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The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) is a Brussels-based international non-profit organisation with a pan-European membership and 30 years of experience.

ECAS’ mission is to empower citizens in order to create a more inclusive and stronger European Union by:

  • Promoting and defending citizens’ rights.
  • Developing and supporting mechanisms to increase citizens and citizen organisations’ democratic participation in, and engagement with, the EU.

ECAS’ Vision

ECAS aspires to an inclusive, transparent, citizen-centric and democratic European Union in which citizens’ rights are at the heart of decision making at all levels and in citizens are informed, consulted and actively participate.

ECAS’ Team Values

  • Non-partisanship: Free from affiliation with any political party.
  • Professionalism: Striving for excellence in all aspects of our work.
  • Empowerment: Enabling citizens to understand and utilize their rights.
  • Inclusiveness: Ensuring that ALL EU citizens can fully enjoy their rights.
  • Innovation: Applying unique and modern solutions.

Vacancies

Description of the Job

Democracy is under pressure. Across Europe, we are confronting increasing threats undermining the foundations and institutions of our democratic societies. The rise of challenges such as extremism, xenophobia, divisive nationalism, discrimination, and the spreading of disinformation, are complex and interlinked. Citizens need more and better-suited democratic tools and knowledge to understand and adapt accordingly to these new phenomena.

In order to address these issues, ECAS will implement the initiative Accelerate CSO Impact for Disinformation – Free Citizen Democratic Participation by carrying out activities aimed at strengthening the skills of its members and strategic partners in CEE to promote European values. ECAS will foster the formation of local cross-sector alliances of relevant citizen organisations (e.g., active in promoting EU values, the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy, countering disinformation and media literacy), and interested partners in the media, public authorities, academia, communications, and IT businesses.

These entities will learn from each other and work together to implement targeted narrative change campaigns. ECAS will first organise accelerated capacity building for civil society organisations (CSOs) to increase their social impact skills using the advanced tools and expertise of communications and IT partners and will then support cross-sector teams including CSOs, media, technology, and communications experts in carrying out focused campaigns on issues such as citizen engagement in on-going policy decisions (e.g., local referenda, public discussions of legislation etc.).

ECAS’ Project Coordinator for CEE will lead and manage ECAS’ initiative Accelerate CSO Impact for Disinformation – Free Citizen Democratic Participation.

The candidate should have a keen interest in understanding European policies and best practices in tackling disinformation and in fostering media literacy, should operate effectively at his/her own initiative while being a team player, and should be able to work under tight deadlines.

Commitment to ECAS’ mission and values is a must.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of ECAS, the Candidate will coordinate ECAS’ initiative Accelerate CSO Impact for Disinformation – Free Citizen Democratic Participation by:

  • Fostering the formation of local cross-sector alliances involving relevant citizen organisations and interested partners in the media, public authorities, academia, communications and IT businesses in Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovenia (in Year 1) and in Poland and Czechia (in Year 2).
  • Building their capacities and supporting the piloting of their campaigns in the first year of implementation in Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovenia and in Poland and Czechia in the second year.
  • Evaluating the gained experience to develop a methodology and engage with partners allowing the activities to be carried out efficiently across the EU.
  • Promoting the initiative’s activities and results.

Knowledge and Experience

  • University or Master’s Degree in Law, International Relations, Political Science, European Studies, or any other relevant field.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in project management of international projects.
  • Excellent knowledge of the EU policies and best practices in countering disinformation and promoting media literacy.
  • Excellent knowledge of CEE society and regional development issues and relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience in developing and coordinating networks, engaging civil society organisations and/or other stakeholders.
  • Experience in training and events management.
  • Experience in campaigns management.
  • Public speaking experience.

Skills Required

  • English language proficiency – written and oral.
  • Networking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Friendly, social, proactive.
  • Innovative and result-orientated.
  • Team worker but capable of performing tasks independently.
  • Capable of working under pressure and observing strict deadlines.
  • Capable of multitasking.

Contract

The position is based in Bulgaria. The successful candidate will be offered a part-time contract with a 6-month probation period and a salary of BGN 2,300 gross.

Deadline for Applications

Applications – CV and Motivation Letter including references – should be submitted by 14 January 2022 to Ms. Kassikova by email entitle “Project Coordinator CEE Application” to: stanislava.kassikova@ecas.org

ECAS is an equal opportunity employer which seeks to further diversify its staff in terms of gender, culture, and nationality.

Application Deadline: 14th January 2022 23:59 (CEST)

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) is recruiting legal experts from Germany, Poland, and Portugal to join its team of experts of the “Your Europe Advice”, under which it provides information and advice to EU citizens about their rights.

The Your Europe Advice (YEA) is a service contract with the European Commission through which ECAS replies to questions from citizens or businesses on their EU rights within one week, free of charge and in the language chosen by the user out of the 24 EU official languages. Answers provided through this service relate primarily to citizens’ free movement rights (i.e. residence rights, access to social rights, recognition of professional qualifications, etc.). The team of experts provides advice on how to overcome the barriers towards full enforcement of EU rights and signposts the nearest available specialised service.

ECAS is currently looking for legal experts from the above-listed countries with the following qualifications and skills:

  • Degree in Law, with knowledge of EU Law particularly in the area of the internal market and free movement of people;
  • Native speakers in a language spoken in one of these three countries;
  • Good command of English (or French and able to communicate in English at least);
  • Knowledge about the legal system and institutions in the respective country;
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and concise way and under tight deadlines;
  • Previous experience with NGOs and citizens’ advice services or with other services dealing with the public will be considered as an asset.

The legal expert will be recruited as a contractor and will not have employee status.  Work will be performed on a flexible basis, depending on the number of incoming enquiries, and will be paid per enquiry. The expert should be based in their Member State.

If interested, please email your CV, a cover letter, and supporting documentation to Claire Damilano ( claire.damilano@ecas.org ).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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