YEPP Programme Officer (Berlin, Germany)

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

YEPP Programme Officer (Berlin, Germany)

Position title: Programme Officer (m/f)
Location: Berlin, Germany

The Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme (YEPP)

The Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme (YEPP) is a multi-layer initiative of a consortium of European and US foundations and the International Academy at the Free University of Berlin, Institute for Community Education (INA gGmbH) operating under the auspices of the Network of European Foundations. INA is responsible for the programme development and the implementation; and hosts the Programme Director and Team along with the International Resource Centre.

The Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme was started by a group of foundations in 2000. The preparatory phase lasted until May 2001, followed by the first phase of implementation, evaluation and assessment from September 2001 until the end of 2006. During this time YEPP worked in 7 Local Sites in 6 countries.
Phase II of YEPP covers the period from 2007 to 2011. During this time YEPP has expanded to 19 Local Sites in 8 countries. In 2008 YEPP’s goals were refined to include youth empowerment, partnership and advocacy. Both empowerment and partnership are intrinsic aspects of YEPP, therefore the final years of YEPP Phase II have a stronger focus on Advocacy at a local, regional, national and transnational level.

Job purpose

The purpose of the post is:

1) to assist YEPP in developing a strategy for the dissemination of YEPP’s 10 years’ work results. This will highlight the achievements of the programme over the whole period and look into best practices of local and transnational cooperation including those of the funding partners. The goal of this strategy is to influence politicians and decision makers at the European, national, regional and local levels with regard to youth and community related policies to mainstream best practices of youth involvement in the decision making processes.

2) to engage in the process of sustaining a future perspective of YEPP in
consultation with all stakeholders involved in developing a future transnational perspective of YEPP beyond 2011.


• To contribute to the development and implementation of a dissemination strategy of YEPP results
• To establish and follow up on contacts at the European (EU) level for presentation and discussion of YEPP results
• To develop an advocacy strategy to target different audiences, in particular decision-makers at local, regional, national and European level
• To write, contribute to and assist the Programme Team in presenting YEPP within a transnational context
• To join in the process of developing a future transnational model of YEPP
• Other tasks as appropriate under the direction of the Programme Director

Personal Specification:
• Native English Speaker with a good command of German
• At least three years of relevant work experience, including the experience of coordinating and contributing to the production of reports and policy papers
• Experience of working in an international environment
• A knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions
• A commitment to the goals of YEPP
• Good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work in a team
• Mobility and flexibility
• Computer literacy

We are looking for an energetic person with a “can do” approach who possess the soft skills required for an intercultural programme like YEPP, shares the core values of the programme – namely, empowerment, participation and partnership, and is interested continuing on with a sustainable European network of YEPP sites into the next programme phase.

The position is paid according to the German salary scale for public servants. The contract will be for a 4 day a week position, starting October 1st, 2010 and ending June 30th 2011 with a possibility for extension.

Candidates should send a letter of motivation, CV and references via email or post to the below address. Deadline for applications is Friday, September 10th, 2010:

Internationale Akademie (INA gGmbH) an der Freien Universität Berlin
Institut für Community Education / YEPP
Königin – Luise - Str. 29
14195 Berlin

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