International Consultancy to Support the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao PDR in revision of M&E mandate and M&E tools development

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UNICEF in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for an Individual International Consultancy to support the Ministry of Education and Sports of Lao PDR in revision of M&E mandate and M&E tools development. The duration of this assignment is 7 months, starting from January to July 2023 and the consultant will be based in the Department of Inspection in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR with some travel to selected provinces and districts in Lao PDR.

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Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The consultant is expected to provide the following services as part of their work assignment:

i) Revision of the M&E mandates for education and sports sector including:

Desk review for the current M&E mandates and related legislations:

  • Department of Inspection
  • Department of Planning
  • M&E network and other related documents at central line departments,
  • Provincial Education and Sports Service Department and District Education and Sports Office.
  • Review M&E situation analysis report
  • Review M&E frameworks for the 9th ESSDP

Revising mandates for M&E work for education and sports sector including:

  • Revision of DoI mandate
  • Revision of mandates for M&E network at central, provincial and district Levels
  • Revision of mandates for ESSDP monitoring

Support implementation of Join Sector Review Mission for education sector (JSRM):

  • Provide technical support for JSRM
  • Provide comment for the JSRM report

ii) Develop M&E development plan for education and sports sector, including:

  • Review existing M&E frameworks and situational analysis and LESMIS strategic development plan
  • Undertake consultations with key stakeholders from different levels of the system
  • Develop M&E plan to support the needs of the MoES through 2025 linked to the development of LESMIS

iii) Develop M&E tools for education and sports sector in alignment with LESMIS:

  • Review M&E reporting tools for M&E network
  • Undertake consultations with key stakeholders from different levels of the system to develop M&E monitoring tools and reporting system for the ESSDP
  • Develop M&E tools to support the monitoring of the 2021-25 ESSDP
  • Develop M&E Handbook and Operation Manual

iv) Capacity building of MoES staff on M&E including:

  • Development of training materials on M&E framework for national and subnational levels
  • Delivery of training of trainers to the M&E network at central level

v) Evaluation:

  • Evaluate the new M&E tool
  • Evaluate the outcome/impact of the training

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced University degree in Education, Social Sciences or a related field.
  • At least 10 years’ experience (minimum of 5 years as M&E Specialist) in education policy development, strategic planning and M&E at different levels of the education system.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated experience of at least 10 years in education policy analysis.
  • Experience in supporting governments with the analysis and development of M&E strategies and policies.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience in Lao PDR and South East Asia an asset.


  • Excellent strategic vision and communication skills, substantive facilitation skills and experience working with government conducting participatory and capacity building processes.


  • Good communication skills in English; written and spoken.
  • Lao spoken is an asset.

    Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to submit applications electronically and include the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest (cover letter)
  • CV or Resume
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
  • Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including breakdown by consultancy fee, travel and living allowance, medical insurance covering medical evacuation for the whole duration of the assignment as per work assignment.

The deadline for applications is 25 January 2023

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and

employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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