Open call for an external evaluator

The evaluation component of TEMI is made of an internal evaluator (TRACES partner) and an external evaluator, to be selected through open call.

An appropriate and experienced external project evaluator will be sourced at start of project via a sub-contract. The external evaluator’s task will be to monitor and assess the progress of the project with respect to a set of objectives, which will be determined by the evaluator in agreement with the consortium. The evaluator will support the reporting process to the EU. They will have responsibility to oversee the effectiveness of agreed elements of overall project delivery and validity of the internal partner teaching impact evaluations and undertake longitudinal assessment of early cohort teachers’ progress.   Other tasks for example may include reviewing the overall structure of the project, identify areas of potential weaknesses and risks in the project and consortium and suggest strategies to address such issues, assess partners’ interactions and flow of the project.

They will also where appropriate assist in verifying consortium media profile and stakeholder impact claims. The external evaluator, appointed from the start of the project will report on project progress annually, in addition to a final evaluation report.

 The internal evaluation tasks are mainly focused on the evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of teacher trainings, while the external evaluator role is mainly the assessment of the project as a whole in its progress toward agreed objectives, and contribution to support the standard established EU peer review process

There will be 4 check points – planned in M19, 24, 36, 41 – between the consortium and the external evaluator during the project where the external evaluator will have to submit a report of its findings.  At each monitoring point, if the evaluation shows problems, the delivery model will be modified, this will be checked by the annual formal reports from the external evaluator.

The external evaluator will be hired through Queen Mary, University of London. The subcontract is the preferred option to keep the work provided by the selected company external and independent of the consortium.

It is expected that the external evaluator will be in regular contact with the coordinator and will be invited to participate in the project meetings with all partners at least once a year.

To submit your proposal:

QMUL will consider proposals from companies based in the European Union or EEA countries. Please send your proposal (PDF format) in English and provide a two-page plan maximum of how you would plan to work with the consortium members to evaluate the TEMI project, ensuring that contextual differences in partner countries and the appropriate balance of qualitative and quantitative data collected is reflected in your evaluation framework. Include a list of related past experiences in particular highlighting any relevant experience in evaluation of complex multinational educational projects. Also include an estimate of the number of days you plan to spend on the TEMI project, availability and daily rate.

 It is expected that applicants will have a background in science education but other relevant experience may also be considered. Travel to partner countries and consortium meetings will be required.

 Selection criteria

  1. Past experience in evaluation of complex multinational educational projects or similar

  2. Evidence of the ability to work with partners to formulate an appropriate robust evaluation framework

  3. Evidence of ability to undertake appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies and case studies for evaluation

  4. Evidence of the ability to analyse and present evaluation data in an appropriate and professional way

  5. Evidence of good communications skills (both verbal and written) in English

  6. Value for money

The maximum price of the contract is limited to GBP 17,000 (exclusive of VAT). An extra GBP 4,000 to 6,000 are allocated for the external evaluator to travel to project meetings and visit partners’ locations during the project as necessary for the purpose of the evaluation process.

This involvement of the external evaluator should take place from October 2013 and June 2016 (33 months).

Full details on: Link to PDF

Queries and application should be sent to:

Prof. Peter McOwan

Queen Mary, University of London

Office of the Principal
Queens’ Building
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Email: pmco[ ]eecs.qmul.ac.uk

Please clearly state “TEMI evaluator enquiry” or “TEMI evaluator full application” in the subject line of your emails. Short listed candidates may be invited to interview. If you have not heard from us by two weeks after the closing date your application will not have been short listed.

Deadline for application: Monday 19th August 2014, 18:00 CET