Intern, Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights


Closing Date of application 20-01-2016

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is the principal institution responsible for the human dimension of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ODIHR’s activities are implemented in 57 participating States in accordance with ODIHR’s political mandate. ODIHR has a large number of assistance projects in the areas of democratic institution building, the rule of law and human rights, as well as election observation.

The ODIHR’s Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) is tasked with providing advice and assistance to participating States with regard to the implementation of their commitments regarding Roma and Sinti, under the framework of the 2003 OSCE Action Plan on improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area, and Helsinki (2008), Athens (2009) and Kyiv (2013) MC Decisions on Roma and Sinti.
The ODIHR CPRSI addresses issues either directly through its programmes or by promoting the establishment of institutional frameworks at national and local levels, designed to advise governments and administrations on policy-making on Roma and Sinti affairs. In doing so, the CPRSI co-ordinates closely with other international organizations and the civil society and seeks to involve Roma and Sinti in all its activities.

The ODIHR CPRSI is looking to recruit two interns for a 6 months’ period starting in February 2016 and August 2016, respectively.  (Please note the starting date is subject to change. Please kindly mention your availability dates in the cover letter).

If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply for this internship opportunity, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment.

Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter.


United Nations Democracy Fund Grants 2016: Applications for grants of up to $300,000

Deadline: 31 December 2015

The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window, which opens 15 November. Grants are open to: Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, Independent and Constitutional Bodies, Global and Regional inter-government bodies.

The United Nations Democracy Fund  was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

Grants Range

UNDEF projects are two years long with project grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000.

Focus Areas

Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding. Projects fall under one or more of seven main areas:

  1. Community Activism
  2. Rule of Law and Human Rights
  3. Tools for Knowledge
  4. Women’s Empowerment
  5. Youth Engagement
  6. Media and Freedom of Information
  7. Strengthening Interaction with Government

Eligibility Criteria

The following institutions are eligible for UNDEF grant funding:

  • Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, engaged in promoting democracy. These are anticipated to receive the bulk of the funding.
  • Independent and Constitutional Bodies, including Election Commissions, Ombudsman Institutions, National Human Rights Institutions and other independent governance bodies, for project proposals facilitating the inclusion of the voice of civil society.
  • Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations, for project proposals which strengthen the voice of civil society.

Application Process

The on-line project proposal system can be accessed through the website.  Only on-line proposals, in either English or French, will be accepted.

For more information, please visit UN Democracy Fund: http://www.un.org/democracyfund/apply-funding


Seminar / Conference

Organizer: Roma Youth Center

7-10 December 2015 | Skopje, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of

 Free participation
Accommodation, meals and travel expenses will be covered in full

In many totalitarian countries minorities were not considered of the perfect race, or did not fit into the ideology of the totalitarian societies. The Roma were seen by the Nazis as being inferior, they were not as good a human being as the superior race and in October 1939 all Roma were ordered to be sent to concentration camps.

The conference is designed as a mutual learning opportunity, where participants can share, compare and learn from each other’s experiences. The experiences and realities of participants, as researchers, youth workers, historians, governmental representatives, will therefore be the starting point of the programme and the core of the learning process. Inputs from experts will
provide a theoretical framework for the main topics of the seminar, which will be at the core of working groups’ discussions.

Moreover, in the conference will take place 30 representatives of partner organizations, educational multipliers and youth activists in order to share experiences and broaden the knowledge for different aspects of the Roma Genocide issue.

Background of participants
All the participants must:
– be able and committed to act as multipliers in youth work on the themes of remembrance and forced labour of the Roma genocide, anti-discrimination and promotion of human rights with Roma and Non Roma young people, for the benefit of Roma communities and Roma youth
– be motivated to develop their competences in Holocaust education, Forced labour, human rights education and youth work and to share their experiences with other participants
– be aged 18 +
– be committed to attend for the full duration of the conference
– be able to work in English
– be resident in one of the partner countries (mainly EU member states, Western Balkans)

The hosting organization will cover full board and lodging costs in Skopje, Macedonia.

The travel travel costs – after providing original invoices, tickets, boarding passes – will be reimbursed by using the EU distance calculator available at http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm:

– Between 500 and 1999 KM: max. 275 EUR per participant
– Between 2000 and 2999 KM: max. 360 EUR per participant

Call for Expression of Interest

ROMACT Facilitators – deadline 11 December 2015

for Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovak Republic

The Council of Europe is establishing a pool of Facilitators to work with public administration services in the municipalities included in the ROMACT Programme – political will and understanding of Roma inclusion at local and regional level in the following Member States: BULGARIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, ITALY, ROMANIA and SLOVAK REPUBLIC.

ROMACT promotes the cooperation between the Roma communities and the public authorities, through mutual working strategies, shared ownership and commitment to an open dialogue. ROMACT provides support to local administration to implement inclusive good governance practices and sustainable plans of development. It facilitates the access to relevant resources, including better use of EU funds. ROMACT is implemented presently in 6 countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovak Republic and Czech Republic.

The present Call targets facilitators from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovak Republic and aims to renew the pool of facilitators to work, according to the need, in the municipalities of the Programme.

For Bulgaria, the municipalities are Aytos, Byala Slatina, Isperich, Maglizh, Montana, Nickola Kozlevo, Novi Pazar, Peshtera, Shumen, Sliven, Sredets, Tundzha, Tvarditsa, Varna and Vetovo.

For Czech Republic, the municipalities are Budisov nad budisovkou, Decin, Litvinov, Rokycany and Vitkov.

For Hungary, the municipalities are Gyulaj, Jaszfenyszaru, Nagyecsed, Nyirbator and Pécs.

For Italy, the municipalities are Bari, Milan, Naples and Pavia.

For Romania, the municipalities are Adjud, Aiud, Alesd, Baia Sprie, Barcea, Botosani, Bucharest, Buzau, Calarasi, Calvini, Campia Turzii, Cumpana, Ghidigeni, Ivesti, Liesti, Medgidia, Ramnicelu, Ramnicu Sarat, Salonta, Sighisoara, Simleu Silvaniei, Slobozia Bradului, Sutesti, Targu Jiu, Tarnaveni, Timisoara, Toflea, Turda, Valea Seaca, Vernesti and Viziru.

For Slovak Republic, the municipalities are Chminianske Jakubovany, Cicava, Jarovnice, Kosice, Michalovce and Ziar nad Hronom.

For full details concerning the required profile of applicants, please download the document here.

MA in Ethnic and Migration Studies at Linköping University, Sweden

The program has no tuition fees for European students


Addressing some of the most challenging issues in today’s world, this new programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, as well as to systems of domination and movements of resistance. You learn to analyse the causes of migration, as well as its consequences for emerging formations of race, gender, labour, citizenship, healthcare, welfare and culture.

The programme welcomes students of different academic backgrounds to develop a critical and transdisciplinary understanding of ethnicity and migration, integrating the humanities and the social sciences. It is set in an international community of students and faculty with numerous visiting researchers and academic activities.

School Drawing Competition: For Roma, with Roma
Win up to 1000 Euros in vouchers for books and art materials for your school!


You are invited to take part in a drawing competition organised by the European Commission for 7-10 year olds.

The aim of the competition is to help children, teachers and parents think about what we share that allows us to live together in an inclusive and mixed society.

To enter, work in a group to create a drawing that represents the theme above. Draw your ideas of five ways we are all the same; whether we are Roma or not.

The deadline for the competition is 16 February 2016.

Competition rules and questionnaires:

Questions? Please, send them to giveme5@esn.eu

Join the competition! Send your drawing to giveme5@esn.eu

Alternatively, you may send your drawings by post to ESN – Give me 5 – Galerie Ravenstein 4, B-1000 Brussels Belgium

Call for Papers
Romani/Gypsy Arts and Letters
April 23-24, 2016 at New York University

A symposium at New York University as part of the Opre Khetanes IV program organized by the Initiative for Romani Music in conjunction with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Voice of Roma, April 23-24, 2016.  The program will also include a film screening at NYU and a concert at Le Poisson Rouge.

Proposals for presentations of scholarly, artistic, and/or activist nature will be accepted.  We will accept proposals for the following two categories:

• 10-minute presentations geared toward a general audience.  Such presentations may include structured talks, audiovisual demonstrations, recitations, interactive experiences, or other forms of communication.
• 20-minute papers in the fields of musicology, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, Romani studies and related disciplines.

Presentations and papers can be on any subject related to representations and perceptions of of Romani (Gypsy) people. Through presentations and informal discussions, the meeting will encourage dialogue between performers, activists and scholars.
The meeting will address a range of questions, including but not limited to the following:
– What are the roads and obstacles to Romani participation in public and private institutions?
– What does it mean to be Romani in the 21st century?
– What roles does language play in forming Romani identities?
– How do Romani authors engage with cultural and other topics?
– How can the practice of music counteract or perpetuate “Gypsy” stereotypes?
– How might Romani speakers, scholars, and performers attain a greater voice in the public sphere?
– To what extent do Roma have access to, and an active voice in, secondary and tertiary education?
– How and to what ends do Romani artists and service providers engage in self-essentializing, both within their communities and in public settings?

We will allot limited number of virtual presentation slots to presenters who, for financial or other pressing logistical reasons, are unable to attend the conference in person.  In this case, presenters would deliver their presentations live via Skype from their home location.  Preference will be given to those located outside the United States.  If you meet these criteria and would prefer to deliver a virtual presentation, please indicate this in your submission email.

Please send a 500-word abstract to irm.nyu at gmail.com by December 15, including your name, affiliation (if any), the best way to reach you,and the category (10-minute general presentation or 20-minute academic paper) of your proposal.

For more information, please visit the website of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University (www.romanimusic.org), which links directly to the conference website (https://sites.google.com/site/romanigypsyartsandletters/) as well as the website of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (http://www.ctmd.org/).

Job vacancy in Budapest: Managing director of Phiren Amenca

until November 22, 2015


Phiren Amenca – RGDTS Nonprofit Kft. is looking for a managing director for its coordination office in Budapest.  Phiren Amenca is an international network of Roma and non-Roma voluntary service organizations creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement in order to challenge stereotypes and racism.

Your main tasks:

— Management of the international network and strategic planning;

—  Development and implementation of programs for the civic and non-formal education of young adults;

— Coordination of a motivated team of staff members, local and international volunteers;

— Fundraising, in particular writing grant applications, and mainting good communication with donors and institutions;

— Financial management – budgeting, cash flow, controlling of accountability, financial reports;

— Close cooperation with the board and members to implement the strategy and action plan; maintaining transparent communication between         office, board and member organizations;

-Networking and advocacy activities at European level.

Qualifications and requirements:

— Completed university degree in relevant field;

— Experiences in leadership positions and international NGO work; experience in the field of youth work and non-formal education;

— Experiences in project management, preferrably with EU and EYF projects;

— High proficiency in English; additional language skills can be an advantage, in particular Romani or Hungarian;

— Good knowledge of Microsoft Office;

— Reliable, meticulous, precise work;

—-Teamwork and team leadership skills in an international environment;

— Flexibility to travel and work irregular hours, including weekends;

— Phiren Amenca encourages in particular young Roma to apply.

Remuneration: we offer a competitive salary

Place:  Erzsébet krt. 17. V/19., 1073 Budapest

Starting date: 1st January 2016, fix-term contract until 31 December 2017, prolongation possible.

Application procedure: 

Please send your CV and motivation letter in English to info@phirenamenca.eu e-mail address until November 22, 2015.

Project Finally – Financial Literacy for the Roma


The main aim of the project is to raise the level of financial literacy among Roma adults which will enable the specific target group to learn an ability that can benefit whole generations. The Project Finally involves eight different partners from six countries – Italy, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia.

The Project Coordinator is Razvojno Izobraževalni Center Novo mesto (Development and Education Centre Novo mesto).

Project Reports:

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