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Trainer - International Seminar “Fight back! Rallying forces and getting into action”, June 29- July 4, Lapland, Finland

JEF Europe is looking a trainer for the third international seminar of its 2018 work plan on youth civil society organisations in endangered democracies to be taking place from June 29th to July 4th in Lapland, Finland. Download the call and apply before May 25th, 2018

1. The Organiser


JEF Europe – Young European Federalists Europe


Web page


Contact person


Milosh Ristovski








25th May 2018


2. The activity


International Seminar “Fight back! Rallying forces and getting into action”,
June 29th – July 4th, Lapland, Finland

“Fight back! Rallying forces and getting into action” will combine seminar and training activities, making use of different non-formal methodologies and peer to peer learning.

After having elaborated on the theoretical background of endangered and illiberal democracies and their authoritarian practices, this activity will focus on another aspect of the fight against weakened civil rights: how an NGO can resist and pursue its activities when it is targeted by public attacks?

The key for any protest movement or resistance strategy is to inspire and motivate individuals and members of the organisation to engage themselves in the movement and go from the comfort of their homes to the chaos of the streets to face off against the government. As NGOs are usually highly resource dependent, especially on public or private grants, it is vital for them to know how to continue running their everyday activities in case of funding cut.

Furthermore, it is important to foster solidarity among the organisations. The results of the previous activity dedicated to communication skills feed perfectly in this seminar as it is fundamental to combine communication skills with capacity building skills to first effectively mobilize people and communicate messages.  The participants should be able to gain specific competences in campaigning and community building.


The main aim of this activity is to provide the participants with the right set of skills, knowledge and attitudes about the concrete means an NGO have to survive in a hostile political environment in terms of organisational, administrative and financial resources.

The objectives of this activity are as follows:

- Provide participants with specific competences in campaign and community building
- Equip participants with adequate tools for local and national actions that they can take back to their youth organisations

- Deepening the understanding of the overall topic of shrinking civic space for NGOs.


3. Nature of the Task


  • Preparing for the Seminar

Develop the programme and working methodology with the team

Provide suggestions how to improve the programme based on participants needs

  • During the Seminar

-          Run some of the workshops; discussions and exercises during the seminar

-          Support the team in their workshops

-           Provide expert input if necessary


  • After the Seminar

-          Provide brief trainers report

-          Provide suggestions to the host organization on possible areas of improvement of the organization of such projects.


4. Competences and profile required 

  • Competence in work with young people - solid professional experience in training and international and intercultural youth work matter. Have experience with international youth trainings within NFE;
  • Ability to introduce, explain and facilitate individual and group learning in the areas of focus to the seminar (shrinking space for civil society organizations, organizational development, hate speech, campaigning and organization of big advocacy actions)
  • Educational and communication competence - the capacity to present concepts, methodologies and theories relevant for the activity concerned in a coherent and comprehensible manner
  • Experience in preparing and running intercultural seminar activities based on non-formal learning approaches
  • Flexibility in responding to participants’ changing needs

  • Ability to contribute to work in an intercultural team of trainers;
  • Fluency in English;


5. Specific Conditions

Venue and dates of the activity


Lapland, Finland (29.06-04.07.2018)


Venue and dates of preparatory meetings

June 28th-29th, Helsinki, Finland

Working languages


Honoraria proposed (if available)

700 EUR

7. How to apply

Deadline for reception of applications

Deadline: 25th of May 2018

Applications to be sent to:



to apply please send a CV and short motivation letter (including the reasons why you would like to work on this topic and how can you contribute to the successful implementation of the seminar)