Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Following consultation with NGOs and Charities the Consortium has recognised that For Europe to develop capacity in the International Development sector, there has to be consistency, rigour, recognition and credibility. A fully accredited, pan-European diploma, combining employability skills with an intellectual understanding of concrete development issues, would help strengthen capacity throughout the sector and thus help to achieve important EU development goals. The outputs will include the development of and implementation/exploitation of a CPD qualification that is on the EQF, has been developed on a pan-EU basis and is recognised by and taken up by organisations and individuals in the sector.
To contribute to the development of quality lifelong learning and to promote high performance in the International Development Sector through the development of, validation of and implementation of a pan-EU Diploma level CPD programme that truly reflects the needs of the sector and meets the employability needs of those individuals in or wishing to enter the sector.
To work with NGOs, Charities and other stakeholders in the development of a competency framework for professionals employed in or wishing to enter the International Development Sector.
To ensure that the framework developed recognises and addresses the need for a pan-EU diploma level qualification which is also able to reflect local/national need.
To develop, test and implement a range of pedagogical approaches that reflect the learning styles and needs of the sector and potential beneficiaries.
To develop and deliver an EQF accredited diploma level CPD qualification.
To develop a modern training and certification programme that reflects sector and individuals within the sector needs.
To base the programme on clearly defined 'necessary skills-sets.'
To support the development of innovative ICT-based content. services and pedagogies.
To promote co-operation within the EU and within participating sectors in quality assurance.
To create and manage (including beyond the project lifetime) a pan-EU network committed to driving and improving learning so that it meets the identified needs of the sector and the individuals it employs.
To implement EU-wide certification/validity of both qualification and certification. To support participants in training and further training activities to acquire skills relevant to the sector.
To base design and implementation of the qualification on best practice and lessons learned' by using practical examples and 'real-life' case studies.
To exert influence at an EU level through the effective management of the exploitation strategy.
The consortium has undertaken considerable work on gauging the demand for appropriate and relevant qualifications in the field of International Development. For example, in 2003 Gavin S. Craig published Education for International Development, a specially commissioned market research report to assess the viability of International Development as a course within the University of Ulster. This study showed a broad range of interest but also showed concern about career prospects, as International Development did not immediately denote images of stability, continuing professional development, or even employability. This was partly because a qualification from the University of Ulster was not necessarily a ‘portable’ diploma that would easily and instantly be recognised and accepted by the many developmental organisations – NGOs, Government agencies, international businesses, etc – that would ordinarily be interested in appropriately qualified job applicants. Consequently, the consortium sought broader perspectives on employability within the International Development sector, contacting the following organisations: Dóchas – the Irish coalition of international development NGOs, Bond – formerly BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development), CONCORD – a Europe-wide organisation of NGOs in development and relief, Euforic – Europe’s Forum on International Cooperation. The establishment of an industry network is aided by the contribution of the named NGOs and This process is greatly enhanced by the likely inclusion in the project team of People in Aid (a consortium of aid agencies trying to improve their HR efforts collectively, using standards to upgrade their administrative systems) and working closely with ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance).
There is therefore a wide-ranging consensus among NGOs working in support of international development initiatives that the sector is constrained in capacity and credibility by the lack of a single, internationally-recognised and -accredited qualification in the field of relief and development, and that the provision of such a Europe-wide diploma would add greatly to the level of professionalism, to the ability to attract and retain strong candidates. The CPD qualification and supporting research and post project network communication will be in the languages of the partner countries.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Sectors Other Service Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
material for open learning
The Project will develop:
- International Development Skill Set (a description of target competences of those working or wishing to enter International Development sector)
- Access International Development Training Materials (a training package for AID programme)
- AID Online Course and Self-Assessment Service
- Exam Question Database (a set of multiple choice test questions that will support the certification and online examination of the International Development Skill Set)