Published on 22 May, 2017


The Project “HELP ON THE ROUTE- Fostering protection of human rights of migrants passing through Macedonia and Serbia” is implemented by the Ana and  Vlade Divac Foundation in partnership with the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland - ASB, Macedonian Helsinki Committee - MHC (Macedonia), and Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre - NSHC (Serbia). The Action lasts for two years (2016-2018) and will be implemented on the territory of Macedonia and Serbia. 

There are three main problems that have been identified in both countries:

1. The lack of clearly defined governments’ policies for implementation of human rights conventions and for protection of human rights of migrants;

2. The social climate of impunity for human rights violations, fuelled by the popular resentment and fear of the migrants, strongly contributed to by the sensationalist media;

3. The lack of knowledge and capacity of the civil society organizations that provide immediate aid and assistance to the migrants.

Taking into account everything mentioned above, the main objective of the project is: to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights of migrants, including asylum seekers, passing through Macedonia and Serbia.  

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • to empower local CSOs aiding the migrants through networking and capacity building
  • to create a more enabling environment for eradication and prevention of the migrants’ human rights violations through advocacy of policies ensuring migrants’ human rights protection, and through awareness-raising.

Expected outcomes of the project are: recommendations for government authorities and decision-makers will be devloped, in order to improve existing instruments for protection of human rights of migrants and national legislation on asylum procedures, 20 civil society organizations (5 in Macedonia and 15 in Serbia) will get financial support to strengthen their capacity to identify, document and report violations of human rights of migrants and asylum seekers.



As regards the increased volume of the migrants’ influx - according to UNHCR - over a million of migrants and refugees are estimated to have crossed to Europe in 2015, with the Western Balkans route remaining exposed to a direct knock-on effect of the record number of migrants arriving in Greece, as Frontex warns. As the people who entered the EU in Greece try to make their way via Macedonia and Serbia into Croatia[1], and then towards western Europe, an unprecedented number of illegal crossings has been detected in the region - around 764,000 during 2015 - which represents a 16-fold rise from 2014 (source: Frontex). In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, since UNHCR began monitoring (July 2015), entries of 697,228 refugees and migrants have been recorded, with almost all of them travelling towards Serbia. Since the beginning of 2016, according to the Macedonian Ministry of Interior, about 90,000 refugees have entered Macedonia from Greece (data from early March 2016), and the number of people who daily transfer through the country is expected to further increase. In the Republic of Serbia, according to the data of the Government’s Commissariat for refugees and migration, more than 577,000 people were registered entering the country in 2015, with the average influx of approximately 1,600. According to estimations of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants and refugees arriving to Europe in 2016 may exceed the one million mark, as it did in 2015.

Although the frequency of the migrants’ human rights violations is in direct proportion to the volume and the dynamics of the inflow of people, as well as to the consequent pressure put on the governments of the countries they pass through, and although neither the Macedonian nor the Serbian government have influence on the outflow of the migrants, the ethical and the legal obligation to protect the migrants’ human rights remain. However, in spite of the declarations, little evidence points to substantial efforts of the decision-makers, at the central or at the local level, to prevent the violations and prosecute the perpetrators. Moreover, the matter of the repeated violations of the migrants’ human rights is informally deprioritised on the agendas of the Macedonian and Serbian decision-makers, in all fairness, in large part due to the context framed by several factors demanding their immediate attention - the looming humanitarian and the foreseeable social crisis related to the increased influx, the lack of a collective European Union response resulting in the mounting number of migrants in the region, and the growing concerns for local and regional security.

 The constrictions of the unfavourable context that the Macedonian and the Serbian governments operate within, the applicant and the co-applicants set off to identify and address the amendable impediments to providing protection of human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and asylum seekers in third countries



1.1.       General

Geographical area to be covered

The geographical area to be covered by the trainings will be Serbia The trainings will be carried out in the area suggested by Contracting Authority and Project Partners. 

Target group: CSOs providing support to the migrants : Non-profit and non-for-profit organisations working in the field of provision of different kind of support to the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Serbia and Macedonia , 20 CSOs, 15 from Serbia, 5 from Macedonia, 40 representatives of selected CSOs. All CSOs are part of the network Help on the root that is established within the project.

1.2.       Specific activities

Development of comprehensive training program

Consultant will work in close cooperation with the Contracting Authority. Consultant will be actively engaged in the following tasks:

  • Develop a comprehensive Training program on  building capacities of CSO providing support to migrants to record,  document and report on human right violation (hereinafter Training program); Prepare detailed agenda and curriculum for each of the days of training that will take place, along with explanation and goals of each one of them;
  • Support development of communication between network members through development of specific Network quick response mechanism and referral pathway
  • Include all necessary information in the Training program about the following areas:
  1. Legal framework (1days)


Monitoring of implementation of international human rights conventions 

Monitoring and protecting human rights of refugees living in camps

Recording and reporting on Human rights violations

  1. Strengthening CSOs networking for Human rights protection (3 days)


Provision of basic administrative, legal and logistic support

Development of communication strategy within network

Network quick response mechanism and referral pathway  


  1. Management  ( 1 day)

Development of networking action plan


  • Describe legislative developments in the field of human rights protection in the respectable countries and best practices on how to raise capacities of CSOs documenting human right violation and reporting
  • Describe and develop within the Training program methods of work with specific target groups and concrete Network quick response mechanism that will be incorporate in Manual for Human right protection



Carrying out five 5-days trainings for at least 20 CSOs

Training curriculum will consist of all relevant topics in the field of protection of human rights of migrants and will provide the skills needed for raising managerial capacities of local CSOs working in provision of different services to the migrants. The module for trainings will be developed in close consultations with the Contracting Authority. Topics listed will be further developed and specified during creation of Training program, and in consultation with the Contracting Authority. The training will be developed in the form of a 5-day course. In total, there will be at least 40 participants from Macedonia and Serbia , attending a total of 5 days of training.

In realizing proposed activities, Consultant will agree with Contracting Authority on the time frame for holding the trainings.



  Prepare detailed agenda and curriculum for each of the days of training that will take place, along with explanation and goals of each one of them

Facilitate and lead training for CSOs, develop Network quick response mechanism



Preparing and submitting the final reports/ conclusions from group work that will be used for Network quick response and referral pathway 

 Deadline for submission of tenders is 29th of May 2017. The intended commencement date is 30th of May, 2017 and the period of implementation of the contract will be 2 months from this date.

Main milestones


Deadline for submission of tenders

May 29th, 2017

Commencement date

May 30th, 2017

Developing and submitting Training program

Jun 5th 2017

Preparing and holding the trainings

From Jun 10th  to Jun 14th 2017

Preparing and submitting the final reports and Network quick response mechanism

No later than 30 th of July 2017



Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac will negotiate number of days of engagement with the selected consultant on the basis of the financial offer (gross amount) that will classify the following:


Activity description


Rate per day


Activity 1

Developing and submitting Training program curriculum for the training




Activity 2

Preparing and holding the trainings




Activity 3

 Preparing and submitting the final reports/ conclusions from group work that will be used for Network quick response and referral pathway  mechanism




*Add columns as needed depending on the number of activities needed to perform the assignment

            Subtotal                                               Euro__________

            Other costs (specify)                             Euro__________

            TOTAL                                                Euro__________

The total costs should cover all preparatory work, training and follow up



Interested consultant should develop and submit the bidding proposal in English language to respond to above mentioned specific tasks no later than May 29 th, 2017. The bidding proposal should include:

1. Description and contact details of a consultant applying;

3. A detailed Budget Proposal (in the required form);

4. CV of expert involved emphasizing relevant experience;

5. Writing samples of the past performance in similar areas.




Project team will make decision on the selection of the most successful bidder, subject to the available budget, on the following four criteria:

·         University degree in the relevant field

·         At least 10 year of relevant experience

·         Experience of the candidate in performing similar projects or programs;

·         An example of previous work as a reference of previous experience is desirable


 The Team Leader is in charge of the process of creating and implementing the trainings together with the other experts who will contribute to the effective execution of the trainings. Team leader will be engaged in period from May 31 to July 30 2017. 



Qualifications and skills

  • University level of education but preferably Master in international relations, law, human rights, social sciences, or other related filed;
  • Proven experience as a Team Leader and manager
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Excellent communicator with proven management, analytical, training and reporting skills
  • Extensive knowledge of institutional structure which play key role in Human rights protection.
  •  Extensive knowledge and understanding of the context of migration


Professional experience

  • 5 years of professional experience in the field of Protection, Strategic planning, financial management. Experience in Human Rights protection will be considered as an asset;
  • Preferably 10 years of professional experience in managing project(s) as a Team Leader, but a minimum of 5 years is required;
  • Proven experience in cooperation with CSOs and governmental institutions in the field of Management, Strategic planning, financial management, especially in the capacity building field and on at least 3 projects on a position of team leader or key expert;



All bids need to be submitted no later than Monday, May 29, at 18:00h in electronic version, to the email [email protected] . A selection will be made no later than 30 May, 2017 and the selected consultant will be contracted no later than 31 May, 2017.

Only selected candidate will be informed.




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