September 29, 2022

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host International Civil Society Week April/May 2019: Balkans and Black Sea Region (DL: 7 March 2018)

In 2017, the CIVICUS Board of Directors determined to hold the International Civil Society Week – ICSW 2019 in the Balkans and Black Sea region and is currently looking for a local partner to join them in hosting the ICSW (April – June 2019).


Based on a set of initial criteria relating to civic space, income levels, and operational factors, the following countries were selected as potential hosts: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.


The International Civil Society Week 2019 local host partner will be selected based on the following criteria:


  • Potential impact for local and global civil society
  • Knowledge and experience of the national/regional civil society context
  • Expertise in fundraising and convening major/international events
  • Outreach capacity, including non-capital, rural and grassroots environments
  • Networking capacities with civil society, multi-stakeholder groups, volunteer groups and academia
    Organisational stability and track record
  • CIVICUS membership and/or previous partnerships and affiliations
  • Evidence of organisational and financial governance, registration with national authorities
  • Good track record of environmental sustainability credentials



CIVICUS envisions the following roles and responsibilities in co-hosting International Civil Society Week 2019, which would be further discussed and articulated with the successful applicant.


Local Host Partner:


  • Secure core funds required to ensure success of International Civil Society Week
  • Engage Local Host Committee to mobilise local support and ensure local relevance
  • Support International Civil Society Week outreach and communications
  • Co-facilitate event partner selection and programme development
  • Provide centralised event logistics and select service providers
  • Manage budget, finances and reporting



  • Assist in resource mobilisation and cover costs associated with the CIVICUS events and personnel
  • Convene Programme Steering Committee to mobilise partners and ensure global, sectoral, thematic diversity
    Support International Civil Society Week outreach and communications
  • Co-facilitate event partner selection and programme development
  • Share tools and resources for event logistics based on international convening experience
  • Provide oversight and sign-off on budget, finances and reports

Applications are due Wednesday, 7 March 2018. Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for further details and final decisions communicated in April.


You can complete the online application form here. Please contact with any queries related to your application.


For more details on the requirements and application procedure, as well as background information on the International Civil Society Week, please visit the CIVICUS webpage.

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