Labyrinth requires – International consultancy

 

 for the provision of the guidelines for work with Young people living in families with a history of conflict  with the law and/or drug abuse

 (as part of a project “Youth Aryse – At-Risk Youth Social Empowerment”)

 

Minimum Requirements:

University degree;

Advanced university degree in social work, psychology or pedagogy or other relevant field is a string asset;

At least 5 years of experience and expertise (including practical) in the area of social or health protection of young people at risk;

Familiarity with the social and child care system in Western Balkan is a strong asset;

Excellent command of local language (both spoken and written), while fluency in both local WB language and English will be considered as an asset;

Strong communication skills;

Excellent writing skills with proven record of publications within the last 5 years.

Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.

It is an asset to have specific knowledge/experience of dealing with Young people living in families with a history of conflict with the law and/or drug abuse

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Applications are welcomed from individuals, who would like to contribute to delivering of long-lasting, positive changes for Western Balkans’ young people people living in families with a history of conflict with the law and/or drug abuse

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 labirintipr@gmail.com not later than 20 July 2017, quoting “Consultancy for Guidelines” in the title.

Please address any questions to labirintipr@gmail.com.

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

The Terms of Reference for the consultancy position can be found on the web site of the organization: www.drughiv.org

Terms of Reference

International consultancy

 for the provision of the guidelines for Young people living in families with a history of conflict with the law and/or drug abuse

 (as part of a project “Youth Aryse – At-Risk Youth Social Empowerment”)

 Background and Context

According to the definition of the United Nations, each person between 10 and 24 years of age is considered a youth, while according to the Council of Europe, a person is considered a youth until the age of 30. In most of the countries from the region, the term “youth” covers all persons between 15/16 and 30 years of age[1]. Nevertheless, youth is the biggest driving, working, intellectual and productive force of a society, which is expected to additionally  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, from his/her enrolment in school and interaction with peers. 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, that they are in a difficult socio-economic situation, that they live 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 category of “young people” includes categories that are at particular risk of social exclusion, which, in addition to challenging factors of the environment faced by the general population of young people, are marked by additional obstructionist circumstances related to a specific group, which increases the probability of long-term social exclusion. These factors may have a source in discriminatory patterns of the community in which they live, dysfunctional family environment, living below poverty line, being in the environment that is not encouraging or supporting, experience of drug abuse or conflict with the law.


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.

The group of non-governmental organizations which have years of experience in supporting young people at risk of social exclusion, gathered around a project “Youth Aryse” which aims to improve the policies and practices of governmental and non-governmental organizations, in relation to different groups of young people. One of the joint activities is the development of social delivery standards and practical guidelines for NGOs working young people at risk of social exclusion, applicable in the Western Balkans. 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 a history of conflict with the law and/or drug abuse, street youth and children, young Roma and young people who were children without parental care.

This ToR is a part of the project “Youth Aryse” which 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, and project partners are ARSIS (Albania), Association Margina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), HOPS (Macedonia), NGO Labyrinth (Kosovo), Prevent (Serbia) and SHL Foundation from Germany. The network of the aforementioned organizations are implementing activities with the aim of contributing to active participation in social processes of youth from the Western Balkans who are at greatest risk of social exclusion.

 Purpose and Objective

The purpose of this assignment is to enable better protection of children and youth at risk of social exclusion.

The objective is to develop guidelines for work with Young people living in families with a history of conflict with the law and/or drug abuse

Methodology and Technical Approach

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 a history of conflict with the law and/or drug abuse, street youth and children, young Roma and young people who were children without parental care.

The publication will include:

Introduction

Glossary with definitions

Overview of situation in Western Balkans  with international and national legal framework in WB (based on the Regional study)

General principles and values

Types of services provided by CSOs for this population

Procedures and guidelines (safe guarding protocols, work protocols, referrals, templates for record keeping and reporting, involving stakeholders and relevant institutions, recommendations on trainings skills and values on team and experts…)

Conclusion

Literature

The consultant is expected to work from home

Key Deliverables and Timeframe

 The Consultant/s will be engaged in the period from 15th July 2017 to 1st October 2017 for a total of 30 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 young people who were children without parental care.

Schedule: This assignment will commence on 01st of August 2017 and shell be finished by 15th of November 2017.

 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.

The consultant’s fee may be reduced if the assignments/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 LABYRINTH procedure in such matters and as spelled out in the contract.