Fwd: Call for trainers in lobbying and advocacy: European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)

European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)
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Competencies external trainers: Profile of a senior trainer
A senior trainer working on a contractual basis for the IPA project:

1. Competence: Competence in capacity building of non-profit organizations/institutions –
solid professional experience in delivering training and/or consultancy services for
sustainable organizational development.
• The trainer was engaged at least on 3 training and/or consultancy services for
organizational development of non-profit organizations/institutions

2. Competence: Diversity management competence- experience of working with
representatives with diverse backgrounds (ethnic, cultural, social, gender, religious etc.)
• Trainer has experience in managing group/team composed of members with different
• Trainer has educational (formal / non-formal) background in working/managing
• The trainer has documented experience, as a member of international preparatory
team, in working and leading international teams during training activities.

3. Competence: Educational competence – the ability to prepare, organize, run and
evaluate the activity in question in its educational, conceptual, managerial and
administrative dimensions
• Trainer was in charge of delivery and/or management of at least 3 international and 10
domestic (national, local) training activities (training courses, seminars etc.) as trainer or
• Trainer was involved in organizing of a training activity (organization and logistics)

4. Competence: Educational and communication competence – the capacity to present
concepts, methodologies and theories relevant for the activity concerned in a coherent
and comprehensible manner
General competences
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• Possession of certain educational backgrounds either formal or non-formal.
• academic education in line with the methodologies and/or the topics relevant to the
• received extracurricular training
• attended a training of trainers course (min 50 working hours per course)
• being participant and/or trainer on previous activities in relevance to the activity
• leader of a project on a similar topic
• publications, articles that the trainer has published.

5. Competence: Writing competence – the ability to write clearly and report about the
process and results of an activity
• Trainer has presented at least one report or similar document related to the selection
• Publications, articles that the trainer has published

6. Competence: Language competence – the language skills required to work on the
activity in question
• Knowledge of English language. Knowledge of other regional languages is a plus.

7. Competence: Non-formal education competence – the capacity to use the
methodology of non-formal education
• Experience in implementation of non-formal education
• Ability and skills to facilitate groups
• Ability to implement process oriented approach
• Understanding and ability to implement the IKAB approach.

8. Competence: Civil society sector competence – a good general knowledge and the
general understanding of the functioning and the role of the CSS; awareness on the
current developments of the CSS.
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• Trainer has minimum 5 years experience in CSOs work and is familiar with the trends
and developments within the civil society sector.
• Trainer has experience in working with CSOs from the Balkan region
• Practical experience of advocacy and lobbying would be considered as an asset
• Knowledge and understanding of youth issues in the region.

Module 1:
Introduction to advocacy and lobbying
1. Competence: An elaborated knowledge and understanding of the concepts of
advocacy and lobbying
• Trainer has been involved in advocacy and lobbying activities for at least 2 years, or is
working in the specific field in question
• Trainer has extensive theoretical knowledge of the concepts of advocacy and lobbying
as a result of sustained education on the topics

2. Competence: Specific knowledge of the current practices in lobbying in EU and EU
• Trainer has been involved in advocacy and lobbying activities towards EU institutions
• Trainer is well acquainted with the EU institutions and their functioning
Specific competences for Module 1

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Place de la Gare, 26 L-1616 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 24873992 – Fax: +352 26293215
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(Abridged version for Module 1)
Introduction to the course
The purpose of this project will be to empower/build the capacities of local youth CSOs in
Macedonia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in advocacy and lobbying in order to
effectively influence local and national policies.
The results we are striving to achieve are:
1. Youth CSOs in the three countries have skills and knowledge to actively engage in decisionmaking
processes at national level;
2. Increased knowledge/understanding of youth CSOs with regards to national/European laws
and policies concerning youth;
3. Established contacts/networks between youth CSOs at national and regional level;
4. Advocacy actions on youth rights implemented in national partnership between youth CSOs;
5. Increased cross-border cooperation on promotion of youth rights;
6. Increased awareness among general public on relevant youth issues, especially with regards
to marginalized groups.
7. Increased communication between public authorities and youth CSOs with regards to
relevant youth policies.
In order to reach named results, the delivery of this course is foreseen as a crucial activity within
the project. The course is planned as a long term course lasting throughout approximately nine
months. The course is also including additional 4 months implementation of a practical
assignment for practicing the gained skills and knowledge through realization of short projects –
advocacy actions.
The course is planned in a manner that provides not only sufficient information for advocacy
and lobbying but also creates opportunity for reflection analysis and provoking changes in
participants’ attitude towards their proactive behavior in own communities regarding issues
relevant for their work. Since the CSOs are facing lack of understanding of the necessity of
institutionalization of the changes they want to see happen, the course provides time and
experience for reaching this point of not only receiving load of information on the subject but
also achieving utilization of gained knowledge. Mainly this will be achieved through the
realization of a practical assignment, an advocacy action/campaign. Advocacy actions (practical
placements) will be done in teams (meaning that three organizations, based on similar field of
work/target group, will need to do one joint practical placement-advocacy campaign). In this way
we will ensure that that partnership among CSOs is practiced in order to achieve mutual goals.
Nevertheless the practical assignment will also ensure influence on the situation of final
beneficiaries and raised public awareness with regard to their situation among the general
The course will be delivered in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro at the
same time. The whole course is delivered in 6 teaching blocks – modules each lasting for 24
hours delivered in 3 days. Each block is dedicated to specific subject relevant for understanding
the process of advocacy or lobbying. The teaching is done in pairs; one teaching pair will deliver
the same module in all 3 countries. Each pair will be different for each module relaying on the
expertise of the trainers. All modules are delivered through non-formal methodology where a
European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)
Place de la Gare, 26 L-1616 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 24873992 – Fax: +352 26293215
http://www.eryica.org – Skype! eryica
balance between theory and practice is achieved. During module delivery guest lectures are
planned from local experts for achieving higher understanding of local contexts. Aside of the
module lectures and practical work, each participant receives individual support sessions after
each delivered module in order to receive additional support or use time for consulting on
relevant matters from the course. During the delivery of the practical placement of the course,
group mentoring sessions are also provided for further support and motivation.

Module 1:
Introduction to advocacy and lobbying
Lobbying and advocacy are terms which are used often in order to mark the phenomenon that
in larger sense can be defined as activity that brings to societal changes. This module will give
basic information and understanding of the concept of advocacy and lobbying particularly in the
context of the dialog among the CSOs and the governmental sector. This module will give
understanding of advocacy and lobbying as instruments that can be successfully used by CSOs
in the process of making institutionalizes and legal changes in the local, national and even on
regional level. Though this module, participants will have the chance to receive basic
information on lobbying and advocacy and create joint understanding of those concepts. This
module will show how advocacy and lobbying can effectively be used by the CSOs in order to
bring to positive and lasting changes in the society. Practical examples will be shared in regards
to the European practices in advocacy and lobbying within the EU Institutions. During this
module participants also need to form teams that will work on advocacy actions (campaigns) as
constituent part of the course.
Objectives of the module:
• To gain basic knowledge and understanding of advocacy and lobbying concepts.
• To create a base of fundamental skills in advocacy and lobbying that will be further
more specifically developed throughout the course.
• To comprehend the nature and purpose of advocacy and lobbying activities as crucial
aspect of involvement of the non-profit/civil sector in the decision making processes on
societal level.
• To gain specific knowledge of the current practices in advocacy in EU and EU
Content of the module:
• The concept of advocacy
• Steps in advocacy planning (why, what, how, with whom, with what) ) and brief
introduction to: identification of the topic; setting aims and objectives; defining the target
group; developing message; defining of communication channels; widening of the
supporter base; fund raising; action planning; data gathering and information analyses;
monitoring and evaluation.
• The concept of lobbying
• Lobbying of non-profit organizations
• Difference between advocacy and lobbying
• What is important for successful advocacy?
• Advocacy actions in EU countries
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Written assignment:
The written assignment for this module will be to do reflection on the elaborated topics and
possibly describe organizational experience in advocacy and lobbying (if any). The assignment
is done individually. Additionally participants might be given a task to contact 3 institutions which
are relevant for their work. This might be done in teams as grouped for their practical
The Course recognizes that there are a number of ways in which people learn. The Course will
reflect some of these ways and will include: individual work, small group work, practical work,
recordings, written assignments, self assessment, role plays, literature reviews, tutorials,
discussions, exercises, activities, simulation games, energizers, observations. The main
approach in the course modules is the experiential learning. With such approach, the courses
are taught using the experience of the participants and of the tutors in an exploratory manner to
look at skills, attitudes and the acquisition of knowledge. Similarly practice is explored to extract
learning and improve skills and intervention.
ADVOCACY ACTIONS – practical placement of the course
After the successful implementation of the six modules the participants will be given
approximately 4 month period to implement their planned practical placement for the course in
form of advocacy actions. The practical placements will be done in teams. Each team is
consisted of participants who come from organizations working with the same target group. The
target groups as stated in the project are: youth with handicap, youth from rural areas, young
women, youth without parents and young Roma. The recruitment process will ensure that there
are minimum 3 organizations per target group included and each organization nominates 2
employees as participants. The teams will be formed in line with participants’ organizations’
target groups (for example: all 6 participants coming from 3 organizations who have young
women as their target group will form one team working on one practical placement).