Join our team! European Solidarity Corps in ERGO Network

 Call for Solidarity Corps volunteer in ERGO Network

ERGO Network is looking for an enthusiastic and active young Rom who would like to join our office team in Brussels for 11 or 12 months in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps.

When: 1 October 2022 to 31 August 2023, optionally it can be until 30th September 2023

Where: ERGO Network office in Brussels, Belgium

Who: Young Roma professional between 18 and 30

Deadline for applications: 1st September 2022

During the 11 or 12 months in ERGO, you will learn about international advocacy, help us organise international meetings and events and get actively involved in Roma activism and international Roma networks in Brussels. Optionally, the volunteer can stay 12 months in ERGO, but this needs to be agreed during the service.

Your main tasks will be:

  • Communication and visibility: contribute to the update of the ERGO Network and RomaReact websites and social media channels; development of creative approaches and publicity work to promote our activities and mission and a positive image of Roma.
  • Researching and reporting: Assisting ERGO’s research work e.g. on cases of inequality and antigypsyism all over Europe.
  • Advocacy and policy: Support ERGO staff in EU advocacy work on poverty reduction, social inclusion and antigypsyism; attend debates, hearings and meetings with other stakeholders to challenge stereotypes and racism, build partnership with Roma and non-Roma organizations from Belgium and other European countries.
  • Meetings and seminars: Assist in the organisation of meetings, events and international seminars of ERGO Network and its partners, e.g. our Advocacy Academy, Annual Members Meeting etc.

Your profile:

  • Young Roma between 18 and 30 years
  • Good English language skills, both oral and written
  • Computer literacy (experience with Microsoft office package and social media)
  • High motivation to learn more about Roma activism and advocacy work and to contribute to a small but very active European NGO
  • Previous involvement in Roma or (pro) Roma NGOs will be considered an advantage
  • Reliable, well organised and with attention to detail

You will work about 38 hours per week, including your language course. Working hours will be from Monday to Friday between 9:00 – 17:00. However, working hours can be adapted to your needs and the activities you will be involved in. Of course, we will adapt the situation also according to the Covid-19 situation.

We aim to support young people who are enthusiastic about our cause and want to gain experiences that can be later transferred to national or local NGOs. We especially welcome applications from people who are motivated to challenge stereotypes, antigypsyism and racism and who show an open attitude for a unique learning and life experience, as well as a volunteer spirit of creativity, initiative, responsibility and independence.

We offer:

  • An allowance of 1200 Euro that includes money for accommodation, meals, local transport, language course and pocket money
  • Travel costs to Brussels (a lump sum depending on the distance to Brussels)
  • Health insurance for the whole year
  • On-arrival and mid-term training with other Solidarity Corps volunteers, and lots of learning and development opportunities with ERGO Network and our partners
  • Access to an online French course and other online training opportunities offered to European Solidarity Corps volunteers
  • An exciting and unforgettable experience, working for an international organisation in an international city!

How to apply:

Please send your motivation letter (1 page) and CV (max 2 pages) by 1st September 2022 to info@ergonetwork.org.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information at info@ergonetwork.org

We are hiring a Coordinator for Ukraine

Position: Coordinator for Ukraine

ERGO Network is hiring a part-time (up to 80%) Programme Coordinator (Ukraine) to join its team in Brussels.

ERGO Network

ERGO Network (www.ergonetwork.org) brings together 27 members from across Europe and supports organisations with a common perspective on Roma grassroots empowerment and equal citizenship to challenge stereotypes and combat stigmatization. We mobilize and connect organisations and individuals that share and express our values – active citizenship, shared responsibility, and passion – to strengthen Roma civil society involvement in decision-making at local, national and European level and to address existing shortcomings of policies targeted at Roma.

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, ERGO Network and its members have been very strongly engaged in supporting Ukrainian Roma through material aid, coordination with other partners and advocacy for better addressing antigypsyism towards Ukrainian Roma refugees. Thanks to a grant of the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), we can now hire a dedicated programme coordinator for one year to strengthen this important work.

Roles and responsibilities

We are searching for a Coordinator for our work to support Roma refugees from Ukraine with strong project management and coordination skills to:

  • Act as a hub for strategic and operational relationships with and between ERGO Members, including the Ukrainian Roma Women Fund Chiricli, other Roma and pro-Roma civil society organisations, humanitarian organisations, IGOs and European institutions for effective coordination of responses to the situation of Ukrainian Roma.
  • Support members in order to ensure the active engagement and representation of ERGO Network and Chiricli in EU policy-making regarding the war in Ukraine.
  • Provide technical inputs to documentation, training modules, tools and other resources produced by ERGO Network regarding the situation of Ukrainian Roma refugees and IDPs.
  • Closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and recipient countries regarding the situation of the Roma impacted by the conflict and provide updates to the team on contextual changes to promote informed decision-making and create linkages.
  • With support from ERGO Members, consolidate data from different assessments/analyses about the situation of Ukrainian Roma and feed it into relevant policies – such as Rebuild Ukraine or Humanitarian Response Plans-HRPs.
  • Coordinate and support ERGO members to implement activities concerning Ukrainian Roma in accordance with a jointly defined strategy.
  • Assist the Director and other staff of the secretariat in lobbying the European institutions both on EU and on Pan- European level.
  • Assist other staff of the secretariat in outreach and fundraising.
  • Keep the e-mail list concerning ERGO’s work on Ukraine up-to-date.
  • Contribute to visualisation of the work of ERGO Network on Ukraine and the refugee crisis through articles on the ERGO website.

This task list is indicative and non-exhaustive. The team of ERGO Network is small, the workload can be high at certain times and unexpected tasks might appear. The Programme Coordinator will report to ERGO Network’s Director and works in close contact with the other team members and staff from member organisations. The working language is English.

Candidate’s profile

Essential

  • Proven experience in coordination of different partners, including civil society and international organisations.
  • Proven experience in project management, including budget management.
  • Sound understanding of antigypsyism and the situation of Roma refugees.
  • Excellent knowledge of English, with Russian, Ukrainian and/or Romani a strong plus.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and to cope with stressful situations and deadlines.

Desirable

  • Experience with policy analysis and lobbying.
  • Knowledge of the situation in Ukraine and experience working with Ukrainian civil society.
  • Knowledge of issues of migration.
  • Good knowledge of European Institutions and their functioning.

Conditions

One-year contract under Belgian law on 80% basis (or less, if desired).

Salary: approx. 2.800 EUR  (pro rata according to the agreed working time) per month gross salary plus compensation for public transport, lunch vouchers, representation costs and hospitalisation insurance.

Starting date: October 1st 2022 or as soon as possible

Location: Brussels, with some remote work possible.

Download the call document here

Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV and motivation letter to info@ergonetwork.org by August 21st 2022, 23:59 CET, indicating in the subject of the email “Application Programme Coordinator Ukraine”. This email address can also be used for further information and questions.

We will review the applications on a rolling base. Successful candidates will be invited for interviews in Brussels on September 19th, 20th and 21th . Zoom interviews will also be taken into consideration.

ERGO Network strives for a diverse staff and ensures that opportunities offered are accessible to all regardless of gender, age, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. We particularly encourage members of groups which are affected by racism and related discrimination to apply for this post.

We are hiring a Network and Programme Coordinator

Position: Network and Programme Coordinator

ERGO Network is hiring a full-time Programme Coordinator to join its team in Brussels.

ERGO Network

ERGO Network (www.ergonetwork.org) brings together 27 members from across Europe and supports organisations with a common perspective on Roma grassroots empowerment and equal citizenship to challenge stereotypes and combat stigmatization. We mobilize and connect organisations and individuals that share and express our values – active citizenship, shared responsibility, and passion – to strengthen Roma civil society involvement in decision-making at local, national and European level and to address existing shortcomings of policies targeted at Roma.

Roles and responsibilities

We are searching for a Network and Programme Coordinator with strong project management skills to coordinate and empower ERGO’s network of members. In particular, the person’s tasks will include:

  • Develop and implement a members’ capacity building and empowerment strategy.
  • Lead on project management of key initiatives related to the network, including the management of external consultants and steering/advisory groups, particularly in the Enlargement countries.
  • Coordinate ERGO Network’s campaign “Decade against antigypsyism up to 2030”, including coordinating partners and stakeholders, organising events and advocacy activities.
  • Support and advice ERGO Network members on conducting evidence-based advocacy at European and national level regarding the implementation of the EU Strategic Framework for Roma Equality, Inclusion and Participation.
  • Follow-up ERGO’s work on online antigypsyist hate speech and the network’s involvement in the EU Code of Conduct exercise.
  • Address issues of digital deprivation, digital divide, digital citizenship, as well as digital inclusion of Roma.
  • Steer ERGO Network’s work on Roma youth empowerment through coordination of volunteering activities, partnerships with Roma youth networks and capacity-building of young activists.
  • Participate in relevant meetings organised at EU or national level.
  • Monitor network performance.
  • Support the organisation of meetings and events.
  • Support effective communication with ERGO Network members.
  • Implement distance learning solutions for members and staff, as relevant.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the team, as relevant.
  • Contribute to other tasks as instructed by the Director.

This tasks list is indicative and non-exhaustive. The team of ERGO Network is small, the workload can be high at certain times and unexpected tasks might appear. The Programme Coordinator will report to ERGO Network’s Director and works in close contact with the other team members and staff from member organisations. The working language is English.

Candidate’s profile

Essential

  • Proven experience of working with Roma civil society and knowledge of the main policy issues for Roma both at EU and national level in EU and Enlargement countries.
  • Good understanding of the concept of antigypsyism and knowledge of anti-racism policies and practice.
  • At least 3 years of experience in capacity building for civil society organisations.
  • Proven experience in developing and delivering effective and innovative needs-adapted training and educational content.
  • Experience working with young people.
  • At least 3 years of experience in project management, including in grant and report writing, monitoring project implementation, working with consultants, budget management and technical management.
  • Good knowledge of requirements and standards of EU-financed projects.
  • High-level verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and to cope with stressful situations and deadlines.
  • Ability to undertake domestic and international travel is also required for this position.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with European networks.
  • Experience in coordinating large-scale, decentralised campaigns.
  • Good knowledge of European Institutions and their functioning.
  • Experience in advocacy towards EU and national policy-makers.
  • Good knowledge of specific policy areas under the EU Roma Framework (i.e. discrimination, education, digital inclusion, employment, health, housing, poverty).
  • Knowledge of other languages, in particular Romani language.

Conditions

One year contract under Belgian law with the possibility of extension

Salary: approx. 3.200 EUR per month gross salary, plus compensation for public transport, lunch vouchers, representation costs and hospitalisation insurance.

Working time: 37,5 hours per week.

Starting date: October 1st 2022 or as soon as possible

Place of work: Brussels, with the possibility for some remote work.

Download the call document here

Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV and motivation letter to info@ergonetwork.org by August 21st 2022, 23:59 CET, indicating in the subject of the email “Application Programme Coordinator”. This email address can also be used for further information and questions.

We will review the applications on a rolling basis. Successful candidates will be invited for interviews in Brussels on September 12th, 13th and 14th . Zoom interviews can also be considered.

ERGO Network strives for a diverse staff and ensures that opportunities offered are accessible to all regardless of gender, age, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. We particularly encourage members of groups which are affected by racism and related discrimination to apply for this post.

Call for Expert in Local Budgeting

Roma equality, inclusion, and participation (EQUIP): Calls for applications for expert on Roma involvement in local budgeting

Call for expert in local budgeting

ERGO Network is contracting an independent expert to design manual for the Roma involvement in local budgeting under the project  “Roma equality, inclusion, and participation (EQUI)”. The project is funded by the European Union’s Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV).  

ERGO Network

ERGO Network (www.ergonetwork.org) brings together over 30 members from across Europe and supports organisations with a common perspective on Roma grassroots empowerment and equal citizenship to challenge stereotypes and combat stigmatization. We mobilize and connect organisations and individuals that share and express our values – active citizenship, shared responsibility, and passion – to strengthen and empower Roma civil society involvement in decision-making at local, national, and European levels and to address existing shortcomings of policies targeted at Roma.

Local Budgeting

The importance of the implementation of the National Roma Strategic Frameworks lies at the local level. ERGO Network with its members will help grassroots organizations to get engaged in community organising and community development to ensure that the national frameworks are effectively implemented on the ground. The training and coaching series will start with a training of community-based NGOs and local action groups on getting involved in local budgeting. In the following years it will also cover other aspects of community organising and local planning and development processes.

As part of ERGO’s workshop series on supporting community organising and community development, the first year’s topic will be Roma involvement in local budgeting. The purpose is to ensure that local funds are well spent for Roma inclusion and empowerment.

Role of the expert

We are searching for an external expert to support local Roma civil society to engage in community organising and community development to directly improve the living situation of Roma on the ground.

The expert is expected to develop a manual for the involvement of the Roma community in the local budgeting, as well as design the training and coach a minimum of three ERGO Network members to use the manual.

Specifically, the expert is expected to:

  • Develop the local budgeting manual: Minimum 20 pages, in English language, digital format, targeting national and local Roma activists.
  • Conduct a workshop with ERGO Network members to train them to use the manual and coach them to implement it.

Profile:

  • Excellent knowledge of local Roma realities with a specific focus on the involvement in local budgeting
  • Expertise on Roma issues and policies on European Union and member state level
  • Experience working with civil society organisations in the fields of advocacy, capacity-building, and network building
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to design manuals and trainings for CSOs activists
  • Excellent training skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Additional language skills desirable

Conditions

The development of the manual and the training will be conducted throughout April-December 2022, with the final report expected in December 2022.

Times for training and coaching of ERGO Network members will be agreed upon with the selected expert and selected countries.

Contract and budget

The independent expert will be subcontracted to fulfil the part of the work in the project of ERGO Network, under the CERV. The expert has no rights vis-à-vis the European Commission.

The expert shall be paid for the execution of the activities and services a fee of a maximum of 6,000 EUR, all taxes and VAT included (must include all expert costs, travel, translation etc.).

Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following documents:

  • CV, highlighting past similar assignments
  • Proposed methodology, timeline, and budget, including the envisaged number of working days

We will select the expert according to the principle “Value for money”. Please send your application to info@ergonetwork.org by March 31th 2022, 23:59 CET.

A detailed project summary can be provided upon request.

For further questions, please contact Gabriela Hrabanova at g.hrabanova@ergonetwork.org

Call for Applications for an External Trainer

Call for applications for an external trainer to conduct Coaching on accountability and transparency criteria for civil society

The European Roma Grassroots Organizations (ERGO) Network is contracting an external trainer to deliver coaching visits to Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Romania to implement training with the grassroots organizations using the ERGO Network manual on accountability and transparency criteria.

ERGO Network

ERGO Network (www.ergonetwork.org) brings together over 30 members from across Europe and supports organizations with a common perspective on Roma grassroots empowerment and equal citizenship to challenge stereotypes and combat stigmatization. We mobilize and connect organizations and individuals that share and express our values – active citizenship, shared responsibility, and passion – to strengthen and empower Roma civil society involvement in decision-making at the local, national, and European levels and to address existing shortcomings of policies targeted at Roma.

Role of the consultant

Through the ”New solutions to old problems – exchange of new types of approaches in the field of Roma integration” project, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation, ERGO Network is contracting an external expert. The expert will conduct three two days trainings in Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Romania with our partner’s organizations. The trainings are to be delivered in the English language.

The expert is expected to help the civil society organisations to be role models of transparency and accountability, to promote positive values for other organizations in the field and also to support others with their expertise. The trainings are to support the organizations in their structures and their daily work.

From ERGO Network the expert will receive a transparency criteria manual with training materials in a form of a boardgame for organisations. He/she will also be consulted on using these materials, facilitating sessions with beginners and more advanced participants, and adapting the game to the local languages.

In addition to the training sessions in each of the countries, the expert will be expected to deliver a full report of the training and to map the strengths and weaknesses of the organizations. Together with the partner organisations, the expert will develop a system to keep a record of their governance and structure.

Conditions

The training will be conducted throughout April-December 2022, with the final report expected for December 2022 

Profile of the consultant*

  • Excellent training skills
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to design manuals, modules, and toolkits for CSOs
  • Experience working with civil society organizations in the fields of advocacy, capacity-building, and network building
  • Ability to work independently
  • Romanian, Bulgarian, or Lithuanian language skills desirable

*The consultant can be an individual, institution, or organization

Contract and budget

The independent consultant will be subcontracted by ERGO Network and has no rights vis-à-vis the EEA and Norway Grants for Regional Cooperation. He/She reports to ERGO Network.

The expert will be renumerated with 6000 €.

VAT and all costs (such as travel and accommodation) related to the three country visits are included in this amount.

The applicants should submit: 

  • An updated CV
  • And a motivation letter

The application package should be submitted by 15 April 2022 to info@ergonetwork.org with the subject – “Coaching on accountability and transparency criteria for civil society”

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