Projects

BBJ Consult AG has been successfully advising, supporting and implementing projects on a national and international level since the mid-1980s. Together with our clients and (project) partners, we develop individual, tailor-made action strategies that are geared to the various needs, policy areas and funding programmes.

In preparation for planned and ongoing projects, our experienced consulting team works together with an international network of experts to guarantee cross-sector, multidisciplinary know-how for the specific requirements of your project.

Project Selection

Team International Delegations (ID)

Organization of international delegation trips in Germany for the GIZ

Team International Delegations (ID)

Organization of international delegation trips in Germany for the GIZ

The International Delegations (ID) Team of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Berlin is responsible for advising and supporting specialist delegation trips for GIZ partners abroad. Supported by external service providers and experts, Team ID is the first point of contact for all inquiries and advice from the GIZ external structure on delegation trips to Germany and Europe. The aim is to promote direct exchange between GIZ project partners abroad and Germany, European or third country partners.

About 300-400 international delegations to Germany, Europe or third countries are conducted annually. Mostly, the participants are high-ranking representatives of the partner countries, who want to and should meet equal contacts in the host country.

BBJ Consult AG provides support with conceptual program design, selection and preparation of interview partners, travel logistics and financial processing and follow-up of specialist delegation trips to Germany, Europe or third countries, including backstopping in the travel implementation phase. In detail this includes

  • Preparation of calculations on the total and individual costs of the trip
  • Organization of the logistics of the delegation trip
  • Search for suitable institutions and partners, contact, appointment coordination and preparation of interviews
  • Provision of interpreters and travel guides
  • Preparation of documents for the escort to content, procedure, institutions and guests as well as the transmission of relevant information to the other service providers
  • Creation of a program booklet
  • Continuous maintenance of a protected work area in the document management system (DMS) of the GIZ for all processes associated with the trip

Project duration: 01.09.2019 – 31.08.2020
Volume: no fixed budget / framework agreement

Contracting authority: German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Love doesn't hurt

European initiatives against domestic violence.

Love doesn't hurt

European initiatives against domestic violence.

While in many EU countries crime rates are generally falling, the number of incidents of domestic and gender-based violence are either stagnating or on the rise. The projects purpose is to organize mutual exchanges, mutual learning and joint work on strategies for prevention but also on methods to help victims. For that a partnership between associations, educational centres and social work organizations in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Spain and Turkey was forged:

The transnational project “Love doesn’t hurt” aims to train relevant civil society actors in strategies, concepts and approaches to combat domestic and gender-based violence and to bring them into an exchange on good practices. Each of the partner organizations hosts training events for all other partners to share and teach their specific and individual approach but also to get feedback and collegial advice on how the approach can be improved. Project activities also involve local actors and persons affected in order to incorporate their approaches and perspectives and to make the results of the meetings publicKey to tackling the problem is an open and differentiated public debate, which is why the partners are committing considerable resources from the project to designing and implementing an awareness-raising campaign.  

BBJ Consult AG acts as the coordinating partner. Our main tasks are project coordination, budget management, cost and success monitoring, reporting to the national agency or EU Commission.  

Project duration: 01.09.2018 – 31.10.2020
Volume: EUR 110.846,00

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Metropolis: Sustainable Cities Collaboratory (SCC)

Global network of major cities and metropolitan areas.

Metropolis: Sustainable Cities Collaboratory (SCC)

Global network of major cities and metropolitan areas.

Metropolis is a network of currently about 140 capitals and cities with more than one million inhabitants. The aim of this network is the mutual exchange and the support and common lobbying for the interests of the city towards international organizations (UNO etc.) and national governments. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller acts as interim president of the network and has submitted his candidacy for the office of network president.

The SCC project aims to develop concrete strategies, ideas and formats that enable the functioning of mutual support and exchange between cities and form a solid scientific basis for city strategies. Within the framework of SCC, city authorities and researchers/institutions concerned with urban sustainability will be connected. Several tools have been developed for this purpose, such as the digital platform “use (urban sustainability exchange)”. It functions as an instrument for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is aimed at those responsible for planning in politics and administration as well as at urban practitioners. By means of international case studies and the networking of actors from research, politics, administration and urban practice, what use achieves in digital space is to be transferred to urban space.

Regular interactive webinars offer city officials and academics the opportunity for informal exchange on strategies and projects. These webinars are led by Prof. Paul James, Director of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, and his team.

In order to create the conditions for effective networking, interface meetings are organized where city officials and researchers meet physically. The project also promotes the development of local staff (working groups of city officials, academics and stakeholders) on a topic that cities consider important. These local employees can then connect with similar structures, experts or municipal officials who are working on a similar challenge or who have worked recently.

BBJ Consult AG’s support for the concerns of the Berlin Senate includes …

  • … the coordination and organizational support within the framework of the Berlin interim presidency of the Metropolis Network, in particular the participation of the Governing Mayor in the annual meetings 2018, 2019 and the World Congress 2020;
  • … the content and coordinating support in linking various activities of the Berlin Metropolitan Region, in preparing the World Council meetings organized by the UCLG, the Executive Committee meetings and the General Assembly as well as the Berlin Metropolitan Initiative “Sustainable Cities Collaboratory”;
  • … the acquisition of the participating cities, speakers, moderators, participants and scientific institutions within the framework of Berlin initiatives and events as well as the communication, coordination and correspondence with them and with the general secretariat of the metropolis, scientific advisors, the Senate Chancellery and the UCLG Secretariat;
  • … the development of objectives, the conception, preparation, implementation and follow-up of events.

Project duration: 12.03.2018 – 31.12.2020
Volume: EUR 167.904,00

Contracting authority: Berlin Senate Chancellery (formerly Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection)

use (urban sustainability exchange)

Knowledge exchange platform dedicated to sustainable city making.

use (urban sustainability exchange)

Knowledge exchange platform dedicated to sustainable city making.

The digital platform use (urban sustainability exchange) is an online platform dedicated to promoting sustainable urban development. It showcases successful programmes, projects and policies and connects citymakers who work in this field. The platform functions as an instrument for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is aimed at those responsible for planning in politics and administration as well as at urban practitioners: By means of international case studies and by networking actors from research, politics, administration and urban practice, what use achieves in digital space is to be transferred into urban space.

BBJ Consult AG was significantly involved in the planning and construction of the platform and is responsible for the editorial support including newsletter dispatch, display of the social media channels, community management, construction and maintenance of the partner network and event management. We work closely with the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, which is responsible for the scientific support of the platform.

use (formerly Policy Transfer Platform) was launched in 2014 as a Metropolis Initiative led and co-founded by the City of Berlin.

@use_platform #useMetropolis

Project duration: 31.01.2018 – 31.12.2019
Volume: EUR 76.752,00

Contracting authority: Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection

Network "Verstärker" (= amplifier)

Civic education network for disadvantaged young people.

Network "Verstärker" (= amplifier)

Civic education network for disadvantaged young people.

The “Verstärker” network of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) is aimed at multipliers of youth, social and educational work. In various formats, strategies and model project ideas are developed for working with young people from so-called hard-to-reach and disadvantaged milieus with the aim of strengthening them and actively integrating them into socio-political life. A constant comparison of scientific findings, jointly experienced practical work and the follow-up of the developed concepts takes place.

BBJ Consult AG is entrusted with the organization, maintenance and support of the network “Verstärker” and the coordination of all network activities.

Every year we draw up a detailed work plan and detailed concepts for the organization, implementation and follow-up of various events such as working group meetings, national specialist conferences, network meetings with up to 100 participants and one-day and multi-day workshops (“action formats”) for young people. In addition, we coordinate a modular training series for multipliers. This includes five modules with thematically relevant focal points such as argumentation training, youth living environments, project management and social media.

Our tasks include press and public relations work, the writing of press releases and mailings for bpb and the support of the Facebook Group, as well as the continuous stimulation of (online) discussions on education policy topics.

Project duration: 01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020
Volume: EUR 655.825,00

Contracting authority: Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

European Social Fund (ESF) Berlin

Policy instrument to promote employment and social inclusion.

European Social Fund (ESF) Berlin

Policy instrument to promote employment and social inclusion.

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the most important financial instruments in the European Union to strengthen economic and social cohesion between Member States. In the current funding period 2014-2020, the ESIF are aligned with the Europe 2020 strategy and focus on smart, sustainable and integrative growthstrengthening of investments in education, research and development as well as stimulating a green, more resource efficient economy and a more competitive industrial sector, increasing the employment rate and reducing poverty. 

Within those, the European Social Fund (ESF) is the most important labour market policy instrument for promoting employment in Europe. It focusses on projects that offer personal and professional skills development, invest in education, (vocational) training and life-long learning, and promote social inclusion to combat poverty and discrimination. By investing in Europe’s present and future workforce, the ESF helps people obtain (better) jobs, integrating disadvantaged people into society and ensuring better education and fairer life opportunities for all.  

The ESF gives people the tools to actively take control of their professional future, even if facing difficult circumstances or making a second attempt to get their career started. (German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) 

In the 2014-2020 funding period, the federal state of Berlin can draw around 215 million euros from the ESF and invest them in the people living there. The main target groups are disadvantaged young people (particularly those without a school-leaving or vocational qualification)womenlong-term unemployed, low-skilled or low-income workers, and people from a migrant background, especially those facing difficult personal circumstances (e.g. refugees). 

In accordance with the “Guiding Principles for the Selection of Projects” in the Operational Programme for the ESF in Berlin for the funding period 2014 – 2020 (approved by the EU Commission in December 2014), the projects to be funded are selected by two central institutions. As a subcontractor to one of the two, BBJ Consult AG provides support in the review of project applications submitted within the framework of the ESF Berlin.  

Our ESF team is responsible for the examination and evaluation of applications and offers according to the following criteria: 

  • Reliability and professional competence of the applicant 
  • Project description and plausibility of the content of the application 
  • Appropriateness of the cost calculation and the financial planning (grouping into salary groups (as per TV-L/wage agreement for the public service sector), calculation of personnel costs, plausibility of participants’ income, contributions to the Employer’s Liability Insurance Association, plausibility of rental cost calculations, depreciation, leasing, travel costs, material costs) 
  • Other indicators (plausibility of time planningtarget group(s), participants, number of hours, division between theory and practice) 
  • Formal aspects (Compliance with the relevant disclosure requirementsnecessity and appropriateness of funding, initial/double funding, conflict of interest and fraud prevention, bookkeeping and management, reliability, financial, operational and administrative capacity, SMEs, de minimis, etc.) 
  • Requirements of the project call, contribution of the project to the achievement of the specific objectives of the Operational Programme and the horizontal principles of the ESF 
  • Criteria by which the success of the project can be measured 
  • Compliance with Union law and relevant national law 
  • Compliance with publicity regulations 

Our service includes the examination and evaluation of projects and offers as mentionedas well as the documentation and audit report.  

In addition, we offer consulting services for the applicants and support them during the application process.  

The examinations are conducted in consultation with the following Senate administrationsSenate Administration for Education, Youth and Family, Senate Administration for Economics, Energy and Business, Senate Administration for Health, Care and Equality, Senate Administration for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs, Senate Administration for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, Senate Administration for Culture and Europe, Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination, The Governing Mayor / Senate Chancellery incl. Science and Research. 

Project duration: 01.09.2017 – 31.12.2019 and 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2021
Volume: no fixed budget / framework agreement

Contracting authority: EFG Europäisches Fördermanagement GmbH

German Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (DQR)

Instrument for classifying the qualifications of the German education system.

German Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (DQR)

Instrument for classifying the qualifications of the German education system.

In accordance with the Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF), a German Qualifications Framework (DQR) was developed in Germany. It defines eight different competence levels for the allocation of qualifications of the different education sectors, to which more than 1,000 qualifications have so far been allocated. The implementation and further development of the DQR is coordinated by the “Federal Government-Federal State Coordination Point” (B-L-KS DQR). This process involves stakeholders from general education, vocational education and training, higher education and in each case including continuing education, the social partners and business organizations as well as other experts from both science and practice, who build the “DQR Working Group” (AK DQR) together with the B-L-KS DQR.

The aim of the DQR development is to facilitate orientation in the German education system and to contribute to the comparability of German qualifications in Europe. This promotes access to and participation in lifelong learning and the use of qualifications for all, including those who are disadvantaged or affected by unemployment.

The comparability of educational qualifications in Europe is promoted by identifying the competences based on a qualification, i.e. the learning outcomes, and by referring the national qualifications frameworks to the European Qualifications Framework as meta frameworks. This leads to greater transparency and supports the mobility of learners and workers as well as labour market permeability. It will enable employees across Europe to communicate more clearly which competences they have acquired. By indicating the EQF level on qualification certificates, employers in Europe can better classify qualifications. In addition, the general description of competences of the DQR can also be used within a company to create more transparency. This supports the design of requirement profiles, job descriptions and job advertisements as well as target-actual analysis. Communication between education and the world of work is also facilitated.

BBJ Consult AG conducts support services for the implementation and further development of the DQR. This includes the technical and organizational support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as follows:

  1. general support of the BMBF in terms of content and organization
  • Technical and content-related input on questions from the subject areas DQR and EQF,
  • Content development of cross-disciplinary topics and questions, e.g. accompanying studies and evaluations on the effects of the DQR/EQR on companies and the labour market,
  • Content and organizational support in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of meetings of the DQR committees
  1. supporting the BMBF in terms of content and organization within the framework of the allocation of qualifications to the DQR
  • Telephone and/or written information and advice to organizations responsible for qualifications that are interested in allocating a qualification to the DQR.
  • Formal check for completeness of the documents to be submitted as listed in a specific manual.
  • Support in the coordination of the allocation procedure
  • Preparation of decisions for the DQR committees
  1. content and organizational support in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of events, e.g.information and training events for the labour market and educational institutions on how to use the DQR instrument
  2. content and organizational support regarding the activities at EU level, including participation in Joint Policy Networks Meetings of the EQF National Coordination Points, the Euroguidance Centres (EURES vocational guidance) and the National Europass Centres (also professional exchange on a national level)
  3. support in further development and maintenance of the DQR website
  4. assistance in public relations for the DQR, including information and advice for companies, labour market and educational institutions and employees

Project duration: 01.02.2017 – 31.01.2021
Volume: EUR 553.045,00

Contracting authority: Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung (f-bb) gGmbH

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