LAG Plackovica, LAG Malesh-Pijanec, LAG Belasica-Ograzden, LAG Bojmija and LAG Aber-2015

Project title: Community Development Program (CDP)

Implementer: Rural Development Network of North Macedonia

Partners: LAG Plackovica, LAG Malesh-Pijanec, LAG Belasica-Ograzden, LAG Bojmija, LAG Aber-2015 and SEG Holding.

This project is implemented by the Rural Development Network of North Macedonia, with funding from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Objective: To develop rural areas in the targeted regions of North Macedonia and engage local actors in the identification and prioritization of the real community needs to rely on their own resources to undertake socio-economic and environmental-friendly investments, with increased commitment from (local) public and private sector. The goal of CDP is to catalyze the development of less developed, rural communities in N. Macedonia (North-East, East, and South-East Planning Regions) through utilizing emerging cross-sector (public, private and civic sector) platforms represented also through 5 Local Action Groups: LAG Plackovica, LAG Malesh-Pijanec, LAG Belasica-Ograzden, LAG Bojmija, and LAG Aber-2015. This program is part of the Local Works initiative through which USAID is helping communities to drive their own development by creating their own programs and activities. Rather than follow the typical top-down approach of initiatives created outside communities, CDP stimulates locally led development by supporting Local Action Groups and other local leadership efforts to engage community members in the design and delivery of solutions to their challenges and seek local resources to develop rural areas.

Project Components:

Component 1: Networking and Empowerment – Enabling single-sector and cross-sector liaising and capacity building of local stakeholders for developing innovative actions for improvement of local community wellbeing.

Component 2: Mobilization of local resources for achieving sustainable locally-led development models – as a process of bringing together as many stakeholders as possible to raise people’s awareness of and demand for actions for community development and to assist in the delivery of resources and services while strengthening community participation for achieving sustainability and self-reliance.

Component 3: Outreach and transfer of knowledge – community outreach implies providing critical information and access to that information to the wider community and public to achieve a broad understanding of the community self-reliance approach and transfer of knowledge to all interested stakeholders.

Location:

The project activities take place in three planning regions of the country: East, North-East and South-East, through 5 Local Action Groups (LAGs), that include 18 municipalities, capitalizing on the established foundations of this interests-shared model of all involved parties.

Introduction to consultancy mission:

SEG Holding, as one of the CDP implementing partners, is responsible for realization of capacity building activities for the Local Action Groups and/or other relevant stakeholders in the targeted regions. During the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) of the LAGs, conducted within the CDP, one of the deficiencies present was the lack of knowledge on Social entrepreneurship.

The purpose of this Contract is to provide training session for the participants from the target LAGs on Social entrepreneurship. Attendees will gain a clear understanding of social entrepreneurship and its ability to address community issues. They will be equipped to identify potential opportunities that have a positive impact on society. Key skills such as strategic planning, effective marketing, and successful fundraising will be emphasized, enabling them to establish and maintain social enterprises. Moreover, the program will promote connection and cooperation among members with diverse backgrounds. Ultimately, it will motivate individuals to take initiative and spearhead projects that create tangible improvements within their community, promoting positivity and encouraging innovation and collaboration.

Scope of Work

The main responsibility of the Capacity building expert will be to conduct one-day training on Social entrepreneurship. Capacity building expert duties will involve creating and delivering a detailed curriculum that covers essential topics in social entrepreneurship, such as grasping the concept, recognizing opportunities, creating plans for developing, marketing strategies, and measuring impact. Capacity building expert will facilitate interactive sessions, present practical examples (national and international), and encourage participants to engage in group activities to improve their understanding and practical skills. Furthermore, expert will provide advice on building collaborative networks and motivate participants to start their own social enterprises.

Timeframe for implementation of the training: May/June 2024.

The Capacity building expert will have total of 5 working days to prepare, implement and report on the training delivery. The person will be responsible for conducting the training, designed according to the needs of the participants. The content of the training should cover the following topics:

Session 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Draft law on social enterprises

  • Understanding the concept and importance
  • Identifying social issues and opportunities

Session 2: Business Planning and Strategy

  • Developing a social enterprise model
  • Crafting a mission and vision statement

Session 3: Marketing and Fundraising

  • Promoting social ventures
  • Fundraising strategies for sustainability

Session 4: Impact Measurement and Action Planning

  • Evaluating social impact
  • Creating actionable plans for implementation
  • Conclusion and Q&A

Tasks to be performed by the Capacity building expert:

  • Preparation of presentations (Power Point) that will remain available to the organization pertinent to the training
  • Preparation of working materials for the workshop participants
  • Conducting a one-day training
  • Preparation of report for training delivery

Required qualifications of the Capacity building expert:

  • At least Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or related disciplines or at least 7 years of experience working with different sector entities in social and economic development.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in social entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to plan, organize and communicate effectively and efficiently.
  • Fluency in Macedonian and English language.
  • Focus on timely fulfillment of assigned tasks.

Application:

All interested candidates are required to submit:

  • professional biography (CV),
  • portfolio / list of clients / organizations which received the same / similar activities (e.g. training),
  • financial offer in US dollars

The documents marked Call for hiring a Capacity building expert for conducting training on Social Entrepreneurship, should be submitted by email to: contact@seg-holding.com, no later than 25.04.2024. The applicants will be notified of the results of the call, electronically, no later than 5 days after the selection.

Criteria for selecting a Capacity building expert:

  • Experience – 70%
  • Financial offer – 30%

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