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Call for tender! Research “Alternatives to Public Procurement in Social Care”

Tender specification

As part of its Annual Work Programme 2019 -(Re)connect: EU4you, EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to produce a report “Alternatives to Public Procurement in Social Care”. The report should provide an overview of how local and regional authorities fund the provision of social care with means alternative to public procurement. The European Commission re-affirm that “Public Authorities are entirely free to chose whether to outsource the provision of services or whether to provide them themselves or by means other than public procurement”. Yet, Social Service providers and Public Authorities often re-affirm that this is not the case in practice and that the latter often feel obliged to use EU public procurement rules.
Thus, the report should look at clarifying the alternatives to public procurement in social care across Europe. In particular the report should identify:

  • the perspectives social care providers for persons with disabilities and local and regional authorities have on the use of public procurement in social care(in min. 8 European Member States)
  • the main alternatives to public procurement in the funding of social care for persons with disabilities (in min. 5 European Member States); with a focus on
  1. how they operate (both legally and in practical implementation)
  2. how they were developed in a way which means they do not fall under the EU public procurement rules
  3. how they are seen by social service providers, local and regional authorities, etc (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, etc)
  • Recommendations for public authorities who want to know more about alternatives to public procurement in the funding of social care
  • Recommendations for the European Commission on Public Procurement and Social Care; and relevant alternatives.

The research should provide an overall analysisand then focus on a selected number of European countries, chosen according to criteria of geographical balance and in agreement with EASPD.

The researcher/research team shall complete desktop research, liaise with the relevant members of EASPD working on public procurement and interview with relevant stakeholders and experts.

EASPD will assist in identifying stakeholders to be interviewed in the selectedcountries.

Main elements of work

The Researcher/Research team is expected deliver:

  • Deliverable 1: a report providing an overview of perspectives, examples and stories about public procurement and social care
  • Deliverable 2: areport on alternatives to public procurement in the funding of social care
  • Deliverable 3: an executive summary includingthe aforementionedrecommendationsto Public Authorities and the European Commission.


Deadline for application: 18/08/2019
Response to application: 23/08/2019

Selected applicants are expected to take on the assignment as soon as possible.

The final report must be delivered by 29/11/2019 at latest

Expertise required

The researcher(s) will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Proven experience in coordinating international research projects and collaborative work;
  • Solid academic and/or professional background with regards to the social service sector;
  • Experience in data collection, analysis and presentation;-Knowledge and Experience in the funding of social services;
  • Experience of writing accessible reports for an NGO and/or EU/national organisation readership;-Excellent command of English (written and oral);
  • An operational approach to the integration of good management principles, including correct personal data management in line with the requirements of the GDPR;
  • Only candidates from EU Member States are eligible for participating in the tender.


Selection and award criteria

The applicant(s) should submit the following documents until 18/08/2019; 23:59 CET:

  • A motivation letterdescribing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page).
  • A technical proposalexplaining how you plan to conduct the research, including a review of what has already been done, a proposed methodology, a work plan, resources needed, budget, etc. (not more than 2-3 pages).
  • CV, including the list of published articles, reports, studies if relevant.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Content of the bids

The tenderer will ensure that their bid clearly identifies how they meet the selection criteria. It would also be useful to see examples of previous work demonstrating their ability to write and present in English to a primarily NGO audience.

Payments and standard contract

Payment will be made on receipt of Deliverable 1+2 and the Deliverable 3, 40% and 60% respectively.Only validated reports will be accepted and fully compensated.The Contract will be drawn up between EASPD and the tenderer.


The contract will be awarded to the tenderer whose offer represents the best value for money, taking into account the quality of submitted document,individual expertiseand budget available. The contract will only be awarded to a tenderer who clearly proves that they have knowledge, experience and expertise which match at least 70% of the selection criteria.

Contact Details

Please send bids to Thomas Bignal, Policy Advisor, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD):


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  • EASPD takes appropriate measures to ensure your personal data is not kept for longer than necessary for the intended purposes. That is why your CV will not be kept by EASPD after the tender process is finished.

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