The small-scale policy and advisory technical assistance (S-PATA), in an amount not exceeding the equivalent of $225,000, will carry out a comprehensive education sector assessment in Pakistan. The assessment will include a broad overview of education and skills development issues for the country as a whole, and will provide a more in-depth analysis of these issues for Sindh in particular.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
In line with ADB's Midterm Review of Strategy 2020 commitment to increase its support to education, CWSS is exploring opportunities to expand the sector's portfolio based on comparative advantage and value addition. Pakistan has significant challenges to overcome in education sector development and student learning outcomes. The proposed sector assessment will provide a basis for policy dialogue between the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the government of Sindh, and other stakeholders, on possible ADB-financed support to education and skills development in Sindh.
Improved education sector performance in Pakistan, and particularly in Sindh.
The S-PATA will require four consultants, including two international experts (one specializing in basic and secondary education and one in skills development and higher education) and two national experts (one specializing in in school and teacher education and one in skills development and higher education in Pakistan). All consultants will be recruited on an individual basis. Outline terms of reference for consultants are in Attachment 3. Other consultants, including resource persons, may be engaged from time to time, as required (e.g., for study workshops with stakeholders). The selection and engagement of consultants will follow Asian Development Bank's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the S-PATA will be done in accordance with the ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time).
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Responsible ADB Officer LaRocque, Norman I.A.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
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