12 February 2014

Negotiated procedure for the low value contract "Research input for the FRA project Severe forms of labour exploitation (SELEX)”


Negotiated procedure
D-SE-14-T02 Research input for the FRA project Severe forms of labour exploitation (SELEX)

Open until :

26 February 2014 17:00
Publication date
12 February 2014

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is looking to contract the services of a natural or legal person to conduct research and in-depth analysis of the FRA project “Severe forms of labour exploitation (SELEX)”.

In 2013 the FRA started a project on severe forms of labour exploitation. The project encompasses three phases:

  1. The first phase, which has been concluded, aimed at obtaining a general overview of the situation of victims of labour exploitation in all Member States in the form of a short ad hoc report for all countries addressing the general preconditions that enable victims of labour exploitation to access justice.
  2. The second phase of the project aims to further explore the situation in twenty one selected Member States through social fieldwork research with representatives from professions such as labour inspectors, health and safety officers and recruitment and employment officers.
  3. The third phase will focus on a limited number of highly specific legal and organisational questions to complement the research findings from phase II.

The present contract is needed in the context of Phase II. Phase II is the fieldwork component of the project. It looks into criminal forms of exploitation of the work of migrants, where the term ‘migrants’ refers to any person who has moved to a country from abroad; one underlying assumption being that the foreignness and alienation linked to the status of a migrant can come with a vulnerability to labour exploitation. More precisely, the project looks into:

  1. Access to justice for migrants who have become victims of labour exploitation, including the punishment of offenders and all claims of victims under civil and labour law; in this respect the objective is to identify factors which support or hinder victims of labour exploitation in accessing justice;
  2. Risk factors contributing to labour exploitation of migrants, and preventative measures as means of reducing risk;
  3. The type and frequency of incidents of labour exploitation and the institutional setting in place to tackle it.

The expert is expected to provide the following:

  • Evaluation of country reports: to review, evaluate and provide suggestions for improvement of the country reports. The country reports summarise the findings of the interviews, focus groups and case studies collected in the countries under study.
  • Evaluation of transcripts and reporting templates: to review, evaluate and provide suggestions for improvement of interview transcripts and their respective reporting templates. The interview transcripts are the main outcome of the individual interviews conducted in the countries under study. The reporting templates are summaries of the interview transcripts which report the main findings of the interview.
  • Contribute to drafting the final comparative report: to analyse the main findings from final reports, all the interview transcripts and the reporting templates, and to draft the final comparative report.
  • To assist FRA staff to analyse the qualitative data collected and to provide additional analysis of the data in line with questions raised by FRA.

Technical and professional capacity

Candidates must be able to meet the following minimum selection criteria:

  • University degree in the legal and/or social sciences.
  • At least five (5) years of proven experience of research in relation to the issue of labour exploitation.
  • Proven experience of having worked on at least one (1) project on labour exploitation involving data from more than one country.
  • Very good knowledge of English (Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) level C1).

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 would like to participate in this negotiated procedure, please register your interest by e-mail to procurement@fra.europa.eu, including your contact details (name, organisation, address, country and e-mail) before Wednesday 26 February 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.