Ghana Secondary Education Improvement - P145741
Ministry of Education | Published June 9, 2015 - Deadline June 24, 2015
Consulting Services For Strategic Advisory For Science And
Mathematics In Senior High Schools
GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE (GES)
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
PROJECT: SECONDARY EDUCATIONIMPROVEMENT PROJECT (SEIP)
PROJECT ID: P145741
ASSIGNMENT TITLE: CONSULTING SERVICES FOR STRATEGIC ADVISORY FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS INSENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
REFERENCE NO.: MOE/GES/CS/1/15
The Government of Ghana has obtained World Bank funding to support the government's strategy to improve secondaryeducation in Ghana. The Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), approved foran amount of USD 156million with a project development objective to increase access to senior secondary education in underserveddistricts and improve quality in low-performing senior high schools in Ghana. The project has two components:
· Component 1: Supportto increase access with equity and quality in senior high schools (USD 140.1million). This component will employ a results-based financing modality to increase access with equity and quality in underserveddistricts and low performing schools.
· Component 2:Management, research, monitoring and evaluation (USD 15.9million). This will be a traditional investment lending to supportimplementation of the project, monitoring and evaluation activities, verification of results and researchactivities.
The SEIP will be implemented over a five year period from May 2014 to November 2019. The Ministry of Education(MOE) is the implementing agency, with implementation at the school-level overseen by the Ghana EducationService.
The consulting services ("the Services") are to employ the services of a firm to provide high-level technical guidance, training, and support for aperiod of two years for Science and Math teaching and learning improvement in Senior High Schools. This support would includein-personand remote advisory services to decision-makers and policy-implementers within the Science Education Unit of the GhanaEducation Service and other relevant units in the Ministry of Education. The consultancy will assist key implementers to oversee,manage, and implement activities related to Science and Math quality improvement. The supportwould focus on incorporatinginternational best practices and innovation as well as specific, technical input on types of tools and contentto be implemented.
In order to achieve these goals, and in addition to construction and related SHS expansionactivities, the MOE is undertaking an aggressive series of initiatives related to quality which are covered under this contract.Expert technical assistance would be provided for the following activities to be undertaken by the Ministry, including but notlimited to monitoring of activities, reporting, and project management using international preferred practices; development of anational education research program for improved system performance forteachers, students and schools; establishing a system ofannual assessment of learning outcomes in science and mathematics, linked to national standards; establishing standards ofinstitutional management practices to improve science and mathematics education including regular monitoring, and use oftraditional and new teaching methodologies and materials; creating incentives for teachers and students for improvements inlearning/ improving WASSCE results through an award system; providing in-service training for Science and Math teachers to addresslowWASSCE and assessment results; training teachers in test item development to more effectively assess students throughout theyear, aligned with standards and should be combined with in-service training; Participation in national and international Scienceand Mathematics Olympiads; developing guidelines for teaching materials, traditional and new technology equipment, resources, andmethodologies; support to promote the scale-up of improvements in teaching and learning and improve student and teacher performancesystem-wide.
In order to assist the MOE in achieving these goals through the successful implementation of theseand other activities, the selected firm will provide a stable team of experts to provide detailed input and guidance to the Scienceand Math Team, who will lead the implementation of Science and Math quality improvements. These experts will be available forconsultation and able to provide feedback within reasonable timeframes. Information and guidance will be provided both throughdirect communication such as phone and video-conference as wellas in written form. In addition, a minimum number of working days inGhana will be established. Key experts will be available to visit the Ministry premises in-person as well as field visits toschools and other intervention sites.
The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, the implementing agencies, onbehalf of the Government of Ghana, now invite eligible consulting firms, including joint ventures ("Consultants") to indicate theirinterest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the requiredqualifications, relevant experience and appropriateresources to perform the Services. The short listing criteriaare:
· Core business and numbers of years inbusiness;
· Technical and managerial Organization ofFirm;
· Availability of appropriate skills amongstaff(including Core Mathematics, Elective Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and IntegratedScience );
· Firm's experience in similar assignments (including Core Mathematics, Elective Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated Science Core Mathematics,Elective Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated Science);
· Firm's experience in working in similar conditions or environment
Interested firms should provide sufficientlydetailed information to allow assessment of their qualification and experience.
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the WorldBank's Guidelines: Selectionand Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers , January, 2011, revised June, 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"),.
Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or asub consultancy to enhance their qualifications.
A Consulting firm will be selected in accordance with the Quality and Cost BasedSelection (QCBS) method set out in the Consultant Guidelines.
Further information can beobtained at the address below during office hours(from Monday ? Friday at 8:00am -5:00pm)
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below(in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) Wednesday, June, 24, 2015 at2:00pm.
GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE
BOX M45, ACCRA-GHANA
Attn: THE AG.DIRECTOR, SUPPLIES & LOGISTICS DIVISION