Open Call Technical Assistance Service Contract for the implementation of the project “Capacity Building of Civil Society in the IPA countries and Territories (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/99, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey). EuropeAid/127427/C/SER/Multi. APPLICATION Project Proposal for organization of Partnership event in Croatia Background of the assignment General objective of TACSO project is to strengthen the overall capacities and accountability of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) within the IPA beneficiaries and to guarantee the quality of services and a sustainable role of the CSOs in the democratic process. The main objectives of the project are: To increase and improve the capacity and actions of CSOs and To improve the democratic role of CSOs. Important activities under this application present organization of partnership events focused on increasing capacities of the CSOs and support their active participation in democratic processes. Purpose and Scope of the Partnership Event The partnership event will provide forum for exchange of experience, establishment of dialogue and the advancement of cooperation between CSOs and different stakeholders (e.g. governmental institutions at national and local level, business community representatives). The partnership event agenda should include clear reference: -To the measures envisaged by the National Strategy for the Creation of an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development (2006 – 2011) in the Republic of Croatia and -To the conclusions and recommendations from the TACSO Croatia Report on Civil Society Needs Assessment (January 2010) The partnership event will also aim to contribute to at least one (preferably to more than one) of the following goals: -Providing opportunity for CSOs for networking and cooperation with relevant stakeholders on local, national and regional level. -Increasing scope and quality of services provided as technical assistance to CSOs -Increasing CSOs capacity to access EU funds -Increasing CSOs knowledge and understanding of the current institutional framework for civil society development in Croatia Procedure Project proposal form should contain following parts: Title of the event; general information on the applicant organization(s); previous applicants’ experience on the main topic of the partnership event; background information on the issue; partnership event objective(s); expected results and impact; target group(s) and geographic area (e.g. local, national, cross-border); type of activities (design of the event e.g. forum, workshops, exhibition, contact fair etc; tentative agenda); time and location; media coverage of the event; TACSO visibility; tentative list of participants; budget breakdown. Selection of organization(s) to implement partnership event together with TACSO Croatia will be done in line with the criteria presented below TACSO and selected organization/s will sign a cooperation agreement that will define responsibilities of both parties. Criteria Relevance of the proposed topics Organizational capacity Proven experience in organizing similar events Articulated follow up activities (e.g. in a form of platform of action, common agenda, one or two years operational plans or similar) Financial contribution desired Application form should be in English and should not exceed 5 pages. Partnership event need to be implemented in the period between November 2010 and June 2011. TACSO Croatia office will be responsible for: Providing technical assistance in terms of information and available resources of facilitators, moderators, key-note speakers, trainers for specific topics Ensuring additional TACSO visibility during partnership event Providing reporting format and format for partnership event evaluation Covering all expenditures related to the organization of the event by paying expenditures directly to the vendors and in addition to that covering costs of the organizer/s to related to human resources, communication costs etc. Deliverables/results: Report on content and results; evaluation reports from participants; media coverage of the event, will be sent to TACSO Croatia Office fifteen days after the event was held- responsibility of CSOs, partner in the implementation Presentations held during event (conferences, parallel sessions, forums) should be recorded and available as series of recommendations and learning points and will be posted on TACSO project web site in both English and Croatian language. Note: TACSO Croatia will give priority to proposals developed by more organizations in partnership or networks Duration of the partnership event could vary from one to five days Minimum number of participants should be 60 persons (representing different stakeholders) The application for organizing Partnership event should be sent no later than September 3, 2010 by email to: [email protected] to the attention of TACSO Croatia Resident advisor with the subject heading: “Project proposal for organization of Partnership event”.