Deadline: 5 June 2019
Europe Foundation (EPF) is currently accepting proposals from qualified organizations or individuals to conduct a series of trainings on cross-cultural communications for young people involved in its Youth Integration Program. EPF expects this assignment to be conducted during June 10-July 20, 2019, depending upon the availability of the consultants selected.
Over the years, EPF’s Youth Integration Program has greatly contributed to increased civic engagement of young people in community life. Currently, the YB Program covers the following towns and communities: Adjara, Akhalkalaki, Akhmeta, Aspindza, Bolnisi, Chokhatauri, Dedophlistskaro, Gagra, Gali, Gardabani, Gori, Gudauta, Gulripshi, Khobi, Khoni, Lanchkhuti, Marneuli, Martvili, Ochamchire, Poti, Racha, Svaneti, Sokhumi, Tkibuli, Tserovani, Tsalka and Zemo Barghebi.
To achieve the desired outcomes, EPF has been following the Youth Bank (YB) methodology, an innovative way of increasing youth participation through creating groups of young people (aged 16-21) in a given community (the Youth Banks) and empowering them with training and resources to find, fund, and oversee small youth-led initiatives that address salient for local communities’ issues. The YB concept is founded on the premise that involving young people in projects they design and manage is the most potent way to develop civic participation among youth. Thus, grantmaking serves as a mechanism with which young grantmakers improve their self-esteem and learn about leadership, team-work, fair decision-making, problem-solving, communications, financial and narrative report-writing, and event management. The uniqueness of the YB model is that young people are given the opportunity to independently undertake all the activities involved in the YB grantmaking cycle without constant supervision from adults. Each year, the YBs fund roughly 110 local youth-led initiatives in their communities, which range between 500-800 GEL in value and could address needs as diverse as cleaning a community park through promoting gender equality to preparing first-time voters for elections.
Goal and Methodology
The overall goal of the requested two-day training is to provide capacity building to the Youth Bank members (aged 16-21) in cross-cultural communication (CCC). The training should put specific emphasis on tolerance building and communicating across cultures to heighten the participants’ awareness of key issues around stereotypes, active listening, and non-aggressive communication. The training should also provide a space to address any concerns they might have prior to meeting their peers from other ethnic backgrounds and with different perspectives regarding conflict, as the training will be followed by an exchange visit to BiH.
In total, three CCC trainings should be conducted, two in Georgia, and one in BiH. EPF will bring together 10 young people for each training, who will be competitively selected, based in part on the nominations from their peers.
The budget for this assignment should not exceed USD 6,000 (Gross) for training services including development of training materials, visa, and travel costs. This sum does not include expenses for accommodation and meals at the training site. These expenses will be covered by EPF. All proposals exceeding the maximum allowable budget will be ineligible.
Expected duration of the assignment is two months.
The bids will be accepted both from individuals and organizations, locally, as well as internationally. Applicants should submit a proposal that includes:Detailed description of the Consultant’s qualifications, with a list of previously undertaken similar assignments;
Copy of similar training modules developed by the applicant during the past five years;
Description and justification of the proposed teaching methodology including description of tools and techniques that will be used during the training;
Draft training program and budget.
Only complete applications will be considered.
EPF will select the winning candidate among the organizations or individuals submitting a complete bid by the proposal deadline. The selection criteria will include the following:
Degree to which proposal adheres to the RFP
Quality of the proposed methodology
Qualifications of the bidding organization and the individuals involved, including previous experience in undertaking similar trainings, and
Cost-effectiveness of the proposal.
How to Apply
Proposals should be submitted via e-mail at the address given on the website, with the subject line “Cross-Cultural Communications Training for Youth”.
For more information, please visit http://www.epfound.ge/request-for-proposals-training-on-cross-cultural-communications/