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Call for a policy fellow in international cooperation

SOLIDAR is looking for a new policy fellow in the International Cooperation pillar who could possibly join SOLIDAR team as of mid-September 2016 for a period up to 7 months.
This fellowship program is open to post-graduate candidates with extensive academic and research background that are looking for an experience in a dynamic and international working environment. The fellowship is a unique learning experience on the development of EU policies in Brussels and will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and research methods to evaluate how the embedding of the 2030 Agenda into the EU development, trade and investment approaches could contribute to reduce inequalities and mobilizing domestic resources for sustainable development.

Key tasks:
In the framework of the “Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development” you will be in charge of following all the steps of the production of a compilation of academic papers that will feed into key policy processes that will be undertaken by the European Institutions during the course of 2016 and 2017: the Review of the EU consensus for Development, the Mid-term review of the Multi-Annual Financial framework (MFF), the revision of the EU-ACP partnership agreement, the adoption of an EU overarching strategy to implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
You can find more information about Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development here.

During the fellowship period, you will be directly responsible for:

  • Liaising with the Progressive Lab for Sustainable Advisory Group for the selection of the abstracts and of the full papers
  • Editing the selected papers and compile the full publication
  • Coordinating the organization of the Symposium for peer review at the European Parliament in Brussels
  • Preparing the organisation of the Progressive Lab for Sustainable development book launch

Key skills and competences:

  • High-level University Degree (post-graduate/PhD level is an asset) with tangible academic research experience
  • English mother tongue and fluency in French language
  • Proven familiarity with the following topics: economic development models, decent work and social protection, education, tax justice and fair trade, human development.

Practical details:

  • You should be available to join SOLIDAR as of mid-September 2016 until Mid-April 2017
  • You will receive a monthly fee of 1.000 EUR gross

If you are interested in SOLIDAR policy fellowship program, please send:

  • Your CV
  • 1 page cover letter stating why you think you are suited for this position, and what are your objectives/learning outcomes from this experience

By Monday 22 August 2016 to the following e-mail address: fellowship.int@solidar.org.
E-mail subject should be ‘Sustainable Development Lab Fellowship’.

You can also find this vacancy in pdf here.

Call for academic papers - Progressive lab for sustainable development

Approaches and solutions to fight inequality, promote education for all and mobilize domestic resources

In the framework of their joint initiative, the “Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development”, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) and SOLIDAR are launching a call for academic papers to critically evaluate how the embedding of the 2030 Agenda into the EU development, trade and investment approaches could contribute to reduce inequalities and mobilizing domestic resources for sustainable development.

The papers will feed key policy processes that will be undertaken by the European Institutions during the course of 2016 and 2017: the Review of the EU consensus for Development, the Mid-term review of the Multi-Annual Financial framework (MFF), the revision of the EU-ACP partnership agreement, the adoption of an EU overarching strategy to implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We are calling on independent thinkers, journalists, professionals, academics, and researchers to submit short academic papers on one of the three thematic clusters described below. Candidates should choose only one thematic cluster, but within each cluster, candidates can cover one or more possible subthemes as suggested below.

Thematic clusters and possible sub-themes:

  • Fighting inequalities by promoting sustainability in all its dimensions (economic, social and environmental) including responsible consumption and production, the respect of planetary boundaries, defending migrant and refugees’ rights; Promoting inclusive economic development models, investing in human development, decent work and universal social protection, and promoting tax justice and ‘fair’ trade policy.
  • Mobilizing domestic resource for sustainable development comprising decent work and social protection: this includes, for instance, tax justice, fight against tax dodging, illicit flows, using fiscal levies and charges on natural and environmental resources, optimizing the structure of subsidies and other public expenditures. Sustainable development should refer to economic objectives such as growth and equity, and especially to social objectives such as institutional development, participation and empowerment, social mobility, and social cohesion; it could also refer to donors’ support to domestic resource mobilization, and budget transparency and accountability.
  • Education including Education in Emergencies (EiE) and Conflict and Disaster Risk Reduction (C/DRR) integration in school through the provision of equitable learning opportunities for every child in situation of crisis, creating resilient societies, which are able to reduce the economic, social and cultural impacts should a hazardous event occur; universal access to quality education and protective learning environments; the role of education in promoting innovation and growth, as well as societal well-being and progress. Articles linking education with cross-cutting issues, including gender, human rights and inclusive education are encouraged.

The gender perspective should be highlighted in all the thematic clusters. Reference to migrant and refugees is welcome.

Practical information
All submissions will be evaluated by a scientific advisory group. Successful candidates will be offered 1,500 euros (gross) honorarium after the final version of their paper will be accepted for publication in the format of a book, foreseen for the first semester of 2017.

Requirements
The call is open for independent thinkers, journalists, professionals, academics and researchers, who can submit short academic papers on one of the thematic clusters listed above. The submissions need to be policy-oriented and policy-relevant, and not yet published in any academic journal or other official outlet. The paper submitted needs to be written in English, have between 10.000 – 15.000 characters, in font Arial, letter size 10 with 1.5 line spacing, and should include in-text references provided in APA format. The paper should be explicit about the policy problem it wants to address, the research questions, and include preliminary recommendations beyond the conclusions.

Deadlines
18 September 2016: deadline to submit short academic papers
Candidates are kindly asked to send their short academic papers by this date. The papers should be accompanied by the candidate’s short biography (1 page max) identifying academic credentials.

Approximately 9 successful candidates will be invited to a symposium to take place by the end of 2016 in Brussels to present and discuss the papers, and get feedback for their further development, particularly from the members of the scientific board.

End of November – beginning of December 2016
Symposium for peer review at the European Parliament in Brussels

Mid-February 2017
Deadline for submitting the complete version of the academic papers

April 2017
Progressive Lab for Sustainable development book launch

Contact details
Please send your short academic papers and the short biography by 18 September 2016 to submissions@feps-europe.eu. The subject e-mail for a submission should be specified as: “Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development – INDICATE YOUR CHOSEN THEMATIC CLUSTER”. Any other question concerning this call should be directed to the same email address above.

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