Consultant for Terminal Evaluation at UNDP [Saudi Arabia] [October 17, 2019]
Location: Saudi Arabia
Apply by: October 17, 2019
Description: The evaluation of education is an essential process for the educational development, as it constitutes a key element in the government’s institutional work to improve public education with all its elements and levels. The systematic evaluation depends of an organized and independent statistical and analytical extrapolation of the educational efforts, as well as deduction of evidence and indicators to reach specific recommendations to guide the development efforts and the process of making sound decisions on them. For the best practice of education evaluation, the evaluation process is based on regulatory and procedural legislation and mechanisms that guarantee for those in charge of public education institutions a positive interaction with the wise requirements to support the national economy and development under the general policy of the Kingdom.
As of recent, the Kingdom is witnessing development at an unprecedented speed and at various levels of economic and social development, with a clear progress in the fields of economic base diversification and infrastructure development.
Role and Responsibilities:
UNDP has initiated the evaluation as a mandatory exercise at the terminal of the project implementation to provide all stakeholders with impartially derived firsthand information on the status of the project and its relevance and performance towards achieving the objectives as listed in the Project Documents. The purpose of the evaluation is to perform an in-depth assessment from technical and managerial viewpoints to see whether the project has successfully accomplished its objectives and to evaluate the impact and sustainability of the project outcome and to assess how the outputs of the above-mentioned project have contributed to enhance the technical, technological and organizational capabilities of the Education Evaluation and training Commission (previously known as the Public Education Evaluation Commission) as regards the management of the educational process in the Kingdom The findings of the mission will be useful for understanding the management and technical issues of the project and the progress achieved to date. Furthermore, all stakeholders will help in re-orientation and re-prioritizing of project activities as needed and facilitate in addressing specific issues by the project management.
The assessment of this project was strategically placed at this particular time in order to promote needed adjustments, identify lessons learned and draw up a sustainability plan for the project prior to end 2019, date of project completion. Efficiency and effectiveness are of prime importance but also transparency and accountability. The review will illustrate intended and unintended results.
The evaluator will be tasked to provide recommendations aiming to improve various aspects of the project towards achievement and quality delivery of the project.
Required Eligibility and Experience:
- An education specialist holding and advanced university degree preferably in education (at least Master’s degree)
- Around 15 years of relevant experience preferably with education evaluation as well as related indicators and knowledge economy
- Previous involvement and understanding of UNDP’s procedures is an advantage and extensive international experience in the fields of project formulation, execution, and evaluation is required
- Possess strong writing skills coupled with relevant experience in results-based monitoring and evaluation technique.
- The required language for the post is English and Arabia is an asset.
About the Organization:
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