Invitation for a consultancy service
Background The SCOPE project formed one of the main pillars of the Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa (E4D/SOGA) implemented by GIZ in Uganda. As such, it contributed to the programme objective of bringing men, women and youth into employment in Uganda. The project was based on the premise that new discoveries of commercially viable quantities of oil and natural gas, as well as other natural resources in Uganda have the potential to significantly contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation. Investments in these sectors often include large, labour-intensive infrastructure projects. These projects bring with them direct, indirect, and induced employment opportunities. In addition, the Government of Uganda has robust policies in place to ensure that local communities and citizens can access benefits such as jobs and inclusion in relevant supply chains.
However, this opportunity for increased employment for the local population is hindered by the lack of appropriately skilled local workers to meet industry demands. In addition, technical and organizational limitations among existing vocational institutions, coupled with insufficient links to industry, has created a gap between available skills and those demanded by industry. The SCOPE project aimed at promoting local employment by addressing these skills gaps. The project emphasized capacity building and working with TVET providers as well as close collaboration with the private sector and the government to ensure training providers equip graduates with skills demanded by the industry. SCOPE was a three-year project (September 2016 - March 2019) implemented by VSO with funding and technical support from the GIZ E4D/SOGA program. The E4D/ SOGA program is financed by BMZ, DFID, NORAD and Royal Dutch Shell. The overall project goal was for the population in the Albertine Region of Uganda to have improved access to employment in and around the oil and gas and related sectors, with a specific goal of 2,000 men, women and young people in Albertine region of Uganda having increased prepared-ness for employment in the oil and gas (O&G) and related sectors through market relevant, internationally recognized and industry demanded standards of skills training