In these areas, Expertise France carries out engineering and implementation missions for capacity building projects, mobilizes technical expertise and acts as an aggregator of projects involving public expertise and private know-how.
With an activity volume of 233 million euros, more than 400 projects in portfolio in 80 countries, and 63,000 days of expertise, Expertise France focuses its action towards France’s solidarity policy, influence and economic diplomacy.
The European Union (EU) promotes and maintains dialogue on social protection and inclusive employment policies with an increasing number of partner countries.
This effort has been confirmed in the European Commission (EC) Communication COM (2016) 740 final - Proposal for a new European Consensus on Development Our World, our Dignity, our Future .
A significant number of cooperation activities in different countries related to these fields are funded by geographic or thematic instruments.
However, a gap had been observed in the EU cooperation with third countries with regard to providing support to short-term measures and peer-to-peer cooperation to promote the development of social protection.
SOCIEUX+ - EU Expert Facility on Employment, Labour and Social Protection (hereafter : the Facility or SOCIEUX+ ) is a technical assistance facility set-up and co-funded by the EU (through the EC’s Directorate for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid), France, Spain and Belgium and implemented by a partnership composed of four partners : Expertise France, leader of the implementation Partnership (hereafter : the Partnership ), the Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP), Belgian International Cooperation on Social Protection (BELINCOSOC) and Belgian Cooperation Agency (ENABEL).
The general objective of the facility is to expand and improve access to better employment opportunities and inclusive social protection systems in partner countries.
The specific objective is to enhance the capacities of partner countries to better design, manage and monitor inclusive, effective, and sustainable employment strategies and social protection systems through peer-to-peer short-term technical assistance and knowledge development.
SOCIEUX+ supports the efforts of Partner Countries (PCs) of the EU in the reform, development and extension of their social protection systems and the strengthening of labour & employment policies.
The Facility aims at enhancing the capacities of partner countries to better design, manage and monitor inclusive, effective, and sustainable employment strategies and social protection systems through peer-to-peer short-term technical assistance and knowledge development.
It draws on the expertise of public or mandated bodies, non-governmental organisations, and relevant civil-society organisations of EU Member States and international specialised organisations.
It can also support South-South and triangular cooperation through the mobilisation of practitioners from partner countries.
SOCIEUX+ is operational since September 2016.The Facility is an expansion of SOCIEUX - Social Protection European Union Expertise in Development Cooperation -, which was established in 2013 and progressively incorporated.
The proposed Action shall allow EISP to identify its strategic priorities and translate them into a consistent strategic document that will support the Institute’s functions in the years to come.
The role of experts shall be that of animating and facilitating a fruitful consultation among EISP’s members in view to determine the Institute’s strategic outlook.
Experts shall make use of international and EU cases and examples of training and research institutes and how they have succeeded in defining their role and positioning within the educational environment, outlining its functions in relation to its strategic objectives, adopting a corporate approach for delivering its mandate.
The drafting of the EISP’s strategic plan shall result from a fruitful interaction and repartition of tasks between Experts and the members of EISP’s Board.
The EISP’s strategic plan shall be adopted by EISP’s governance for the Action to be concluded.As regards to this second activity, the peer-to-peer cooperation between European experts and their counterparts at the EISP / ECASSA will take place remotely, as the current global health emergency and the related ongoing restrictions to international travel, do not allow an on-site mission of the experts in conditions of safety and certainty.