Call for CDN Office Coordinator

The Executive Committee of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for an Office Coordinator. This is a paid, full-time position, starting from 1st of September 2019 and it will be based in CDN’s office in Belgrade, Serbia. We are waiting for your applications until 23 June, Sunday midnight CET.

Working time: 40 hours/week, flexible working hours (some activities will take place during weekends which can be compensated within weekdays).

Remuneration: 800 EUR, gross

Contract type: 2 years with 3 months probation

Location: Belgrade, Serbia

What is CDN?

CDN is a network of Green youth organisations from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Currently CDN has 15 Member Organizations and 6 Partner Organisations as well as 5 working groups. The Network supports the development, cooperation and exchange of knowledge and skills between young people and their organisations and aims at enlarging the field of political work for Greens in Europe. CDN organises educational and capacity-building activities such as seminars, conferences and regional meetings and uses non-formal education to advance youth participation.

CDN stands for gender equality, equal participation, diversity, inclusion, respect for minorities, environmental and climate justice, direct democracy and non-violence. Our Political Platform lays out the values which the Network bases its actions on.

Role of the Office Coordinator:

The Office Coordinator, together with the Network Coordinator, is the legal representative of CDN. Office Coordinator is mainly responsible for overseeing CDN’s finances and administration and the office work allocation.

We are looking for someone with the following profile:

  • Minimum one year experience in similar position with financial responsibilities,
  • Excellent ability to work independently, take initiative, good organization of one’s work, good planning skills and attention to detail,
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Serbo-Croatian or Russian would be a strong asset.
  • Substantial experience in a young Green organization and/or good knowledge of CDN, Green politics and civil society in Eastern Europe. Additional experience in youth and voluntary organisations or an NGOs is an asset, especially on international level;
  • Excellent computer skills including the use of free and open source software (Linux, WordPress, Libreoffice, etc.);
  • Younger than 30 years old.

The Office Coordinator tasks include:

  • Financial Management: Together with the Treasurer making the financial plans, managing the finances, executing the plan and reporting it to the funders and the General Assembly;
  • Project Management: Writing project applications, fund raising, facilitating and coordinating the preparatory teams, implementing activities, narrative and financial reporting and evaluation;
  • Event Management: Arranging the logistics of the international/regional activities with the help of local teams, assisting participants in arranging their travel, reimbursement of participants, payments of the venue and lodging etc.
  • Communication: Updating CDN website & social media
  • Network: Maintaining close contact with Member and Partner Organizations and Working Groups and keeping an overview of their needs
  • Representation: Legal representation of CDN

This position requires frequent travels and long working days/work during the weekends, which can be compensated with work days.

Not having a work-permit in Serbia should not stop you from applying to this position. CDN will support the new Office Coordinator with residence and work permit applications.

Recruitment Procedure: If you are interested please send your CV, Motivation letter and contact details of two references (preferably former employers, supervisors or tutors) to CDN Office (office@cdnee.org) with a subject line REF: Office Coordinator Application – Name&Surname before 23 June 2019, Sunday midnight CET. The applications that don’t have a CV, motivation letter, references and without a clear subject line will not be considered.

Next Steps: We will contact the shortlisted candidates latest till mid-July and invite them for an interview. The final selection will be done not later than end of July.

Open call for Participants: Summer School “Youth and the City: Young people for fair and Green cities” [Extended]

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Alternative Urbanisation Working Group are announcing a call for Participants for the summer school “Youth and the City: Young people for fair and Green cities”. The event will take place from 5th to 9th of August in Prague ( 4 and 10th are travel dates to and from Prague.)

With this summer school we aim to conceptualise and promote the model of sustainable and democratic cities among active young people in the Central and Eastern Europe and provide them with tools for reclaiming their cities.

The aims and objectives of the project are:    

  • To create a space for youth to discuss the concept and role of Alternative Urbanisation in shaping the future of the cities;
  • To empower young people to use the city as a platform for doing local, Green and alternative politics;
  • To create a toolkit of positive practices and methods of influencing politics on a very local level.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 20 young people aged 16-35, residing in Central and Eastern Europe (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine).

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBTQIA+, POC, migration background, or with a different ability.

Participants who have activism experience in working on the rights for the city and/or urban planning and policy making and with relevant knowledge or high motivation to learn about the topic are highly encouraged to apply.

Practicalities: 

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying, majority of us at the event will be non-native speakers and the group will be able to help out if there is some term you might not know!

Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the organizers. In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 20 EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 30 EUR for participants coming from EU countries.

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for participants will be fully covered. For selection of travel means we encourage participants to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 16th of June 2019 at Midnight CET. You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline.


*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

 Apply here! 

Open call for Participants: International Seminar “Critical journalism in Digital Era: Youth’s access to non-biased information”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Digital [X] Working Group are announcing a call for Participants for the international seminar “Critical journalism in Digital Era: Youth’s access to non-biased information”. The seminar will take place from 2nd to 7th July in Georgia (1st and 8th are travel dates to and from Georgia.)

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Youth and the City – Young people for fair and Green cities (Summer School)

Project Background

Alternative Urbanisation Working Group (AU WG) of CDN gathers young people interested in exploring, discussing and learning about alternatives to current urban practices in the Central and Eastern Europe. It was established in 2013 after an event on democratic participation of young people in their cities.

Since then, the WG has organised online movie discussions and calls for articles. In 2016, the WG conducted the study session “Reclaim the city” on topic of youth participation in creating inclusive and sustainable cities, in European Youth Center in Budapest. In 2018, WG successfully implemented one year long project “Urban Steps for Resilient Future”, consisting of an international training of trainers, four regional trainings, and 11 local actions implemented by young activists in 10 different countries. 
Today, majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas and the number is only expected to increase in future.

With this project we want to empower youth to discuss and cooperate in the development of the alternatives to current manners of urbanisation in Central and Eastern European cities. We see the current urbanisation in our cities characterised by a low amount of governmental regulations, lack of public, especially young people’s, opinion consideration in planning and shaping the cities, lack of tools for political participation for youth or will from the political stakeholders to foster it.

These are followed by socially and environmentally unsustainable practices – gentrification, suburbanisation, exclusion, injustice, pollution and lack of space for the young people to socialise. We would like to adress these issues, as we consider cities the best platform for local, community-lead change to take place. We believe that this project will contribute to defining and popularising the AlterUrb concept as a very practical and recognized element of progressive youth politics as it is rooted in principles of inclusion, participation, social and environmental justice and empowers the youth to take action on community level. 

Alternative Urbanisation is based on values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and respect for human rights. We are convinced that we need more pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality.

Aims and objectives

Considering the above mentioned, with this summer school we aim to conceptualise and promote the model of sustainable and democratic cities among active young people in the Central and Eastern Europe and provide them with tools for reclaiming their cities.
The objectives of the project are:

  1. To create a space for youth to discuss the concept and role of Alternative Urbanisation in shaping the future of the cities
  2. To empower young people to use the city as a platform for doing local, Green and alternative politics;
  3. To create a toolkit of positive practices and methods of influencing politics on a very local level.

Project Summary

Date: 5-9 August 2019

Duration: 5 working days

Working language: English

Number of participants: 25

The program will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication, as well as transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, training, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, brainstorming and other interactive methods of learning.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

Open call for Prep-Team: International Seminar “Critical journalism in Digital Era”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Digital [X] Working Group are announcing a call for Prep-Team members for the international seminar “Critical journalism in Digital Era: Youth’s access to non-biased information”. The seminar will take place from 2nd to 7th July in Georgia (1st and 8th are travel dates to and from Georgia.)
The project is a part of our annual work plan “Digital Technology For Democracy: Youth Turns Threat Into Opportunity” and is going to

 (1) Identify and explore the connection between digital rights and online journalism by raising the participants’ knowledge and practical skills on fake news phenomenon and hoax detection;
 (2) Equip participants with open source tools of critical digital media literacy for proactively combatting fabricated material online;
 (3)Equip participants with tools and methods to different steps of proactive online journalism; 


We are looking for young people who are passionate exploring the connection between digital rights and online journalism, and the values of the Green movement. Are you motivated to turn online journalism into a more proactive one?
Then this is the right activity for you!
DEADLINE for submitting online applicationsis:  10th April at midnight (CET)

The main responsibilities of the prep-team are:

  1. Active participation in the regular on-line meetings prior the event;
  2. Full participation in one in-person preparatory meeting in May 2019 (2 full working days) in Tbilisi, Georgia;
  3. Preparation of a call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  4. Preparation and implementation of the seminar programme; Invitation and communication with speakers, experts, trainers and partners in accordance with the project aims;
  5. Help with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  6. Taking care of practicalities and for well-being of the participants;
  7. Full participation during the entire event, 2-7th July 2019 ; and prep team meeting before (30th June- 1st July) and after (8th July);
  8. Help with the reporting of the seminar (July-August)

Being a prep-team member at CDN event would offer you:

  1. Working in a lively international environment;
  2. Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation and reporting;
  3. Getting familiar with Green values and CDN work;
  4. Getting to know local initiatives on online journalism and their work;
  5. A possibility to develop your leadership skills and group work;
  6. A lot of work and a lot of fun!

Prep-team members should:

  1. Speak English (you should be able to clearly express yourself both orally and in writing).
  2. Be willing to take on a challenge;
  3. Be responsible about fulfilling their tasks and help the rest of the group;
  4. Have good organisational skills;
  5. Be a good team player;
  6. Be committed to the aims of the project;
  7. Be familiar with non-formal education methods.

Practicalities:

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for preparatory team will be fully covered. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions). 

More information about the work plan: Project page 

 Apply here!

 *All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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Call for Participants: Internet As We Want It [Extended]

The following “Call for Participants: Internet As We Want It” is extended till 18 April, Thursday midnight CET for participants coming from Ukraine and Central Europe.

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Digital [X] Working Group are announcing a call for participants for the international seminar “Internet as we know it vs Internet as youth wants it” The seminar will take place from 20th to 26th May in Kyiv, Ukraine. (20th and 26th are travel dates to and from Kyiv.)

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General Assembly 2019 – report

Between 7-10 March, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe held its 10th General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. The General Assembly was hosted by our member organisation, Young Greens of Turkey/Genc Yesiller, who did amazing work preparing perfect conditions for meetings and work as well as welcoming CDN’s delegates and guests.

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