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Expert in national assessment and standard setting (PART-TIME), North Macedonia

North Macedonia
Technical Assistance for Development and Implementation of National Assessment in Primary Education in the Republic of North Macedonia

The Primary Education Improvement Project (PEIP) will be implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia (MoES) and will improve conditions for learning in primary education. The project will be implemented country-wide, in urban, peri-urban and rural locations across the country

The main objective of the consultancy is to provide technical assistance and logistic support to the MOES and NEC in establishing the NAP in primary education and provide quality assurance of all stages of the entire process. The process of establishing NAP will require developing age-appropriate sample-based assessments for, initially, Grades 3 and 5. These will focus on the key enabling skills of basic mathematics (numeracy) and language (that is, languages of instruction). The assessment frameworks and tests for the NAP for primary education that will be developed will be rooted in the curricula of the MoES and the levels of achievement used for reporting will reflect both the learning objectives contained within national curricula, associated standards, and the reality of the situation in the nation’s classrooms. Data obtained will be aggregated at the system and district levels with an acceptable level of precision.

Duration: from April 2022 to February 2022



The expert shall possess the following requirements and experiences: 

  • Advanced university degree in the fields of education with focus on curriculum design, learning assessment and development of teaching and learning materials or another field related to the area relevant for the assignment;
  • At least 8 years of work experience in developing, implementing and analysis of  the results in the national or international large scale assessment;
  • Strong knowledge of education with specific focus on standard setting;
  • Experience in development of curriculum standards and developing assessment instruments for large scale assessment;
  • Experience in sample design and sample drawing, surveys and questionnaires, test design, administering and evaluating of tests;
  • Experience in using mathematically sophisticated model Item Response Theory (IRT)
  • Experience in setting standards of student achievement based on empirical results;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to dialogue with diverse stakeholders to create consensus around issues and capable of working in multi-cultural environments;
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills with stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with government institutions is an asset;
  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written;
  • Previous work experience in Western Balkan countries would be an advantage.



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