Irena

Country: 
Croatia
Position: 
Leader of Training Team
Biography: 

Born in Osijek (Croatia) in 1977.

Formal Education:

1996 - Secondary Tourist School of Osijek, Croatia
1997 - Leadership and Develomental Youthwork – PRONI level “A” course, School of Education and Communication of Jönköping (Sweden) (30 ECTS)
2000 - Youthwork and Reconciliation Work – PRONI level “B” course, School of Education and Communication of Jönköping (Sweden) (30 ECTS)
2002 - Training for Trainers "Training Methodology in Practice" – PRONI level “B+” course, School of Education and Communication of Jönköping (Sweden) (5 ECTS)
2003 - University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer; Teacher Training School of Osijek, Department for Pre-school pedagogy
2003 - Education for Entrepreneurs «Start-up Your Own Business» – Center for Entrepreneurship of Osijek, Croatia
2004 - Training for Trainers: «European Union» (Basics of European Union, Institutions in EU, Decision Making Process, Project Cycle Management (PCM), CARDS programs, Processes of lobbying and negotiation) – Ministry of European Integration, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 - Training for Trainers and Consultants: Social Entrepreneurship – SLAP Center for Non-profit Entrepreneurship, Osijek, Croatia
2006 - Leadership and Developmental Youth and Community Work, School of Education and Communication of Jönköping (Sweden) – up-grading program for academic level of education in the fields of pedagogy and communication (120 ECTS)
2009 - Training for Trainers «Minimum Basic Training for Youth Information Workers», certified by European Youth Information and Counseling Agency - ERYICA from Luxembourg, organized in Osijek, Croatia
2010 - Training for Trainers "YINTRO - Stepping Into Youth Information Work", certified by European Youth Information and Counseling Agency - ERYICA from Luxembourg, organized in Prague, Czech Republic

Additional Education in the fields of:

active listening, non-violent communication, conflict transformation and resolution, mediation process, trust building, facilitation, team building, fund-raising, management, peace building between gender, public relations, lobbying and advocacy, cross-border cooperation development, cross-sector cooperation and partnership development, project and team management, supervision and monitoring, strategic planning, sustainable development, LFA methodology, use of SWOT analysis and strategic orientation (SOR matrix), recycling, environmental protection, art and design, photography, etc.

Working experience:
(1994 – 2000) voluntary work on planning, organizaing and implementation of different youth NGO projects
(1998 – 2006) honorary jobs and voluntary work as trainer, facilitator, mentor, consultant, counselor, and workshop leader for children, secondary school pupils and students in the frame of NGO projects in Croatia and abroad
(1998 – 2000) honorary jobs on planning, preparation and implementation of different youth and community work projects in Croatia and abroad
(1999) honorary job on Peace Team and Peace Building Project "Active listening in local communities" - direct work with citizens in re-integrational post-war period in East Croatia
(2000 – 2001) temporary employmed in PRONI Centre for Social Education as Youth Worker in Youth Club Laslovo, Croatia
(2001 – 2002) temporary employed in PRONI Centre for Social Education as Senior Youth Worker in Youth Club Laslovo, Croatia
from the May the 1st 2002 constant emplyoment in PRONI Center for Social Education, first as assistant trainer and lecturer (development and implementation of different training programs, facilitation of seminars, conferences and other non-formal educational programs aiming on human capacity building in the field of: communication, team work, community work for different target groups: NGOs, citizens initiatives, business sector, public administration and institutions, children, young people in Croatia and abroad
from September 2003 Leader of Training Team and active lecturer on University course "Leadership and Developmental Youth and Community Work", which include also supervision and monitoring of student personal development and their practical work with different target groups in targeted local communities, but also creation and implementation of trainings for the benefit of various target groups. As Leader of Training Team my role is to actively contribute in team building and capacity building of trainers in training pool.
During 2005 implementation of trainings and consultations on different topics: resource analysis and sustainability, social entrepreneurship, business plan development, etc.
2005 implementation of training cycle "Project Cycle Management" for representatives of Vukovar-Srijem County and other public institutions in that region
2006 and 2007 active leading of preparations and implementation of education for youth and community workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia – contracted by organization Forum Syd Balkan Project – RO Belgrade
2006 Croatia, Bjelolasica - formal facilitator on the 2nd National Youth Conference, organized by Croatian Ministry of family, war-veterans and inter generational solidarity
2006 Croatia, Zagreb - formal facilitator on 3rd National Conference on Voluntarism, organized by State Departement for NGOs and National Foundation for Civil Society Development
2006 and 2007 participated as trainer on national level in planning and implementing training programs (EPRD) for capacity building of local administration, local self-government and civil society organizations in the field of pre-accession fund (CARDS 2003)
2006 and 2007 engaged as lecturer for University program «Leadership and Developmental Community Youth Work» in Serbia, contracted by organization Forum Syd Balkan Project
2007 engaged as leader of capacity building program for training team in organization Forum Syd (for the project in Travnik, Central Bosnia)
2007 formal facilitator on 3rd National Youth Conference "Young people and social development", organized by Croatian Ministry of family, war-veterans and inter generational solidarity
During 2007 and 2008 active lecturer in University program for youth and community workers on University of Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and University of Nikšić (Montenegro) – contracted by organization Forum Syd Balkan Project – RO Belgrade
2007 contracted by organization Forum Syd Balkan Project – RO Belgrade, for the process of supervision of university professors and assistant-educators, supervising the implementation of working methodology in the education for youth and community workers on Pedagogical faculty in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Faculty of Philosophy of Nikšić (Montenegro)
2009 in the frame of project "Youth in the Center!", financed by Dutch Ministry of Foregin Affairs, through MATRA program, contracted by Training Institute "Kontakt der Kontinenten" from Soesterberg, the Netherlands for transfer of experience, supervision and monitoring of training team for youth and community work development, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Languages:
Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian and English
Very familiar with other Slavic languages
German - good in writing and speach
French - basic understanding and use

Hobbies - many!

Living in Osijek, Croatia!

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