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Call for tender: Research “on the European Green Deal and Social Services”

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to carry out a study on how the European Green Deal could support the ecological transition of Social Services (and vice versa).

Main elements of work

2.1. As part of its “Commit!” Work Programme 2020, EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to team to carry out a study on how the European Green Deal could support the ecological transition of Social Services (and vice versa).

2.2. The study should focus on identifying the opportunities that the European Green Deal (and related funding opportunities) can provide for social service providers, especially those active in the field of work and employment, education and training, and care and community living (and vice versa). The study should help identify the “ecological” dimension and investment needs of social services; such as their infrastructure needs (renovation, energy processes, etc), the purchasing of products and services (catering, cleaning, maintenance, etc), the service provision itself (transport, etc), the type of area where services are provided (rural development, industrial transition, etc) and the impact on employment opportunities (social economy entreprises, inclusive farms, etc). It should identify where areas for ecological/green improvement are possible and the barriers to such improvements. The report should then assess how the EU policies, in particular the European Green Deal (but also the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the Just Transition Fund, the shared management funds, etc), can open up opportunities to finance the relevant investment needs to make a Greener social services sector.

2.3. 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 5 European Union countries (broad geographical diversity needed).

The Researcher/Research team is expected deliver:
 

  1. An Executive Summary of the overall research
  2. A report on the aforementioned issues
  3. A list of recommendations to both policy-makers (EU and national) and service providers on how to support the ecological transition of social services through the European Green Deal (and other related EU initiatives)
  4. An Infograph highlighting the key aspects

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 30/10/2020; 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 8,000, 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 Claire Cambier, Project Officer, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD): claire.cambier(at)easpd.eu