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Med Culture is a Technical Assistance Unit funded by the European Union for the promotion of culture as vector of Human, Social and Economic Development in South Mediterranean countries. 
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CALL FOR APPLICATION SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP TO EMPOWER THE CIVIL SOCIETY THROUGH A LEADING AND RESILIENT CULTURE SECTOR < PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS >

CALL FOR APPLICATION SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP TO EMPOWER THE CIVIL SOCIETY THROUGH A LEADING AND RESILIENT CULTURE SECTOR < PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS >

CALL FOR APPLICATION SUBREGIONAL WORKSHOP TO EMPOWER THE CIVIL SOCIETY THROUGH A LEADING AND RESILIENT CULTURE SECTOR < PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING OF TRAINERS >

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 13 August 2018

DATE OF TRAINING: 24 - 28 September 2018 

PLACE OF TRAINING: BETHLEHEM 

The Technical Assistance team of Med Culture, a regional programme on culture funded by the European Union, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), for the promotion of culture as vector of Human, Social and Economic Development in South Mediterranean countries, is launching a call for participation in a 5-day training workshop. 

The workshop aims at enhancing the skills and practice of cultural operators and grass roots activists from South Mediterranean countries in project management that integrates resilience and learning as a strong component; working in partnerships; advanced training and facilitation skills (ToT). It will also include training in advocacy and mobilising the public around issues relative to culture.

The content described below is indicative and might be subject to adjustment.  

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WHO?

The group of participants is heterogeneous and will include people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise from South Mediterranean countries. This call welcomes trainers and cultural operators dealing with arts and culture as their core business, but also people involved in fields related to culture, such as sustainable development, public policy making, social inclusion, social economics, digital business, crafts, etc.
 
Applicants must be residents in South Mediterranenan countries, aged between 25 and 40 years at the time of application:

  • Mid-career cultural managers and project managers working in the field of community development and cohesive societies;
  • Trainers/facilitator working in the field of the arts and culture, advocacy and sustainable development;
  • Mid-career cultural practitioners who are interested in developing training skills in the workshop topics as part of their continuing career development.
  • The selected candidates are expected to be fully committed to this workshop.
  • Participants of previous activities organised by Med Culture are also encouraged to apply to this call.

WHAT?

The ‘academy’ approach model combines multiple topics into a customised format based on needs. This Training will be organised in three streams:
(Note: the 2 first streams will be parallel sessions to choose from)

  1. Cultural Project Management: Consolidation of skills in project management from project design to implementation, taking into account resilience and learning as essential components; the value of the process in partnership building / partnership organisational models and how to make them work;
  2. Training of Trainers, which aims at understanding and exploring adult learning and thinking about learning as a fruitful and effective experience; sharing best practice; enhancing leadership skills and collaborative work; and facilitation. This initiative also aims at creating a particular community of practice in the region around teaching and learning in the cultural management and cultural policy field.
  3. Advocacy for culture: how to design and lead an advocacy initiative that aims to influence decision-making processes; what methodology for which context; what discourse promotes best the value of culture as an asset that can be further developed through building strategic alliances.

The training will address a combination of topics:

  • project design and project management
  • project integrating culture to address radicalisation, artists’ freedom of expression and youth employability
  • understanding one’s own learning experiences and preferences and adapting to other ways of learning
  • learning as an on-going and lifelong process
  • facilitating a learning environment
  • developing advocacy initiatives as a form of learning process

It will also include sessions about motivating and energising people, effective group work, facilitation skills and learning as a capacity to adapt and make the best use of changes.
In addition to the training sessions, the workshop will include visits to and encounters with local cultural operators.

WHERE & WHEN?

This 5-day workshop (excluding travel) will take place in Bethlehem on 24-28 September 2018.
Favouring a learner centered approach, the programme will offer the participants different options on how they would like to follow this course depending on their motivation, needs, time etc.

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HOW TO APPLY?
Draft your application in ONE file of 4 pages maximum including:

  • CV in English or Arabic (education, current activities focussing on those who are related to the theme of the training, etc.), with your full name as it figures in your passport, your birth date and country, as well as your current email and telephone number (2 pages max)
  • Motivation letter in English or Arabic explaining your interest in participating in this programme and in which of the two parallel streams you are interested to participate (cultural management OR ToT) and last how this training will impact you organisation/local context (1 page)
  • Draft concept proposal in English or Arabic presenting a pitch for an advocacy project you would like to develop or are currently developing/implementing - Proposals addressing culture as a mean to deal with migration issues, fight against radicalisation, promote artists’ freedom of expression, foster youth employability and contribute to sustainable development are particularly welcome. (1 page)

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SELECTION PROCESS
The Jury will select 25 people from South Mediterranean countries, aged between 25 and 40 years at the time of application. The selected candidates are expected to be fully committed to this programme.
The selection jury is composed of experts including the Med Culture team. The candidates are selected based on the evaluation of their application.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Candidates should:

  • have a good command of Arabic and knowledge of English;
  • work in the training field, in the cultural field, or in connected fields (sustainable development, tourism, social inclusion, employment, human rights, civil society empowerment etc.) within civil society/cultural organisations, the public sector, or as freelancers;
  • be available and commit to participate in the full duration of the workshop;
  • be citizens and residents in one of the involved South Mediteranean countries;

Candidates should have experience in:

  • designing and managing cultural projects;
  • designing and delivering a course or a training related to culture/the arts or related fields;
  • (and/or) organizing and facilitating/moderating educational programmes (seminars/workshops or other formats) dealing with culture/the arts or related fields
  • (and/or) show a strong interest/commitment in developing their training/facilitating/advocating skills and show willingness to self-direct their own learning

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DON’T MISS THE DEADLINE!

Your application must be submitted by 13 August 2018 in ONE file of maximum 4 pages in English, French or Arabic and sent to the following 2 email:
c.dabdoub-nasser@medculture.eu , f.bouquerel@medculture.eu and j.andreaus@medculture.eu 
Please ensure to add the below SUBJECT TITLE to your email, otherwise your application will not be reviewed by the jury:
< Application to WKP14_PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TOT >

ATTENTION:

If the application includes more than one file or is received after the deadline, it will unfortunately not be taken into consideration.
Results will be announced by 20 August 2018. Selected candidates will be informed by e-mail.

NOTE:
Travel and accommodation expenses for the selected candidates will be covered by the Med Culture programme. For further inquiries please contact c.dabdoub-nasser@medculture.eu
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Med Culture is a 5-year (2014-2019) regional programme funded by the European Union to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean[1]  in the development and improvement of cultural policies and practices related to the culture sector. The approach is consultative/participative and takes place in partnership with civil society actors, ministries, private and public institutions involved in culture as well as other related sectors.

 

Capacity development at regional level (between stakeholders from the Southern side of the Mediterranean sea),  is a Med Culture core activity that provides cultural practitioners working in different cultural fields, both from the civil society and public sectors, with the opportunity to discuss common challenges and share experiences with their peers in the involved South Mediterranean countries.

The proposed action is in line with the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), adopted in November 2015, which places special emphasis on supporting civil society and promoting citizen participation and engagement, focusing especially on young women and men.

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  • [1] The programme is carried out at the following locations and/or involve citizens from: Neighbourhood South countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel[a], Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine[b], Tunisia and Syria[c])
    [a] See Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards onhttp://eurlex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2013.205.01.0009.01.ENG.
    [b] This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.
    [c] Co-operation with the Government of Syria suspended since 2011.