The National Manpower Advisory Council (NAMACO) is a public- private sector partnership, which was established by an Act of Parliament, under section 19 of the Manpower Planning and Development Act (28:02) of 1994. It is a body charged with the responsibility of making investigations and recommendations, on its own initiative or by request, to the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education on any matter affecting national manpower development and training.
NAMACO is funded by the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) but donor agencies e.g. Germany Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) have sponsored some of its past activities.
One of the major projects of NAMACO was the establishment, in consultation with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, of the Zimbabwe Occupational Standards Services (ZOSS). The mandate of ZOSS was to bridge the gap between what was learnt in education and training institutions with the labour market through developing occupational profiles which are used to generate qualification standards to inform the development of relevant, demand driven curricula and skills proficiency schedules. ZOSS worked hand in hand with NAMACO sector committees to develop these.
The ZOSS functions care now under the Ministry’s Standard Development Research Unit (SDERU). This Unit is responsible for both job profiling /Qualification Standard s development and formerly done by the Curriculum Development together with Quality assurance of tertiary education institutions.
NAMACO continues to escalate its responsibility of facilitating the development of profiles and the generation of qualification standards in its critical capacity as the link between industry and Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education.
In line with the government of Zimbabwe Medium Term Plan, NAMACO is actively promoting Public Private Sector Partnerships in improving quality and delivery of education and training in Zimbabwe.