In May, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) in Armenia brought together twenty young people from Gyumri, Vanadzor, Charencavan, Martuni and Sisian for a workshop on managing community development programs. The workshop was the fourth in EPF’s Youth Bank program. Participants improved their program management skills and learned from EPF consultants and each other.
The workshop mainly addressed monitoring and fundraising topics related to community grant making. Participants also shared their experiences in their Youth Bank committees. The two-day training focused on team work, effective group working styles, critical thinking skills, making fair judgments and speaking your mind.
“Along with all the fun we are having each time we get together, [the workshops are] also very serious. Only now do we fully realize how much we can learn about the experience of project monitoring, and what a responsible and important job we have started,” said Elena Asryan, a Youth Bank committee member from Vanadzor.
Each of Armenia’s four Youth Bank committees has awarded grants to four or five small projects in their communities. Youth Banks prioritized funding to projects submitted by other young people. The Youth Bank program gives groups of young people ages 18-25 a chance to contribute to the development of their communities by making tangible improvements in remote, often neglected areas through direct action, combining volunteerism and grant-making. The idea originated with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, and EPF began using it in the South Caucasus to bring young people closer to their communities.
EPF invites trainers and consultants in CSO capacity building to join the Program’s Pool of Experts. The selected specialists with be engaged in the works of the CSO Management School in the capacity of trainers and ToT trainers, consultants, and mentors throughout the course of the Program.
10 July 2014
To conduct a comparative study of available organizational capacity measurement methodologies, and to develop a CSO Capacity Measurement Tool (hereinafter, Tool) applicable for CSO development in Armenia.
21 June 2014
The incumbent will manage the implementation of EPF’s cross-border initiatives; design, manage and implement project-related assessments, research and evaluations; conduct project monitoring and prepare status reports; participate in proposal writing and other types of fundraising efforts; support EPF’s outreach activities and other.