EED Country Consultant for Georgia

Job description

Background

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is a grant-making organisation established by the European Union and its Member States to foster and encourage democratisation and deep and sustainable democracy. The EED functions as an independent private law foundation with its seat in Brussels.

While the EED statutes do not foresee the setting up of any regional offices in the countries that fall within the scope of its geographical mandate, it 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.


Profile

The EED is looking for a local consultant based in Georgia 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.


Duties and Responsibilities

Background checks: The 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: The EED accepts grant requests in Russian and 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.

Knowledge consultancy: The 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, the 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 the EED updates on donor activities in Georgia.

Further, the 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 Georgia.

Activity Follow-up and Technical Assistance: The EED country consultant will, in coordination with the EED Secretariat, follow up on and support initiatives and activists that the EED is supporting in Georgia. 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, the EED may also request the country consultant to provide the beneficiaries with technical assistance if needed and when appropriate.

Logistical support: Security conditions permitting, the EED country consultant may be asked to provide logistical support for the EED Secretariat direct engagement with grantees from Georgia. This could include setting up meetings or other logistical support.

Outreach: The EED country consultant may be requested to identify and/or approach actors whose work could be considered relevant to the EED mandate. This would be done in close coordination with the Programme Manager. Occasional travel to other parts of the country is expected.

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 on assignments under the direct guidance of the EED Programme Manager and under the general oversight of the EED Director of Programmes.


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 11 working days per month. May it be required, the Consultant can be engaged for additional working days, following prior written consent by the EED Secretariat.

The consultancy fee shall be based on a competitive salary depending on level of experience.

Requirements

Required Expertise

The consultant shall meet the following requirements:

  • Relevant academic background, preferably in the field of social sciences and humanities;
  • Relevant professional experience, preferably in civil society; experience in grant-making process will be considered an advantage;
  • Thorough knowledge of English and Russian languages;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to keep full confidentiality about all assigned tasks and related documentation as well as able to exercise confidentiality, discretion and tact when dealing with diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships internally and externally at all levels;
  • High personal and professional culture;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • References as to the suitability for the performance of duties.

Application Process

Expressions of interest in this consultancy should be made through Recruitee application.

Please submit your CV (Europass format compulsory) including a cover letter and contact information for two referees.

The EED will not accept phone calls, emails or letters regarding the selection 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 30th March 2020 at 12 midnight Brussels time.