Terms of Reference for a consultant for the provision of supervisory sessions for Centers for Development of Inclusive practices staff, for the project Inclusive4All: Inclusive education for all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Thursday 3 September 2020

"Terms of Reference for a consultant for the provision of supervisory sessions for Centers for Development of Inclusive practices staff, for the project Inclusive4All: Inclusive education for all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina."


Project name

Inclusive4All- Inclusive education for all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, code: AID 011522


Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS)

Geographical focus

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla Canton

Project location

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla Canton

Project Duration

May 1st, 2018 – January 31st, 2022

Lead Applicant

Save the Children


implementing partners

Ministry of Education and Science in Tuzla Canton

Association Vesta

Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin", University of Bologna (UNIBO)

 1.     Introduction

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the North-West Balkans and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met, and their voices are heard.  We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.                                          

  1. 2.     Background and Rationale

Children with disabilities[1] and their families are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups, often experiencing discrimination and violation of their rights guaranteed under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the medical approach to children with disabilities is still omnipresent, which focuses on the defects of the child rather than their potentials and environmental barriers, as well as the complementary charity approach that focuses on the provision of social welfare as the only means of community support. Children with disabilities often experience discrimination and social exclusion in every aspect of their lives, including negative beliefs, lack of knowledge, and discriminatory behavior of others.

Although data on the number of children with disabilities is scarce, it is estimated that in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are over 70,000 children who have some disability. Over 7,500 of them live in Tuzla Canton[2].

The project: Inclusive4All - Inclusive education for all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, code: AID 011522, funded by the Italian Agency for cooperation and development (AICS), started on 1st of May 2018. The project aims to enable children with disabilities to develop their potentials and fully enjoy their right to education and social inclusion.

Specifically, the project aims to reach the following three main results:

  1. Children with disabilities and their families have access to several diverse support services in Tuzla Canton;
  2. Tuzla Canton authorities are strengthened and supported in the review and adoption of the local strategy for the inclusion of children with disabilities in the regular education system;
  3. The population and civil society organizations of Tuzla Canton understand and support the bio-psycho-social model of educational and social inclusion of children with disabilities.

Concerning the first result, to build support services in Tuzla Canton for children with disabilities and their families, it is necessary to improve the quality of work Centres for the development of inclusive practice to equip them to effectively support children with disabilities and their families. In this regard, we want to build the capacity of the human resources in CDIPs

SC, therefore, invite requests for proposals from various experienced individual consultants and/or agencies to carry out supervision of teamwork sessions for professionals working in CDIPs in TK as specified in this Terms of Reference.


  1. 3.     Objective

The purpose of this assignment is to provide expert support for the supervision of teamwork for professionals working in CDIPs in Tuzla Canton.

Supervision is intended for the development of experts and the Centres, improving the professional life of experts concerning their role in the Centres for Development of Inclusive Practice. The supervisor will monitor, coach, guide, and direct staff in providing care for the wellbeing of CDIP beneficiaries as well as their own. S/he will also provide staff feedback and guidance to ensure effectiveness and efficiency. The purpose is to assist the practitioners in CDIPs to learn from their experience and progress in expertise, as well as to ensure good service to the clients. Learning shall be applied to planning work as well as to diagnostic work and therapeutic work. The supervision of professionals by positions will enable:

  • Support in reflecting and making professional decisions
  • Support in challenging and demanding professional situations and conflicts
  • Explaining and processing tasks, functions, and roles
  • Support in managing change processes
  • Innovative solutions to new challenges.

The ultimate goal of the supervisory meetings is the professional and personal growth and development through raising personal responsibility for team relationships and fostering a collaborative environment in order to develop the quality of work


    4.    Expected outputs:

The expert consultant is expected to provide the following:

  • Develop the agenda and supporting materials
  • Conduct online supervision group sessions for each CDIP team (two sessions per month for two CDIPs)
  • Conduct online individual supervision on demand
  • Submit final report in Bosnian and English


5.  Timeframe and methodology

In order to complete the above-specified task, the consultant will be engaged from October 1st, 2020 to the 31st of January 2021. The consultant will develop and implement the work plan in consultations and with the support of SCINWB designated staff, in line with the proposed timeframe below.




Initial meeting with SCINWB designated staff and finalization of the work plan for conduction of service

October 1st  (1 day)

Online sessions and reporting

From October to February

Submission of the final report

31st of January 2021

  1. *Timeframe can be changed in consultations with SCINWB.


The final deliverables should be the following:

  • List of participants;
  • Report on the meetings in Bosnian and English.
  • The final report with best practices and recommendations for further work

   6. Funding and logistical support and organizations 

Funding will be provided by Save the Children in North West Balkans to cover the consulting fees and materials costs for the participants. The consultant is responsible for the organization of the training, facilitation, preparing materials, and final reports.


   7. Qualifications and Specialised Knowledge/Experience Required  

A consultant engaged in performing the task should possess the following expertise and skills as a minimum:

  • Qualified supervisor/psychotherapist;
  • Experience in supervision of teams;
  • Know inclusion values and principles;
  • Exceptional organization, ability to plan, realize and monitor work progress;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


   8. Formal Expression of Interest for Consultancy

The interested consultant should develop and submit the financial proposal to respond to the above mentioned specific tasks. The proposal should include:

  1. Submission of the Bidders response document with a specified budget breakdown (Annex 1);
  2. Letter of interest with confirmation of the availability for the proposed dates and work dynamics
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in SCI template (Annex 2).

Detailed Terms of Reference and necessary forms can be downloaded at:


The interested applicants should submit their proposals on Procurement.NWB@savethechildren.org no later than the  25th of September 2020, 12:00 h. Only the shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Particular requirement: no person is performing any task on behalf of Save the Children may, in any way, be involved in or connected with abuse or exploitation of children.


[1] Children up to the age of 18 who have ‘long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.’ (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 1)

[2] Strategy for the inclusion of children with disabilities in education with a 7-year Action plan in Tuzla Canton, Official Gazette 06/18