Negotiated procedure for the low value contract "Child Participation in Civil and Criminal Justice in Finland”

D-SE-14-T04 Child Participation in Civil and Criminal Justice in Finland

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is looking to contract a social fieldwork research on Child Participation in Civil and Criminal Justice in Finland.

The treatment of children in the justice systems of the European Union is an important issue of concern for European Institutions and for all Member States. The European Commission highlights in the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child (2011) that promoting child-friendly justice is at the centre of its actions and identifies five key areas concerning children’s involvement in judicial proceedings:

  • Access to information in a way suitable to age and maturity
  • Access to legal representation and advice
  • Participation
  • Appropriate representation
  • Adequate training of professionals dealing with children

In 2012 the FRA commissioned the fieldwork research via interviews and focus groups with legal and social professionals working with children who are involved in justice proceedings in ten European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom). The aim of this research was to identify practices and procedures of child participation in judicial proceedings for cases of domestic violence, sexual abuse, custody and visiting rights.

In 2014 the FRA will conduct interviews with children directly involved in judicial proceedings either as party to proceedings, for example in civil law proceedings in the context of divorce cases or for decisions of placement of children in alternative care, or as witnesses or as victims of crimes in criminal law proceedings.

The interviews with children in Finland will be conducted in 2014 by the candidate selected through this negotiated procedure for low value contract. 

Indicative main tasks of the selected candidate:

  • Participation to an inception meeting at FRA premises;
  • Training of interviewers;
  • Translating of research material provided by FRA;
  • Identifying recruitment channels;
  • Sampling the participants;
  • Identifying protection measures;
  • Conducting 30 individual interviews with children involved in judicial proceedings;
  • Drafting the final report (around 50 pages, excluding annexes).

Technical and professional capacity

Candidates must be able to set up a project team that meets the following minimum selection criteria:

The team should be composed of one (1) project manager, one (1) social fieldwork expert and two (2) interviewers (or only 1 interviewer in case the social fieldwork expert conducts interviews and meets the minimum requirement as interviewer; in such case, candidates must demonstrate that the suggested social fieldwork expert meets both profiles of social fieldwork expert and interviewer).

Project manager 

  • University degree;
  • Knowledge of English (Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) minimum level C1);
  • Experience of managing at least 2 research projects.

The project manager will coordinate the project team and have the overall responsibility of the timely execution of the contract.

Social fieldwork expert

  • University degree in social sciences;
  • Knowledge of English (Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) minimum level C1);
  • Proven evidence of participation in at least two research projects, where the expert was responsible for coordinating qualitative fieldwork research with children. The final report of at least one such project in any EU language and an abstract in English must be provided.

The social fieldwork expert will coordinate the fieldwork activities and will be responsible for the overall quality of all deliverables submitted under the contract. He or she may also conduct the interviews with children.

Interviewers

  • Knowledge of English (Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) minimum level B2);
  • Proven evidence of participation in at least two research projects, where the interviewer conducted interviews with children. The final report of at least one such project in any EU language and an abstract in English must be provided.

The interviewers will conduct the interviews with children. In case the social fieldwork expert is not conducting the interviews and thus at least two interviewers are involved, at least one of them has to have a university degree in social sciences.

No documents proving the fulfillment of these criteria are requested at this stage.

Participation in this negotiated procedure for a low value contract is open to natural and legal persons falling within the scope of the EU Treaties (this includes all economic operators registered in the European Union and all European Union citizens) and to all natural and legal persons in a third country which has a special agreement with the Union in the field of public procurement on the conditions laid down in that agreement. FRA is not part of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) concluded within the World Trade Organisation. Therefore, FRA’s procurement procedures are not open to tenderers from GPA countries.

If you are interested to be invited to join this negotiated procedure please register your interest by e-mail (procurement@fra.europa.eu), including your contact details (name, organisation, address, country and e-mail) by Monday 3 March 2014 (5 pm). Please be informed that registration using the form below is only intended for the notification of updates and that only registrations of interest sent to the e-mail address above will be taken into consideration.

Please note that registration of interest to participate in the above-mentioned procedure does not give rise to any legitimate expectations to be invited.