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General Education Quality Improvement Project in Ethiopia

Funded by World Bank - WB
Location Ethiopia
Status
Deadline
Express interest by 09 Feb 2009

The Government of Ethiopia is committed to major, nationwide reforms in the general education sub-sector (Grades 1-12) which are to be implemented over the next eight years in the form of a two-phased General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP). It has received financing in the amount of USD 332.8 million equivalent from the International development Association (IDA), the Fast Track Initiative Catalytic Fund (FTI CF) and other development partners (the Netherlands, DFID, Italian Development Cooperation, SIDA, and Finland) through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund toward the cost of the GEQIP Project.

Country: Project: Financing: Abstract: Sector: Loan/Credit Number: Contract/Bid Number: Deadline: Contact:
Ethiopia
GENERAL EDUCATION QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (GEQIP)
World Bank
CONSULTING SERVICES - TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICES
Consultants
Project ID No. P106855
Contract No. MOE/GEQIP/IDA/EOI-02/09; Expressions of interest
9 February 2009

1. OVERVIEW

1.1 The Government of Ethiopia is committed to major, nationwide reforms in the general education sub-sector (Grades 1-12) which are to be implemented over the next eight years in the form of a two-phased General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP). It has received financing in the amount of USD 332.8 million equivalent from the International development Association (IDA), the Fast Track Initiative Catalytic Fund (FTI CF) and other development partners (the Netherlands, DFID, Italian Development Cooperation, SIDA, and Finland) through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund toward the cost of the GEQIP Project.

1.2 The reforms include: a) provision of textbooks on the basis of international competitive bidding which will support the implementation of a revised curriculum; b) improved materials and practicum for pre-service teachers; c) strengthening of continuing professional development for serving teachers; d) training for head teachers and principals to improve school management; e) training for PTAs and school boards to enhance their capacity to plan for school improvement and to manage finances to support the plans; f) training for regional and federal ministry officials to improve their planning and budgeting skills.

1.3 .The government proposes to track progress against set indicators many of which could be captured through the regular EMIS data, and others tracked through a periodic National Learning Assessment which is conducted in a sample of schools. However, there is limited data collected on the teaching and learning processes that occur in the classroom.

2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

2.1 GEQIP takes a holistic approach to improve the quality of general education by adapting the concept of the school effectiveness model (World Bank 2000). The framework is particularly suitable for GEQIP given the politically and fiscally decentralized structure of the Ethiopian education system, paired with the Government's recent efforts to implement a broad sector reform to improve the quality of education through a set of integrated interventions. While GEQIP does not address all eight domains of the school effectiveness model, the components of the first phase of the GEQIP are designed to align with ongoing sector activity supported by the Government and development partners. The "value added" contribution of GEQIP, towards fulfilling the objective of improving the quality of general education, rests on the extent to which the components are implemented in coordination with other inputs. GEQIP will contribute to the overall quality improvement of the Ethiopian education system by providing support for activities that complement inputs in other domains, such as teacher salaries and school construction, financed mostly through the government budget.

3. OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The purpose is to provide high quality international and national technical advisory services to the Ministry of Education to contribute towards effective and efficient planning, implementation and monitoring of the General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP), to improve general education sector outcomes. A key aim of the technical advisory services is to develop sustainable national capacity.

4. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

4.1 The firm will be responsible for identifying, contracting and payment of consultants, including fees, flights (where necessary) and appropriate allowances/expenses. The consultants required are as follows:

International Consultants:
1. Education Planning and Management Consultant
Duration: 3 years

2. Education Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Duration: 2 years

3. Curriculum and Textbooks Consultant
Duration: 3 years

4. Teacher Development Program Consultant
Duration: 3 years

5. English Language Quality Improvement Program Consultant
Duration: 2 years

6. School Improvement Program Consultant
Duration: 1 years

National Consultants
1. Education Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Duration: 3 years

2. Teacher Development Program Consultant
Duration: 3 years

3. Teacher Development Program Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Duration: 3 years

4. Teacher Development Program Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Duration: 2 years

4.2 The Education Planning and Management Consultant will also be required to act as the coordinating consultant. This will involve:

• Collection, compilation and submission of reports from the individual consultants
• Giving appropriate guidance to individual consultants
• Monitoring the quality of reports by individual consultants

4.3 Recruitment and employment of local consultants will be made by the firm with assistance, if desired, from the Ministry. Consultants employed locally are responsible to the firm but supervision of their work is the responsibility of the coordinating consultant and the departments they are assigned to.

4.4 TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE

Each advisor will be assigned to a department and a counterpart from the Ministry staff with whom they will be expected to work closely. The purpose of this is to provide Ministry staff with access to the consultants' knowledge and international experience, as well as the consultants being provided with relevant local expertise on the sector.
The purpose of providing local consultants is to strengthen the consultant team while at the same time developing and broadening the base of local expertise in the sector.

5. MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS

Individual consultants will be based in the appropriate department/unit of the MoE and will report to the Head of Department/Unit as will specify in the individual consultant TOR. Consultants will be required to submit quarterly progress reports.

6. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE FIRM

The firm selected to provide the consultant services should have successful experience in implementation of education projects in transition countries. It should also have international experience in the development and implementation of sector-wide education strategies related to these reform areas in transition countries.

The firm should have relevant experience, necessary qualified staff and other necessary resources in order to plan and carry out the required consultant services, including the administrative capacity and expertise to provide continuous and intensive technical assistance in a wide range of issues relating to the program and sector development.

7. INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

The Ministry has a structure to co-ordinate and administers the assignment. Overall activities on technical assistance will be co-ordinate by the Head of PPAD and the contact administered within this department. Most of the work will be undertaken with counterparts from the Ministry. There will also be the need to work with staff in Regional Education Bureaus, Zone & Woreda Education Offices, as well as teacher colleges and universities. At these times, Ministry staff and/or national consultants can make the necessary arrangements.

8. WHERE AND HOW TO SEND THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The Expression of Interest must be received in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service or by hand-delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer) at the address below:

Ministry of Education
Attention: Ato Tibebu Zenebe
Head Procurement and Property Management Department
Room no. 107
P.O. BOX: 1367
Tel: +251-11-1565558 or 553133
Fax: +251-11-1570686
E-mail: tibebuzw@yahoo.com
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Expressions of Interest sent by any other means (e.g. by fax or by e-mail) or delivered to other addresses will be rejected.

The outer envelope must bear the EoI reference number MOE/GEQIP/IDA/EOI - 02/09

9. REQUIRED EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORMAT

Applicants must apply in English. The Expression of Interest must include all the following information, otherwise will be automatically rejected.

1. Project Information
EoI reference number: MOE/GEQIP/IDA/EOI - 02/09
Project component: Technical Advisory Services

Title of project: General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP
2. Company/Institution Information
Full name of company/institution:
Status (profit/no profit):
Address:
Telephone number:
Tele fax number:
Year of establishment: _________ (Gregorian Calendar)
Annual turnover (in US $):
Number of permanent staff:
ISO 9001:2000 Certification (YES/NO): _____ (Certified by: ____________________)
EFQM Recognition: _________________

3. List of selected projects successfully implemented that are of relevance for the services in question (for a consortium, please list any involvement by any partner), please specify the country by each project

4. Experience and competencies of relevance for the services in question (for a consortium, please list any involvement by any partner)

5. The following information must be submitted only for a proposed consortium or association
Name of lead company/institution:
For every additional company/institution proposed in the consortium or association, please provide the following information:
Full name of company/institution:
Status (profit/no profit):
Address:
Telephone number:
Tele fax number:
Year of establishment: _____ (Gregorian Calendar)
Annual turnover (in US $):
Number of permanent staff:
ISO 9001:2000 Certification (YES/NO): _____ (Certified by: ____________________)
EFQM Recognition: _________________

10. ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANTS

The consultancy will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Section II of the World Bank Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers dated May 2004", and revised and revised October 2006.

11. DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The deadline for the receipt of Expression of Interest is February 9, 2009; 16:00 local time (04:00 pm). Any Expression of Interest received after the deadline will automatically be rejected even if the postmark indicates a date preceding the deadline or if the delay is due to the private courier service.

10. SHORTLISTS

On the basis of the total scores obtained by each Expression of Interest, the Evaluation Committee will select a maximum of six top applicants. Only short listed applicants will be invited in writing to submit proposals based on the Request for Proposal (RFP) to be issued by the Ministry of Education.

Ministry of Education.
Attention: Ato Tibebu Zenebe.
Head Procurement and Property Management Department.
Room no. 107.
P.O. Box 1367.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Tel: +251-11-1565558 or 553133.
Fax: +251-11-1570686.
E-mail: tibebuzw@yahoo.com



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Category Services
Country Ethiopia

Timeline

Tender Announced on 27 Jan 2009
Express Interest by 09 Feb 2009
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Telephone: +251.11.1565558
Fax number: +251.11.1570686