Wanted: Experts for an innovative training for Polish cities on sustainable revitalisation

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 20/11/2017 - Join the working group led by adelphi to co-design an innovative training for Polish municipalities on sustainable, resource efficient revitalisation. Support the participatory design of the training modules and become a workshop facilitator.


Although sustainable development, including energy- and resource efficiency, is defined by the Partnership Agreement signed between Poland and the European Commission as horizontal criteria for every investment conducted under the current structural funding (2014-2020), so far, revitalisation projects have mainly followed a socio-economic goal only. The low-emission transition, air pollution challenges, and energy efficiency are mentioned in major Polish strategical documents; yet these aspects are not included in the section on revitalisation. This, in turn, sheds uncertainty on the local revitalisation implementation processes. In the long term, the lack of prominence and concrete provisions for energy- and resource efficiency may lock Polish cities in unsustainable development patterns and infrastructures.

REVIPOWER addresses this discrepancy: The overarching goal of the project is to use the strengthening of the sustainability component to exploit the interdisciplinary transformative potential of urban renewal in cities, while fulfilling the criteria of the EU Structural Funds. Within the framework of this project, adelphi is looking for Polish experts to co-design an innovative training for Polish municipalities on sustainable, resource efficient revitalisation.

Selection Process

Deadline for applications: 20 November 2017 (extended deadline)

Applications along with the CV (in English) can be submitted via questionnaire.

Timeframe: November 2017 - November 2018

Who can apply?

Polish experts representing national and local government as well as non-governmental organizations involved in revitalization processes in Polish cities, ready to:

- Support training development in one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  • Boosting the local economy - business friendly urban patterns, local entrepreneurship potential,
  • RES deployment,
  • Sustainable mobility - expansion of public transportation and/or promotion of alternative mobility patterns, city of short distances
  • Better housing - Energy-efficient refurbishments, sustainable construction, heating district systems, reduction of energy poverty, senior friendly housing
  • Lively districts, improved public health - Green infrastructure, green mobility, city of short distances

- Deliver workshop sessions based on the developed training modules

How to apply?

Candidates interested in joining the working group are invited to fill in a short online application form and attach their Curriculum Vitae and submit it by the 20th of November via the questionnaire. To ensure a fair selection process, an internal committee will review the applications and verify them based on the set of criteria reflecting the successful project goals’ implementation.

Why applying?
  • You will gain valuable knowledge for the further development of the municipality’s revitalization plans and aligning the revitalization processes with the expectations of the European Cohesion Policy, which is the main tool for funding in the 2014-2020 budget perspective
  • You will be one of the members of a high-qualified and experienced group of experts working on a topic with a great relevance and potential for the capacity building and experience exchange in Poland and the CEE region.  
  • You will be part of an innovative project and co-develop an open source training, which you may reuse in your municipality and beyond
  • You will take part in 2 interdisciplinary workshops and become an expert in the sustainable, energy and resource efficient approaches  towards the up-coming and on-going revitalization processes.
  • You will be granted with the Certificate of participation in the experts working group

Expected involvement

Each expert is expected to:

  • Join a working group call – bimonthly
  • Support the design of the training materials by submitting materials (e.g. PPT, concept of the interactive exercise in Polish)
  • Design at least one session dedicated to the above mentioned themes within the 1stQ of 2018 (in Polish),
  • Join 2 days’ workshop in June 2018 to test the training modules and give his/hers feedback in writing to the selected topics (at least one),
  • Join the final 3 days’ workshop in September 2018 and deliver one of the session.

Participation in the working group is free of charge. Accommodation, travel expenses and meals during the project workshops will be covered by the organizer. Each expert will receive a small remuneration of 300 EUR for participating in the working group activities.

Any questions or doubts?

Please do not hesitate to contact REVIPOWER Research Assistant Julia Olesinska: olesinska@adelphi.de