Association Prevent – Novi Sad

 

Announces this call for

 

CONSULTANCY

 

for developing Guidelines for CSOs on working with youth and children in conflict with the law in the Western Balkans

 

Minimum requirements:

 

  • University degree; Advanced degree in social work, psychology, pedagogy, public health or other relevant field would be considered a strong asset;
  • At least 5 years of experience in the area of social or health protection of young people at risk,
  • Knowledge of relevant international standards and good practices in service provision for youth and children in conflict with the law, and ability to adapt these to the regional context;
  • Familiarity with the health, social and child care systems in Western Balkans countries;
  • Familiarity with the civil sector in the region;
  • Fluency in any of the Western Balkans languages or English; Applicants who can produce the Guidelines in English would be preferred;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work within short deadlines;
  • Excellent writing skills with proven record of publications within the last 5 years.

The detailed Terms of Reference for the consultancy position can be found at www.prevent.org.rs.

Applications are welcomed from individuals, groups or organizations who would like to contribute to delivering of long-lasting, positive changes for Western Balkan’s youth and children in conflict with the law.

A full application should contain:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV(s), including list of publications within the last 5 years;
  • Financial offer

sent by e-mail to office@prevent.org.rs not later than 20 July 2017, quoting “Consultancy for Guidelines” in the title.

Please address any questions to Nebojša Đurasović at +381606889090 or djnebojsa84@yahoo.com.

 

Only full applications will be taken into account and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

CONSULTANCY

 

for developing Guidelines for CSOs on working with youth and children in conflict with the law in the Western Balkans

 

Title of the Action:               At-Risk Youth Social Empowerment – ARYSE

 

Funded by:                            The European Union (EU) (EuropeAid/150147/DH/ACT/PRAREG)

 

Project coordinator:             NGO Juventas (Montenegro)

 

Partners:                               ARSIS, Social Organization for the Support of Youth (Albania), Association Margina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), HOPS (Macedonia), NGO Labyrinth (Kosovo), Prevent (Serbia) and Schüler Helfen Leben (SHL) Foundation (Germany)

 

Duration of the Action:        45 months, 01 January 2016 – 30 September 2019

 

Type of assignment:             Consultancy for for developing Guidelines for CSOs on working with youth and children in conflict with the law in the Western Balkans

 

Duration of assignment:      20 working days

 

Tentative starting

and terminating dates:          01 August 2017 to 15 November 2017 for a total of 20 working days.

 

 

Background and Context

 

The United Nations define each person between 10 and 24 years of age as youth, while according to the Council of Europe, a person is considered a youth until the age of 30. In most of the Western Balkans countries, the term “youth” covers all persons between 15/16 and 30 years of age[1]. Nevertheless, youth are the driving working, intellectual and productive force of a society, while being expected to develop skills and capacities, and collect knowledge in order to create and overtake roles in all areas of social life. The process of involvement of an individual into the society starts in early childhood, through interaction with family and peers and his/her enrolment in school. This active period of socialization lasts until the moment when an individual becomes a part of the working environment, i.e. until he/she achieves a proper degree of social and economic independence and starts to take care of himself/herself.

 

It is evident that young people in the region are not sufficiently integrated into the decision-making systems, they often live in difficult socio-economic situation, in countries where the rule of law is not fully established, and, therefore, face an increased risk of social exclusion. This is supported by data on the high unemployment rate, low rate of youth activities in the labour market, non-compliance of education with labour market needs, inadequate social protection, low social activism and participation, as well as the general uncertainty due to the lack of rule of law.

 

The idiom “youth at risk” comprises all youth that are at particular risk of social exclusion, who, in addition to challenging factors of the environment faced by the general population of young people, also have to endure the obstructionist circumstances related to a specific group, which increases the probability of long-term social exclusion. These factors may take roots in discriminatory patterns of the community in which they live, dysfunctional family environment, living below poverty line, being in an environment that is not encouraging or supporting, experience of drug use or conflict with the law.

 

A group of civil society organizations which have years of experience in supporting youth at risk of social exclusion, gathered around a project titled “At-Risk Youth Social Empowerment” with the aim to improve policies and practices of institutions and civil society organizations, in relation to working with different groups of young people. In the framework of the project, the term “youth at risk” includes the following target groups: youth and children in conflict with the law, youth and children who use drugs, young people living in families with history of conflict with the law and/or drug use, street youth and children, young Roma and young people who were children without parental care. The project is supported by the European Union, and implemented in Western Balkans for the period of 45 months, from January 2016 to October 2019. The project is coordinated by NGO Juventas (Montenegro) in partnership with ARSIS (Albania), Association Margina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), HOPS (Macedonia), NGO Labyrinth (Kosovo), Prevent (Serbia) and SHL Foundation from Germany.

 

Among the project activities is the development of joint social delivery Standards for CSOs working with young people at risk of social exclusion in Western Balkans countries, as well as 6 practical Guidelines for providing services to the defined target groups.

 

This call for consultancy intends to identify specialist(s) for the development of Guidelines for CSOs on working with youth and children in conflict with the law in the Western Balkans.

 

 

Purpose and Objective

 

The purpose of this assignment is to enable better protection of children and youth who use drugs in the region through the provision of high quality services standardized across borders.

 

The objective is to develop Guidelines for CSOs on working with youth and children in conflict with the law in the Western Balkans

 

 

Methodology and Technical Approach

 

It is expected for the Guidelines to be developed on the basis of good practices in the region and around the world, while being applicable within the contexts of the social, health, legal and child care systems in the Western Balkans countries. This publication should be in line with the content of the Standards for CSOs working with youth at risk of social exclusion and the remaining 5 Guidelines for service provision to the other target groups of the project (youth and children in conflict with the law, young people living in families with history of conflict with the law and/or drug use, street youth and children, young Roma and young people who were children without parental care) being developed in parallel, and therefore, a continuous communication with other consultants will be required.

 

The publication should (provisionally) include:

 

  1. Introduction
  2. Glossary with definitions
  3. Overview of situation in Western Balkans countries, international binding documents and national legal frameworks
  4. General principles and values, code of conduct
  5. Types of services to be provided by CSOs for children and youth who use drugs
  6. Procedures and guidelines (safe guarding protocols, protocols for field and stationary work, cross-sectoral collaboration and referrals, templates for record keeping and reporting, working with stakeholders, recommendations on basic qualifications, competences and values required for practitioners and externals, quality assessment tools, among other elements)
  7. Conclusion
  8. Literature

 

This is an external consultancy and neither office space nor logistical support would be provided. The remaining methodological and technical details are left to the consultant and should be outlined in the financial proposal (i.e. meetings and communication with stakeholders, field visits, or other, as necessary).

 

Youth ARYSE Network Coordinates and National Expert Working Groups shall provide timely feedback on the outline, first and final draft of the publication.

 

Key Deliverables and Timeframe

 

The Consultant(s) will be engaged in the period from 01 August 2017 to 15 November 2017 for a total of 20 working days.

The Consultant is expected to produce the following key deliverables with the following tentative deadlines:

 

Deliverable Tentative deadlines
1. Outline of the publication 01 September 2017
2. The first draft of the publication 01 October 2017
3. Final draft 20 October 2017
4. Final version of the publication 15 November 2017

 

Management and Organization

 

The Consultant will be supervised by the Youth ARYSE project coordinator.

This is an external consultancy for an individual, a group or an agency with extensive expertise in the area of working with youth at risk, particularly youth and children in conflict with the law.

 

 

Budget and Remuneration

 

The candidates are requested to submit their financial offer consisting of fee for the services to be provided, travel and subsistence costs, as/if applicable. Available budget for this consultancy is 2000 EUR, gross amount in dinar equivalent at the bank’s exchange rate on the day of the conversion of money.

 

The consultant’s fee may be reduced if the assignment/deliverables are not fulfilled to the required standard. In a case of serious dissatisfaction with the consultant’s performance the contract may be terminated in line with Prevent procedures in such matters and as spelled out in the contract.

 

Serbia: Law on Youth, adopted in 2011; defines youth as persons between 15 and 30 years of age (Art. 3);

Kosovo: Law on Empowerment and Participation of Youth (LEPY), adopted in 2009, defines youth as the age group of young people between 15 and 24 years old (Art 3);

Montenegro: Law on Young people defines youth as persons between 15 and 30 years of age (Art. 2), while Law on Social and Child Protection defines youth as persons under the age of 26 (Art. 19);

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Law on Youth defines youth as persons between 15 and 30 years of age (Art. 4), and between 16 and 30 years of age in Republic of Srpska;

Albania: National Youth Strategy 2007-2013 defines youth as persons between 16 and 30 years of age;

Macedonia: Youth Strategy defines youth as population at the age from 15 to 30.