Project Description: 

After two decades of ethnic conflict, the Western Balkan region still remains fragile. The pace of the reform process is progressing slower than expected and the unpredictability of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its consequences might become a strong destabilizing factor for the reconciliation and further democratisation of the region.

The project aims at supporting the democratisation and reconciliation process in the region by engaging and raising the capacities of young professionals and journalists from the six Western Balkan countries, enhancing the trust and peace-building efforts in societies.

While reconciliation is crucial for stabilisation and sustainable development in the region, it is also one of the key issues which needs to be solved before further EU enlargement.

GLOBSEC together with its project partners identified two groups of stakeholders who play an important role in promoting democracy, multiplying reconciliation efforts and overcoming the divisive narratives in their respective communities, countries and the region as a whole: young professionals (leaders of CSOs, representatives of political parties), journalists, bloggers, vloggers, analysts, media commentators, etc.

Through the project activities, GLOBSEC together with its partners in the V4 and the Western Balkans will identify the young leaders of the local communities in all Western Balkan countries, train them in various skills in democracy promotion, media literacy, negotiation and conflict resolution, reconciliation and policy-making, and then subsequently develop a network of Ambassadors for reconciliation who will continue to promote ideas of regional cooperation.

 

Open call for applications 

Are you aged between 18 and 35, citizen of one of the countries of the Western Balkans, involved in your community and determined to contribute to the efforts to reconcile and democratize your society? Join our cause and apply!

Within the framework of the project Supporting Democratization and Reconciliation Process in the Western Balkans we are looking to recruit a cohort of 30 young professionals: leaders of CSOs, representatives, community leaders, political parties’ representatives, journalists and online activists e.g., bloggers, vloggers, commentators, that will embark on a series of activities from January until September 2021.

Through a series of online and in person activities, the project aims to help our leaders improve various skills ranging from community organization to democracy promotion, media literacy, critical thinking, negotiation, conflict resolution, reconciliation & policy-making. Subsequently, the participants will form a network of “Youth Ambassadors for Reconciliation” who will continue to promote ideas of regional cooperation across the whole region of the Western Balkans and in their respective communities.

Check all requirements and eligibility criteria in this document.

Deadline for Applications: 20 December 2020. 

 

Information about the Selection Process

If your profile meets all our requirements and you find this opportunity matching your career ambitions, please send us your CV / Resume (max 2 pages) and a Cover Letter (1 Page) stating your motivation and describing your previous experience in community activities. We also want to get to know you better, as such we expect that together with the two documents you will send us the link to a short video (2 minutes long –  uploaded either on YouTubeWeTransfer or posted as a public video on Facebook – with the link inserted into the cover letter at the bottom). The video should outline your main professional achievements and answer one of the questions below (the time for individual parts of the video should be equally divided):

  • How do you define democratization? 
  • What is, in your view, the greatest challenge to reconciliation and democratization in the Western Balkans? 
  • How would you propose to contribute to the process of democratization? 
  • What conditions are necessary to be present in order for reconciliation and democratization to succeed in your country?

The applications should be sent to Linda Tothova at [email protected].

 

Project partners:

GLOBSEC