Public Call for EXTERNAL EVALUATORS for quality assessment of project proposals and/or interim or final reports of awarded projects in the frames of ERASMUS+ Programme (2014-2020)

 

The National agency for European programs and mobility – NAEEPM is a public institution established under the law and is authorized for operational implementation of decentralized actions of Erasmus+ Program in the Republic of Macedonia.

NAEEPM publishes this Public Call in order to create a pool of independent external evaluators for quality assessment of project proposals and/or interim or final reports of awarded projects in the frames of ERASMUS+ Program, in the following actions:

Key action 1: Mobility of individuals – Mobility of individuals in the field of education, training and youth,

Key action 2: Cooperation of innovation and exchange of good practices – Strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and sport,

Key action 3: Support for policy reform- Structured dialogue: Meetings between young people and decision makers in the field of youth.

The external experts may apply for quality assessment of project proposals and/or interim or final reports for one or more of the below indicated fields, according to their qualifications and fields of interest:

  • Preschool and general education and education in the primary and secondary schools,
  • Vocational education and training
  • Higher education
  • General adult education
  • Cross-sectoral projects, where more than one field of interest is relevant.

 

 For ERASMUS+

            Erasmus+ program is the new program of the European Union in the field of education, training, youth and sport for the period of 2014-2020. This Program unites all programs of the European Union that have been implemented in the period 2007-2013: Lifelong-learning program, Youth in action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alpha, Edulink, as well as the program for cooperation with industrialized countries, creating bigger synergy among different fields in education, training and youth. The budget of Erasmus+ is significantly compared to the budget of the existing programs (for almost 40%), which highlights the importance of education, training, field of youth and sport on the agendas of the member states. Erasmus+ aims in enhancing the development and increasing the employability of its beneficiaries and citizens of the European Union.

            Erasmus+ continues the experience and success of the existing programs, but it will have greater success. It is based on the precondition that the investments in education and training are of a key importance in developing potentials, regardless to the age or the background. Erasmus+ aims in increasing the quality and the importance of the qualifications and skills. Two thirds of the funds in Erasmus+ will be spent for scholarships for studying, training, work and volunteering abroad for 4 million persons (compared to 2, 7 million persons in the period 2007-2013). The period spent abroad may vary for few days to one year.

            Erasmus+ is open for students, young people, pupils in vocational education and training, educational staff, volunteers, persons working in grass-root sports. Funds shall be made available for partnerships among educational institutions, organizations and youth, enterprises, local and regional bodies and non-governmental organizations, as well as support to reform and modernization of educational systems and promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship and employability. 

Pre-conditions for selection of external evaluators

  • Completed higher education;
  • At last 3 years of general professional experience related to education, training or youth;
  • Knowledge of European policies and strategies in the field of education, training or youth; 
  • Excellent knowledge of English language;
  • Capability to use ICT tools (the assessment will be done through on-line tool OEET);
  • Experience in management/implementation/assessment of international projects/reports of implemented projects and budget analysis skills will be great advantage.

Selection process and assignment of external evaluators

All received applications will undergo formal eligibility check and then will be subject of quality assessment based on the applicants CV and submitted application, which shall result in a ranking list of external evaluators to be invited into the second round of selection.

Given the ranking list and in accordance with the needs for engagement of external evaluators based on the number of received project proposals, NAEEPM shall engage corresponding number of external evaluators who will be invited to training for external evaluators, consisting among others, of written check on the knowledge of the relevant program documents. Accordingly, the NAEEPM shall make the final selection of the candidates to enter the pool of external evaluators.

Given the real needs, the number of applications received and the availability of the external evaluators, the NAEEPM shall engage certain number of external experts during the implementation of Erasmus+ program.

The NAEEPM holds the right not to contact all external evaluators who enter the pool. NAEEPM holds the right to contact the external evaluators from the pool in the following years as well, during the implementation of the Erasmus+ program. Evaluators shall be subject to continuous quality assessment of their work and the NAEEPM holds the right to remove from the pool certain external evaluators who have been noted a serious professional underperformance.

Every selected external evaluator before each assessment in the frames of deadline for application shall sign a formal contract with the NAEEPM, which shall regulate the rights and obligations related to the engagement.

According to the needs, the NAEEPM shall periodically renew the pool for external evaluators, trough new Calls for expression of interest.   

Prevention of conflict of interest

The NAEEPM holds the right to undertake all necessary measures to prevent conflict of interest which may partially or fully influence the implementation of contracting with selected evaluators.

Every external evaluator who has been appointed to perform quality assessment of project proposals/reports is entitled to sign a Declaration confirming that in any way is not in conflict of interest related to the projects he/she shall assess. The conflict of interest exists when the objective and impartial performance of the evaluator is questioned by economic interests, political or national affinities, family or emotional reasons, or any other common interest among all involved parties in the process of selection.

The following may not be appointed as external evaluators:

  • Persons in any way involved into the monitoring of the work of the NAEEPM,
  • State officers, unless they were issued written confirmation of the authorized person indicating that the officer may be involved into additional activities, 
  • Persons who were or are guilty for serious professional misconduct of any type that NAEEPM can justify,
  • Persons who performed unprofessionally or partially completed their assignments based on different kind of contracts with the NAEEPM in the past.

Exclusion of external evaluators for assessment of applications

            Persons who are directly or through institution they work for involved into some of the submitted project proposals, shall be excluded of the quality assessment of the concrete project proposal for which they declared conflict of interest.

Payment

NAEEPM will define the concrete amount of the allowance after the final number of applications is determined and compared to their complexity, in the frames of the following amounts defined as minimal or maximal items:

  • For assessment of proposals under Key action 1: from 15 Euros to 30 Euros
  • For assessment of proposals under Key action 2: from 30 Euros to 50 Euros
  • For assessment of proposals under Key action 3: from 15 Euros to 30 Euros
  • For assessment of interim/final reports: from 15 Euros to 30 Euros.

NAEEPM holds the right to change the amounts of the allowance on the yearly basis as well as the right to reduce or not to pay the amount proportionally to the eventually noted misconducts done by the external evaluator.

Procedure for applying

The applications shall be submitted exclusively in electronic form to the following email address: evaluatorierazmusplus@na.org.mk.

The deadline for submission of application is: 03 March 2014, 12:00 local time.

After submission of the application, an auto-reply will be sent to your address confirming the receipt of the application.

Attention!

Please note that the email address listed above for receipt of applications of external evaluators will be closed once the indicated deadline is finished. After the deadline, submission of applications will no longer be possible.

 

Requested documentation:

  • Application form for external evaluators filled electronically. The filled application form should contain original signature of the applicant confirming the correctness of the filled data. The last page of the application containing the original signature should be scanned and attached to the email.
  • Europass CV in English language.
  • Copy of diploma.
  • Proof of gained relevant experience for management/implementation/assessment of projects and reports of implemented projects financed by the European Union.
  • Proof of English language skills.

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