Briefing Paper on the vectors of violent extremism and Plan of Action of the Spanish civil society for PVE

Tender for a Briefing Paper on the vectors of violent extremism (LOT 1) and an Action Plan of Spanish society to prevent all forms of violent extremism (LOT 2).
This contract is part of the project: “RaP: Rhizome Against Polarization” supported by the European Comission Internal Security Fund – Police (EC / ISF-P)

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO THIS OFFER
Deadline to receive the applications: 15 September 2019 to nuria@novact.org
Before 11:59 p.m. (local time in Barcelona)

OPEV ON AND RAP – RHIZOME AGAINST POLARIZATION

Context of the study:
Violent extremism in its many shapes and sizes, are an affront to the values committed to maintaining a positive peace and the promotion of genuine democracy, human security, protection of human rights civil society, sustainable development and social justice. Violent extremists want to seize political power acting against human rights and fundamental freedoms. His deologías can be taken by individuals, groups or coalitions of states.
From 28 to 30 January 2017, the Barcelona Conference “Towards a new paradigm: prevent all forms of violent extremism”brought together 322 people representing 172 institutions of civil society from 22 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region, involved in a participatory process for the formulation of the “Declaration of Barcelona: Plan of Action of the Euro-Mediterranean civil society to prevent all forms of violent extremism “and the launch of the regional platform” Observatory for the Prevention of violent extremism (OPEV) “.

Presentation of the RAP project – Against Polarization:

Rhizome Against Polarization aims to prevent polarization and radicalization in three European countries (Austria, Italy and Spain) at grassroots levels. Through a participatory approach and methodology, professionals of the first line of organizations, teachers, public institutions and political parties will be provided with tools for the prevention of polarization and radicalization, resilience will be strengthened in vulnerable groups, we will create awareness and innovative policies to prevent violent extremism will be produced.
The relationship between polarization and radicalization is understood as a process; While polarization refers to the conception of adversaries (“us” and “them”), radicalization is related to political, social and religious issues. Both create hostilities, alienation and intolerance. In recent times, violent extremism is increasingly present in the European region; Racism, Islamophobia or extreme right ideologies are having institutional representation. Taking this situation into account, the proposal of this project is the identification of good practices, the capacity to build and develop practical tools and their application at European level.

The Rhizome project: Against Polarization aims to:

  • Provide front-line representatives with tools to prevent violent extremism.
  • Strengthen the resilience of communities at risk.
  • Provide public institutions with a political framework aimed at addressing radicalization and polarization from the human rights dimension.
  • Create awareness at European level about the good practices and tools to mitigate polarization.

The Rhizome project is supported by the European Union (Internal Security Fund – Policies) and it will be coordinated by NOVACT, Civil Volunteer Group (GVC) from Italy and Südwind from Austria for 2 years.

LOT 1

Developing a briefing Paper with a gender-oriented approach on the vectors of violent extremism in the Spanish state. It has the following objectives:

  • Carry out an analysis (literature review) of the presence of violent extremist movements in Spain
  •  Carry out an analysis (literature review) of the local factors that promote violent extremism at the social level in the Spanish state
  • Map the 20 main institutional and social initiatives in matters of prevention of violent extremism and fight against terrorism in Spain
  • For the preparation of this Briefing Paper, a Focus Group and/or semi-structured interviews will be held with a minimum of 15 members of CSO

Description of services and methodological considerations:

  • Bibliographic review on violent extremism in Spain
  • Analysis of the situation of the different factors included in the Action Plan of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the prevention of violent extremism in the state. The team of research will have to include in its methodological note both quantitative and qualitative indicators to analyze the following factors:
    1. Social capital: presence or lack of a social fabric that contributes to strengthening the resilience of the local population in Spain
    2. Unequalities: Existence or lack of socio-economic perspectives or opportunities, as well as spaces for citizen participation in favor of the most vulnerable populations
    3. Latent conflicts: Existence or lack of unresolved local conflicts prolonged over time.
    4. Presence of violent extremist organizations or groups: presence of violent extremist organizations that attract new supporters and the level of support from citizens and social mobilization capacity.
    5. Collective grievances: existence / lack or perception of existence or lack of grievances towards certain groups or beliefs.
    6. Security environment: presence or lack of police or military responsible for human rights violations in the areas covered by the projects
  • Creation of the methodology and subsequent implementation of the Focus Group and / or semi-structured interviews of 15 people linked to civil society in order to prepare the Briefing Paper.
  • Meetings with project members to validate the methodology used, the 15 people consulted within the project and the results

The Briefing Paper will have to be prepared in English and have a maximum length of 7500 words (executive summary, indexes, footnotes, bibliography and separate annexes).
The maximum budget of this lot will be  5,000€ (taxes included)

LOT 2

Elaboration of a plan of action of the Spanish civil society to prevent all forms of violent extremism.
Description of the services and methodological considerations:

• This action plan will be inspired by the Barcelona Declaration: Plan of Action of the Euro-Mediterranean civil society to prevent all forms of violent extremism carried out by the OPEV that can be found here )
• Creation of an agenda for the action that is composed of a minimum of 50 proposals with a gender mainstreaming divided by the following objectives:
Objective 1: Follow up on ALL forms of violent extremism
Objective 2: Strengthen education and resilience at the local level
Objective 3: Strengthen the responsibility to protect victims
Objective 4: Protect human rights in anti-terrorist laws
Objective 5: Promote gender justice
Objective 6: Reinforce the role of young people as actors for change
Objective 7: Promote democratic values and protect civil society
Objective 8: Generate alternative narratives in social networks and media
Objective 9: Promote the adoption of national and local action plans
• For the preparation of this document, a Focus Group and / or semi-structured interviews with 15 members of the Spanish civil society will be held for the collection of proposals.
• Meetings with project members to validate the methodology used, the 15 people consulted within the project and the results

The action plan will have to be prepared in English with a maximum length of 7500 words (executive summary, indexes, footnotes, bibliography and separate annexes).
The maximum budget of this lot will be € 5,000 (taxes included)

GENERAL INFORMATION OF LOT 1 AND LOT 2

Duration of the mission of both LOT 1 and LOT 2:
The expected duration for the preparation of this consultancy is 4 months. It will be developed between the months of October 2019 and January of 2020. The contracted person / team will have to provide a specific item in the budget for translation expenses if needed.

Competencies required for LOT 1 and LOT 2:

The offers of independent consultants, civil society organizations, lawyers, think tanks and universities are welcome.

Candidates will have to meet the following requirements:

  •  Be in possession of a university diploma, in the field of social or human sciences.
  • Have a minimum creditable experience of 3 years in research and quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Have demonstrable experience in the field of the prevention of violent extremism
  • Good analysis and writing skills.
  • Good understanding of the gender approach
  • Have capacities and proven experience working with civil society, especially in Spain
  • Good knowledge of the legal, political situation in Spain

How to submit the application of LOT 1 and LOT 2:
In order to participate in this tender, interested persons must send the following documents:

  • CV of the group of experts or the expert responsible for the execution of the lots.
  • Contact information, including both email and telephone.
  • Detailed and specific methodological proposal for the implementation of the actions, including the objectives, the calendar, the activities to be carried out, the description of the indicators that will be used.
  • Detailed economic offer in items, taking into account taxes
  • A minimum of 5 references of projects carried out previously

The criteria that will be taken into account when selecting the best methodological proposal are the following:

  • Price (25%)
  • Quality of the indicators proposed in the methodological proposal (25%)
  • Methodology proposed by the diagnostic study (25%)
  • Candidate experience (15%)
  • Application to carry out the two lots – Briefing Paper and Action Plan (10%)

We ask that the candidates send their proposal and the documents in English. The deadline for the submission of applications is September 15 at 23.59h (Spain time). Send the candidacies to: nuria@novact.org. Write the following title in the mail subject “RAP: Briefing Paper”

For more information and questions, write to: nuria@novact.org