Mediterranean Training Scheme

Training Pathway 2022

A traineeship is a training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people. At the IEMed, traineeships get practical skills and experience of the day-to-day work and they attend a full pathway of sessions devoted to the workings of the organisation, the coordination and management of EU-funded projects and networks of think tanks and civil society actors, and the Euro-Mediterranean main trends.

IEMed’s workings

Corporate Communications

Corporate comms of think tanks covers a range of materials and tools wider than ever before. It’s more than just a website or PR. It includes everything from emailing to a press release about our latest research or event to assuring meaningful impact on traditional media. Corporate communication is focused more than ever in engaging with your audiences and in shaping how you’re perceived by your target publics and public audiences.

Projects database and planning

Internal communication is one of the main factors that affect good planning and technical coordination and therefore the efficiency of any organization. Starting from an identification of the most common challenges and stoppers to information transfer patterns, this session addresses the mechanisms, protocols and tools of internal communication, technical coordination, planning and supervision of the IEMed, its evolution and its adaptation to new circumstances.

Financial structure and costs control

This session deals with the financial and budgetary characteristics of all public entities, their budget cycle, the relationship of the IEMed with the public sector in Spain and specifically with the Government of Catalonia to which it is budgetarily dependent.  It also discusses what the external public expenditure control bodies are and their workings, as well as the internal systems of control developed by the IEMed. The importance of public deficit and public debt are also discussed.  

Euro-Mediterranean trends

Change and continuity in the MENA region

More than a decade after the so-called Arab Spring, the dynamics of the Middle East and North Africa region are rather turbulent. Despite the persistent trends of authoritarianism in the political system and the intersection between new and old conflicts re-emerging, the region depicts a new range of diverse and fluid geopolitical shifts as well as a sound reverberation of international affairs. This session will be devoted to analysing both the new and the persistent political, social and cultural trends in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Euro-Mediterranean policies:  from the ENP to the New Agenda for the MediterraneanThe visions and objectives of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership as it was engineered in the 1990’s have not materialized. The presentation will focus on how the partnership has evolved since then, and in particular on the role of the European Union in this partnership. While doing so, it will tackle the following questions: what shapes EU’s policies towards its Southern neighbourhood? How are those policies perceived on the other side of the Mediterranean? What are their impacts? Are recent Policy developments (the New Agenda) enough to meet unprecedented challenges in EU’s Southern neighbourhood and more generally in Euro-Mediterranean relations?

Promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean

Promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean is a complex issue with diverse views and themes, so the fellows will receive two or three texts before the training chosen from Quaderns de la Mediterrania, which is the IEMed publication dedicated to dialogue, so that young people attending the training will have items to discuss during the session. Ten days before they will receive the texts in English and Spanish. Also, other activities of the department related to intercultural dialogue will be explained, especially the project “A Sea of Words”.

Advancing the agenda of the human sustainable development in the Mediterranean

This session aims at fostering the understanding of the main issues of the socioeconomic and sustainable development agenda in the Mediterranean region, adopting a human-centred approach, and presenting the relevant cooperation frameworks and institutions working towards the tangible improvement of the lives of all Mediterranean people and their environment.

Migration policies in the Mediterranean

This session will focus on the migration dynamics in the Mediterranean analysing present flows in the different migratory corridors and the evolution of the political agenda of the EU, as well as the agenda of different multilateral initiatives in the region,  towards the management of these migratory flows. It will also introduce the main debates and approaches to migration cooperation in the Euromed area.

Projects and networks

Anna Lindh Foundation and its Spanish network

The fundamental principles, goals and challenges of the Anna Lindh Foundation will be addressed along with the main actors, workings, and lines of action of the network and its main strategic lines for 2022-2025.  The workings, goals, members and main programs and cooperation projects of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation (coordinated by the IEMed) will also be addressed.

The Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation (EMWF) and the CLUSTER project

The aim of this session is twofold. First, it will explore how the EMWF was founded and how its online platform aims to enhance the visibility of the work done by gender equality actors in the Euromed region. Secondly, the session will offer the keys to grasping the capitalisation strategy that is the main feature of the CLUSTER, an ENI CBC Med-funded project led by the IEMed.

Exhibitions and catalogues

The session will offer an overview of the main exhibitions organised by the IEMed throughout its history. It will also deal with the technicalities of organising an exhibition: project phases, main equipment, management and coordination, production and funding. Communication and promotion material. Preparation of the exhibition catalogue.

CONNEKT project

CONNEKT (Contexts of Violent Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies) is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded research project that explores the drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism among young people in eight countries from MENA region and the Balkans. The session will provide insights on aspects such as the project design and the establishment of the consortium, the contract negotiation and the project kick-off. Special mention will be given to the importance of the ethical framework, which is of particular relevance in CONNEKT. The day-to-day management of an intercultural consortium that is directly impacted by the outbreak of a global pandemic will also be discussed.

MAGIC project

Funded within the framework of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme, MAGIC aims to prevent gendered Islamophobia in Spain and in Belgium, in particular in media outlets, and to draw lessons useful for other European countries. The session will present the role of the IEMed as coordinator of the project, starting from the design of the proposal to the day-to-day implementation.

Investmed: InNoVativE Sustainable sTart-ups for the MEDiterranean
Creact4med: CReative Entrepreneurs ACTing FOR the future MEDiterranean

The role of the IEMed as a partner of the INVESTMED and CREACT4MED projects. Management of a sub-grant and a project with a large and multicultural consortium. Difficulties encountered and best practices identified so far in the project management.  Project’s contribution to achieving the goals of the Sustainable Development and Regional Integration Department at the IEMed.

Conceptualising, executing and monitoring EU funded projects

Participants will have an overview of different EU funding opportunities, particularly in the field of human and social sciences, and an introduction to the pre-award, implementation and post-award phases, with their different needs and purposes. Key instruments will be browsed, like the Logical Framework and the Monitoring and Evaluation Learning System. Participants will get familiar with basic concepts and terms for any EU funded project.

Euromed Survey

In this session, the yearly Euromed Survey will be largely tackled: target, sample of respondents, different steps foreseen to carry out the consultation (questionnaire design, fieldwork, data processing, edition of the survey report…)

Inter-university programme “Aula Mediterrània” and afkar/ideas journal

A session devoted to the main aspects concerning the publishing of the journal afkar/ideas, such as the design of the contents, the focus of each article, the selection of authors and images, as well as the use of maps and graphs. It will also deal with editorial challenges such as avoiding stereotypes, dealing with sensitive issues, and ensuring gender balance, among others. The Aula Mediterrania inter-university programme to support research, especially among young researchers, will also be tackled in this session. The workings and coordination of a programme that includes a yearly series of lectures, an annual seminar, and awards for the best master’s degree best dissertation, will be addressed.

MedThink 5+5 and the Euro-Mediterranean Guarantee Network

Through a presentation of the MedThink 5+5 network of think tanks, the trainees get to know the work of the Western Mediterranean Forum (or 5+5 Dialogue), the oldest forum for cooperation in the Mediterranean. The session provides an overview of the functioning of the MedThink 5+5 network and how it works to associate civil society with the decision-making process of the 5+5 Dialogue. The Euro-Mediterranean Guarantee Network (EMGN) is an interesting project based on capacity-building, research, and advocacy between financial institutions from the two shores of the Mediterranean. Best practices and lessons learnt from the coordination and management of these networks are shared with the trainees throughout the session.

Mediterranean Yearbook

The Mediterranean Yearbook is the flagship publication of the IEMed offering each year insightful perspectives into the Mediterranean agenda. The session will provide insights into the process of producing such a publication with more than sixty international contributors and a wide range of annexes: from the management of the project (time management, procedures, contacts…), the definition (preparation of the table of contents, selection of authors…), the revision processes (revision of originals, translations, style guide…) to the preparation of annexes (sources, work with statistical data, graphs, preparation of maps).

EuroMeSCo: coordinating a network of think-tanks

The EuroMeSCo network is the main network of research centres and think tanks in the Euro-Mediterranean area, comprising 117 institutes from 30 European and Southern Mediterranean countries. The session will look into how the network and the EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots project are coordinated. It will offer participants insights into how the network works, its main activities and areas of research, dialogue and advocacy, and how it contributes to promoting research-driven policymaking in the region through evidence-based research.