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Comprehensive Assessment of the Implementation of the National Population Policy of Ethiopia

Call for Expression of Interest


  1. Background

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) is established with the objectives of advancing scientific knowledge in Ethiopia and providing evidence-based advice to the Government of Ethiopia on issues of national importance.

For the past few years, EAS has been engaged in synthesizing and contextualizing evidence on population and development issues and providing platforms for dialogue on policy design and implementation in the area. Cognizant of the fact that a periodic review is an essential part of evidence-based policy management, and based on the request of the National Planning Commission, EAS is preparing to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the National Population Policy of Ethiopia (NPPE), which was launched in 1993. The main objective of this comprehensive assessment is to review the policy and its implementation; gather evidence on its successes and shortcomings, and articulate recommendations for proactive and sustained policy engagement on population and sustainable development issues in Ethiopia.

EAS will conduct the assessment by assigning four senior experts from within and outside of its membership. The experts are expected to be researchers with rich experience in policy analysis, deep knowledge on demography and population studies and other disciplines pertinent to the key tasks of assessing the NPPE.

The Academy, therefore, invites qualified experts to apply for two Lead Expert positions to guide and conduct the comprehensive assessment of the NPPE and its implementation alongside other experts.

  1. Main tasks and responsibilities of lead experts

Lead Experts will be responsible for leading, coordinating, and conducting the comprehensive assessment of the NPPE and its implementation as per the Academy’s direction. Specifically, lead experts alongside other team members will:

    1. Conduct general review of NPPE
  • Discuss the demographic and socio-economic context of Ethiopia with special emphasis on  the demographic and socio-economic characteristics and possible imbalance between population and development and the nature and status of population, reproductive health and gender programs; appraise the degree of comprehensiveness and approaches taken to implement the policy.
  • Review the relevance of the premises, goals, objectives, and strategies of the population policy including the socio-economic and political context within which the population policy was designed.
  • Assess whether or not the policy had an inbuilt mechanism for aligning itself with national and sectoral plans and strategies
  • Assess the comprehensiveness of the policy and its future relevance in light of current and emerging local, continental and global population and development issues.
    1. Assess the implementation of NPPE
  • Assess whether or not the policy had achieved the outcomes set in its objectives and how far Ethiopia has progressed in meeting the objectives, using indicators and targets set in the policy since the policy launch in 1993.
  • Review subsequent national policies and sectoral plans and analyze how policies and plans integrate population issues identified in the NPPE including ADLI, SDRP (1995/96-2005/06), PASDEP (20005/06-2009/10), GTP I (2010/11-2014/15) and GTP II (2015/16-2019/20).
  • Subsequent sectoral plans in health, education, gender, youth, environment, agriculture, and other sectors that will be selected in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  • Review and analyze the institutional, legal, and policy frameworks that influenced implementation of the NPPE at regional and federal levels.
  • Identify the strengths, weaknesses and challenges, of the population policy   implementing institutions at federal and regional levels.
  • Assess the quality and scope of the service delivery status during the policy implementation period by focusing on Population Research, Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination; expansion and strengthening domestic capacity for training on population issues; and expansion of IEC and social mobilization.
  • Identify the achievements and gaps in implementation, and discuss the key constraints and their underlying factors in implementation of the NPPE.
  • Identify and discuss lessons for a more effective policy implementation.
    1. Assess current and future relevance of the NPPE
  • Assess the relevance of the NPPE - its objectives, targets, and strategies - in light of:
    • Ethiopia’s national and sectorial policies and plans and changes since the issuance of the NPPE and their implication for the implementation of the NPPE.
    • Current and emerging concepts and key priority issues in population and development in Ethiopia
    • the SDGs and other population and related global, continental and regional initiatives in the context of  Ethiopia; 
  • Examine and discuss the current and future relevance of the NPPE in addressing population and development issues in Ethiopia.
  • Draw lessons and articulate clear recommendations for incorporating best practices toward a comprehensive and effective population policy that is grounded in the country’s social, economic and political context.
    1. Take part in and guide the organization of stakeholder consultation process
  • Attend, present and discuss reports and findings at stakeholder consultations at various stages of preparing the report.
  • Incorporate relevant comments and feedback from stakeholder consultations at various stages of the assessment report as appropriate.
  1. Deliverables and Timeframe

Expected deliverables from experts will be:

  1. 15 November 2018 – Submission of inception report
  2. 31 January 2018 – Submission of draft final report
  3. 28 February 2018 – Submission of final report
  1. Qualifications
  • A PhD in policy management and analysis, demography or population studies, and/or development studies
  • A minimum of 15 years of research experience in population issues
  • Ability to produce high quality research reports under tight timeframes
  1. Submission of expression of interest

Interested experts should email their expression of interest and CV to with a copy to  no later than 20 October 2018.