Events

Call for Papers to CESD & KAS İnternational Conference on WTO Accession

CESD is pleased to invite all interested scholars to submit their abstracts to the CESD & KAS İnternational Conference titled as “Azerbaijan’s Accession to the WTO in Context of the European Integration”. The conference will be taken place in Baku, Azerbaijan on October, 01, 2014. The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 30, 2014 and working languages of the conference are English and Azerbaijani.

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Call for Papers/ CESD International Conference on Evaluation and Modelling of Comparative Advantages in non-oil sector in Azerbaijan

CESD is pleased to invite all interested scholars to submit their abstracts to the CESD İnternational Conference titled as “Evaluation and Modelling of Comparative Advantages in non-oil sector in Azerbaijan”. The conference will be taken place in Baku, Azerbaijan on October, 24, 2013. Project is implemented with support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The deadline for submitting abstracts is September, 20, 2013 and working languages of the conference are English and Azerbaijani.

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CESD Guest Professor Seminar
Jose Cordeiro

Director, Venezuela Node, The Millennium Project
Energy Advisor/Faculty, Singularity University, NASA Ames, California, USA

The Post-Petroleum World Future Energy Trends and Life After Oil

May 29, 2013
CESD, Azerbaijan

José Luis Cordeiro is a world citizen in our small planet in a big unknown universe. He was born in Latin America, from European parents, was educated in Europe and North America, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has studied, visited and worked in over 130 countries in 5 continents.
Mr. Cordeiro studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics and Languages. His thesis consisted of a dynamic modeling for NASA’s “Freedom” Space Station (the “International” Space Station of today). He later studied International Economics and Comparative Politics at Georgetown University in Washington, USA, and then obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, where he majored in Finance and Globalization. During his studies, Mr. Cordeiro worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, USA. He started his doctoral work at MIT, which he continued later in Tokyo, Japan, and finally received his PhD at Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a lifetime member of the Sigma Xi (ΣΞ, Scientific Research) and Tau Beta Pi (ТΒΠ, Engineering) Honor Societies in North America, is also a honorary member of the Venezuelan Engineers College (CIV), and his name has been included in the Marquis Edition of Who’s Who in the World.
At present, he is chair of the Venezuelan Node of the Millennium Project, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE – JETRO) in Tokyo, Japan, and Energy Advisor and Faculty at Singularity University (SU) in NASA Ames, Silicon Valley, USA.

Date: May, 29, 2013 at 11.30 a.m.
Venue: CESD Office, Dilara Aliyeva 115, Baku
Language: English
Coffee/tea and fresh fruits will be provided.
Registration is free and by email only: guestspeaker@cesd.az by May 26, 2013
Seats are very limited.
No phone calls, please.

Call for Papers: CESD Spring International Conference

The CESD is pleased to invite all interested scholars to submit their abstracts to the CESD Spring Conference titled as “Policy Options for Social Market Economy: National and International Perspectives”. The conference will be taken place in Baku, Azerbaijan on  April, 08, 2013. The international event is organized by the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Qafqaz University. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February, 22, 2013 and working languages of the conference are English and Azerbaijani.

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Call for Participation; CESD Annual International Conference

Baku, Azerbaijan November, 22, 2012

CESD is pleased to invite all interested scholars to participate at ”Ensuring energy security in the future and NATO role in protection of critical energy infrastructure in the Caspian basin” International Conference organized by the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) on November, 22nd, 2012 with support of Embassy of Romania in Azerbaijan and NATO.

Confirmed participant countries of the conference are Azerbaijan, Romania, Lithuania, Belgium, Georgia, and Turkey.  Registration is open by November 19, 2012. Registration is free of charge and coffee/tea and lunch will be provided. For registration, please, send your CV to info@cesd.az. Working languages of the conference are English and Azerbaijani.

 

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Call for Expression of Interest from Think Tanks to take part in the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program for MA and PhD Graduates

The Think Tank Fund (TTF) of the Open Society Foundations announces a Call for Expression of Interest from Think Tanks to take part in the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program for MA and PhD Graduates.

Human capital is the biggest asset of each and every think tank. In securing reliable and high-quality researchers, think tanks compete with much more powerful competitors, i.e. governments, state agencies, private companies, banks, and consulting companies. The region’s think tanks, therefore, have to devise special motivation strategies to retain existing staff and attract new talented individuals to opt for this career. Despite being present in the public life, think tanks constitute a small part of civil society and  are often not the first choice to fresh graduates who are interested in embarking on research/policy careers.

The Think Tank Fund has supported the efforts of think tanks by providing paid internships for returnees – fresh graduates from high-quality universities in the OECD countries — and fellowships for junior researchers from think tanks in the region to spend up to three months in another regional or Western European think tank in the past several years. With this new initiative, we aim at supporting up to fifteen ‘returnees’ per year to assume posts in think tanks interested in attracting young staff. With these activities, we hope to help young and talented people enter the region’s think tanks, provide additional capacity building with talented returnees getting engaged in policy-relevant research, analysis and advocacy under the guidance of experienced staff, and assist think tanks in recruiting new talent into their ranks.

The Think Tank Young Processional Development Program intends to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to selected think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, giving them an opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience at a renowned think tank in the region. The program is designed to benefit both young returning professionals and their host organizations. It enables participating think tanks to recruit young researchers originally from the region who recently graduated from universities in the OECD countries, including the Central European University in Hungary. Depending on a research topic, individual programs at hosting organizations will last up to 6 months and start from December 2012.

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest from think tanks to host young professionals is July 8, 2012. For more information on the program and how a think tanks can express interest in engaging a young professions through this program please see the full text of the call.  All inquiries and the requested information should be sent by email to ttf_fellowships@osi.hu

Call for Expression of Interest from Think Tanks to take part in the Think Tank Young Professional Development Program for MA and PhD Graduates

Think Tank Young Professional Development Program Proposal Form

European Summer School on Europe at the Crossroads

Prague-based ‘EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy’ organises the 10th year of its European Summer School in association with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. The Call for Applications is now open!

This year’s European Summer School is titled ‘Europe at the Crossroads’ and we are currently seeking for interested students and young professionals from around the world. The school will be held in Prague from 7-19 July 2012. Detailed information on the European Summer School can be obtained from our website www.europeum.org/ess2012 as well as from the information sheet (http://www.europeum.org/ess2012/doc/poster2012.pdf).

The UNICEF Regional office for CEECIS is looking for an external consultant

The UNICEF Regional office for CEECIS is looking for an external consultant to draft an analytical paper exploring the linkages between social protection and other social interventions for children in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEECIS).

Applying the analytical lens proposed by the UNICEF Social Protection Strategic Framework (available atwww.unicef.org/socialprotection/framework), the paper will explore in particular the interlinkages between social protection and child protection, education/ECD, HIV-AIDS, health systems and nutrition in CEECIS. It will map best and promising practices from the region, and propose a regional policy and research agenda on this topic for the future. It is envisaged that the paper will combine a regional overview of patterns of social protection reforms across countries with in-depth analysis of selected countries’ programmes and issues for which recent evidence is available. Where appropriate and relevant, reference will also be made to examples of effective integrated interventions and programmes from other regions of the world, in particular European countries and other emerging and advanced economies. The paper will be based on secondary data analysis; selected interviews with key informants within UNICEF and partner institutions might be arranged in order to access additional information and documentation.

Outputs
Final draft of the analytical paper in English produced by 31 August 2012.

Qualifications
• Advanced degree in economics/public policy with specialization or experience in social policy, analysis of social protection systems, labour economics, development studies, public finance or other relevant field
• In depth knowledge of social protection literature and policy debates
• Excellent written English language skills, demonstrable with samples of publications
• Record of academic research experience
• Ability to organize and plan own work, and work according to deadlines
• Knowledge and experience of research on socio-economic issues in CEECIS countries
• Familiarity with international norms and standards for children including the Convention on the Rights of the Child
• Familiarity with the work of the United Nations
• Knowledge of Russian a plus.

Time frame and Application Process
The detailed Terms of Reference are attached. Duration of the assignment is expected to be June to August 2012 inclusive, home-based.

If you have the relevant qualifications and would like to apply, kindly submit your expression of interest and your CV by 31 May 2012 to Ms. Nadezhda Hristovanhristova@unicef.org, Programme Assistant, Social and Economic Policy Unit, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS, 5-7 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland. Phone: +41 22 909 5518, Fax: +41 22 909 5909. Applications via email are preferred.

 

Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility: procurement notice for €3.5 million project to strengthen non-state actors’ capacity to promote reform and increase accountability in Eastern Partnership countries

The European Commission has published a service procurement notice for a €3.5 million contract for a technical assistance project for strengthening non-State actors’ capacities to promote reform and increase public accountability in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The publication reference of the forecast is EuropeAid/132138/C/SER/Multi.

According to the procurement notice, the main objectives of the technical assistance will be the following:to carry out mapping studies, identifying as well as analysing civil society actors’ needs and capacities to get involved in policy dialogue in each Eastern Partnership country, and the way in which these actors can contribute to specific sector policy dialogues;based on the analysis carried out during the first stage of the project, to implement capacity-building activities (training, seminars, workshops, exchange of good practices, ad hoc support, etc.) for civil society actors, so as to enhance their capacities and their role in promoting reform and increasing public accountability in ENP policy areas;to ensure monitoring, evaluation (including providing training on evaluation tools and measuring the selected projects’ progress and impact), guidance, technical support and visibility of the projects selected through the civil society facility regional call for proposals;to organise or coordinate the organisation of multi-stakeholder consultations at national and regional level involving civil society actors, national authorities and EU Delegations so as to facilitate their participation in (selected) sector policy dialogues between the EU and partner countries and in implementation of relevant bilateral projects and programmes;to ensure the visibility of the facility itself, and more generally of EU efforts towards support to civil society in ENP countries, through publications on EU support to civil society actors, a website and information sessions.

The involvement of non-state actors in the implementation of the technical assistance is crucial and consortia will have to include at least one non-state actor from each of the 6 ENP East partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine).

The deadline for receipt of applications is 11 April 2012.

The provisional start date of the 36-month contract is 15 July 2012.

Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship 2012

Center for Applied Policy Research (C.A.P) at the University of Munich (Germany), International Relations Council of Turkey (IRCT) and Kadir Has University (Turkey), Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, we request for your recommendation of three potential Black Sea Fellows whom we can invite to take part in The Black Sea Young Reformers (BSYR) project.

For further information, please find the attached letter of “BSYR Call for Nominations for Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship 2012”.

 

You are kindly requested to make your recommendation till 15 February 2012 and send them to the following e-mail address (dila.til@khas.edu.tr) to the project assistant, Ms. Dila Til.

International professional development program

Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg for Good Governance of the Robert Bosch Stiftung – a three-week international professional development program for young executives from the public sector (public administration, public companies, non-profit organizations, etc.) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine announced.

20 young professionals are invited to participate in seminars on “Good Governance” in Berlin and Warsaw from September 8 – 29, 2012. In a follow-up project they will contribute to future cooperation in Europe. The participants get to know examples of implementing politics and good governance in Germany and the EU. They are thus able to gain exclusive insights into political life and establish contacts.

The Kolleg is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and conducted as a joint project with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Guenter Verheugen, former vice-president of the European Commission, accompanies the participants as director of the Kolleg. Further information is attached and available under www.goerdeler-kolleg.de

Application deadline is set for March 12, 2012

Call for Proposals under the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility for actions in the Public Finance Policy and Management (PFPM)

The European Commission has published a €500,000 Call for Proposals under the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility for actions in the Public Finance Policy and Management (PFPM) sector in Azerbaijan.

According to the guidelines for applicants, the global objective of this Call for Proposals is to strengthen and promote civil society organizations’ role in reforms and democratic changes taking place in Azerbaijan, through increased participation in the fulfillment of Neighbourhood Policy objectives.

The priority of this Call for Proposals is the Public Finance Policy and Management (PFPM) sector. The selection of this priority aims to ensure the complementarity of the programme with the Public Finance Policy Reforms Support programme, currently under preparation with the Government of Azerbaijan, as part of the bilateral assistance envelope.

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is €500,000. Grants requested under the call should fall between a minimum of €50,000 and a maximum of €250,000.

The planned duration of an action may not be lower than 18 months nor exceed 36 months. More details on the sectors or themes, and the types of action eligible are available in the guidelines to the call. The deadline for the submission of applications is 9 March 2012. An information session on this Call for Proposals will be held in Baku on 15 January.

The call for proposals is launched in the framework of the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility, whose overall objective is to strengthen and promote civil society organisations’ role in reforms and democratic changes taking place in the Neighbourhood countries, through increased participation in the fulfilment of Neighbourhood Policy object

Application form and other documents ae available at

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.welcome&nbPubliList=15&orderby=upd&orderbyad=Desc&searchtype=RS&aofr=132261&userlanguage=en

CEU Summer Schoools Announced

The program poster or specific course flyers can be downloaded from http://www.summer.ceu.hu/node/88

The summer courses are primarily targeted at graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals.

The general application deadline is February 15, 2012.

Financial aid is available.

Contact;  Eva Gedeon, Executive Director, CEU Summer University, Budapest , Nador u. 9., www.summer.ceu.hu

Opening the Doors of Policy-Making: Central Asia and South Caucasus

PASOS – Policy Association for an Open Society (for details see http://pasos.org) is managing the project Opening the Doors of Policy-Making: Central Asia and South Caucasus. The project is made possible with the financial support of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).PASOS is at the moment announcing an additional tender the aim of which is to select one citizen activist – a Project Fellow – from Azerbaijan, who will be provided an opportunity to develop skill in policy recommending, policy papers writing and/or policy advocacy planning. This is to be achieved by enabling the selected Project Fellow to work on his/her own policy project under the mentorship of PASOS experts for three months, including three weeks’ stay in a well-established European think-tank…Download Fellowship Call Here

The Black Sea Link Fellowship Program

The Black Sea Link Fellowship Program, sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung (Hannover, Germany), targets talented young researchers from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as from other regions around the Black Sea. The grants allow fellows to work on projects of their choice while in residence in Bucharest, Romania. NEC welcomes a wide variety of disciplines in the fields of the humanities and social sciences.
Conditions: Applicants must be doctoral students, or hold a Ph.D. title. Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 40.
Duration of the Fellowship: one term (5 months), from October 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013, or from March 1 to July 31, 2013; or a full academic year (10 months) from October 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013.
Location: New Europe College-Institute for Advanced Study in Bucharest.
The Fellowship consists of: a monthly stipend of 650 € (tax free), accommodation, international transportation to and from the home country of the Fellows at the beginning and the end of the Fellowship. Fellows are offered a one-month research trip abroad to an institution of their choice (2,600 € for transportation, accommodation, and per diem). In addition, fellows can order literature for up to 500 €, to be used for their research during the Fellowship, and included, at its end, in the library of their home institution.
Working languages: English, French, and German. A good command of English is desirable.
The deadline for sending the completed application is January 15, 2012.

The evaluation procedure includes several stages, among which an interview with the international Academic Board of the NEC, scheduled for March 29-31, 2012. Applicants selected for the interview will be notified by the beginning of March 2012.
The application form and additional information on the Program and on New Europe College can be downloaded from: www.nec.ro or requested by e-mail from: applications@nec.ro (please include in the Subject entry of the message the following: “Black Sea Link Fellowships”).

Contact person: Irina Vainovski-Mihai
applications@nec.ro
Mailing address: New Europe College
str. Plantelor 21, 023971 Bucharest, Romania
Phone: (+4) 021 307 9910,
Fax: (+4) 021 327 0774

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Invitation to submit expressions of interest to participate in the third meeting of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (Poznan, Poland, 28 – 30 November 2011)

Download pdf here: (English, Russian)

Think Tank Internships for MA and PhD Graduates – Call for Expression of Interest of Think Tanks / submission deadline: August 31, 2011

The Think Tank Fund (TTF) in collaboration with the Network Scholarship Programs (NSP) of the Open Society Foundations announces the Call for Expression of Interest of Think Tanks to take part in the Think Tank Internships for MA and PhD Graduates.

Human capital is the biggest asset of each and every think tank. In securing reliable and high-quality researchers, think tanks compete with much more powerful competitors, i.e. governments, state agencies, private companies, banks and consulting companies. The region’s think tanks therefore have to devise special motivation strategies to retain existing staff and attract new talented individuals to opt for this career. As a small part of civil society, despite being present in the public life, think tanks are often not the first choice to fresh graduates who are interested in embarking on research/policy careers.
The Think Tank Fund has supported the efforts of think tanks by providing paid internships for returnees – fresh graduates from Western Universities – and fellowships for junior researchers employed in one of the region’s think tanks to visit and spend up to three months in another of the regional or Western European think tanks in the past several years. With this new initiative, we aim to support up to ten ‘returnees’ per year to assume posts in think tanks interested in such a possibility. With these activities, we hope to help young, talented people enter the region’s think tanks, provide additional capacity building of talented returnees to get engaged in policy-relevant research, analysis and advocacy under the guidance of the experienced staff of the think tanks, and also assist the think tanks in recruiting new talent into their ranks.
The Think Tank Internships are intended to attract recent graduates of MA and PhD programs in the social sciences and humanities to the think tanks in the selected countries from Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, giving them the opportunity to gain first-hand policy research and advocacy experience within a renowned think tank in the region. The program is designed to be beneficial both to the interns and their host organizations. The internship allows participating think tanks to recruit young researchers from the region who recently graduated from a Western university or the Central European University in Hungary. Internships are envisioned to last up to 6 months, depending on the research topic and its scope, and will take place starting from November 2011.
For detailed information on the internship and application process, please read the attached announcement. The deadline for think tanks for submitting the Internship Proposal form is August 31, 2011.

http://www.soros.org/thinktank

SME Panel of the Eastern Partnership

Prague, 15-16 June 2011

The Panel is supported by OECD and European Commission

MDG Workshop in Baku

May 20-21th, 2011

Venue;  CESD Conference Hall

Language; English

For more information, please contact to Kanan Karimzada at kanankarimzada@cesd.az

International Civil Society Forum in Azerbaijan

May 19th, 2011

European Hotel in Baku

Organized by CESD, Azerbaijan, Management Centre, Cyprus and supported by EC Office in Baku

Languages; Azeri and English

For more information, please contact to Kanan Karimzada at kanankarimzada@cesd.az

International Eastern Partnership Conference in Baku

May 18th, 2011

Baku

Organized by CESD, National Platform on CSF, EC Office in Baku, supported by FES, Germany

Languages; Azeri and English

For more information, please contact to Leyla Aliyeva at leyla.aliyeva@cesd.az

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