National Consultant: NEA Assessment Study

The Job


National Education Account (NEA) Assessment Study


National Consultant Terms of Reference


Gateway to Education, a five-year educational project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), seeks to ensure safe and equitable access to quality education through the formal school system for Yemeni boys and girls, in both host and IDP communities, and those with special needs across five governorates in both the North and the South of Yemen. Gateway is supporting the Ministry of Education (MoE) to strengthen each actor of the learning ecosystem with ongoing trainings and follow up; developing materials to support literacy, numeracy and active learning.

Creative Associates International is responsible for strengthening institutional capacities in Yemen as part of this project. The rapid National Education Account (NEA) assessment study is a key activity in the strengthening of educational management systems in Yemen. Creative Associates is seeking the services of a national consultant to conduct the rapid NEA study. 

Study objectives

The purpose of the study is to enhance the MOE’s capacity and strengthen the existing educational management systems by conducting a rapid assessment of the current status of financing of the education system in Yemen, which will provide MOE with a comprehensive picture of: (i) current resource flows in the education system; (ii) expenditures on education, by level of education, in public schools and community education centers; and (iii) resource and management gaps that must be addressed to provide quality education to children in Yemen.

The consultant will provide technical expertise in conducting applied qualitative, and quantitative educational research, analysis of collected data and contribute to final report writing.  The consultant will work closely with Gateway technical team who will collaborate with the project Task Team collect and analyze data. Estimated period of performance: 1 January 2020 – February 15, 2021.

Estimated Level of Effort: 25-30 days

Scope of work:


Phase 1: Undertake resource-mapping exercise to ascertain the flow of funds within the sector to inform the design, appraisal of instruments.


Phase 2: Appraisal and development of instruments and tools for data collection; and enumerator selection. Enumerator training


Phase 3: Arrange for key interviews to access and obtain the relevant data


Phase 4: Data entry, review, and cleaning of data to ensure its accuracy.


Phase 5: Analyzing of data and findings


Phase 6: Final report writing and presentations


Total expected level of effort




The following documents should be produced by the consultant:

  1. Resource mapping report
  2. List of selected enumerators & enumerator training report
  3. Verified data collection instruments.
  4. Complete data sets of all data collected.
  5. Contribution to first draft of the study report in English.
  6. Power point presentation in English and Arabic.
  7. Final study report in Arabic and English.

Milestones and Expected Deadlines:

  • It is expected that the study will commence by 1 January 2020 and may continue through 15 February 2021. The estimated deadlines for milestones are:
  • Resource mapping report and list of selected enumerators & enumerator training report submitted by 6 January 2020.
  • Data collection completed by 20 January 2020.
  • Data entry and cleaning completed by 26 January 2020.
  • Contribution to draft report and power point presentation completed by 15 February 2020.

NOTE: An international expert will work with the consultant and data collectors by walking them through the blueprint for data collection as well as the instruments to ensure full and common understanding of the purpose as well as the level of detail and accuracy required.


The research study will be managed and supervised by the Gateway Senior Technical Advisor and the national consultant will report directly to the Gateway team. This includes the submission of all deliverables, documents and invoices. The study will be guided by the NEA Working Group, who will review study objectives, methodology and instruments, assist in selection of enumerators, and participate in interviews as feasible.

Consultant Qualifications

The credentials and work experience of the consultant is anticipated to be as follows:

  • Masters’ degree or higher in Finance or related fields.
  • At least eight years’ experience in applied qualitative and quantitative educational research.
  • Evidence of field experience in public sector budgeting and funds allocation and management.  
  • Good writing, presentation, and communication skills
  • English language fluency (speaking, reading and writing) preferred. Arabic language fluency required.
How to Apply
  • Attach a cover letter explaining your experience of providing the services requested in this tender document.
  • Provide details of the primary services you have supplied and share two (2) examples of your experience in providing services similar to that included within the scope of this tender. (Please note that examples provided must be for similar projects within a similar environment / context, and within the last two (2) years). 
  • Applicants must ensure that for any client references shared, the nominated client is happy to be contacted/visited.
  • Indicate if you will be able to recruit and train individuals for the anticipated field work.
  • Indicate financial expectations for the services in this tender and include all expected incurable expenses.
  • All aplications to be sent to:
  • Employer: Creative Associates Int'l
  • Category: Consultant
  • Location: Yemen
  • Posted on: 30 December 2020
  • Deadline: 30 January 2021