Background: According to various international reports, corruption remains a very important challenge for Albania. In the 2016 Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International, Albania ranks 83rd, out of 176 countries. Additionally, according to a 2016 survey by the Institute for Development and Research Alternatives (IDRA) on Corruption Perceptions, Albanian citizens perceive corruption to be widespread across different government institutions. The report claims the average corruption score is 61 points on a scale from 0-100 where 0=“very honest” and 100=“very corrupt”. The current government declared fight against corruption a top priority and has started to take actions in that direction. In this regard, the Presence assisted the government in drafting the National Strategy against Corruption (the Strategy) 2015 – 2020, and its related Action Plan (AP) 2015 - 2017. The Strategy identifies three main pillars to implement anti-corruption measures, such as prevention, awareness raising and enforcement, by promoting a multi-stakeholder approach in the fight against corruption. However, greater efforts are needed in order for Albania to be more effective in its fighting of corruption and meet the required higher standards in this direction. In particular, public perception on corruption remains high. Consequently, to support the decrease of corruption practices in the country, the Presence is implementing an ExB Project “Support Anti-Corruption measures in Albania”, which puts a focus on three main areas: i) improve the capacities of public administration at the central and local level; ii) raise public awareness on the reporting mechanisms; and iii) increase the commitment of business community to make anti-corruption efforts. As part of this effort, the Presence has so far implemented a series of interventions in the education sector, involving young Albanian across age groups as well as two nationwide competitions on the topic of anti-corruption (essay and clip competitions). Specifically, the Presence conducted and finalized a series of 29 lectures on anti-corruption in 29 public universities and high schools across the country in 11 regions from 2 to 18 December 2015. The main focus of the lectures and competitions was to: increase the understanding of students on the origin of corruption and its consequences; introduce them to best practices in fighting corruption and to the current mechanisms in place; and stimulate critical thinking in the fight against the phenomenon in the country. Bracelets with the logo “Say No to Corruption” were also distributed to students. As a follow up to our efforts of raising awareness activities to be developed within the third area, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and in order to raise awareness and educate young Albanians on corruption, the Presence will organize a series of activities with the help of one international and one local expert. Specifically, the international expert will be responsible for designing introductory, informative graphic leaflets on anti-corruption for pupils between 1st-5th grade, and one anti-corruption toolkit for pupils between the 6th and the 12th grade.
The objective of the informative graphical leaflets is to raise awareness among pupils at the early ages on corruption, its meaning and the effect it has on their family/parent’s daily lives. Meanwhile, the anti-corruption toolkit for pupils of the secondary level from the 6th to the 12th grade is based on the best international examples for promoting participation of youth in anti-corruption activities. The toolkit should therefore include suggestions and reccomendations for their involvement in the fight against the corruption as well as a summary of instructions on how and where to report it in Albania based on the national anti-corruption strategy and mechanisms in place. To design the leaflets and the anti-corruption toolkit, the international expert will cooperate with a local expert. Both the informative graphic leaflets as well as the anti-corruption toolkit will be introduced regularly to pupils as part of their ‘Civic Education’ class throughout the school year. This will be done in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). The prepared materials (leaflets and a one page summary of the toolkit) will also be displayed publicly in the informative corners of the classroom and in public spaces across public schools in the country.
Tasks and responsibilities:
The OSCE Presence in Albania is looking for an international expert to design informative graphical leaflets for pupils from the 1st to the 5th grade, as well as an anti-corruption toolkit for pupils from the 6th to the 12th grade. The international expert will work together with a local expert to identify the most important elements considering the specific target group (primary and secondary levels) based on a careful initial research on existing similar models and available anti-bribery instruments used in the Albanian education system. The expert will be contracted for a period of one month, between September and October 2017.
•Task 1: Conduct a desk review in the form of a short narrative report identifying the best successful international models of anti-corruption tools designed for students at the elementary and secondary levels of education. The desk review should also include an assessment of the current anti-corruption curricula and a summary of the existing research on the topic such as the CoE’s “Education against Corruption Manual” (2011) and “Underpinning Integrity in the Albanian Education system”, UNDP’s “Anti-Corruption Methods and Tools in Education” (2011), and Transparency International’s “Anti-corruption Toolkit for Youth” (2014), which will be prepared in cooperation with a local expert,
•Task 2: Conduct between 4-6 interviews with the relevant stakeholders in Tirana for 5 days as part of the desk research process prior to drafting the informative leaflets and the anti-corruption toolkit. The list of stakeholders will be prepared in cooperation with a local expert, OSCE and MoES.
•Task 2: Design informative and instructive leaflets/posters, both in terms of content and design, which should include graphic visualizations introducing pupils from the 1st to the 5th grade in the primary level education in Albania to the basic principles, definitions of corruption and the dangers it represents. The informative leaflets will be publicly displayed in classroom corners across schools in the country in coordination with MoEDTE.
•Task 3: Draft and design an anti-corruption toolkit for students of the primary and secondary level from the 6th to the 12th grade based on the best international examples for promoting participation of youth in anti-corruption activities. The toolkit should therefore include suggestions and reccomendations for their involvement in the fight against the phenomenon as well as a summary of instructions on how to report corruption with the objective of promoting their active engagement. The toolkit should rely on existing international examples such as Transparency International’s “Anti-Corruption Toolkit for Youth” (2014), as well as other available similar models. A short one-page brochure with instructions on reporting corruptive practices, based on the anti-corruption toolkit, should also be prepared, to be then displayed in public spaces across schools.
1.Desk review in the form of a short narrative report, as per specifications provided under Task 1, until 25.09.2017
2.List of contacts and summary of interviews as per specifications provided under Task 2 until 05.10.2017
3.First draft of : a)Informative leaflets/brochures for pupils from the 1st to the 5th grade, as per specifications provided under Task 3, until 15.10.2017; b)_Anti-corruption toolkit for pupils from the 6th to the 12th grade, ready for publication based on specifications provided under Task 3
4.Finalized anti-corruption toolkit , and informative leaflets/brochures for pupils from the 1st to the 5th grade, until 20.10.2017
Payment modalities: The payment will be done in two instalments as follows:
•The first instalment (20%) will be paid after the submission of deliverables 1 and 2, and upon assessment and approval of the GEEID;
•The second instalment (80%) will be paid after the submission of deliverables 3 and 4, and upon assessment and approval of the GEEID.
•University degree in Social Sciences, Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences;
•Proven international experience in drafting anti-corruption awareness material at least in the last 10 years;(proof of previously published material to be attached to application)
•At least 5 years of international experience in designing and publishing awareness material for students at this level of education;
•Knowledge of the Albanian context and/or previous experience in Albania and the region;
•Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills;
•Excellent written and oral language skills in English;
•Ability to work with minimal supervision;
•Professional proven graphic design knowledge with relevant software.
All applications are due by 04 September 2017. If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's on line application link found under link https://jobs.osce.org/.
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