In Serbia, but also in the Western Balkans region, emigration trends are undoubtedly worrying and public discourse on youth emigration is often oversimplified. Youth emigration is one of the most urgent issues to be tackled in the coming period. Some of the world’s fastest shrinking and ageing countries are in South-East Europe. According to UNFPA, nine of the world’s ten fastest-shrinking countries are in Eastern Europe and governments are concerned about negative consequences for the economy, social systems and society in general.
WFD’s programme in Serbia has made significant efforts to engage various state and non-state actors in tackling the issue of youth emigration. We have supported in-depth research on the topic “Cost of Youth Emigration” and research on systematic overview of all existing governmental initiatives, bodies, agencies, and other instances which deal with this issue.
WFD coordinated and supported meetings of “The Agents for Change – Network”, which gathers representatives of government, academia, business, civil society, Serbian diaspora, the international community – agreed to act in four directions: research, policy, outreach and activity.
Given the importance of the issue, WFD plans to further explore the context of internal migrations of youth in Serbia, with special focus on active (policy) measures and resources for youth at local level. In line with WFD’s previous policy development work on Youth Emigration, WFD is launching this call for a Research paper on internal migrations of youth in Serbia.
In order to identify main reasons and factors that affect the internal migration of youth, as well as the attitude of young people and other stakeholders about concrete policy measures to be taken in the future, WFD is supporting additional research on internal migrations of youth in Serbia.
The Consultant shall:
1. Conduct desk research on (at least) 80% of local municipalities in each region in order to identify:
a. Number of active youth organizations at the local level and their structure (membership, areas of activity, programs)
b. Number of local municipalities that have LAP (Local Action Plan) for youth, Local youth Office, youth clubs.
c. Funds local municipalities dedicated to youth (identify all budget lines that are allocated for young people in addition to the LAP for young people – health, culture, education, sports …)
d. Most common types of support local municipalities provide for youth (scholarships, self-employment funds, awards, support to young mothers for giving birth to a child / children, sports clubs, sport associations, etc.)
e. Cooperation between local government/local youth offices and youth organizations (number of partnerships, joint initiatives, events, etc.)
f. Offer of cross-sectoral services for young people and the budget allocated for that (among youth organizations, local self-government, local institutions such as centers for social work, NES, libraries, schools etc.)
g. The integration of the system – the correlation between of different programs/services for young people that take place at the level of local municipality
2. Identify the number of institutions/facilities/youth centers (at national level), as well as the availability of content and services offered, and identify the users of those services (youth, sports organizations, youth organizations, institutes, provincial secretariats, ministries, etc)
3. Conduct analysis (using online interviews, questionnaires, online focus groups etc) in four major centers in each region of the Republic of Serbia, in order to identify:
a. Reasons causing internal/external migrations, along with education, employment, infrastructure
b. Connection between education and employability on a local level (cross referencing with the publicly available statistical data)
c. Suggestions from young people on the measures the state could apply aiming to lower the migrations
d. Suggestions from young people on how to create better conditions for spending some quality time and for informal education (at local and national level)
4. Create the overall report on findings and specific recommendations based on the research – by crossing the aforementioned data identify the model (organisational structure, programs, etc.) which gives the best outcome (the lowest migration rate).
Output 1: Final research paper document in Serbian – Report on the current status of youth migration and identify key triggers of internal migration
Output 2: Provide list of recommendations on the actions to be taken based on the research.
Output 3: Summary of key findings (2-pager) of the final report with recommendations in Serbian and English
Output 4: Preparation of other final materials (such as Power Point, Designs, and graphics with key conclusions from the paper, Recommendations, Presentation of the report to stakeholders).
Deadlines listed in the table on the TOR document assume contracting is completed by September 21st, 2020. Work on the project should commence on September 22nd, 2020. If contracting with the consultant/s is concluded after this date, the deadlines will be adjusted accordingly but the final output still needs to be delivered and presented at the latest by December 15th, 2020.
The budget for implementing policy measure is max. 5,000 GBP (inclusive of all taxes)
In addition, all costs related to meetings/events organized by WFD (travel expenses, accommodation, and meal allowance) will be provided separately and paid by WFD.
The full ToR document cab be downloaded here.
Interested consultants applying for this call should provide:
1. One-page CV – with listed relevant experience
2. Two-pager – with an outline proposal of the research paper on internal migrations of youth in Serbia
Please note that submitted documents must include the following information:
· Contact details
· At least 2 relevant references from previously implemented (similar) service
· A brief note on what is the proposed methodology, the volume of data and evidence the consultants propose to collect and how the data will be presented
· List and detailed timetable of key activities
· Budget proposal (Activity Based Budget)
All documents should be sent to the WFD Serbia office at firstname.lastname@example.org at the latest by September 21st, 2020 (09.00).
For additional questions, please contact Bojana Miković, WFD Programme Manager at email@example.com by September 18th, 2020.