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Expert in Education and TVET

Expert ID: 736582 Egypt

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Expert's rare combination of TVET expertise and project management skills powers his success through various high level positions/ projects. He has almost 20 years of experience expanding quality employment opportunities for youth by aligning education sector priorities with labor market needs. In addition to his work recently, he has served as TVET expert for donor organizations including GIZ (in Egypt and Saudi Arabia), the International Organization for Migration, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the EU’s TVET I and TVET-Egypt programs, as well as several USAID projects. He is known in Egypt’s TVET sector for the energy and passion that motivate him to pull himself and the teams he leads to embrace continual improvement. Expert holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Alexandria University (Egypt) and MBA from York St. John University (United Kingdom) with distinction. He speaks native Arabic and fluent English.

Expert has worked with key public and private sector stakeholders, both at the central and field, to introduce new approaches, such as originating the Transition to Employment Units model implemented on USAID/ECP and other projects. To improve schools’ responsiveness to private sector needs and requirements, he led efforts to collect, analyze, and incorporate labor market data from more than 1,800 employers into the schools’ employment, internship, entrepreneurship and Career Guidance activities.

He is considered a pioneer in managing the introduction of competency-based training models that are aligned with market demand. In Saudi Arabia, he supported the establishment of the first Saudi Technical Trainers College, then audited and further developed competency-based models for 16 Saudi technical training colleges. For the ILO, he launched a modern apprenticeship scheme in the Minia, Port Said, and Red Sea governorates alongside cascading the Job Club Center model in several youth centers. He provided capacity development assistance to those governorates’ VTCs to improve training quality and align curricula with industry needs. As program manager for the EU-funded Transition to Employment project, he supported the design of the National Career Guidance and Counseling System as a platform for TVET institutions to engage prospective employers, and he worked with local stakeholders to pilot employability and matchmaking programs in VTCs.

As DCOP, Expert works closely with MOETE, MOLD, MoTI, MoPED, MIIC and other GOE agencies; and major private sector organizations and stakeholders. He convened these diverse counterparts and facilitated a demand-driven process that resulted in the creation of new technical education competency-based specializations such as logistics and renewable energy. He also supported the Egyptian accreditation authority to develop technical education standards. For the EU’s TVET I program, he completed a reform study for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) human resources levy fund and advocated for this reform in several parliamentary sessions. Further, he was responsible for reforming the workers licensing systems in cooperation with the same ministry. With the ILO, he developed the Ministry of Manpower’s five-year strategic plan for occupational safety and health general administration. Expert also convinced MOETE and donor organizations to establish a deputy minister technical office responsible for leading reform through the Technical Education 2.0 strategy. Finally, under the USAID-funded Egypt Competitiveness Project, he led efforts to introduce the Recruit, Retrain and Retain (3R) HR program to Egypt.

Expert has been recognized by several donors, and his staff as a results-driven leader with the ability to unite and motivate diverse actors to achieve project goals. Those who work with him say his passion for helping young people to succeed is infectious. His positive attitude empowers students, teachers, and schools to expand their view of what is possible. Under his leadership, his current employer secured employment for more than 35,000 graduates and provided in-company training for more than 20,000 students. He has served as a critical liaison between several project and stakeholders and among project teams. He led efforts to establish several PPP modalities such as the first Applied Technology School in Agriculture with Salhya Company as a strong PPP model. In this role, his efficacy in bringing people together to build consensus and achieve common goals is almost unparalleled.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2020 Degree: MBA Subject: Leadership and Management Institution: York St John University (United Kingdom)
Year: 1999 Degree: Bachelor Subject: Chemistry & Physics Institution: Alexandria University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: DCOP/ TVET Technical Lead Department: Responsibilities: A $29.1M United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project. The overarching objective of the project is to establish sustainable linkages between the workforce and the labor market. Operates in 11 governorates and seven sectors including two new sectors introduced to technical education in Egypt: renewable energy and logistics. The project is composed of three results: (A) upgrade technical secondary education to meet the needs of the market; (B) improve skills and productivity of the workforce in select sectors and governorates; and (C) promote an enabling environment for labor market efficiency.

The DCOP and TVET Technical Lead provides the project technical directions and supports the COP in the overall project management. Directly supervises Result A team, Training Department, Programming Department, 11 Governorates Field Offices and several Short/Long-Term Technical Assistance Consultants. Work closely with Result B and Result C Technical Leads and GOE/Private Sector counterparts to ensure the full integration of all project elements. Ensures the alignment and the coordination with TVET main donors projects. Guaranteeing the private sector engagement in all project activities alongside strengthening the linkages between the project, the private sector and the GoE counterparts.

The DCOP/TVET Technical Lead main responsibilities summarization
• Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities.
• Analyze potential strategies within the context of the integrated educational programs and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and program staff.
• Lead the design of the professional development pathway for local education providers.
• Collaborate and manage the relation with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, Ministry of local developments, Ministry of trade and industry, Ministry of planning, Ministry of international cooperation and investments, The Egyptian Federation for Industries, Business associations and others.
• Support the project varies functions in designing and/or tackling several activities such as project planning, M&E, procurement, Budgeting, expenditures, quarter and annual reports.
• Coordinate assessments, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites as required by program activities.
• Oversee data collection, analysis and development of conclusions and recommendations to further strengthen program implementation.
• (To-date) Lead the process of creating 2 new demand driven technical education specializations (logistics and renewable energy sectors). Manage the project team to; job place over 35000 school graduates and job seekers, over 20000 paid internship opportunities, almost 50000 students receiving career guidance sessions, almost 49000 students receiving entrepreneurship classes and 7000 teachers trained on soft and technical skills.
• Manage the process of producing labour market information comparative study between the market demand and the supply in 11 governorates
• Manage the process of developing new technical education accreditation standards in cooperation with the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Egypt.
Years: 2015 to 2015 Employer: European Union and GOE Title: Project Manager of Transition to Employment Department: Responsibilities: Reform of the TVET Systems (TVET II)
TVET II is a €105M European Union and Egyptian Government funded project. The project was initiated on May 1, 2015. The overarching objective of the project is to support the reform of Egypt’s TVET systems. TVET II operates in all Egypt’s 27 governorates. The project is composed of three components: (A) TVET Governance reform; (B) Improve TVET quality of delivery; and (C) Facilitate the transition to employment.
The Project Manager of Transition to Employment main responsibilities summarization
• Develop and manage the collection of the labor market information needed for the development of appropriate TVET programs.
• Initiate sustainable mechanism for the identification of promising key economic sectors.
• Create network of TVET main stakeholders involved in the enhancement of employability processes on the national level.
• Develop the quality processes for the employability and match making programs.
• Develop and implement of the pilot of National Career Guidance & Counselling system in TVET institutions.
• Supervise grants implementation system for the enhancement of Egyptian young entrepreneurs.
• Conduct impact assessment studies and issuing and circulating reports related of labor market studies in Egypt.
• Coordinate and link national initiatives for employment which can be replicated on the system level.
• Contribute and initiate to skills upgrading programs in the selected sectors.
• Leading the initiatives and projects which assess the training needs for all related TVET stakeholders in order to fulfill the gap and enhance their performance.
• Support the operational capacity of existing and new TVET institution to set up leadership, enhance coordination and reduce fragmentation through technical assistance and capacity building.
• Submit the required reports indicate and guide the success of the project objectives.
• Ensure the integrated vision of Ministry of Tourism, Egyptian Tourism Federation and the Ministry of Education (PIU) among the components of the project.
• Develop TOR for allocating technical consultants.
• Deliver master M&E reports for all activities stated in the agreement in coordination with all components in TVET project.
• Assist, initiate and coordinate between all stakeholders concerned in achieving the optimum TVET governance solution.
• Coping with the general policies and regulations that endorsed by the program policy.
• Ensure efficient management of assigned financial resources for component activities in the project, including the review and approval of budgets and monitoring of expenditures.
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) - GIZ Title: TVET Senior Expert Department: Responsibilities: Competency Model Development and Assessment
Support the Saudi government (TVTC) at its efforts in the assessment of 54 technical college performance and trainers’ competence (especially 10 priority colleges) through
• Establish a clear competency model (define a set of key competences that will be baseline for trainer’s development, performance, develop assessment and recruiting).
• Assess current competency state (develop and conduct assessment across the organization, assessing the current states of each competency in the competency model).
• Develop specializations for capacity building (define and specify the task of capacity building for possible contractors based on the current competency state in the organization, including individual’s development plans).
• Develop assessment tools and build capacity within TVTC (deliver assessment tools to TVTC and ensure that in future the TVTC team can independently plan, conduct and analysis the competency assessment for track improvements).
• Validation of college performance and operational KPI’s (an assessment of the current KPI’s used in performance management and comparison of existing KPI’s in international best practices.)
• Curriculum baselining and assessment (an assessment of the courses and programs offered by the College, along with the level of establishment and uptake.).
• Administrative services diagnostic (a diagnostic of what services are being provided at the College and how developed these services are.).
• Change readiness assessment (a quality assessment of Colleges willingness to change based on interviews with college leadership).
Years: 2014 to 2014 Employer: ILO (UN) Title: Lead Expert Department: Responsibilities: Promoting Worker Rights and Competitiveness in Egyptian Export Industries
• Ensuring building the capacity of the Labour & OSH inspectors of the Ministry of Manpower & Migration (MoMM) in the area of strategic planning.
• Supporting the Ministry in developing its 5 years strategic plan for Occupational safety and health administration and labour inspection administration
• Putting together final strategic plan and collecting the stakeholder’s enhancement feedback before submitting final version for the Minister approval
Years: 2014 to 2014 Employer: ILO (UN) Title: Lead Expert Department: Responsibilities: Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People; Consultancy
• Provide technical guidance in the implementation of two employment fairs in Minya and for Red Sea.
• Follow-up on the implementation of training for employment agreements in Port Said, Minya and Red Sea.
• Initiate and follow up on modern apprenticeship scheme in Minya, PortSaid and Red-Sea.
• Review of key issues for MOMM Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) in Port Said and Minya to improve their training.
• Initiate internship scheme for students in each of the three governorates.
• Contribute to the development of the job search club methodology for Egypt and promote its application in the three governorates.
• Manage the employer’s activities regarding enhancing the labour skills and better match making mechanism.
• Improve public employment service offices capacity and performance focuses on employment and career Guidance and Counselling.
• Enhance the Egyptian MoMM career Guidance and Counselling system and methodology through Public Employment Services (PES) offices.
• Introduce People rights at work principles, OSH system and family friendly Enterprises to Egyptian labours and employers.
• Create pool of PES master trainers on career Guidance and counselling alongside roll out mechanism.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Employer: GIZ. Title: Lead Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Employment Promotion Program
• Follow up on the processes of issuing the ministerial decree of establishment the general and regional departments of “Facilitating Transition to Work”.
• Work closely with MOE to obtain the necessary ministerial decrees and putting them into action.
• Propose through participatory approach the executive regulation for these departments according to MOE regulations.
• Develop the job descriptions needed within these departments and suggest the processes and criteria of potential staff of these departments including train the administration staff on how to perform their duties.
• Propose a complete structure for the central and regional departments including the relation of these departments and other departments and units inside MoETE
• Develop a capacity development plan for Central and regional department and suggest key performance indicators for the central departments and regional.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Employer: Chemonics International Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: • Support Chemonics in developing Tourism Reform proposal and win the biding
• Form the project potential team in 5 touristic governorates
• Provide comprehensive study on tourism labours internal migration
• Provide comprehensive study in the existing tourism schools and vocational training centers in the 5 governorates, including its specializations and skills gap.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Employer: World Learning Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: • Provide technical support in winning the USAID scholarship program biding.
• Provide list of potential companies/industries with the potential to provide internship, employment opportunities as well as contribute funds or other in-kind contributions to scholarship recipients.
• Provide minimum 10 completed, signed letters of support from companies in 10 governorates.
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: IOM (UN) Title: National Program Officer Department: Responsibilities: START Program
• Assist the Program Director to plan, manage and monitor IOM’s community stabilization activities in Egypt, including activities to be carried out under the START project, in accordance with IOM standards and procedures as well as donor requirements;
• Advise the Program Director on the overall direction of IOM’s community stabilization portfolio in Egypt to promote its effectiveness, coherence and integrity, as well as to build linkages with another relevant program in Egypt and the region;
• Oversee the implementation of START Egypt’s Information, Counselling and Referral Services (ICRS), and taking lead in the execution of the recommendations resulting from IOM’s desk review on addressing livelihood within select communities;
• Act as the focal point for the ICRS component in coloration with the Program Director, and develop training modules and Terms of Reference and material, acting as trainer/facilitator within the framework of the START program;
• Supervise project staff and consultants, ensuring responsibility is appropriately delegated and helping to build relevant internal capacities;
• Oversee project activities, specifically those related to livelihood possibilities and alternatives in selected geographic areas suffering from high unemployment pressures and/or are struggling to absorb returnees;
• Develop and implement grant disbursement, reporting, and monitoring mechanisms, including a comprehensive tracking system to monitor all sub-grants and ensure that all relevant documentation is documented and made available upon request;
• Provide input to project progress, and final reports and ensure proper information exchange on all operational aspects of the program between IOM, Donors and other project counterparts;
• Contribute to establishing and/or maintaining strong and regular liaison with Governmental and non-governmental partners at the central and local levels, providing responsive and professional technical assistance as relates to the START project and as required;
• Contribute to establishing and/or maintaining strategic and technical partnerships with relevant Government entities, civil society organizations, UN agencies and other stakeholders to promote IOM’s community stabilization activities;
• Represent IOM at relevant seminars and meetings, as well as other events aimed at promoting IOM's image and activities as requested and delegated by the PO and PM;
• Undertake regular field and site visits and duty travel to monitor progress of activities and develop new project activities and complementary components as required by the Program Manager;
• In coordination with the Program Director, identify new program and project possibilities in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia in relation to expressed governmental needs, donors’ priorities and in line with IOM’s mandate and strategy
Years: 2010 to 2014 Employer: Chemonics/ USAID Title: Senior Vocational Training Advisor and Team Leader Department: Responsibilities: Egypt’s Competitiveness Program (ECP) - implemented by Chemonics, Funded by USAID
• Provide strategic guidance and input regarding the strategic approach, mechanisms needed technical assistance (TA) to the GOE during program implementation;
• Coordinate and work with officials from various ministries, including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Investment, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Trade and Industry, TVET and other GOE bodies to design and implement component objectives;
• Management of the component staff to deliver trainings and workshops in Sharkiya, Port Said, Alexandria, Red Sea, Luxor, Aswan, Fayyoum and Beni Suef;
• Provide technical input and guidance for the component grants mechanism under ECP, this includes: Become the point of contact working with NGOs from the issuance of a Request for Applications (RFA) to award and implementation of the grant. Assistance under the grants program is to ensure that NGOs provide a high-quality proposal that is in line with the expectations of ECP and USAID
• Full responsibility developing the component technical work-plan and budget.
• Full responsibility developing Task Orders under the IQS (indefinite quantity sub-contract).
• Support and enhance ECP selected pilot schools and vocational training centers in different governorates to match graduate skills with the market needs (demand driven approach).
• Link schools and vocational center to the industry by enhance student in-company practical training. And upgrading ministry of education systems and mechanisms supporting this link.
• In coordination with the entrepreneurship component Leader under, develop entrepreneurship curriculum and introduce it to the syllabus/curriculum to allow for synergies and to encourage school graduates to think in an entrepreneurial manner and start their new small/ micro business.
• The creator of concept of School based employment units to link graduates to the market job opportunities and provides job guidance and counselling.
• Assess the needs for specific training skills of labours in selected sectors, e.g. readymade garments, and selected governorates. Once complete, design and provide technical training and establish in-company training units...
• Support the upgrading of vocation training centers. to turn the vocational centers into Centers of Excellence (COE)
• In close consultation with MOE and other counterparts, design a plan for the establishment of new vocational technical colleges in Egypt.
• Supervise the arrangement and the implementation of several job fairs
• Supervise the design and implementation of several vocational training activities in Tourism, RMG and food processing sectors.
Years: 2009 to 2019 Employer: GTZ Title: Vice Dean Executive Assistant & Acting Career Services Department Head Department: Responsibilities: • Designing major processes of vocational training schedules and training data management.
• Coordinate and manage the workflow with all departments and the vice dean training.
• Develop the college agenda of participation in the national and international TVET events.
• Manage the school-based trial trainings and company internship according to agreements between the college, the companies and the technical schools.
• Analysis the field feedback in order to enhance the quality of training, instructions and equipment inside the college.
• Consultation of some stakeholders (such as TVTC internship Dept. and NSJT) concerning actual experience and good practice in internship placements.
• Preparing department annual and monthly implementation plans.
• Developing the career services department concept and needs. and design an operational system about the department working mechanism and make sure of using the industrial map of Saudi Arabia.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: European Union Title: Wood and Furniture ETP Executive Director Department: Responsibilities: Reform of the TVET Systems (TVET I)
• Lead and manage the ETP (Enterprise Training Partnership) structure, personnel and budget;
• Manage the fundraising process and mechanism to deal with international projects and governmental Egyptian bodies.
• Support competitiveness of Egyptian Industrial Companies (wood sector): help to improve and/or create their training workshops: quality improvement, upgrading supervisors, pattern making and marking, Maintenance, etc.
• Manage the “Training Modules Repertoire” to respond effectively to industrial companies training needs.
• Manage the “adjustment” of the offer on customizing the training and the services to be delivered to the companies, and to any other body.
• Support and encourage negotiations to foster the cooperation in the field of TVET consultancy with other local and national trainers.
• Manage the monitoring and evaluating the quality of training delivered and expertise services provided to companies.
• Ensure the relationship with the Association Board, ETP Committee and ECTI Board.
• Ensure the enhancement of the relationship with funding bodies.
• Manage responsive implementation-customization of training and services offered to companies through the Training Centre of Competence (consulting, expertise, lobbing, professional press, exhibition, etc.)
• Develop and enhance the ETP capacity to develop “membership” with relevant donors (national or international) other than EU.
• Develop and implement awareness, credibility, and visibility of ETP planning and strategy.
• Leading a highly consistent ETP management information unit (MIS) to deal with training and expertise services for local and national Egyptian companies, international projects and governmental bodies.
• Ensure management of critical information within ETP structure and members: constructive feed-back, dialogue and recommendations.
• Review and approve the ETP annual budget and plans;
Years: 2005 to 2009 Employer: World Education/ USAID Title: School Based Reform Team Leader Department: Responsibilities: Education Reform Program- - implemented by World Education, Funded by USAID
• Manage the team plan and budget to provide support to a targeted set of schools and communities in line with School Based Reform (SBR) principals, National Standards for Education in Egypt.
• Ensure that team has a clear understanding of SBR concepts and vision and details of the plan and budget.
• Manage and monitor the team field visits to implement ERP/SBR activities in the right direction.
• Manage and coordinate monthly, weekly and daily plans of the team.
• Coordinate plans and field implementation between the team and Partner-NGO staff that are also working to support elements of SBR through BOTs (Board of Trustees).
• Coordination between the ERP team and MOE staff who are supporting the same schools and communities.
• Work with technical staff to incorporate “organizational learning” objectives into field office and team plans.
• Promote teamwork to optimize the experience and individual skills of team members.
• Keep the team focused on the long-term vision and goals of SBR.
• Conducting annual performance reviews, while providing on-going feedback to promote strong performance from each team member.
• Ensure procedures and clears roles & responsibilities are in place to enable the team to monitor its progress and use the information in its on-going planning activities.
• Ensure proper and accurate record keeping, documentation and files for the team;

Additional Experience

Other Relevant Experience
Other Work History:
2003-11 --2005-3 Training Coordinator; Non-Governmental Organization Service Center (NGOsc) - implemented by American Development Foundation (ADF), Funded by USAID
2001-11 --2003-10 Capacity building coordinator; Life for All Association (NGO) - Funded by USAID
1999-11 --2001-10 Export Sea Freight Forwarding Coordinator; Freight Masters Company

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Arabic Mother Tongue
English Fluent

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