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Situation analysis in Kosovo Participation and influence of the public on policy design and decision making at both central and local level remains a central priority for Kosovo institutions and a vital interest for civil society. Despite some important progress in advancing the role and impact of civil society through participation in public life, there is number of challenges that still remain unaddressed, undermining both the potential and impact of civil society and the openness of institutions towards the public. Increased involvement of CSOs, especially those with a strong youth base, in decision making processes will remain essential in the upcoming years in order to counterbalance the perceived political fatigue, voters’ apathy and/or disenchantment with politics by civil society as a whole, and in particular by young people Moreover, the societal and cultural structures and practices in Kosovo and in the Western Balkans remain a challenge towards achieving genuine equality of women and men in all spheres of life. Women are still underrepresented in all institutions, and face other challenges such as the right to property. The Mission’s experience has shown that women can have a prominent role in contributing to peaceful and long-lasting solutions through dialogue, respect and confidence. Young people, especially in Kosovo where residents under the age of 25 years old represent nearly half the population, have also the potential to play a crucial role as agents of change. However, youth is faced with various challenges among which is unemployment, remaining around 60% ; constraints in mobility for education, work and recreational purposes, uneven access to quality education and limited opportunities for participation in policy and decision making for matters of primary concern for them.
Purpose/ objectives /outcomes of PPS Project
The Democratization Department’s (DD) Public Participation Section (PPS), established in 2014, encompasses three portfolios: Civil Society Organizations, women, and youth. It is designed to build on, and further strengthen, existing linkages and interconnectedness among these portfolios in an effort to establish new and improve existing mechanisms that encourage public participation which is crucial for the further advancement of a democratic society in Kosovo. Enhanced, meaningful and influential public participation is the line objective of the project, supporting future young women and men leaders. After phasing out the multi-year general capacity building support to CSOs, youth structures and women caucus groups in 2015, in 2016 PPS focused on more innovative approaches, including the “pillar area” of sports, arts, citizens’ education and democracy , which will continue in 2017. Focus will be placed on turning beneficiaries into stakeholders, creating ownership as a precondition for sustainability, innovative solutions for identified interventions, and “hands-on” ”learning by doing” approaches.
Scope of the evaluation
OMIK is seeking to hire an evaluation expert to assess the relevance, impact, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of its three-year endeavour on public participation.
1. The evaluation will focus on the following questions:
2. Programme Management:
3.Lessons learned and recommendations:
The evaluator will be selected based on a proposed methodology for the evaluation. The methodology will be then finalised in details at the beginning of the contract based on feedback by OMiK. The evaluation will ensure that key stakeholders will be consulted. The evaluation will involve the following:
|Tasks and Responsibilities|
Under the overall supervision of the Project manager, and in close co-operation with the Office of Central Co-ordination, the consultant will be expected to perform the following duties:
The final report should be written full in line with OMiK’s writing and reporting standards. The structure of the report should include, as a minimum, the following:
|Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.|
|How To Apply|
In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under http://www.osce.org/employment/43284. Applications received after the published deadline will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline applicationform found under http://www.osce.org/employment/43284 and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: email@example.com