Call for Secretary General

The Executive Committee of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDN) is announcing a call for a Secretary General. This is a paid, full-time position, starting from the beginning of May 2024 and it will be based in CDN’s office in Belgrade, Serbia. We are accepting applications by the 10th of March 23:59 CET.

 

About the Role:

Secretary General is a legal representative of the organisation, serves as the head of office and supports the work of Executive Committee (EC), oversees implementation of strategy, activities, and daily operations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating the work of the Executive Committee: ensuring smooth transfer of knowledge and effective onboarding; setting up delegation order, understanding needs, promoting discussions, and creating space for decision-making, handling disagreements among members.
  • Managing office and overseeing the work, ensuring political and strategic alignment.
  • Supervising HR processes.
  • Coordinating statutory activities, Organising General Assembly, Live EC Meetings, and Study Visits.
  • Working on CDN strategy development, shaping, monitoring, and reviewing key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Ensuring that the Executive Committee and staff are meeting their responsibilities, and that the organisation is progressing in accordance with the Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborating with the relevant employee and treasurer for financial oversight.
  • Administrative and structural fundraising
  • Overseeing external communication.
  • Maintaining good communication with partners and stakeholders, including Member Organisations.
  • Representing the organisation to third parties.
  • Tracking, monitoring, and updating the EC on major political and social developments throughout Eastern Europe.

 

We are looking for someone with the following profile:

  • Experience in Young Green organisations, and/or CDN structures;
  • Good knowledge of CDN, Green politics and civil society in Eastern Europe;
  • Comprehensive understanding and respect for CDN documents and values;
  • Experience with youth and voluntary organisations, or NGOs.
  • Experience in project writing, planning, implementation, monitoring and follow-up;
  • Experience with leading and managing teams;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, (knowledge of additional Eastern European language is an asset);
  • Excellent organisational, time and crisis management skills, ability to multi-task and work under high pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills (in online and offline settings) and experience in facilitation and moderation;
  • Ability to take initiative and lead the processes;
  • Willingness to engage in frequent travels, to have flexible working hours – long working days and work during the weekends when needed;
  • Preferably younger than 30 years of age and not older than 33 at the moment of applying;

Assets:

  • Experience of financial management and budgeting;
  • Experience with managing social media and using Canva;
  • Knowledge and experience with non-formal education methodology;
  • Experience with networking and public speaking;
  • Comprehensive understanding of Eastern European politics.

What we offer:

  • A full time (35 hours / week) contract of 2 years, with flexible working hours. Please note that frequent work-trips abroad and is required;
  • 1300€/month gross salary (approximately 1000€ after taxes, depending on personal situation) with possibility of further increase;
  • 25 days of paid holiday and additional paid time off (closed office) between Jan 1-9;
  • Relocation costs to Belgrade (residence permit, travel, visa) covered by CDN;
  • Frequent and extensive travel and the opportunity to network in the European-wide Green movement;
  • Deepening understanding of Eastern European political context and first-hand experience with organisational management. Enhancing professional, political and leadership skills;
  • Lively, friendly, international, and youth-led team in growing organisation.

 

Application and Selection:

Please submit the following documents to office@cdnee.org with reference: Secretary General Application – Name, Surname

  • CV (Max. 2 pages)
  • Motivation Letter highlighting how your experience and qualifications make you a good fit, how you can contribute and why are you interested in this position (Max. 500 Words)
  • Vision Statement outlining how you imagine development of CDN in the upcoming period, what will be your priorities, what you want to achieve by the end of the mandate and how (Max. 1000 Words)
  • Two references with contact details, preferably former employer, supervisor and/or civil society representative. 

Deadline: March 10th, 23:59 CET.

Incomplete 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 the 17th of March and invite them for an online interview. The final selection will be done by the Executive Committee no later than the 27th of March.

NOTE: The Executive Committee is proposing amendment to the Internal Rules of Procedure that changes Secretary General’s selection process and determines 2 year term. If approved, Secretary General should be elected by the General Assembly while Executive Committee will still responsible for pre-selection and final recommendation.

As per Resolution linked to the amendments, the Executive Committee proposes that “the General Assembly recognises current Secretary General (proposed by the Executive Committee) to be elected by the General Assembly and determines this as the beginning of the two-year mandate.”.

Therefore, selected Secretary General will be asked to attend the General Assembly on April 27-28 in Vilnius and present their candidacy. Besides, application will be publicly available on cdn.discuss.green.

Do you have any questions regarding the position, tasks and responsibilities, how typical workday looks like? Feel free to get in touch with our outgoing Secretary General Giorgi Ptskialadze at giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org

Call for Executive Committee Members

We are excited to open the call for new Executive Committee for the mandate of 2024-25. This is your chance to join our network as the Executive Committee member and contribute to the growing Green movement in Eastern Europe.

The Executive Committee (EC) is the political body elected by the General Assembly. EC is responsible for running the organisation, making strategic and political decisions, overseeing the implementation of activity & financial plans, communication with member organisations.

The presentation of candidates and election of the new Executive Committee will take place at the General Assembly, 27-28 April in Vilnius, Lithuania. For which you need to be present in-person. We will be covering all related costs for participation (transport, accommodation, etc.)

The candidate should submit:

  • Introduction to your candidacy;

  • Motivation Letter (answering questions such as experience with CDN, vision of development of the organisation, and how would you contribute)

  • CV;

  • Photo;

  • Official letter of support from a Candidate’s organisation or any CDN Member Organisation

*Note that this Application will be publicly available on cdn.discuss.green and be deleted within three months after the end of General Assembly.

The Executive Committee tasks include:

The tasks and responsibilities are decided during the first in-person meeting and each EC member is assigned combination of responsibilities ensuring interests and balance of workload.

  • Making strategic and political decisions;

  • Overseeing and taking part in the implementation of Activity Plan with main responsibility to ensure political and strategic alignment.

  • Maintaining close and continuous communication with Member Organisations through quarterly regional calls, being primary contact and available to MOs via e-mail correspondence, as well as have meetings during in-person events.

  • Representing and promoting CDN during its and partners’ activities;

  • Fulfiling assigned responsibilities such as oversight of external communications, EC coordination, statutory affairs and events, strategy evaluations, etc.

  • Role of treasurer further includes financial oversight and decision-making on financial matters.

  • Organising and actively participating in the regular (biweekly) EC meetings (lasting usually 2h).

 The candidate for the Executive Committee should:

  • Be motivated to advance the Green movement in Eastern Europe;

  • Be dedicated to the goals of CDN, subscribe its political platform and the Green Ideas;

  • Be comfortable working in an international environment and have good communication and organisational skills;

  • Be willing and available for active online engagement throughout the 1 year mandate;

  • Be prepared for frequent travelling, participating in the live committee meetings, CDN activities and likely several other occasions;

  • Be regularly available via the e-mail for ongoing discussions, work and decision-making, together with regular online conferences;

  • Have a good command of English (written and spoken);

  • Have an interest to follow political developments in Eastern Europe and react to them with available tools such as producing statements, organising and supporting campaigns, assisting member and partner organisations, communicating with other Green stakeholders, etc.

Throughout your mandate in CDN Executive Committee you will get:

  • A chance to work for a lively, youth-powered, diverse and and growing Eastern European youth organisation.

  • Getting familiar with youth projects, non-formal education methodologies, and preparing and leading sessions.

  • Deepening understanding of Eastern European political context, and closer look to youth political movements in the region.

  • Frequent travel and exciting activities, networking with wider Green European political family.

  • An opportunity to develop your professional, political, and activist skills and enhance them through practical experience. Including bolstering team-work, public speaking, and leadership skills.

 

If elected, candidates are asked to stay for the transfer meeting with the current committee and the first EC meeting. Departure day for EC Candidates is the 30th of April. CDN will cover the costs of accommodation for all Candidates, no matter if they are elected or not. Moreover, elected Executive Committee Members will be asked to attend an in-person 3-day EC meeting within the first month following the General Assembly. The exact dates will be decided collectively.

Applications should be submitted on the GA Digital Platform.

The Deadline for submitting candidacies is March 28th, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on the platform.

Check more information on practicalities, more detailed information will be provided via e-mail after registration.

Note: In addition to the candidacy-related documents, each Executive Committee candidate needs to fill in the Regisration form for GA attendees as well.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write to giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

 

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Call for new Members of the Network

We are thrilled to announce a call for the membership of our Network which is going to be decided upon by the upcoming General Assembly in Vilnius on April 27-28, 2024.

Any youth organisation that share similar values with CDN and is located and active in Eastern Europe can apply to become Member Organisation.

Here is Membership Criteria as defined by the Internal Rules of Procedure:

General Criteria:

    • Youth organisation (NGO, Youth wing of Green party,
      youth movements, youth of organisations that are dealing
      with issues applicable with CDN aims)

    • Do not need to be registered, but statutes neede

Sustainability criteria:

    • Not one project-based organisation

    • Democratic structure (as understood by the GA on an ad
      hoc basis)

Value and issue criteria:

    • Compatible with CDN Political Platform

    • Open for Green values as a whole, even if actions are
      streamed towards specific issues

More information about CDN, our principles, our documents, work in the past and our plans can be found on the CDN website. Linked you can find CDN Statutes, Internal Rules and Procedures and Political Platform.

 

In order to apply, the organisation must submit:

  • General information, introduction on the application page

  • Filled in the Application form (access here)

  • Statutes of the organisation in English

  • Copy of legal act of registration of the organisation (if applicable)

In addition, if there are any other relevant documents (political platform, manifesto, statements, resolutions) in English that your organisation works accordingly to, it should be submitted as well.

he Deadline for submitting candidacies is March 28, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on the platform.

Each candidate organisation’s application will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and a recommendation for the delegates will be written and presented during the General Assembly.

Each Candidate Organisation will be given a chance to present their candidacy at the General Assembly. If the Candidate Organisation doesn’t have a representative at the GA, another way for the presentation of the candidacy will be ensured.

CDN will not be able to cover costs of Candidate organisation. However, you may still request financial assistance for participating in-person, get in touch with our office in advance and we will try to find the best solution on an individual basis.

Applications should be submitted on the GA Digital Platform.

Check more information on practicalities, more detailed information will be provided via e-mail after registration.

Note: In addition to the candidacy-related documents, each candidate organisation represnetative needs to fill in the Regisration form for GA attendees as well.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write us at giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

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Application for Preparatory Team Member: Green Perspective on European Security

Call for Preparatory Team Member: Green Perspective on European Security

Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are excited to announce an open call for a dedicated and passionate woman or someone not of the gender binary to join the preparatory team (prep team) for the study session titled “Green Perspective on European Security.” This collaborative session will take place in Budapest from the 23rd to the 28th of October.

As a prep team member, you will play a crucial role in shaping this study session, working closely with CDN and FYEG.

The first preparatory team meeting is scheduled to be held in Budapest from the 25th to the 27th of August. Active participation during this meeting is vital for effective coordination and planning.

About the session:

The study session “Green Perspective on European Security” aims to foster a common understanding and reevaluation of security in light of new global challenges. Guided by democratic values, human rights, and the rule of law, this session will provide a platform for approximately 40 young Europeans from diverse backgrounds to engage in intercultural dialogue.

We will achieve this by meeting the following objectives:

1) Creating an intercultural dialogue between youth from different European countries by providing a space to discuss the concept of security and ways to ensure it;

2) Deepening the participants’ understanding of the current state of affairs of security in Europe;

3) Analysing the concept of security at the intersection of diverse societal factors, exploring their interrelationships effects of the policy decisions on public security;

4) Assessing the existing approaches to the concept of security and: their strengths and weaknesses.

If you are a young woman or someone not of the gender binary, a member of one of the CDN Member Organisations, and are interested in the event’s topic, apply to join this preparatory team! Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible for fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players and be committed to the aims of the project, CDN’s and FYEGs values and be familiar with non-formal education methods. 

Main responsibilities of the prep team:

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings before the event (August – October / 2-3 h a week);
  • Participation in a two-day live prep team meeting on 25-27th of August (2 full working days);
  • Other meetings scheduled weekly or bi-weekly;
  • Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the event; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts and partners in accordance with the project aims (4-6 h a week);
  • Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Taking care of practicalities and the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after: Arrival 22nd of October, departure on 28th of October;
  • Supporting the finalisation of the outputs;
  • Helping with the reporting of the event.

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

  • Working in a lively international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation and reporting;
  • Getting familiar with Green values and the work of CDN and FYEG;
  • Getting to know activists from different European contexts and their work;
  • A possibility to develop your leadership and group work skills;
  • A lot of fun!

Practicalities: 

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the 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).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications is 6 June 2023, 23:59 CEST. 

IMPORTANT! The CDN prep team call and FYEG prep team call have been issued independently of each other. Applying for one does not mean applying for both. 

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Gutta Club: Climate is changing. And you?

While the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) was held in Egypt and our friends from the Climate Action Network-International persistently sought effective solutions from government delegations in the field of climate change mitigation, global adaptation and climate finance, the CDN’s Member Organisation the Republican Center “Gutta-Club” also did not stand aside.
From November 5 to November 18, the organisation prepared and held a number of thematic events under the general title “Climate is changing. And you?”, with the support of the largest European network of youth environmental organizations YEE (Youth and Environment Europe), of which Gutta-Club has been a member for more than ten years.

On November 5, a training for young people took place, which was attended by students of the Chisinau lyceums named after I.S. Nechuya-Levitsky and A.P.Chekhov, as well as students of State, Technical, Pedagogical Universities and the Economic Academy. 

Gutta-Club’s expert Irina Belous, PhD student, molecular biologist, presented an up-to-date overview of the climate situation in the world and in Moldova, spoke about the assessment of climate impact, vulnerability factors and risks, as well as about adaptation measures developed specifically for our country. 

Anya Kimakovskaya and Nastya Gordeeva prepared a presentation on the problems of excessive consumption, and also offered the guys to take a test to determine their ecological footprint. The results were so unexpected that the discussion on “How many Planets like Earth will I need if I don’t shorten my eco-footprint” would have lasted until the end of the training, and maybe even longer. In order to have time for everything that we planned, we proposed to move the discussions to the family circle and develop steps to reduce the eco-footprint in each particular family. Think globally – act locally! 

Pavel Kurkin and Alina Sandyuk shared their impressions of a recent trip to Poland, where members of the Gutta-Club team as part of an international consortium developed a climate project, and also visited a waste recycling plant, personally familiarizing themselves with all stages of waste-free production.

Then the role-playing game began. The participants were divided into teams and engaged in the development of climate startups on unusual topics obtained in the process of drawing lots. No one even imagined how unusual)) For example, the use of kinetic energy of swinging trees for street lighting of city streets. Or the secondary use of banana peel as fuel for subcompact transport. The guys laughed at first. Then they were puzzled. And only then the work began to boil) The time had to be extended several times. But when the teams were ready – the originality and thoughtfulness of the approaches, and also the fervor with which all the members of the groups promoted their offspring – could not leave anyone indifferent from the audience. Startup programs were presented by the jury, chaired by businesswoman Olya Sovko. The proposed product had to be evaluated according to the following criteria: the attractiveness of the idea, the amount of funding, the timing of the refund and the beginning of income generation, the number of jobs created, a positive effect on the environment. The jury members conferred for a long time and (just by the time the pizza was delivered), made their reasoned conclusions. As a result, all the teams received various kinds of support, both from business representatives and from donor organizations, the state budget and even the mafia) And also concluded partnership agreements with each other, since it is always more effective to work together.

After handing over certificates of participation (by the way, the certificate is the work of Anya Kimakovskaya), caps and books, a shared photo, the guys did not disperse immediately, they asked how they could become a Gutta-Club volunteer, how to go to trainings and seminars and how to continue studying abroad under the Erasmus Oficiul Erasmus+ Moldova program when the next meeting will be. Some even stayed to watch the rehearsal, which, taking advantage of the opportunity, was held for our teams leaving for Georgia, by professional dancers and volunteers Gutta Constanta Crave and Alina Cebotari.

And the next day Gutta-Club already received letters from parents and teachers, how the guys liked everything and how great it would be if such events were held more often. This is a very important and inspiring result for the entire training preparation team.
“When we met, we asked the participants to answer a simple question: “If you had a goldfish, what would you ask her for?” It turned out that it was not a new iPhone and not good bachelor’s grades (do not underestimate our youth), but something much more valuable – health and longevity to your loved ones, peace and prosperity to our common home – Planet Earth. It is wonderful! But a lot depends on us. From what exactly (here and now) we will do everything to change the world around us for the better. We came to the conclusion that we don’t need a goldfish, because we are our own goldfish. And, without putting it off, we decided to take part in gardening campaigns held in November throughout the Republic. Said and done. On November 12, our guys were already enthusiastically planting trees in the Chisinau park “Alunel”, as well as on the banks of the Dniester River in the village of Malovatoe, Dubossary district. Gutta cavat lapidem! A drop and a stone sharpens!”

And on November 18, the Gutta-Club delegation, consisting of Yaroslav Rudenko, Olya Sovko Arina Manzul, left for Bakuriani (Georgia) to participate in the international seminar “Let’s connect” under the EU Erasmus program, where, together with 24 youth activists from Armenia, Georgia, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Turkey and Bulgaria will present the successful experience of the Gutta-Club’s long-term activities, including climate projects, learn interactive forms of work with young people, exchange ideas, and establish partnerships. 

A huge thank you to all the members of PrepTeam Centrul Republican

Gutta-Club says thanks to the prep-team members, the administrations and the teachers of the Chisinau lyceums Theoretical Lyceum Named after I.S. Nechuy-Levitsky, Lyceum named after. Anton Chekhov for the universal support of the initiative of our organization and for the active, caring youth, to our friends and partners from YEE – Youth and Environment Europe, Umbrella, Centrul NaĹŁional de Mediu for productive and sincere cooperation.

Call for new Members of the Network 2023

Dear Young Greens and Activists,

We would like to announce a call for the membership of our Network which is going to be decided upon by the upcoming General Assembly in Poland from 9-12th March 2023.

According to the Statutes, an organisation of young people with Green values, based in a country that hadn’t been a member of the European Union prior to the 1st of January 2007 can apply to be a Member Organisation. Organisations not fitting in the prior criteria can apply as Partner or Observer Organisations (see our Statutes and IRPs for more information on the profile of MOs, POs and OOs).

More information about CDN, our principles, our documents, work in the past and our plans can be found on the CDN website. Linked you can find CDN Statutes, Internal Rules and Procedures and Political Platform.

In order to apply, the organisation must submit:

  • General information, introduction on the application page
  • Filled in the Application form (access here)
  • Statutes of the organisation in English
  • Copy of legal act of registration of the organisation (if applicable)

In addition, if there are any other relevant documents (political platform, manifesto, statements, resolutions) in English that your organisation works accordingly to, it should be submitted as well.

 
 

The Deadline for submitting candidacies is February 7th extended until 22nd February, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on the platform.

Each candidate organisation’s application will be reviewed by EC and a recommendation for the delegates will be written and presented during the General Assembly.

Each Candidate Organisation will be given a chance to present their candidacy at the General Assembly. If the Candidate Organisation doesn’t have a representative at the GA, another way for the presentation of the candidacy will be ensured.

If you need financial assistance for participating in-person, get in touch with our office in advance and will try to find the best solution on an individual basis.

Applications should be submitted on the GA Digital Platform.

Check more information on practicalities, more detailed information will be provided via e-mail after registration.

Note: In addition to the candidacy-related documents, each candidate organisation represnetative needs to fill in the Regisration form for GA attendees as well.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write us at giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

 

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Call for Executive Committee Members 2023

Dear Young Greens and Activists,

This is your chance to join our network as the Executive Committee member for the mandate 2023-24 and contribute to the growing Green movement in Eastern Europe.

The Executive Committee (EC) is the political body elected by the General Assembly. EC is responsible for decision-making, implementing activity plans, communication with members of our network, following Working Groups, etc.

The presentation of candidates and election of the new Executive Committee will take place at the General Assembly, 9-12th March 2023 in Warsaw, Poland. For which you need to be present in-person. We will be covering all related costs for participation (transport, accommodation, etc.)

The candidate should submit:

  • Filled Application form (access here);
  • Candidate’s CV;
  • Photo;
  • Introduction to your candidacy;
  • Official letter of support from a Candidate’s organisation or any CDN Member or Partner organisation*

 *Only CDN Member and Partner organisations can nominate a candidate for the Executive Committee.

 

The Executive Committee tasks:

  • Work on the implementation of CDN’s Activity Plan, approved by the General Assembly;
  • Maintaining close and continuous communication with members of our Network;
  • Actively following and supporting the smooth work-flow of the Working Groups;
  • Representing and promoting CDN during its and partners’ activities;
  • Answering challenges and making decisions throughout the year, between GAs, based on the Strategy and CDN’s best interest;
  • Actively participating in the regular (biweekly) EC meetings (lasting usually 2h).
  • Keeping track of the well-being of the Office.

 The candidate for the Executive Committee should:

  • Be motivated to advance the Green movement in Eastern Europe;
  • Be dedicated to the goals of CDN, subscribe its political platform and the Green Ideas;
  • Be comfortable working in an international environment and have good communication and organisational skills;
  • Be willing and available for active online engagement throughout the 1 year mandate;
  • Be prepared for frequent travelling, participating in the live committee meetings, CDN activities and likely several other occasions;
  • Be regularly available via the e-mail for ongoing discussions, work and decision-making, together with regular online conferences;
  • Have a good command of English (written and spoken);
  • Have an interest to follow political developments in Eastern Europe and react to them with available tools such as producing statements, organising and supporting campaigns, assisting member and partner organisations, communicating with other Green stakeholders, etc.

 If elected, candidates are asked to stay for the transfer meeting with the current committee and the first EC meeting. Departure day for EC Candidates is the 14th of March. CDN will cover the costs of accommodation for all Candidates, no matter if they are elected or not.

Applications should be submitted on the GA Digital Platform.

The Deadline for submitting candidacies is February 7th extended until the 22nd of February, 23:59 CET. However, the earlier you apply the more chance delegates will have to see your candidacy on the platform.

Check more information on practicalities, more detailed information will be provided via e-mail after registration.

Note: In addition to the candidacy-related documents, each Executive Committee candidate needs to fill in the Regisration form for GA attendees as well.

In case of any questions do not hesitate to write to giorgi.ptskialadze@cdnee.org.

 

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