact Evaluation (Total $0.6 million, IDA $0.6 million)

This sub-component will conduct impact evaluations on specific sub-components in relationship to stated program objectives and identified key performance indicators.

The National Skills Development Program (NSDP) is a National Priority Program announced by His Excellency the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in April 2004 in Berlin, Germany.

The overall goal of NSDP is to contribute to the socio-economic recovery of Afghanistan through the development of national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system that is responsive to labor market needs and that provides Afghan women and men with the knowledge and skills for decent work.

NSDP works through two components: Funding of short term vocational training and building the TVET system. Under the funding component, NSDP funds short term market driven vocational training through the government procurement procedures where private and NGOs training providers can apply and participate in bidding. Under second component of building the TVET system, NSDP develops National Occupation Skills Standards (NOSS) assists in the development of National Qualification Framework (ANQF) and  builds the capacity of trainers and training providers.

For more detail, please visit: http://www.nsdp.gov.af/