Local consultant: political economy assessment of the civic education sector

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Terms of Reference

Local consultant to assist Swiss Cooperation Office in Moldova in conducting a political economy assessment of the civic education sector

The Swiss Cooperation Office in Moldova (SCO-M)/ Representation of the Embassy of Switzerland to Moldova, is soliciting the services of an experienced local consultant to assist in conducting a political economy assessment of the civic education sector. These terms of reference outline the framework upon which the prospective consultant shall provide his/her services to SCO-M.


Within its current Strategy for Moldova (2018-2021), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) plans interventions to stimulate civic engagement and local participation as part of its new Local Governance Domain. In this regard, SDC will support initiatives that allow community members to jointly tackle shared challenges, such as the creation of healthy environments, cultural spaces, or access to various improved public services. SDC will also invest in civic education, working in schools and kindergar­tens to equip children with vital life skills and raise their civic consciousness and respect for diversity.

A political economy assessment (PEA) of the civic education (CE) sector should be conducted while preparing the SCO-M interventions. The PEA will enhance SCO-M understanding of the prospects for reform in the sector and indicate approaches and options that would work more effectively in the existing political and economic context.

Objectives and scope of the assignment

The consultant will assist the SCO-M in developing the PEA for the CE sector. The PEA shall include a detailed stakeholders` analysis, a thorough assessment of risks related to possible changes in government’s commitment and buy-in to the reform, and a proposal of different scenarios for SDC interventions in the Civic Education sector.

The PEA should consider politics and economics, power and resources, and specifically the interactions between them in the CE sector in Moldova. The PEA should involve more than a review of institutional and governance arrangements: it should also consider the underlying interests, incentives, rents distribution, historical legacies, social trends, and how all of these factors effect or impede change in the CE sector in Moldova.

The specific tasks of the consultant

The consultant shall perform the following tasks:

  • Assess the sector performance.
  • Analyze key political economy issues (problems and/or opportunities) and their effect on sector performance.
  • Map formal and informal institutional arrangements /”rules of the game” (laws and regulations as well as informal norms and practices) that shape sector outcomes.
  • Map different players/stakeholders, analyze the nature of relationships between them, their roles and responsibilities, motivation and capacities, attitudes, commitment and influence, behavior and decisions.
  • Identify obstacles to positive change and potential positive drivers of such change.
  • Formulate operational implications for SDC / scenarios for addressing the risks related to the change of commitment and buy-in to the reform at the government level.

Methodology and approach

The consultant shall consider the following three key types of variables – structural, institutional and actors / stakeholders – and three basic methodological steps for accomplishing his/her tasks:

  • Desk study of relevant background documents.
  • Interviews with relevant stakeholders (public authorities, water supply providers, civil society, donors, project implementers).
  • Preparation and submission of the Report.

The above list of steps is not exhaustive and the consultants may engage in other activities deemed important for accomplishing this mandate.


The assessment shall be conducted in August 2018. The final report shall be presented to SCO-M by 31 August. A detailed timeframe shall be developed by the selected consultant in cooperation with the SCO-M.

Indicative table of activities



Briefing with SCO-M

0,5 day

Relevant desk review

4 days

Interviews with relevant stakeholders

4 days

Report writing

4 days

Presentation of preliminary report at SCO-M in the week of 20th of August

0,5 day

Consolidation of comments and finalization of report



15 days

Qualification and professional requirements

  • Relevant university degree. Advanced university degree in a related field will be an asset.
  • Excellent and proven experience in similar assessments.
  • Excellent analytical skills, ability to propose recommendations.
  • Excellent coordination, communication and reporting skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of education sector will represent a strong asset.
  • Working knowledge of Romanian and Russian.

 Documents requested for application

Interested candidates are expected to submit their applications (CV, including info on similar assessments, and the financial proposal) electronically to Mr. Radu Danii, NPO Local Governance, at [email protected] no later than 20 July 2018.

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