The Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Commission signed a co-operation agreement, called Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey Programme (phase II), which aims at assisting beneficiaries in South-East Europe to comply with the CoE standards and European Union acquis in the framework of the enlargement process. In this connection, the CoE is implementing three projects on “Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Serbia (hereafter referred to as “the projects or actions”). The actions seek to enhance the protection of rights of trafficking victims by assisting the respective beneficiary institutions to follow up on the recommendations of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). The actions in all three countries focus on the following common areas of intervention:
- improved anti-trafficking responses and victim protection measures through capacity-building of key stakeholders, including legal professionals, media representatives/journalists and health care professionals
- improved detection and identification of, and assistance to, victims of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation
- improved detection and identification of, and assistance to, child victims of human trafficking and improved anti-trafficking responses through capacity-building of education professionals
In addition to the above, the action on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in North Macedonia will focus on access to compensation for victims of human trafficking as well.
The duration of the three actions is foreseen from 24 May 2019 to 23 May 2022.
In that context, it is looking for Providers (see below) for the provision of international consultancy services in the area of Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings to be requested by the Council of Europe on an as needed basis, in compliance with the ordering procedure defined below.
Each time an order form is sent, the selected Provider undertakes to take all the necessary measures to send it signed to the Council of Europe within 2 (two) working days after its reception.
For each order, the Council of Europe will select from the pool of pre-selected tenderers for the lot concerned the Provider who demonstrably offers best value for money for its requirement when assessed – for the Order concerned – against the criteria of:
- quality (including as appropriate: capability, expertise, past performance, availability of resources and proposed methods of undertaking the work)
- availability (including, without limitation, capacity to meet required deadlines and, where relevant, geographical location); and