ERGO Network Call for Volunteer: Volunteering for Change

29 June 2015

European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network call for volunteer

"Volunteering for change"

EVS opportunity with ERGO Network in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Duration of the EVS: 12 months from September 2015 to August 2016
Number of volunteers: 1
Location: ERGO Network office in Brussels, Belgium
Applicant countries: All of the European Union, preferably Romania, Hungary
DEADLINE for submission: July 12, 2015.

 

ERGO has an open call for applications for young Roma people between 18 and 30 years to participate in a European Voluntary Service (Erasmus+ program) project in Brussels.

The 12 months lasting project (September 2015 – August 2016), offers diverse learning and service opportunities, international advocacy work, including national and international seminars, and active involvement in the Roma activism group and international Roma networks in Brussels.

The main tasks of volunteer will be:

-          Communication and visibility: update of the ERGO Network and RomaReact.org websites and social media channels; development of creative approaches and realization of publicity social work promoting ERGO Network’s activities and its mission and a positive image of Roma. Coordination of volunteers´ contributions to RomaReact.org.

-          Researching and reporting on specific topics; Cases of inequality and Anti-Gypsyism all around the Europe, visualise conditions of Roma community, success and failures of projects involving Roma. The volunteer will gather information about those cases and publish them on RomaReact.org website and promote them on various networks.

-          Support the ERGO Network  employees in the advocacy work, during events, debates, events, hearings and meeting with important stakeholders to challenge stereotypes and racism, build partnership with other Roma and non-Roma organizations from Belgium as well as from other European countries.

-          Assist in the organisation of meetings in Brussels - Liaise with and participate in events of TernYpe and Phiren Amenca.

Volunteer profile:

-          Young Roma between 18 and 30 years form a country of the European Union, preferably in Hungary or Romania.

-          Excellent English language skills, both oral and written,. Basic knowledge of Romani language will be considered a strong advantage.

-          At least a bachelor degree in journalism, political science, international relations, development studies, territorial studies or any relevant area of expertise.

-          Highly organised and with attention to details Familiarity with website updating and social media is desiderable

-          Ability to work independently and under minimum supervision

-          Previous involvement in Roma or pro(Roma) NGOs will be considered an advantage

We support young people who have the will to work in a Roma environment/community, and to get experience that can be later transferred back to work in their country of origin. We are especially welcoming people who are motivated to engage for our mission to challenge stereotypes, Anti-Gypsyism 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.

Compensation:

ERGO Network will cover accommodation, local public transport and language course (French or Dutch) for the selected volunteer. The volunteer will also receive a monthly allowance following the EVS guidelines for Belgium.  ERGO Network will possibly add a small extra for monthly allowance: this will be determined on a later stage.

Possible and typical time schedule of the volunteer:

The volunteer will work about 38 hours per week, including the language course (French or Dutch, dependent on his/her own decision). Working hours will be from Monday to Friday between 9:30 – 18:00. However, working hours will be adapted to the volunteers’ needs and the activities they will be involved in.

 

APPLICATION

Send your motivation letter (max 1 page), CV (max 2 pages) by the 12th of July to volunteer@ergonetwork.org.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview in the following week.  A writing assignment is part of the selection procedure. ERGO Network reserves the time for taking the decision on the selected volunteer till the end of July.

 

Do not hesitate to contact us for any information.

ERGO Network, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

t: +32(0)28931045 | e: volunteer@ergonetwork.org

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE HOSTING ORGANIZATION:

European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network brings together Roma and pro-Roma organisations from 17 countries in Europe. These organisations share our guiding principle: Roma themselves have to take an active role to achieve equal citizenship and to fight discrimination. We are a dynamic European organisation that functions as liaison between Roma organisations and European decision makers, policy makers and institutions. ERGO aims to liaise between Roma on the ground and the ‘Brussels’ reality. Together with our members and allied partners, we advocate for better policies and programmes for Roma to create favourable conditions to better benefit from opportunities offered to them. www.ergonetwork.org

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE SENDING ORGANISATIONs:

RGDTS Nonprofit Kft. / Phiren Amenca

Phiren Amenca is a network of Roma and non-Roma volunteers and voluntary service organizations creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement, in order to challenge stereotypes and racism. Phiren Amenca aims to specifically facilitate the access of young people with fewer opportunities and especially young Roma who had more limited access to benefit from the European Voluntary Service. The organisation brings young Roma and non-Roma volunteers in Roma projects and communities, together through seminars and meetings to create intercultural dialogue and a common engagement for respect and an inclusive society. Phiren Amenca strives to promote the value of volunteering and active citizenship, and advocate for the recognition of voluntary service and non-formal education also within policies and strategies targeting Roma communities and social inclusion. www.phirenamenca.eu

Nevo Parudimos Association

it’s a non-profit apolitical organisation which was founded by a group of teachers, Roma activists and Roma students from Caras-Severin county, in the south-west part of Romania in 2008. The aim of the Nevo Parudimos association is to decrease the economic, social, educational and cultural differences in the society. The objectives of the Nevo Parudimos association are: to develop activities which promote the democracy; to promote the tolerance, the diversity and the equal chances in the society; to create community preventing programs to fight against prejudices towards Roma people; to increase the organizational capacity of Roma people; to help Roma communities develop their own competences and abilities to resolve problems; to develop professional activities, social, cultural, economic and civic commitment. Nevo Parudimoss’ activities are split in more fields like: education, culture, social work, community development, human rights and youth work. http://nevoparudimos.ro/

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