Terms of Reference (ToR)
FEGO Minority Inclusion Assessment and Strategy
Swisscontact Kosovo for the project:
Fostering Employment and Growth Opportunities (FEGO)
The Fostering Employment and Growth Opportunities (FEGO) project in Kosovo is financed by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and implemented by Swisscontact in Kosovo. The project aims to generate employment and income for women, men, and youth, presently living in poverty and socio-economic marginalization. This is intended to be achieved through sustainable and scalable growth of micro/small (family) business and start-ups, in the apparel, furniture and rural tourism sectors.
FEGO applies a Market Systems Development (MSD) approach, specifically focusing on market facilitation through new, innovative business models to ensure large-scale sustainable changes in respective sectors. The project will reach its goal through two main objectives: 1) Fostering the growth and development of micro/small (family) business in the apparel and furniture sectors and facilitating their entrepreneurship growth and 2) supporting local communities operating with rural tourism activities, and their micro and small enterprises towards development of rural tourism. Both outcomes will contribute to more sustainable and inclusive market systems, improving income, productivity and enhancing job creation in the private sector, therefore contributing to address high unemployment and poverty rates in the country, especially amongst youth and women. Swisscontact, through the FEGO project, promotes inclusive social, economic, and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity, offering the chance to economically and socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives on their own initiative.
Poverty levels remain high, estimated at around 30%, with rural areas worse affected than urban areas, and women and youths affected the most, along with the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities1. As the UNDP Human Development Report (2016) notes, the most socially excluded groups in Kosovo are disadvantaged children and youths, rural women, the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) communities, and persons with disabilities. The main underlying cause of exclusion is limited access to basic education, which then affects their skills and employability. Various international human rights reports reveal that the country needs to do more to tackle inequality and human rights violations related not only to ethnic minorities. The project assumes a proactive role in ensuring equal access to resources and economic opportunities for all minorities and other socially excluded groups, by targeted activities within interventions, and the removal of structural (discriminatory) constraints to their access, participation, and influence.
FEGO project aims to hire a consultant to conduct a Minority Inclusion Assessment and Strategy as per the ToR’s objective and scope of work. The consult will identify and assess competitive (dis)advantages and bottlenecks of minority groups living in Kosovo and will develop strategies for awareness of inclusion within the furniture, apparel, and rural tourism sectors. All consultancy related work outlined in this ToR shall be conducted in close coordination with the FEGO project team.
Objectives and Scope
The project utilizes a strategy for Gender and Social Inclusion as outlined by the Swisscontact’s GESI policy and its guidelines for Inclusive Intervention design. It considers inequalities and challenges faced by targeted minority groups of FEGO. Throughout identification and design of activities, implementation, and monitoring, the project applies considerations to favour women’s and other excluded groups’ inclusion, participation, and transparency. A gender and social inclusion approach is applied, with particular focus on women, to any intervention and activity.
The Minority Inclusion Assessment will provide the project team with the necessary information on the minority groups (i.e determination of marginable/vulnerable status according to the age, ethnicity, etc.). In addition, the consultant is expected to identify the risks of exclusion from the expected results and benefits of the FEGO project due to their social status in furniture, apparel and rural tourism sectors. The FEGO project will utilize the information to draft and design inclusive interventions in all three project sectors.
The key objectives of the assignment are:
- Identify constraints and opportunities for the participation of minority excluded groups, in general for mainstreaming into project activitiesfor all three sectors;
- Information on legislative and enabling environment conditions for minority inclusion (including discriminatory social norms, attitudes and practises);
- The minority inclusion strategy should reflect the project’s expected outcomes, objectives and results, as well as include targets and indicators;
- Formulate recommendations to orient the implementation of minority inclusion responsive project.
These objectives are expected to be achieved through the collection of information and data disaggregated by sex, age, ethnicity, economic status, and other relevant data in terms of conditions, needs, access to resources and services, control of assets, participation, laws, policies, institutional practices and decision-making powers of minority excluded groups in furniture, apparel and rural tourism sectors.
This assessment will then be taken into account in the preparation, review or implementation of the interventions in three project sectors. This information should help ensure that minority inclusion concerns are appropriately integrated in the design of the interventions and implementation processes.
To achieve the objectives, the consultant is expected to conduct the following activities in close coordination with the FEGO team:
- Provide a detailed methodology for undertaking the minority inclusion assessment,
- Conduct desk research on minority inclusion in Kosovo’s context with regards to FEGO’s three sectors;
- Analyse existing information and findings of internal market assessment provided by the FEGO team on the three given sectors;
- Prepare a brief description of the sector’s policy, institutional and legal framework, focusing on those related to the minority inclusion groups;
- Conduct interviews with key market actors and stakeholders(if relevant);
- Prepare the FEGO Minority Inclusion Assessment and Strategy;
- Revise draft strategy as per team’s comments;
- Submit the final approved strategy with annexes.
The consultant’s is expected to deliver the following:
- FEGO Minority Inclusion Assessment and Strategy
The final report should be submitted in English language.
The assignment period is planned between the period from 25 April 2022 – 10 June 2022. Costs including, travel expenses, meals and other related costs, should be foreseen in the consultant’s proposal.
Total working days for the consultant are reflected in the table below:
Tasks | Days
- Methodology of the report | 0.5 |
- Desk research | 2
- Interviews with key value chain actors and stakeholders | 1
- Collection of information and analysis on the FEGO’s sector | 3.5
- Report writing | 3
Total days | 10
- Education in relevant area such social sciences, human rights studies, gender or any other related fields for the tasks described;
- A minimum of 5 years of proven relevant experience and practical working experience in social inclusion topics;
- Capability to deliver required outputs on schedule;
- Good interpersonal, social, communication and computer skills;
- Fluency in English. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
Contact and Submission of Offer
Interested candidates shall submit a brief technical and a financial offer based on the terms of reference by 14 April 2022 with the subject REF: “FEGO Minority Inclusion Assessment and Strategy” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must submit:
- Professional profile of the consultant (CV of the consultant);
- Technical Offer including (methodology that shall be used, draft work plan and suggested timetable;
- Financial offer.