Project Manager in Vicenza or Brussels

ALDA is looking for a Project Manager focused on environment and climate change. He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and of the Head of the Project Management Unit. Among the related tasks: plan and/or implement the action plan of the projects, organizing events and other initiatives described in the programme; follow and accompany the partnership and the group involved in the projects; communicate about the project with the support of the communication office of ALDA; liaise and share knowledge about the project with the team of ALDA; Liaise with the donor (mainly the European Commission), in cooperation with the Secretary General of ALDA.

Where and when: ALDA office in Brussels (Belgium) or Vicenza (Italy), starting from September 2021

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@aldaintranet.org, stating in the subject line: Application – Project Manager. Kindly include names and contact details of 3 references. Applications must be received on or before 22nd August 2021. Interviews will take place the following week and might be followed by a written test.

ALDA is looking for a Project Manager focused on environment and climate change. He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and of the Head of the Project Management Unit. Among the related tasks: plan and/or implement the action plan of the projects, organizing events and other initiatives described in the programme; follow and accompany the partnership and the group involved in the projects; communicate about the project with the support of the communication office of ALDA; liaise and share knowledge about the project with the team of ALDA; Liaise with the donor (mainly the European Commission), in cooperation with the Secretary General of ALDA.

Where and when: ALDA office in Brussels (Belgium) or Vicenza (Italy), starting from September 2021

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@aldaintranet.org, stating in the subject line: Application – Project Manager. Kindly include names and contact details of 3 references. Applications must be received on or before 22nd August 2021. Interviews will take place the following week and might be followed by a written test.


Junior Logistic Manager (Italy)

ALDA is looking for a Junior Logistic Manager based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Secretary General, will deal with:

  • The organisation of missions and meetings;
  • IT network support;
  • Day-to-day support for the activities in the office;
  • Providers for services agreements.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English by June 23rd, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Logistic Manager application”.

ALDA is looking for a Junior Logistic Manager based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Secretary General, will deal with:

  • The organisation of missions and meetings;
  • IT network support;
  • Day-to-day support for the activities in the office;
  • Providers for services agreements.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English by June 23rd, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Logistic Manager application”.


Addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.


ALDA bringing ELoGE to Croatia and North Macedonia

Last March 29th, took place, by videoconference, the “European Stakeholders’ Platform of the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at the Local Level” – an important session organised by the Council of Europe to review the state of the democracy and good governance in the CoE-member countries. Such an assessment has been carried out according to the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) and the 12 principles of Good Governance.

ALDA has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023

More in particular, the meeting was the occasion for ALDA, and other European Oganisations, to presents the accreditation and renewal requests to implement ELoGE in targeted territories.

We are thus proud and excited to announce that ALDA, has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023.

Similarly to our past actions in Moldova and Ukraine, during the next 2 years ALDA will deliver specialised trainings to local and regional authorities, civil society organisations and citizens of around 15 Croatian and Macedonian municipalities. Such courses will provide those stakeholders with an in- depth knowledge of democratic processes and tools, enabling and monitoring the implementation of the 12 principles of good democratic governance at the local level.

We look forward to continue our mission of empowering local communities all over the Enlarged Europe, working side by side with the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, by means of our strong partnership and shared vision.

Last March 29th, took place, by videoconference, the “European Stakeholders’ Platform of the Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance at the Local Level” – an important session organised by the Council of Europe to review the state of the democracy and good governance in the CoE-member countries. Such an assessment has been carried out according to the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) and the 12 principles of Good Governance.

ALDA has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023

More in particular, the meeting was the occasion for ALDA, and other European Oganisations, to presents the accreditation and renewal requests to implement ELoGE in targeted territories.

We are thus proud and excited to announce that ALDA, has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in Croatia and North Macedonia until June 2023.

Similarly to our past actions in Moldova and Ukraine, during the next 2 years ALDA will deliver specialised trainings to local and regional authorities, civil society organisations and citizens of around 15 Croatian and Macedonian municipalities. Such courses will provide those stakeholders with an in- depth knowledge of democratic processes and tools, enabling and monitoring the implementation of the 12 principles of good democratic governance at the local level.

We look forward to continue our mission of empowering local communities all over the Enlarged Europe, working side by side with the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, by means of our strong partnership and shared vision.


On the EU accession process of North Macedonia

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to opposition from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This EU member state is opposing to North Macedonia starting EU accession before resolving some historical questions.

While considering the reasons of every parts and the importance of history in building up the future, this step represents a disappointment for ALDA because of the strategic importance it gives to the accession of the countries of the Balkans to the EU.

In December 2020, North Macedonia didn’t get the long expected date for start of the negotiation process for EU accession due to opposition from its neighbour country, Bulgaria. This EU member state is opposing to North Macedonia starting EU accession before resolving some historical questions.

While considering the reasons of every parts and the importance of history in building up the future, this step represents a disappointment for ALDA because of the strategic importance it gives to the accession of the countries of the Balkans to the EU.


Sisak after the earthquake: portrait of a new reality

The whole Sisak County was shaken that Tuesday morning, December 29th, 2020, few minutes past midday. While the epicentre was only 5 Km from Petrinja, the earthquake hit the whole area, namely the towns of Glina and Sisak.

In a different way, also ALDA itself was shaken that day: this shocking news left all of us astonished and helpless in front of the catastrophe which was taking place in one of the very cities where ALDA was born: in Sisak.

Sisak actually hosts the third ever-established Local Democracy Agency, opened in 1996, even before the creation of ALDA. The LDA Sisak was initially led by Antonella Valmorbida, now ALDA Secretary General, who then passed the lead to Paula Rauzan, the actual delegate.

The LDA Sisak, since its beginnings, has been a valuable resource for the local population thanks to its constant activities carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Sisak, member of ALDA since 2009 and other civil society organisations of the territory.

Today, the LDA is a renowned institution in the city and in the County, as well as a key stakeholder for the development of the region, whose premises host (or better say hosted) the Sisak Volunteer Centre.

Paula, despite all the news on the mass and local media, how is the situation in the city, how would you describe it?

Here in Sisak, things are slowly, but constantly, moving ahead. Nevertheless, there is a general feeling of confusionand chaos. What happened was totally unpredictable and caught us in the middle of the Christmas holidays, a period of the year when people who live and work abroad are coming back home and the city is very crowded.

What keeps me shocking every day when I walk through the city, is to realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake. At this very moment, Sisak is a city completely deprived of any institutions and services, physically speaking, the majority of constructions, from the Municipality to supermarkets, shops, houses and even schools underwent major structural damages and are not safe to be used.

Today, Sisak is a city where just a few public institutions still have their premises, and the daily life routine of ordinary people is extremely challenged considering basic services. We live in a place where nothing can be given for granted anymore. Yesterday, I found myself wondering if in Sisak there are any dry cleaner left.

Moreover, in some part of the town buildings seem to be in good conditions, at a first sight; instead, the more you get closer, the more structural damages are visible.

But the biggest loss of all is, surely, the loss of human lives. Until now, the earthquake caused the death of 7 people.

Walking through the city, I realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake

How is the crisis management working? How is the aid being managed?

I must say that the solidarity demonstrated by individuals, associations, companies is huge. Institutions are doing their part as well, but it is really astonishing the number of organisations and non-formal initiatives which took the field to help us.

Among all the problems, the biggest one is probably the large number of people left without a house, and a place to sleep. Adding up to that, this winter has been particularly cold, and the snow started falling just the day after the earthquake occurred. Most of the efforts now focus both on mapping people in distress, many of which are in remote places of the county, and on finding temporary solutions to help those people survive the season.

 

Which are the conditions of the LDA Sisak?

Unfortunately, the LDA Sisak does not have its premises anymore. The building is stills standing but has major damages in all its parts and it is not recommended for usage.

However, the situation is the same for large number of CSOs: I can recall just few associations which still has its premises. Despite this, all organisations keep working. People are actually having business meeting outside, in the snow.

Back to the LDA Sisak, in line with our mission which is the support of local democratic processes, we are reorienting our work and the volunteers’ to be as helpful as possible to the citizens.

Our staff is now active on two fronts: we are trying to finish all the ongoing activities and to finish all projects’ reports (a classic task during this time of the year). We are then mapping the needs of the community to bring specific help: the LDA Sisak has a strong volunteering component, thus we are channelling energies and forces according to the situation.

In turn, I must really thank the Croatian Volunteer Development Center which is giving us great support. In fact, all our networks are very supportive, ALDA and South East European Youth Network.

Paula, being the Delegate of the LDA Sisak, how your daily routine has changed?

My new daily routine…  actually, I am almost the whole day on the phone!

Making plans for the day is impossible and the situation and priorities are changing every hour. For this reason, I am always trying to be in contact with colleagues, volunteers and with other organisations. As CSOs, we are trying to cooperate and help each other as much as possible.

What is going to happen next?

The situation is highly unpredictable, firstly because the Earth hasn’t stopped shaking yet. Everyday there are new, minor, tremors which keep worsening the situation and the buildings’ conditions.

The only certain thing is that this area will need help for a long time, from an economic and social points of view. Indeed, considering the situation from a broader perspective, all this adds up to the already existing covid-19 pandemic and the growing risk and uncertainty is worsening people’s mental conditions.

To conclude, there is another threat to the city and its population: the exodus of people and commercial activities. Many are the people who left the area after the earthquake: regular citizens and businesspeople, considering that several hundred companies lost their premises.

This situation represents a threat for the whole region, which may find itself empty and drained of an important part of its social and economic component in the period to come.

 

See more pictures from Sisak

The whole Sisak County was shaken that Tuesday morning, December 29th, 2020, few minutes past midday. While the epicentre was only 5 Km from Petrinja, the earthquake hit the whole area, namely the towns of Glina and Sisak.

In a different way, also ALDA itself was shaken that day: this shocking news left all of us astonished and helpless in front of the catastrophe which was taking place in one of the very cities where ALDA was born: in Sisak.

Sisak actually hosts the third ever-established Local Democracy Agency, opened in 1996, even before the creation of ALDA. The LDA Sisak was initially led by Antonella Valmorbida, now ALDA Secretary General, who then passed the lead to Paula Rauzan, the actual delegate.

The LDA Sisak, since its beginnings, has been a valuable resource for the local population thanks to its constant activities carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Sisak, member of ALDA since 2009 and other civil society organisations of the territory.

Today, the LDA is a renowned institution in the city and in the County, as well as a key stakeholder for the development of the region, whose premises host (or better say hosted) the Sisak Volunteer Centre.

Paula, despite all the news on the mass and local media, how is the situation in the city, how would you describe it?

Here in Sisak, things are slowly, but constantly, moving ahead. Nevertheless, there is a general feeling of confusionand chaos. What happened was totally unpredictable and caught us in the middle of the Christmas holidays, a period of the year when people who live and work abroad are coming back home and the city is very crowded.

What keeps me shocking every day when I walk through the city, is to realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake. At this very moment, Sisak is a city completely deprived of any institutions and services, physically speaking, the majority of constructions, from the Municipality to supermarkets, shops, houses and even schools underwent major structural damages and are not safe to be used.

Today, Sisak is a city where just a few public institutions still have their premises, and the daily life routine of ordinary people is extremely challenged considering basic services. We live in a place where nothing can be given for granted anymore. Yesterday, I found myself wondering if in Sisak there are any dry cleaner left.

Moreover, in some part of the town buildings seem to be in good conditions, at a first sight; instead, the more you get closer, the more structural damages are visible.

But the biggest loss of all is, surely, the loss of human lives. Until now, the earthquake caused the death of 7 people.

Walking through the city, I realise that almost no building has “survived” the earthquake

How is the crisis management working? How is the aid being managed?

I must say that the solidarity demonstrated by individuals, associations, companies is huge. Institutions are doing their part as well, but it is really astonishing the number of organisations and non-formal initiatives which took the field to help us.

Among all the problems, the biggest one is probably the large number of people left without a house, and a place to sleep. Adding up to that, this winter has been particularly cold, and the snow started falling just the day after the earthquake occurred. Most of the efforts now focus both on mapping people in distress, many of which are in remote places of the county, and on finding temporary solutions to help those people survive the season.

 

Which are the conditions of the LDA Sisak?

Unfortunately, the LDA Sisak does not have its premises anymore. The building is stills standing but has major damages in all its parts and it is not recommended for usage.

However, the situation is the same for large number of CSOs: I can recall just few associations which still has its premises. Despite this, all organisations keep working. People are actually having business meeting outside, in the snow.

Back to the LDA Sisak, in line with our mission which is the support of local democratic processes, we are reorienting our work and the volunteers’ to be as helpful as possible to the citizens.

Our staff is now active on two fronts: we are trying to finish all the ongoing activities and to finish all projects’ reports (a classic task during this time of the year). We are then mapping the needs of the community to bring specific help: the LDA Sisak has a strong volunteering component, thus we are channelling energies and forces according to the situation.

In turn, I must really thank the Croatian Volunteer Development Center which is giving us great support. In fact, all our networks are very supportive, ALDA and South East European Youth Network.

Paula, being the Delegate of the LDA Sisak, how your daily routine has changed?

My new daily routine…  actually, I am almost the whole day on the phone!

Making plans for the day is impossible and the situation and priorities are changing every hour. For this reason, I am always trying to be in contact with colleagues, volunteers and with other organisations. As CSOs, we are trying to cooperate and help each other as much as possible.

What is going to happen next?

The situation is highly unpredictable, firstly because the Earth hasn’t stopped shaking yet. Everyday there are new, minor, tremors which keep worsening the situation and the buildings’ conditions.

The only certain thing is that this area will need help for a long time, from an economic and social points of view. Indeed, considering the situation from a broader perspective, all this adds up to the already existing covid-19 pandemic and the growing risk and uncertainty is worsening people’s mental conditions.

To conclude, there is another threat to the city and its population: the exodus of people and commercial activities. Many are the people who left the area after the earthquake: regular citizens and businesspeople, considering that several hundred companies lost their premises.

This situation represents a threat for the whole region, which may find itself empty and drained of an important part of its social and economic component in the period to come.

 

See more pictures from Sisak


Food Wave call launch: let’s lead the change!

Are you a youth-led small Civil Society Organization promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change?

 

We are looking for you!

Lead the change and participate to our call for proposals with your project idea!

 

The first call for proposals of the Food Wave Project has been launched and it is directed to youth-led small Civil Society Organizations promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change.

 

What is the objective of the call for proposals?

The Food Wave Project – co-funded by the EU under the Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme (DEAR) and promoted by the Municipality of Milan together with ActionAid Italia, ACRA, Mani Tese and 25 project partners in 17 countries, including ALDA – will support grass-root initiatives in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviors and involve smaller youth organizations interested in joining the action but lacking the necessary means to do so.

 

How much is the grant for the projects?

More than 20 project ideas will receive a contribution of up to 3000 € each to support the fight against climate change and create a fair and sustainable global food system!

"Lead the change: participate to the Food Wave call for proposals"

Which is the thematic focus?

The proposed projects must address at least one of the following thematic axes:

  • Sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights.
  • Local alternative food systems, local producers and territorial markets.
  • Fight against food waste.
  • Sustainable food education and knowledge sharing dissemination.
  • Fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fair food.

 

Where can the project be implemented?

Activities must take place in one of the following EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

 

The activities which will take place in the territories directly involved in the FOOD WAVE project will be privileged.

Please note that the cities directly concerned are: Almere, Brasov, Bruges, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malmö, Manchester, Maribor, Molenbeek, Milan, Murcia, NeaSmyrni, Pest, Sofia, Strasbourg, Turin, Warsaw and Zagreb.

 

How to apply?

Read the full call for proposals, upload your budget, and fill in the full text of the application form to be completed online by the 28th February 2021.

In case you need further information please contact us at this email address: catchthewave@alda-europe.eu

#CatchTheWave and Lead the Change!

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USEFUL RESOURCES:

SAVE THE DATE: In order to learn more about the call requirements and hear some tips to improve your application, an online informative session will take place on February 10th at 18.00 on the Food Wave’s Facebook page!

Are you a youth-led small Civil Society Organization promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change?

 

We are looking for you!

Lead the change and participate to our call for proposals with your project idea!

 

The first call for proposals of the Food Wave Project has been launched and it is directed to youth-led small Civil Society Organizations promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns to fight climate change.

 

What is the objective of the call for proposals?

The Food Wave Project – co-funded by the EU under the Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme (DEAR) and promoted by the Municipality of Milan together with ActionAid Italia, ACRA, Mani Tese and 25 project partners in 17 countries, including ALDA – will support grass-root initiatives in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviors and involve smaller youth organizations interested in joining the action but lacking the necessary means to do so.

 

How much is the grant for the projects?

More than 20 project ideas will receive a contribution of up to 3000 € each to support the fight against climate change and create a fair and sustainable global food system!

"Lead the change: participate to the Food Wave call for proposals"

Which is the thematic focus?

The proposed projects must address at least one of the following thematic axes:

  • Sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights.
  • Local alternative food systems, local producers and territorial markets.
  • Fight against food waste.
  • Sustainable food education and knowledge sharing dissemination.
  • Fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fair food.

 

Where can the project be implemented?

Activities must take place in one of the following EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.

 

The activities which will take place in the territories directly involved in the FOOD WAVE project will be privileged.

Please note that the cities directly concerned are: Almere, Brasov, Bruges, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Malmö, Manchester, Maribor, Molenbeek, Milan, Murcia, NeaSmyrni, Pest, Sofia, Strasbourg, Turin, Warsaw and Zagreb.

 

How to apply?

Read the full call for proposals, upload your budget, and fill in the full text of the application form to be completed online by the 28th February 2021.

In case you need further information please contact us at this email address: catchthewave@alda-europe.eu

#CatchTheWave and Lead the Change!

***

USEFUL RESOURCES:

SAVE THE DATE: In order to learn more about the call requirements and hear some tips to improve your application, an online informative session will take place on February 10th at 18.00 on the Food Wave’s Facebook page!


Sasa Marinkov, Delegate of the LDA Central and Southern Serbia passed away today

It’s with deepest regret and profound sadness we inform you that our Sasa Marinkov has passed away today, Saturday 23rd of January 2021.
As delegate of the Local Democracy Agency Central and Southern Serbia, Sasa has been part of ALDA and the Balkan Network for Local Democracy – BNLD for more than a decade.
Today, we have lost a valuable member of our family. He was modest and visionary, committed worker, a fighter for positive changes in the community.
Most importantly, today we lost a true friend that was alongside with us in all our ups and downs. Friend that we would truly remember and adore till the end of days.
Sasa, we thank you for everything you have done for us and your community. We will continue fighting for your cause: it’s the only thing we can do to reach your vision.
We’ll miss him immensely now and so it will be in the future.
 
Farwell, Sasa
From Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA; Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA; the Staff of ALDA; the Governing Board of ALDA and the colleagues Delegates

It’s with deepest regret and profound sadness we inform you that our Sasa Marinkov has passed away today, Saturday 23rd of January 2021.
As delegate of the Local Democracy Agency Central and Southern Serbia, Sasa has been part of ALDA and the Balkan Network for Local Democracy – BNLD for more than a decade.
Today, we have lost a valuable member of our family. He was modest and visionary, committed worker, a fighter for positive changes in the community.
Most importantly, today we lost a true friend that was alongside with us in all our ups and downs. Friend that we would truly remember and adore till the end of days.
Sasa, we thank you for everything you have done for us and your community. We will continue fighting for your cause: it’s the only thing we can do to reach your vision.
We’ll miss him immensely now and so it will be in the future.
 
Farwell, Sasa
From Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA; Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA; the Staff of ALDA; the Governing Board of ALDA and the colleagues Delegates