International Consultancy for an independent appraisal of Lao PDR's 9th Education and Sports Sector
Closing date: Monday, 30 December 2019
Job Number: 528714
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Lao,Peo.Dem.Rep
Work Type : Consultancy
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for a qualified Individual International Consultancy to support the Independent Appraisal of Lao PDR’s 9th Education and Sports Sector Development Plan (ESSDP). The assignment expects to start in mid-January 2020 and completed by March 2020 covering up to 25 working days. This consultancy will involve travel to Vientiane, Lao PDR for up to 19 working days, including travel to the provinces.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
The main task of the consultancy is to undertake a technical and financial appraisal of the draft Lao PDR 9th ESSDP 2021-2025 and submit an Appraisal Report as per GPE/IIEP Education Sector Plan Appraisal Guidelines, in close consultation with MoES leadership, and the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG).
Specific tasks are:
• Undertake an appraisal readiness check and support the preparation of an official declaration of readiness using the GPE/IIEP ESP Appraisal Guidelines checklist
• Undertake preliminary desk work and prepare inception report, including work plan and instruments for the appraisal (e.g. list of key informants to be interviewed, list of key questions, etc.) that has been discussed with MoES, ESWG and UNICEF.
• Undertake in-country consultations with relevant stakeholder groups:
a) ESWG technical meeting to discuss the objectives and processes of the appraisal; undertake consultations;
b) bilateral meetings/focus group discussions with key stakeholders, including with other relevant ministries, e.g. Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home Affairs, key Development Partners;
c) field visits to at least 2 provinces/districts
· Presentation of key findings and recommendations to MoES leadership and ESWG.
· Prepare a draft appraisal report and share with MoES leadership and ESWG for comments before finalization. The draft report will also be shared with the GPE Secretariat for a compliance check to verify that: i) The appraisal process has been independent (relating to transparency, procurement process, conflict of interest, etc.); and ii) the extent to which the evaluators complied with the GPE/IIEP appraisal guidelines.
· Support any further dissemination of the final appraisal report, as needed.
In conducting the appraisal and key tasks mentioned above, the consultant should:
· Review various aspects of the 9th ESSDP design, development objective(s) and results framework, including coherence between the different components of the plan, and sub-national implementation and monitoring;
• Assess the technical quality of the plan, including specific strategies for addressing efficiency, equity, quality and other issues affecting learning outcomes, and for meeting the needs of marginalized groups;
• Review the 9th ESSDP’s alignment to the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 4 on education, and the national SDG Roadmap/Vision 2030, the 9th NSEDP and other government priorities and reforms including strengthening PFM.
• Identify if capacity constraints are being addressed to facilitate plan implementation, including capacity at the sub-national level;
• Validate the cost and financing for implementation of the 9th ESSDP, taking into account the broader financial context;
• Identify key steps for completing the 9th ESSDP and for initiating implementation readiness, along with necessary staffing and technical assistance required from the MoES and development partners to facilitate the approval process.
The appraisal report is expected to have a high-quality analysis that can be used as key reference by the MoES to adjust the draft 9th ESSDP for improved quality; and provide evidence on the extent to which the plan is ready for endorsement by in-country development partners. Once the MoES and development partners have reviewed the appraisal recommendations and reached an agreement on how to address the recommendations, the Government prepares the appraisal memo. This memo will outline the actions to implement the appraisal recommendations, and/or will explain why certain actions will not be taken. The endorsement by development partners of the plan will serve as a sign of commitment to technically and financially support the ESSDP. The appraisal process should occur early enough in the plan development process to allow time for decision-makers to open consultations on the conclusions and recommendations to improve the final version of the plan.
The appraiser needs to use, but not be limited to, the GPE/IIEP guidelines for this analysis, in which an online training is mandatory and against which the GPE Secretariat will run an appraisal check on the draft report assessing the consistency in the use of the methodology and provide feedback accordingly.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Qualifications and Experience:
- An advanced degree in education or related field;
- A minimum of 15 years of progressively extensive experience in the education sector;
- Experience developing sector strategies and plans;
Knowledge and Skills:
- Familiarity with GPE policies and procedures; experience of recent appraisals is considered an advantage, as is being trained in the GPE appraisal methodology;
- Demonstrated understanding of education sector planning and program implementation;
- Knowledge of Lao PDR and local context considered an asset; and
- Communicates, works and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts in government ministries and at the local/school levels;
- Understands key technical issues on education sector planning, policy development and programme implementation
- Excellent verbal and written English language skills. Demonstrated knowledge of good practices in education policy and planning;
Submission of applications:
Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/
- Letter of Interest (cover letter)
- CV or Resume
- Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
- Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
- The deadline for applications is 30 December 2019.
A two stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared.
Applications shall therefore contain the following required documentation:
1. Technical Proposal, including a cover letter, updated CV, and copies of 2 relevant evaluations performed earlier by the consultant.
2. Financial Proposal: Lump-sum offer with the cost breakdown: Consultancy fee, travel costs (economy class), per-diem to cover lodging, meals, and any other cost related to the consultant's stay in Vientiane, including transportation inside the city and other costs. The travel (if involved) shall be based on the most direct and economy fare.
No financial information should be contained in the technical proposal.
NOTE: For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:
Technical qualification (max 100 points), weight: 70%
· Education (15 points)
· Relevant work experience, including examples of part work (45 points)
· Competences, knowledge and skills (40 points)
Financial proposal (max 100 points), weight: 30%
The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest financial proposal that is evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 60 points score in the technical evaluation. Other financial proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
The contract shall be awarded to the candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial proposal, subject to the result of a verification interview.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Fri Dec 20 2019 15:00:00 GMT+0700 (Indochina Time) SE Asia Standard Time
Closing Date Mon Dec 30 2019 17:00:00 GMT+0700 (Indochina Time)