The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations operating in more than 110 countries and territories worldwide and has been in Ethiopia for the last 71 years.The British Council, which is one of the major partners of the Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia, has been involved and has made contributions to the development of the education sector in Ethiopia. Currently, through the Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP) funded by DFID, British Council is supporting the Ministry of Educations on capacity building; policy dialogue and enhancing evidence-based decision making capabilities.
The Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia has made significant progress in recent years in improving access to education, particularly at the primary education level. Since 1997 a series of five year Education Sector Development Plans (ESDPs) have led to marked improvements in school enrolment rates. The Ministry of Education (MoE) recently completed its ESDP V that moves the ambitious plan through 2020.
Development partners including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) have provided support to the education sector for several years. DFID supports the Ethiopian general education sector through its General Education Quality Improvement Programme (GEQIP) and the Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP). Regional Educations Bureaus are showing increased commitment to improving access to quality education for all children. This is important as children’s life chances are strongly influenced by the quality of their education.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) implements its program and strategic packages aligned with the reform program and the Balanced Score Card (BSC) system to achieve sector goal in a better way. Since the implementation of BSC, the practice of aligning activities with the main goals of reform, the effort to ensure customer satisfaction, as well as enhance good governance has brought good result. However, Quality Education Strategy Support Program (QESSP) capacity assessment phase one and two; the 2015/2016 supervision of the Reform Directorate revealed that performance management is one of the areas that still needs further improvement. Limitations in planning and effectively using the BSC framework, result based monitoring and evaluation and performance reporting are among the challenges as identified by QESSP study. Furthermore, ineffective implementation of automation and kaizen are also identified as the main challenges.2.2.7. MoE in collaboration with QESSP is trying to improve this situation. One key focus area of work for QESSP is capacity building. In line with the MoE’s priority and QESSP’s commitment to support need based capacity building interventions, QESSP has agreed to provide capacity development support in the areas of planning and reporting, measuring performance, monitoring and evaluation and reporting. Thus on behalf of MoE, QESSP would like to hire a management consultant to provide capacity development support to MoE directors and experts on planning, monitoring and evaluation and reporting using the BSC system.
British Council Ethiopia therefore invites interested national service providers to submit a tender for: “ study on factors that affect students’ academic achievement in the core subjects in Addis Ababa City Government and Harari people regional state” in accordance with the Request for Proposal (RFP) Pack available from British Council’s e-Tendering portal hosted at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/britishcouncil .The following Bid Pack is available to download from the Portal:
List of Annexes forming part of the RFP
It is expected that the consulting firm will designate a team leader for this assignment. Both the consulting firm and the team leader are expected to have the following essential qualifications and experience: