The Civil Society Facility was set up in 2011 to support the role of civil society in advancing democratic reforms across the Neighbourhood. It builds on the principles and objectives of the 2012 Communication "The Roots of Democracy and sustainable development: Europe's Engagement with Civil Society in External Relations", subsequent Council Conclusions and the EU's Global Strategy (i.e. the recognition of CSOs as governance actors and drivers of societal resilience), as well as country specific policies, as outlined in the Country Roadmaps for EU Engagement with Civil Society. The Neighbourhood East regional component of the Civil Society Facility aims to ensure a systematic and coherent approach to and ensure continuity of civil society support in the wider eastern neighbourhood. It is implemented through both technical assistance contracts and grants awarded to CSOs.
The main objective of this project is to increase the capacity of CSOs and activists in the Eastern Partnership to engage in the policy making processes and policy dialogue, promote reforms and public accountability, foster local democracy, local development and engage citizens in public debate, through the set-up of a Regional Technical Assistance. This support needs to build on the outputs of the previous ongoing technical assistance programmes, "Civil Society. Dialogue for Progress" (2012-2016) and “Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility – Regional Actions. Creating synergies and integration” (2017-2020).
- General supervision and coordination of all activities of the programme;
- Ensuring the overall quality support and control for all project outputs and design of deliverables;
- Managing the project team;
- Planning, organisation and monitoring of activities;
- Managing relations with civil society organisations, public institutions, the EU Delegations and other stakeholders;
- Supporting capacity building (including as trainer), networking and communication initiatives of CSO;
- Drafting and submitting activity reports to the Contracting Authority;
- Information/communication about the activities and effective dissemination of results.
- Academic profile: Masters-level university degree or equivalent (i.e. 6 years of relevant professional experience following secondary education)
General professional experience
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage a complex constellation of stakeholders.
Specific professional experience
- At least 10 years of working experience, out of which at least 5 years of professional experience in an international context (in addition to the years of relevant professional experience required to compensate for the absence of a university degree).
- At least 5 years of working experience with civil society in developing countries, including at least 2 projects involving Eastern Partnership countries, and;
- At least 5 years of experience in in managing a team composed of trainers/experts; supervising and coordinating all technical aspects of a contract; ensuring good client communication; organising and overseeing administrative and logistical support.
- Experience with civic tech activities or with e-governance or related fields is an asset.
- Experience in implementing EU projects is an asset.
- The team leader has to be fluent in English. Knowledge of Russian will be considered as an asset.
Experts who do not cover the requirements will not be contacted back for this project.
We recommend to apply with an tailored EU CV (At least 4 pages, not more than 8 pages).
Britta Müller-Matthesius Mueller-Matthesius@gfa-group.de
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