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Invitation to the Network

Source of news: NEWW-Polska
2006-05-10 14:44:49 / News read 2840 reading
TERMS OF REFERENCE for 15 participants from New Member States, potential Member States and EU Neighboring Countries for capacity building training enabling to participate in EU Gender Watch project.

Background information:

EU Gender Watch project aims at enabling NGOs from the region to engage more effectively with the EU Development Policy debate and in consequence improve the situation of women in CEE/CIS. The starting point of NEWW’s project consists of a capacity building initiative for the participants (meeting of the 15 participants from women NGO’s, experienced in gender and development, 4 of them will be assigned sub regional Focal Points).

The second phase includes monitoring, lobbying and advocacy activities concerning impact of the EU development policies on gender issues in CEE/CIS. NEWW will establish an EU Gender Watch Secretariat which will coordinate the project: capacity building and research (coordinated sub regionally by the focal points) to explore how gender concerns in the region are impacted by the EU Development Policy.

The Secretariat will then identify common or specific problems of the countries under study and communicate them to the EU and the national governments.

The project will answer the need to build capacity among Women’s rights organizations to put them in touch with current debates on EU Development Policy and the Financial Perspective 2007 – 2013, and to facilitate research, monitoring and later on lobbying and advocacy actions and campaigns to ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective in development policies of the EU.

Selection criteria:

Network of East-West Women in partnership with UNIFEM is looking for 15 women representing NGOs from CEE/CIS to be trained in development issues and committed to collaboration with the EU Gender Watch Project. They are expected to participate in a training workshop for representatives of women NGOs from NMS, potential MS and the EU Neighboring Countries, on the EU development policies (on EU mechanisms, regulations and funding mechanisms at sub-regional, and regional levels), 25-28 June in Gdansk, Poland.

Participants of the training at the end of the workshop will have enough knowledge of EU development policies that they will draft objectives and a plan of action concerning monitoring, lobbying and advocacy actions. The potential 15 participants will be selected by the Network of East-West Women supported by UNIFEM.

Expected skills:

1. Expertise in gender issues and development.
2. Knowledge of the EU accession process and its implications gender for gender issues and for the region of CEE/CIS.
3. Knowledge of gender issues in the region of CEE/CIS
4. Knowledge of women NGOs in the region and continuous involvement in their activities.
5. Ability to participate in the entire process of the project (1 year).
6. Ability to travel to Poland to the meeting in June 2006.
7. Ability to respond quickly to email enquiries from the EU Secretariat as well as Focal Points.
8. Ability to contribute to the website of EU Gender Watch Secretariat.
9. Willingness to participate actively in the network established in order to monitor the EU development policy and its implementation.
10. Willingness to participate over a year with the EU Gender Watch Focal Point.
11. Very good written and spoken English.

Responsibilities:

After the training the participants are expected to engage in actions aiming at monitoring, data collection and basic research of EU development policy and in implementation of the EU Gender Watch project through engaging in lobbying and advocacy work. They will be responsible for creating awareness and demystifying the EU development policy amongst women NGOs in the CEE /CIS region.

Every participant will take part in the entire project which will commence in May 2006 and conclude in May 2007. This participation will involve taking part in the June 2006 meeting which will take place in Poland as well as email communication with the EU Gender Watch Secretariat, the Focal Points and other members of the network established by the EU Gender Watch Secretariat.

The participants of the training will be responsible for:

1. Providing advice to members of the teams involved in the research including the EU Gender Watch Secretariat and four Focal Points.
2. Providing advice regarding all stages of cooperation including gathering, colleting and analysis of the data, reporting to EU Gender Watch Secretariat and four Focal Points responsible for developing the reports.
3. Participating in the meeting (June 2006)
4. Responding to the email enquiries regarding research on the impact of EU development policies on gender issues in the region.
5. Reading and providing constructive feedback of the first draft of the reports. 6. Providing feedback on the final draft.
7. Providing advice regarding content of the EU Gender Watch website.
8. Providing advice regarding the promotion of the EU Gender Watch Secretariat; and providing advice regarding lobbying and advocacy strategy.
9. Meeting the strict deadlines.

Support from NEWW:
NEWW-Polska will provide the participant with:
1. Training on EU development policy and methodology to monitor and research the EU development policy impact on gender issues in the region.
2. Coordination and facilitation of the cooperation between the participant and the Focal Points.
3. Expertise regarding gender issues in CEE/CIS
4. Other practical and professional assistance as requited.

To apply:
please send CV, Motivation Letter, Reccomendation Letter and description of NGO you're working in to the address: tarasiewicz@neww.org.pl and zofia@neww.org.pl untill May 26th, 2006
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