CALL FOR RESEARCH FELLOWS

Project partners from Visegrad countries offer one-month fellowship for selected applicants from Belarus and Ukraine (4 fellows altogether, 2 from Belarus and 2 from Ukraine). The goal is to provide fellows with an opportunity to get deep insight into public administration reform (PAR) in Visegrad countries (V4) and to point out on examples of good practices while not avoiding the qualified and well-informed discussion about the obstacles of the reform process.

Destinations and dates

The internship has two parts: 1) Prague, Czech Republic /or/ Bratislava, Slovakia /or/ Warsaw, Poland /or/ Budapest, Hungary: September 29 – October 19, 2013, and 2) Prague, Czech Republic: October 20 – October 25, 2013 (in the second part, all 4 fellows gather in Prague).

Topics

  • Budgetary policy
  • Distribution and delegation of powers
  • Provision of administrative services
  • Work efficiency
  • Anti-corruption measures
  • Implementation of legislature
  • Methods of work assessment
  • & more according to fellow’s preferences

Programme of the fellowship

  • Meetings with public administration experts and civil servants from local/regional/state public administration bodies in order to get better understanding of PAR in V4.
  • Carried out research and preparation of a policy paper of approximately 5 000 words under the supervision of the Association for International Affairs’ experts. Thematic focus of the research should be related specifically to one aspect of PAR particularly relevant for fellow’s country. The final policy paper will be published, promoted and disseminated to relevant decision-makers and other stakeholders.
  • Participation in one-week training for local government experts.
  • Networking and establishing new contacts and prospective areas for future cooperation.

Participants’ profiles

Motivated professionals between 25-40 years old with permanent residence in Belarus or Ukraine, deeply interested in PAR who work in politics, public administration, academia or the non-governmental sector; preferably for full-time. The applicants should have at least 3 years work experience with public administration issues and proven ability to conduct the research. Applicants should have substantial English skills to produce their research in English. Working knowledge of Slovak/Czech/Hungarian/Polish language will be the advantage.

Costs and budget

The organizer covers international travel costs, accommodation and boarding for one month, and visa costs where necessary. Fellows must cover their own travel insurance. The selected applicants will be based in partners’ offices having the Internet access.

Applications and deadline

Applicants are asked to send following material in English at with “Application for Fellowship of [your name] – [selected country of the fellowship]”  in the subject line by Wednesday, August 28:

  • the filled in Application Form (available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V4fellows);
  • a professional and updated CV in a table form;
  • a letter of recommendation from the employer or institution/a person who is familiar with the applicant’s work or previous research (could be in electronic form – scanned, not in paper one; could be send in Russian);
  • a sample of the original research text of the applicant (if available).

An independent bilateral jury will select the successful applicants. Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted by Monday, September 2.

Project partners

Public Administration Reform in Visegrad Countries: Lessons Learned for Belarus and Ukraine is an international project of AMO – Association for International Affairs, carried out in cooperation with Pontis Foundation, Slovakia; PAUCI – Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation, Poland; Hungarian Europe Society, Hungary; Centre for Political and Legal Reforms, Ukraine, and SYMPA – School of Young Managers in Public Administration, Belarus. The project has been made possible with the kind financial support of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

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