The technical assistance (TA) will require the services of a total of 25 person-months, consisting of five international consultants (11 person-months) and four national consultants (14 person-months), over a period of 12 months during TA implementation. The consultants will perform their tasks in close consultation with the Mongolia Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (MECS) as the executing agency, and other responsible government agencies to ensure full acceptance of the TA outcome.
The following consultants will be recruited individually due to urgent need to start the TA: (i) international higher education governance and management specialist, (ii) international higher education assessment specialist, and (iii) international knowledge development specialist. The remaining two international consultants and all national consultants will be engaged through a firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) and based on the quality of the proposal (80%) and the cost (20%) of the services to be provided (under the quality- and cost-based selection method), using a biodata proposal. The consultants shall produce the following in both English and Mongolian: (i) the main TA report, (ii) policy note for decision makers, (iii) conference report, and (iv) executive summary of the main TA report.
Consultants will have expertise in (i) higher education governance and management, (ii) higher education financing, (iii) higher education assessment, (iv) quality assurance, and (v) knowledge development. The international consultant will be the team leader while the national consultant on higher education governance and management will be the deputy team leader. The consultants will be responsible for producing the TA's outputs and deliverables effectively and on time, and for organizing and carrying out all TA activities. National consultants should have relevant educational background such as a bachelor's degree and preferably graduate degree, and at least 5 years of work experience in their specialty field. International consultants should have relevant educational background such as a bachelor's degree and preferably graduate degree, and at least 10 years of work experience in their specialty field, particularly in developing countries. TA consultants will provide capacity building for MECS staff and university presidents to implement higher education reforms through training.