Call for External Evaluator
Terms of Reference
Strengthening Higher Education in the Water Sector for Climate Resilience and Security in Central Asia / HWCA to provide an independent review, including recommendations, on project achievements and overall performance against plans and targets.
Instead of an individual expert, the Consortium will consider applications and proposals from organisations (companies, agencies, foundations) specialising in monitoring and evaluating educational projects at European level. The organisation’s proposal should include the name of the staff member(s) (individual expert(s)) who will carry out the assignment. In general, the staff should demonstrate the skills and experience required to carry out the individual EQE. The remuneration specified in these Terms of Reference shall be the maximum value of the contract for participation as an EQE, whether the contract is awarded to an individual assessor or an organisation.
Summary of HWCA project
The overall objective of the project is to support the relevance, quality, modernization and responsiveness of MA/MSc curricula on water governance and water diplomacy offered by HEIs of Central Asian countries. The project will help partner universities to establish conditions for the training of a new generation of managers and decision-makers for the water sector of Central Asia, including water diplomats, who can help resolve problems accumulated in the last three decades and effectively address new challenges, in particular climate change and water stress, through fostering cross disciplinary, cross-sector and cross-country dialogues. The project will build capacities needed to promote and implement integrated water resources management, as well as adaptive water governance, strengthen regional cooperation and achieve more effective mobilization and utilization of private investment and international assistance.
Experts participating in the project will update and introduce innovative elements in existing curricula or create new innovative curricula for MA/MSc programmes, inspired by European best practices and adapted to regional conditions and requirements. The project will allow Central Asian universities to develop high quality programs to train a new generation of managers and decision makers for the water sector with the support of EU partner universities, local and international organizations and stakeholders
Expertise and skills required for the external evaluator
The candidate must have at least an MSc degree in any are, but Educational Sciences is preferable.
Skills and experience
EQE has to demonstrate some relevant skills, including:
Proven professional experience in the evaluation process and monitoring process of international collaborative projects (previous experience in EU-funded project is an asset)
Understanding of quality processes, expected activities, outputs, and quality review processes;
Knowledge of the Bologna process, Erasmus+ projects, HE system, Quality Assurance (ESG);
Regional and partner country expertise.
Language skills (advance knowledge of English and Russian);
Ability to effectively communicate evaluation results and feedback;
To provide a professional and independent review, the individual EQE shall not have any concurrent contractual engagement with the consortium members.
- Objectives and outcomes
- Analyse the processes and products of the HWCA according to the criteria of relevance and fulfilment of objectives, development effectiveness, impact and sustainability to evaluate the project;
- prepare a quality assurance and monitoring plan for the project in line with the project objectives and targets for quality implementation
- prepare mid-term (at month 16) and final (at month 34) evaluation reports
- provide feedback in the form of online sessions on the quality assurance processes and methodologies to project consortium members every 6 months
- The mid-term project implementation report provides an external view of the results achieved to date and the overall performance of the project against plans and targets; it also provides recommendations on various aspects of project implementation, including the quality of results, working relationships within the consortium, internal communication, processes, outcomes, etc.
- The final report provides an external and professional view of the project process and results and reflects the overall quality of the project in all its aspects. It also contains valuable lessons learnt and best practice examples to inform the partners on further development of the project results after the end of the project period.
- A series of feedback sessions for the members of the HWCA consortium will facilitate the implementation of the project activities.
Terms and conditions
The total fee for the engagement of the EQE is up to 6,000.00 EUR with all taxes included.
- Deadline and requirements for the application
The deadline for the presenting the application for the job till 5th of July, 2023. The application shall be sent by email at the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants shall present their CV’s, clearly demonstrating the skills, competences, and experiences required in these terms of reference. In addition, the application has to submit a short memo/abstract on how he/she intend to perform the assignment.