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Call for tender: Research “Impact of Covid-19 on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities: What Role for Social Economy Entreprises?”

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to carry out a study Impact of Covid-19 on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities: What Role for Social Economy Entreprises?”.
 

Main elements of work

As part of its “Commit!” Work Programme 2020, EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to carry out a study “Impact of Covid-19 on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities: What Role for Social Economy Entreprises?”.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on employment around the world. Much has been said about the scale of actual and projected economic and social consequences of the pandemic on the employment in general, including jobs lost, changes in working arrangements, etc. With this research, EASPD aims to gather evidence specific to the situation of employment of persons with disabilities as a result of  the current pandemic, as well as to the capacity of social economy entreprises to keep and create jobs for persons with disabilities and other persons often excluded from the labour market. This role of Social Economy entreprises was specifically referred to as an opportunity following the COVID-19 pandemic by the European Commission in its Communication on the Country Specific Recommendations. This research should bring meat to the bone of this statement, in particular in view of the upcoming European Action Plan for the Social Economy and the European Disability Strategy.

The scope of the task includes work and employment in the open labour market, in sheltered workshops, and in social economy enterprises.   

The final report should:

  • Provide a general (European) overview of the employment situation for persons with disabilities as a result of the pandemic, supported by hard data and statistics (where possible).
  • Provide case studies for at least 10 EU countries on the employment situation for persons with disabilities as a result of the pandemic, supported by hard data and statistics (where possible).
  • Analyse ways in which persons with disabilities are affected differently than the general public in employment; what challenges they are facing in employment. Differentiation of impact (and causes) depending on type of employment.
  • Address the impact of the crisis on the employment support providers (e.g. ability to keep staff for provision of services, challenges in delivering services, ability to keep the services running);
  • Showcase (innovative) initiatives, good/promising practices by service providers (e.g. work integration social economy enterprises, supported employment services, etc) to keep/create employment for persons with disabilities and potentially other vulnerable groups at times of crises.
  • Recommendations for authorities on what can be learnt from these innovative initiatives and good practices.
  • To provide an executive summary.

Use of concrete examples, case studies and testimonials from the sector are important. 
The Researcher/Research team is expected deliver:

Deadlines

Deadline for application: 30/10/2020
Response to application: 06/11/2020
Selected applicants are expected to take on the assignment as soon as possible. The final output is expected by the end of 2020.
 

Expertise required

 The researcher(s) will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Solid academic and/or professional background with regards to the social service sectors;especially regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.
  • 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)
  • 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 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 the Draft report and the Final report (including the Executive Summary), 40% and 60% respectively.
Only validated fact sheets 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.
If VAT is to be paid by EASPD, the total amount available is reduced to ensure that a 21% VAT is included, i.e. max of EUR 16,529.
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 Asel Kadyrbaeva, Policy Officer, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) Asel.Kadyrbaeva(at)easpd.eu