Developing organisational and financial models
for including non-formal sector qualifications
in National Qualifications Frameworks

Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak

Since 2010, Dr Chłoń-Domińczak has been the Project Leader for the National Qualifications Framework Project at the Educational Research Institute in Warsaw, Poland. She is responsible for the co-ordi¬nation of activities and a staff of up to 50 persons for the development of the integrated qualifications system in Poland, including the Polish Qualifications Framework. She was also responsible for developing the recommendations for the Act on the integrated qualifications system, which was passed by Poland’s Parliament in December 2015.

Dr Chłoń-Domińczak is a member of the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group and in this capa¬city she presented the Polish Referencing Report to the Advisory Group, which she was in charge of preparing. In her work on the Polish qualifications system, she also co-operates with government bodies, particularly the Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. She was responsible for organising two peer learning activities for EQF Advisory Group members. Based on her previous experience as a government official, she organised and led the social debate on the development of Poland’s qualifications system, which was highly appreciated by social partners and stakeholders.

Dr Chłoń-Domińczak is a member of two expert networks supporting the activities of the European Commission: the European Social Protection Network (ESPN) and DG EAC Network of independent experts in education.
Prior to her position at the Education Research Institute, she worked as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, where her responsibilities included the areas of social insurance, family policy and gender equality. She was responsible for the preparation and consultation of the Act on bridging pensions in Poland, which led to the removal of most early retirement rights. During this process, she was able to maintain dialogue with social partners, which helped to implement the legal changes and avoid serious social protest. At the Ministry of Labour, she also held the position of Director of Economic Analyses and Forecasting Department. In the past, she has worked as an international consultant for the World Bank, OECD and ILO.

She has extensive experience on the international level. Between 2003 and 2009 she was a member of the Social Protection Committee of the European Council, also serving as its Vice Chair. She was a member of the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Commit¬tee at OECD and also chaired the Working Party on Social Policy.

In 2008, she received the prestigious Andrzej Bączkowski Award for exemplary public service in the sphere of social policy and, in particular, social dialogue.

Dr Chłoń-Domińczak has effectively combined a career of public service and research. She is the author and co-author of many publications on labour markets, pension systems, education and lifelong learning.