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Call for expressions of interest to carry out facilitation activities with the Advisory Board “EIT Food RIS Policy Council"

EIT Food is looking for an organisation and/or professional(s) that would carry out facilitation and dynamization activities with the EIT Food RIS Policy Council, in 2021 and 2022.
EIT Food North-East
Online
Deadline: 23 May 2021

Subject of the call

The present Request for Proposals is launched by EIT Food to select Facilitator that would carry out the brainstorming session with the RIS team, design methodology of the RIS Policy Council performance in 2021 and 2022, facilitate its activities and provide documents summarising the results of RIS Policy Council for each year. The selection process is implemented as an open call, managed by two EIT Food Co-Location Centres North-East and South (“CLC NE” and “CLC South”), using clear and transparent selection criteria.

Eligible applicants

Individuals or Legal persons that are able to perform the activities lined out in the Scope of work (4) in the timeframe from June 2021 to end November 2022.

The Facilitator should be able to demonstrate:

  • experience in finding synergies among different perspectives and providing conclusions in a user-friendly manner;
  • experience in facilitating workshops for executive level participants (group of approx. 30 px);
  • experience in facilitating online workshops and trainings;
  • good understanding of EU innovation ecosystem;
  • expertise in facilitating multinational, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams and groups (30 px);
  • experience in facilitating workshops in English with non-native speakers;
  • experience in system thinking and innovative approaches to working with the newest trends in facilitation, co-creation methods and strategy design, especially online;
  • proficient fluency in English (both spoken and written).

About RIS Council

In 2019 EIT Food established a policy advisory body, the EIT Food RIS Council, consisting of stakeholder representatives from EIT RIS countries. The Council supports EIT Food in policy dialogue and other interactions in the target countries, contributes towards the further elaboration of EIT Food instruments and projects, as well as promotes linkages with government authorities and other stakeholders, intending to synchronise the development of EIT Food portfolio with national or regional Smart Specialisation Strategies of the targeted EIT RIS countries.

RIS Council consist of representatives of 17 RIS countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

In 2021 and 2022 RIS Policy Council members will focus on the following objectives:

  • Identify needs of RIS countries and provide information on current agrifood challenges especially from the EU financial perspective 2021-2027 in alignment with EIT Food Strategic Objectives and EIT Food Innovation focus areas.
  • Support linkages with other EU strategies and activities e.g. EU Green Deal, Farm to Fork Strategy, PRIMA, Biohorizon, USSN.
  • Promote and support linkages with Smart Specialization Strategies and understanding the administrative framework for creating opportunities for innovation in agrifood.
  • Informing about potential co-financing opportunities in RIS countries (via meetings, access to information of different programmes).
  • Support and guide RIS Programme Managers with the development of EIT Food RIS Strategy.
  • Assist RIS Programme Managers (act as Ambassadors) in communicating with external stakeholders to encourage their participation in EIT Food programmes.
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