Jeudi 19 Décembre 2019 - 08:00 au Dimanche 26 Janvier 2020 - 23:59

Call for Young Mediterranean Voices Debate Hubs 2020

As part of Young Mediterranean Voices programme,the British Council is looking for a number of organisations that will be responsible for establishing debate clubs, managing cascade training of debate skills and meetings with participants at targeted countries level.

These organisations, known as “Debate Hubs” will be responsible for supporting the delivery of debate training and will establish Debate Clubs. Debate Clubs have a minimum of 15 (fifteen) participants and give young women and men the opportunity to practice their debate skills.

Debate Hubs will co-ordinate inter and intra-Hub competitions. In September, October and November 2020 period, eight National Debate Forums will be held, which will give some Debate Clubs the opportunity to debate competitively at national level.

 About Young Mediterranean Voices

Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV) is a 3-year programme, primed to become the central flagship regional youth network connecting civil society, education institutions and policy-makers across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean countries.

The overall objective of YMV programme is to: “Empower young people to enhance a culture of dialogue, to contribute to public policy and shape media discourses, and to create a shared understanding with peers across the Mediterranean on how to address issues of common concern to their communities”.

YMV is coordinated by the Anna Lindh Foundation, co-founded by the British Council, and developed in partnership with the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), Friends of Europe, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, MEDAC and Soliya. The programme is funded by the European Commission and co-funded by the Government of Finland, the British Council and World Bank Group.


The winning suppliers (Hubs) will be required to undertake the following:

  1.  Reach out to potential young women and men within the Hub geographic remit by holding information sessions in coordination with the British Council country offices; at universities, youth centres and organisations or others.
  2.  Organise and run three-day face to face training in debate skills for Debate Clubs (National Cascade Training), using YMV materials provided by the British Council.
  3. Set up five Debate Clubs to receive the training following a transparent and fair process agreed in advance with the British Council.
  4. Organise at least four filed visits with each Debate Club to provide their members with core debate training and opportunities to practice debate activities.
  5. Attend the country YMV launch meeting to agree a delivery plan and calendar of training with the Peer Facilitators allocated to the Hub by the British Council.
  6. Arrange all logistics for the cascade Training, including venue hire, catering, printing of materials, as well as paying a travel and meal allowance to Peer Facilitators.
  7. Adhere to YMV Communication and Visibility requirements and to guidance issued by the British Council regarding safety, security and branding for events delivered under the YMV programme.
  8. Share the list of participants from their debate clubs with British Council before starting with the cascade trainings.
  9.  Actively promote information from the British Council and the wider Young Mediterranean Voices programme to participants in Debate Clubs to help them participate in annual debate competitions and other programme activities.
  10. Provide all the documents needed to be created as vendors, for the British Council to conduct necessary screening processes. Successful Hubs will be required to undertake Online Child Protection training provided by the British Council before starting with any of the cascade trainings.
  11. Organise intra-Hub competitions between Debate Clubs to select the teams to participate in the National Debate Forum as requested by the British Council.
  12. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of events (training and field visits), using tools developed by the YMV programme and provided by the British Council.
  13. Manage and report on the budget as required, providing proof of expenditure.


Supplier Requirements:

- Physical presence and operations (registered office) in the country for which they submit the tender. The organisation/association/institution should be registered with the relevant Ministry or Office as per local requirements.

- For NGO/CSO suppliers, they are required to submit the following documentation along with Annex 2 & Annex 3 to this Request for Proposal:

  1. Organic Code of the NGO/CSO
  2. Final Certified Deposit Receipt 
  3.  General Assembly Record
  4. List of Members of the Executive Office 

- Extensive experience in delivering training to young people on similar programmes.

- Ability to reach a high number of young women and men through their previous projects or programmes.

- Extensive experience of working with groups from different social, economic, geographic or religious backgrounds – the submission needs to show commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and child protection principles.

- Experience of managing similar projects. (Management and organization of big events, financial management, monitoring and evaluation tools from their previous events.)

- Experience of financial and budget management, including financial reporting.

- An effective public outreach strategy for activities and events.

- Organisations that acted as Hubs in 2018 or 2019 are invited to apply again for 2020 provided they can demonstrate that they will engage new participants in the programme. 


How to Apply?

Submit your tender response as described in the Request for Proposal (RFP) below. All documents required as part of your tender response should be submitted in either English or Arabic to the email: by the Response Deadline 26 January 2020, as set out in the Timescales section of this RFP. Please include the country for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.

The British Council will run a pre-bid briefing session virtually by Skype or Zoom in the week commencing 13 January 2020 to explain the bidding process. To register your interest, please email by 6 January 2020 stating the country for which you are applying.