Evaluation of two budget support programmes (EU)

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 11 October 2019
  • Pakistan
  • Closing on 10 December 2019
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Job Description

Evaluation of two budget support programmes - Financing Agreements between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for :

  1. Sindh Education Sector Support Programme ACA/2011/023-009”
  2. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Sector Plan Support Programme (KP-ESPSP) ACA/2013/024-616

The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders with:

  • an overall independent assessment of the past performance of both Sector Support
  • Programmes, paying particular attention to their results measured against their expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results;
  • key lessons learnt, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve future Budget Support programmes.

In particular, this evaluation aims at:

  1. assessing to what extent the Sector Budget Support Programmes have achieved their

expected results, notably through contributing to the implementation of the partner

provincial governments’ sector strategies reflected in their Education Sector Plans by

providing opportunities for the improvement of sector policy processes and policy


  1. analysing how the budget support programmes have contributed (or not) to strengthen

Public Financial Management (PFM) systems, including improved transparency within

government systems, improved Domestic Revenues Mobilisation and stronger


  1. being attentive also to other aid modalities (basket/common funds, projects), in order to

assess the complementarity and synergy (or discrepancy) of these modalities with budget support.

  1. assessing the effects of the budget support operation on the M&E systems in the sectors

supported by the programme. Budget support should aim to strengthen the monitoring

systems in the sectors it supports, in alignment with the existing national level monitoring and evaluation systems and contribute to the improved availability and credibility of data.

Availability of the robust progress reports by the government, providing results information against targets set under the strategy, and the use of these reports to facilitate informed policy dialogue between the different stakeholders (CSOs, private sector, Parliament, donors) and evidence-based decision making is one indicator of the capacity of the government in the area of M&E.

Expertise required

  • A University degree at least at Master’s level or equivalent specific professional experience of at least thirteen years (in addition to the general professional experience indicated below)
  • At least twelve years solid and diversified experience of working in the area of education (accreditation, assessment, teachers’ training, quality education, etc.) including experience of evaluating education projects preferably in Asia;
  • At least twelve years solid and diversified experience of working in project and programme evaluation and should be well versed in evaluation methods and techniques.
  • At least ten years professional experience of working in Asia, preferably in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal);
  • At least 5 years’ experience in Systemic Approaches to institutional (& organisational) development, reform, capacity building and change processes in the education sector through budget support in developing countries.
  • Experience of implementing and/or evaluating at least 5 education projects of which at least 1 should be budget support and experience in running EU funded projects will be considered an asset.
  • Post graduate studies and/or specific training in subjects related to the assignment under this contract.
  • Professional experience in volatile environments.

Language skills of the team

  • English: both members shall possess a level-C2 expertise;
  • Urdu: at least one member shall possess a level-C2 expertise;

Input required:

Team Leader:

Input: not less than 120 days; minimum of 80 in the field

Based in Islamabad and field missions in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (as well as others if necessary)


Input: not less than 60 days

Based in Islamabad and field missions in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (as well as others if necessary)

Locations of assignment

The assignment will take place in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar with further field visits of

other districts of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

About the Organization

SOFRECO is a leading company in consultancy and technical assistance for sustainable economic and social development. Using tested and approved products, methodologies and tools, it provides quality services with tangible results. SOFRECO's priority is to ensure that the beneficiaries accept and adopt these results, through flexible, practical and adapted solutions, and to create a dynamic of participative, lasting change in a multitude of sectors and countries throughout the world. This dynamic aims to develop expertise and lead to the better allocation and management of available resources.

SOFRECO practises three complementary professions: consultancy, engineering and training. Our assignments, most of which fall within the scope of programmes for sustainable development and poverty reduction, cover numerous fields.

Constantly expanding, SOFRECO has carried out more than 2000 assignments in over 130 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, the Caucasus, North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East and South Africa, Central and South Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, in close collaboration with institutional beneficiaries, the private sector and civil society. SOFRECO provides solutions to the specific needs of each project, taking into account best practises and efficient use of aid.

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