- University Scholarship Program (USP) run by Lebanese American University (LAU)
- University Scholarship Program (USP) & Refugee Scholarship Support (RSS) Program run by American University of Beirut (AUB).
Component 1: University Scholarships Program VII (USP-VII) at AUB provides full scholarships to academically exceptional and financially needy Lebanese public school graduates. It enables meritorious and financially disadvantaged Lebanese public regular, public technical schools, and private regular schools’ graduates to access quality higher education to increase job readiness and maximize their potential in supporting Lebanon’s democratic and economic development. The USP VII is a nine-year program allowing the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of four Lebanese student cohorts, one cohort every year during the first four years of implementation and four academic years. The performance period of this Agreement started in September 30, 2015 and expected to end September 29, 2023. Through the University Scholarship Program, AUB expects to recruit 156 students in three cohorts (each of 52 students) over three years, males and females, from different confessions and the different districts in Lebanon for a period of eight years.
Component 2: Refugee Scholarship Support (RSS) HES will offer scholarships to non-Lebanese, having refugee status and are legally residing in Lebanon, to complete undergraduate studies. RSS allows the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of one cohort of non-Lebanese refugee students for up to four academic years. The American University of Beirut (AUB), founded in 1866, bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. A teaching centered research university, AUB has around 900 instructional faculty members and a student body of around 9,200 students. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
SI is seeking an Assessment Team Leader (Senior), international or local, with experience evaluating and assessing university scholarship programs run by USAID. The TL will be supported by PMSPL II staff members to conduct the assessment. The expected start date for the expert is January 15, 2021. The expert will be hired for the duration of the evaluation. The deadline for the submission of the Draft Report to USAID is March 30, 2021. The expected number of LOEs is 45 days.
- During the pre-field work period, the TL will work with the evaluation team to develop the evaluation framework, fine tune the questions, design the methodology and data collection strategy, evaluation tool guides (KIIs & FGD), and prepare an outline for data analysis.
- During the kick-off period, the TL will work with the evaluation team to finalize the interview guides, finalize the logistics for the field work, draft and submit the inception report for USAID.
- At the field level, the TL will work with the evaluation team to interview key stakeholders and carry out focus group discussions (if possible and needed) as well as prepare summaries of the interviews and meetings to be included in the assessment report.
- At the post-field work level, the TL is expected to work with the evaluation team to analyze the data, write up sections of the report and assist in presenting main findings for USAID.
- The expert is expected to support the evaluation team in responding to USAID comments on the draft report and support the team in submitting a final report to USAID mission.
- The Team Leader must hold a PhD in Education and/or related field.
- He/She should have at least 10 years of experience working in the education sector and/or social development sector specifically managing, assessing, evaluating higher education programs and/or scholarship programs.
- He/She should have at least 5 years of experience evaluating development projects (preferable education), with knowledge of USAID evaluation requirements and protocols.
- He /She should have good understanding of recruitment, orientation, student integration, academic advising, civic engagement, leadership program, academic achievement, job readiness skills, career counseling and job placement, etc.
- He/ She should have good understanding of the current structure, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the academic system in Lebanon and existing gaps and mis-match between educational skill sets and the job market and placement challenges. Previous knowledge and work experience working in Lebanon is an advantage.
- He/She should have demonstrated ability to design and manage the data collection process, including conducting, transcribing and coding KIIs, FGD, undertake program needs analysis and provide concrete practical recommendations for moving forward.
- He/She should have knowledge of USAID and other international donors that provide support to education sector.
- He/She should be fluent in English; Arabic is a plus
- He/ She is expected to work closely with the assessment team members.
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