Independent Education Project Evaluation Team (3 members)

Job
from Save the Children
Closing date: 21 Oct 2019

About the project
Save The Children works in 120 countries to ensure that every child receives a good quality education and gains the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. In Papua New Guinea, we deliver education programs that have proven to tackle the barriers to children’s learning, with a focus on the most deprived children. One such program is the Rapidly Improving Standards in Elementary (RISE).

Supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea, RISE aims to improve the quality of early grade education for 84,200 elementary students in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, East Sepik Province, and Eastern Highlands Province from 2017-2020.

As part of the program’s monitoring and evaluation framework, the RISE end line evaluation endeavours to inform broader learning and accountability to project donors, implementors and beneficia ries. The evaluation will be done by integrating the findings from RISE research pieces (baselines, mid lines and end lines) with primary and secondary data sources. The impact component of the evaluation will measure the difference in treatment effects in the 2018 cohort and 2019 cohort of elementary schools as part of a randomised control trial.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit
We’re ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children’s rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We run programs in Australia and overseas and, if there’s a disaster - like an earthquake, drought or conflict – we are there on the ground.

Where you come in:

In this six-month consulting assignment (between December 2019 and April 2020), your three-person evaluation team will be responsible for critically evaluating the RISE project and consist of:
* Evaluation team leader
* Education technical specialist
* Data analyst

Your role as the RISE consultants will be to review the evaluation tools and the draft evaluation report. The team leader will report on progress or challenges to the management group for support.

For detailed information, the full Terms of Reference are available here.

This role requires:
* Advanced degree in education research and evaluation
* Demonstrable experience in conducting large scale education research and evaluations, in particular, experience in managing and delivering evaluation of projects in the Pacific
* Experience conducting RCTs and large-scale students’ assessments using EGRA, EGMA and knowledge of IDELA assessments or related tools
* Experience with different education programmes including ECCE, teacher professional development, inclusive/special education and community-based education
* Good knowledge of strategic and operational management of evaluation operations and an ability to provide strategic recommendations to key stakeholders
* At least one person in the team with a good knowledge of Papua New Guinea or the Pacific Region
* Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesise and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations and to prepare well-written reports in a timely manner
* Knowledge of cross-cutting issues, including protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) and community engagement and accountability (CEA)
* Excellent writing and presentation skills in English
* Capabilities in Tok Pisin language or any pacific region languages will be an added advantage

Sound interesting?
We’d love to hear from you. Interested individuals and companies should submit their applications marked as: RISE Project End Line Evaluation.

Application materials should include:
* Expression of interest clearly summarising your understanding of the assignment, relevant past experience, proposed methodology, summary of delivery timelines, team composition, budget with daily rates in AUD, and contact details for three past referees
* Profile and Curriculum Vitae (CV) of key team members

Applications must be received no later than 5pm Friday 18 October 2019 and can be sent to png.hr@savethechildren.org.au with a copy for attention to Joy Wong (Joy.wong@savethechildren.org.au) and Richard Orengo (Richard.orengo@savethechildren.org.au).

Applicants may be required to provide examples of previous written work, similar to that described in the ToR. Application materials are non-returnable and we thank you in advance for understanding that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All consultants are required to undergo an International / National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.