Expert in mapping assessment of CSOs in Kosovo

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23/04/2022
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TERMS OF REFERENCE
FOR AN EXTERNAL EXPERT IN MAPPING  ASSESSMENT OF CSO’S IN KOSOVO 

Overall Objective 

CiviKos within the framework of the Citizen Engagement Activity (CEA) is looking for an external  expert to conduct a: Mapping assessment of CSOs in Kosovo. 

Introduction and Overview 

About CiviKos 

CiviKos Platform is an initiative of civil society organizations in Kosovo established to create and  promote an enabling environment for cooperation of the formal civil society sector and state  institutions of Kosovo. Continuously growing and currently with more than 272 member  organizations of civil society, CiviKos Platform is committed to deepen the cooperation between  member organizations, as well as public authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the  development of civil society in Kosovo. With its mission to enable a civil society environment in  Kosovo, CiviKos will utilize the expertise and the already solid formalized structure with public  institutions to create a sustainable environment for CSOs focusing their expertise on public  procurement.  

CiviKos Platform in partnership with the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF), and the  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kosovo, will be supporting the  implementation of the Citizen Engagement Activity (CEA).  

About Citizen Engagement Activity (CEA)  

The Citizen Engagement Activity (CEA) in Kosovo aims to support Civil Society Organizations  (CSOs) to build constituencies, diversify their resource and partner base, and affect change by  connecting different actors around locally driven development solutions, and to enhance  government accountability. CEA is a five-year program (2021-2026) supported by the United  States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Kosovar Civil  Society Foundation (KCSF).  

Building on long-standing experience and expertise of KCSF in civil society development, including  recent approaches towards a more constituent-based civil society, and complementing it with the  mandate and expertise of local partners and proven models of international partners, CEA will  contribute towards the achievement of the following objectives: 

Objective 1: Strengthened civil society links to constituencies, energized community activism  and increased demand for accountability.  

Objective 2: Established cross-sectoral partnerships and increased trust between CSOs,  citizens, private sector, and public institutions.  

Objective 3: Developed capacities of CSOs and an enabling regulatory environment to mobilize  alternative domestic and diaspora resources. 

Background and Scope of the Mapping Assessment 

CiviKos is facilitating the process of cooperation between civil society and the government and  is co-chairing the Council for Cooperation between Civil Society and the Government. 

The current Strategy for cooperation between civil society and the government covers the period  2019-2023 and consists of four objectives:  

Objective 1: Increasing civil society participation in policy-making. 

Objective 2: Improvement of the regulatory and institutional framework for financing  sustainability of programs and projects of CSOs in public interest. 

Objective 3: Developing practices and procedures of contracting of CSOs for the provision of  public services. 

Objective 4: Increasing volunteering in programs of public interest.  

The Government Strategy for Cooperation with Civil Society 2019-2023 can be found in the  following link: https://zqm.rks-gov.net/assets/cms/uploads/files/Strategjia%20ne%20tri%20gjuhe.pdf  

The Strategy was designed to help improving the cooperation between government and civil  society and it creates the preconditions for an improved participation of the civil society in policy making and good governance. The role of CiviKos is to facilitate and coordinate the activities that  should be undertaken for implementing the objectives of the Strategy.  

To understand the current situation of the CSOs and how they operate and cooperate with each other and also with government institutions, CiviKos within CEA is looking for an external  expert to conduct a: Mapping assessment of CSOs in Kosovo. 

Aim and Objectives of the Mapping assessment  

The aim of the Mapping assessment is to map out the expertise of CSOs in Kosovo based on the  four objectives of the Government Strategy for Cooperation with Civil Society 2019-2023. 

Specific Objectives:  

  • Mapping the CSOs in Kosovo based on their field of operation, for both members and  non-members of CiviKos.
  • Identifying the expertise and potential of CSOs in Kosovo to contribute on the  implementation of the Government Strategy for Cooperation with Civil Society 2019- 2023. 
  • Analyzing the potential support of the CSOs based on their mission, as well as their  current expertise in the fields of the four objectives of the Government Strategy.  

Methodology  

The Mapping assessment should be conducted in line with the above laid specific objectives. The  selected contractor is expected to draft a detailed methodology prior to embarking on the  assignment, approved by CiviKos. The designed approach and methodology should include: mixed  method data collection tools (both quantitative and qualitative), data validation mechanisms, etc. 

  • Survey with CSOs - identifying the mission, and the expertise of CSOs in Kosovo.
  • Interviews with CSOs – to collect specific data.  

Timeframe and deliverables 

The Mapping assessment report should be written in English. The report should be concise in its  structure, findings and recommendations. The final report will be presented and approved by  CiviKos.  

Expected outputs/deliverables will include the following: 

  • Detailed mapping assessment framework/design and implementation plan agreed with  CiviKos. 
  • Data collection tools. 
  • Draft mapping assessment report. 
  • Final mapping assessment report. 

Proposal and budget 

The consultant/company shall have: 

  • Extensive experience (at least 5 years) in completing similar assignments.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of political and socio-economic situation in the  country, as well as the activities undertaken by CSO sector. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with civil society sector.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism and an ability to work independently and in  high pressure situations under tight deadlines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including experience of facilitation and  presentation. 
  • Full working knowledge of English, and of Albanian and excellent report writing. Serbian  language is an advantage. 

The proposal shall provide a description of the consultant/company including an outline of the  consultant’s/company’s recent experience on similar undertakings.  

The budget proposal in Euro.  

The required documents should be delivered at the email: info@civikos.net , no later than 6  May, 2022.

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