Timeline and milestones calendars for partner countries submitting applications to access GPE implementation grants

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The calendars below detail the various deadlines and documents to be submitted by partner countries seeking education sector program implementation grants from GPE.

The GPE Board of Directors approved the increase in number of rounds of application submissions to four per year, instead of two in the past. So the calendar shows two dates for 2017 (September and November) and four dates in 2018 (February, May,  August and November).

2017

Activity September 2017
Application dates
November 2017
Application dates
Quality Assurance Review Phase I based on program outline Date decided in consultation with LEG Date decided in consultation with LEG
Requirement matrix submitted to GPE Secretariat
Submission on March 15 is encouraged, if possible
April 17, 2017 April 17, 2017
ESP package submitted to the GPE Secretariat June 1, 2017 August 1, 2017
Draft program document, including the variable part, submitted to the GPE Secretariat June 21, 2017 August 21, 2017
Quality Assurance Review Phase II completed July 21, 2017 September 20, 2017
Final application package for GPE funds submitted to the Secretariat September 1, 2017 November 1, 2017
Grant and Performance Committee meeting October 23-25, 2017 January 23-25, 2018
Board allocation decisions December 5-7, 2017 to be confirmed, 2018

2018

Activity February 2018
Application dates
May 2018
Application dates
August 2018
Application dates
November 2018
Application dates
Quality Assurance Review Phase I based on program outline Date decided in consultation with LEG Date decided in consultation with LEG Date decided in consultation with LEG Date decided in consultation with LEG
Draft requirement matrix submitted to GPE Secretariat August 14, 2017 November 9, 2017 January 30, 2018 April 17, 2018
Grant and Performance Committee meeting (reviews the requirement matrices) October 23-25, 2017 January 23-25, 2018 April 10-12, 2018 June 26-28, 2018
ESP package submitted to the GPE Secretariat November 13, 2017 February 1, 2018 May 15, 2018 August 21, 2018
Draft program document, including the variable part, submitted to the GPE Secretariat November 27, 2017 February 20, 2018 June 7, 2018 September 12, 2018
Quality Assurance Review Phase II completed December 22, 2017 March 20, 2018 July 6, 2018 October 10, 2018
Final application package for GPE funds submitted to the Secretariat February 13, 2018 May 1, 2018 August 15, 2018 November 21, 2018
Grant and Performance Committee meeting April 10-12, 2018 June 26-28, 2018 October 10-12, 2018 tbd
Board allocation decisions June 5-7, 2018 tbd tbd tbd

The GPE Secretariat would also like to highlight that, as per the calendars, the following information is required:

The requirement matrix:

A matrix summarizing the country's readiness to fulfill the below requirements should be submitted to the Secretariat as a basis for Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Phase I and also feedback from the Grant and Performance Committee. 

  • Requirement 1: A credible, endorsed education sector plan (ESP), or alternatively, a transitional education plan (TEP) in countries affected by fragility and conflict.
  • Requirement 2: Evidence of commitment to finance the endorsed ESP or TEP. This requirement has two elements: (A) Government commitment and (B) Development partners commitment.
  • Requirement 3: The availability of critical data and evidence for planning, budgeting, managing, monitoring and accountability or alternatively, a strategy to develop capacity to produce and effectively use critical data. The requirement is divided into three sub-components concerning the availability of (A) an education sector analysis, (B) basic financial and education data and (C) a system or mechanisms to monitor learning outcomes.  

ESP package:

The ESP package consists of:

  • A credible ESP/TEP, including a costed multi-year implementation plan (covering at least the first two years of the grant cycle if eligible and applying for the education sector program implementation frant (ESPIG);
  • The final report on the ESP/TEP Appraisal conducted on behalf of the development partners;
  • An appraisal report memo providing a brief summary of how the recommendations from the appraisal report have been addressed in the final ESP or TEP;
  • The approval of the ESP/TEP by the Government, including the commitment to finance the ESP or TEP; and
  • An endorsement letter by the local education group (LEG) including commitment of development partners to finance the ESP or TEP.

Draft program document and supporting documents:

The draft program document and supporting documents should be submitted to the Secretariat to facilitate the Secretariat's (QAR) process. Please note that the following documents, which should be submitted to the Secretariat:

  • Draft ESPIG application form;
  • Draft program document prepared for GPE funding, or other appropriate documents for budget support or pooled funds;
  • Latest report on implementation or completion of previous grant where applicable;
  • Joint financing agreement, where available; and
  • Any other supporting documents.

Applying for GPE's variable part:

Additionally, if the country wishes to apply for the variable part of the maximum country allocation (MCA), the package submitted for the Secretariat's QAR process should also include:

  • A description of the indicators and targets proposed for the results-based variable part of the MCA, as well as the theory of change and results chain describing how progress on these indicators will lead to transformational change in the areas of equity, efficiency and learning outcomes;
  • Explanation of how the indicators are anchored in the ESP;
  • Information on how the assessment will be done once the targets are met, including the means of verification (for example third party monitoring) and the disbursement schedule and share of disbursement by indicator;
  • How the variable part disbursements will be used, e.g. integrated in sector budget support, a pooled fund, or allocated to which components or activities of the fixed part of the grant or other ESP activity. The variable part disbursements may or may not be an integral part of the fixed part activities.
  • If relevant, justification for applying for an ex-ante approach for pre-approval

Final Application Package:

The final application package consists of:

Required documents:

  • ESPIG application form
  • Program document prepared for ESPIG funding or other appropriate documents for budget support or pooled funds;
  • QAR Phase II memo (brief summary of how the QAR II recommendations have been addressed in the final application package); and
  • Latest report on implementation or completion of ongoing/previous grant, where applicable.

Supporting documents:

For countries that have already provided the first two documents below at an earlier stage will not need to resubmit the documents a second time:

  • ESP | TEP package;
  • Joint sector review reports for the past two to three years, as available.
  • Draft grant agreement, where applicable and if available.

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