Tekwill has been designed as a national public private partnership between the Government of Moldova, USAID, Microsoft, and IBM to answer the needs of the ICT industry to close the gap of the human capital shortage, as well as support the development of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The initial goal of the project is to contribute to the extension of Tekwill as a sustainable network and deploy its programs on both the regional and national level. The project aims to determine the operation model of the network, business plans for the centers and partners in the regions, deploy scalable activities to connect an estimated 150,000 people to ICT (school and university students, community, etc.), deploy entrepreneurship programs aiming at both scaling up existing programs, as well as create inclusive innovation platforms for the regions with their respective specifics and potential to absorb/apply ICT. We envision a minimum 10,000 beneficiaries, per year, for each pillar, education and entrepreneurship. As a result of the project, two main outcomes are expected: more and better qualified skills and workforce developed leading to a stronger ICT industry in Moldova, as well as creating the premises for a Moldovan start-up program to drive opportunities for companies seeking capital.
The first phase of the project represented a USAID development grant whish was matched by both cash and in-kind contributions of private and government partners that brought significant new resources, ideas, software, technologies and development activities, such as trainings, practical assignments, and mentorship. Private partners included multinational companies, IBM and Microsoft, as well as Information Technology and Communications Association (ATIC) members from the local Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies. Moldovan government partners Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, e-Government Center and Technical University have also provided their support. The Technical University of Moldova is hosting the first Tech Center on its premises and has jointly invested resources for initial investment and maintenance costs during the startup phase.
On September 19, 2017 USAID, based in Moldova, entered into a partnership with the Government of Sweden to join forces in the establishment and creation of the ICT Excellence Center (Tekwill). It included an arrangement that governs the relationship between the parties regarding the financing, implementation and reporting of the activity.
Tekwill opened on March 15, 2017. During the first three years of the project, Tekwill has completed or supported 188 educational initiatives, and 301 entrepreneurship initiatives, transforming Tekwill into one of the most successful initiatives in Moldova’s tech sector. It has helped more than 350 IT professionals reach better business, create opportunities and seek investment. Altogether Tekwill has trained and oriented more than 35,000 people.
The next phase of the project aims to expand Tekwill’s capacity, create connections with additional universities and expand the activities to a national level. New activities are planned to transform Tekwill into a strategic focal point for Moldova in relation to boosting creativity, innovation and growth in the ICT sector. The government of Moldova supports the creation of a network of satellite Tekwill branches around Chisinau and throughout the country. The projects extension will keep all stakeholders, academia, private sector, donors and government, engaged to reach its fullest potential on the economy as a whole. Select universities intend to engage in initiative to promote the optional programs developed by Tekwill to be accessible in schools. Each program will be designed and adapted to regional needs. The programs will be all inclusive and aimed at diverse groups such as children, women, students and others.
Job Title: Private Sector Engagement Evaluation Consultant (3-5 consultants will be selected)
The Private Sector Engagement Consultant is expected to coordinate the Private Sector Engagement Initiatives program under the Tekwill Project
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Evaluate on a independent basis the portfolio of received pre-applications based on predetermined grid
- Provide written argumentation for selected/not selected applications
- Participate in developing minutes of the meetings for each phase
- Other as required to reach best results
- The evaluation consultant will act as part of an independent committee
- The Private Sector Engagement Evaluation Consultant will be approved by the Tekwill Board and will act as an independent body
- Excellent knowledge of the IT sector in Moldova
- Economic or IT related background
- The consultant is not part of any IT company at the moment
- min 7 years of experience in IT related fields (technical or management)
- Strong analytical skills are a must
- Excellence English, Romanian and Russian
- Completed evaluation sheets
- Minutes of the meeting
Place of performance:
The consultant will perform his/her duties in Republic of Moldova, as indicated in the SOW.
Period of performance
The assignment will begin on/about December 20, 2019. The anticipated workload is about 10 days/ per person.
Interested candidates shall submit the following documents:
- Motivation letter;
- CV of the applicant.
The application package shall be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, copy to email@example.com, with the subject line: „Private Sector Engagement Initiative Evaluation Consultant”, by December 20, 2019 (17:00). Only selected persons will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Each consultant will indicate an offer on a price/day basis. The estimated amount of work is maximum 10 days.