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Call for Tender: Research “COVID-19 Preparedness in Social Services”

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to produce outputs to support preparedness to future COVID-19 (or other public health pandemics) crisis in the social services sector..

Main elements of work

  1. As part of its “Commit!” Work Programme 2020, EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to team to produce outputs to support preparedness to future COVID-19 (or other public health pandemics) crisis in the social services sector).
  2. The study should focus on identifying lessons learnt from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting key actions to improve preparedness, bringing to light existing promising practices from across Europe and developing a booklet for different stakeholders on key actions to take to improve preparedness and resilience in social services in face of existing and future public health pandemics.
  3. The Research will include desktop research and a range of interviews with a variety of stakeholders (service providers, authorities (including at EU level), researchers, other experts, policy makers) from at least 12 European Union countries (broad geographical diversity needed). The Research should look into a broad area of concerns such as information/intelligence flows, procedures & standards, protection & prevention, finance & funding, human ressources/staffing, discrimination & human rights, digitalization, housing & new service models and resilience building.   

The Researcher/Research team is expected deliver:

  1. An Executive Summary of the overall research
  2. A report on lessons learnt from COVID-19 from the field (building on work already done by EASPD and and based on research in the 12 countries)
  3. A report on promising practices in the field of preparedness/future proofing
  4. A report on key actions to take to improve preparedness and resilience of social services sector in face of existing/future public health pandemics, including a checklist for different stakeholders, at different levels (local, regional, national, EU).

Deadlines

Deadline for application: 30th October
Response to application: 6th November (approximately)
Selected applicants are expected to take on the assignment as soon as possible and provide final report by 15th December. Possibility to extent upon negotiation but no later than 31st December
 

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 sectors;
- Experience in data collection, analysis and presentation;
- Wide network of contacts and entry-points for collecting data at national level in EU countries; the selected candidate should ensure the processing of national data in local language(s)
- 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 applicable data protection legislation;
- Capability to work in the languages of the selected countries;
- Only candidates from EU Member States are eligible for participating in the tender. An operational approach to the integration of good management principles, including correct personal data management in line with the requirements of the GDPR.
 

Selection and award criteria

 
The applicant(s) should submit the following documents until 01/10/2020; 23:59 CET:

  • A motivation letter describing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page).
  • A technical proposal explaining 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 Draft Report and the Final Report, 40% and 60% respectively.
Only validated draft and final reports will be accepted and fully compensated.
The Contract will be drawn up between EASPD and the contractor.
 

Price

The estimated price is max. EUR 20,000, all taxes included.
The contract will be awarded to the tenderer whose offer represents the best value for money, taking into account the quality of submitted document and individual expertise. 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): thomas.bignal(at)easpd.eu