Dr David Smawfield BA, PGCE, MEd, PhD

Personal Information

Name: Dr Charles Robert David Smawfield

Address: Marsh Cottage, Easington, HU12 0UA, England

Email: and

Nationailty: British

Key areas of expertise

Educaton & training

BA (Hons), Art and Design, Middlesex University, 1973

Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Kingston-upon-Hull College of Education, 1974

MEd, International and Comparitive Education, University of Hull, 1985 (Awarded with 'Distinction')

PhD, International and Comparative Education, University of Hull, 1988

Work experience


June 2012 - September 2012: India

Education and Skills Development Specialist and Leader of the Team charged with the detailed design of a US$100 million Asian Development Bank Loan project: "Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya". The project will seek to support the operationalization of Meghalaya's Skill Development Mission; improve the learning environment in selected secondary schools; and strengthen capacity in relevant departments.

May 2011 - June 2011: Vietnam

Team member (Monitoring and Evaluation Expert) of the Final Evaluation of the EC funded Labour Market Information Project, Vietnam.

January 2011 - March 2011: Bangladesh

Team Leader of the Mid-Term Review of the EC funded TVET Reform Project, Bangladesh.

December 2010: Montenegro

VET workshop faciliator - enhancing links between training institutions and employers - for the British Council.

September 2010 - December 2010: India

EC Framework Contract: External Evaluation (Mid Term Review) of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window for India. Terms of reference included assessing the programme and projects to date and proposing improvements and options for the future.

February 2010 - May 2010: India

Vocational Education and Training Project Formulation Mission for the European Commission: "Support to Skills Development Initiative, India".

September 2009 - March 2010: Montenegro

13 days advisory/facilitation consultancy in three inputs focusing on teacher education and competencies based curricula reform (ETF framework contract).

August 2009 - November 2009: UK/Turin

Desk-based literature review for and on behalf of the European Training Foundation (ETF) on "Skill Formation and the Creative Economy".

May 2009 - August 2009: Bangladesh

Joint Mid-Term Review and Formulation Mission for EC funded projects in the NFE Sector, Bangladesh. Team member as an education assessment specialist. As part of formulation work, this assignment involved preparing calls for proposals, Action Fiches, TAPs, and project logical framework.

April 2009 - May 2009: Nigeria

Institutional analysis of teacher education structures within Kaduna State, Nigieria, with a particular focus on Gidan Waya College of Education, including technical support to college development planning - under the auspices of the DFID funded Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN).

February 2009: India

International speaker/participant, within an EC framework contract, at an international teacher education conference in Udaipur, India.

November 2008 - February 2009: Turkey

Team leader of an Impact Assessment of the "Strengthening the Vocational Education and Training System in Turkey (SVET) Programme", on behalf of the European Commission, under contract to IBF Belgium. (EC framework contract)

October - November 2008: Vietnam

Team leader of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the EC funded "Support to the Renovation of Education Management (SREM) Project" in Vietnam, on behalf of the European Commission, under contract to ECORYS, Netherlands. (EC framework contract)

May - July 2008: Bangladesh

40-day consultancy comprising an identification mission for and on behalf of the European Commission in the area of basic education, under contract to Hifab, Sweden, as part of the Cambridge Education Consortium. Activities encompassed: a sector review to identify lessons learned, priorities, and unmet needs; the preparation of international case studies to inform future planning; documentary and field research; and the conduct of stakeholder analysis, SWOT, and other consultation workshops. Key outputs included the identification and prioritisation of programme support and project options, and the preparation of a draft logical framework and project identification fiches following EC formats.

April 2008: Nigeria

18-day consultancy to conduct a strategic review of the role and functions of the Kwara State Educational Resource Centre, under the auspices of the DFID funded Capacity for Basic Education Project (CUBE), managed by the British Council/Cambridge Education.

December 2007 - February 2008: Romania

50-day consultancy, in two inputs, to the EC Funded Project 'Technical Assistance to Support the National Centre for Staff Training in Pre-university Education', under contract to White Young Green International. Terms of Reference included capacity building, planning, materials development and other forms of technical support related to the promotion of Active Learning in schools and as part of teacher education, and the development of skills in Teacher Training Needs Analysis.

September 2002 - September 2007: Support to Basic Education Project Turkey

Long term consultant, under contract to Cambridge Education, with particular responsibility for Non-formal Education, Teacher Training and Management and Organisation project components of this five-year EC funded Education Project (€100 million). This assignment involved a major role, during the project inception phase, in detailed project design, and capacity building in strategic project planning. During the project main phase duties have encompassed project management, preparation of consultant TORS, assisting in preparation of tenders, training, monitoring and supervision of project activities, report writing, and participation on tender evaluation committees, following PRAG proecdures.

July - August 2006: DFID

Under contract to Cambridge Education. This consultancy assignment involved the development of a training brief for DFID infrastructure and education advisers. This comprised a review of best international practice relating to approaches to civil works, the environment, health and sanitation.

June - August 2005: Evaluation of the hardware component of the DFID funded Gansu Basic Education Project, China

This assignment, under contract to Cambridge Education, reviewed the design and use of school buildings (schools, classrooms, ancillary buildings, and teachers' houses), including maintenance, and the provision of infrastructure such as educational materials and equipment, and playground equipment. TORS also included reviewing the integration of these interventions in relation to other project components: such as teacher training and school development planning. An output was the DFID funded publication Building Children's Schools.

2002 - 2004: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Japan Bank for International Cooperation funded Senior Secondary Education Project, Uzbekistan

This assigment, under contract to Cambridge Education, comprised a total of six months of consultancy, in three inputs, spread over two years, as a monitoring and evaluation specialist. The assignment included establishing a monitoring and evaluation system for the project, preparing training materials for monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building of staff in the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Education.

1998 - 2004: CAMBRIDGE EDUCATION (a member of the Mott MacDonald Group)
Senior Education Adviser

Dr Smawfield joined CE's head office staff in April 1998 as Senior Education Adviser. His duties included UK-based management of CE projects, project design, bid preparation, and consultancy in his areas of expertise.

Significant assignments and responsibilities included the following:

1994 - 1998: DFID, India
Education Coordinator/First Secretary (Education Projects), British High Commission, New Delhi

The main duties of this post were promoting support activities carried out in India during the formulation of new DFID initiatives in the education sector which included facilitating, as an education team member, the preparation and design of the Andrha Pradesh and West Bengal District Primary Education Projects (DPEP) (total planned investment: US$ 140 million). Among other things, this involved participation in DFID Education Sector missions to India, including: ODA/GoI DPEP Project Pre-appraisal Mission to Andrha Pradesh, January and February 1995; ODA/GoI Project DPEP Project Pre-appraisal Mission to West Bengal, January and February 1995; ODA/GoI Project DPEP Project Pre-appraisal Mission to West Bengal, June 1995; Joint Donor (World Bank, ODA, EU, UNICEF) DPEP Supervision Mission, India, September 1995; Joint Donor (World Bank, ODA, EU, UNICEF) DPEP Supervision Mission, India, November 1996 and Joint Donor (World Bank, DFID, EU, UNICEF) DPEP Supervision Mission, India, September 1997. Duties also included advising on education components of DFID urban poverty reduction projects; providing technical comments on NGO education project proposals submitted to DFID under its Joint Funding Scheme; representing DFID at meetings with GoI, donors and other agencies; and networking with education professionals and institutions delivering education services throughout India, in furtherance of the DFID knowledge base.

1994: UNECIA, Bangladesh
Team Leader

Team Leader, under contract to UNECIA, of a Joint Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)/Government of Bangladesh Programme Formulation Mission to Bangladesh in the area of basic and non-formal education.

Concurrent with the above: Holder of the title and status of Associate Fellow of the International Centre for Education in Development, in the Department of Continuing Education, University of Warwick, England, for the period 1 April 1992 to 31 March 1995.


Terms of Reference included the preparation of a technical proposal to provide consulting services in syllabus writing training to the Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda, as part of an International Development Association funded Primary Education and Teacher Development Project.


1993 - 1994: Consultant

Five month consultancy. Terms of Reference included the preparation of three manuscripts for publication, entitled as follows: 'Vocational Training Handbook: a practical guide to the planning and implementation of vocational training programmes with refugees in a developing country context'; 'Fast Food Vending: income generating ideas for urban and rural poor in less developed countries'; 'Mozambican Refugee Vocational Training in Malawi, 1991-1993: a summary of the Norwegian Refugee Council Project Experience'. Also included within the consultancy was a one-month return field visit to Malawi to assist in project dissemination and phase-out activity.

1991 - 1993: Programme Director, Malawi, South Africa Office, Education and Vocational Training

Duties included: devising and supervising the implementation of NRC- and UNHCR-funded Education and Vocational and Skills Training programmes for refugees and displaced persons, in Malawi and Mozambique; drafting project proposals for submission to donors; functioning as consultant and adviser on vocational training to UNHCR and national and international NGOs, including participating in the UN Inter-agency Mission on Education for Young Mozambicans (Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe: May to June 1991); serving as Secretary to the Malawi National Co-ordinating Forum for Refugee Vocational and Skills Training; founding and holding the first editorship of ONEKA (a technical bulletin/newsletter for field workers in community development); and general management responsibilities as deputy and acting head of the NRC Southern Africa office.

Vocational Training, UNHCR

Concurrent with the above, three months' consultancy work on vocational training to UNHCR, Geneva, formulating project proposals for vocational training and basic education programmes for Mozambican refugees in Malawi.


Dr Smawfield undertook a six-week mission to Malawi as a follow-up to that detailed below. Terms of Reference included advising and assisting funding agencies in the implementation of recommendations formulated in the report of the first mission; conducting workshops for the Government of Malawi, UNHCR and NGOs; assisting in the selection and training of project personnel; reassessing the impact of vocational and skills training programmes and non-formal education activities and making further recommendations.

Contractual Educational Researcher

Dr Smawfield's research responsibilities comprised a portfolio of activity: for the University of Hull/Lincolnshire Local Education Authority in connection with the evaluation of the dissemination phase of the Lincolnshire variant of the Department of Education and Science Development Project for Lower Attaining Pupils; in connection with the DFID (then ODA) project on Gender and Education in international perspective, directed by Colin Brock and Nadine Cammish, and including field work in the Republic of Vanuatu; and curriculum development at the primary school level, involving educational materials writing in connection with the 'Happy Heart Project' (Director Mike Sleap), which itself comprised part of the Health Education Council/Physical Education Association Health and Physical Education Project (UK). Additionally, Dr Smawfield lectured in the School of Education, University of Hull.

1989: UNESCO/UNHCR, Malawi

Terms of Reference for this three-month mission to Malawi included conducting an overview of formal educational provision for Mozambican refugees, with special reference to the problem of over-aged pupils; making an assessment of literacy and literacy programmes, non-formal and vocational educational provision; formulating specific, budgeted proposals for developing programmes in these areas. Two such proposals, to a value of US$ 402 000 were designed and subsequently implemented. Details of the report arising from the mission are included under 'Publications'.


1986 - 1989: Lecturer in Education

Dr Smawfield's commitments during the first two years of a three-year, fixed-term contract included responsibility as first Resident Tutor in a three-year teacher education initiative operated by the University of Hull for the British Virgin Islands Government. Duties of that post included: establishing and managing the Hull University Centre in the British Virgin Islands, including financial responsibility; functioning as University representative in the territory; serving as course adviser to the 50 teachers involved; organising and participating in the teaching practice components of the course; lecturing at certificate and higher degree level; liaison with the British Virgin Islands Government Education Department and the schools of the territory; and a pastoral and guidance role. Duties in Hull in year three included: teaching courses in education and development, comparative education, curriculum studies and educational assessment, at Postgraduate Certificate, Bachelor and Master's levels; and undertaking personal research.

1984 - 1986: Research Assistant

Assistant Local Evaluator to the Lincolnshire variant of the Department of Education and Science Development Project for Lower Attaining Pupils: a 'Pre-vocational/Technical Course' for pupils aged 14 to 16 years. Duties included participant observation; research instrument design; extensive survey work of pupils, parents, teachers and employers; co-authoring project reports (listed under 'Publications'); and an advisory and staff development role including leading a team of teachers to Germany to study pre-vocational initiatives there.


Comprehensive school for 13 to 18 year-olds. Subjects taught included craft, design and technology, technical drawing; sixth form general studies; City & Guilds of London Institute '365' Vocational Preparation (pre-vocational studies).


Duties included teaching art and design and mathematics at the Regina Mundi Convent Grammar School and, subsequently, upon transfer to the new Seychelles National Youth Service, curriculum development work and pre-vocational education.

1978 - 1980: HORNSEA SECONDARY SCHOOL, Humberside, UK

Comprehensive school for 11 to 18 year-olds. Subjects taught included art and design and woodwork.

Education Officer

Duties included teaching and lecturing in primary methodology and supervision of teachers on teaching practice; also housemaster within the College.


Comprehensive school for 13 to 18 year-olds. Subjects taught: art and design, project technology, photography and automobile science.

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