Training Advisor – Carpentry, Joinery and site Construction

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Training Advisor – Carpentry, Joinery and site Construction

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Application closing date: 31 March 2018

Role Overview

When you have a passion of sharing your knowledge in teaching as well as carpentry and construction in an international setting, this is your job! With your contribution, the level of education in this area of Tanzania can be brought to a higher level. In this role, you will work collaboratively with carpentry teachers within VETA (the Vocational Education and Training Authority) in Lindi and occasionally travel to Mtwara. The purpose of this role is to improve the standards of carpentry education and workshops to meet IVQ (International Vocational Quality) standards. She or he will also support other advisors within the project to work together as a team to deliver the objectives of the project. Moreover, she or he will dedicate time to help and instruct teachers. The purpose of these instructions is to achieve that teachers learn more on how to maintain tools, link carpentry and construction as well as designs of different structures.

Project Background

Enhancing Employability through Vocational Training (EEVT) is a project implemented by two partners, VSO Tanzania and Vocational Education and Training Authority – VETA. The project is supported by E4D (Employment for Sustainable Development), Skills for Oil and Gas Africa (SOGA), within the German GiZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), as well as E4D/SOGA (GIZ) and Tanzania LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). The discoveries of gas in southern Tanzania (Mtwara and Lindi) are expected to boost the economy of the regions. Most employment opportunities for Tanzanians are expected in the supply chains of the oil and gas developments, for example in the hospitality, construction and transport sector. The project was first launched in VETA Mtwara in November 2012 and later expanded to VETA Lindi in October 2013 (2013 – 2015).

Before the start of the project, the level of VETA students was not yet meeting the standards required by industries. VSO, VETA, Tanzania LNG and E4D/SOGA (GIZ) have therefore joined forces to bridge this gap. This was attempted, initially by implementing the internationally recognized City & Guilds curriculum; for the next stage the students will be working with BTEC Diploma courses from the PEARSON International Company, towards International Vocational Qualifications level 3. The students will be internationally recognised and accredited in six identified trades of welding and fabrication, plumbing and pipefitting, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery, motor vehicle mechanics and food preparation.


The ideal candidate in this role will focus on the following tasks and responsibilities:

Participation in delivering curricula for training in the vocational subject

  • Review other developed curricula worldwide and share best practices;
  • Provide meaningful links between workshops and companies to improve the competency of teachers and students to match industry requirements;
  • Conduct sessions with existing tutors to produce curriculum suitable for Mtwara and strengthen staff capacity to understand and own this curriculum.

Provide practical skills to tutors and students

This part consists of providing assistance on a wide variety of tasks, ranging from the use of hand tools and (electrical) machinery, studying blueprints, sketches or building plans to prepare project layout and requirements, to building or repairing cabinets, doors or other wooden fixtures used in buildings. But also assist in selecting and ordering the required materials and provide assistance in maintaining records, documenting actions and present progress reports, as well as guiding the preparation of cost estimates for clients or employers and assist in following safety rules and regulations at all time.

Planning, design and administration of continuing education

  • Conduct researches, needs assessments and consultancy projects as appropriate;
  • Participate in setting out policies and regulation of academic activities of the institute in conjunction with criteria and accrediting bodies and participate in VETA curriculum review exercise;

Application of teaching methodology, practical demonstrations and mentoring of teachers.

  • Apply new methodologies of teaching to enhance quality delivery of practical sessions within the carpentry workshop;
  • Able to be innovative and creative in designing various projects within the workshop that respond to demands of industries specifically on oil and gas related services;
  • Observe and advise teachers during and after class sessions and practical workshops to assess competency and skills that respond to industry demands.

Skills and Knowledge

Qualifications (essential):

Degree and/or Advance Diploma in Vocational training or QTS certification with particular experience in carpentry and construction or building , drawing, and mathematics


  • 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 two years of experience in the practical vocational training.
  • Experience in installing, repair and maintain carpentry systems and fixtures in residential, commercial, institutional, industrial or public buildings.
  • Experience in management of information systems.
  • Experience in reading blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of carpentry systems.


It is vital that the Adviser in this role has proficient understanding of:

  • Water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings;
  • Relevant building codes, legislation, regulations, policies and procedures of installation and maintenance;
  • African economic, cultural and political environment;


  • QTS in vocational training, preferably specialised in carpentry and pipe fitting;
  • Facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Literacy and ability to effectively use Office software and modern communication tools (Internet, LAN, email and related software;
  • Confident in training, communication and presentation, also competent in coaching others.


  • Good organisational and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience of working in a developing country;
  • Experience in working with poor communities and community institution;
  • Understanding Kiswahili
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