The Association of African Universities is calling for applications from consultants to undertake a mid-term review of its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.
The Mid-Term Review (MTR) will assess the progress of AAU 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. It will also highlight issues and challenges affecting effective and efficient implementation of the Strategic Plan and recommend changes where necessary.
The review is being undertaken at the midpoint of the Strategic Plan’s implementation and will pave the way for improved delivery for the remaining Plan’s duration and propose amendments (if any) required in the Strategic Plan’s implementation arrangements and/or institutional linkages in order to effectively and sustainably contribute to improved performance of African Higher Education Institutions and the AAU Secretariat.
SCOPE OF THE EVALUATION
The evaluation will review the performance of the AAU 2016 – 2020
Strategic Plan since its inception to date. Specifically, it will review the Plan’s
goal and strategies, objectives, outcomes and impact as outlined in the
Strategic Plan and other relevant documents to determine their relevance and
compatibility with the constitutional mandate and mission of the AAU. It will
cover work done by AAU in line with the three broad goals, seven key result
areas and 29 strategic objectives of the AAU 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan.
The assessment will focus on but not be restricted to the issues
- Assess the contribution of the Strategic
Plan towards the achievement of organizational mandate of AAU.
- Analyze whether the Strategic Plan’s
implementation strategies address the needs and demands of the African higher
- Assess the relevance of the Strategic
Plan’s activities, including capacity building for higher education leaders and
managers, and AAU Staff.
Review whether the Strategic Plan has accomplished its outputs. In particular
the mission should:
- Assess the qualitative and quantitative
achievements of objectives, strategies, activities, targets, indicators, and
partners as defined in the Association’s Strategic Plan Matrix, as well as
other documents and work-plans.
- Based on the progress so far suggest /
recommend any changes to the current arrangements.
- Analyze the role of the AAU Governing Board
as the Supervisory Organ of the Secretariat and assess whether this body is
optimally being used for Strategic Plan implementation and decision making.
- Assess the timeline and quality of the
reporting followed by the Association.
- Analyze the performance of the Monitoring
and Evaluation mechanism of the Association and the use of various M&E
- Assess the qualitative and quantitative
aspects of management and other inputs (such as equipment, monitoring and
review and other technical assistance and budgetary inputs) provided by the Association vis-à-vis
achievement of objectives, strategies, activities, targets, indicators of the
- Identify factors and constraints which have
affected the Strategic Plan’s implementation including technical, managerial,
organizational, institutional and socio-economic issues in addition to other
Sustainability and Impact
- Assess preliminary indications of the
degree to which the Strategic Plan’s results are likely to be sustainable and
provide recommendations for strengthening sustainability.
- Based on the findings (relevance,
efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact) as well as taking into
account new emerging initiatives at both regional and continental level, recommend whether continuation of the
Strategic Plan is warranted.
Lessons Learnt/ Conclusions
- Analyze areas for improved programme
planning, especially with respect to setting targets, relevance and capacity of
AAU for decision making and delivery.
- Identify significant lessons or conclusions
which can be drawn from the Strategic Plan in terms of effectiveness,
efficiency, sustainability and networking.
The Mission’s findings and recommendations will be thoroughly discussed with AAU. The Mission will complete and submit a draft final report in soft copy at the end of the mission. Key stakeholders (AAU Secretariat and the Governing Board) will provide comments on the Draft Final Report, based on which the Mission will finalize the report.
The Terms of Reference for the Strategic Plan Mid-Term Review is accessible here for further information: Click here
All applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 31st January, 2019.