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Mahala Rai Banda from Romania Performs at Chicago World Music Festival, September 24

On September 24, the renowned ensemble, Mahala Rai Banda, will perform at Martyr’s (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.) at 8:00pm.

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Romani Internship Program, European Roma Rights Centre, Budapest, Deadline: April 19

The ERRC seeks applicants for its Romani internship programme

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for its Romani internship programme at its office in Budapest, Hungary. In 2010, the ERRC is introducing an in-country component to its internship programme, in which the ERRC and selected interns will work together to jointly implement community-based human rights initiatives as follow up to the time spent at the ERRC office.

Internships will be offered on a competitive basis for periods of three to 12 months (including the in-country component; a maximum of six months will be spent at the ERRC office).

Applicants should have:

  • Experience living and working in Romani communities;
  • Good command of English, both written and spoken. Romani language skills are a plus;
  • Completed secondary education;
  • The ability to work a diverse, multicultural  environment in a proper, timely fashion with supervision;
  • Good organizational and communication skills, commitment and enthusiasm;
  • Flexibility and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • A proven record of activism in the Roma movement;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Applicants should be a minimum of 20 years of age. The ERRC seeks representation of all segments (women, LGBT, disabled people, etc) of the Romani community in its internship programme. We encourage applicants from candidates that can start their internship period as soon as 3 May 2010.

All interns will receive professional guidance and be directly supervised by the Human Rights Trainer. Interns will also work together with the other ERRC programmes, including research and advocacy, legal, communications, as well as finance, operations and executive management. Activities and tasks of interns shall include both theoretical and practical components, including but not be limited to:

  • Actively researching Roma rights related topics;
  • Monitoring of stakeholders, policy-makers, think tanks, etc.;
  • Detailed monitoring of news and information on Roma rights;
  • Attend meeting and events related to the mission of ERRC and produce briefing documents;
  • Assist in planned ERRC activities and projects, including logistically/administratively;
  • Other tasks to be determined together with the Human Rights Trainer and the project related supervisor; and
  • Individual projects to be implemented in-country will be supervised by the Human Rights Trainer.

Deadline for applications is 19 April 2010 at 16:00 CET.

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae (maximum two A4 page), a letter of interest (maximum one A4 page) indicating availability for the internship in 2010, contact details for two references and a short proposal for the in-country internship follow-up to:

Csilla M. Farkas


Subject line of message: Intern Search

Fax: +36 1 4132201

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Program Assistant, Roma Health Project; Budapest, Hungary, Deadline: February 16

Roma Health Project

Program Assistant



The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

The Public Health Program of Open Society Institute (PHP) has been supporting Roma health programs since January 2001 through the Roma Health Project (RHP). The mission of the Roma Health Project is to advance the health and human rights of Roma persons by building the capacity of Roma civil society leaders and organizations, and advocating for accountability and a strong civil society role in the design, implementation and monitoring of policies and practices that most impact on the health of Roma. To advance its mission, the RHP pursues the following goals:

  1. Build the capacity of Roma NGOs that address health and health-related issues
  1. Promote the human rights of Roma and combat discrimination faced by Roma in accessing and receiving health care
  1. Support the development and implementation of health related laws, policies and practices that ensure just and equitable treatment for Roma
  1. Hold authorities accountable for their health and health related responsibilities to Roma under local/ regional/ national/ international laws and policies

RHP pursues these goals and objectives through both grant-making and operational efforts, including fostering activist leadership, capacity building of civil society, advocacy and information sharing activities. Its geographic mandate covers primarily: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and to a lesser extent, Ukraine.

The RHP Program assistant will provide comprehensive organizational, secretarial and administrative support to the RHP program staff. The Program Assistant is expected to develop extensive knowledge of the organizational structure of OSI including knowledge of the key personnel in support departments and knowledge of OSI’s aims and objectives. The successful applicant will demonstrate high-level organizational and computer skills, and strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, in English.

The Program Assistant will report directly to the Program Officer of the Roma Health Project and will have the following responsibilities:


1.      Provide ongoing financial and legal administrative support to the RHP Budapest office, including the followings:

  • Draft legal contracts for consultants, service providers, and grantees;
  • Take care of administration and tracking of grants; maintain regular communication with grantees and with Public Health staff and other members of the Soros network with regard to project development, implementation and reporting;
  • Process grant, vendor and consultant payments;
  • Maintain and file copies of Budapest-based contracts and payments;
  • Maintain a database of Budapest-based program expenditures (budget update);
  • Support the project staff by facilitating project logistics either locally or abroad: Manage office systems including making travel and related arrangements;
  • Prepare and track pre- and post-conference budget in case of meetings and events organized by RHP; reviews monthly financial reports and produce updated spending reports;
  • Process payments for service providers, and prepare/compile necessary conference documents, including taking minutes of meetings

2.   Serve as RHP’s contact person with OSI’s support departments; Assist with effective information sharing and communication between the various Roma initiatives in the Soros network and other Public Health Program initiatives through participation in relevant meetings and effective information dissemination;

3.   Assist with monitoring of grantees to ensure compliance with grant procedures and program agreement;

4. Assist with maintaining ongoing communication with the partners on the Roma Health Scholarship Program (RHSP) and other tasks related to RHSP as assigned by the program officer in charge;

5.   Assist with developing information for internal OSI documents (reports, program updates, Public Health Program newsletter updates) on the Roma Health Project;

6. Continuously update the RHP website to maintain it as an effective information tool on grantees, initiatives, events, publications, and partners.

7. Other tasks as assigned.


  • Graduate degree in law, social work, sociology, psychology, public health or other relevant field;
  • Excellent English language skills , fluency in spoken and written;
  • Attentive to detail and able to work well under pressure;
  • Excellent computer skills (expertise with Microsoft Office, Excel, Access and databases required).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills;
  • Demonstrated high level of enthusiasm and commitment to Roma Health issues
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to work independently;
  • Commitment to working as a member of a team, as well as commitment to excellence;
  • Near native fluency in spoken and written Hungarian a strong plus;
  • In depth knowledge of situation of Roma from Central and South Eastern Europe a strong plus.

Person Specifications:

  • Flexible, proactive self-starter with problem solving attitude.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures;
  • Accuracy and reliability in work
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to effectively manage simultaneous activities in fast-paced environment and to prioritize accordingly.
  • Diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers, grantees, partners and other contacts.
  • Demonstrates a focus on outcomes and results. Performs under specific direction and works within agreed priorities.
  • Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability and focus through day-to-day work and shifting priorities.
  • Uses established guidelines and supervisor direction to determine what information is important and should be conveyed to others.
  • Exercises professional judgment, intelligence, and discretion in conducting all tasks, including ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and ability. Excellent benefits package.

TO APPLY: Send curriculum vitae, cover letter with gross, annual salary requirement to

In the subject line please indicate Roma Health Project – Program Assistant.

Application deadline: February 16, 2010

Further information on the Open Society Roma Health Project is available at

OSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer which supports diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

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Roma Education Fund Seeks Country Facilitator for Bulgaria, Deadline: December 20

The Roma Education Fund, an international organisation supporting quality education for Roma children, seeks a country facilitator for Bulgaria to provide support to organisations requesting and implementing REF financed projects and to help in the coordination of REF country program in Bulgaria.

The candidate should possess the following:

– Speak fluent Bulgarian, and have a very good command of the English language (written and spoken). Being a Romani speaker is a strong advantage
– A university degree.
– Experience of issues in education in Bulgaria.
– Excellent organization, administration and communication skills.
– Experience in implementing and evaluating projects.
– Good knowledge of issues related to Roma education and of the NGO sector in Bulgaria
– Be reliable and accurate with a proven ability to work in team but also ready to work on its own initiative
– Driving license

What will the job provide:

– challenging and diverse tasks
– work with a dynamic team of NGO and Government officials
– competitive salary
– work and learn at the international level
– The staff will benefit from training in country and in REF head office in Budapest

CV and motivation letter in English (including proposal for wage level), should be forwarded to:

The deadline for applications is:  December 20,2009

For more information about the Roma Education Fund and for the full terms of reference for this position, please visit:

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