SCOPE: Strengthening Youth Capacity for Conflict Management and Peace-Building

CALL FOR 2 SENIOR TRAINERS BASED IN ARMENIA


Idea, theme and objectives
The idea of the Capacity Building Project “Strengthening Youth Capacity for Conflict Management and Peace Building” is a follow up of the projects “Unity in diversity? From challenges to opportunities” and “Where does hate come from” that were implemented by AUE (Sweden) in cooperation with APY (Armenia) in 2016. Long-term Capacity Building Project has an overall aim to expand and strengthen the network of youth workers, trainers and multipliers from Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine who are involved in the problematic of conflict management and  peace building.

The objectives of the entire Capacity Building Project are the following:
-To develop awareness about personal concepts and believes one has about conflict and habitual ways to react
to the conflict;
-To identify effective methods that help to prevent and/or transform conflict through fostering non-violent
communication;
-To gain knowledge on key concepts, such as conflict management, conflict transformation, conflict resolution,
inner belief systems and non-violent communication;
-To gain tools for non-violent communication and conflict transformation;
-To exchange best practices in relation to youth work and conflict, inter-religious and cultural dialogue;
-To help participants reflect on the competence needed for using different tools to develop dialogue;
-To raise awareness of risk factors under which conflicts tend to arise;
-To facilitate networking between participants and develop new projects dealing with conflict resolution and
peace-building.

The Capacity Building Project is intended for youth workers who are ready to work on conflict transformation in order to confront extremism, discrimination and intolerance in their countries and who want to transfer gained knowledge to the youth in their organizations and countries.The Capacity Building Project targets mainly youth workers in order to equip them with competence and knowledge on this topic.
All the topics will be brought to attention using the ‘learning by doing’ methodology,where the participant becomes the protagonist of the learning experience, gets new insights and learning after observing and reflecting over his or hers behavior in different exercises, games, processes and role plays offered by the trainers and gets a possibility to try out new approaches, ways of communicating and actions in a safe environment of a group setting. The participants will acquire the skills and knowledge to transfer the used methods to concerned parties outside of the project.

Structure
The overall Capacity Building Project consists of 4 interconnected phases:
1) Training Course for Youth Workers in Yerevan, Armenia, August – 7 working days,
2) Local initiatives in participating countries, September – November,
3) Evaluation Seminar in Belgrade, Serbia, November, 5 working days.

Training Course in Armenia aims:
– to develop awareness about personal concepts and believes one has about conflict and habitual ways to react to the conflict;
– to raise awareness of risk factors under which conflicts tend to arise;
– to identify effective methods that help to prevent and/or transform conflict through fostering non-violent communication;
– to gain knowledge on key concepts, such as conflict management, conflict transformation, conflict resolution, inner belief systems and non-violent communication;
– to gain tools for non-violent communication and conflict transformation.

Methodology
A variety of non-formal learning methods and techniques will be applied in order to address the different needs of participants and desired outcomes. Through non formal education methods the participants will get to know each other and will be given a space to exchange experiences and forge new friendships, across any barriers that may exist.
All the topics will be brought to attention using the ‘learning by doing’ methodology,where the participant becomes the protagonist of the learning experience, gets new insights and learning after observing and reflecting over his or hers behavior in different exercises, games, processes and role plays offered by the trainers and gets a possibility to try out new approaches, ways of communicating and actions in a safe environment of a group setting. The participants will acquire the skills and knowledge to transfer the used methods to concerned parties outside of the project.
The trainers and invited experts will share practical and theoretical knowledge on the topics, through plenary sessions, workshops, processes & interactive exercises and other non-formal educational methods. The input and experience exchange of the participants will also be vital part of the program. Through exercises, discussions, presentation of examples of good practices in the field of diversity and inclusion as an enriching concept, we want to encourage peer learning and inspire youth workers to discuss follow-up and take action in their own countries following the project.

Team and profile of the trainer
The team consists of 2 senior trainers. Together they form the team, with two persons responsible for logistics.
Priority will be given to those that most closely meet these criteria:
– Have knowledge on topics covered by the training;
– Have a previous experience on the topics covered by this training;
– Are willing to collaborate and work for the benefit of the project;
– Are proficient users of the English language;
– Are based in Armenia;

Responsibilities
– To have regular online meetings with other trainers and the project coordinator in order to plan the training;
– To develop the latest version of the daily programme at least 10 days before the training;
– To develop the relevant session outlines at least 10 days before the training;
– To be present at the training and implement the tasks in a collective way;
– To have a daily evaluation with the project coordinator during the training;
– To prepare a final report which needs to be submitted to the project coordinator latest 3 weeks after the training;

Finances
Specifics on finances:
– Allowance 100 euro per day (7 working days * 100 = 700 euro)
– APY will cover your stay in Yerevan 100%, including food and drinks;
– 100% of all travel costs (in case the trainer is based in one of the regions of Armenia) will be reimbursed afterwards, after receiving all relevant receipts;

Profile of the participants
The Capacity Building Project is intended for youth workers who are ready to work on conflict transformation in order to confront extremism, discrimination and intolerance in their countries and who want to transfer gained knowledge to the youth in their organizations and countries. The Capacity Building Project targets mainly youth workers in order to equip them with competence and knowledge on this topic.
We intend also to involve young people with fewer opportunities, especially those affected by the conflicts. We already discussed that with partner organizations that preliminary selected those participants. They are from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Serbia and Turkey and will be a great value for the project.
The preference in the selection process will be given to those youth workers who already have some experience in non-formal education, but they want to implement educational activities themselves now and are interested or involved in activities or projects dealing with conflict and peace-building. They followed one or more training courses, work in the organizations they represent and are interested in setting up educational activities based on the Capacity Building program they will undergo. In the first place they want to go more in-depth with a specific subject in a way that fits their educational level and as a second stage they want to transfer the gained knowledge and methods to their communities.

A few more notes:
– The inclusion of the young people with fewer opportunities is prioritized;
– Fluency in English is required;
– There is no age restriction. The organization will take into account balance in terms of gender and cultural background.

About APY
Armenian Progressive Youth (Armenia) is a non-profit, non-political youth organization aiming to support, inspire and engage young people from Armenia and all over the world to develop their social leadership skills, to take their civic responsibility and to act as change-makers. Through different projects, initiatives and non-formal education tools we help young people to succeed, ensuring that they develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competences to fit to the modern world. We believe that progressive, educated, skillful, open-minded and engaged young people possess all the power to become actors of change in Armenia and beyondbecause youth is not the future but the present!

How to apply? 
In order to apply, please send your CV and Cover letter to hr@apy.am, latest 08 August 2017.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO RECEIVE YOUR APPLICATION!

2 EVS Placements in Belgium

Primary school De Appeltuin

(1-st Project)

Native City: Leuven

 

Activities and mission of the organization:

De Appeltuin is one of the 40 Freinet Schools in Flanders. The Freinet Pedagogical concept is part of the larger pedagogical project of Community Education in Flanders. Its aim is the total development of a person, with attention for the optimal development for each child personally. De Appeltuin is a kindergarten and primary school.

The aims of the school are:

  • to have a constant attention for natural learning, based on the experiences and world of interest of the child, keeping in mind the established development goals and school
  • to work together, based on cooperative and democratic consultation instead of one sided Children are one of the three stakeholder groups in our school. This way, we want to stimulate independency in children.
  • to experiment and learn-by-doing instead of applying rules and regulations, because the learning effect is much larger when a child can convert self-discovered material into new
  • to work usefully and Working useless in a school leads to following without thinking and a lack of satisfaction.

The groups of children are structured in a way that there are always 2 age groups together. This stimulates that older children learn from the younger ones and the other way around.

There is a lot a thematic approach – so called projects – especially in the kindergarten. Their kids can explore together different themes that are of interest in their world. In primary school, these projects are larger and more elaborated in time and space. The learning area of ‘world orientation’ is treated in these projects.

 

Sector of the organization: children – non-formal education

 

Location of the project: The school is located in the center of Leuven, at 20 min. walk from the train station. Leuven is one of the most popular cities in Flanders for students. It is one of the oldest university cities of Belgium and has a wide range of cultural and social activities. Students from all over Belgium and Europe live here during the academic year. Leuven has a very rich history, which can be seen in the many historical buildings and sites. Leuven has a small center but counts several parts, which are nearby and are more quiet and green.

Office environment:

De Appeltuin has a staff team of 23 people, which includes kindergarten teachers, primary school teachers, pedagogical support team, after care, administrative staff, coordinator,…

Another important factor in this school is the involvement of parents and thematic working groups within school the education of the children. This can be in the classroom (projects, practical work,..), class responsible, working groups in the school (reading support, logistics, music, communication,..).

 

Benefit from the volunteer:

The school sees project education as the important working method. Having an international volunteer could in this context be a perfect challenge for everyone involved to apply this form of non-formal education. The presence and cooperation of a foreign volunteer can mean a serious extra value in our school. One of our goals is to form our children to be active citizens with respect for every other human being, for nature and for other cultures.

 

Tasks of the volunteer:

The tasks of the volunteer will evolve from practical help in the classroom to the setting up of a specific project. The velocity of this evolution will depend on the growing language and practical skills of the volunteer. The volunteer will be assisting in classes of toddlers or primary school children, depending on the level of Dutch.

 

The volunteer will:

  • Assist in mainly one classroom (depending on the language level). This can be individual guidance of children who can’t follow the lessons as good as the It can also be to assist when the teacher is using a method where they need assistance, for example when they want to do an educational game to teach them something; then the volunteer can help in preparing this and guide it. It can also be to help with the classes when they are drawing, making something creative, or doing work-shops, such as drama and theatre or teaching them new songs.
  • Take part in out-door activities with the children: go swimming with them, excursions, thematical workshops,… For example, going to the forest in autumn to learn about this season, going to a museum and they have interactive workshops, going to a theatre or a movie and later in class having a de-briefing about it, going to the seaside and learn about the typical vegetation there, going for a week somewhere together…
  • Next to that, the volunteer will organize own activities and workshops, depending on the interests of the For example, to set up a project about her home country, to teach the children about the differences and similarities between cultures. A lot of time of the volunteer’s work will go to this aspect.

 

Working hours during a normal day:

The volunteer will do voluntarily work for 5 days a week from 9AM until 4PM (Wednesday only in the morning). School holidays are free.

 

Specific skills volunteer should have:

For De Appeltuin motivation and interest in the themes the project is working with, namely education and children, is the biggest criteria. The learning possibilities of the volunteer are also important. Since it is needed in the work with children, the volunteer needs to like to work with children and should have interest in pedagogical methods. We strongly advise volunteers to read about the Freinet-philosophy and educational methods before arrival.

 

Level of language skills: intermediate English and very motivated to learn Dutch

 

 Volunteer’s benefit:

The volunteer will be as an extra in the team of the teachers of the school. She/he will get the opportunity to assist in different classrooms (mainly one, but some others) and to get a close look on the educational tools and methods of a ‘Freinetschool’. The principles of the Freinet-philosophy are related to ‘non-formal education’ and ‘experimental learning’. This means that the children have to work on a variety of projects with different themes.

 

Steinerschool De Sterrendaalders

(2-nd Project)

Native City: Lier

 

Activities and mission of the organization:

Education for children between 2,5 and 6 years old (kindergarden) and children between 6-12 years old (primary school) based on the Steiner pedagogy. The Steiner pedagogy is focused on the personal and social development of children in a well-balanced and free environment. We provide education for children, irrespective of race, descent or philosophical convictions.

 

Sector of the organization:

Non-formal education – children

 

Location of the project:

The project is located in Lier at the border of the city center. The school is located next to a residential area.

 

Office environment: approx. 18 teachers

 

Tasks of the volunteer:

We are looking for a volunteer to be part of our staff in the kindergarten (21/2-6 years) and more specifically in the first class of kindergarten (21/2-3 years old). The volunteer will be actively involved during her/his whole stay. The tasks will all be related to the follow-up and supervision of the children during their school day. The following tasks will certainly have to be performed:

 

  • taking care of the preschoolers getting (un)dressed for the outdoor activities (we do a lot of outdoor activities even under bad weather conditions – in order to be able to do so, we’ve rain&mud equipement that our smallest children gradually need to learn to put on themselves, this is one of the skills they learn in the first class)

 

  • Recess duty: We have moments of free playing and directed playing, during both moments not only supervision but also observation of the development of the children is an important task of our staff. If interested it could be a possibility for the volunteer to prepare some directed play moments (with coaching of the class teacher)
  • Helping to prepare the fruit and soup meals: Healthy food is part of our education, Therefore our day starts with a fruit plate where the fruit is brought by the children and then peeled and shared between the pupils. 3 times a week we also prepare soup with fresh organic vegetables in our kindergarten classes together with the children.
  • Preparing and supervising the after lunch nap: We’re enthousiastic about the positive impact of a resting/sleeping moment for our kindergartners. Therefore until 6 years old they all have a moment of rest on their mattresses after lunch.

 

The volunteer could start a personal project under coaching of the class teacher. Eg of a possible project: Prepare and supervise a directed play moment where his/her culture is integrated in order to be able to share and transmit some of this to the pupils. This could be on a regular base (e.g. weekly), in order to create interaction and interest with the children towards this specific intercultural playmoment.

 

Working hours during a normal day:

 

The volunteer will work 5 days a week from 8.15 till 15.30. Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon is free. School-holidays are free.

 

Specific skills volunteer should have:

 

  • open minded
  • patient with children
  • motivation and determination to learn more
  • communicative and sociable
  • interest in Steiner philosophy: we advise volunteers to read more about the Steiner education method before arrival

 

Level of language skills: intermediate English and strong motivation to learn Dutch

Volunteer’s benefit:

You’ll get to know a vivid community of teachers, parents and children that will give you the space to experience our culture. With the contacts you make at our project, you’ll deepen your knowledge about our culture and our country also outside the workplace.

Vacancy Announcement – PR and Communication Manager

Job Title: PR and Communication Manager
Location: Yerevan
Reporting To: Executive Director
Opening Date: 28 February, 2017
Application Deadline: 10 March 2017
Starts from: 01 April 2017
Workload per week: 20 hours (50%)

Contract: Fixed Term for 6 months (The contract could be extended for another 6 months and up to 1 year)

Purpose of the Job:
APY, a non-governmental organization based in Yerevan, Armenia, is looking for an enthusiastic, young, progressive and proactive individual to become a member of its growing team. We are looking for a PR and Communication Manager who will coordinate and facilitate internal and external PR and communication activities of the organization. The position aims to strengthen the outreach of the organization, the visibility of its projects, to measure the impact of the organization on the target groups as well to sustain the online and offline presence of the organisation through planned publicity campaigns and PR activity.

Job Overview
The PR and Communication Manager will be responsible for the public relations aspect within the organization. S/he will sustain the organizations’ reputation for quality and reliability through writing and delivering press releases, designing visual identities and handling all communication sent to the public and the beneficiaries.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

Press Relations and Communication
– Providing the media with information about the organization and its project, preparing news releases, researching, writing and distributing press releases to targeted media;
– Organizing news conferences, communicating important announcements to the target group of the organization;
– Dealing with inquiries from the media, liaising with, and answering inquiries from media, individuals and other organisations, often via telephone and email;
– Writing and editing e-magazines, case studies, speeches, articles and annual reports;
– Organizing events including press conferences, exhibitions, open days and press tours;
– Maintaining and updating information on the organisation’s website;
– Managing and updating information and engaging with users on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn;
– Fostering community relations through events such as open days and through involvement in community initiatives;
– Getting the organization featured on radio, TV and the Internet;
– Translating articles and press releases in 2 languages (Armenian and English).
– Preparing informational packages and presentations for field visits and meeting;

Publications
– Writing marketing communications materials and planning content and writing for publications such as product brochures, leaflets, annual reports, newsletters and e-magazines;
– Writing content for website pages and social media as well as scripts for presentations and videos;
– Gathering information, updating the website and designing the logos, visuals and promotional materials of the organization working closely with the publishing house;
– Preparing and supervising the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail leaflets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programmes;
– Writing, reviewing and editing articles for the web-page of about the project;

Research
– Planning communication programs and carry out research into the attitudes and perceptions of the target group and the beneficiaries;
– Planning, developing and implementing PR strategies;
– Commissioning surveys and contacting beneficiaries, volunteers and members of the organization to discuss their views and collect testimonies;

Monitoring and Reporting
– Reviewing the online accounts and social media channels of the organization and preparing monthly reports to be submitted to the Executive Director;
– Monitoring social media sites, assessing the attitudes about the organization and analyzing the statistics of the web-site, offline and online/social media;
– Monitoring the publicity and conducting research to find out the concerns and expectations of the target group and beneficiaries as well as reporting and explaining the findings;

Required Qualifications:

• Higher education in the fields of journalism, marketing, communications, European Studies, Foreign Languages, Translation and Social Sciences;
• A minimum of 1 year of professional experience in the field of Public Relations, Marketing or Communication as well as solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking;
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
• Strong oral and written skills in Armenian and English languages;
• Being detail-oriented with strong communication skills;
• Having the ability to solve problems and manage time effectively,
• Being able to work in a multicultural team and work as a part of a team, meeting the deadlines;
• High computer literacy, with good knowledge of social media tools;
• Willingness to work sometimes irregular hours, week-ends, travel to the regions, with overnight paid and fully covered stay-over;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Good IT skills and knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are an asset;
• Presentation skills;
• Initiative;
• Ability to priorities and plan effectively;
• Awareness of different media agendas;
• Creativity;

Salary and Workload
The PR and Communications Manager will work 20 fixed hours weekly + there might regional trips and overnight stays on week-ends and during the week. Regional trips as well as overnight and weekend work will be paid separately as a daily allowance in the end of the month. The salary envisaged for this position is 80.000 AMD monthly (taxes and social security expenses are not included in the mentioned salary and are covered by the organization separately). The health insurance is not covered by the organization.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and PR and Communication strategy to hr@apy.am

Note! Applications without PR and Communication Strategy will not be considered. The Strategy should include concrete actions that you will undertake in case you are selected for this position. Please also indicate which changes or improvements will you offer in relation to APY’s web-site, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter accounts . Please be as specific and realistic as possible!
In the subject line of your e-mail message please indicate your name and the position you are applying for, e.g. PR and Communication Officer: Petros Petrosyan

Application deadline is March 10, 2017.

For more information on APY, please refer to the our website at www.apy.am or contact our HR Manager at hr@apy.am

Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Vacancy Announcement – Program Assistant at APY

Job Title: Program Assistant
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Reporting To: Program Manager
Opening Date: 10 February, 2017
Application Deadline: 17 February 2017
Starts from: 01 March 2017
Workload per week: 25 hours (60%)
Duration: Fixed term until July 2017 (Could be extended up to 1 year)

Purpose of the Job:
APY, a non-governmental organization based in Armenia, is looking for an enthusiastic, young, progressive and proactive individual to become a member of its growing team. We are looking for an assistant who will support us in our activities, assisting the Program Manager in daily operations and communications.

Job Overview
The Program Assistant will be responsible for providing support to the Program Manager as well as general program activities of the organization. The program assistant will specifically work on conflict management and refugee integration programs as a priority.

Tasks and Responsibilities
• Provides support to the Program Manager, including participation of the projects, implementation phase and evaluation;
• Conducts project related meetings, communication with program partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders;
• Manages the overall logistical and technical aspects of local and international projects on Conflict Management and Refugee Integration conducted by the organization in Yerevan and regions of Armenia;
• Supports the implementation of “Culture for Local Development” program;
• Develops and maintains contact databases; organizes meetings and events;
• Helps with paper work and reporting;
• Schedules appointments and meetings and manages the calendar of project activities;
• Books rooms and conference facilities in cooperation with Project Manager;
• Arranges international travel of the guests, experts and participants in cooperation with Project Managers;
• Supports the Educational Supervisor in producing and preparing educational materials, participant lists, travel timetables, name tags;
• Closely cooperates with the designers and PR and Communication Manager in preparation of general promo materials for specific activities and programs.

General Tasks and Responsibilities
• Writes letters and sends them to appropriate bodies, and receives incoming mails;
• Creates specific strategies for easier and effective execution of projects;
• Maintains contacts with potential stakeholders who may be interested in investing in projects;
• Keep records of all information related to project for documentation, clarification and presentation to management;
• Draft project budgets related to logistics on a monthly basis in cooperation with the Accountant and ensures that it meets all necessary criteria;
• Assists in preparing program related reports, presentations, memos, including the development of tables, charts, and figures;
• Working in close cooperation with local and international volunteers of the organization.

Required Qualifications
• Higher education in the fields of European Studies, Project Management, Conflict Management, Foreign Languages, Public Administration, Social Sciences or any related field;
• A minimum of 1 year of professional experience in project management and youth work fields as well as solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills;
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and of project management tools;
• Strong oral and written skills in Armenian and English languages;
• Being detail-oriented with strong communication skills;
• Having the ability to solve problems and manage time effectively,
• Being able to work in a multicultural team and work as a part of a team, meeting the deadlines;
• High computer literacy, with good knowledge of social media tools;
• Self-starter with ability to work with minimum supervision;
• Willingness to work sometimes irregular hours, week-ends, travel to the regions, with overnight paid and fully covered stay-over.

Salary and Workload
The Program assistant will work 25 hours weekly. Additionally, there will be regional trips and overnight stays on week-ends and during the week. Regional trips as well as overnight and weekend work will be paid separately as a daily allowance in the end of each month. The net salary envisaged for this position is 100.000 AMD monthly. The health insurance is not covered by the organization.

Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter and CV to hr@apy.am. In the subject line of your e-mail message please indicate your name and the position you are applying for, e.g. Program Assistant: Petros Petrosyan

Application deadline is February 17, 2016. For more information on APY, please refer to the organization’s website at www.apy.am or contact our HR Manager at hr@apy.am

Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.