Call for 3 trainer positions

18/02/2021

Globally, policies to community development are shifting from top-down approaches to participatory approaches. Throughout the world, certain communities and regions are initiating participatory interventions that allow citizens to take part in processes that affect their lives and that of their communities. Although certain legal frameworks for citizen participation are in place in Armenia, we have very few successful examples and practices of bottom-up sustainable community development practices. This project aims to bring together different stakeholders to co-shape and collaboratively implement an asset-based participatory community development plan in Vanadzor, Armenia. 

Vanadzor is the third biggest city in Armenia, situated between the forest-covered hills and destroyed/abandoned soviet factories. Once a vibrant urban culture and an important center of the chemical industry, Vanadzor now is left with a crashed economy, unemployed and hopeless youth, yet, the best rock music in the country. 

The overall objectives of the project are the following:

To facilitate a collaborative process where the local administration in Vanadzor comes together with other major stakeholders (architects, youth, art collectives, NGOs, etc) to explore the international best practice and trends of participatory and sustainable community development and co-create a joint project for Vanadzor.

To distil EcoHub’s learnings in cooperating with local municipalities and implementing a participatory community development initiative in a package of recommendations. 

To catalyze a process of participatory projects that shift the urban landscape and the socio-cultural atmosphere in Vanadzor for the better. 

Dates:

The project entails 3 trainings and a project implementation phase between trainings 2 and 3. 

  • In March 2021, a group of 25 people will undergo an “Introduction to Participatory Community Development Training”.
  • In April 2021, the same cohort of people will take part in “Ideation and Project Planning Training”.
  • In June 2021, the participants will carry out “In-depth Evaluation of Participatory Community Development Process”.

The trainings should focus on providing theoretical frameworks as well as hands-on approaches and practical strategies for achieving the outlined objectives. 

Below you may find the relevant information of the three training opportunities available. Please kindly note that you may apply to lead 1 or more of the described trainings.

Training Opportunity 1:  “Introduction to Participatory Community Development Training”

Training aim: To familiarize the participants with the principles, trends and international best-practice of participatory community development while allowing ample room for brainstorming on Vandzor’s specific context and ideas that can work in the city. 

Dates: March 19-23, 2021
Arrival: March 18, 2021
Departure: March 24, 2021
Remuneration: 300 EUR per day x 5 working days + 1 prep day = 6 days. 1800 EUR net honorarium including preparation, delivery and reporting. 

Requested trainer profile:
Priority will be given to those that most closely meet these criteria:
– Have knowledge on the topics covered by the training 

  • community development, 
  • sustainable cities, 
  • collaborative multi-stakeholder process facilitation, 
  • citizen participation.

– Have a minimum 3 years’ experience of facilitating and leading projects on the above mentioned topics;
– Have experience leading similar trainings for multi-stakeholder and multi-generational audiences;
– Are familiar with the socio-cultural context of Eastern Europe and post-Soviet space;
– Are proficient users of the English language (English-Armenian interpretation will be provided for the non-English speaking participants).

Training Opportunity 2: “Ideation and Project Planning Training”

Training aim: To provide frameworks and hold the space for ideation for a common project by the multistakeholder audience of participants and to pass on certain fundamental tools necessary for project management. 

Dates: April 16-20, 2021
Arrival: April 15, 2021
Departure: April 21, 2021
Remuneration: 300 EUR per day x 5 working days + 1 prep day = 6 days 
1800 EUR net honorarium including preparation, delivery, and reporting. 

Requested trainer profile:

Priority will be given to those that most closely meet these criteria:
– Have knowledge on the topics covered by the training 

  • ideation and idea validation for community projects, 
  • sustainable development, 
  • citizen participation and inclusivity, 
  • planning and managing community projects.

– Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience of facilitating and leading projects on the above-mentioned topics;
– Are good team-players;
– Have experience leading similar trainings for multi-stakeholder and multi-generational audiences;
– Are familiar with the socio-cultural context of Eastern Europe and post-Soviet space;
– Are proficient users of the English language (English-Armenian interpretation will be provided for the non-English speaking participants).

Training 3: “In-depth Evaluation of Participatory Community Development Process”

Training aim: To evaluate the process and distill the learnings, to facilitate the process of determining the follow-up activities.

Dates: June 18-22, 2021
Arrival: June 17, 2021
Departure: June 23, 2021
Remuneration: 300 EUR per day x 5 working days + 1 prep day = 6 days
1800 EUR net honorarium including preparation, delivery and reporting. 

Requested trainer profile:
Priority will be given to those that most closely meet these criteria:
– Have knowledge on the topics covered by the training:

  • evaluation techniques and tools, 
  • community development, 
  • sustainable cities, 
  • collaborative multi-stakeholder process facilitation, 
  • citizen participation.

– Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience of facilitating and leading projects on the above-mentioned topics;
– Have experience leading similar trainings for multi-stakeholder and multi-generational audiences;
– Are familiar with the socio-cultural context of Eastern Europe and post-Soviet space;
– Are proficient users of the English language (English-Armenian interpretation will be provided for the non-English speaking participants).

Main Responsibilities for all three positions described above:

To have online preparatory meetings with local co-trainer and the project coordination team in order to plan the training;

To develop the learning objectives and training implementation plan;

To develop and submit the latest version of the daily program at least 7 days before the training;

To have a daily evaluation with the project coordination team during the training;

To prepare a final report which needs to be submitted to the project coordinator latest 2 weeks after the training.

Expected Workload  for all three positions described above:

10-20 hours of preparation prior to the beginning of the training, 
Facilitation of 5 training days;
5-7 hours of report creation.

Remuneration:

1800 EUR net honorarium including preparation, delivery and reporting. 

Team composition:

The team consists of 2 trainers. The international thematic expert/trainer and a local trainer. 

The organizational and logistical aspects as well as the communication with the participants are handled by the coordination team.

How to apply:

Please submit an application consisting of:

  • Most-updated CV,
  • Cover letter mentioning:
    •  the training(s) you are applying for, 
    • your motivation and relevant experience, 
    • your ideas for the content of the training(s). 

The email should be sent to info@ecohub.am  latest by the 1st of March, 2021 at 23:59 EET (Eastern European Time). The selection results will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates by 3rd of March, 2021.

Travel and COVID-19 regulations:

The selected participants will need to travel to Armenia.
The EcoHub team will provide a 564 EUR reimbursement for international roundtrip travel.
The airspace in Armenia is open, however, the travelers need to hold a 72-hour COVID-19 negative test, or alternatively, take a test upon entry into the country and self-isolate until the negative test result is obtained (usually 6-10 hours).
Please kindly check your home country’s regulations for travel to Armenia before your application.

The project is implemented by the EcoHub Foundation for Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship. The EcoHub Foundation for Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship aims to foster active citizenship, democratic governance and sustainable development in Armenia by empowering youth who live in the regions of Armenia and have limited access to such opportunities. 

The project is kindly supported  by ifa–InstitutfürAuslandsbeziehungen (zivik Funding Programme) through funds provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.