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					               XXV IFM-SEI Ordinary Congress
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Call for nominations




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Call for nominations to the Presidium and Control Commission of
IFM-SEI 2010-2013
Dear Comrades,

The IFM-SEI Congress is the highest decision-making body of our international. During the
Congress, all member organisations have the opportunity to contribute to shaping the future
of our movement, to discuss with each other and to make decisions on our political vision.

However, as the Congress meets only every three years, we put our trust in our elected
representatives to execute political decisions on our behalf in-between Congresses.

The success or failure of IFM to achieve its goals rests on the commitment and consistent
work of the Presidium and Control Commission. We would like to take this opportunity to
stress the importance of their work in promoting children rights and IFM-SEI’s socialist
world view. It is only with the regular participation of Presidium and Control Commission
members and their full commitment to work in-between meetings, that we can be really
effective and visible.

According to the statutes, nominees are invited to the Presidium and Control Commission for
a mandate of 3 years. Vacancies will be opened for new election in the case of resignation.
The Presidium is made up of the President, Secretary General and seven or nine Vice
Presidents. The Presidium must be gender balanced and we encourage the nomination of
young people.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and to building a strong and effective
Presidium together,

In Friendship



Lea Väänänen

Chair of the Nominations Commission




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IFM-SEI President Job Description
The success or failure of IFM-SEI to achieve its goals rests on the commitment and consistent work of
our elected representatives. Only with their regular participation and commitment to work in-
between meetings can we be fully effective and visible, promoting children’s rights and a socialist
world vision.

The IFM-SEI Presidium is made up of the President, Secretary General and seven or nine Vice
Presidents. They meet approximately three times per year. The Presidium must fulfil the gender
balance requirement as set out in the Statutes.

Joint responsibilities of the President and Secretary General of IFM-SEI

The President and Secretary General meet regularly and are in close contact throughout the
year. They take joint responsibility for the following tasks:

   •   The political representation of IFM-SEI
   •   The representation of IFM-SEI in all legal matters. They are empowered to sign on
       behalf of the international and enter into legal commitments.
   •   Major decision-making on finances, staff and legal matters
   •   The preparation of statutory meetings.

Expectations of the President

   •   To commit to attend and lead all meetings of the Presidium (three per year)
   •   To join and actively contributed to at least one working group of IFM-SEI
   •   To report in writing on her/his work on behalf of the Presidium every three months
   •   To report annually to the International Committee of IFM-SEI
   •   To represent IFM-SEI at external events, in agreement with the Secretary General
   •   To take responsibility for monitoring the finances and fundraising
   •   To lead and run educational projects, workshops and seminars
   •   To write political papers and contribute to IFM-SEI’s lobby work
   •   To take responsibility to ensure Congress and IC resolutions are implemented.
   •   To take responsibility, as part of the Presidium for developing IFM’s 3 year work-
       plans




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Required Knowledge and Experience

   •   The working language of Presidium meetings is English. Knowledge of additional
       languages is an asset.
   •   Experience and knowledge of IFM and member organisations
   •   Experience and knowledge of educational work and children’s rights
   •   Public speaking and representation experience
   •   Enthusiasm, energy and time to devote to the work of IFM-SEI




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Vice-Presidents Job Descriptions
The success or failure of IFM-SEI to achieve its goals rests on the commitment and
consistent work of our elected representatives. Only with their regular participation and
commitment to work in-between meetings can we be fully effective and visible, promoting
children’s rights and a socialist world vision.

The IFM-SEI Presidium is made up of the President, Secretary General and seven or nine
Vice Presidents. They meet approximately three times per year. The Presidium must fulfil
the gender balance requirement.



Expectations of Vice-Presidents

   •   To commit to attend all meetings of the Presidium (three per year)
   •   To join and actively contributed to at least one working group of IFM-SEI
   •   To support and regularly communicate with the member organisations in their
       regions (sub-regions or a division of member organisations between Vice Presidents
       in a region may be agreed by the Presidium)
   •   To report in writing on her/his work on behalf of the Presidium every three months
   •   To report annually to the International Committee of IFM-SEI
   •   To represent IFM-SEI at external events, in agreement with the Presidium
   •   To take responsibility for monitoring the finances and fundraising, particularly in their
       regions
   •   To lead and run educational projects, workshops and seminars
   •   To write political papers and contribute to IFM-SEI’s lobby work
   •   To take responsibility to ensure Congress and IC resolutions are implemented.
   •   To take responsibility, as part of the Presidium for developing IFM’s 3 year work-
       plans



Required Knowledge and Experience

   •   The working language of Presidium meetings is English. Knowledge of additional
       languages is an asset.


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•   Experience and knowledge of IFM and member organisations in the region (if
    possible, experience of representing a member organisation at IC meetings)
•   Experience and knowledge of educational work and children’s rights
•   Enthusiasm, energy and time to devote to the work of IFM-SEI




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The Secretary General
The success or failure of IFM-SEI to achieve its goals rests on the commitment and
consistent work of our elected representatives. Only with their regular participation and
commitment to work in-between meetings can we be fully effective and visible, promoting
children’s rights and a socialist world vision. The IFM-SEI Presidium is made up of the
President, Secretary General and seven or nine Vice Presidents. They meet approximately
three times per year and must fulfil the gender balance requirement.



Joint responsibilities of the President and Secretary General of IFM-SEI

The President and Secretary General meet regularly and are in close contact throughout the
year. They take joint responsibility for the following tasks:

   •   The political representation of IFM-SEI
   •   The representation of IFM-SEI in all legal matters. They are empowered to sign on
       behalf of the international and enter into legal commitments.
   •   Major decision-making on finances, staff and legal matters
   •   The preparation of statutory meetings.



Role of the Secretary General of IFM-SEI

The Secretary General is responsible for the political and organisational developments in
IFM-SEI. S/he is responsible for the daily co-ordination of the secretariat, regional
secretariats and working groups of IFM-SEI.

Main duties and responsibilities (others may be added)

   •   Management of the IFM-SEI secretariat, staff and EVS volunteers
   •   Responsibility for the financial management of IFM-SEI, Including drafting and
       monitoring annual and project budgets
   •   Responsibility for fundraising in IFM-SEI including multi-annual operational grants
       and the development of regional and global projects



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   •   Organisation of IFM-SEI seminars, projects and statutory meetings. This task
       includes the logistical arrangements as well as leading the development of the
       political programme.
   •   Co-ordination and support of IFM-SEI volunteers and trainers
   •   Responsibility for all legal matters of IFM-SEI in co-ordination with the President
   •   Establishment and maintenance of good contacts with IFM-SEI member organisations
   •   Establishment and maintenance of good contacts with the Socialist family, Children’s
       Rights networks, youth networks, inter-governmental organisations, European
       institutions and parliamentarians
   •   Representation of IFM-SEI externally (to fraternal organisations, public institutions
       and key children’s and youth networks)
   •   Leadership of IFM-SEI’s lobby work on children’s rights
   •   Preparation of the content of Presidium and International Committee meetings as well
       as Congresses
   •   Responsibility for minute-taking of statutory meetings in co-ordination with
       secretariat staff
   •   Drafting of position papers, development plans and work plans of IFM-SEI for
       approval by statutory bodies.
   •   Responsibility for ensuring all Congress and International Committee resolutions are
       acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner.
   •   Maintenance of the IFM-SEI website, newsletter, email groups and regional
       communication structures
   •   Active contribution to the preparation of IFM-SEI camps, in co-operation with the
       hosting organisation



Required skills/ experience

   •   Proven co-ordination skills in an international environment
   •   Proven financial management skills including budgeting and bookkeeping
   •   Extensive fundraising experience. Experience of the main European youth funding
       bodies (Youth in Action and the European Youth Foundation) is essential as well as a
       good knowledge of the socialist foundations and global youth-work funds.
   •   Experience and knowledge of international institutions and external representation


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   •   A good knowledge of non-formal education, theories and approaches as well as
       several years’ practical experience
   •   A sound knowledge of children’s rights and processes
   •   Computer literacy and web-knowledge is essential
   •   Fluency in English is essential
   •   Knowledge of Spanish or French would be an asset.

The role of Secretary General is a full-time position. The Secretary General will be employed
by IFM-SEI on a fixed-term contract according to Belgian law.




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The Control Commission
The Control Commission (CC), consists of three people, each coming from a different member
organisation. The commission must fulfil the gender balance requirement. It shall choose its
own chair from among its members. The Control Commission shall have no voting rights in
the Presidium or the International Committee. The CC meets approximately three times a
year, usually at the IFM-SEI headquarters. The CC additionally takes part (without voting
rights) in Presidium meetings and IC meetings.




Expectations of the Control Commission

   •   To commit to attend all meetings of the CC and where possible Presidium meetings
       (three per year)
   •   To monitor compliance with the IFM-SEI constitution
   •   To take responsibility to ensure Congress and IC resolutions are implemented.
   •   To take responsibility for monitoring the administrative processes in IFM-SEI
   •   To inspect the IFM-SEI bookkeeping no later than two months after the end of each
       financial year
   •   To monitor the IFM-SEI central budget as well as individual project budgets
   •   To report in writing on her/his work on behalf of the Presidium every three months
   •   To report annually to the International Committee of IFM-SEI


Required Knowledge and Experience

   •   The working language of Control Commission meetings is English. Knowledge of
       additional languages is an asset.
   •   Experience and knowledge of IFM and member organisations
   •   Experience of financial management and knowledge of bookkeeping procedures
   •   Attention to detail
   •   Enthusiasm, energy and time to devote to the work of IFM-SEI




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Organisation               Woodcraft Folk

Proposal for the
                           Secretary General
following position

Surname                    Pearce

First name                 Tamsin                               Female X        Male

                           Woodcraft Folk
Address of                 Units 9/10
organisation               83 Crampton Street, London
                           SE17 3BF, UK

                           Rue Lincoln, 34
Personal Address           1180, Uccle,
                           Brussels, Belgium

Telecomm       Country                                  DATE OF
                              Number                                11/02/1979
unication      code/area code                           BIRTH

Work           +32 2                215 7927

Home           +32 473              182 588

Fax            +32 2                245 0083

Mobile
               +32 473              182 588
phone

Email          tamsin@ifm-sei.org

Working                English       Spanish            Other
languages              X                                French (intermediate level)




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Questionnaire for nominees to the Presidium or to the Control Commission

(to be completed in by candidates and to be endorsed by nominating
organisation)

What experience do you have in your organisation?

I have been a member of the Woodcraft Folk for almost twenty-five years and during the last
fifteen years have been active on the local, national and international level. I was a local group
leader for many years, working directly with children and young people as well as serving on the
local district, regional and national ‘youth council’ (DF committee).     From January 1998 to
November 2005 I was a member of the General Council of the Woodcraft Folk (national board)
with responsibility for international affairs, including two years as the national chairperson. I
have lead many international delegations for the Woodcraft Folk, including the delegation to the
World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. Between November 2005 and October
2006 I was employed by the Woodcraft folk as the Global Village project administrator,
responsible for general organisation of the event including co-ordinating international
delegations, bookings and logistical arrangements. In this role I worked with a large majority of
the member organisations of IFM-SEI.

What experience do you have on the international level?

International work has been a prominent feature of my life both in terms of my voluntary work
and my career. I have a great deal of experience on the international level, having taken part in
and run a large number of international meetings, exchanges, camps, seminars and
international projects for IFM-SEI as well as other organisations and institutions. I have
represented Woodcraft Folk in IFM-SEI since 1998 at all statutory meetings and since 2004 I
have taken an active interest in IFM’s external representation. I have represented IFM at
meetings of the Socialist International and the Party of European Socialists, European and
international Children’s Rights meetings, the European Youth Forum and the International Co-
ordination Meeting of Youth Organisations, as well as a wide variety of events organised by
institutions and organisations. I was elected to IFM’s Financial Auditors Control Commission in
2001, as Vice President in 2004 and as Secretary General in 2007.



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In my role as Secretary General over the past three years, I feel I have worked consistently to
achieve a number of important goals:
   1) Financial Stability: IFM-SEI’s financial situation has been our biggest challenge for
       many years. A lack of stable external funding sources combined with the perpetual
       challenge of obtaining membership fees, have left us in a very difficult position. During
       my first year in office, I prioritised the stabilisation of our finances, securing operational
       funding of over 60,000 Euros per year over a sustained period of three years, building
       strong relationships with institutional funders and ensuring our expenditure was cut to
       meet our income. Since 2007 our finances have been stable and secure.
   2) Increased recognition as a child-led children’s rights movement: I have worked
       hard to raise our profile as a serious and competent children’s rights organisation. I
       have been elected to fill one of only three NGO seats on the Steering Group of the EU
       Forum on the rights of the child, have been appointed as a Council of Europe expert on
       child participation and am frequently consulted by the European Commission and
       members of the European Parliament on children’s rights issues. I have also cultivated
       very good contacts with UNICEF, the European network of ombudsmen for children, the
       International Labour Organisation and big international NGOs working in the field who
       consult me on a wide range of issues. I have used IFM’s reputation as a strong
       international youth-led movement to illustrate the significant area of cross-over between
       youth policy and children’s rights policy, successfully working with other youth
       organisations to pool our resources and highlight children’s rights in the youth field.
   3) Strategic planning in IFM-SEI: In 2007 I initiated a strategic planning process within
       the IFM-SEI Presidium. Working to the priorities as agreed by the Congress and
       ensuring we have a red line through all our work, we were able to develop a more
       streamlined and focussed work-plan for the movement which has led to an increase in
       quality and relevance of our activities. This work has now been expanded and we have
       a comprehensive draft three-year strategy and work-plan 2010 - 2013 for debate and
       agreement at the Congress.
   4) All Together inclusion strategy: The development of the All Together inclusion
       strategy was a response to a need identified by many member organisations to be more


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   inclusive of disadvantaged children and young people. As a socialist movement, it was
   important to our members to reach out to all sections of society and particularly the
   working class. This was a challenge so we set up a strategy to support grass-roots
   activists in being more inclusive. We have offered our members training, a space for
   exchange and have produced a handbook and website to support their work. Many of
   our members have identified real progress on inclusion as a result of the All Together
   strategy, developing a strong international - local link and feeling of ownership over the
   international.
5) Communication: Communication was identified as a priority by the Presidium in our
   last work plan. Both our internal and external communications were identified as areas
   in need of improvement so we implemented a re-design of the IFM-SEI house-style,
   producing a new website, folders, pins, leaflets, flags and pens. We now have a more
   recognisable and attractive style and materials to hand out to participants and partners
   when we attend meetings.
6) IFM-SEI Office: Effort has been put into strengthening the IFM-SEI office team since
   2007. Our office has doubled in size since 2007, now comprising four full-time staff
   members: the Secretary General, Office Secretary, Project Officer and a European
   Voluntary Service Volunteer. This of course, greatly contributes to strengthening our
   capacity, with double the staff, we are able to be much more ambitious in our work.
   Much has also been done to ensure the sustainability and development of the office
   team in the future, prioritising the involvement of non-European volunteers to better
   reflect our global movement.
7) Peers without frontiers: 2010 sees IFM embark on an exciting new global peer
   education project. It is the first time that IFM has been awarded such a large grant
   (100,000 Euros) on the global level and we very much hope that this will be the start of a
   new approach – uniting our members across the world, not only within world regions.




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What particular competences will you contribute to the work of the Presidium or the
Control Commission?

If re-elected, I will contribute with a range of competences to the work of the Presidium and the
international as a whole. I will be able to use all that I have learned in my first mandate to
continue to strengthen and develop our movement. The past three years have been an intense
learning experience and I feel confident in my ability to be an effective member of the IFM team.
Specifically, I would contribute with the following competences:

   1) Financial management: During the past three years I have greatly developed my
       financial management skills. I have put in place effective budget monitoring and
       management systems, have found ways to reduce IFM’s expenditure and have
       developed our sources of stable income. Our cash-flow position has been consistently
       strong throughout the period and a controlled system for paying invoices has been put
       into place.
   2) Fundraising: Fundraising is a fundamental task of the Secretary General. We rely very
       heavily on a number of institutional partners for operational and project funding and the
       responsibility for securing these funds lies with the Secretary General. I believe I have a
       solid understanding of the requirements and expectations of the main funders and have
       built productive relationships with them. I have consistently raised an average of 100,000
       Euros per year and in 2010 this has increased to close to 200,000 Euros. I am currently
       exploring new avenues of funding.
   3) External Representation: Having represented Woodcraft Folk and IFM-SEI in a wide
       range of meetings and events, I feel confident in my ability to represent the views of our
       members in an effective manner. I have built a strong position for IFM in the field of
       children’s rights as well as in the youth field, being regularly consulted on issues such as
       children’s rights, child participation and youth empowerment. I am also regularly
       employed as an expert by various institutions (UN, Council of Europe, ICMYO) which
       gives IFM-SEI an additional source of income in expert fees.
   4) Educational expertise: I feel I can contribute with my educational knowledge and
       experience to IFM-SEI. Throughout the past 10 years I have been an active trainer and



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       facilitator in IFM-SEI as well as for other organisations and institutions. I have
       experience delivering training on a wide variety of topics and have actively contributed to
       all our discussions about education. I feel that educational expertise is vital for a
       Secretary General of an educational movement such as IFM-SEI.
   5) Children’s Rights knowledge: Following closely the international children’s rights
       agenda and having direct influence on the key children’s rights processes, puts me in a
       good position to contribute to IFM-SEI’s children’s rights work. In addition to advocacy, I
       can also contribute with my experience of children’s rights education, supporting our
       movements in facilitating educational processes amongst their members.
   6) Personal contact/ relationships with a strong network of NGOs and institutions:
       Personal contacts are crucial when undertaking advocacy work. Over the past three
       years, I have built up a strong network of contacts in the children’s rights and youth
       fields, and I would maintain this network in order to develop IFM’s position on the global
       stage.

   7) Large event organisation: As Global Village Project Administrator, I was involved in
       almost every aspect of the organisation for a huge international camp, bringing together
       almost 5000 people. I have been using my experience as a member of the core team
       for Train for Change and would like to continue in this role.
   8) Passion and commitment to IFM-SEI values: Having been a member of the
       Woodcraft Folk since the age of six, I feel I have grown up in the IFM-SEI family. I am
       firmly committed to our movement and believe it has a vital role to play in the
       transformation of our world.



What is your vision for the further development of the IFM-SEI and what could be your
contribution to the reform process?

The process of developing IFM’s draft strategy and three-year work-plan 2010 – 2013 was an
energising experience. The Presidium analysed all aspects of our movement and in my view
we have come up with a comprehensive, relevant and motivating work-plan. I am fully
committed to the vision described in the strategy and believe that the work-plan effectively


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addresses our core weaknesses. However, I feel it is worth highlighting three areas in particular
for development: external recognition as a children’s rights movement, developing the global
dimension of our work and supporting volunteers.

External Recognition as a Children’s Rights movement

IFM is now in a strong position in the children’s rights field in Europe.       We have a good
reputation and are consulted by a number of NGOs and institutions as a genuinely child and
youth-led movement. Similarly, we have built a reputation in the global youth field through our
involvement in regional youth forums and the international co-ordination meeting of youth
organisations.

In my view it is now vital that we extend our good position more effectively at UN level and
within the socialist family. We need to build on our strong position as a children’s and youth
movement to illustrate the complementarity of youth organisations and children’s rights
organisations. Self-organised young people must be included in the fight for children’s rights
and our members have a huge amount to contribute to the debate.

The work on extending our advocacy work has already begun; we are in the process of joining
the UN children’s rights NGO group and we are building partnerships with UNICEF and the ILO.
We now need to consolidate these contacts and ensure that the voices of our young members
are heard on the global level.

I would also like to see us becoming more prominent within the socialist family and being
recognised as the organisation for the left to consult on children’s issues. This aim is clearly in
progress, European Parliamentarians have identified us as their key contact on children’s rights
issues and our advice is sought when needed. However, we need to maintain and strengthen
our relationship with the Socialist International.




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Developing the global dimension of our work

As a global movement, IFM-SEI has internationalism as a core value. All too often, however,
our work is restricted to regional co-operation, leading to the building of alliances on regional
level rather than on a global level. I believe that we need to place more emphasis on our global
work by put energy and resources into inter-regional co-operation and ideally, global co-
operation. We need to make better use of the rich diversity of talents and resources in our
membership and promote better co-operation between movements in different world regions. I
would like to see projects like ‘Peers without frontiers’ on a number of different topics and I
would be keen to support member organisations in developing bi-lateral projects across regions.

Supporting Volunteers

Volunteers are the foundation of our movement. Without them our movements would surely
collapse yet all too often we fail to recognise their work and their needs effectively enough. My
vision for the future of IFM is to build a strong, sustainable and global network of volunteers who
feel valued, involved and have ownership over our international.            We need to develop
approaches for sharing the IFM-SEI work-load to improve the quality and reach of our work as
well as allowing us to be more ambitious in our fields of activity. I would like to see IFM offering
training, support, recognition and space to exchange with other volunteers across the world.




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To be completed by nominee

I hereby express my willingness to run for the above mentioned position and if elected, I
commit myself to carrying out the responsibilities, as laid out in the job description


Signature:                                       Date: 12th January



To be completed by nominating organisation

_Woodcraft Folk_ (name of the nominating organisation) nominates __Tamsin Pearce_
(name of the nominee) for the position of _____Secretary General_ and commit ourselves to
support her/him to fulfil their responsibilities in this position.



Name of the person responsible for this nomination:           Lloyd Russell-Moyle_____

Position ______Chair ____________________________________




Signature:                                            Date: 12th January 2010



Stamp of the IFM-SEI Member Organisation



                    PLEASE RETURN TO THE NOMINATIONS COMMISSION
                                       Lea Väänänen
                                       By 14/01/2010
                     FAX: + 32.02.245.00.83 or nominations@ifm-sei.org



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