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Team Leader in implementation of national and international assessments of students, 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: 

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Education, Social Science or any other subject relevant to education;
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in developing, managing and implementing large scale national or international assessment. Evidence of country-level experience in learning assessment systems is essential;
  • Work experience in basic education in developing countries, with specific reference to research, policy, and implementation of programs to support student assessment and improve student learning outcomes;
  • Experience as a Team Leader in at least two (2) education related projects;
  • Technical expertise in impact evaluation (design and implementation);
  • Proven research and publications in education with a focus on assessment and gender;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to dialogue with diverse stakeholders to create consensus around issues and capable of working in multi-cultural environments;
  • Effective time management and organizational skills to ensure qualitative outputs under strict deadlines;
  • 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

The Team Leader/Key Expert 1 shall have overall responsibility for the sound management and timely implementation of the project as well as the efficient use of project funds. He/she shall be responsible for planning and supervising all project activities, and carrying out/taking part in the implementation of the activities of the project.

The Team Leader shall be responsible for the field management of the team of experts. The Team Leader should have the possibility, in consultation with the Consultant’s Project Director (to be covered under backstopping), to mobilize backstopping expertise to address unforeseen problems and technical issues.

In addition to his management tasks, the Key Expert 1 shall be responsible for the implementation of the project activities.


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