Call for Application – Regional Social Academy “Agile Organisational and Project Management”

Call for Application – Regional Social Academy “Agile Organisational and Project Management”

After two successful Regional Social Academy of IRIS Network, held in Belgrade and Tirana we are announcing the Call for participants of the Regional Social Academy, which will be held online from 26th to 28th October 2020.

The Academy offers participants further support in organizational development – changing the paradigm: moving from a traditional organization working as a “machine” to the new organisation working as “organism”. This year Academy will focus on new knowledge and skills of CSOs management and senior staff in agile organizational and project management – impact strategy design and management, agile project management, budgeting, agile leadership, and team management, leading the agile organisation, impact measurement, and management methodologies and practices.

Participants will attend 3-day tailor-made training consisted of online lectures and workshops. The Academy program will enable further improvements and optimization to the needs, interests, and constraints of the target groups and their institutional and organizational environments.

All information and application procedure you can find here.

The deadline for the application is 14th October 2020 at 17 p.m.

The final participant list will be announced on the IRIS Network website (www.iris-see.eu) no later than on 16th October.

Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni. Upon the training, each of the participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Follow-up check-point session which will be held on the 9th of November 2020, online.

Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS program activities, organized annually.

Photos and impressions from First Regional Social Academy you can see here.

Photos and impressions from Second Regional Social Academy you can see here.

For additional questions contact iris@iris-see.eu.

IRIS Network survey for CSO’s: Social services – Covid19 pandemic

IRIS Network considers important to assess the situation, challenges and difficulties its members as well as others CSO’s that are facing in the provision of social services and their everyday work as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic.

We have responsibility towards its members as well as to other parties to have a detailed overview of their current situation and to provide this information to the EC, as the donor. This will be conducted through a questionnaire CSO’s can fill in on link below.

Therefore, the objective of the questionnaire is to assess the current situation and consequences caused by COVID 19 pandemic on the provision of social services to beneficiaries provided by IRIS Network members in their local communities. The results of the questionnaire will be used for developing a Report on Social Services in South East Europe under the COVID 19 pandemic and will include the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia. The Report will be used to assess the actual challenges that civil society organizations providers of social services face in working with beneficiaries and to map the assistance models.

The Report will also be used as an instrument in advocating for policies and measures of national/regional/ EU Institutions which focus on service providers during and after the crises.

Please provide detailed information in the questionnaire and include all information you consider relevant. Also, please include your projections and the assessment of the consequence caused by the crises that will affect your services and the whole social protection system.

For all interested CSO’s providing social services – you can fill in the questioner on the link below .

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYtxkZHFt2ZdZ89_F-IVVyIDYzH3bxToH4T5ybdcNrnLgQoA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please feel free to contact us through National Coordinators and / or Network Secretariat.

Stay well and healthy.

Mentoring for licensing and increasing quality standards – IRIS Network

The IRIS Network is launching a Call for Mentoring support program for IRIS national networks member organizations from 6 countries: Albania, Kosovo*, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Overall objective is to achieve stronger capacity of the CSOs to impact on decision making process in protection of human rights and anti-discrimination policies of marginalized groups in WB region

Specific objectives:

  1. a) to increase quality of social services provided to vulnerable groups through service licencing
  2. b) to increase organizational capacity and contribute to institutional sustainability
  3. c) to apply the Human Rights Based Approach and gender mainstreaming into programming

 

IRIS Member organisations fulfilling the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Be a publicly recognised, legal non-profit making entity under the relevant laws, where such laws exist;
  • Are a local organisation;
  • Registered minimum 1 year before this Mentoring program is announced;
  • Located and operating within the target countries;
  • Working in the area of social inclusion and provision of social services on local level;
  • Have a clearly defined focus for improvement of delivery of the social services;
  • Have clear decision-making mechanism independent from the government;
  • Have strategic determination towards acquiring state licence for provision of social services in the targeted country;
  • Are able to prove basic human, technical and institutional capacities for acquiring licence.

 

Main output of this Call is: at least 30 CSOs initiated the licensing process or have developed strategic / action plan for specific social services in accordance with CSO needs and required documentation for licencing process in accordance with standards for development of services; at least 30 CSOs are applying the Human Rights Based Approach and gender mainstreaming into programming.

 

How to apply and procedure to follow?

Applications should be written in English language. Applicant must submit the filled out Application Form and also Declaration.

Detailed informations can be seen in this Guideline

With application documents, Applicants must send the following additional documentation (scanned):

  • Scanned copy of Registration of organization;
  • Scanned copy of Statute of organization;

 

All documents should be submitted in electronic format, with scanned pages where signature and stamp is needed.

Incomplete applications, applications submitted by any other means and/or forms than provided in this document will not be taken in consideration.

 

Deadline for submission of applications

Applications should be sent to email address of partner in each country which are listed below and Cc: iris@iris-see.eu no later than 1st of March 2024 with email subject stating “Mentoring program – CSOs”.

Serbia – IDC Serbia – jelena.l@idcserbia.org

BiH – Local Initiative for Development Civil Society (LIR CD) – maja.stojcevic@lircd.org

Montenegro – Alfa Center – alfacentar@t-com.me

North Macedonia  – Community Development Institute (CDI) – cdi.zivorad@gmail.com

Kosovo* – Center for Independent Living – qjp_2001@hotmail.com

Albania – Center for Labour Rights – gertjanahasalla@gmail.com

 

The IRIS Network Regional Social Academy – Human Rights-Based Approach in Social Service Provision

Regional Social Academy organized in Belgrade, from 11th to 15th December was a place of meeting of social service providers from West Balkan 6 countries that discussed human rights base approach to the community service provision. This year 30 participants, members of IRIS network, social partners and other civil society organizations attended the Academy.

Apart of discussing human rights in the region, participants explored linkages between HRBA and social service delivery, learned about instruments and mechanisms for protecting beneficiaries’ rights. 4 day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops and study visit.

Study visit was organized to Association ,,Half a way there” in Pančevo, where participants spend a half of day learning on the independent living services in the community, work integration and participate in the daily activities with beneficiaries.

The Regional Social Academy is part of the project IRIS Progress, organized annually and funded by The European Union.

Granting support for 13 projects for developing of community based services

Out of 54 received project proposals, IRIS Network awarded 13 small grants to its members in developing of community based services. Grants were distributed in total amount of 179 746 EUR supporting projects aiming to strengthen the capacities of the network members and enabling them to improve service provision and establish effective mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

The grants will support 13 IRIS members in capacity-building actions for the purpose of enabling organisations to develop adequate services, capabilities, and skills in public policy influencing. Implementation period of these projects will last between 8-12 months. The start date for the projects is 15th of December, 2023.

Overall objective is to build capacities of IRIS organisations to improve service provision and establish effective mechanisms for protection of human rights preventing all forms of discrimination, bringing positive change in the region.

Specific objective is to influence service provision and policy environment and grow outreach in the communities for the purpose of protecting and inclusion of marginalized population.

The projects assessment criteria included: organisational performance; comprehensiveness of information including relevance of the proposal to objectives of the fund, objectives of the project and addressing identified need; capacity of identified activities to achieve defined objectives; the relationship between the proposed actions and the financial plan; the intended impact of the project and future sustainability.

IRIS network would like to congratulate all of its member organizations who received grants, but also to thank all applicants who sent us their project proposals. You can find a list of awarded members here.

 

Call for Application – Regional Social Academy “Human rights based approach in social service provision”

IRIS Network is announcing call for applicants for regional social academy “Human rights based approach in social service provision ”, that will be held in Belgrade from 11th to 15th December 2023.

Academy offers participants a unique opportunity to benefit from a diversified training package, exploring human rights based approach (HRBA) in the region, linkages between HRBA and social service delivery, and instruments and mechanisms for protecting beneficiaries’ rights. Participants will attend 4-day tailor-made training consisted of different learning methodologies including lectures, workshops, discussions and field visit

All information and application procedure you can find here.

 

The deadline for the application is 30th November 2023 at 12.00 (noon)

The final participant list will be announced on the IRIS Network website (www.iris-see.eu) no later than on 4th December.

Successful participants will obtain certificates, and enter Academy Alumni.

Regional Social Academy is part of the regular IRIS program activities, organized annually.

For additional questions contact iris@iris-see.eu.

Developing social services through granting opportunity

IRIS Network is announcing Call for Proposals: “Developing of community based services” which will provide financial support to the member organizations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia

The Call will support 12 IRIS members in capacity-building actions for the purpose of enabling organisations to develop adequate services, capabilities, and skills in public policy influencing.

Overall objective is to build capacities of IRIS organisations to improve service provision and establish effective mechanisms for protection of human rights preventing all forms of discrimination, bringing positive change in the region.

Specific objective is to influence service provision and policy environment and grow outreach in the communities for the purpose of protecting and inclusion of marginalized population.

Total budget of the call is 180 000 EUR. It is anticipated that a minimum of € 10,000 and maximum of € 20,000 per project will be awarded. Duration of the proposed projects should be up to 12 months.

 

If you have a project idea, please send your proposals to iris@iris-see.eu no later than 30/10/2023 at 16.00, with an email subject stating:  Submission of the Application for Call for Proposals -Name of the organisation applicant.

For more information and application forms please see documents below:

Call for proposals English

Call for proposals Albanian

Call for proposals Macedonian

Call for proposals Serbian

The online info session will be organized on Friday, 13th of October 2023 at 14h

Or register at iris@iris-see.eu so we can inform you and send you the link prior to the event.

Zoom link for the info session:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82804647871?pwd=VVk0WEQ0eTNkL1BEaWhpNU9qekphdz09

About the programme: Granting Facility “Developing of community based services” is part of the project “Strengthening capacities and policy engagement of community service providers – IRIS PROGRESS” is funded by European Union.  Project is being implemented by Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) in partnership with Arbeiter Samariter Bund e.V (Germany), Alfa Center (Montenegro), Center for Labour Rights (Albania), Community Development Institute (North Macedonia), LIR CD (BiH), Centre for Independent Living (Kosovo*).

Online Gender mainstreaming training – Iris

We would like to invite you to the Online Gender mainstreaming training that will take place on 30 and 31 August 2023. The online training is realized within the project Strengthening capacities and policy engagement of community service providers – IRIS PROGRESS, funded by the EU and realized by Initiative for Development and Cooperation (Serbia) in partnership with Arbeiter – Samariter – Bund Deutschland (Germany), Center for Labour Rights (Albania), Center for Independent Life (Kosovo*), LIR CD (BiH), Community Development Institute (North Macedonia) and Alfa Center (Montenegro).

 

The purpose of the training is to gain sufficient knowledge on gender mainstreaming and include it into your everyday work, programmes and organizational procedures. Following the training, we expect that you will have an increased knowledge about the concept of gender mainstreaming, tools and methods and be able to transfer the knowledge to your colleagues and incorporate gender mainstreaming into your organizational procedures. Furthermore, you will be gain knowledge about gender-sensitive strategies and tools for gender analysis, mainstreaming gender-responsive budgeting in policies and programs at the local level. In addition, best practices will be also presented. For more information on the training please see attached Agenda.

 

Ms. Mila Carovska will be the expert conducting the training. Ms. Carovska has long term expertise in the area of social policy and gender mainstreaming. Currently, Ms. Carovska is the CEO of Sustainable Inclusive Growth Association and during the professional carrier she carried numerous high positions in the Government of North Macedonia, as the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education. Ms. Carovska also has long term cooperation with international organizations as a gender consultant, such as UN WOMEN, International Organization for Migration and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

This is for Iris Network members a unique opportunity to attend a training conducted by one of the best experts in the area of gender mainstreaming. One participant per organization – Iris Network member can apply for the training. Therefore, we urge you to apply as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited. The training will be in English.

 

When indenting the staff member for the training please take in consideration their interest in the topic and capacity to transfer the gained knowledge to colleagues and incorporate it into your organizational procedures.

 

Looking forward to your applications. The application should be sent to iris@iris-see.eu and jelena.l@idcserbia.org no later than 25 August 2023 with the following information:

  • Name of the participant and position in the organization
  • Name of the organization – Iris member
  • Motivation – one paragraph explanation on how you will apply the gained knowledge into your organizational procedures

Agenda:

Online Gender mainstreaming training – Agenda