Expert Trainers for Youth Environmental Skills Development





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Terms of Reference (ToR)

for the contractual services of Expert Trainers for Youth Environmental Skills Development

1.  Context and background

Youth voices on climate change have never been more important and more widely publicized. Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe with 53% being under 25 years old, making the opinions and priorities of the youth especially important for the future of the country. According to a survey of the Non-Governmental Organization GAIA in 2019, 48% of young people perceive the situation concerning environmental problems in Kosovo as “alarmingly serious”, followed by another 30% who consider the situation “very serious”. Out of a list of the most important environmental problems 66% selected air pollution and 52% waste management. Surprisingly, “climate change” was seen as an important environmental issue only by 3.2% of respondents, showing an absence of public discourse and awareness about this issue. Likewise, only a small percentage of youth is actively engaged in protecting and preserving the environment.

Therefore, young Kosovars can play an active role in protecting and improving the environment. They can change their lifestyle and how it affects the environment. They can make their homes, schools, and youth organizations more environmentally friendly by adopting environmentally friendly practices, recycling different materials as well as preserving resources such as water and electricity. Engaging youth in environmental protection not only creates a direct impact on changing youth behaviors and attitudes but possibly influences their parents, relatives and families.

However, youth in Kosovo believe they have no authority to affect positive societal change and have little experience with environmental and climate action (e.g., influencing municipal and governmental policies). They, like most of the population, are unaware of the negative impact their wasteful lifestyles have on other sections of the country, resulting in a lack of environmental awareness and accountability, which hinders engagement. Caritas Switzerland (CaCH), the Youth and Environmental Impact (YENI) project aims to provide youth with a climate engagement and vision, as well as complementing skills, to enable them to become active citizens and make their contribution to halting climate change (CC). Eco-Clubs or similar youth mechanisms are not established in all secondary schools in Kosovo. Most the schools have established Student Councils, nevertheless, only a small part section deal with environmental protection. In light of these challenges, in the proposed training workshop, the participants will learn core concepts on environment protection and drafting skills, roles and responsibilities of student councils and eco clubs and the role of youth as an agent of climate. Under close cooperation with the expert trainers, the stakeholders will learn actionable outputs and a lasting learning experience in the field of environment and climate.

2.  The objective of the assignment

As the overall objective of the Youth Environmental Impact (YENI) project is Improved climate action and environmental protection in Kosovar municipalities through active engagement of youth. Thus, the objective of this assignment is to

Empower students at secondary schools with the values, knowledge, skills, and attitudes to address the issues of climate change and environmental degradation.

The proposed assignment shall prepare them to enhance their theoretical and practical skills and find solutions to the environmental challenges at the municipal level. In this way, behaviors of main actors at the municipal level will be transformed and youth will be enabled to take individual and collective actions for the protection of the environment.

Therefore, for this purpose, the chosen implementer of the assignment shall give a set of four training modules for Youth Environmental Skills Development that will cover topics such as:

  • The role of youth in environmental protection and practical examples;
  • Drafting Skills for Youth Environmental Projects;
  • Role of the municipality in the environmental sector and Community engagement
  • Roles and responsibilities of Student Councils and Eco-Clubs and School Environmental Plans.

A team of two (2) trainers will be responsible for preparing four (4) training modules and to conduct training for the abovementioned modules. The trainers will be responsible for the development of material, conducting the training of the trainer and delivering the presentation of four modules during the two-day workshop.

3.   Expected Results

The expert/trainers will then provide the interactive four-module training in at least 5 target municipalities that will engage Students Councils, Eco-Clubs and school management and ensure good linkages of theoretical and practical skills. Based on the results, later a larger roll-out is possible.

The specific objectives are:

  • Strengthen the capacity of high school Eco Clubs and Student Councils on the role of youth in environmental protection, climate risk and contributing to adaptation to climate change;
  • Development of Environment sensitive project drafting skills for youth (including the drafting and funding of small-scale environmental school projects);
  • Generate a better-shared understanding of the Roles and responsibilities of Student Councils and Eco-Clubs and School Environmental Plans; and
  • Introduce modalities of youth community engagement and present the roles and responsibilities of municipalities based on the law on local self-governance.

4.  Work Assignment Overview

  • Develop and complete training materials (power-point contents, best practices, relevant videos, group exercises, ice breaks, etc) for four modules. Conduct intensive training for the four modules described in table 1 below.

Table 1. Description of tasks in target municipality

5.  Timeframe and duration of the contractual services.   

  • The scope of the assignment is fifteen (15) days per trainer (five days for the development of material and ten days for delivery of training). All services must be carried out between 01 June – 15 October 2022.

6.  Methodology

  • The methodology of the delivery of the training modules will be proposed by the trainers. The trainers will strictly follow the work plan and the time schedule agreed with Caritas Switzerland Kosova in undertaking the contract assignment.
  • The trainers will facilitate presentations and coordination of the stakeholder workshops as per the agreed work schedule and will keep minutes of the workshops.

7.  Deliverables

  • Materials for the presentation of four modules delivered;
  • Training for four modules conducted.

8.  Required qualifications (for the team, resp. at least one expert should have the required qualification):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Climate Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development, Environmental Management, Project Management, or other fields of study relevant to the training contents (Master’s and Ph.D. is an asset);
  • At least three (3) years of experience in designing training programs and capacity development training programs, the conduct of training, especially in areas of environment and sustainable development; climate change and youth;
  • Records and proof of success with similar works executed in the past;
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, and communication skills;
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, youth community engagement,
  • Excellent knowledge of English (both written and spoken); and
  • Excellent knowledge of at least one local language (Albanian, Serbian), knowledge of a second local language is considered an asset.

9.  Confidentiality of information

  • Delivery material and presentations will be treated as confidential and used solely to facilitate the workshop process.
  • The prepared material and presentation, and other documents are the intellectual property of CaCH. They will be used solely by CaCH.

10.  Specifications for the Submission of Offers (Application process)

  • Interested candidates with relevant qualifications and proven experience are requested to submit an electronic copy of their application by latest by 20 May (CoB) with the subject REF: “Expert Trainer for Youth Environmental Skills Development” to [email protected] with [email protected] in CC.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Professional profiles, CVs of the trainer experts, and other portfolios indicating all experience from relevant previous works, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidates;
  2. Demonstration of the trainer experts’ suitability for the assignment and match with previous work experience, qualifications, etc.
  3. Professional reference with the relevant experience;
  4. Technical proposal: A summary of the methodology to complete the assignment; and
  5. Financial offer (individual daily fees).

The offer will be evaluated by using the best value for money approach (combined scoring method). The technical proposal will be evaluated with 80% weight, whereas the financial one will be evaluated with 20%. The delivery of the initial training in the first municipality will be probation and subject to the continuation of these modules in other municipalities.

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