EASPD Call for tenders – European Observatory on Human Resources

Research on “Implications of the Working Time Directive on working conditions in the social care sector: Cases from EU countries”

EASPD is looking for a Researcher/Research team to investigate the implications of the EU Working Time Directive on working conditions in the social care sector (including case studies from several EU countries).

As such, EASPD wishes to commission a study that would:
–          analyse how the WTD impacts on working practices in the social care sector;
–          examine how selected EU Member states have adapted to and worked with the WTD, noting both models of good practice and also examples of failure/disregarding the WTD (NOTE: one or two European countries should be selected by candidates per each European welfare model: i) Continental, ii) Anglo-Saxon, iii) Mediterranean, iv) Nordic, and v) Central European);
–          provide recommendations on new labour law provisions that will promote a fairer way of working in the social care sector, which cover both the need to protect against excessive hours and excessive casualization and yet still meet the needs of the people needing support.

Please consult the full text of the Call for Tenders for a more complete description of work and the list of required expertise.

Requested documents
–          CV(s)
–          A motivation letter describing your expertise and explaining why you are the right candidate(-s) for the assignment (not more than 1 page).
–          A research proposal explaining how you plan to conduct the research, including a review of what has already been done, an outline, a proposed methodology, a work plan (including a timeframe), resources needed, budget, etc. (not more than 2-3 pages).
–          Proposals concerning how in particular it is proposed to find out information in the countries representing the different welfare models of care in the EU (i.e. subcontracting researchers in selected countries).

Important dates
Deadline for application: 25 September 2016
Response to application: 30 September 2016
Intermediary Report to be submitted: 31 December 2016
Final Report to be submitted: 31 May 2017

Fee of max. EUR 7,000 covers the study, including a report for at least one welfare model;
Additional fees of max. EUR 2,000 per model are available for the main contractor to find subcontracted researchers to prepare reports covering the remaining four European models of care provision.

Note to editors
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 12,000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualised support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.

For more information, please contact:
Asel Kadyrbaeva
EASPD Research and Development Officer
T. +32 2 282 46 11