The Roma Education Fund seeks a Consultant to carry out An external evaluation in the Czech Republic
The project “Together to Pre-school” has been implemented by the Roma Education Fund and Municipal Government of Ostrava and is in its second year of implementation.
Background of the project
In the Czech Republic there is extremely low preschool enrolment rate among
Roma. Since early development programs are particularly beneficial to children
from disadvantaged backgrounds, this “Together to Pre-school” project focuses on
equalizing access to preschool education for disadvantaged Roma children aged
In a period of three years, the given project in close cooperation with the Ostrava municipality intends to concentrate on two deliberately selected localities of “Poruba” and “Mariánské Hory – Hulváky” with Roma children age 3-6.
- To ensure Roma children aged 5-6 increased enrollment to mainstream preschool and elementary schools in a desegregated school environment (and hence avoid streaming Roma children into both practical and de facto segregated elementary schools);
- To support the socialization and development of the necessary skills of Roma children aged 3-5 attending mothers club and prepare them for later enrolment into mainstream kindergarten;
- To empower Roma mothers (and families in general) when participating in the Mothers club activities under the guidance of experienced teacher.
The purpose of the external evaluation
The external evaluation should evaluate the short and medium term outcomes of the project and summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the model. It should consist of the following:
- Summative evaluation, assessment of the progress made towards achieving project goal based on the current log frame, design and monitoring data;
- Impact of the project on attendance rate, retention rate and learning outcomes of children participating in the project;
- The impact of the preschool education on further education.
The evaluation should document the overall project outputs and major outcomes not only against original plan but based on the actual results.
- Assessment of the parental skills and early childhood education of children;
- Assessment of monitoring tools and documentation of progress;
- Assessment of organizational structure and the capacity of staff and partners to achieve the expected results, ways of cooperating with other actors and recommend any improvement;
- Assessment of the quality of preschool education provided by the program;
- Identification of main obstacles to project achievement and recommendation on their overcoming;
- Identification of critical issues that should be considered for the remaining period of project implementation;
- Provision of specific, attainable and practical recommendations.
To accomplish the objectives, the consultant will combine qualitative and quantitative research methods: document analysis, literature review, questionnaires, statistical analysis, individual and focus group interviews, and case studies. The consultant will conduct the evaluation of activities implemented by all stakeholders involved in the evaluation process.
The tasks will include: desk review of project documentation; analyzing school documents, tracking and analysis of attendance of Roma children in preschool programs and primary schools; assessing the skills of children in groups; comparing skills of children involved in the project with non-beneficiaries; interviews/surveys with preschool teachers; interviews with parents to explore their attitudes to preschool and primary education; class observation.
Field visits and contacts with the stakeholders will be organized by REF in agreement with the consultant. The consultant will be provided with reading materials, documents and all necessary background information by project implementer and REF staff.
The consultant shall propose work plan and appropriate methodology and instruments to answer the assigned requirements.
Deliverables and Timeline
The deliverables include final methodology design with interview, focus group questions and work plan, data collection, draft report and final report. All deliverables will be reviewed and proved by REF staff.
The time frame for accomplishing the tasks is six weeks.
The consultant is expected to:
- Present the findings of the evaluation in a draft evaluation report of approximately 30 pages, including a two or three page executive summary, plus annexes in English (Times New Roman, font 12, single line spacing) to be submitted to REF.
- Consult with REF staff on the draft evaluation report, revising it according to the comments received and within 10 working days of receiving those comments.
Required competencies and skills for the consultant
- At least a Master’s degree related to pedagogy, education, education psychology or related discipline;
- At least three years of work experience in evaluation and/or social research as well as at least two years of work experience in the field of social inclusion and development;
- Strong analytical and research skills with sufficient understanding of survey design and interview techniques
- Quantitative and qualitative methods and data analysis;
- Experience in the evaluation of Early Child Development projects;
- Familiarity with the region and the country is strongly preferred;
- Familiarity with REF goals and projects will be an asset;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Czech.
Submission of applications
Qualified candidates may submit their application including the following items:
- A letter of interest;
- A financial offer with all costs included
- A complete Curriculum Vitae
- A draft evaluation proposal, including detailed methodology and timeline
Please send your application to Ms. Nevsija Durmish, Program officer for Czech Republic and Slovakia at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Marius Taba, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at email@example.com, no later than 14th November 2014. In the subject of email please refer to “Consultant External evaluation – Czech Republic”.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified Roma candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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