Terms of Reference for conducting a Baseline Assessment and an Exit Strategy of the Regional Project: “Future for You(th): Young people as Leaders of Life Skills Education in the Balkans”
Project Duration: 36 months (March 2021 – February 2024)
Deadline for application: July 19, 2021.
About CARE in the Balkans
CARE’s mission in the region is to contribute to post-war recovery and the socio-economic development of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo* and Montenegro. CARE in the Balkans consists of Offices in Sarajevo and Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); in Belgrade, Serbia; Skopje, North Macedonia and Pristina, Kosovo*.
CARE’s work in the Balkans started in 1992, when it provided humanitarian support to people affected by war. In the late 90-ties, CARE shifted its focus in the region from humanitarian post-war assistance and rehabilitation to socio-economic development engaging in interventions directed at conflict prevention and peacebuilding, sustainable livelihoods, gender equality and the prevention of gender-based violence.
CARE in the Balkans places the quality of its program at the centre and has developed a regional strategy that encompasses two main program directions: Gender Equality and Social and Economic Inclusion. The goal of the Social and Economic Inclusion Program is to strengthen capacities and create opportunities for marginalized, socially excluded and poor to integrate into society and access rights. CARE’s Gender Equality Program aims to empower women and girls vulnerable to violence, discrimination and poverty, to reach better life opportunities and social justice. CARE’s engagement and contribution lies in strengthening sustainability of key regional, national and/ or local civil society organizations and networks promoting gender equality and diversity, in the context of social inclusion and non-violence.
Peer and gender-based violence along with unhealthy lifestyles and risk of radicalization remain a pressing problem in schools and juvenile correctional institutions in Western Balkans, fuelled by gender stereotypes and social and cultural norms, and exacerbated by a challenging socio-economic context, with high unemployment and migration rates and political uncertainty. The educational and social welfare systems in the region, generally rigid and obsolete, are not successful enough with current programs in the response to this situation. In 2013, through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA)-funded project Young Man Initiative (YMI), CARE and partners started to advocate for introducing gender transformative life skills programming – such as Program Youth (hereafter, Program Y) – in high schools in Western Balkans, to fight inter-personal and gender-based violence and improve gender equality in the region.
Building on the achievements from YMI, this project will put the emphasis in institutionalization and sustainability, working with ministries and quality assurance institutions for the accreditation of Program Y and the integration of life skills education in national curriculums. It will expand its implementation by piloting the tailored programs in elementary schools and correctional institutions, strengthening the cooperation with pedagogical and teaching universities, and maximizing the use of online tools to ensure the continuity of the program in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CARE’s gender transformative life skills programming reflected in the Program Y will contribute to creating positive and peaceful societies for young people in Serbia, Kosovo*, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina that embrace and promote gender equality and non-violence (Impact). CARE and partners will foster gender-transformative life skills education to become an integral part of education programs at schools and juvenile correctional institutions (Outcome). The focus will be to equip elementary and high schools and universities to effectively deliver and lead the implementation of CARE’s life skills program (Program Y) and support young people in their safe transition to adulthood (Output 1). Furthermore, the project will pilot CARE´s life skills program tailor-made for youth at risk in juvenile correctional institutions (Program Y Plus) to prevent radicalization and contribute to re-socialization (Output 2). All this will be sustained by mobilized communities which will take an active role in initiating the educational policy change, securing stronger public voices for youth within the Future 4 You(th) movement previously initiated by CARE previously (Output 3) and by empowering governmental bodies to develop strategies to institutionalize life skills programming through multi-stakeholder consultation processes (Output 4).
The change the project proposes will be achieved by working directly with 65,690 participants: at least 200 representatives of decision-making government institutions; 500 high and elementary school teachers and education staff; 160 social welfare staff; 47,800 young people from 11 to 30 years old in elementary schools, high schools, universities, as well as youth in communities; at least 17,000 local stake-holders in mobilized communities and at least 30 representatives of seven local partner organizations.
The project will be implemented by CARE in cooperation with seven local partner organizations: Centre E8 and SMART Kolektiv from Serbia, SIT and YMCA from Kosovo*, Act for Society Centre from Albania, Institute Perpetuum Mobile from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Status M from Croatia.
Purpose and Objectives of the Project Baseline Assessment
The Project Baseline Assessment will be carried out to allow a comprehensive understanding of the overall project progress by describing the situation at the project start and determine the basis for monitoring project progress along the way as well as determine the level of successful implementation during the Project Final Evaluation. Furthermore, Project Baseline Assessment will include Exit Strategy as this is the final, third phase of the project.
The specific objectives are:
The Consultant`s Responsibilities
The Consultant(s) will be responsible for the following:
Indicative workload with timetable
|Description of the activities||Number of Days||Timetable|
|Analysis of documentation and preparation of Action Plan for the assessment||2 Days||Aug 15 – Aug 31 2021|
|Gathering data and analysis (interviews included)||5 Days||Aug 15 – Aug 31 2021|
|Exit Strategy Development||3 Days||Sept 6 -15 2021|
|Finalization of analysis and reporting, including recommendations on the adjustments in the log frame||5 Day||Sept 15 – 25 2021|
|TOTAL||15 Days||Aug 15 – Sept 25 2021|
CARE invites individual experts, teams of experts, NGOs and agencies for the Balkans region, familiar with the context and subject of the project in question, to respond to this call and present in details their expertise, experience, division of work and responsibility levels/responsible person (in case of teams or agencies).
The candidates (individual, company or teams) are expected to include in the application:
The applications will be assessed as follows:
Offers should be submitted by July 19 2021 at 4 p.m. to the following address:
The offer that is chosen by CARE International Balkans will be notified in writing by July 23rd 2021.
Following documents have to be submitted electronically:
3. Exit Strategy
– Should be no longer than 10 pages without annexes (Arial or Times New Roman, font 11)
Reports should be written in English (text must be edited free from spelling mistakes and unclear linguistic formulations).
The coordination between Consultant, CARE Project Manager and YMI Senior Advisor, partner organization representatives will be done by CARE Project Manager.
CARE commits itself to:
Consultant commits him/herself to:
The payment will be made upon CARE staff approval of submitted Report of the Consultant(s).
Annex 1 – Format for Project Baseline Assessment Report and Exit Strategy
The Baseline Assessment Report should include the following chapters:
All data should be disaggregated data based on sex and if feasible ethnicity and other vulnerability criteria (i.e. disability).
The Exit Strategy should include the following chapters: