The sub-regional Project Promoting Inclusive Labour Market Solutions in the Western Balkans aims to assist the Western Balkans economies (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) in their efforts to enhance the inclusiveness of their labour markets. To achieve this, the project will pilot and promote an integrated approaches to employment and social policies as well as collaborative practices in service provision between local employment and social welfare centres, business sector as well as the civil society organizations.
All countries/territory have developed national employment strategies and local economic or other forms of area based development plans and this specific activity will contribute to further concretizing these strategies into pro-employment action plans as well as to foster multi-stakeholder local-level partnerships, embracing in a coordinated fashion the capacities and resources of all local agents i.e. PES, CSWs, private and public sector employers, educational institutions, civil society and jobseekers’ representatives.
Under this action, the existing national and local level strategies of municipalities or a group of municipalities in which TEPs will be implemented will be reviewed, labour market challenges carefully analysed and context specific programmes and actions proposed. The project will facilitate establishment of territorial employment partnerships, underpinning a proactive role and engagement of the relevant local agents. The bottom-up approaches and local-level concertation for employment generation operationalized at municipal level through Territorial Employment Pacts (TEPs) is an important segment of this 20 month project. As a demonstration, after reaching the consensus on the local employment plans, the project will provide seed funds for implementing small-scale projects in the priority areas identified in the TEPs, such as skills development programmes, micro-business startup, social entrepreneurship, green jobs initiatives or similar. Nonetheless, the main energy will be focused on mobilizing the relevant local actors, including the private sector to embed training or jobs creation programmes as part of their regular activities and budgets or set up local support system for accessing micro-lending or other forms of financing schemes thus ensure sustainable sources of funding.
Based on developed criteria (size, gravity of the unemployment challenge, economic potential, institutional capacities of ECs, CSWs, VETs, business sector, civil society etc.) during the inception phase, the following TEP locations were selected: Tirana, Gostivar and Djakova.
The methodology will follow similar models already piloted in Kosovo and Albania.
As the project covers 6 Western Balkans economies, two international consultants shall be hired (each one covering 3 TEPs) to set up methodology, develop guidelines and support local consultants in conducting territorial assessments, analysis of the jobs market and facilitating development of local employment solutions. Nonetheless, the international consultant shall be responsible for the final deliverables and the quality assurance of the process. At the end of the process, the international consultants shall conduct rapid assessment of the initiatives, collect lessons learned and develop a toolkit that can be used as a suite of recommendations and might be used to support replication of the experience in other municipalities.
In addition, a local consultant(s) will be hired, and their work will be instrumental in carrying out the field assessments, data gathering, facilitation of the consultation process and formulation of TEP documents.
Duties and Responsibilities
The specific objective of this assignment is twofold: to develop Territorial Employment Pacts of Tirana (Albania) Djakova (Kosovo) and Gostivar (FYR Macedonia) with a concrete plan of action based on the territorial audit that take lead in designing diverse and innovative set of employment promotion measures for targeted individuals to increase opportunities for employment and self-employment in target municipalities.
He/she will coordinate inputs of the local consultant(s) who will be also engaged under the project to facilitate data gathering, organizing a semi-structured interviews with the local stakeholders and facilitating consultation process. He/she will ensure that applied methodology and format of TEPs is customized to the local context and yet adhere to TEP standards and good practices from the region and EU member states.
The consultant will be responsible to undertake the following tasks:
List of Deliverables/Outputs (to be reviewed and approved by Regional Project Manager, based on feedback and inputs from National Project Coordinators):
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in each step of the process (the desk review and interviews) will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:
Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services…). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.