National Consultancy : Capacity Building on Performance Management for the Ministry of Education (MoE)
BC Ethiopia | Published November 26, 2016 - Deadline December 10, 2016
The Government of Ethiopia’s national vision, as articulated in the Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP 2), is to transform Ethiopia within the next decade into a country where democratic rule, good governance and social justice reign. Additionally, it has a vision of becoming a lower middle-income economy by 2025 with the role of education being to produce creative citizens that will contribute to the realization of this vision. This reinforces the need to focus on educating and training a workforce that meets the needs of industries.
The Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia (hereinafter ‘MoE’) 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.
In Ethiopia, regions 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.
This commitment to improve quality of education is reflected in major documents such as GTP II and ESDP V. Both plans consider the key education indicators, their targets for the next five years, and the best way these can be achieved. ESDP V, in particular, aims to increase access to general education, improve quality and internal efficiency, develop capacity to improve management, improve and increase teachers’ skills through training and increase the transition rate from primary to secondary schools.
Development partners including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) have provided support to the education sector for several years. One of DFID’s current programme of support to the education sector is the Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP). British Council is the managing agent for QESSP.
Currently The Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP) is working to improve the capacity of the MOE and other institutions in the education sector to implement reforms, to enhance policy dialogue and to improve the evidence generation in the education system. Improved performance management system is an essential component of capacity development by itself and also a means to achieve better performance in all sectors.
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.