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!