The European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) are pleased to launch a call for a subcontractor to provide research expertise in the framework of the implementation of the project “Schools as learning institutions – European Social Partners in Education promoting effective quality and innovation management models in the education sector in a post Covid-19 era” supported by the European Commission under the European Social Fund+ (ESF+) Social Prerogatives and Specific Competencies Lines (SocPL). 

More information about EFEE

The European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) is a recognised European social partner organisation for education employers. EFEE represents in total 61 education employers’ organisations in 27 European countries of all sectors of education, from pre-school to higher education, research, and VET, including ministries of education, local government associations, school boards’ and school heads’ associations, non-public and private school associations, Conferences of University Rectors, and Networks of Private Universities. Our mission is to improve the quality of teaching and school management through European cooperation and dialogue. On the basis of the European Pillar of Social Rights, we raise awareness on and increase commitment to the European policy agenda and influence European policy by making the voices of our members heard. As an officially recognised European social partner in education, we, thereby, are in constant dialogue with EU institutions as well as other European partners such as trade unions and various educational networks.

More information about the position

The expert is expected to perform the following tasks in the time framework from July 2023 to December 2024:

1. Participate in a pre-project meeting with EFEE and ETUCE (online), three online meetings with the Project Advisory Group, three peer learning visits, as well as a final conference.

2. Conduct desk research to map innovation management processes and methods in the education sector throughout the EU in the post-Covid-19 era and develop a substantial research report and outcome document analysing and comparing the theoretical framework from the literature study with the practical knowledge gained through the peer learning visits.

3. Investigate innovation management processes and methods in the education sector in the post-Covid-19 era and compare these with the knowledge gained through hands-on experience in the host countries of the PLVs, while identifying the most effective quality and innovation management models.

4. Develop, with the input from the project advisory group, an online survey to be carried out amongst EFEE and ETUCE member organisations to get insight into their current knowledge, practices and challenges when it comes to innovation management processes and methods in the education sector in the post-Covid-19 era.

5. Develop, with the input from the project advisory group, interview questions to be asked during PLVs with the aim to identify and subsequently be able to promote effective innovation management processes and methods in the education sector in the post-Covid-19 era.

The contractor is also expected to display the following competences:

1. Proven (research) experience and extensive knowledge of innovation management models in the education sector.

2. Significant understanding of social dialogue structures in education is preferable in order to identify the most pressing challenges and opportunities accordingly.

3. Experience in conducting surveys and interviews in the education sector.

4. Understanding of the role of social partners in the education sector as well as an overall understanding of the education sector (both on the European and national level).

5. Ability to communicate fluently verbally and in writing in English (at least C1 level). Additional European languages will be considered an asset.

The Contractor contributes to the successful development of the project as a whole by actively participating in project activities and meetings. The Project Advisory Group is the body entitled to guide the project/research implementation with regards to its organisation and evaluation.

Content and Presentation of the bids

The bids should contain a detailed explanation of the qualifications and the expertise of the potential contractor, e.g. information on references from the contractor on similar projects already handled, to demonstrate their experience and capability to succeed in performing the tasks as set out in section 2 of this tender.

The bids should include a detailed description of the methodology and tools applied to implement a project plan with detailed time and cost planning. The potential contractor is also requested to send a budget listing the costs by task including a fair estimation of the number of working days and the number of people participating in the tasks.

Replies have to be presented by 18 June 2023 at the latest to and 

Subject: Expert Researcher for LearningSchools

More information about this call for tender is available inside the document below.

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