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International Expert - Socio Economic Research


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OSCE Presence in Albania
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After a Prime Minister’s request to the international community to identify possible solutions to the cannabis issue, and in order to support the Government in its efforts to fight this phenomenon, the OSCE Presence in Albania, in agreement with the main institutional counterparts, such as the Minister of State for Local Issues and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, decided to give its contribution in identifying the motivational factors laying behind the phenomenon. The Presence will consider the socio-economic context and equip the local government units with instruments to better understand it, and hence address it, by raising awareness and providing recommendations for alternative and potential development model/s specific to the communities. In this regard, the on-going project “Integrated support for participatory and inclusive local governance” foresees the engagement of an international and a local expert, which in concert with each other will carry out an assessment on the root causes, attitudes and other possible motivational factors that guide cannabis sativa cultivation in Albania. After consultations with the main institutional counterparts, it was decided for the assessment to be carried out in two pilot municipalities in the country, namely in Vlore and Shkoder. The assessment will have a special focus on the role that the community structures, established by the new law on Local Self Governance, can play in addressing the phenomenon. It will additionally provide useful input for future risk analysis for the inter-institutional structures charged with the implementation of the abovementioned Action Plan.




Tasks and Responsibilities








The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the National Programme Officer, Local Governance and Property, under the overall supervision of the Head of the Governance in Economic and Environmental Issues Department, and in close cooperation with the local expert, with the following sequence fulfilling the following tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Desk research, preparation of an inception report and interviews templates: In cooperation with a local expert (equally selected by the OSCE), the international expert will carry out a desk research including the analysis of the publically accessible information (i.e. relevant development related publications, laws and bylaws of the Ministry of Interior, Minister of State for Local Issues or other state institutions, publications from international organizations etc.). He/she will draft an inception report for his/her work detailing the exact methodology he/she intends to follow to carry out the enlisted responsibilities, including a targeted list of interviewees for the assessment and draft the contents of semi-structured interviews that will be conducted during his field visits. The templates of the semi-structured interviews will be tailored to the specific target interviewees, with suggested target groups involving local and central public officials, non-governmental organizations active in the field, vulnerable families, social services employees regional agricultural directorates and if deemed possible, detainees of local penitentiary institutions, sentenced in relation to cannabis cultivation activities. ?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /
  2. Field work: The international expert will carry out face-to-face interviews during the visits in both selected municipalities (Vlore and Shkoder) with the local public officials targeted in the inception report. After these visits, a focus group meeting will be organized with members of the community liaisons and any other participant previously identified. The international expert, together with the national expert, will assess how the local structures work with each other and their information flow concerning the tackling of the phenomenon. Meetings will also be organized in Tirana with representatives of the relevant central level institutions (i.e. the Minister of State for Local Issues, the Ministry of Interior, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Security Issues). The visits will be carried out by both experts; while the local expert will liaise with the interlocutors and provide local insight acquired from the desk research on the subject, the international expert will participate in the field visits and prepare recommendations.
  3. Preparation of the first draft of the assessment: With the necessary input from the local expert, the international expert will elaborate a first draft of the findings and conclusions drawn from the field work, and provide for alternative and potential model/s of development, specific to the local communities and possibly applicable to a regional/national scale. The first draft of the assessment report will be presented by the local expert in a second set of focus group meetings, one in each selected municipality with local officials and representatives of the community structures. These focus group meetings will aim to gather the feedback and opinions of the participants on the draft assessment report. The feedback will be communicated to the international expert to finalize the assessment exercise.
  4. Preparation of the final draft of the assessment: Following the focus group meetings as described in point III, the international expert will incorporate the collected feedback into a final draft of the assessment exercise. The assessment will contain recommendations on how to prevent the cannabis cultivation phenomenon by presenting alternative potential development model/s which are specific to the local communities. Special consideration will be given to the role that the community structures (i.e. community liaisons) could play in the proposed model/s, in their role as the closest institutions to the local communities.

POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL TASK - Presentation of the assessment: After prior agreement with project partners (Minister of State for Local Issues, Ministry of Internal Affairs), the international expert will present the findings and proposed model/s during a second visit in Albania, at a half day event with representatives of the Albanian Government, representatives of the OSCE participating States and representatives of the municipalities involved.




Necessary Qualifications








·         Advanced university degree in Economics, Development Studies, Governance, Criminology or other related field;?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

·         At least 8 years of relevant experience in research on the socio-economic development field and/or economic development modelling/related consultancy services;

·         Proven experience in drugs related socio-economic research;

·         Knowledge of the Albanian socio-economic context will be considered an asset;

·         Working experience with Government institutions and international organizations is highly appreciated;

·         Ability to work effectively with people of different national, cultural and professional backgrounds, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;

·         Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills;

·         Excellent report writing skills;

·         Excellent listening, interpersonal and oral communication skills;

!     Excellent written and spoken English.




Required competencies








Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work



Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances



Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities




Remuneration Package








Remuneration will be agreed and depend on selected consultant’s qualification and experience. The incumbent shall start almost immediately upon finalizing the selection of the candidate and the signature of the relevant contract, while the final report shall be cleared by 06 October 2017. ?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

The remuneration shall be paid in instalments:

  • 25% of the agreed total remuneration upon delivery and acceptance of above mentioned Task 1
  • 25% of the agreed total remuneration upon delivery and acceptance of above mentioned Task 2 and 3
  • 50% of the agreed total remuneration upon delivery and acceptance of above mentioned Task 4

The potential additional presentation of the assessment shall be remunerated at the amount of 30% of the total amount agreed for the tasks 1-4




How To Apply








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