The International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve co-operatives worldwide. It provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about co-operatives. The Alliance's members are international and national co-operative organisations across 100 countries from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, industry, services, banking, retail, fisheries, health, housing and insurance. Through its membership, the International Co-operative Alliance gives a voice to one billion of the world’s citizens. More information is available at: www.ica.coop.
Against the background of cooperative enterprises enabling people around the world to become protagonists of their own social and economic development, the programme ‘Cooperatives in Development – People-centred businesses in action’ will work on promoting the co-operative business model in global and local development policies, and strengthening co-operative organisations as viable actors in development processes in their own rights. This programme will run from March 2016 to September 2020, and be led by the Alliance global office, in coordination with the four Alliance regional offices for Europe, Africa, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.
PRINCIPAL ROLES AND RESPONSABILITIES
The Research Assistant Trainee will be responsible for supporting the research activities undertaken within the ICA-EU partnership, which include a mapping of cooperative actors worldwide, an analysis of legal frameworks applicable to cooperatives at regional and national levels, and several thematic researches conducted at global and regional levels. S/he will work in close cooperation with the ICA-EU Partnership Team and report directly to the International Development Director in the Coordination Unit.
The main role of the Research Assistant Trainee is to assist with the coordination activities required for the aforementioned global research processes, and to contribute to the implementation of research activities led at European level within the programme.
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