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The Boko Haram insurgency civil unrest in North East Nigeria started in 2009 and reached its peak in May 2013 when the Federal Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. The insurgency later spread in to the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger and left over 10 million people displaced by 2017 with 1.8 million being internally displaced in Nigeria, and approximately 155,000 Nigerians as refugees. The conflict also resulted in massive destruction of basic infrastructure, health and educational facilities, commercial buildings, private houses and agricultural assets.
In the Northeast of Nigeria alone, the total damage was estimated at USD 8.93 billion with the bulk of the losses (79%) attributed to agriculture (USD3.7 billion) and private housing (USD3.32 billion). Damage to private enterprises was also significant at USD0.9 billion or 10 percent of total damages.
Recent statistics from multi-sectoral assessments reveal that in 2017, 14 million civilians were seriously affected by the conflict and suffered from instable livelihoods. More than 1 million of these people had returned to Nigeria including 136,491 refugee returnees (98,118 from Cameroon, 35,847 from Niger and 239 from Chad).
In responding to the unprecedented insurgency in the north east, the government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency and mobilized military to safeguard the areas. The military operations in the north east were supported by the civilian youth known as ‘Civilian JTF’ and vigilantes who displayed gallantry and supported the military to root out the deadly BH insurgents in the area.
UNDP, as part of its overall interventionist programmes to address the humanitarian and development needs of the affected population in the north east, as well as, mitigate the impact of the insurgency on internally displaced persons, attracted funding support from donors to implement various programmes in the three most affected states particularly Borno to support the women and youths to acquire alternative means of livelihoods through skill acquisition for a period of 3 to 12 months. All participants that successfully completed the programme were supported with start-up equipment to establish their businesses.
To achieve this objective in Borno state, there is the need to profile credible institutions that can provide training services in most of the over 30 skill/trade areas. In this respect, some training facilities have been identified and profiled in Borno state. These included the University of Maiduguri, the Mohamet Lawan College of Agriculture, Maiduguri and the Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, as well as, the PAN Learning Centre (PLC), Kaduna and the National Institute for Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Zaria. To ensure continuity of the training services for the teeming population of women and youths (IDPs) who desired informal education and skill training, with little or no understanding of English language in rural areas, UNDP in collaboration with the Borno state government embarked on the renovation of government owned vocational training facilities in Biu, Mafa and Mongonu.
Furthermore, there is the need to identify credible technical training institutions that can provide training in Solar Panel maintenance and Electrical Installation for about 100 of the IDPs who has indicated interest in this area under this phase of the scheme and the subsequent phases.
This activity is part of a larger project of UNDP on ‘Integrated Community Recovery and Resilience in Borno State’ funded by the EU. This component of the programme consolidates the UNDP Livelihoods Scheme for the North East funded by the Norwegian Government and which trained 575 women and youths (IDPs) in about 14 technical and vocational skills drawn from Adamawa, Borno and Yobes. The number included 22 women trained in automobile technology services.
The current endeavour is building on the past efforts and proposes to train 100 IDPs including women in Solar Panel maintenance and electrical installation under this phase of the scheme. Therefore, this solicitation will help to equip youths and women particularly female headed households with technical skills and training that will help them to be self-reliant and economically sustaining. The opportunity being provided, it is envisaged, will help to turn the beneficiaries into viable economic actors and peace promoters in their respective communities. The facility is, therefore, required to provide technical training skill in two complementing trade areas for the 100 IDPs that participated in the 7-day orientation training under the UNDP’s ‘Integrated Community Recovery and Resilience in Borno State programme.
The facility required for the placement of these IDPs should have the following features:
- Well established technical training centre(s) with capacity to provide training in solar panel maintenance and electrical installation.
- The facility must be run and maintained by a corporate organisation, non-governmental organizations or competent individuals in a safe, secured and serene environment;
- The facility must be well equipped with suitable infrastructure and equipment for training in the specified area(s);
- It must have well developed curricula in all the specified areas;
- It should have been run and operated continuously for a period of not less than 2 years;
- It must have good organisational structure with competent manpower in all the specified areas;
- It must have well-established administrative procedures for conducting its affairs and financial capability to effectively run the facility;
- The facility must have capacity to admit at least 100 candidates in one training session;
- It must have capacity and authority to issue certificate of completion in all the specified areas at the end of the programme; and
- It must be licensed by relevant government authority to run and maintain the facility and registered with relevant professional bodies in the desired area(s).
The deliverables expected at the end of the placement training are:
- 100 women and youths trained in solar panel maintenance and electrical installation as specified above; and
- 100 women and youth awarded certificates in relevant technical skill area
5. Qualification and Experience
The preferred organization or individual must have a training facility which can provide the desired services and should have been run and maintained for, at least, 2 continuous years.In addition, it should have capacity to provide post-training support and mentorship to the beneficiaries.The organization should be duly registered with the relevant government authority in Nigeria and professional bodies with ability to present candidates for any technical level certification in the skill areas.It must have structures and equipment in all specified areas that can be used for the technical training exercise.It must have two (2) years audited accounts.
6. Selection Criteria
- Minimum of 2 years’ track records in technical training including solar panel maintenance and electrical installation
- Good organizational structures with training infrastructure and competent manpower in all the specified areas (Staff profile and training curricula must be attached)
- Facility must have be registered with relevant authority in Nigeria and professional bodies with ability to present candidates for City & Guilds examinations, as well as, have the capacity to admit at least 100 candidates in one training session in a safe, secured and serene environment
- Evidence of well-established administrative procedures for conducting its affairs and to effectively run the centre
- Evidence of financial capability and 2 years’ audited accounts and reports