Mobile teams for Roma inclusion are working bodies of the assembly or council of the town/municipality formed with the aim of strengthening cooperation between officers in relevant local institutions. Members of the mobile teams organize joint field visits to Roma settlements and provide coordinated support and assistance to individuals and families. Members of the mobile team are: coordinator for Roma issues hired by the municipal/town administration; pedagogical assistant; healthcare mediator; representative of the Social Work Centre; and representative of the branch of the National Employment Service.
The forming of mobile teams leads to a more rational use of local institutional resources, a coordinated approach in providing services, and greater and faster availability of services to beneficiaries. The mobile teams act based on six-month operating plans. Mobile teams for Roma inclusion have been established in 50 towns and municipalities in the Republic of Serbia as part of the IPA 13, IPA 14 and IPA 16 programmes.
A mobile team performs the following duties:
· Provide joint and coordinated support and assistance to individuals and families;
· Analyse the needs of the Roma community in the municipality/town, particularly in the fields of education, housing, employment, healthcare and social welfare;
· Promote and assist Roma inclusion into the social life of the local community;
· Propose activities aimed at improving the status of Roma in the municipality/town and other competent bodies and organizations;
· Promote interculturality and contribute to introducing the majority population to the Roma community.
Members of the mobile team are:
- Coordinator for Roma issues hired by the municipal/town administration;
- Pedagogical assistant;
- Healthcare mediator;
- Representative of the Social Work Centre;
- Representative of the branch of the National Employment Service.
Mobile teams are established by way of decisions by assemblies or councils of towns/municipalities. Members are appointed by the institutions they represent.
The establishment of mobile teams achieves the following:
- More rational use of local institutional resources,
- Coordinated approach to service provision,
- Increased and faster availability of services to beneficiaries.
The mobile teams act based on six-month operating plans defining the following: Duties, expected result, baseline indicators, activities, resources, time, persons responsible. The work methodology includes reviewing gender equality during the phase of planning, implementing and evaluating implemented activities.