Validated Lead Expert
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development:
As project evaluation and monitoring officer in the Transnational MED Programme, I had the possibility to work with projects on all subjects covered by the thematic objectives of the MED programme for 2007-2013 period. Many of them were related to integrated and sustainable urban development, touching its different aspects - transport, energy efficiency, renewable energies, innovative cultural development, cultural heritage etc. For four years I worked with different partnerships in the Mediterranean area and got the possibility the acquire very good general overview of the different challenges that nowadays European cities have to tackle. With projects like Texmedin and Chord I had the possibility to work on cultural heritage, approached in new angles, with Planet Design – the sustainability in design, Sostenuto – on innovative cultural management practices, with the projects ICS, Iktimed and Wide I had the opportunity to develop my knowledge on innovation, SMEs and knowledge transfer...
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of her understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level:
The exchange and learning processes at transnational level are quite often a challenge that meets more than the language barrier. High sensitivity to the culture and the needs of the others are necessary, as well as a long international experience. Many projects in the ETC world fail to accomplish the exchange or learning process they have foreseen, due to bad communication among the partners, which, in turn might result into more serious issues as lack of trust. My different roles as supervisor and leader of transnational networks, have allowed me to work on different ways to overcome the blocking points, and to extract the knowledge, useful for the tasks to be fulfilled. As project officer in the MED programme I had to learn to understand the cultural particularities and expectations of different partners in order to assist the implementation of the projects. Also, my last role in INTERACT was entirely devoted to exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of her understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English:
All my diplomas have been obtained in Paris, in English language (Bachelor and two Master degrees).
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of her proficiency in English.
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers:
More than five years of presentations to non-English speakers in MED and INTERACT have led me to a good knowledge of the ways through which I could make myself understood. Visuals (ppt, prezi etc.) are useful, but often might attract the attention away from the speaker, so a good balance is very important. Also, the speaker should have a good overview over the audience and try to "read" the level of their understanding, which will allow him/her to adapt the level of language if needed. Speaking other European languages helps a lot to"break" some barriers.
0: Provided less than one relevant example that demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants:
In the Interact seminars this is a regular practice, supported by go-rounds, moderation cards, flip charts and open discussions, supported by guiding template questions etc. Each seminar is very well prepared in advance. Example: the Regional network, where we surveyed the topics interesting for the programmes in advance and organised the seminar around them. Another example is the Core group of the eMS project, where I regularly collected beforehand documents from the programmes in order to prepare the proposal for the next meeting. Those usually were procedure that I had to translate into tables to be used for the software.
1: The candidate provides two valid examples of outputs to support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away:
Most often I delivered meeting reports or notes after the transnational events that I organised. For example : notes on the Core group meetings with a highlight on decisions taken and on the other hand, the follow up reports after the Observers group meetings or after the Regional Network meetings. Unfortunately those documents are not in the public domain and I cannot provide links to them.
1: The applicant mentiones two examples of how the results were captured for the participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages:
In MED Programme, as well as in Interact, I was often led to draft reports and articles. Some were for the Monitoring commitees, some for the newsletters. The two only publications that I have are the following articles in Interact newsletters: page 18: http://admin.interact-eu.net/downloads/8692/INTERACT_Newsletter_Spring_2014_Financing_the_Future_Web_Edition.pdf and http://admin.interact-eu.net/downloads/9117/INTERACT_newsletter_Winter_2014_2015_eMS_tailored_to_the_needs_of_Interreg.pdf
1: The candidate provides two convincing examples demonstrating her ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
After four years as project officer in the MED Programme and more than a year as a responsible of the electronic monitoring system project in INTERACT, I could offer a very thorough understanding of the transnational scene, combined with strong analytic approach. These allow me to grasp the needs of different actors and to facilitate a change.
The candidate meets the criteria regarding the expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities, although no explicit examples were given for C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies, nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Theme / Policy:
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.:
Since my years as project officer I have a quite high interest towards the Management of the arts and cultural projects. I have been responsible for the management of several transnational projects of the subject: Chord, 2BParks - on city branding and cultural heritage; Sostenuto; Knowing - on innovative cultural management; Smilies - on small smart industries in the Mediterranean islands; Texmedin, Planet Design - on the design and textile industry in the area etc. I have also a Master degree in International trade which was strongly focused on Market studies and Marketing. I am also currently finishing my Bachelor studies of Visual arts in the University of Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne.
1: The applicant has more than 2 years experience (educational / professional) on Arts and Culture.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved:
I am currently involved in studies in the field that I decided to complete with online classes in Goethe institute on Sustainable Management of the Arts and different classes on the online learning platforms edx and coursera. I also possess a very high natural curiosity that leads me to constantly gather new information on any subject I find relevant or needed for my work or interests. In my previous workplaces, I have been recognized as person who brings new ideas and viewpoints. For example in the MED Programme I often transferred to projects the results of other projects in order to encourage capitalisation activities and synergies. While in MED Proogramme, I also assisted Interact in the production of the booklet on Cultural project in Europe.
1: The applicant provides 2 valid examples demonstrating her ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice:
The two only publications that I have are the following articles in Interact newsletters: page 18: http://admin.interact-eu.net/downloads/8692/INTERACT_Newsletter_Spring_2014_Financing_the_Future_Web_Edition.pdf and http://admin.interact-eu.net/downloads/9117/INTERACT_newsletter_Winter_2014_2015_eMS_tailored_to_the_needs_of_Interreg.pdf My role was the main one - I was drafting the articles, taking the interviews, asking for permission for publication from the interviewees and then incorporate any recommendations my colleagues assigned to the article had. The basecamp community I had is not a public domain, so I cannot provide it here. I have also prepared a chapter on monitoring systems in the future Project Management manual by INTERACT (not published yet).
1: The applicant provides at least 2 examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes:
Capitalization is a quite complex issue, that is understood from simple communication of outputs to a real use of previous experience. In the MED Programme I assisted the capitalisation process and, as project officer, often put in relation different projects with complementary or similar activities. Some of the best capitalisation projects of the programme came out of those informal networks that I encouraged, expecially the ones on creative industries.
0: Provided less than one relevant example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising etc. Applicant did not give an example of a strategy she designed.
Summary Thematic expertise:
After many years of monitoring of cultural and arts projects, I decided to deepen my knowledge and prepare a diploma in the area. My experience goes from cultural heritage through city branding to innovative management of the arts.
The applicant is validated for D with a score of 3 out of 4. There are no identified inconsistencies between the summary and the replies (although the summary can be a bit longer), nor between the information in the application form and CV.
Bulgarian - Mother tongue
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