Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) is looking for 4 trainers to facilitate a Training Course (International Activity) on Environmental sustainability practices in youth organisations between 19-24 April 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The participants of the training will be a total of 20 young leaders from different countries across Europe.

About the project 

The younger generations, known as “generations Y and Z”, have recently demonstrated their concern for the environment and their future through actions and protests at the global level. As it is everyone’s responsibility to be an actor in the fight against climate change, JEF Europe and the expert partners of the “GreenY” aims to combat climate change and environmental degradation by establishing good practices and raising awareness among members of youth organisations .

The project therefore seeks to establish good environmental practices in youth organisations and to develop a step-by-step checklist for their implementation. Besides, online activities such as webinars will be implemented to strengthen the inclusiveness of the project by reaching more young people on the topic of the environment.

In addition, the 6-day International Activity in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will develop the competences and skills of the participants on the environmental topic and enable them to express alternatives to implement more environmentally sustainable activities or events within the activities of their associations.

The project is coordinated by JEF Europe with the help of its Executive Board, the Green Transition Task Force, and JEF Slovenia, plus with the support of experts from Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) and International Young NatureFriends (IYNF).

The main aims are:

  • Raise awareness and strengthen youth participation and collaboration within different youth organisations on the topic of the climate crisis and environmental degradation.
  • Create a pool of experienced and trained multipliers on how to make local and national sections more environmentally sustainable.
  • Create a GreenY set-by-step checklist to gather good environmental practices to organise more environmentally sustainable activities and events in the youth field.
  • Offer space for learning and networking between different youth organisations from local to European level.

About the training

The event will consist of 3 parts (preparating, international activity (training) and follow-up):

Preparation: Webinars (February – March)
A serie of three webinars of 2 hours will be organised on the following topics:

  • Webinar 1: Climate change and why is it happening?
  • Webinar 2: What is Sustainable Development?
  • Webinar 3: Global and European strategies in tackling climate change in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green deal

The webinars will be open to all young people interested in the topics and will help them to acquire sufficient background knowledge to support the participants of the International Activity in implementing their plans in the local follow-up activities.

International Activity (19-24 April 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia)
This 6-day International Activity will gather 20 participants from all over Europe in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The programme will be structured into different day-by-day thematic and will offer the opportunity for the participants to develop their knowledge and their expertise to become multipliers actors in the field of environment. The thematics of the training are the following:

  • Day 1: Arrival and catch-up discussion on environmental sustainability.
  • Day 2: Policy perspectives on climate change.
  • Day 3: Youth and climate change.
  • Day 4: Environmental non-formal educational methodology and study visit.
  • Day 5: Development plans for local actions and GREEN-Y checklist.
  • Day 6: Finalising the plans for the follow-up actions and evaluations.

Local follow-up activities (May – June)
Participants in the International Activity and webinars, with the support of the project team and expert partners, will use the plans they developed during the event to implement activities in their local organisations. Participants will be mentored in the organisation of online (events, campaigns, webinars) or offline activities. It will also be an opportunity for the youth workers and activists to use their newly acquired skills and tools developed during the International Activity. Altogether, least 20 follow-up activities will be implemented (10 online and 10 offline).

Disclaimer: We are following the developments around Europe and Slovenia in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and in case needed, the activities will be adapted into a blended format or entirely online.

Tasks and responsibilities of the trainers

  • Cooperate with the event organisers and project coordinators and have regular communication with them.
  • Develop and prepare the overall program and working methodology.
  • Prepare session outlines for each of the workshop sessions at least 7 days before the training.
  • Facilitate the training sessions and provide a suitable learning environment for all participants.
  • Have daily evaluations with the project coordinator and the trainers’ team during the training and a final evaluation after the event.
  • Prepare a final report 2 weeks after the training at the latest.
  • Support the coordinator and the experts in organising the online webinars.
  • Mentoring the participants in organising their follow-up activities.

Requirements

  • Ability to develop an educational approach based on the principles and values of non-formal education.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge and values related to the activity to the group of learners.
  • Previous experience in delivering trainings/sessions on topics related to climate change or environmental degradation.
  • Ability to collaborate and work in a multicultural team.
  • Ability to respect deadlines.
  • Ability to express thoughts, feelings and emotions clearly.
  • Sensitivity to diversity.
  • Ability to deal constructively with disagreements.
  • Ability to create an inspiring and safe learning environment.
  • Ability to stimulate active participation, by motivating and empowering learners.
  • Proficient user of English language, both in written and spoken English.

Finances

  • Trainer fee €800 (Senior) and €480 (Junior) will be given the organisers after the submission of the trainer report.
  • Accommodation and meals provided by the organisers.
  • The return travel to and from the training (Ljubljana) will be reimbursed after the event by the organisers.

How to apply?

If interested, please send your CV and Motivation Letter to theo.lecarpentier@jef.eu and elitsa.hadzhieva@jef.eu until 18 January 23:59 CET.
Please include “Open call for trainers: GreenY” in the Subject title.