Open Call for Interest: Med Dialogue Fellows- Addressing the Ecological challenge in the Mediterranean
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality is a 3-year (2019 – 2022) EU-funded Technical Assistance regional Programme with the overall objective to strengthen the role of CSOs active at the regional scale, in building sustainable development, regional cohesion and resilience, as well as in influencing policy-making in the Southern Neighborhood and the Euro-Mediterranean Space. Mobilising local communities on regional issues of common concerns to influence the agenda of public decision-makers and regional institutions, and involving CSOs in emerging regional platforms and thematic dialogues, makes its unique character.
Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality represents the continued commitment of the European Union in supporting the civil society in Southern Neighbourhood countries. It recalls the importance of the civil society as an agent for change, an essential component for democracy, whose participation in public processes and in policy dialogues would lead to more inclusive and effective policies, sustainable development, and accountability. It is also a strong reminder of the centrality of the civil society in EU’s various development policy frameworks, regional, thematic, and bi-lateral cooperation programmes, etc.
Med Dialogue Fellows
We are looking for young leaders who are committed to addressing Mediterranean policy challenges beyond national borders, in order to facilitate the development of regional networks, mutual skill-building, promoting advocacy, building channels of cooperation and developing local actions within a common framework. The main purpose of this activity, is to strengthen civil society’s young female and male activists in their capacity to strategise, cooperate together, and advocate for rights and equality in the region.
Call 1: Addressing the ecological challenge in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is a unique eco-region. Its temperate climate, which has been domesticating the African heat and the Atlantic cold for millennia, and has produced extraordinary biodiversity, is in great danger today. Global warming, which is expected to severely hit this region, unsustainable fishing, forest fires and urbanisation are about to radically impoverish the beauty of our wild and rural sceneries and the richness of our biological heritage. Preserving the Mediterranean eco-region is not only a matter of preventing species’ extinction, nor only about defending our most celebrated healthy and diversified diet, or simply preventing the destruction of landscapes which have been created by Human Beings and Nature over the centuries. It is also about struggling against an advanced process of commodification of goods which belong to all humankind, the planet and future generations: water, soil, seeds and species, and air. There cannot be cultural diversity without biological diversity, and none of them are possible if we do not question the current development pattern. For all these reasons, the first call of “Med Fellows: Addressing the Ecological Challenge” will focus on all those challenges facing the Mediterranean region.
Through this 1st call, 20 young leaders will be selected, and will have the opportunity to:
- Attend a Webinar (a preliminary session) presenting the activity and its objectives, sharing common action’s project ideas, replying to questions, and warming-up the participants (expected date: 20 December 2019)
- Get mentored through the following activities:
- Participation in a 4-day long bootcamp (expected date: 2nd half of
- Development of a common action: One of the end results of the bootcamp is the development of a common advocacy and awareness-raising action involving all participants, which shall then take place simultaneously in the participants’ home towns/regions within three months from the completion of the bootcamp.
- Involvement in Programme’s other activities or else (Activism Days, Thematically relevant regional events or Study visits, etc.). Beneficiaries under this component will be selected based on their commitment and performance during the bootcamp and the development of the common action. The Programme will cover their participation costs: travel, accommodation and hospitality.
The Med Dialogue Fellows Bootcamp
The 4-day Med Dialogue Fellows Bootcamp will be organised, indicatively, in Tunis, Tunisia on 27-30 January 2020.. The bootcamp will apply principles of eco-management.
- Presentation of Principles of ecology and review of the main ecological challenges in the region
- Public Debates: Activists, policy-makers and scientists discuss about what is at stake in the presence of the beneficiaries,
- Common action: Participants will discuss and choose the best idea that will be developed as a common action through working groups and plenary sessions,
- Principles of sound operational management as well as of environmentally sound management of the common action events will be provided,
- Participants shall visit local organisations for the preservation of the environment and learn about their projects,
- A cultural activity will offer the opportunity to address eco-challenges through creative arts.
Travel and accommodation expenses, visa fees as well as daily allowances are taken in charge by Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality. The meeting languages at the bootcamp are English, Arabic and French. Translation from/into Arabic will be provided, if needed.
The Common Action
Selected participants will be requested to develop at the bootcamp a common action to be then implemented in their own communities. The Programme will be able to cover specific operational costs for an amount not exceeding 1,700 € per local action. The financial procedures related to this support will be defined in the framework of a service contract. Operational costs might include:
- Logistics-related costs (rental of technical facilities or meeting rooms, etc.),
- Travel and accommodation costs,
- Thematic or advocacy-related expertise costs,
- Publication costs, visibility and campaigning material or similar costs.
In order to better supervise the implementation of the common action, the TA Team will appoint a senior short-term mentor to develop and carry out an administrative and financial follow-up methodology and a quality assessment methodology on the implemented common action. Beneficiaries will be required to submit a final financial and narrative report within 20 days from the implemented action. The report will include a short video documenting the action (maximum 1-5 minutes of length).
Who can apply?
Candidates submitting their application through this Call must:
- be aged between 18-36 years,
- be nationals of the Maghreb and Mashrek countries – or belong to related diasporas, especially the Syrian and Palestinian ones,
- Be actively engaged in their communities and having demonstrated to have an impact on the ground,
- Have an expertise and experience in facing the ecological challenge in the Mediterranean,
- Be part of an organisation that can manage, at least, small-scale operations,
- Be able to conceive a proposal for a common action to be discussed at the bootcamp.
Invited to submit their candidatures, are:
- Activists or planners engaged in addressing ecological challenges and nature conservation,
- Journalists investigating on or covering ecological challenges and environmental issues in the region,
- Businessmen working for the ecological transition in the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services,
- Social scientists focusing on ecological challenges and mentality and behavioural change,
- Public officials, politicians or administrators working on climate-change response policies.
Through this Open Call, up to 20 candidates will be selected. During the selection, the Programme will take into account the following aspects:
- Fulfilment of the criteria listed above,
- Balanced representation of all the target countries,
- Gender balance,
- Indication of the capacity to assume responsibility for the common action proposed.
The Programme’s team reserves the right to eventually directly identify up to 5 highly qualified participants.
Applicants will need to submit the following:
- Application Form in EN, FR or AR
- Curriculum Vitae EN, FR or AR, maximum 4 pages,
- A proposal outline for a common action related to the ecological challenges to be discussed at the Bootcamp in EN, FR or AR
- A letter of nomination or recommendation from a relevant CSO (EN, FR or AR, maximum 1 page).
Deadline for submitting applications: 20 November 2019, 16:00 CET
Applications must be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only complete applications (including Application Form, CV, Common action proposal and nomination/ recommendation letter) will be assessed.
Should you have any questions regarding your application, please write to email@example.com before November 13, 2019.
Selection results will be, indicatively, announced at the latest on December 10, 2019 through our Facebook page
Only selected candidates will be informed by e-mail.
 Med Dialogue for Rights & Equality adopts the EU definition of civil society organisations, which considers “CSOs to include all non-State, not-for-profit structures, non-partisan and nonviolent, through which people organise to pursue shared objectives and ideals, whether political, cultural, social or economic. Operating from the local to the national, regional and international levels, they comprise urban and rural, formal and informal organizations.
 Bootcamps are intensive trainings aimed at giving participants a wide range of principles, tools, methods, and technical skills to help them grow their ideas. Designed to offer an opportunity to create channels of cooperation among participants and develop local actions in a coherent regional framework, they will offer the possibility to meet experienced practitioners and know projects on the ground.
 A common action can be defined as a programme of several awareness-raising oriented actions built upon the needs and specificities of the areas where they take place and implemented by an organisation or a consortium of organisations. A common action must have a common focus, a commonly agreed framework and a central operational coordination; it takes place through decentralised activities within a restricted time frame, so as to embolden its critical mass.