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  1. Preparations for UDPS 2016 have begun

    World Student Christian Federation invites our members and friends to help organising the Universal Day of Prayer for Students 2016.

    WSCF has been celebrating and promoting the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS) in partnership with our regions and movements since 1898, making it one of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer. The UDPS is one of the tangible signs of our common life and connection between students and senior friends of the Federation all around the world.

    Next year, 2016, SCM Britain volunteered to help WSCF Global prepare the liturgy and materials in advance. The proposed theme for next year’s celebration is “Stories of Faith”, highlighting faith reflections and experiences of students from around the world and from different contexts.

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    In preparation, we request your help in:
    – writing a story/reflection of your faith journey and introducing to us;
    – if your SCM is planning plan or has already prepared a liturgy for next year’s celebration, it would be great if you can share it, and we can include that in the resource material.

    Please let us know by September 30th by writing an email directly to WSCF Interim Staff Coordinator Necta Montes (), and CC: to  and by 30 September 2015. You are also welcome to write, if you have any questions regarding the UDPS 2016.

    Attached you will find the UDPS 2016 Background and Content,  proposed by SCM Britain.

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  2. You can still send your application for ERC positions!

    WSCF-E has received a total of 6 applications for new positions. The current applications situation is the following:

    • Vice Chair* – 1 application
    • Treasurer – 1 application
    • Fundraising Coordinator – 0 applications
    • Global Links Coordinator – 1 application
    • Regional Links Coordinator – 2 applications
    • Capacity Building Coordinator – 1 application
    • Thematic Coordinator – 1 application
    • Male Executive Committee member (ExCo) – 0 applications
    • Co-opted member – 0 applications**

    Apply now!

    Please send your application by October 10!
    Read testimonials of ERC members from the last 10 years on this page. Find out about the roles of each ERC member here.

     

    * Chairperson position – is not opened in 2015 as the current postholder Zuzana Babicová is elected for 4 years as per By-laws (since 2013). The position shall be open in  2017.

    ** Co-opted member can be a person from a contact movement (meaning a movement with lower membership status) who is interested in WSCF and is willing to contribute.

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  3. Office move to Italy

    WSCF-E has made a decision to move the WSCF-Europe office from Berlin to Trento, Italy, the home location of our current Regional Secretary, Natia. The grave reason behind this is that WSCF-E is confronted with a serious financial situation featuring some insecurity of payment of the salary of our key employee, Regional Secretary, which is 40% of our annual (non programmatic) administrative budget. The office move is a favorable solution to both our budget and the current Regional Secretary.

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    The moving will take place in mid-August 2015. If this solution proves fruitful, it may set the pattern for years to come to address financial situations, and also provide flexibility and benefit for our international staff member – Regional Secretary – being located in the country where the RS will be based in with good opportunities to set up the office and at the same time in a country where we have a member movement.

    WSCF-Europe is looking forward to providing stability to our key employee and at the same time building a more lively connection to another member movement – SCM Italy in the upcoming years.

    Zuzana Babicova

    Chairperson of WSCF-Europe

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  4. 120 WSCF anniversary

    This August marks 120 years of WSCF. The anniversary will be celebrated as a Liturgical Celebration during the Global Staff and Officers meeting in Birmingham on Friday, August 7, 2015. The theme will be dedicated to the renewal of commitment and revisiting the past. The Liturgy will be sent out to all our movements as a reminder of this important date and significance of the anniversary.

    More activities related to the anniversary will be organised during August 17-19, the dates when the Federation was established. The actions will take place during this summer’s Agape camp in Italy, where most of the WSCF staff and representatives of the SCMs from all regions will be present. Are Kaspersen from SCM Sweden will there as a representative of his SCM and WSCF Europe region.

    For more details, read SCM Britain’s website or follow our Facebook page.

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  5. Call for a Photographer Volunteer

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    Role:        Photographer Volunteer

    When?    20-25 October 2015 (20th- arrival day, 25th departure day)

    Where?   Litomysl, Czech Republic

    What?     Taking pictures at the conference and statutory meeting of WSCF-Europe.

    Remuneration:     It is a voluntary position, however, all your costs (travel, accommodation, etc.) related to 5 days’ meeting will be covered by WSCF-E.

     

    What will you get?

    This chance will provide you will an opportunity to use your skills in photography and create high quality visual material capturing moments from our event and statutory meeting.

    What should you have?

    We are looking for someone with passion for photography and experience producing high quality photos, owner of a good quality camera. Ideally, you would be interested in the topic of the conference we organize in inter-religious context.

    Application

    Please send us your CV, short motivation letter stating why you would like to be our photographer along with a wide collection of pictures you have taken (maximum 20 pictures). Please send it to Zuzana Babicova by 30 Aug 2015.

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  6. Tribute to Caterina Dupre

     

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    On 6th April 2015, Rev. Dr. Caterina Dupre’ passed away at the age of 44 after a cruel illness. Caterina was Vice-­chair of WSCF from 2002-2004. An ordained Pastor in the Waldensian Church of Italy, Caterina had been Director of the Agape Ecumenical Centre since 2009.

    WSCF-E is saddened by the loss and thanks Eilidh Whiteford for her beautiful Tribute.

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  7. WSCF-E is opening a Communications Officer position. Apply now!

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    Communications Officer

    Location: work from home, in Europe or outside

    Hours: part-time, 4 days a month (32 hours monthly)

    Start Date:  ASAP, between 15 Aug- 1 Nov 2015

    Duration: 1 year with the possibility to extend for up to 3 years upon successful evaluation every year

    Remuneration: € 250 euro monthly (taxation according to taxation law in the candidate’s country)

     

    About us

    Our organisation, World Student Christian Federation- Europe, is a small umbrella NGO which has member movements all across Europe. Our Berlin-based staff, together with a group of motivated volunteers, work for our members and interested people to realise our vision of just and peaceful communities in our societies.

    We work with young people and students to create bridges across barriers of religion, Christian denominations, nationality and gender. We raise awareness of key issues of our times and educate and empower youth. Can you help make our vision have a tangible impact?

     

    The role

    We are looking for a creative person that can help us with regular communications work and two communications projects we are intending to undertake.

    You will get a lot of responsibility and opportunity to learn a lot – improve your technical skills in communications as well as your project management skills.  You can live anywhere – in Europe or outside of Europe- as the work will be done via emails.

    What will you do?

    During the 1st year, two projects and regular communications work shall be as follows:

    Project based tasks

    •  Re-development of the WSCF-Europe website (40%)
    • Creating online space for WSCF-Europe publication Mozaik either at a new website or on our current WSCF-E website (20%)

    Operational tasks

    Supervision and coaching of  two volunteers working on WSCF-Europe Newsletter and WSCF-E  social media including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (10%)

    • Regular updating of WSCF-Europe website as need be (10%)
    • Involvement in communications projects as required (WSCF-E annual report; cross-regional communication,assisting with creating calls for jobs, event participants, event team members, etc. (15%)
    • Assisting Links Coordinator as need be (5%)

    Project based tasks:

    It is the priority of WSCF-E to redevelop its website mainly in its navigation, user friendliness and marketing strength. Therefore Communications Officer will be focused on this task during the first 6 months of the employment. You will work with our IT skilled person who will be able to advise you on advanced website redevelopment.

    You will be expected to present to the WSCF-E regional committee proposals on how to improve our website and provide professional marketing judgement and rationale for your proposals. Based on the review of the regional committee, proposals that address navigation, user-friendliness and marketability will be approved and you will be able to implement them. All major interventions to the website should be deployed in consultation with the regional committee. Your main colleagues and line manager will be the Chair and the Regional Secretary of WSCF-Europe who will be providing tasks, advise and support.

    Operational tasks:

    Beside this project task over the first 6 months, there will be a number of regular marketing/communications tasks for you to manage side by side with the website project. Your role will be to oversee timely production of our monthly Newsletter and supervise work of social media volunteer. Here we expect that you will establish regular communication with our two volunteers and on regular basis will give feedback on their work as the only communications professional in our team.

    It will be up to you how you manage this supervision, it is important that there is a positive collaboration established between you and our volunteers who can grow and develop and that you produce good quality output together. Beside this, each month there will be some work on producing communication materials which can range from calls for jobs, calls for event team members or event participants, etc.

    In addition, one of your important operational tasks shall be to update the website of WSCF-Europe. For that you will be receiving input from the Chair and Regional Secretary and with the time, we will expect you to acquire knowledge to know when and how to update the website based on information from the team. A small part of your work shall be to assist our Links Coordinator whose role is to communicate with our member movements.

    Management:

    As this job can be done from anywhere in the world, you are free to work when it suits you during the week. it is that important that you will be able  to meet deadlines and produce work in timely manner.

    You will be responsible for your work to WSCF-Europe regional committee who will evaluate your work after first 3 months- which shall be probation period. There will be regular communication established between you and your line managers (Chair and the RS representing WSCF-E regional committee). Reporting of worked hours shall be done on a weekly basis to oversee your workload. We will  mutually adjust hours if need be and will compensate your overtimes.

     

    What should you have?

    You will find a downloadable file with detailed required characteristics and skills for this position here.

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    Applications and interviews

    • Application deadline is 6 August  2015.
    • Interview process: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for 1 hour interview which will be  conducted via Skype.
    • To apply, please send a CV and your motivation letter stating why you would be a good match for this position, referring to the person specifications (from pdf file). Send it to Zuzana Babicova (chair@wscf-europe.org).
    • For any informal conversation about the job, please contact Zuzana Babicova at the above email address. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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  8. Call for a volunteer to join global Advocacy & Solidarity working group

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    Is this opportunity for you?

    Are you interested in human rights, solidarity actions and peace work? Our ecumenical Advocacy and Solidarity Committee could be the place for you! You can nurture your passion and interest and we can give you a chance to work with others across the globe on shared goals. The Europe region is looking for representative to add to the federations global group. Could it be you?

    What does the group do?

    • We are a global group of World Student Christian Federation that works to make the world a better place.
    • We write statements and try to bring dialogue and understanding around the world.
    • We are encouraged by the example of our Lord Jesus Christ

    We have skype calls regularly and are now starting to create our agenda for the next two years and there shall be an in person meeting maybe once a year. You could represent WSCF in other meetings and our partner events.

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    How to apply?

    Please send your motivation letter to both Zuzana Babicova () and also Krista Autio () by the 30 August 2015.  For any informal conversation, please email Zuzana or Krista with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  9. Newsletter Editor position has opened at WSCF-Europe!

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    You can become one of WSCF Europe’s Editors! You will help us to publish our monthly newsletter to share information, maintain visibility and engage our SCM members. Together with the other Editors, you will help to connect our member movements online and to widen their ecumenical horizons!

    Qualifications / skills required:

    • Excellent command of English writing, spelling and punctuation
    • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and to follow through on assignments
    • Ability to motivate and work with others or the desire to improve yourself in these areas
    • Orientation and basic training provided

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with the development of yearly plan and timelines.
    • Work with the Communications Officer and the European Regional Committee to determine the content for monthly newsletter
    • Redesign newsletter layout
    • Collect and edit articles for newsletter; and write articles as needed.
    • Submit articles in a timely manner and meet email blast deadlines
    • Proofread the final versions of the newsletter

    Objectives:

    • To ensure the topicality and the quality of WSCF Europe social media
    • To ensure that there is a constant stream of freshly selected information in the disposal of WSCF members
    • To engage SCMers in both online content as well as in our “fieldwork”

    Benefits:

    In addition to the pride in yourself and heart-warming sense of knowing you have created a stellar newsletter, you will receive:

    • Appreciation and acknowledgement of the talent, hours and energy that you volunteer
    • One free copy of WSCF Europe’s publication Mozaik after each publication
    • A tangible product to add to your portfolio
    • You will have a chance to travel to 1 WSCF Europe’s international conference, travel costs reimbursed by WSCF-Europe
    • You will improve your skills of
      • organisational communication
      • working in virtual teams
      • working with MailChimp and newsletter production software

    Reports to: Your work will be guided by a Communications Officer of the WSCF Europe. The overall work on Communications is supervised by the European Regional Committee (ERC).

    Commitment:

    • 5-10 hours monthly
    • October 2015 – June 2016 (with possibility of renewal)

    To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to WSCF-Europe Chairperson Zuzana Babicova at . For any additional information, also contact  .

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  10. WSCF Europe is recruiting a volunteer social media editor!

    Are you a Facebook junkie?
    Interested in ecumenical affairs?
    Do you want to gain valuable social media skills?

    You can become one of WSCF Europe’s Facebook editors! Keep our 1000+ audience on the loop of the most crispy fresh ecumenical and Christian news! Together with the other  Editors, you will help to connect our member movements online and to widen their ecumenical horizons!

    Qualifications:

    • Candidates should have a Facebook account and be accustomed to using different social media channels throughout a longer timespan
    • Candidates should possess the skills to communicate effectively and sensitively with people from different traditions and cultural backgrounds
    • The candidate should be well-organised and willing to work independently
    • Must be able to communicate and write in fluent English

    Responsibilities:

    Create and / or find content for WSCF-Europe Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and / or other relevant social media channels

    Objectives:

    • To ensure the topicality and the quality of WSCF-Europe social media content
    • To ensure that there is a constant stream of freshly selected information in the disposal of WSCF members
    • To engage SCMers in both online content as well as in our “fieldwork”

    Benefits:

    • You will receive one free copy of WSCF-Europe’s publication Mozaik after each new publication
    • You will have a chance to participate in one WSCF-Europe’s international conference, fully subsidized  by WSCF-Europe
    • You will improve your skills of
      • organisational communication
      • working in virtual teams
      • organisational PR building and branding

    Reports to:

    Your work will be guided by a Communications Officer of the WSCF-Europe. The overall work on Communications is supervised by the European Regional Committee (ERC).

    Commitment:

    • 2-3 hours per week
    • October 2015 – June 2016 (with possibility of renewal)

    Location: anywhere where you can access social media; no office presence required

    To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to by August 10, 2015.
    For any additional information, please contact WSCF-Europe Chairperson Zuzana Babicova at .

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