The purpose of the call
The aim of this activity is to use virtual coaching sessions to meet and share ideas and experiences and discuss opportunities for further networking and collaboration between the business sectors’ representative, respectively three Sector Workforce Councils Leads, of sectors of Wood Processing, Agribusiness, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and diaspora mentors.
1. Background and brief description of the project:
The Diaspora plays an important role in the economic, social and cultural development of Kosovo. The contribution of the diaspora has been crucial in the past, being the main economic contributor and the most powerful political advocate for the country’s struggles until the end of the 20th century. The dynamics of the diaspora have changed with the new generations of Kosovo immigrants, raised and educated in the more developed western countries. They represent a valuable asset to our country now. However, there are many challenges to create an environment that encourages and supports the Kosovo diaspora to share and transfer their knowledge, experiences and talents to Kosovo.
In August 2022, GERMIN signed a cooperation agreement with International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) to implement the “Peer-to-peer Diaspora Mentorships Activity” within the five-year USAID-funded Private Sector-Led Workforce Development Activity in Kosovo (PSWD). USAID PSWD aims to harness the leadership of the private sector to build sustainable and innovative models to develop the Kosovo workforce. The USAID PSWD Activity aims to address system constraints and leverage opportunities in three interrelated areas: skills demand; skills supply; and the enabling environment.
GERMIN’s role is to link diaspora investors, entrepreneurs, and others (and their organizations) with three Sector Workforce Council actors and grant scheme beneficiaries in sectors of Wood Processing, Agribusiness, and ICT. GERMIN will work in collaboration with USAID PSWD Activity to connect with and leverage their extensive network of diaspora organizations to the Councils in order to advance the goals of the PSWD Activity. For this specific call, the aim is diaspora investors to serve as mentors and help three Councils’ Leads to learn from each other through shared experiences and questions and lessons learned. The “Peer-to-peer Diaspora Mentorship Activity” is expected to provide mentorship, virtual technical assistance, host (virtual) internships, and promote
diaspora investment including corporate social responsibility funds, and investment in training initiatives for three Sector Workforce Councils actors and grant scheme beneficiaries of Wood Processing, Agribusiness, and ICT sectors.
Responding to the lack of professional expertise in specific thematic areas available, as well as utilizing the potential of exposure to new ideas and working methodologies offered by the diaspora, GERMIN will provide opportunities for collaboration and interaction between three Sector Workforce Councils in Kosovo and diaspora professionals.
2. Duration of commitment and conditions:
The engagement of experts from diaspora which will serve as mentors to three Sector Workforce Councils Leads, is planned to be virtual, while the nature of the engagement is voluntary and upon agreed schedule between both parties. The format of the work will be determined during the engagement preparation period, which will also be carried over to the written agreement. The engagement of diaspora professionals is planned for the period of end of November 2022 – May 2023, during which period, 8 mentoring sessions will be held.
3. Tasks to be performed within this commitment:
4. Necessary documents needed to apply:
5. Additional requirements:
In the framework of this cooperation, the additional requirements that are expected to be implemented by the parties are:
6. Criteria to be fulfilled by the expert:
7. Application deadline:
All applications must be submitted to GERMIN electronically at [email protected] with subject: Peer-to-Peer Diaspora Mentorship Activity Application. The last date for submission of applications is 25 November 2022.