European Commission DG Regional Policy is recruiting project evaluators, Brussels, Belgium, 04 April 2012
Evropska komisija išče evalvatorje
The European Commission’s DG Regional Policy is recruiting a team of freelance consultants to act as project evaluators. The evaluations will include the following tasks:
Field 1: Contribution to Specialised Subjects
technical writing for the preparation of official documents regarding the procedures of the European Commission,
review of performance framework and its implementation,
preparation of support by financial instruments,
IT expertise on technical implications of e-government (exchange of information between beneficiaries and authorities responsible for management and control of operational programmes solely carried out by electronic data exchange),
strategic and progress reports on 2007–2013: synthesis of national reports, evidence gathering,
quality analysis of ‘ex ante’ evaluations.
Field 2: Evaluations during the programming period:
The Commission may need external expertise to examine the relevance and quality of ongoing evaluations, comparative analyses, econometric analyses or work carried out by panels of experts. Expertise will be needed for:
assessment of the quality of ongoing evaluations, including an evaluation of evaluation design, reliability of the data obtained, reliability analysis and credibility, clarity and relevance of the results and conclusions,
‘ad hoc’ analyses of any problem in implementing the programmes.
Field 3: Evaluation of the macroeconomic impact of pre-accession and structural interventions:
The Commission continues its efforts to capture and better understand the macroeconomic impact of Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund interventions in the Member States. In this context, expert advice and small-scale works will be needed in the following areas:
modelling work aiming at understanding the economic, social, environmental impact of the funds on major aggregates,
quantitative analyses of trade effects of EU aid,
improvement of use of additionality data in the context of Structural Funds (use of national account data),
use and application of the latest developments in regional economic analysis, concerning especially the impact channels of regional aid on economic growth and job creation in the region and impact on disparities of regions within a Member State and the European Union.
Field 4: 2007–2013: Thematic analysis and evaluations of European Union policies:
The Commission may require expert advice and small-scale works in the area of thematic evaluations on certain subjects. This will involve, more specifically, thematic evaluations or expert thematic reports, especially in the main fields referred to in the European Union strategic guidelines for programmes adopted by the Commission for the 2007–2013 period:
Making Europe and its regions more attractive places to invest and work:
Expand and improve transport infrastructures;
Strengthen the synergies between environmental protection and growth, including climate change;
Address Europe’s intensive use of traditional energy sources;
Mobilise the potential of all urban and rural areas;
Improving knowledge and innovation for growth:
Increase and improve investment in RTD;
Facilitate innovation and direct support to enterprises;
Promote the information society for all.
More and better jobs:
Attract and retain more people in employment and modernise social protection systems;
Improve adaptability of workers and enterprises and the flexibility of the labour market;
Increase investment in human capital through better education and skills;
Help maintain a healthy labour force.
Partnership and other aspects of the Structural Funds’ delivery systems.
Territorial issues including cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation.
Field 5: 2014–2020: Analysis of thematic objectives:
As regards the thematic objectives put forward for the 2014–2020 programming period, expertise will be needed for their analysis:
strengthening research, technological development and innovation,
enhancing access to, and use and quality of, information and communication technologies,
enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises,
supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sections,
promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management,
protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency,
promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks and key network infrastructures,
promoting employment and supporting labour mobility,
promoting social inclusion and combating poverty,
investing in education, skills and lifelong learning,
enhancing institution capacity and an efficient public administration.
Field 6: Analysis of ‘ex ante’ conditionalities:
For the analysis of ‘ex ante’ conditionalities, expertise is sought in the following areas:
digital growth/next generation access infrastructure,
Small Business Act/think small first principle/combating late payment,
energy efficiency/renewable energy,
risk prevention/risk management,
Field 7: Economic and social analysis:
The Commission carries out a wide range of analyses to better understand regional situations and trends, and policy design. Expertise will be needed in the following areas:
statistical and economic analysis of regional economic and social processes,
regional poverty, social exclusion, social mobility, and income distribution issues,
analysis of the structure and functioning of national and sub-national budgets and public expenditure,
development of composite indicators to assess and measure different dimensions of regional development,
relations between levels of governments in the design and implementation of development policies,
urban and rural development.
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