La Ligue de l’enseignement – EU Traineeship Programme

EU Traineeship Programme – Call for Applications for members of IRIS Network
In the framework of the EU-funded project IRIS NETWORKing CSOs for protection sensitive migration management, implemented by Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) in cooperation with partners ASB Germany, LIR CD BiH, La Strada – Open Gate the Republic of North Macedonia, Initiative for Social Change ARSIS Albania and SOS TELEPHONE Montenegro. IDC is organizing an EU Traineeship Programme open to staff members of CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans, that are part of the IRIS Network.

The programme offers to two selected candidates an opportunity to spend up to 4 weeks in the premises of La Ligue de l’enseignement, Arras, France, and learn about solutions to fight social exclusion and empowering the most vulnerable groups, specifically foreign unaccompanied minors and get in-depth knowledge in the area of migration and social inclusion. The traineeship programme in La Ligue de l’enseignement, Arras, France will start in September 2019.

About La Ligue de l’enseignement

The programme offers to two selected candidates the opportunity to spend up to 4 weeks in the premises of La Ligue de l’enseignement in Head Office in Arras, France, and provides a learning experience in the area of migrant management and social inclusion of foreign unaccompanied minors. Travel, accommodation and living costs for selected candidates will be covered.

La Ligue de l’enseignement (the League of Education) is a secular and independent movement of popular education that acts for the citizens and social transformation. It was founded more than 150 years ago and brings together women and men who act daily to create the conditions for living together, offering educational, cultural, sports and leisure activities for all. In France, it brings together, through 103 federations, nearly 30,000 local associations and 1.6 million members. In Palais-de-Calais, La Ligue de l’enseignement represents 900 Associations and 43,000 members. The Head Office is in Arras, where the traineeship will be organized. For more information about La Ligue de l’enseignement please visit: https://www.ligue62.org/

What does the traineeship offer?
• EU knowledge – insight into the work of EU civil society organization working with vulnerable groups, specifically foreign unaccompanied minors
• Practical experience – an opportunity to take part in the La Ligue de l’enseignement day-to-day operations on programmes up to a period of up to 4 weeks
• Opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice in your local community.

What do we and La Ligue de l’enseignement expect from you?

• Willingness to learn about La Ligue de l’enseignement and their programmes
• Contribution to everyday work with fresh insights
• A proactive attitude

Education, key skills and competences of applicants

• University degree in social science – Law, Psychology, Sociology, etc.
• Fluent French, speaking and understanding; fluent English is acceptable but the impact of the traineeship would be limited
• Active involvement and proven experience in CSOs and the area of migration, specifically foreign unaccompanied minors
• Proven familiarity with social and migration policies
• Possibility to transfer gained knowledge and experience into policies and everyday work of your CSO.

Please note that this call is exclusively open for members (staff members and/or volunteers) of CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans that are part of the IRIS Network.

How to apply

If you are interested in participating in the EU Traineeship Programme, please send:

• your CV in Europass format
• 1 page cover letter that clearly states your motivation and your objectives/learning outcomes from this experience
v Recommendation Letter from your current employer – IRIS Network member

Assessment of applications

The assessment of applications (in order to be placed on the shortlist) will be based on the application submitted by the candidate. Please clearly indicate in the motivation letter of your application:
• How the traineeship will impact your professional capacities and your organization’s
• How you met the education, key skill and competences indicated above

Terms and conditions

The following costs will be covered:
• Travel costs (including costs for VISA permit, if required)
• Accommodation costs
• Health insurance
In addition according to available funds, the selected candidate will receive a modest daily allowance to cover subsistence costs (i.e. food and local public transports).
The traineeship in La Ligue de l’enseignement for both candidates will be at the same period. The duration of the traineeship will be up to 4 weeks.

EU Traineeship Programme Call for Applications for members of IRIS Network

In the framework of the EU-funded project IRIS NETWORKing CSOs for protection sensitive migration management, implemented by Development and Cooperation (IDC) in cooperation with partners ASB SEE, LIR CD BiH, La Strada-Open Gate FYROM, Initiative for Social Change ARSIS Albania and SOS TELEPHONE Montenegro. IDC is organizing an EU Traineeship Programme open to staff members of CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans, that are part of the IRIS Network.

The programme offers to two selected candidates an opportunity to spend up to 4 weeks in the premises of Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL), Spain, and gain in-sight into the methodology, best practices, quality standards for the services, referral pathways, EU legal framework within the social protection system and other relevant issues related to the provision of social protection and services in working with vulnerable groups, including migrants. The Traineeship program should provide great support to development of internal human resources of the CSOs involved as well as support for the licensing process. Thus, increase quality of social and legal services provided by CSOs through capacity building activities. It will also provide them a unique opportunity to meet their peers from the EU, to learn about their everyday work and to adopt and transfer innovative practices from the EU.

Note: Term migrant is used in a wider sense and includes different categories such as, refugees, IDPs, displaced persons, returnees under readmission agreement, asylum seekers, person likely in need of international protection, victim of trafficking.

The programme will start in second half of March 2019.

About Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL)

Movimiento por la Paz is an independent, secular and progressive NGO working since 1983 to promote human rights, democracy and solidarity. In particular, the NGO works in the following sectors:

• In the field of migration, MPDL develops programs ranging from legal advice to emergency shelter, through awareness-raising and struggle for equality, with the aim of improving the living and foster social integration of migrants.

• In the field of socio-economic integration, MPDL provides counselling and training for unemployed people to improve their chances of finding a decent job.

• Furthermore, MPDL organises awareness-raising activities for students, teachers and family groups to promote a Culture of Peace, with the goal of creating living spaces in schools and promote integration and community development.

• Finally, MPDL focuses on volunteering and training to promote various activities that symbolize and encourage citizen participation, aimed at raising awareness and transmission of values.

Working areas of the EU Traineeship Programme in MPDL will be: Humanitarian assistance for Migrants, Programme for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, School for Peace, Women’s Area, Legal Advice Area, Social Mobilisation and Communication.

For more information about MPDL please visit: http://www.mpdl.org/

What does the traineeship offer?
• EU knowledge – insight into the work of EU civil society organization working with vulnerable groups, including migrants
• Practical experience – an opportunity to play a part in the MPDL’s day-to-day operations on programmes
• Opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice in your local community.
• a learning experience on the provision of social services and civic movement in Spain, as well as insight into how the provision of services and the policy advocacy is shaped.
• Covered travel, accommodation, health security and daily allowance during the whole duration of the traineeship

What do we and MPDL expect from you?
• Willingness to learn about MPDL and their programmes
• Need to increase professional capacity in the area of migrant management and provision of social services to vulnerable groups, including migrants and transfer know how to your organization
• Contribution to everyday work with fresh insights;
• A proactive attitude
• Type of profile: junior position within your organization

Education, key skills and competences of applicants

• University degree in social science – Law, Psychology, Sociology, etc.
• Work experience or knowledge of some of following areas: social intervention, education, migration and gender equality.
• Working knowledge of English and basic knowledge of Spanish. Knowledge of French is an asset.

• An open and flexible attitude and the willingness to learn.
• Possibility to transfer gained knowledge and experience into policies and everyday work of your CSO.

Please note that this call is exclusively open for members (staff members and/or volunteers) of CSOs providing social services in the Western Balkans that are part of the IRIS Network.

How to apply

If you are interested in participating in the EU Traineeship Programme, please send:

• your CV in Europass format
• 1 page cover letter that clearly states your motivation and your objectives/learning outcomes from this experience and how it will contribute to your professional development and increase capacities of your organization
• Please indicate your availability in the period second half of March 2019 to second half of April 2019
• Recommendation Letter from your current employer – IRIS Network member

to IRIS Network at iris@iris-see.eu by 26 February 2019

Assessment of applications

The assessment of applications (in order to be placed on the shortlist) will be based on the application submitted by the candidate. Please clearly indicate in the motivation letter of your application:

• How the traineeship will impact your professional capacities and your organization’s
• how you met the education, key skill and competences

Terms and conditions

The following costs will be covered:
• Travel costs (including costs for VISA permit for countries which require visa for Spain)
• Accommodation costs
• Health insurance

In addition according to available funds, the selected candidates will receive a modest daily allowance to cover subsistence costs (i.e. food and local public transport).

The traineeship in MPDL for both candidates will be at the same period. The duration of the traineeship will be up to 4 weeks.

Round table

On December 18, 2018, IRIS Network observed the International Migrants Day by organizing a Round Table on Protection Sensitive Migration Management in Brussels. The Round Table event was organized as a part of the project IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management, funded by the European Union.

The purpose of the event was to present the current situation related to migration in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro as well as Findings and Recommendations from the Guide on referral system/social service delivery for migrants to relevant Embassy representatives and Brussels based decision makers.

Miodrag Nedeljkovic, IDC Executive Director, gave an introductory speech, explaining that the goal of IRIS Network is to bring together national networks of social service providers from WB region. He also added that the main and most important goal of this project is better social care for most vulnerable groups who do not have proper services provided by local or national governments. Jelena Andjelic, IRIS NETWORKing Project Manager, stressed that the main goal is to put a focus on the significance of the networking among CSOs in Western Balkans in terms of capacity building of all national actors as well as enhancing the regional cooperation on all levels. It was a pleasure to host Liselotte Isaksson, Head of Sector – Civil Society and social inclusion – Western Balkans Regional Cooperation and Programmes in European Commission, DG NEAR, as one of the speakers. She stressed that migration remains to be on the EU Agenda, that CSO are key partners to work with and that social welfare should be more integrated into EU policies.
While, Masa Mitrovic, project partner representing ASB, gave an overview of IRIS Network background in the period since 2012 and explained the synergy with ongoing Social Dimension Initiative project. She concluded that IRIS Network is now more than project and is a platform for exchange, cooperation and influencing at all levels.

Following, IRIS Network National Coordinators, presented the migration related situation in their respective countries.
Jelena Anđelić presenting the situation in Serbia, said that the regional cooperation is particularly important in the context of the most vulnerable migrants and refugees, such as unaccompanied minors, women victims of trafficking, victims of torture, in order to ensure protection in line with international standards, but also to demonstrate responsibility towards the most vulnerable individuals. In the context of protection of the most vulnerable, it is also important to strengthen mechanisms for early identification and differentiation of various categories identified in the migration flow. Biljana Zgonjanin, from LIR CD, IRIS Network Bosnia and Herzegovina, informed the participants that the most recent data on migrants shows that there are 21.201 migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the crisis influenced methods of working with beneficiaries, which have been adapted to new circumstances. The refugees crises should in no case be considered as ended, the movement is still a reality, however on unregulated routes, which makes the refugees invisible and away from the protection system and on the mercy of the smuggling criminal groups, said Stojne Atanasovska Dimishkovska, from Open Gate: La Strada Macedonia, IRIS Network National Coordinator. Ana Majko from Social Organization for Support of Youth – Arsis, IRIS Network National Coordinator Albania, informed that participants that the number of migrants passing through Albania is higher than reported and that human trafficking is a big issue. She also said that UNHCR in Albania is working on a new database that will contribute to improved migration management in Albania. Biljana Zekovic, from SOS Telephone, National Coordinator Montenegro stressed that protection monitoring results, among 1.600 migrants, showed that were no reported violations by the police and migrants’ rights were fully protected.

The following session dealt with Recommendations on the regional level by indicating areas which have been recognized as ones where regional cooperation is needed and can contribute to protection sensitive migration management on the level of Western Balkans, which were presented by regional expert on social issues Mr. Zarko Sunderic.

The last session was dedicated to more networking opportunities in WB and on the EU level in terms of discussing the possibilities for the enhancement of the cooperation and communication as well as creating synergies between different stakeholders. Mr. Alexander Friedrich from Samaritan International presented the cooperation in terms of providing emergency response to migration crisis, among other activities.

It can be concluded that the participants were provided with an in-depth overview of migrant management in Western Balkans, that important networking was established between IRIS Network and EU decision makers engaged in migrant management and Embassy representatives. The Round Table is definitely a significant and important step forward in brining closer the issue of migrant management in Western Balkans to EU interlocutors for the purpose of future cooperation and exchange of information on the issue.



Regional Social Academy of Iris Network

From 26th – 29th November, First Regional Social Academy of IRIS Network was held in Belgrade. This event gathered 18 distinctive mid-career public servants, scholars, activists and professionals from civil society organizations from the region. The Academy offered participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring migration policy and governance in the region, linkages between migration and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants’ rights. Participants attended 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits. The aim of academy was to increase access to and level up the practical social service skills and competences of participants, raise awareness about the importance of practice-oriented protection based migration management in region and ingrain it in the activities of various stakeholder groups in follow up.

First day on IRIS Regional Social Academy was reserved for Vladimir Petronijević, director of group 484, who presented EU response to migration – current situation and announced steps forward.

Afterwards, Introduction Workshop was held, on topic Refugee and Migration Crisis and Western Balkan- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. All participants from Serbia, FYROM, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina had opportunity to present migration policy and situation in their countries, and also to exchange mutual experiences, as well as the situations and problems they faced as social service providers.

 





 

Good practice of migration management was topic of second day on Academy, where two experts showed participants examples of treatment migration population: Prof. dr Ivana Krstić, professor on Faculty of Law in Belgrade presented the standards of treatment different categories within migrant’s population and Svetlana Velimirović, Deputy of Commissar for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia presented international legal ground for reception of migrants and introduced participants with EASO reception standards.

 





 

Additional to this, as best field practice, participants had opportunity to visit one of the biggest reception camp and asylum centre in Serbia – Camp Krnjača and Elementary School “Branko Pešić “in Zemun.

Manager of the Asylum Centre in Krnjača Mrs Djurdja Šurlan, presentend the short history of Centre, with retrospective on migrant crisis past few years. She spoke about the toughest times when the migrant crisis was on the rise and several thousand asylum seekers were approaching the door of these baracks daily. She also presented the problems and challenges they have been faced with, cooperation with goverment sector and social service providers, then, as today.

 





 

„Branko Pešić“ is an elementary school that mainly works with a marginal and vulnerable group of children and those who have fallen out of the education system. Thus, it has become an example of good practice when it comes to educating young migrants. The director of the school Mr. Nenad Ćirić presented to Academy participants the system of working with migrants that is being conducted in this school and the way that he and his staff motivate these children to learn in special conditions.

 




 

On third day of Regional Social Academy, Maša Vukčević Marković from PIN network shared her experience in empowering the migrants’ population. Psychosocial working with migrants, universal standards in providing mental health services, multisectoral approach, were just few of the topic covered in this lecture. About working with unaccompanied minors, Ivana Vukašević from HCIT introduced the participants with legal framework, definition of minor groups and working with them, pedagogical and psychological approach, role of NGOs and government sector. Sanja Kljajić wrapped up the third day with topic: role of the social welfare system in securing and providing protection and services to the vulnerable groups of migrants and refugees.

 





 

Academy was closed on fourth day with final workshop: Agreement on the structure and content of the presentations for home country communities.

Successful Academy participants obtained certificates, and entered Alumni Association of the IRIS Network.

 





 

Upon this training each of the participants will be delivering informative session/workshop to their communities/organizations/institutions. Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network. This is the first of four Academies planned to be held within IRIS Networking in next two years. After the Academy, five participants will have the opportunity to receive the scholarship for traineeship in the relevant organization social service providers located in EU.

Regional Ministerial Conference

At the Regional Ministerial Conference ‘Social Dimension Initiative of EU Integration’, organized on November 6, 2018, by ASB, IRIS Network represented the civil society sector. More than 150 relevant stakeholders from SEE and EU – Ministers of Labour and Social Policy from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYRoM, Albania and Montenegro, MEPs, Head of Unit International Issues – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Head of Political Department – Regional Cooperation Council, H.E. German Ambassador to Serbia, Serbian Minister for EU Integration and civil society organizations from SEE were present at the Conference. Signing the Declaration on Improving Social Policy in the Western Balkans by Ministers of Labour and Social Policy from 7 countries, at the Conference, demonstrates full commitment to strengthening the social dimension within the enlargement process. Key topics discussed during the Conference were social aspect of the EU Integration process, transformation of social welfare system, new actors in social services and the role of CSOs in the social welfare system. Through participation in the Open Panel Discussion ‘EU Social Perspective’ IRIS Network presented to relevant stakeholders on the EU, regional, national and local level National IRIS Networks and its members – civil society organizations social service providers from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYRoM, Albania and Montenegro and promoted best practices in providing social services to vulnerable groups, with a focus on migrants. Furthermore, a dialogue between IRIS Network and the signatories of the Declaration concerning protection sensitive migration management has been initiated, which is of upmost importance for mutual understanding, communication and future actions in SEE, on regional, national and local level related to migrant issues, leading to prosperous and inclusive society.

Apply to IRIS Network Social Academy

IRIS(Network of CSOs providers of social services) and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be heldin Belgrade, Serbia from 26thto 29th November 2018.
Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring migration policy and governance in the region, linkages between migration and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting migrants’ rights. Participants will attend 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visits. The Academy program will enable further improvements and optimization to the needs, interests and constraints of the participants and their institutional and organizational environments. Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Outstanding results at the Academy will be seen as an advantage when applying for EU based traineeships organized by IRIS Network.
 
For the application procedure, please follow the link.

Meeting of the IRIS Serbia

Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) and IRIS Network organized a meeting with the members of the Serbian Network in Belgrade on 11. September 2018. Member organizations, new members and the old ones had the opportunity to hear about the current cycle of activities on the project IRIS NEWORKing implemented by the IDC and its partner organizations ASB South East Europe, LIR CD SOS Podgorica, Otvorena Porta – Open Gate: La Strada Macedonia, ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth and the opportunities for the empowerment of member organizations through financial support and other forms of assistance.

The closing part of the meeting was moderated by Žarko Šunderić, the director of Center for Social Policy, in order to encourage the participants to share their experiences and ideas for mutual cooperation and development, exchange examples of good practices and compare experiences of different organizations involved in providing social services to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups in Serbia.

Enacted Action plan for Roma in Tuzla

The Association of Roma “EuroRom”, member of the IRIS BiH network dealing with Roma people, announced the information on the follow up activity completed in previous project phase of CSF funded IRIS project, that The Action plan for Roma in Tuzla City 2018-2021 was enacted in November 2017 by City Council of Tuzla. Additionally, it was financially supported in amount of 40.000,00KM for its implementation. This advocacy activity was funded within Small Grant Facility program Phase II and the title of the Action was “Development of Local action plans for effective social inclusion of Roma” with the main goal to improve policies and practices in the area of social inclusion and establishment of the system of providing quality social services for the Roma population in the area of Tuzla Canton.

Regional IRIS NETWORK announces Call for Peer Reviewers

Regional IRIS Network, in cooperation with National IRIS Networks from Albania (National Coordinator Arsis Initiative), Bosnia and Herzegovina (National Coordinator LIR CD), FYROoM (National Coordinator La Strada), Montenegro (National Coordinator SOS Telephone) and Serbia (National Coordinator ASB), is announcing a Call for Peer Reviewers who will conduct the Peer Reviews within the IRIS NETWORKing initiative project. The Call will be on-going throughout the project duration i.e. until April 2021.

 

The aim of the instrument is to enhance regional know-how exchange between CSOs dealing with provision of social services to vulnerable groups, including migrants, and to support focused peer-to-peer exchange. The peer-reviewers will be responsible for a review focused on the work of CSOs outside their country of origin. The Reviews will lead to innovative recommendations on how to combine existing practices. Within the project duration it is foreseen to prepare 30 independent peer-review reports  based on pre-prepared methodology in line with the Peer Review mechanism developed at EU level under the Open Method of Coordination.

 

The purpose of this mechanism is to strengthen IRIS Network members in building monitoring capacities for social service provision. National teams of peer-reviewers will be established in each country and will be included in National Database of Peer Reviewers. Specifically, the mechanism aims to improve capacities of CSOs social service providers in a wide range of areas such as – project implementation, networking, service delivery to migrants and campaigning at the local level.

 

The responsibility of the peer-reviewers will be to provide written reports and analyses for predefined tasks, which will closely follow implemented activities. Special priority will be given to field visits of the reviewers, during which they will be able to directly interview their peers as a part of the peer-review process. The topics of each Peer Review will be defined prior to each round, Peer Reviewers included in the Database will be timely informed and will have an opportunity to apply for specific topic(s) of their interest.

 

IRIS member CSOs are welcome to apply by sending their CVs and motivation letters to e-mail: iris@iris-see.eu

New regional initiative of the IRIS Network – IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management

During May 2018, IRIS continued with partnership building meetings with National IRIS Networks in B&H and Albania. For this purpose meetings were organized in Sarajevo and Banja Luka (B&H) and Tirana (Albania). The aim of the second round of meetings was to facilitate the accomplishment of the Network’s goals and present objectives and main activities planned by the project IRIS NETWORKing – CSOs for protection sensitive migration management.

Representatives of more than 28 organizations, members of the IRIS Network, gathered around the idea of contributing to long-term goals of the Network – increased quality of social and legal services provided by CSOs through capacity building activities, increased resilience and social cohesion of the local communities through civil society networking initiatives, strengthened national/regional coordination of the CSOs and public institutions in migration management and influenced reform processes in Western Balkans in order to improve service delivery for the migrant population.

The meetings were co-organized by two Project partners, LIR CD in B&H and ARSIS from Albania.

LIR CD, Bosnia and Herzegovina – founded in 2012 in Banja Luka as a citizen association. LIR Civil society arises as a successor and advocate of the Local Development Initiative (LIR). Through its engagement, the LIR Civil society wants to contribute to ensuring that the policies and programs of socio-economic development are adequate and effective. LIR CD is active in the field of strengthening social inclusion, establishing and strengthening CSO networks at the local and regional level in the field of social entrepreneurship development, conducting public advocacy and research campaigns in the field of human rights protection, providing the necessary assistance to refugees and displaced persons and other vulnerable categories of population.

 

ARSIS, Albania – Established in 2006 in Albania, ARSIS is a non-profit organization focused on providing youth support. For years, ARSIS has built the reputation of an active provider of quality programs for children within vulnerable groups, young people, women and families at risk. ARSIS is committed to establishing strong and influential relations with government representatives and civil society organizations.  ARSIS programs are tailored to the user, with the aim of providing access to basic services, social inclusion and sustainable solutions for those who need it most.

Following the current developments regarding migrant route along Western Balkans, an unexpected result of the project will be exchange of experience and knowledge regarding migrants trans-passing Western Balkans on their route to EU countries.  During the drafting of this project proposal the main migrant route lead through Macedonia and Serbia on route to EU countries. At the time there were no projections that the route could be altered in the near future and would run through other countries in the region. However, recently the route has changed and runs through Albania and B&H, where the number of migrants is continuously increasing. Therefore, IRIS Network partners from Serbia (IDC and ASB) and Macedonia (La Strada) will transfer their knowledge and experience regarding migrant management to Arsis (Albania) and LIR CD (B&H), which will impact migrant protection, including provision of services and referral pathways.