The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is a grant-making organisation which has been established by the European Union Member States, and the European Union institutions to foster and encourage democratisation and deep and sustainable democracy. EED has been established as an independent private law foundation with its seat in Brussels.
While EED statutes do not foresee the setting up of any regional offices in the countries that fall within the scope of its geographical mandate, EED has a network of consultants in key countries, to help provide its Secretariat with knowledge consultancy services as well as technical assistance and logistical support. This work includes outreach, monitoring and evaluation. Albania is one of the countries within the EED geographic mandate.
EED is looking for a local consultant based in Albania to enhance local support mechanism for its operations, initially for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension.
The consultant will be selected on the basis of his/her reputation and experience, his/her knowledge and understanding of political developments in the country, and the scope of his/her network (including CSOs, both established and recent, emerging political/social movements, alternative media outlets, etc.).
The consultant could belong to a CSO or other form of group but would not qualify to receive EED support during the period in which he/she will be carrying out services to the Secretariat. This limitation applies both to requests submitted at the individual level and on behalf of the organisation.
Knowledge consultancy: EED seeks to be complementary to other donors, especially to existing instruments of the EU and its Member States. In order to guarantee its added value, EED will request information regarding any existing initiatives that could potentially overlap with the activities it is considering funding. Within the possibilities given the situation on the ground, the consultant will be expected to maintain contact with the donor community and provide EED updates on donor activities in Albania.
Further, EED will require local analysis of the evolving political and security situation and its impact on democracy support and democratisation efforts. The consultant will provide reports and updates that would provide such an analysis and focus on the consequences for EED support and activities EED is supporting in Albania.
Background checks: EED will require reliable references of the persons or associations applying for support in order to make its funding decisions. The consultant, is in this regard, expected to carry out background checks when asked to, and make recommendations accordingly.
Support Grant proposals assessments and processing: EED will be accepting grant requests in local languages (Albanian) in addition to English. The consultant will be requested to contribute to the assessment of such requests, including content assessment, information verification, and reference checking among others. Likewise, the consultant may be requested to coach applicants following initial requests for support, to help them refine their proposals to be considered for EED support.
Activity Follow-up and Technical Assistance: EED country consultant will, in coordination with EED Secretariat, follow up on and support initiatives and activists that EED is supporting in Albania. This would include providing regular feedback and assessment of the work of EED supported initiatives (ensuring, among other things that funds are being spent adequately and activities carried out as agreed). As grants are disbursed and activities initiated, EED may also request the country consultant to provide the beneficiaries with technical assistance if needed and when appropriate.
Logistical support: Security conditions permitting, EED country consultant may be asked to provide logistical support for EED Secretariat direct engagement with grantees from Albania. This could include setting up meetings and other logistical support.
Outreach: EED country consultant may be requested to identify and/or approach actors whose work could be considered relevant to EED mandate.
Financial and narrative reports: The consultant will be requested to assist in the assessment of financial and narrative reports submitted to EED by grant beneficiaries.
Communication and reporting
The consultant will work under the direct guidance of EED Programme Manager and the EED Programme Team. The consultant is expected to coordinate all of his/her work with the Programme Team and write regular activity reports.
Terms of Contract
An initial consultancy contract shall be concluded for a period of one year, with a possibility of extension.
The contract is not exclusive and will include commitment for up to 10 working days per month. May it be required, the Consultant can be engaged for additional working days, following prior written consent by EED Secretariat.
A period of three-months probation will apply. The consultancy fee shall be based on a competitive salary depending on level of experience.
The consultant shall meet the following requirements:
Expressions of interest in this position should be made through Recruitee application.
Please submit your CV (Europass format required) including a cover letter and contact information for two referees.
EED will not accept phone calls, emails or letters regarding the recruitment process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, which may take place by skype or in person. A written test may take place as part of the selection process.
The application deadline is 1st of March 2020, at 12 midnight, Brussels time.