21.07.2014 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Call for expressions of interest: needs-assessment on implementing the 2003 Convention in Albania (deadline: 25/07/2014)

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The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is seeking expressions of interest from qualified and experienced individuals, teams or organisations to undertake a survey intended to assess the main needs and priorities for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The activity, to be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Albania, aims at laying a solid foundation to improve the safeguarding of the country’s living heritage, in accordance with the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The survey shall combine desk research and on-site consultations in order to assess the adequacy of the institutional and professional environments, availability of expertise and the national capacity to set up or revise legislative and policy frameworks, draw up inventories and carry out other safeguarding measures in the spirit of the 2003 Convention.

In particular, the survey shall aim at:

  • assessing the current legal and institutional framework for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
  • outlining the main needs in terms of professional and institutional capacity building for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Albania
  • developing multi-year action plan for implementation of survey’s recommendations including proposals for capacity-building, based on the needs of the beneficiary country, to be addressed in the scope of UNESCO’s global capacity-building programme for strengthening safeguarding capacities at the national and local levels.

Terms of reference / scope of work

The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

    I.       Develop a data collection methodology based on a survey and a series of interviews with key stakeholders, to assess the institutional capacities for safeguarding ICH in Albania. For this purpose develop a set of questions for both, the survey and the interviews, and draft a list of key stakeholders to be consulted. Analyze existing policies and legislations that have a bearing on ICH (culture, health, education, environment, etc.) and identify gaps and possible ways of improvement. Documents to be consulted:

  • UNESCO’s key documents on the global capacity-building strategy for safeguarding ICH
  • Documents on policies and programmes in Albania that have a bearing on ICH (sector policies for culture, education, health, environment, etc.; relevant laws and by-laws; etc.), including the Periodic report on the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Albania (2013);
  • Background information on the political system, governance structure, etc.

   II.       Prepare a one-week programme for the in-country consultations and information generation in Albania, in close collaboration with UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Albania: timeline, list of persons to be met, list of missing information to be found, etc.

 III.       Travel to Albania (10-12 days) to hold consultations with key stakeholders, including representatives of relevant Ministries, governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions as well as communities of practice and bearers. The data collection in the capital should be completed by field visits to be defined in agreement and cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Albania.

 IV.       Draft (i) the Needs Assessment Report and (ii) a list of proposals for future capacity-building interventions

Deliverables:

  • Final Needs Assessment Report (minimum 10 standard A4 pages single spacing), including methodology, main findings, and recommendations
  • List of proposals for future capacity-building interventions, based on the needs of the beneficiary countries, to be addressed in the scope of UNESCO’s global capacity-building programme for strengthening national safeguarding capacities.

Qualifications and skills

The consultant/team of experts is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:

Essential:

  • University degree or equivalent, preferably at Masters’ or higher level in Social sciences: sociology, anthropology or a related discipline
  • At least 5 years of experience and proven skills in conducting qualitative research, including fieldwork experience
  • Strong knowledge/background on UNESCO 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated negotiation and inter-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Computer skills, including word processing and excel

Desirable:

  • UNESCO qualification as trainer/facilitator for delivering training and capacity-building services on the 2003 Convention
  • Knowledge of Albanian social, cultural and political contexts

Timing and Duration

The task is expected to be:

  • implemented during September 2014
  • completed within 5 weeks from the time of signing of contractual agreement, and in any case by no later than 03 October 2014.

The total duration of the task is estimated in maximum 25 working days.

Expression of Interest

Expressions of interest, containing the curriculum vitae(s) of consultant(s), team or organisation and up to 3 written pages indicating the technical proposal and a financial proposal must be received by UNESCO by 25 July 2014, 11am.

Short listed candidates will be notified no later than one week after the initial closing date.

The selected applicant shall be remunerated in accordance to UNESCO rules and procedures, not exceeding standard consultant fees at P 3 level, for a period of up to 25 working days. In addition, the selected applicant shall receive a reimbursement of travel expenses (round trip to Albania in economy class, at most convenient fare) and applicable daily subsistence allowances.

Additional information can be obtained from Mr. Matteo Rosati, m.rosati(at)unesco.org (+39.041.260.1535).

Expressions of interest should be marked “Needs-assessment survey on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Albania” and may be submitted by post, e-mail or fax to the following address:

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
Castello 4930
30122 Venice, Italy




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