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Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
In 1999, I was graduated as Professional Master’s Degree in Economy and local development at the university of La Sorbonne in Paris. Professionally, I benefit from a wide experience in urban development from the local level to the European one. Firstly, I am a member of the technical assistance team for the French national network of cities,, cities, which have an ITI (Integrated territorial instrument) or an urban axis in their operational programmes. In this framework, I support these cities in the concrete implementation of their integrated urban strategies: moderation of thematic and methodological workshops, writing of studies on different urban issues, organisation of trainings... Moreover, I directly support French cities in the implementation of their ITI (support in the definition of their integrated strategy crossing physical, social and economic issues, development of an action plan, settlement of a participative process, support projects promoters...). Thirdly, for over 9 months I am involved in an URBACT capitalisation action, which consists of developing a new methodology (through local pact) to address poverty challenges in deprived areas. More specifically, this "Local Pact" aims at promoting integrated urban development in a multilevel governance perspective and is based on empowerment of residents. These experiences give me a strong knowledge of urban integrated development issues from the ground, to the regional, national or European framework.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is professionally engaged in integrated and sustainable urban development fore 20 years. Among others, she refers to the Integrated territiorial investment approach.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I benefit from a strong experience linked to transnational cooperation and intercultural learning processes, trough various missions such as: - support a MED cooperation project (EMbleMatiC) in its concrete implementation: administrative and monitoring activities, preparation and moderation of thematic workshops, with the objective to collect inputs from each partner in order to co-produce collectively outputs useful for all partners and to promote the added value of cooperation. - support different project promoters in the preparation of their application forms for transnational cooperation projects: identification and exchanges with potential transnational partners, development of the project idea and definition of transnational activities, description of multicultural learning methodologies... - participation in a URBACT capitalisation action concerning the implementation of a new methodology for integrated urban development targeting deprived areas. This study is based on 4 study cases from 4 different countries. - participation in a ERASMUS+ project on the topic of eco-mobility: participation in the transnational activities and meetings, support in the moderation, writing of a transnational benchmark study. All these missions have given me skills to moderate transnational meeting, to guarantee a participation from all partners (even with languages problems), to build transnational knowledge with an added-value, to encourage co-production in a dynamic way.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant participated in multiple transnational projects where learning and knowledge exchange were central parts of the implementation.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Through all missions linked to transnational cooperation, I am used to speak and write in English. Then, I am able to: - moderate transnational meetings gathering partners from different countries, with various levels of language and confidence; I have developed specific moderation methodologies to stimulate the participation of each partners. - write some reports in English: benchmarking studies, evaluation reports, methodological guidelines, application forms for European cooperation projects... Example: currently, I participate with 2 others experts in an URBACT capitalization action in the framework of the European urban agenda and more specifically of the Urban poverty partnership. Within this mission, I contribute to the definition of a new approach/methodology to support cities to address poverty challenge in deprived areas. Then, I feel comfortable with the idea of being Lead Expert of a URBACT project, of moderating transnational meetings and creating a partners group very dynamic, of analysing each partners' challenges and co-creating new methodology, knowledge and Know-how with this transnational added-value.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is proficient 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: 
In the framework of URBACT capitalisation action concerning Local pact, a first Policy Lab has been organized in Paris with participants from France, Poland, Spain and Germany. I was in charge of presenting the French "Politique de la Ville" in English : legal framework, budget, administrative organization, participation process... If I have used a classical powerpoint presentation, I have introduced some pedagogical slides (ex: 'do we speak the same language?" to present the different territorial administrative levels in France: what is a municipality in France? What is a metropolitan area? etc. ). A second example was the presentation of a cooperation project during the second transnational meeting of the EMbleMatiC project (In Italy- Gran Sasso). I have used a prezi presentation to illustrate my speech. Very often, I use also some videos, and a lot of images/photos on my powerpoint presentations.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides various examples that illustrate her 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 framework of the URBACT capitalisation action (Local Pact), the first objective was to compare the urban policies targeting deprived areas in 4 countries. To facilitate this comparative work, I (with two others European experts) have prepared a common template to collect the same information from the 4 countries stakeholders and to formalize a common one. This template was organized on different sections: multi-level governance/definition of intervention areas/financial elements/participative approach/monitoring and evaluation... Then, we have completed the inputs through interviews with specific stakeholders. In the framework of INTERREG IV France-UK, I have carried out a benchmarking study on the following topic: comparison of legal statuses from women entrepreneurs. Firstly, we have organized individual interviews on the basis of a common questionnaire grid. We have then prepared a synthesis. Secondly, I have moderated cross-border workshops, which have began with the presentation of the synthesis and then, the organization of subgroups to work on a common template. All these inputs have been integrated in a report that has been disseminated to all the concerned stakeholders.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides clear examples of methods with which she draws out the experiences of stakeholders and participants.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
1) MED project (EMbleMatiC): - writing of transnational meetings minutes including main decisions, good practices... A particular effort has been made to produce minutes, which are not too long, practical and re-usable by each partner. - notebook for on-site visits (on the basis of a provided template): each participant should fill-in this notebook to give his impressions concerning each visits according to a set of common criteria 2) Study-trips organized in Austria, in Germany and in Italy. As organizer, I have produced after each study-trip a "Travel diary" (Carnet de voyage) to capitalize the good practices. These presentations of good practices were not based on a general description but on an detailed analysis : implementation steps, financial and technical matters, keys to success, conditions of transfer... 3) Study concerning the social acceptance of eco-districts (DREAL Lorraine): in this mission, I was in charge of identifying European good practices of this field. The mission has begun with a desk analysis, interviews with project promoters and formalization of a pedagogical presentation with operational advices, photos and recommendations.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple relevant examples of documents which incorporate the knowledge that was exchanged during meetings at transnational level.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
1) URBACT Capitalisation action (Local pacts): contribution to the writing of a report synthesis (15 pages) and of a "manifesto" with the key-messages dedicated to urban policy-makers and to European Union. The idea is to promote "Local Pact" as a methodological approach for integrated urban development to address poverty in deprived areas by implementing a multilevel governance and an empowerment process for local people. 2) Writing transfer plans in the framework of RUR@CT methodology implemented by the Regional Council of Limousin. On the basis of European good practices selected by the Limousin Region according to its challenges, I have supported them in the operational transfer of these good practices. The first step was to analyze in details the good practice itself (a good practice sheet). The second steps was to organize study visit with all the concerned stakeholders. The third step was to write an action plan to implement concretely the good practice in the region Limousin while adapting to their local context and constraints. This action plan was divide into 3 main parts: one focused on good practices analysis, the second one on policy recommendations and the last one, on practical/technical advices. 3) Capitalisation of all French Territorial Cooperation Projects (ETC) 2007-2013 and 2014-2020: identification of good practices and formalization of recommendations to improve the implementation of ETC.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides three relevant examples of reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages
Assessment: 
0: The applicant is rejected for C due to C2.1, C2.2 and C2.3 For 15 years, I am used to be involved in cooperation projects, in which I was/am in charge of: - moderating transnational meetings gathering many partners from different countries (programmes: INTERREG MED, URBACT, LEADER, ERASMUS+...). - co-designing knowledge/strategies/deliverables on the basis of each partner's experience. - developing comparative analysis in order to formalize some recommendations. - writing some reports, synthesis, policy recommendations with an adapted format according to the targets. These missions has given me the opportunity to : - develop moderations methods/tools facilitating co-production, active participation from all partners in a pleasant and constructive work environment - produce some appropriate media (communicative one) in order to convince policy makers to transform their public policies - support technical people and elected representatives in the improvement or change of their policies through the integration of transnational learnings in their own context - optimize the added value of cooperation in the local urban policies, in the partnership and in each participant feeling!

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Environmental Issues
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I graduated from the University of La Sorbonne in the framework of a Master entitled "Economy of planning and local development". During my two last years of study (notably during my ERASMUS year spent in Graz in Austria), I followed courses on sustainable development issues. It was my first discovering on this topic. Then within my professional experience, I have developed an expertise by working on the following missions: - Involvement in an ERASMUS+ cooperation project on the topic of school mobility management (2016-2018): European benchmarking study, writing of a guideline to better manage school mobility management by involving all stakeholders (schools, local authorities, transport enterprises...) - Organization of several study trips concerning notably : eco-district and building efficiency, renewable energy at small-scale, circular economy, agenda 21... (Study trips organized in Germany and in Austria): identification of good practices, writing of travel diary, organization of debates...). - Support of the Region of Limousin in the transfer of a German good practice concerning energy saving in schools - Writing of a blog of good practices in sustainable development : interviews of European stakeholders, presentation of good practices... http://www.eureka21.eu
D1 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides information on projects in which she has participated that had elements of sustainability, energy efficiency, but these aspects seem quite limited. She has organised some study trips in this topic. The topic of Environmental issues does not seem to be a particular field of expertise.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
- Benchmarking study concerning the social acceptance of eco-districts (DREAL Lorraine in France): the objectives was to prepare a comparative study among different European countries concerning the social dimension in the development of eco-districts. This study should feed a wide feasibility study carried out before the development of 3 eco-districts in the region of Lorraine. - Detailed analysis of a German good practice called "E-teams" consisting in creating energy teams made-up of pupils, teachers, pupils parents, energetic experts to develop new solutions to save energy in schools. My role was to analyze this good practice in defining the strengths, the weakness, the sticking points and difficulties, the condition of transfer (technical, financial, organizational, political conditions). This analysis was the first step before the organization of a study trip (organized by the Region of Limousin) and the writing of the transfer pan (see the next sections).
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant examples of thematic inputs that were produced to feed in the learning process. It is not clear to what extent this was at a transnational level. The connection with the thematic field that is selected is quite thin.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
1) Travel diary after a study trip in Germany concerning sustainable development and renewable energies (led by the county council of Pyrénées orientates). This document has included the presentation of discovered good practices (analysis with the key-points, potential difficulties, conditions of transfer in others territorial areas...) organized according to sub-topics : transversal approach and strategies (agenda 21), building efficiency, eco-renovation of social housing, eco-mobility, renewable energy developed at small-scale (methanization, solar energy station, participative investments...). The last part of the document presented potential actions that the county council could lead according to their intervention fields in the sector of sustainable development and renewable energy: definition of a new policy in term of sustainable development 2) Transfer plan for the Regional council of Limousin concerning a German initiative called "E-teams": saving energy in schools. This plan was organized around several intervention' axis with concrete actions and modalities for their implementation, stakeholders to involve, financial information. This transfer plan has been draft according to the transnational learnings from the study visit and the detailed analysis prepared in advance. The first part of this transfer plan was the description of the German good practice.
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides two examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages but she does not describe her role in the production of these report.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Move forward from a presentation of a good practice to a real transformation of local policies is the main challenge of capitalization and mainstreaming activities. That's what I do in several of my missions. One of the example is the mission concerning E-teams (the German good practice) and its transfer in Region of Limousin. After a deep analysis of the German good practice, I have organized a study visit in Germany with all concerned stakeholders from Region Limousin (people working in the education department and in the environmental department of Region Limousin, schools (primary, secondary...), energetic experts from the region). This on-site visit has given the opportunity to French stakeholders to understand all the dimension of the German project and to exchange concretely with German actors. The last step was consisting in the writing of an operational transfer plan dedicated to the Region Limousin. It was organized around several methodological steps and detailed needed concrete modalities (in terms of governance, human resources...) and financial information. The mission has been finished with the organization of a meeting in the Region Limousin, gathering all concerned stakeholders. The objective was to present the transfer plan and to mobilize stakeholders, who will contribute to its concrete imeplementation.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant describes the process of using project results in other projects, and adapting the methods used to a new context.
Assessment: 
0: The applicant is rejected for theme Environmental Issues due to D1 and D3. Sustainable development is a leitmotiv/a common theme in the different mission that I carry out. In this field, I have particularly developed an expertise in the following sub-topics/fields: - transversal sustainable development strategies: agenda 21... - analysis of good practices and identification of key-actors network: eco-districts, building efficiency, eco-mobility, energy saving and circular economy, renewable energies, social innovation - organisation of study visits based on exchanges and debates with local stakeholders - moving from a good practices to the design of a public policy: identification of the transfer conditions mobilization of concerned stakeholders... Moreover, since I am also specialized in social inclusion field, I don't forget the social dimension of sustainable development, often forgotten. Mix initiatives combining these two dimensions, such as citizens participative investments for renewable engines should be more promoted, disseminated and integrated within territories practices.
Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
For 10 years I worked on employment and social inclusion through different types of missions, as consultancy: - ESF (European social fund) framework: writing of articles and interviews concerning social inclusion issues, support ESF project promoters, moderation of workshops and seminars focused on ESF issues. - participation in the URBACT capitalization action developed in the framework of the Urban poverty partnership (European Urban Agenda). This mission consists in creating a new methodology of integrated urban development targeting deprived areas to better address poverty challenges in a multilevel governance context and with participative process. These missions give me the opportunity to work more specifically on the following sub topics: urban poverty, social inclusion, fight against discriminations, migrants, youth employment, social innovation...
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has extensive experience in the field of social inclusion and active inclusion of target groups.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
- In the framework of the URBACT capitalization action, I participate (with 2 others experts) in the drafting of a guideline describing the main steps to implement at the municipal level an integrated urban strategy targeting deprived areas (around 100 pages) to better address poverty challenges. This document includes study cases from 4 countries (France, Germany, Spain and Poland) and brings inputs on the following topics: multi level governance, integrated approach, participation and people empowerment, definition of intervention's area in deprived territories, technical and institutional requirements, financial management and monitoring and evaluation. - Benchmarking study concerning the social acceptance of eco-districts (DREAL Lorraine in France): the objectives was to prepare a comparative study among different European countries concerning the social dimension in the development of eco-districts. This study should feed a wide feasibility study carried out before the development of 3 eco-districts in the region of Lorraine. - Writing of issue papers concerning ESF, such as: How can ESF support youth Employment? ESF and social innovation? How ESF support the most marginalized people?
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant presents several relevant examples of thematic inputs related to inclusion of target groups.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
- Writing of interviews, portraits and communicant articles on ESF issues to disseminate the added value of ESF in the social inclusion field. All these papers are disseminated on the website of the DGEFP (French national management authority in charge of the national OP- Ministry for employment). - Moderation of workshops ("project factories") in the framework of the national ESF event organized by the Ministry of Employment "Le village FSE", which gathers over 700 persons. - Co-Writing of a manifesto (in the framework of the URBACT capitalization action), which summarizes our work and aims at convincing countries and local authorities to implement an areas based policy targeting deprived areas to better address poverty challenges. It's organized around key-messages and should be disseminate widely.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two examples of reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Move forward from a presentation of a good practice to a real transformation of local policies is the main challenge of capitalization and mainstreaming activities. That's what I do in several of my missions. One of the example is the mission concerning E-teams (the German good practice) and its transfer in Region of Limousin. After a deep analysis of the German good practice, I have organized a study visit in Germany with all concerned stakeholders from Region Limousin (people working in the education department and in the environmental department of Region Limousin, schools (primary, secondary...), energetic experts from the region). This on-site visit has given the opportunity to French stakeholders to understand all the dimension of the German project and to exchange concretely with German actors. The last step was consisting in the writing of an operational transfer plan dedicated to the Region. It was organized around several methodological steps and detailed needed concrete modalities (in terms of governance, human resources...) and financial information. The mission has been finished with the organization of a meeting, gathering all concerned stakeholders. The objective was to present the transfer plan and to mobilize stakeholders, who will contribute to its concrete implementation. The same method has been applied for others European good practices transferred in the Region Limousin such as: intergenerational housing, regional gender plan...
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant describes the process of using project results in other projects, and adapting the methods used to a new context.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Social inclusion is a topic that I have addressed in the framework of several missions that I carry out as consultancy: - European Social fund (ESF) : I am in charge of writing interviews, portraits and article illustrating good practices lead by stakeholders on the field of ESF and notably social inclusion: ROMs social inclusion, Youth employment, social accompaniment of people who are out of the labour market for a long time, social innovation initiatives,...All these inputs are disseminated on the French ESF website, developed by the French Ministry of Employment. In the framework of ESF I am also involved in supporting small NGO to define their project and to apply to ESF applications in the following fields: social inclusion of woman migrants, professional inclusion of migrants and promotion of entrepreneurship, remobilization of NEETS...) - I also participate in the framework of URBACT capitalization action in a mission, which consist in the definition of a new methodology for cities to implement integrated strategies targeting deprived areas to better address poverty issues. This study is based on the deeper analysis of 4 countries cases (France, Germany, Spain and Poland). These 2 example of missions are an illustration of my expertise in the field of social inclusion: knowledge of main challenges at local, national and European level, general overview of good practices and identification of key-stakeholders in this field.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the thematic field 'Active inclusion of target groups'

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
Support of a French area (Pays Loire Nature) in the preparation of his LEADER territorial strategy (one-year mission). To build this strategy, the work has been based on the following steps: 1) participative diagnosis : this first step has been organized with individual interviews to collect information and data from various stakeholders. The second step has consisted in the organization of diagnosis workshop. Organized in sub-groups, each sub-group should fill-in a common AFOM template concerning different topics. The combination of individual interviews with collective workshop allow me to draft a territorial diagnosis organized around various topics (economy, environment, social issues, territorial inequalities...). 2) definition of the integrated strategy and the action plan: on the basis of the participative diagnosis, two new rounds of workshops have been organized. During the first round, participants have worked on the basis of problems trees in order to identify challenges. The second round aimed at defining actions. The world cafe method has then been chosen to collect the ideas of all participants concerning all the topics of potential actions. 3) definition of the concrete modalities : human and financial means
E.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant describes a relevant project in which she has used participatory methods for the production and implementation of local policies.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
As member of the technical assistance team of the French network of ITI or urban axis (in the framework of Article 7 of ERDF regulation) areas (network led by the CGET-National agency fo the territorial cohesion): - I benefit from a wide knowledge of integrated urban strategies in France: content, interventions areas, modalities of implementation... - I moderate some methodological workshops concerning: articulation ESF/ERDF, monitoring and evaluation, communication, administrative and financial matters... - I moderate some thematic workshops and national seminar gathering cities/municipalities and metropolitan areas having a urban integrated strategy - I write some good practice factsheet (methodological or describing concrete initiatives on various fields) and thematic studies (example: European urban agenda)
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant is involved in the ITI in France and is familiar with methodologies for delivering these integrated strategies.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Since I am one of the technical assistance teams' member of the French network of ITI and urban axis area (in the framework of the article 7 of the EFRD), I have a continuous flow of information concerning current and future financing issues. In the framework of this mission, we organize each year a national event gathering all municipalities, cities, metropolitan areas which have an ITI or an urban axis. The objective is to exchange about their respective practices but also to focus on the post 2020 and the European urban Agenda. Moreover, I currently participate in a URBACT capitalisation action organized in the framework of the European urban Agenda (and more particularly in the framework of the Urban Poverty partnership) concerning local pacts (a methodology promoting an area-based approach targeting deprived areas with a multilevel governance context and involving active participation process). This methodology dedicated to cities could be formalized through a territorial tool that could be integrated in the future cohesion policy 2021-2028 (part of the 6% dedicated to sustainable urban development).
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant is up to date with policies, trends and funds. Based on her CV we can see that she knows how to stay up to date.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
I was and I am currently involved in several missions of capitalization consisting in the: - identification and analyze of good practices - support in the transfer of this practices in others areas from others countries, with others administrative organization, financial constraints... It means firstly identifying the conditions of transfer . Example of missions: - Mission for the Region Limousin (detailed in section 4) consisting in supporting them in the local transfer of European good practices; Mission for PANORAMED (Axis 4 of the MED Operational programme): support local European authorities in the re-use and the transfer of outputs from INTERREG projects in their own policies; 2 main topics: sustainable tourism and maritime safety; National capitalisation of European territorial cooperation programmes concerning France: identification of concrete outputs from INTERREG projects and support in their transfer in others French policies (Regional operational programmes, thematic regional policies...).
E.4 Assessment: 
0: While the applicant lists some relevant examples of projects where tools had to be adapted to a local context, she does not provide examples of the role she had in these project nor how she has changed tools.
Summary Expertise: 
I have began my professional career in supporting local authorities in the design, the implementation and in the evaluation of their public policies (transversal territorial strategies). These missions have given me a general culture on local development process (including participative approach): design of strategy and action plans, governance strategies.... Overtime, I am specializing : - in urban integrated development, from the local scale (municipalities level) to the European one (Future European Urban agenda ). As member of the French network of ITI and others urban areas (Article 7 of ERDF), I benefit from a wide knowledge concerning integrated urban development and challenges. - in mainstreaming method, consisting in supporting local authorities in the re-use /transfer of European good practices (implemented by an European cities) on their own area, according to their own context and constraints.
Assessment: 
1: The candidate is validated for E.

Informations

Residence location:
France
Languages:
French - Mother tongue
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Email:
severine.bressaud@eureka21.eu

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