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Job Title:             DLI 2&7 Workstream Manager

Reporting to:       Project Manager

Location:              Lahore, Pakistan

Background to the PESP III Technical Assistance

The Third Punjab Education Sector Project (PESP III) is a government-led programme supported by the World Bank (WB) with a loan of $300 million and the provision of technical assistance (TA). The implementing agency for PESP III is Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU) within Schools Education Department (SED) Punjab. The project strategic areas are broken down into nine sub-components, each with an associated objective. Progress in each of these sub-components is measured against annual targets linked to a Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI). The World Bank is supporting PESP III with a tranche of TA and the PMIU signed the contract with Mott MacDonald (trading as Cambridge Education) to provide TA service in October 2018.

Its objective is to support Government of Punjab (GoPb) to improve school participation, completion and teaching-learning practices with a focus on low-performing districts.  The Project has nine disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) each of which have annual targets over the five-year Project period (Sept 2016 to June 2021). The project is providing a series of coordinated interventions to the School Education Department (SED), Project Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU), Quaid e Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) and other relevant institutions in policy, planning, teacher training, examination and assessment, teaching and learning materials, third party validations, impact evaluations and more.

Core responsibilities

The DLI 2&7 Workstream Manager Workstream Manager will work closely with the PESP III Assessments team, PEC, PEF and the client - PMIU to:

  • Manage the smooth implementation of the PEC and PEF capacity building programme, including planning, implementation and after training tasks.
  • Execution of the restructured TA support plan for PEC after the approval of the Assessment Policy Framework (APF) and Institutional Strengthening Plan for PEC

Responsibilities of the DLI 2 and 7 Workstream Manager

The resource would be our driver for all our work on DLIs 2 and 7. S/he will be expected to take on the following responsibilities, working in close collaboration with lead international assessment experts and the PESP III Team Lead and Project Management team;

Work stream management for DLI 2 and 7

  • Management of the international and national short-term consultants working of the DLI 2 and 7 ensuring;
  1. A smooth relation between them and the client
  2. They are delivering to quality and on time
  3. Timely escalation of issues to the project management
  • Liaise with PEC/PEF regularly to get timely feedbacks on the implementation of all planned TA activities.
  • Support the PESP III technical team in writing the quarterly report on the progress on DLI 2 and DLI 7.
  • Participate and prepare to present progress update against DLIs 2 and 7 to PESP III TA leadership and management, in client stock takes and World Bank Mission Reviews.
  • Ensure when managing the work on DLIs 2 and 7 that MML Project Management Protocols are being complied to, for quality assurance of key deliverables, communications with the client, documentation of events, procurements, recruitments and other matters.
  • Facilitate the preparation and implementation of the visits of the International Consultants and liaise with the operations team for the logistic and administration of training activities.
  • In close collaboration with the PESP III Team Leadership and Management and assessment experts, develop the revised strategy for technical assistance to PEC in light of approved and notified APF and ISP.

PEF and PEC Capacity Building Exercise

  • Preparation and Implementation of training - In collaboration with the lead assessment expert and international psychometrician, facilitate and monitor the implementation of the planned capacity building activities for PEC and PEF staff in (i) Item Writing and Test Development and (ii) Psychometrics Statistical Analysis Group. This would include but not limited to support in;
  1. Development of training plan, modules and selection of materials and training format for both trainings.
  2. Approval and dissemination of the agenda and invitation with participants, using the appropriate protocols, shared by the PM.
  3. Conducting the Capacity Building trainings PEF and PEC nominated staff
  4. Capturing participant feedback and relaying it to the trainer
  5. Developing the training evaluations instruments. Administering these and analysing results.
  • After the training – In collaboration with the lead assessment expert and international psychometrician;
  1. Constantly liaise with the PEF, PEC teams and the trainers following up on progress on assignments and exercises given to the training participants.
  2. Provide the necessary handholding and support to the PEC and PEF teams in continuously using the SAS, BILOG and WesVar softwares for item and test result analysis, test administration, scoring and reporting.
  3. Provide the necessary handholding and support to the PEC and PEF teams in applying learnings from item writing and test development workshop.
  4. At the end of each training cycle, confirm dates and plans for the next cycle with both consultants and in consultation with the client. Timely communicating of agreed timelines.
  5. The writing of the reports on the implementation of technical capacity building and training program that includes evidence-based discussion of improvements in PEC and PEF staff capacity.

Technical Work with PEC and PEF – APF, ISP (PEC) and support to PEF

  • Working in close collaboration with lead international assessment experts and national assessment expert;
  1. Support the work on the approval of the Assessment Policy Framework and development of its Implementation Strategy.
  2. Support the work on the approval of the Institutional Strengthening Plan (ISP) and its implementation.
  3. Ensure the revised PESP III TA strategy on assessments is agreed by all stakeholders and signed off with the work plan, list of activities and deliverables included in the plan.
  4. Review PEF's existing item bank, item development, test construction, scoring, data analysis, reporting etc.
  5. Develop guidelines and processes for Item Development 
  6. Submit final report on guidelines and processes for Item Development
  7. Piloting, preparation and implementation of enhanced templates for analysis and reporting of results.

Institutional Arrangement

The DLI 2&7 Workstream Manager Workstream Manager is line managed by the Team Leader of PESP III and technical oversight of work is by the Project Director and PESP III National Assessment expert. Management and support on contractual matters is by the PESP III PM.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate must have;

-       Masters or equivalent qualification in a relevant programme i.e. education policy, public policy, education, social sciences etc.

-       Worked in the education sector in Pakistan, on assessments, policy implementation and/or delivery of systemic change in large education systems.

-       Knowledge and experience of working on statistical soft wares

-       Results oriented approach to delivery - organising work, setting measurable targets, tracking progress and quickly escalating and adapting to changes in requirements

-       Excellent organisational skills, in terms of creating and executing workplans and keeping the DLI 2 and 7 team performing on time and meeting quality requirements of MML and the client

-       Excellent coordination skills with a multitude of players such as government counterparts, the PESP III and PESP 2 TA teams and subcontractors

-       Excellent communication skills – able to readily communicate relevant information, feedback intelligence and keep all stakeholders engaged and updated.


The successful candidate will be paid a competitive market salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience