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The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the relevant services of the European Union, the interested stakeholders and the wider public with:
- an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the Human Resource Development Sector Policy Support Programme (HRD SPSP), paying particular attention to results measured against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results;
- key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve current and future Budget Support programmes.
In particular, this evaluation aims at assessing:
- To what extent the Human Resource Development Sector Policy Support Programme (HRD SPSP) has achieved its expected results, notably through contributing to the implementation of the partner government's sector strategies, namely, the National Human Resource Development Strategy; the National Strategic HIV and AIDS Framework; the provisions included in the 10th National Development Plan (NDP10) and Vision 2016 by providing opportunities for the improvement of national policy processes and policy implementation;
- The evaluation should also specifically analyse how the budget support programme has contributed (or not) to strengthen Public Financial Management (PFM) systems, including improved transparency within government systems, improved Domestic Revenue Mobilisation and stronger accountability;
- The evaluation will also pay attention to other aid modalities (basket/common funds, projects), in order to assess the complementarity and synergy (or discrepancy) of these modalities with budget support;
- It should also assess the effects of the budget support operation on the M&E systems in the sectors supported by the programme. Budget support should aim to strengthen the monitoring systems in the sectors it supports, in alignment with the existing national level monitoring and evaluation systems and contribute to the improved availability and credibility of data. Availability of the robust progress reports by the government, providing results information against targets set under the strategy, and the use of these reports to facilitate informed policy dialogue between the different stakeholders (CSOs, private sector, Parliament, donors) and evidence-based decision making is one indicator of the capacity of the government in the area of M&E.
- One among the 3 experts should possess knowledge and expertise in the EU budget support mechanism and to be mentioned clearly in the CV;
- Overall the team will combine knowledge of SBS evaluation techniques, expertise in education sector reform programs, health sector, macroeconomics, public finance management and econometrics/statistics as well as familiarity with the gender approach in evaluation. One expert can have several thematic and/or sector competences. Knowledge of the partner country in question will be considered an advantage;
- Experts must be strictly neutral. Conflicts of interests must be avoided.
- All the experts must be fluent in English.