Call for trainers: international seminar

European Democratic Academy: Federalism in Theory and Practice

Prague, Czechia

9-13 November 2022


The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) is organising an international seminar “European Democratic Academy: Federalism in Theory and Practice” between 9-13 November 2022 in Prague, Czechia. The event is co-funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and is part of the CoE’s campaign “Democracy Here | Democracy Now” aimed at revitalising European democracy.

We are looking for 2 Senior and 1 Junior Trainers to prepare, deliver and evaluate non-formal education sessions as part of the Academy in coordination with academics. Priority in the recruitment will be given to the current members of JEF Europe’s Pool of Trainers. Independent candidates are invited to apply if they meet the selection criteria. 

About the Academy

Democracy constantly needs fresh ideas to redefine itself and better respond to contemporary challenges. While traditionally it has been associated with state, regional and local politics, the process of European integration and the emergence of European institutions has given birth to democracy at the continental level. Federalism and pan-European democracy are among the approaches we can take to tackle modern-day challenges such as armed conflicts, economic instability, climate change, pandemics, digitalisation and migration. 

The international seminar “European Democratic Academy” aims to explore the theory and practice of European federalism and democracy, equipping a group of 20 activists with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for advocating for a democratic European federation.

The Academy is preceded by a series of webinars dedicated to European democracy and federalism and will be followed-up by advocacy actions implemented in 10 countries coupled with an online communication campaign. In parallel, an online library is provided to all project participants interested in learning more about the theory of European federalism and democracy.


Tuesday, 8 November
After 18:00 Participants arriving and checking-in Organisers
Wednesday, 9 November
09:00–10:30 Introductory presentations and icebreaker Organisers, Trainers
11:00–12:30 History of European integration and federalism Academic-led, Trainer support
14:30–16:00 The history of an idea: from a “Europe of nations” to federalism Academic-led, Trainer support
16:30–18:00 European democracy and federalism: arguments and counterarguments Academic-led, Trainer support
20:00–… Evening activity Organisers
Thursday, 10 November
09:00–10:30 The idea of democracy: the promise of a better society Academic-led, Trainer support
11:00–12:30 Democracy under pressure: challenges and risks Academic-led, Trainer support
14:30–16:00 Forecasting future scenarios of European integration and European democracy Academic-led, Trainer support
16:30–18:00 Trainer-led, Academic support
20:00–… Evening activity Organisers
Friday, 11 November
09:00–10:30  Federalism, intersectionality and inclusion Academic-led, Trainer support
11:00–12:30 Federalist street actions and direct outreach: DOs and DON’Ts

Accessible and constructive political communication

16:30–18:00 Creative political advocacy Trainers
18:30–… Political debate Organisers
Saturday, 12 November
09:00–10:30  European democratic advocacy in practice: developing political positions (with JEF’s Federal Committee) Organiser-led, Trainer support
11:00 – 12:30
14:30–18:00 Developing advocacy plans for political positions Trainers
20:00–… Evening activity Organisers
Sunday, 13 November
09:00–10:30 Presentation and feedback session on the advocacy plans; evaluation and closing Trainers
11:00–12:30 European democratic advocacy in practice: adopting political positions

Participants departing

Organiser-led, Trainer support


Some parts of the Academy will take place in parallel to JEF Europe’s Federal Committee, giving the participants an opportunity to follow and contribute to federalist policy formulation in practice.

The content of the programme may be subject to change.

Responsibilities of the trainer

  • Get familiar with the project.
  • Attend online preparatory meetings with other trainers and the organisers.
  • Prepare session outlines and facilitate in-person sessions using non-formal education techniques.
  • Conduct an evaluation with the organisers during the training and a final evaluation after the event.
  • Prepare an evaluation report 15 days after the event at the latest.

Selection criteria

  • Experience in implementing and facilitating activities using non-formal education techniques.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English.
  • Ability to contribute to work in an intercultural team.
  • For junior trainers: willingness to learn while working in a team led by a senior trainer.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: 
    • European integration,
    • European federalism,
    • European democracy,
    • Political advocacy,
    • Political communication.
  • Having participated in JEF Europe’s Federalist Academy is an asset.

Contract conditions

  • The trainer fee covers 10 working days (5 days for preparation and follow- up + 5 days for implementation) and totals:
    • for the Junior Trainer: €600, 
    • for each Senior Trainer: €1000.
  • The trainer fee will be paid after the completion of the service and the delivery of the final report.
  • Accommodation and food covered during the seminar and preparatory meetings in Prague, Czechia.
  • Travel cost reimbursement up to €250.

How to apply?

Please send your CV and a brief cover letter to by 23 September 2022 23:59 CET with a subject: Prague Academy – Junior/Senior trainer application. Don’t forget to clearly state whether you are applying for the Junior or Senior position. 

All applicants will be contacted by 30 September 2022. If you have any questions, feel free to forward them to the email address above.