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International projects

Expert programmes, technical aid projects and studies in and outside Europe

Grants

The funding projects implemented in partnership with European institutions and organisations make it possible to use our know-how in the areas of entrepreneurship and management consulting for disadvantaged groups of people across Europe. Among other things, our experts develop guidelines and tool boxes for companies or advise young people with a refugee background on setting up a company.

 

Global tenders

With projects in the field of technical assistance ("Technical Assistance"), we support the development of structures and mechanisms relevant to the labour market and social policy in countries outside the EU.

We work - on behalf of the European Commission - with ministries, authorities and civil society in Asia, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, for example to further develop offers from labour market agencies, to develop industry-relevant skills or to promote the labour market integration of disadvantaged groups of people.

 

Services EU

As part of our European focus, we support the European Commission in implementing comprehensive “Good Practice Exchange” programmes. The focus is on:

  • Cross-border projects with a large international network of experts
  • Evaluations and Europe-wide studies in the areas of the labour market and gender equality (e.g. work-life balance and women in decision-making positions)

    Our clients include the European Commission and the European Parliament, Ministries, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the World bank.

     

    Kontakt
    DIin Andrea Tauber
    Leitung Geschäftsfeld Internationale Projekte
    E: andrea.tauber@oesb-gruppe.at 

    Grants

    Event Industry Integration

    The aim of the project is to support people with a refugee background, migrants and foreign employees in the partner countries Denmark, Germany, Liechtenstein and Austria in their integration into companies in the MICE sector (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions).

    Project activities

    • Development of tools to determine competency
    • Development of a curriculum for education providers for the professional integration of the target groups
    • Development of a toolbox "Diversity Management for Companies"
    • Impact study on New Media & Augmented Reality Application
    • Pilot implementation of the outputs (“step2mice” measure): 2-week course with subsequent internship in companies in the event industry as well as support and placement of course and internship participants in permanent jobs, further information on the Website
    • Organisation and implementation of multiplier events as well as dissemination of the results and project content 

    target group

    • People with a high school diploma, university degree or dropouts (except HAK graduates and graduates of business studies)
    • IT user knowledge

    contact us

    DIin Andrea Tauber
    E: andrea.tauber@oesb-gruppe.at 

    additional information

    Grants

    EUStartGees

    The project supports refugees between the ages of 18 and 25 with the intention of becoming self-employed to become financially independent and thus more integrated into the host countries.

    As part of the project, which is being implemented in Germany, Finland, Italy, Austria and Spain, these young people are accompanied and supported in all phases of sustainable business start-up.

    Project activities

    The project consists of 3 core phases of company formation:

    • Phase 1 “Connect!”: Pre-incubation, needs analysis, selection of participants, measurement of entrepreneurial intent, involvement of local society as well as mentors and coaches, announcement of the programme
    • Phase 2 “Think & Design!”: Incubation, intensive training courses and workshops (e.g. national business cultures, legal framework conditions, administrative tasks for the self-employed), validation of "viable products", procurement of financial resources (loans, microcredits, public subsidies)
    • Phase 3 “Grow!”: Acceleration, validation of the learning steps through an intensive driving programme with special mentoring sessions and a focus on generating capital (investments)

    The phases are accompanied by:

    • Market and stakeholder analysis
    • Development of a training curriculum including teaching / learning material
    • Finding sponsors (support programme) and establishing a network of relevant stakeholders and experts
    • Collecting good practice examples as a basis for learning
    • Development and implementation of competence checks
    • Mentoring programme
    • Elaboration of a blue print  

    contact us

    DIin Andrea Tauber
    E: andrea.tauber@oesb-gruppe.at 

    additional information

    Services EU

    "Benchlearning" among Public Employment Services (PES)

    Fostering cooperation and mutual learning among European PES

    Details

    Since 2019, we are a partner in the EU PES Benchlearning programme. Benchlearning is an innovative concept combining quantitative and qualitative benchmarking with evidence-informed mutual learning. We are responsible for the mutual learning strand of the programme.

    The programme is implemented on behalf of the European Commission and the European Network of Public Employment Services. The objective is to foster cooperation between European PES and to support the implementation of good practices in order to improve PES performance and service quality.

    Deliverables

    • Organisation of three Working Groups, two Thematic Review Workshops and one Network seminar per year
    • Development of an appropriate learning methodology tailored to each event
    • Identification of thematic experts
    • Moderation of the events
    • Preparation and coordination of summary reports and thematic papers
    • Provision of full logistic support

    Main topics

    • Future of work and digitalisation
    • PES Service delivery
    • PES Performance Management
    • Strengthening PES visibility and responding to emerging challenges

    contact us

    Mag.a Dr.in Monika Natter
    E: monika.natter@oesb.at   

    additional information

    Services EU

    Mutual Learning

    Exchange of good practices in the field of gender equality

    Details

    We have been implementing the EU programme “Mutual Learning” in the field of gender equality (European Commission, DG Justice) since 2011.

    The aim of the programme is to promote mutual learning through the exchange of knowledge and good practices between government officials, independent experts, EU officials and other stakeholders involved.

    The focus is on concrete policy measures and practical examples. Both opportunities and obstacles for policy implementation are identified and the opportunities and challenges with regard to transferability to other countries are examined.

    Deliverables

    • Content and methodological conception of three seminars per year
    • Identification and selection of the participating independent experts
    • Logistical support for the participants
    • Moderation of the events
    • Preparation of summary reports (in English, German and French) which are published on the programme website
    • Evaluation of the programme

    Main topics

    • Promotion of women in political and economic decision-making positions
    • Reducing the gender pay gap
    • Reconciliation of work and family / private life
    • Violence against women
    • Gender mainstreaming and gender impact assessment
    • Promote female entrepreneurship
    • Eliminate gender segregation in the labour market and in education
    • The role of men in promoting gender equality

    contact us

    Mag.a Dr.in Monika Natter
    E: monika.natter@oesb.at   

    additional information

    Services EU

    Youth, Digitalisation and Gender Equality

    Contribution to the EIGE report: Gender equality and young people: opportunities and risks of digitalisation

    Details

    The study Youth, Digitalisation and Gender Equality is based on focus group interviews with young people between the ages of 15 and 18 and interviews with experts from the fields of digitalisation, youth and equality. This was implemented in 10 EU member states.

    Deliverables

    • Creation of guidelines and organisation of focus groups and expert interviews in 10 EU member states
    • Presentation of the results in a report on the topic of gender-specific opportunities and risks of digitalisation for young people in Europe
    • Formulation of policy recommendations in the area of ​​participation of young people in public life, education and learning, combating gender-based violence on the Internet and cross-cutting issues.
    • Presentation of the research results during a stakeholder event organised by EIGE.

    Main topics

    The research focused on:

    • Identification and analysis of gender-specific opportunities created by digital technologies
    • Identification of gender-specific risks of digitalisation
    • Formulate policy recommendations in this area

    contact us

    Mag.a Dr.in Monika Natter
    E: monika.natter@oesb.at   

    additional information

    Services EU

    Radicalisation and Women

    Analysis for the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament

    Details

    As a rule, violent radicalisation is still perceived as a predominantly “male” phenomenon. The role of women in extreme movements is therefore often neglected or reduced to the passive role of victim, although they do provide active support, e.g. with regard to recruitment and fundraising, but also in operational roles up to assassins.

    Women therefore play a fundamental role in supporting and spreading jihadist ideologies. There is no general profile of women who support jihadism, but certain push and pull factors are often mentioned.

    In particular, the internet also plays a relevant role, especially in recruiting women. In any case, it is clear that female radicalisation is a complex, multi-causal phenomenon and demands just such answers.

    When it comes to preventing radicalisation, the majority of women are involved as mothers, sisters and wives. Although these are important roles, they also lead to a certain stereotyping that overlooks other valuable areas of application for women, e.g. as political influencers, educators, important members of the community and activists.

    objectives

    The analysis was carried out from July to November 2017 and had two objectives:

    • An examination of the factors that lead to the radicalisation of women and their involvement in violent extremism, as well as the mechanisms in place to combat radicalisation of women and girls.
    • The presentation of the potential of women in radicalisation prevention.

    contact us

    Mag.a Dr.in Monika Natter
    E: monika.natter@oesb.at   

    additional information

    Services EU

    Women in legal professions in the EU

    Study for the Legal Committee of the European Parliament (JURI)

    Details

    Despite a continuous trend towards a greater gender balance in legal professions, the data indicate a persistent gender imbalance in the top positions as well as horizontal segregation (for example, support staff in the legal sector is usually predominantly female). Although there are sometimes considerable differences between individual legal systems, countries, legal professions and hierarchical levels, this applies to all EU member states.

    An example of this is the judge's profession. Viewed across Europe, there is a gender balance or even a slight excess of women. However, this only applies to the lower hierarchy levels. In the states of the Anglo-Saxon legal system, on the other hand, the entire profession of judges is male-dominated to over 60%.

    The findings of the study therefore require a considerable amount of action to remove the main barriers to equal participation of women and men in legal professions. These include in particular:

    • the persistence of gender stereotypes, including a gender-related distortion effect (“gender bias”) with regard to recruitment and promotion. So, for example, men are generally given more competence and, above all, motherhood is equated with a lack of commitment to the profession. The “glass ceiling” and a corporate culture that is primarily geared towards men prevent women from climbing into top positions.
    • Difficulties in reconciling work and family life (“work-life balance”). This is particularly reinforced by the fact that in many legal professions, overtime and long working hours are seen as a sign of commitment and dedication and a downright necessity for professional advancement.
    • a lack of transparency in the hiring and promotion processes.
    • a lack of effective mentoring and support networks for women.
    • a lack of visibility of female role models in top legal positions.

          The study's recommendations include:

          • the exchange of "good practices" between Member States to tackle the imbalance in legal professions,
          • promoting the development of relevant action plans in the Member States,
          • and setting targets and also quotas if necessary.

          There is also a need for more systematic research into the situation of women and men in legal professions, as well as better collection and collection of data that is comparable at European level.

          In the area of ​​legal education, the introduction of a gender-specific approach as a cross-cutting issue would be desirable.  

          objectives

          The study was carried out from December 2016 to June 2017 in collaboration with the Queen's University Belfast created and pursued the following goals:

          • To convey a picture of the situation in different legal professions in all 28 Member States.
          • Identify and investigate reasons for underrepresentation of women or men in some legal professions.

          The method relied on three pillars: literature analysis, stakeholder consultations and secondary data collection from existing national and European statistical sources.

          Global tenders

          Kosovo - Enhancing Employment of Vulnerable Groups

          EU Funded Technical Assistance Project on establishing structures and measures for integration of Vulnerable Groups in Kosovo.

          Details

          The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the transition from social assistance to employment of the most disadvantaged groups in the labor market, putting a special emphasis on social aid beneficiaries and people with disabilities.

          This objective will be contributed to through the project purpose defined as support to employment and social inclusion of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the labor market, in particular beneficiaries of social assistance and people with disabilities, through development and implementation of active employment policies at central and regional levels that will improve the employability of the above-mentioned groups and provide opportunities for entrepreneurship.

          The project is financed by the EU Commission; Beneficiary institution in Kosovo is the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MLSW). The project implementation is planned to start beginning of 2014 and will last for 24 months.

          ÖSB Consulting GmbH enforces the two party consortium led by WYG and provides expertise in designing, elaboration and implementation of active labor market measures as a function of the needs of these target groups.

          PROJECT OVERVIEW

          Project TypeTechnical assistance
          Duration2014-2017
          Place of implementationPristina, Kosovo
          BeneficiariesPublic institutions in social and employment sector
          Contracting AuthorityEuropean Commission, DG Development & Cooperation (EuropeAid)
          ContactAnas Saedaddin

          contact us

          Mag.a Dr.in Monika Natter
          E: monika.natter@oesb.at