This opportunity is open only for former or current RAN Working Group leaders.
The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) is an EU-wide umbrella network connecting key first-line practitioners and field experts (more than 6,000) to exchange ideas and experiences, identify good practices and issue recommendations on how to best to tackle all forms of radicalisation.
RAN is composed of various actors including members, experts and Working Group leaders.
The RAN members which form the basis of the RAN network are first-line practitioners working in the field of preventing and countering radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism.
The RAN expertsare highly skilled experts (selected following an open call) in the field of preventing and countering radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism. They support the network by providing specific expertise necessary for drafting RAN papers, delivering training sessions or representing RAN at external events.
The RAN Working Group leaders steer, animate and organise the work of the RAN working groups (WG), focussing on specific topics and contributing inter alia to the annual RAN activity plans as well as concrete deliverables.
In 2020, the European Commission renewed its pool of experts (around 120) and appointed 18 Working Group leaders for the nine RAN Working Groups.
In order to engage with individual practitioners outside the context of specific events, the European Commission would like to establish more structured cooperation with relevant networks at regional and national levels, and promote the work of RAN at these different levels. At the same time, and as announced in the EU Counter Terrorism Agenda, the Commission aims at supporting the creation and further development of such networks in the different
With this in mind, the European Commission has decided to launch the present call for expressions of interest to establish a list of Ambassadors of the Radicalisation Awareness Network.
The European Commission aims to nominate one Ambassador per Member State.
Description of tasks
The RAN Ambassador:
- will act as an effective multiplier of RAN activities in his/her country based on his/her expertise, experience and networking capacity and function;
- will be the bridge between activities at EU and national level, raising awareness about RAN activities and possibly facilitating the implementation of RAN recommendations at the local, regional or national level, as well as informing about relevant activities within regional or national networks.
The European Commission could decide to invite RAN Ambassadors to the RAN Steering Committee meetings where justified.
Ambassadors must meet the following selection criteria:
- be a Working Group leader of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (since the launch of RAN in 2011) and have shown continued engagement with the activities of RAN over the years (i.e. attending RAN events, representing RAN at external events, drafting RAN papers);
- demonstrate networking capacity, in particular by membership of or established cooperation with relevant regional and/or national CVE networks;
- demonstrate capability and commitment to promote the work of RAN at local, regional and national levels as proved, for instance, through an advisory role.
The Ambassador of RAN will be selected for the duration of the activities of RAN under the respective framework contract.
Conditions of remuneration and reimbursement of Ambassadors
The honorific position of Ambassador of RAN will be granted without remuneration. However, the Ambassador will receive reimbursement for his/her travel and accommodation expenses according to the rules and rates applied by the European Commission when the Ambassador is requested to represent RAN.
- Provide a Curriculum Vitae (three pages maximum) documenting your relevant professional experience and expertise and fulfilment of the selection criteria. All CVs should be submitted in the European format.
- Provide a letter (two pages maximum) explaining your motivation to become a RAN Ambassador.
- Please contact HOME-RAN for questions or additional information.
- The deadline to submit your application to HOME-RAN is 12 February 2021.
- The selection of Ambassadors will be communicated in the week of 15 March 2021.