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Call for Tender: Study on support services for older persons with disabilities in Greece

EASPD is looking for a researcher/research team to carry out a study on the availability, accessibility, and quality of support services for older persons with disabilities in Greece.

EASPD is the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities. We are a European not-for-profit organisation and represent over 20,000 social service provider organisations across both Europe and disability. The main objective of EASPD is to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high-quality service systems.  

Tender specification 

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to produce a report on “Availability, accessibility, and quality of support services for older persons with disabilities in Greece”. 

Main elements of work 

As part of its “Commit!” Work Programme 2021 EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to team to produce “Availability, accessibility, and quality of support services for older persons with disabilities in Greece”.  

  1. The study should focus on the current need of support for older persons with disabilities in Greece, and the state of play of the service offer, including strengths and promising practices, and weaknesses.   

The study’s objectives are to provide:   
 
- an understanding of the current service needs;   
- an identification of the gaps between those service needs and current/future service availability;   
- a review of current research, government policies, services and supports, including natural and funded services and supports, available to adults with developmental disabilities;  
- an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the available support, including best and promising practices in providing services and supports to older adults with developmental disabilities, as well as to their families;  
- an assessment on the impact of respite/support services on elderly adults with disabilities and their caregivers;  
- an identification of areas of current and potential alignment, integration and collaboration of supports and services provided by community-based services and each level of government;  
- a list of recommendations for future development of support, in line with human rights international framework (United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and United Nations Principles for Older Persons).    

The Researcher/Research team is expected to deliver: 

  1. A Draft Report (by 6th December, 2021)

  2. A Final Report including 

  • Executive Summary (see below) 

  • Assessment of:  

  • health issues and concerns that are unique to individuals with disabilities as they age 

  • assessment tools and processes  

  • a summary of promising practices in supports and services. 

  • An analysis of the current service recipients’ / how services are provided including family care 

  • A review of the supports and services currently available in Greece and legislative framework  

  • Strength and weaknesses of current system including  

  • Promising practices 

  • Assessment on the impact of respite/support services on elderly adults with disabilities and their caregivers  

  • an identification of areas of current and potential alignment, integration and collaboration of supports and services provided by community-based services and each level of government 

  • Recommendations on future development. 

3. A stand-alone Executive Summary (Max 3 pages). 

Methodology: 

  • Literature review; 

  • Focus groups/ interviews with individuals with disabilities and family members; interviews with health care and disability service providers. 

The study is done to improve the understanding on the support for older persons with disabilities in Greece, where EASPD has a strong membership and where, since 2019, EASPD collaborates with the EU Commission and the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to provide assistance on a reform of the social services sector promoting a transition from institutional to community-based care. Elderly persons and persons with disabilities are part of the target groups of the reform, but often considered, not only in Greece, as two different groups. The study aims thus as using Greece to understand better the state of play and opportunities for a quality and human rights based support to older persons with disabilities.  

The target audience thus includes: policy makers ; public authorities (Greek, EU, international); service providers; civil society organisations. 

Deadlines 

Deadline for application: 18th October, 2021 

Response to application: 25th October, 2021 

Selected applicants are expected to take on the assignment starting from 27 October 2021.  

The deliverables are expected to be finalised by 20 December 2021.

Expertise required 

The researcher(s) will be expected to demonstrate: 

Excellent command of English (written and oral) 

Experience in data collection, analysis and presentation; 

Solid academic and/or professional background with regards to the social service sectors; 

Excellent understanding of the situation of PWD and seniors with disabilities in Greece 

Experience of writing accessible reports for an NGO and/or EU/national organisation readership; 

An operational approach to the integration of good management principles, including correct personal data management in line with the requirements of the GDPR. 

Only candidates from EU Member States are eligible for participating in the tender. 

Selection and award criteria 

The applicant(s) should submit the following documents until 18/10/2021; 23:59 CET: 

  • motivation letter describing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page). 

  • technical proposal explaining how you plan to conduct the research, including a review of what has already been done, a proposed methodology, a work plan, resources needed, budget, etc. The technical proposal can include suggestions for the publication of the final report in academic journals and other scientific publications, to be further discussed with EASPD. Senior Policy Officer.  

  • CV, including the list of published articles, reports, studies if relevant. 

Only selected candidates will be contacted.  

Content of the bids 

The tenderer will ensure that their bid clearly identifies how they meet the selection criteria. It would also be useful to see examples of previous work demonstrating their ability to write and present in English to a primarily NGO audience.

 Price and standard Contract

 

Payment will be made on receipt of the Deliverable 1, Draft Report, and the Deliverable 2, Final Report, 40% and 60% respectively. Only validated deliverables will be accepted and fully compensated. The Contract will be drawn up between EASPD and the contractor. 

The estimated price is max. EUR 12.000, all taxes included. The contract will be awarded to the tenderer whose offer represents the best value for money, taking into account the quality of submitted document and individual expertise. The contract will only be awarded to a tenderer who clearly proves that they have knowledge, experience and expertise which match at least 70% of the selection criteria.

 Contact Details 

Please send bids to Irene Bertana, Senior Policy Officer, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD): irene.bertana@easpd.eu.

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