Minority Rights Group (MRG) is a non-governmental organization which campaigns worldwide with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. MRG currently runs two EU-funded programmes: ‘From action to equal rights for Roma’ (IPA/2015/382006) in Macedonia and ‘A Partnership for All: Developing Strategies for Socio-Economic Cooperation Between Roma Communities and Local Authorities in Ukraine’ (ENI/2016/376-039) in Ukraine that aim to empower Roma communities to effectively participate in democratic reforms and policy processes that impact their development and human rights.

Currently, there is a lack of knowledge and capacity amongst local authorities (LAs) (regional authorities; municipalities; regional governor’s offices etc.) on how to address minority issues, which has a significant negative impact on Roma. As part of our EU-funded programmes, MRG will develop and run an online course to address this need and seek to increase awareness of LAs on the needs faced by minorities. MRG has some experience in delivering these courses, having already developed and conducted a 5-week online course for Local Authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. This course however needs to be modified to suit better the needs of Macedonian and Ukrainian local authorities, address the main issues related to the engagement and integration of Roma communities and provide guidance to the local authorities on how to increase participation of Roma in the community life. Programming techniques to be covered will include situation analysis, programme design and evaluation as well as outreach strategies for remote and vulnerable communities.

MRG is therefore seeking to engage an author to modify the already developed course material, in order to address specific needs of Roma communities in Macedonia and Ukraine. In particular, the tasks will include:

1) Review of existing course materials and structure, updating content and incorporating user feedback.

3) Draft new chapters on relevant national public policy and legislation for Roma in Macedonia and Ukraine

4) Draft a new chapter on EU Accession process and minority rights for local authorities in Macedonia

5) Update existing assignments for students and design assignments for new chapters

Support will be available from MRG’s Project Coordinators and Web Coordinator, who can advise on the types of activities available for the online course.

MRG Project Coordinators and partner organizations (Roma led) in Macedonia and Ukraine, will also support the author in identifying content related domestic and international public policy and legislation.

The selected author should have the following experience:


  • Substantive experience in training local authorities;
  • Experience designing online and/or live trainings with a human rights component and local self-governance knowledge;
  • Be fluent in English;
  • Be able to work independently, arranging appointments and interviews for him/herself;
  • Be able to work closely with the MRG Project Coordinators based in Hungary and with its partners.


  • A good knowledge of the local self-governance structures in Macedonia and Ukraine;
  • A good knowledge of minority and indigenous rights;
  • Knowledge of EU Accession and Neigbourhood Policy.
  • Be fluent in Macedonian and/or Ukrainian

Materials (to be delivered):

  • The text for a high-quality, interactive and user-friendly online distance learning on Minority needs in Local governance and planning aimed at local authorities in Macedonia and Ukraine, comprising the following 4 modules each 4,000 words, and including interactive assignments:
  • New chapters on relevant national public policy and legislation for Roma in Macedonia (module 2) and Ukraine (module 3)
  • New chapter on EU Accession process and minority rights for local authorities in Macedonia (module 4)
  • A summary of the online training in a maximum of 2,000 words;
  • Outline of the course and timeline.

The budget for this work is 2,000 Euros.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send your CV indicating experience in designing online courses and a cover letter explaining why you are suitable, and suggest a framework for the training, to marta.kubicza@mrgmail.org to arrive by 16 July 2017, 23:59 CET. Please write ‘Online training package for Local Authorities” in the subject of the e-mail.

The author will be supported by the Programme Coordinators and partner organisations in Macedonia and Ukraine. Those authors who are shortlisted will be sent the project materials before an interview either over the phone or in person in Budapest, during July 2017.

MRG values diversity and ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.





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