Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners

Professional Development Course
Open to the Public
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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Monday, October 27, 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, October 31, 2014 - 5:00pm

This intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of young policy professionals in Eastern Partnership countries (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) particularly in the area of foreign policy. The three-day course focuses on enhancing practical skills and competences vital for deliberating, shaping and implementing policy. It provides knowledge and understanding of the roles and tasks of the foreign policy advisers within the policy cycle, analytical tools, advising techniques, speech writing, negotiation and public communication.

The course is organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), together with the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the Central European University (CEU).

Course Content

  • Role of the Political Advisers (core functions and giving good advice);
  • Shaping complex political environments (devising and implementing strategies; analyzing and understanding the internal and external political context; making decisions with limited information; forecasting and scenario-planning);
  • Engaging internal & external stakeholders (building and sustaining relationships and networks; conducting inclusive stakeholder assessments with all interest groups (women, minorities, youth, marginalized/vulnerable groups); listening with attention and respect; negotiating effectively with respect for mutual interests);
  • Mastering communication and advocacy (policy writing, speech writing, devising communication strategies; public diplomacy; working with media outlets; communicating effectively).

Target group

Policy professionals under the age of 30 who work as political officers and cabinet advisers in Ministries, Presidential Administrations and Parliaments in Eastern Partner countries, may apply to participate in the course.

The organizers will seek to ensure gender balance among participants.

The course is only open for applicants from Eastern Partner countries (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

Course fee

The course organizers will provide selected participants with a scholarship that covers the course fee, accommodation and meals and the cost for airfare.

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