Consultancy on harmonised stipend scale and unified payment modality
In late 2017, the highly complex conflict context in Syria had resulted in teachers across the country being paid by multiple international and national organisations, government and associated bodies, and donor-funded projects, via multiple modalities, and according to different pay scales. CGA was contracted to carry out a thorough review of the then-current arrangements, and to propose a harmonised salary scale for teachers in Syria, together with a set of recommendations for implementation.
Funded by UNICEF, and working with education partners operating out of Amman, Damascus and Gaziantep, CGA designed a harmonised stipend scale and payment modality for teachers working inside Syria, with a view to its adoption by all education partners and donors. This drew on focus groups and interviews with key education actors in Gaziantep, Amman and Damascus, as well as a nationwide survey collecting responses from teachers working in Syria, which garnered close to 4000 responses.
CGA produced a thorough report covering all pay scales and payment modalities applied to teachers working inside Syria, and provided detailed recommendations to donors for the application of common systems and a harmonised salary scale. This was presented to donors and partners via the Whole of Syria Education Cluster in June 2018.