Call for expressions of interest for consultancy services: research, operational and strategic consultancy support for EaP CSF Working Group 5

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) is looking for a Working Group (WG) consultant to provide EaP CSF Working Group 5 with research, operational and strategic support throughout its yearly activities.

The title of the contracts

Working Group consultant for EaP CSF Working Group 5 (WG5)

Duration: May – December 2021; potentially can be extended for 2022 and 2023

Responsibilities of the WG5 consultant and indicative deliverables

    The selected WG5 consultant will perform the following duties in agreement with the EaP CSF Secretariat and the two coordinators of WG5:

    Technical/Research support:

    • Support WG5 with technical expertise on several thematic areas (i.e. social policies, labour migration and labour rights, social dialogue, gender equality);
    • Follow the relevant policy/ political processes at the EU institutions and International Organisations’ level and identify those that have an implication for the EaP countries, and the thematic areas covered by WG5 (i.e. EU migration and asylum policy, EU Social Dialogue, EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020 – 2025, ILO Conventions, recommendations and standards, EESC policies on external relations, etc.);
    • Conduct desk research and collect input from EaP CSF members and from existing products of the Forum (i.e. re-granting projects, policy papers, statements) on dedicated topics at stake; contribute to and review policy input drafted by WG5 members/ WG5 coordinators/ Secretariat staff;
    • Provide a comparative regional analysis and perspective over given topics;
    • Support the WG5 coordinators and the Secretariat in shaping the annual WG5 meeting agenda and the WG5 meeting during EaP CSF Annual Assembly;
    • Design and draft written products such as i.e. WG5 meeting agenda, internal/ external event concepts and questions to speakers, research notes, policy briefs, statements, terms of reference, etc.;
    • Coordinate the collection of input from members for the Forum’s participation in EaP architecture meetings and EESC EU – Georgia/ Moldova/ Ukraine CSP bilateral platform meetings.

    The list of indicative deliverables includes:

    • Detailed WG5 meeting concepts, agendas and reports;
    • Desk-based and participatory research products (on a case by case basis);
    • Suggestions for an improved participation of the WG5 members in EaP architecture meetings and EESC meetings;
    • Written contributions to the overall operation of WG5 and its activities.

    This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities and deliverables. Both are subject to review on a regular basis, in agreement with the Consultant.

    General qualifications of the consultant

    • Postgraduate university degree (political science/ international relations/ development studies/ CSO management/ sociology, etc.) with relevant thematic expertise and work experience;
    • Proven expertise and experience in the field(s) of social policies, labour migration and labour rights, social dialogue with a focus on the Eastern Partnership region;
    • Good understanding of the EaP policy and of the role of civil society in shaping it;
    • Sound knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions and EU’s foreign affairs, in particular towards EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and any related flagship initiatives or programmes or programmes related to social affairs/ migration/ social dialogue/ gender equality;
    • Good understanding of economic indicators and capacity to provide qualitative analysis on given topics;
    • Good understanding of organizational structures operations and policies of non-governmental organisations and familiarity with EaP CSF processes and structures;
    • Capacity to understand and assess the opportunities, challenges and limitations of structures such as EaP CSF Working Groups;
    • Good desk and participatory research skills coupled with good drafting and reporting abilities;
    • Good command of English (mandatory) and of Russian (desirable); knowledge of any other EaP and EU languages is appreciated;
    • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
    • Flexibility and ability to work under tight deadlines;
    • Experience working with EaP CSF is a plus.

    Duration and location of the assessment and estimated workload

    Expected workload: between 2h/week and 20h/week, depending on the calendar of activities of WG5 and the agreed responsibilities with each consultant;

    Duration of the assignment: until the end of 2021 (with possibility of extension in 2022 and 2023)

    Location of the assignment: home-based

    The current assignment does not involve travelling to the Eastern Partnership Countries.

    Recruitment process

    Qualified candidates are invited to apply by 10 May 2021, 23:59 CET by sending the following documents to [email protected] (Subject line: EaP CSF – WG5 consultant application):

    • CV (maximum 5 pages, in English)
    • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page, in English, explaining why the candidate could be an asset for Working Group 5)
    • Financial proposal (specifying expected hourly rate)

    Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for a brief interview that will take place in the second half of May 2021.

    EaP CSF applies a fair and transparent recruitment process that will take into account both the expertise and skills of the applicants, as well as their financial proposal. For any additional information, please contact [email protected].

    References

      For more information about EaP CSF Working Groups, please check this page.

      For more information about EaP CSF Working Group 5, please check this page.

      For more information about the participation of EaP CSF in the EaP architecture meetings, please check this page.

      For more information about the participation of EaP CSF in the EU-Georgia/ Moldova/ Ukraine CSP bilateral meetings, please check this page.

      Contact us

      Alexandra Sabou

      Administrative and Statutory Affairs Manager
      Email: [email protected]