13 July 2017
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
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
Desk research, preparation of an inception report and interviews templates: The local expert will provide inputs for a desk research including publically accessible information (i.e. relevant development related publications, laws and bylaws of the Ministry of Interior, Minister of State for Local Issues or/and other state institutions, publications from international organizations etc.). The information will feed for the drafting of an inception report which will be prepared by the international expert, and which will detail the exact intended to be followed during the execution of the assessment (suggested target groups will involve 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). The local expert will also provide inputs for the contents of semi-structured interviews that will be conducted during the field visits. The templates of the semi-structured interviews will be tailored to the specific target interviewees.
Field work: The local expert, in cooperation with the international expert, will carry out face-to-face interviews during their visits in both selected municipalities with the local public officials targeted in the inception report. After these visits, a focus group meeting will also be organized by both consultants in each municipality with members of the community structures and any other participant previously identified. The experts 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 and the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Security Issues). While the local expert is expected to 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.
Preparation and discussion of the first draft of the assessment: The local expert will provide required inputs to the international expert for the elaboration of a first draft of the findings and conclusions drawn from the field work, including an alternative and potential model/s of development, specific to the local communities AND will present the first draft of the assessment report in a second set of focus group meetings, one in each selected municipality with local officials and representatives of the community liaisons. 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.
Preparation of the final draft of the assessment: Following the focus group meetings as described in point III, the local expert will cooperate with the international expert to finalize the assessment exercise in a consolidated draft. 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 and possibly applicable to a regional/national scale. 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, their contribution to the Local Task Forces established by the Prime Minister’s Order nr. 51 (13.04.2017), as well as to the inter-institutional communication and cooperation in the fight against cannabis cultivation.
POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL TASK - Provide inputs for the presentation of the assessment: After prior agreement with the main institutional counterparts, the local expert will provide inputs to the international expert for the presentation of the assessment which will be presented at a half day event with representatives of the Albanian Government, representatives of the OSCE participating States and representatives of the municipalities involved. The international expert will carry out the presentation during the event. Potential intervention from the local expert during the event will be considered (tbc).
University degree in Economics, Development Studies, Governance, Criminology or related field
At least 4 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
Very good knowledge of the Albanian socio-economic context
Working experience with Government institutions and international organizations is an asset
Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills
Excellent report writing skills
Excellent listening, interpersonal and oral communication skills
Excellent written and spoken Albanian and English
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
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 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.
The remuneration shall be paid in instalments upon deliverables that are approved by the hiring department:
30% of the agreed total remuneration upon delivery and acceptance of above mentioned Task 1 - Desk research, preparation of an inception report and interviews templates until31 July 2017
30% of the agreed total remuneration upon delivery and acceptance of above mentioned Task 2 - Report on the Field visits & first focus group findingsuntil 13 September 2017
40% of the agreed total remuneration upon delivery and acceptance of above mentioned Task 3 & 4- Contributing to the first draft, reporting on the focus group meetings & contribution to the the final version of the assessment until 02 October 2017
If realised,the potential additional task (provide inputs for the presentation of the assessment) shall take place before the end of 2017 and shall be remunerated at the amount of 30% of the total amount agreed on for the tasks 1-3
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