Result-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) Visit by an Independent Observer on Behalf of the European Union (EU) for EDU-SYRIA II-Additional

An independent observer, Mr. Jan Helbich, on behalf of the European Union (EU), conducted a monitoring visit for the EDU-SYRIA-II Additional project, in the week from the 3rd until the 7th of March 2024. The objective was to evaluate the progress of the project and ensure its compliance with the EU’s standards and regulations. Mr. Helbich had several meetings with the project’s consortium partners, including Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Zarqa University (ZU), Luminus Technical University College (LTUC), as well as meetings with the project’s stakeholder of the civil society organization, such as National Aid Fund (NAF) and UNHCR. 

Mr. Helbich evaluated various aspects of project implementation. This included scrutinizing financial management, resource utilization, stakeholder engagement, policy coherence, and the extent to which intended results are being achieved.  

On the first day, on the 3rd of March, Mr. Helbich visited the European Union Delegation (EUD) to Jordan in Amman, and several meetings were held at the German Jordanian University (GJU) with Prof. Ala’aldeen Al-Halhouli, the President of the GJU, and with the EDU-SYRIA management Team; in which an overview on the project, its progress, and the financial aspects were taken. 

On the second day, on the 4th of March, meetings with the project’s partners and its beneficiaries were conducted at both JUST and at ZU in which the focal/contact persons provided an overview and the status of the project implementation, and feedback was taken during the meetings with the project beneficiaries.  

On the third day, on the 5th day of March, Mr. Helbich visited LTUC and took feedback on the project’s progress, and also met with the students who are funded by the project from different majors.  

On the fourth day, on the 6th day of March, Mr. Helbich met representatives from the NAF (i.e., one of the governmental agencies that cooperate with the EDU-SYRIA Scholarship Program in identifying the underserved potential Jordanian beneficiaries), where a brief about EDU-SYRIA and NAF collaboration was taken, in the same day he continued his way to UNHCR. He met with their staff and took an overview on the ways of cooperation between the two parties. 

On the last day, on the 7th of March, meetings were held at both EU and GJU to provide the ROM mission debriefing and results overview. 

It is worth mentioning that the EU conducts a ROM Mission to ensure the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of its wide-ranging projects spanning various sectors and regions. Rooted in the EU’s commitment to yielding outcomes and maximizing the impact of its investments, this monitoring mission is meticulously designed to evaluate the progress, achievements, and challenges encountered in the implementation of EU-funded projects.