A new form of politics is gaining steam. Providing an alternative to traditional representative routes, citizen assemblies and other forms of deliberative democracy try to help governments through discussing and developing recommendations on needed steps to safeguard a healthy and stable world.
Practical examples on direct involvement of citizens in democratic processes enable an open discussion on particular policy challenges and giving recommendations to elected governments. Involved citizens are randomly selected to reflect the demographic diversity of the population. The process is typically facilitated by an independent and apolitical organisation, which brings in experts across a wide range of disciplines, as well as competing interest groups and the voices of those personally affected by the issue in question.
Building up on this, the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Association of European Regions (AER) are initiating a project that would capitalise on successful examples and good practices, while at the same time discussing the full potential and future of such direct involvement of citizens in democratic processes.
Therefore, ENoP and AER are looking for a lead author that will develop a publication – a compilation on good practice examples of deliberative democracy on three different levels of government (national, regional and local level).
The lead author will have the following tasks:
- Attending the ENoP – AER Forum on deliberative democracy, 1-2 June, in Brussels
- During the above-mentioned Forum, the cases for the study will be presented, so the author is to listen and take notes
- Reaching out to representatives of organisations and government officials involved in the selected cases
- Doing research on the success, challenges and future of deliberative democracy, based on the experience of the selected cases
- Developing the publication – a compilation of good practice examples of deliberative democracy based on the guiding principles and questions found in the Terms of Reference.
Required key competencies and experience of author:
- Senior expert on deliberative democracy, with at least 7 years of relevant professional or academic experience on the topic of deliberative democracy and citizens’ assemblies
- Experience with developing publications, papers and/or articles on topics related to democracy-related topics
- Previous engagement and/or cooperation with civil society and other organisations organisations that have experience with deliberative democracies
- Participation in international, regional or national events related to forms of deliberative democracy, such as forums, working groups, high-level political meetings, workshops, etc. is considered an asset
- Understanding of the EU’s development and democracy support policies, with a strong focus on cooperation with civil society and political parties in partner countries is an asset
- Fluent in English (both, spoken and written).
Tentative dates and duration of assignment:
- Start of the assignment: 01 June 2022
- First draft delivery: 14 September 2022
- Study delivery deadline: 14 October 2022
- Presentation of Study on Launch Event: October – November 2022
Please note that while the duration and dates of the assignment are tentative, the number of days allocated to the publication should not exceed 45 days, as indicated in the table below.
Number of Days
Participation at the ENoP – AER Forum
Research, interviews and writing (including draft, revisions and
Publication launch event
Mission’s Total Days
Applications should include:
- Cover letter
- Links to published articles and studies
- 3 recent relevant publications in pdf format or as a URL link
- pdfs or URL links of additional publication would be considered an asset
- Detailed service price quote for the assignment
Candidates should address their applications to ENoP acting Policy & Liaison Officer Jasmina Mršo by email to: email@example.com &
Application deadline: 26 May 2022
For more information on the project and details regarding the study outline and structure, please consult the below enclosed Terms of Reference.