Call for Tender
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Call for Tender

Consultancy Services in the area of Public Affairs and visual communication consultancy, content design and corporate identity development, content creation and graphic design

Background

The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) is a cooperation structure, serving as a communication and dialogue tool between the European political foundations and the Institutions of the European Union (EU), as well as civil society actors in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation. Furthermore, the Network provides services to its members to facilitate their participation in the respective programmes of the EU.
The Network counts over 50 member foundations from 23 EU Member States. The members are affiliated to six political party families represented in the European Parliament (Renew Europe, EPP, S&D, ECR, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL), but are independent in their decision-making and financing of international projects.
The activities of political foundations in the fields of democracy support and development cooperation include public campaigning and awareness raising, advocacy work vis-à-vis political institutions and decision makers in their respective home countries, as well as the EU level. The main focus, however, is on the implementation of democracy support and development projects with local partners in more than 100 developing and transition countries throughout the world.
Since March 2019 ENoP is implementing an EU co-funded action grant, called “Strengthening ENoP as actor in support of democratic and pluralistic societies”.
The current project of enhancing communication efforts both in the area of content and visual communication takes place in the fringes of this Action.

Purpose of the Project

In the scope of the Action, ENoP acts as a services provider for its members, both in executing the projects and serving as a communication platform for members. The purpose of this project is to align and to further develop the existing tools and activities.
The goals should be:
– Update of the visual brand, including rebranding exercise, update of visual elements, implementing the results through existing and future materials.
– Support in creating existing tools engagement and development of new ones, both for members and the public.
– Support in creating a strategic action plan for outreach activities.

 

Tasks to be performed

LOT 1: Strategy and Content
a) Workshop
   – Preparation and delivery of a 1-day workshop with the goal of developing a strategic action plan;
   – Assessment and evaluation of existing materials and tools in regard to content and presentation;
   – Development of new communication and visibility tools.
b) Rebranding
Updating visual brand: colour, fonts, poster, as well as picture language and illustrations, including a design manual.
LOT 2: Collateral
a) Adapting existing material to updated visual brand, including website, positioning papers, brochures, presentations, posters, business stationary.
b) Ongoing graphic services, including print-ready and web-optimized files, web design, diagrams and graphics, layout processing of text and images. Additional to existing material, design may include reports, papers, posters, brochures, postcards, and others.
c) Services for the provision of copywriting, editing and proof checking. The services shall include adapting the tone and style of different publications as they will vary according to target audience and medium.

Deliverables

  •  Workshop mid-October 2020 as a kick-off
  • Rebranding exercise until end of November 2020
  • Adapting existing material until end of 2020
  • Graphic and editorial services throughout duration of contract on request
  • Strategic support and advice throughout duration of contact on request

Time frame

Services are to be delivered as from 12 October 2020 until the end of 2020. An extension of contract is possible.

Language

The language for communication and service delivery is English.

Profile and expertise

ENoP is looking for a service provider with the following profile:

  • Particular expertise on Public Affairs and communication campaigns
  • Profound expertise in policy consultancy and understanding of political processes on European and Member State level
  • Full graphic design offer, including web, print, illustrations and stationery
  • Full service editorial offering, including editing, copywriting and proof-checking
  • Excellent English skills
  • Proven record of cooperation with political associations is an asset

Remuneration and other compensations

Remuneration will be done in two lots:
LOT 1: Offer for workshop, rebranding and updating existing material
LOT 2: Hourly rates for additional graphic work on request

Award criteria

Best value for money. The evaluation team will place an average weight of 30% to the price component and 70% to experience and content.

Procedure for expression of interest

Service providers with the above-mentioned profile are kindly invited to send a company deck, outlining their relevant experience, the expected fees for LOT 1 and their expected hourly rates for:

  • Consultancy Services
  • Graphic Services

The applications shall be sent to Aleksandra Starčević aleksandra.starcevic@enop.eu by 05 October 2020.

Closed: Lead author for a Study
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Closed: Lead author for a Study

Lead Author for a Study

“The role of political parties and civil society organizations in ensuring political participation of citizens in representative democracies.”

The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) is a platform for communication and dialogue between political foundations in Europe, the EU institutions, and civil society organisations (CSOs) in the fields of democracy support, development cooperation and political dialogue. The network consists of 54 member foundations and one affiliated entity, coming from 23 countries within the EU. The members are close to six party families – ECR, EPP, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL, Renew Europe and S&D – represented in the European Parliament, and belonging to the democratic spectrum.

The main focus of ENoP is reflected in the activities of four working groups: “Sustainable Development”, “Democracy”, “The Future of Europe” and “EU Funding” as well as in the implementation of relevant projects with local partners in more than 100 countries around the world. In 2016, ENoP has signed a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission and since 2019 it is an implementer of an EU co-funded project, aimed at strengthening the organisation as an actor in support of democratic and pluralistic societies.  

In this context, ENoP is looking to hire a lead author and commission him/her to develop a study on: The role of political parties and civil society organizations in ensuring political participation of citizens in representative democracies.” The study will cover all of the following countries:

  • Southeast Asia: Philippines, Cambodia
  • Africa: Tunisia, Benin, Kenya
  • Latin America: Bolivia

Lead author

The Lead author should ensure the timely delivery and quality content of the study, reflecting country examples from all of the above-mentioned six countries.    

Main responsibilities & tasks include:

  • Develop a questionnaire for the country experts aimed at obtaining detailed first-hand data for the study from each of the respective countries;
  • Draft country summaries for each of the six countries, based on the input collected from the country experts;
  • Act as contact person and coordinate the work of all country experts;
  • Develop the content of the study based on the structure and predefined questions in the Terms of Reference (ToR);
  • Integrate the country analysis and add all chapters together in a coherent manner; 
  • Provide timely feedback to ENoP at any stage of the drafting process;
  • Deliver the interim and final products in a timely manner.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Senior expert on international development cooperation, with at least 7 years of relevant professional experience on political party cooperation in third countries;
  • Understanding of the EU’s development and democracy support policies, with a strong focus on cooperation with civil society and political parties in partner countries;
  • Previous engagement in cooperation with civil society organizations, including through strengthening CSOs is a strong asset;
  • Experience with political party advisory in partner countries is an asset;
  • Participation in international or regional policy meetings, such as diplomatic forums, working groups, high-level political meetings, policy workshops, etc. is considered an asset;
  • Fluent in English (both, spoken and written)

Application Procedure

  • Candidates should address their applications to ENoP Executive Director Mana Livardjani by email to: recruitment@enop.eu
  • Deadline: 30 September 2020 12:00 (midday)
  • Applications should include:
    • CV
    • Cover letter
    • Links to published articles and studies
    • 3 recent relevant publications in pdf format
    • Detailed service price quote for the assignment

For more details, please find enclosed the complete Terms of Reference (ToR).

ENoP Statement on EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy July 2020
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ENoP Statement on EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy July 2020

The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) welcomes the Joint Communication of the European Commission and High Representative to the Council on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024.
 
With the adoption of the Council Conclusions on Democracy in October 2019, the European Union delivered a strong political message about its ambitions for democracy in external relations.
 
We therefore believe that the new EU Action Plan should operationalise these ambitions both by emphasizing democracy and human rights equally in the document and by including the relevant civic and political actors in the process of implementation.
 
Our statement highlights these important issues and provides concrete recommendations to the implementation of the Action Plan.
 
ENoP STATEMENT CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
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ENoP STATEMENT CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) welcomes the positions and contributions of the Council and Parliament on the Conference on the Future of Europe, and encourages next steps towards the adoption of a Joint Declaration with the European Commission that will define the concept, structure and scope of the Conference.
 
With this statement, we would like to share 10 Recommendations that we consider fundamental for the success of the Initiative. We see the Conference as a remarkable opportunity to engage European citizens in an inclusive dialogue about Europe, our core values of democracy, solidarity, tolerance and our common future.
 
 
 
 
A Call to Defend Democracy
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A Call to Defend Democracy

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy.

Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip. But even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints, parliamentary oversight, or timeframes for the restoration of constitutional order. Parliaments are being sidelined, journalists are being arrested and harassed, minorities are being scapegoated, and the most vulnerable sectors of the population face alarming new dangers as the economic lockdowns ravage the very fabric of societies everywhere.

Repression will not help to control the pandemic. Silencing free speech, jailing peaceful dissenters, suppressing legislative oversight, and indefinitely canceling elections all do nothing to protect public health. On the contrary, these assaults on freedom, transparency, and democracy will make it more difficult for societies to respond quickly and effectively to the crisis through both government and civic action.

It is not a coincidence that the current pandemic began in a country where the free flow of information is stifled and where the government punished those warning about the dangers of the virus—warnings that were seen as spreading rumors harmful to the prestige of the state. When voices of responsible citizens are suppressed, the results can be deadly, not for just one country but for the entire world.

Democracy is not just a cherished ideal. It is the system of government best suited to addressing a crisis of the magnitude and complexity of COVID-19. In contrast to the self-serving claims of authoritarian propaganda, credible and free flows of information, fact-based debate about policy options, the voluntary self-organization of civil society, and open engagement between government and society are all vital assets in combating the pandemic. And they are all key elements of liberal democracy.

It is only through democracy that societies can build the social trust that enables them to persevere in a crisis, maintain national resilience in the face of hardship, heal deep societal divisions through inclusive participation and dialogue, and retain confidence that sacrifice will be shared and the rights of all citizens respected.

It is only through democracy that independent civil society, including women and young people, can be empowered to partner with public institutions, to assist in the delivery of services, to help citizens stay informed and engaged, and to bolster social morale and a sense of common purpose.

It is only though democracy that free media can play their role of informing people so that they can make sound personal and family decisions, scrutinize government and public institutions, and counter disinformation that seeks to tear societies apart.

It is only through democracy that society can strike a sustainable balance between competing needs and priorities – between combating the spread of the virus and protecting economic security; and between implementing an effective response to the crisis and protecting people’s civil and political rights in accordance with constitutional norms and guarantees.

It is only in democracies that the rule of law can protect individual liberties from state intrusion and constraint well beyond what is necessary to contain a pandemic.

It is only in democracies that systems of public accountability can monitor and circumscribe emergency government powers, and terminate them when they are no longer needed.

It is only in democracies that government data on the scope and health-impact of the pandemic can be believed.

Democracy does not guarantee competent leadership and effective governance. While democracies predominate among the countries that have acted most effectively to contain the virus, other democracies have functioned poorly in responding to the pandemic and have paid a very high price in human life and economic security. Democracies that perform poorly further weaken society and create openings for authoritarians.

But the greatest strength of democracy is its capacity for self-correction. The COVID-19 crisis is an alarming wake-up call, an urgent warning that the freedoms we cherish are at risk and that we must not take them for granted. Through democracy, citizens and their elected leaders can learn and grow. Never has it been more important for them to do that.

The current pandemic represents a formidable global challenge to democracy. Authoritarians around the world see the COVID-19 crisis as a new political battleground in their fight to stigmatize democracy as feeble and reverse its dramatic gains of the past few decades. Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it. At stake are the freedom, health, and dignity of people everywhere.

The European Network of Political Foundations is honored to be among the signatories of the ‘Call to Defend Democracy’ open letter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find the full list of signatories here.

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