Trainer for Schools “Youth in Politics” – Ukraine (m/f/d)

Democracy Reporting International in Ukraine is looking for trainers to conduct educational events for young people within Schools on Democracy “Youth in Politics” in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine. (Trainings will be held online, and if possible offline, most likely in the Luhansk region, and in the cities of Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipro).

Job Title: Trainer for series of Schools on Democracy “Youth in Politics” for the project “Tangible Democracy – Engaging Youth and Civil Society in the Political Process across Ukraine”

Terms and Period of Cooperation: Multiple short-term cooperations (1-3 training days for each of the 4 Schools) during February – October 2021.

Selected trainers will be added to the database of experts, whom DRI will invite to perform specific tasks during the project implementation, with separate coordination of schedule, topics and tasks.

Location: South-eastern regions of Ukraine (trainings will be held online, and if possible offline, approximately in the Luhansk region, and in the cities of Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipro).


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. DRI works in Ukraine since 2014.

DRI Ukraine in cooperation with the Charitable Foundation “Vostok-SOS” will conduct a series of 4 Schools on Democracy “Youth in Politics” with post-school events/initiatives in the south-east of Ukraine.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. In coordination with the DRI team, preparation, and conduction of trainings (duration of one on average 2 – 2,5 hours) for active youth on at least one of the following topics (the list of topics is not exhaustive):
  • What is democracy and how does it work? Challenges for democracy in the modern world: populism, radicalism, polarisation.
  • How is the political system in Ukraine organised? Powers and functions of public authorities, the interaction of state institutions with each other, the legislative process.
  • Human rights in politics (human-oriented politics, human rights in the political programmes of Ukrainian parties).
  • Gender policy. Gender balance in the decision-making process. Women in politics: the path and opportunities for future politicians.
  • Ukraine’s movement in the EU: the main achievements and challenges.
  • Decentralisation and local self-government. Resource provision of local self-government, inter-municipal cooperation.
  • Public participation in decision making: tools, procedures, technologies. Citizens’ appeals, public hearings, general meetings and public expertise.
  • Public budget: how can everyone change the life of their city?
  • Practical project writing skills: from idea to implementation.
  • Strategic communications in politics. How to design an effective communication strategy? Communication with stakeholders. What is wrong with state communications in Ukraine?
  • Protection of public interests: advocacy and lobbying. Successful strategies and principles.
  • Media hygiene: the who, how and why of manipulated information. How to recognise fakes? Where to look for and check information?
  1. Cooperation and coordination with partners, in particular with the “Charitable Foundation Vostok-SOS”.
  2. Development of materials for school participants.
  3. Reporting (sample will be provided by DRI) on trainings and evaluation of trainings (A sample will be provided by DRI. The expert will need to add a thematic block to evaluate participants’ level of knowledge on the training subject, conduct questionnaires and consolidate data.)
  4. Mentorship post-school support to participants during the development of their initiatives (if needed – to be discussed separately).

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Higher education in the field of democratic governance and development (political science, law, international relations, etc.);
  • At least five years of experience in the mentioned topic(s) and proven experience of conducting workshops, trainings and lectures;
  • Excellent knowledge of current political issues and legal reforms in Ukraine, knowledge in public administration.
  • Preference will be given to experts with experience in conducting interactive online trainings.

How to Apply:

Application deadline: 26 February, 23:59 (Central European Time). Applications will be accepted until the required number of trainers is selected. Applications from female experts qualified in the topics above are welcomed.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their CV and cover letter with information about the topic and content of the training they want to conduct and why, indicate its expected results and provide recommendations (if any) to the e-mail address: [email protected]. Please indicate “Trainer for Schools” in the subject line.

* Experts who have already submitted their resumes in response to this announcement do not need to reapply.

Given the high number of applications that DRI regularly receives, only shortlisted applicants will be invited to the interview. Potential trainers can be contacted before the application deadline.

The Study Programmes are organised under the project «Tangible Democracy – Engaging Youth and Civil Society in the Political Process across Ukraine» with the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

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