National Education Development Partners Group (NEDPG) & Mapping Activity Project

The National Education Development Partners Group (NEDPG) consists of around 20 active, both, bilateral and multilateral donors who are funding multiple projects worth billions of dollars in Pakistan’s education sector. Given the complex and varied portfolios of the various members of the NEDPG, the lack of consistent meeting space and a central coordinating body to house and maintain information for the long term, there was a need for an outside contractor to take on the role of a secretariat and staff it with required team. In addition, a need was identified by the NEDPG members to track information in a consistent and easy to maintain manner. NEDPG Secretariat & Mapping Activity (the project) has two main objectives:
Objective 1: Establishing and administering the NEDPG secretariat
Objective 2: Development of management information system

Services Provided

Semiotics was recruited by USAID to establish and manage the NEDPG Secretariat with project budget of $1.6m. Project Work Plan (30 months) was developed encompassing the project activities and got approved by USAID. Semiotics set up NEDPG Secretariat, in Serena Business Center, Islamabad, and provided secretarial services to the client, as per scope of work. It facilitated and coordinated regular partner meetings. In addition, facilitated in setting up of multiple Technical Working Groups (for TEVT, Non-Formal Education and Quality Implementation), under the NEDPG umbrella, and coordinated their activities, through the Secretariat. Furthermore, special meetings on development partners’ requests were also coordinated. Semiotics undertook project staff hiring and short-term consultants’ inductions. Project equipment was procured, through formal procedure and tax exemption steps were taken in light of USAID’s requirements.
Under this project, Semiotics designed, developed and successfully delivered an MIS system, to facilitate development partners in their education planning activities for Pakistan. It was designed to collect information from development partners and government departments/agencies (including budget as well as NEMIS data) as well as has provision for a data repository to house important education documents, reports and evaluations etc.; generates analytical reports and identifies possible areas of interventions (gaps).



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