Training Adviser – Motor Vehicle Mechanics

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Training Adviser – Motor Vehicle Mechanics

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Application closing date: 31 March 2018

Job Purpose

The ideal person in this position will work collaboratively with teachers under motor vehicle mechanics workshop within VETA (vocational education and training authority) in Mtwara and Lindi to improve the standards of motor vehicle workshop to meet international standards. She/she will also support other advisors within the project as a team to deliver the objectives of the project. Specifically, she/he will dedicate time to learn and accomplish the teaching models of vehicles, provide mentoring, coaching, apprenticeship support; all up to level 3 of training delivery


1.Participate in delivering curricula for training in vocational subject

  • Review other developed curriculum concerning vocational studies on motor vehicle mechanics worldwide and share the best practice with tutors.
  • Conduct meeting/ sessions with existing tutors to produce the curriculum which will suit Mtwara preferences.
  • Strengthen institutional and staff technical capacity to understand and own the curriculum 

2.Carries out special lecture/instruction requiring higher degree of competence for tutors and students

  • Train and advice on various topics on motor vehicle mechanics.
  • Support staff by building their capacity on delivering motor vehicle mechanics courses.
  • Provide practical skills to the tutors and students.
    • Train on how to assembly cars (including caterpillar or other heavy equipment) engines using the progressive build process
    • Provide assistance on assembling components in the engine category in accordance with specifications, standard hours and quality metrics.
    • Impact skill on assembling engine sub-components to tutors and students and ensure they operate with minimal supervision and are able to understand and execute the scope of repair instructions.
    • Assist on reducing entire engine assemblies in the medium and large component category down to the lowest level when necessary. This process includes, but is not limited to, separating parts into categories: unsalvageable, requiring inspection and reusable.
    • Fitting, aligning, calibrating, adjusting and installing parts, mechanisms and components to meet vehicle operating requirements.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, scientist and students.
    • Conducts experimental tests on models; compiles and reduces data.
    • Supervises the operation and maintenance of experimental equipment; instructs students and others in the operation of special experimental apparatus and equipment.

3.Participates in Planning, design and administering continuing education courses needed

  • Conduct researches and consultancy projects as appropriate
  • Conduct needs assessment as and when appropriate
  • Participate in setting out policies and regulation of academic activities of the vocational institute in conjunction with assessment criteria and accrediting bodies.
  • Participate in VETA curriculum review exercise

4.Participation in the wider VSO Secure Livelihood Programme & Partnership development

  • The volunteer will contribute to the review and further development of the VSO TZ programme area plan for Secure Livelihoods and exchange information & good practise with other volunteers (& respective partner organisations).

Skills and Knowledge

Professional qualifications and experience:


  • University degree in Motor vehicle mechanics Engineering or Diploma in Vocational training or QTS certification with particular experience in Electrification, plant maintenance and installation
  • Experience of three or more years in teaching methodology from vocational training facility or related institution is highly recommended for this position
  • Have at least three years in maintenance department of a factory or an establishment such as a hospital, public utility company or office building.
  • Have at least two years experience in the practical vocational training
  • Experience in management information systems


  • Engineering – Skills and knowledge on different vehicle systems, digital systems, heavy plants and ability to engage industries
  • Design – skills and knowledge on design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of spare parts, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • QTS in vocational training in motor vehicle mechanics specialty.  
    • Facilitation and negotiation skills
    • Computer literacy and ability to use effectively word processing (window, excel, word) and modern communication tools (internet, LAN, email, website surfing and related software)
    • Confident in training, communication and presentation with competencies in coaching others
    • Understanding Kiswahili would be an added advantage


  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working in a developing country.
  • Experience in working with poor communities and community institution

Personal Qualities:

  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to work sensitively within a socially strong cultural environment,
  • Able to use own initiative and communicate confidently and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
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