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Ad title: Call for Evaluation Survey Proposals
Provided by: People In Need
Published: Dec 29 / Updated: Jan 12 / Deadline: Jan 22

Call for Evaluation Survey Proposals

People in Need is a Czech non-governmental organization that provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. It is one of the largest relief and development organizations in Central/Eastern Europe and has administered projects in 37 countries over the past 20 years. People in Need has been working in Georgia since 2005 and has offices in Tbilisi, Kazbegi and Kutaisi.

PIN is pleased to announce a tender within the framework of EU-funded project "Advancing Regions for Sustainable Development" (ARSD): An evaluation survey on the work mechanisms and civic engagement practices of regional advisory councils.

Introduction:

"Advancing Regions for Sustainable Development" (ARSD) is a 2-year project funded by the European Union, which was kicked off on 2 October 2017. The project is implemented by the Center for Training and Consultancy (CTC) in partnership with People in Need (PIN) and the Institute of Democracy (IOD).

The overall goal of the project is to promote sustainable development of the regions in Georgia in accordance with the best European practices by means of encouraging development and implementation of effective regional development policies.

The project seeks to improve capacities of the Georgian government in the field of planning and implementation of regional development strategies. To facilitate sustainable and inclusive development of the regions within the framework of the project, innovative methods of partnership between regional, municipal and rural development stakeholders will be developed and established.

ARSD project covers the following key areas:

** Evidence-based and well-informed policies: enhanced quality of regional development policy by means of building capacities of applied research and local research institutions, regional universities and civil society organizations (CSO);
** Sharing of the best European practices: encouragement of decision makers and local stakeholders by sharing the best practices of rural and regional development from the European reality;
** Strong social capital and intersector cooperation: enhanced social capital, improved partnership and coordination among different level actors;
** Capacity building: support to state institutions, CSOs and other non-state actors to enhance their knowledge and experience in planning and implementation of regional development policies.

Regional development policy, in its broad sense, embraces a set of policies and strategies, that are aimed at reducing regional inequalities, increasing their competitiveness and promoting socio-economic development. Apart from the regional development strategy of the Georgian Government, the given policy papers also include sector policy development strategies on the horizontal level, such as energy, rural development, education, infrastructure and strategies for development of particular regions or municipalities on the vertical level.

To achieve the goals of the regional development policy, all these strategies and their implementation plans should be closely interrelated and complementary of each other. This, in turn, can be achieved by means of ensuring synergy and synchronization at all the levels of planning and implementation.

Subject of the survey - regional advisory council:

A regional advisory council is an advisory body of municipalities, which operates under a state attorney - Governor. The purpose of the regional advisory council is to ensure that interests of the municipality are considered in the course of planning and implementing development strategies of the territory, which falls within the powers of the state attorney - Governor.

The regional advisory council is entitled to:

** Discuss projects and programs to be carried out by the State in the relevant territory upon the recommendation of the state attorney - Governor, as well as study their cost estimates;
** Discuss the socio-economic development strategy of the territory falling within the powers of the state attorney - Governor;
** Develop recommendations for the state attorney - Governor in the process of planning and implementing development strategies of the relevant territory.

The regional advisory council includes the state attorney - Governor, Mayors of all relevant municipalities, Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of the Sakrebulos (representative councils) of all relevant municipalities.

Geographic coverage of the survey: The survey covers the following regions of Georgia: Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti and Imereti.

Goals of the survey:

The goal of the survey is to produce an assessment report on the work mechanisms and civic engagement practices of the regional councils, to identify relevant shortcomings and problems and analyze involvement of civil society organizations or other non-state actors in the process of carrying out the functions of the regional advisory councils.

At the initial stage, a draft version of the assessment document will be developed with primary findings (inconsistencies, shortcomings, obstacles) and recommendations that should also present the vision on improvement of existing practices. The document will be explored by the project coordinator and sector expert to come up with specific feedback.

Finally, an assessment report and relevant recommendations will be developed that will facilitate more effective implementation of the goals of the regional advisory councils as well as promote civil society participation.

Terms of the tender: An expert and/or a team of experts should present an assessment report of the survey - work mechanisms and civil engagement practices of regional advisory councils. In the course of developing the survey, the expert and/or the team of experts should take into account requirements of the customer with respect to the output, activities and methodology.

Output: Within the scope of the call, researchers should produce the following output - assessment report on the work mechanisms and civic engagement practices of regional advisory councils.

Report

Size of the document: at least 15 pages (line spacing - 1.5, Font - Sylfaen, size 11).

Report of the evaluation survey, which, along with description of detected inconsistencies and shortcomings, should present analysis and recommendations for their elimination. Recommendations should also include an alternative vision on the work mechanisms and civic engagement practices of regional advisory councils in Georgia.

Size of the document: at least 15 pages (line spacing - 1.5, Font - Sylfaen, size 11).

Full report, in which remarks and recommendations of the customer will be included.

Size of the document: at least 20 pages (line spacing - 1.5, Font - Sylfaen, size 11).

Activities of the survey:

10 days before signing a contract with the winning applicant, the candidate must present a time-phased action plan. The action plan should be clearly linked to specified activities of the survey. The plan should describe the main activities, implementation deadlines, roles and responsibilities of the expert and/or experts. The plan should comply with the following requirements:

** Study of regional development strategies and action plans;
** Study of bylaws of regional advisory councils in the above-mentioned regions;
** Relevant legal acts: analysis of the Local Self-Government Code, Government resolutions and other legal acts;
** Study of the minutes of regional advisory councils of the above-mentioned regions;
** Study of performance reports of regional advisory councils;
** Review role of regional advisory councils in planning and implementation of regional development strategies;
** Study of existing coordination and communication mechanisms between relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, for elaboration and implementation of regional development strategies.

Methodology:

Along with development of a time-phased plan, the winning applicant should work out and offer the the customer the research methodology, which will guide the evaluation process. To collect the data, desk research and other qualitative methods should be applied. The methodology should describe the source of information and their selection principles.

The applicant should present a preliminary structure of the report, for instance:. 1. Introduction; 2. Situational analysis 3. Detailed assessment 4. Recommendations;...

In the course of developing recommendations, it is important to analyze and rely upon the best international practices.

Required qualification:

Physical persons as well as legal entities registered in Georgia are eligible to take part in the calf for proposals.

In case of a physical person, the applicant should have at least 5 years` experience of conducting research in a similar or related field, whereof the physical person should submit a resume and at least a contract or other document (report, publication, manual, etc.) verifying performance of similar activities.

In case of a legal entity, the applicant should submit an employment contract of the person(s) it has hired for performance of the research and/or employment certificate; meantime, the expert must have at least 5 years` experience of conducting research in a similar or related field, whereof the organization should submit a resume and at least a contract or other document (report, publication, manual, etc) verifying performance of similar activities.

Physical persons (experts or group of experts) as well as the experts hired by legal entities registered in Georgia should have masters or higher academic degrees in economics, social sciences or other related fields;

Selection:

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

** Relevance of research methodology;
** Relevance of research activities;
** Qualification of the expert and/or group of experts;
** Budget.

Reporting

Reporting will be performed in 2 stages:

I stage: the candidate should present full version of the report no later than 15 February 2018;
II stage: Final report with comments and recommendations of the customer should be presented no later than 25 February 2018.

Presentation of documentation for the call:

Submitted application should include the following documentation:

** The applicant`s updated extract from the entrepreneurs` register (in case of a legal entity);
** Copy of the applicant`s ID card (for physical persons);
** Resume of the applicant (for a physical person);
** Experience in conducting similar activities - an agreement on performance of similar activities or other certifying information;
** Labor agreement with hired person(s) (experts) and/or employment certificate (for a legal entity person);
** At least one agreement concluded by the expert or the organization with regard to similar activities (for a legal person);
** Offered price (excluding VAT)
** Work performance timeframe.

Interested candidates may submit their application until 22 January 2018, 18:00 by email at: georgia.admin@peopleinneed.cz (Please indicate "Council Survey" in the subject line).



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