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Emma

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Validated Lead Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
With seven years experience working for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Employment and Economic Development Programme on topics including local economic development, job creation, social inclusion and social innovation, I have significant knowledge of how to support integrated, sustainable urban development. Such experience has been acquired in a wide-range of OECD member and non-member countries, in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. I have also participated in Urbact work, including: Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/2013), the Urbact Summer University in Dublin (2013), and Urbact’s work on New urban economies: How can cities foster economic development and develop ‘new urban economies’ (2014/15). More recent work has been undertaken on the sharing economy, including presenting a Master Class at Urbact’s City Festival in Riga (2015). During my academic career I have undertaken studies in policy making and economic development, including a Masters from the Universita degli Studi di Bologna in Innovation, Development and Change, alongside research into public policy at the national and sub-national levels. In 1999 and 2000 I participated in the UK Local Government Association’s Urban Commission Inquiries into: Partnerships and Partnership Working and Neighbourhoods and Neighbourhood Management.
B1. Assessment: 
1- validated Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
During my employment at the OECD I regularly organised and facilitated transnational exchange and learning processes with both EU and non-EU countries. Such exchanges and learning processes were done utilising a range of tools, including peer reviews, study visits, action plan development, capacity building seminars, and conferences. Such activities were organised as single day and multi-day events. I have led and participated in EC supported peer reviews on topics including local economic development, job creation, the active inclusion of vulnerable groups into employment, social exclusion, the social economy, and social enterprise support. I have participated in Urbact work streams: Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/2013) and Urbact’s work on New urban economies: How can cities foster economic development and develop ‘new urban economies’ (2014/15) where transnational exchange was a key component. I also facilitated ULSG@work sessions at the Urbact Summer University in Dublin (2013) on 21st Century Public Services, a Masterclass at Urbact’s City Festival in Riga (2014) and made presentations at other Urbact workstream events.
B2. Assessment: 
1- validated Provided more than one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Throughout my career I have been required to communicate to a wide-range of audiences in English, which is my mother tongue. I am a confident and capable presenter, a skill honed throughout my career. Experience as an academic enabled me to develop my skills in presenting complex ideas to different audiences, and presentations made at local, national, international and transnational events whilst at the OECD and Nesta (a UK based innovation charity) have further developed this skill in ways that takes account of audiences with varying levels of English. I have authored various reports (http://bit.ly/1HpzLtB), blogs (http://bit.ly/1QYvSC2), articles (http://bit.ly/1HpAbzT) and other contributions (http://bit.ly/1Npiu4n) across a range of areas relevant to urban development. These have been aimed at diverse audiences, including policy makers, stakeholders and those with an interest in the topic under discussion. I have also done short presentations on youtube (http://bit.ly/1ds1Lax).
B3. Assessment: 
1- validated English is applicant's native language.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Throughout my career I have regularly worked in situations where it has been necessary to present complex concepts to a diverse range of non-English speakers. Formal presentations (http://bit.ly/1IFE0xA), pre-meeting overview reports (http://bit.ly/1TZR1uw), recorded material on youtube (http://bit.ly/1ds1Lax) and blogs ((http://bit.ly/1QYvSC2) are all tools I have used successfully to present and communicate material including concepts, findings and good practices. For Urbact, I presented at the fifth Urbact Jobtown Transnational Thematic Workshop (October 2014) and contributed to the subsequent learning module (http://bit.ly/1Npiu4n) and presented a masterclass (http://bit.ly/1BQap7z) on the sharing economy at the Urbact City Festival in Riga (May 2015).
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided more than one valid 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: 
As part of the OECD project on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups, a group of experts and practitioners from across the EU, Canada and Australia travelled to Washington D.C. to share knowledge and experiences with US based employment policy-makers and practitioners at a large national event. In preparation for the transnational learning opportunity a short outline document was prepared as a background paper (http://bit.ly/1TZR1uw) to highlight good practices from around the world and the findings of an international survey of public employment service providers. This background report incorporated material that had been presented and discussed at a multi-day workshop, as well as wider material. Whilst at the OECD I designed and implemented a peer learning project as part of the work of a European Social Fund Co-operation Network, including peer review visits and transnational partners’ meetings. A key part of the process was drawing out knowledge and good practices from across the five participating partners and disseminating them amongst all members of the Network in order to support the exchange of experiences and knowledge. This knowledge was shared through a series of reports (http://bit.ly/1ds4Bp8), as well as Network wide events.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Following a multi-day transnational capacity building seminar on tackling long-term unemployment a report (http://bit.ly/1CDVQ1L) was prepared, which I supervised and contributed to, that brought together information from the seminar, including discussions and case studies of good practices, as well as background material including an international survey of public employment service providers. The report captured knowledge and experience that was useful to participants and could also be disseminated to non-participants, facilitating capitalization processes. A high level event that brought international donors and locally based delivery agents supporting the development of social enterprises from across eastern Europe was an opportunity to draw out the experiences of donors and those on the ground and combine it with the knowledge of participants around the challenges they confronted. Aimed at a specialist audience, the report (http://bit.ly/1SX5zdb) that emerged from the event combined shared information and knowledge captured during the event from participants, alongside wider OECD experiences.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
The country reports, working papers and other publications with which I was involved during my time at the OECD focused on providing policy guidance accompanied by good practices from around the world. These reports incorporated a range of different good practices and policy messages, such as those found in job creation in the Trentino region of Italy (http://bit.ly/1TZV6Pm) and social enterprise development in Serbia (http://bit.ly/1C0WXOl). They were designed to support governments at the national and sub-national level to address policy challenges by identifying barriers, good practices and policy messages. Work undertaken at the OECD on the social economy, social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in a range of different countries using a variety of methods contributed to the preparation of a policy brief for the European Commission on social entrepreneurship/social businesses (http://bit.ly/1IFJ7xK). This brief provided policy messages and good practice examples from across Europe to support the European Commission’s ‘Social Business Initiative’ and aimed to provide guidance and inspiration to governments seeking to support ‘social businesses’.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided more than two examples that demonstrate the 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: 
I have long-standing experience of designing, co-ordinating and implementing transnational activities across Europe, Asia, and in the US. This experience has enabled me to develop significant knowledge and understanding of a range of practices and methods to facilitate transnational exchange and learning. In particular, I have experience of peer review and associated learning processes, the design and development of interactive learning environments and the creation of opportunities in which to develop policies and programme ideas for implementation. Such experience has also enabled me to develop the necessary skills and understanding to manage partnerships and enable and empower all participants to share with, and learn from, each other. Alongside these skills, I am also an effective communicator, able to write, collate and prepare information and material in engaging ways to support and facilitate transnational learning and exchange.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria. There is consistency between CV and application as well as between summary and replies.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Main themes of expertise include: social innovation and participation. My educational background, including a Masters from the Universita degli Studi di Bologna in Innovation, Development and Change, as well as academic research in the UK, has informed my deep understanding of local governance. During my employment at the OECD, at Nesta and now as a freelancer, I have undertaken a range of projects focusing on social innovation and participation. Work has included: • Responsible for social innovation activities at the OECD LEED Trento Centre (2007-2014); • Organised transnational events on social innovation (http://bit.ly/1GKzkGn), including the emergence of social enterprises, innovative financial tools, and innovative public service practices; • Participated in Urbact activities, including: Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation (2012/2013); • Facilitated USG@work sessions on 21st century public services at Urbact Summer University in Dublin (2013); • Written and presented on social innovation generally (http://bit.ly/1Npiu4n) including with regard to social enterprises, the labour market (http://bit.ly/1GHteWp) and scaling (http://bit.ly/1HpAbzT); • Co-authored a report on social action (http://bit.ly/1HpzLtB) (2014) and worked with public services in the UK and Ireland to explore how to embed social action in their work (2014/15); • Co-edited a book on community capacity building (2009).
D1 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Social innovation takes many forms and the thematic inputs I have prepared have often been focused on social innovation ‘in action’. For example, a co-authored report on social action in public services (http://bit.ly/1HpzLtB ) (2014) drew on a UK and international examples to examine social action and the way it had been, and could be, introduced into public services. The report formed the basis of transnational learning opportunities in other countries, including a presentation at an Urbact event and an input (http://bit.ly/1Npiu4n) into a report from that event, which also incorporated a more general discussion of social innovation. Participation in Urbact’s workstream Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/2013) led to an opportunity to participate in an event in Philadelphia with the Social Innovation Exchange where findings from the work stream were presented. A short piece (http://bit.ly/1GHteWp) was also written to disseminate the ideas through the Social Innovation Exchange website.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - validate Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which he/she has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I co-designed and implemented all elements of a transnational project involving countries from Europe and Asia (http://bit.ly/1KjVWSN) focusing on the social economy and social enterprises, which are examples of social innovation. The co-authored reports that were prepared provided detailed policy messages in individual country reports for policy makers and practitioners, as well as good practices from a range of countries to inform and inspire. Learning and exchange opportunities were also supported through conferences and seminars. For work on ‘Tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups’, which actively sought out socially innovative ways of addressing the barriers to employment, I was responsible for the co-design of the project, co-ordinating the call for and selection of case studies and developing the framework through which the wider policy and practice messages would be delivered. The case studies informed a multi-day capacity building event during which participants shared their knowledge and experiences. From this a report (http://bit.ly/1CDVQ1L) was drafted under my supervision and with inputs from me., that included clear policy messages and good practices.
D3 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
A Nesta project on social action was accompanied by a wide-ranging capitalisation strategy. Following the finalisation of the report (http://bit.ly/1HpzLtB), which had been informed by work with practitioners and policy makers, the report was presented at a large-scale event as well as one specifically focused on social innovation with an audience of practitioners and policy-makers. Accompanying this was a digital strategy, co-designed by the authors and implemented by the digital team at Nesta. This included the online availability of the report, media releases and the use of social media, such as twitter, to promote the report. Whilst at the OECD a key part of any project in which I was involved was a capitalisation strategy. For example, individual country/regional reports were accompanied by a transnational dissemination strategy to sharing policy messages and good practices. For example, following the publications of a report on social enterprise development in Serbia (http://bit.ly/1C0WXOl), where social enterprises were considered a social innovation with the potential to address poverty and disadvantage, a conference was held in Serbia bringing together a wide-range of representatives from amongst policy-makers, practitioners and international donors to disseminate the findings of the report and explore potential policy and implementation strategies. In turn, the policy messages and good practices informed future work through an ongoing process of capitalisation.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided more than one example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. However, the applicant did not describe her role in the design of the outputs and in design of dissemination strategy.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Throughout my professional career I have developed in-depth knowledge and experience of the challenges that cities confront in creating and sustaining effective local governance practices. Whilst working at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in the Local Economic and Employment Development Programme I supported sub-national and national governments across Europe and in Asia to learn from each other and put in place policies and programmes to support effective local governance, with a particular focus on the role of social innovation and participation, including community capacity building. Social innovation is a term that encompasses a range of topics and practices. I have experience of promoting eco-systems for social innovation, alongside social innovation in specific areas, including the labour market and active inclusion measures, social inclusion, and the social economy and social enterprises, innovation in public services and delivery, and the sharing economy. In particular, I have knowledge and experience of using local governance tools and practices, including social innovation and participation to create stronger, more inclusive and more resilient communities.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria (score 4 out of 4). The application and CV are consistent. Summary is also consistent with replies.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Main themes of expertise include: integrated local economic development (labour market, social entrepreneurship, human capital, job creation) and the sharing economy. The seven years spent in the OECD Local Employment and Economic Development Programme provided me with a range of opportunities to develop indepth knowledge of various facets of local economic development. Job creation, human capital, active inclusion, social inclusion, and social innovation were areas in which I worked: designing and implementing projects, planning and contributing to conferences, seminars and other transnational learning events, as well as providing policy guidance and advice to policy-makers. This work was complemented and extended by that undertaken whilst at Nesta, and as a freelance consultant. I have designed and implemented research and dissemination activities into the newly emerging sharing economy and the contribution it can make to local economies, whether that be economic or in building stronger social networks and community resilience. My educational background, including a Masters from the Universita degli Studi di Bologna in Innovation, Development and Change, as well as academic research in the UK, has informed my deep understanding of local economies and local economic development and the need to create integrated approaches to local economic development if it is to be inclusive and sustainable.
D1 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As part of the OECD project on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups, a group of experts and practitioners from across the EU, Canada and Australia travelled to Washington D.C. to share knowledge and experiences with US based employment policy-makers and practitioners at a large national event. In preparation for the transnational learning opportunity a short outline document was prepared as a background paper (http://bit.ly/1TZR1uw) to highlight good practices from around the world and the findings of an international survey of public employment service providers. This background report incorporated material that had been presented and discussed at a multi-day workshop, as well as wider material. Work undertaken at the OECD on the social economy, social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in a range of different countries using a variety of methods contributed to the preparation of a policy brief for the European Commission on social entrepreneurship/social businesses (http://bit.ly/1IFJ7xK). This brief provided policy messages and good practice examples from across Europe to support the European Commission’s ‘Social Business Initiative’ and aimed to provide guidance and inspiration to governments seeking to support ‘social businesses’.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which she has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The country reports, working papers and other publications with which I was involved during my time at the OECD focused on providing policy guidance accompanied by good practices from around the world to support, foster and sustain local economic development. These reports incorporated a range of different good practices and policy messages, such as those found in job creation in the Trentino region of Italy (http://bit.ly/1TZV6Pm) and social enterprise development in Serbia (http://bit.ly/1C0WXOl). They were designed to support governments at the national and sub-national level to address policy challenges by identifying barriers, good practices and policy messages. As part of an OECD team, I was involved in exploring the potential local economic and social development of the London Olympics, with a particular focus on the legacy of the games. The report (http://bit.ly/1Jjc6KE), although specifically focused on London, was rooted in long-standing OECD work on the role of global events. It drew on transnational learning experiences and provided policy messages and good practice examples, with potential for learning to be shared amongst different partners.
D3 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The work undertaken at the OECD on strategies for active inclusion in the labour market intersected with that on local job creation, alongside the work on social entrepreneurship and its potential to create and support jobs. There was significant cross fertilisation of ideas, policy messages and good practices across the various aspects of local economic development on which I worked. As a result, the capitalisation strategies that were planned were informed by, and to some extent co-ordinated with, the different strands of work, such as can be seen in the project on local economic development capacity undertaken in the western Balkans (http://bit.ly/1lrhPSf). The online availability of material (including reports, presentations and interviews) was accompanied by an active capitalisation strategy that sought to promote the policy messages and good practices as widely as possible. This included the dissemination of work through OECD networks and various events, such as the OECD LEED Programme’s own annual Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance, and ad hoc events, such as a conference held jointly with the World Association of Public Employment Services and NASWA in Washington D.C. (http://bit.ly/1IFE0xA).
D4 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided more than one example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. However, the applicant did not describe her role in the design of the outputs and in design of dissemination strategy.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Throughout my professional career I have developed in-depth knowledge and experience of the challenges that confront cities seeking to create sustainable and inclusive local economic development. In particular, I have significant expertise in the areas of labour market policy and programmes, job creation, social entrepreneurship, and the emerging sharing economy, and an understanding of the actual and potential linkages between these areas that can contribute to successful local economic development. Whilst working at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in the Local Economic and Employment Development Programme I worked with sub-national and national governments across Europe and in Asia to learn from each other and to identify policies and practices for effective integrated local economic development. I have significant experience of supporting transnational learning and exchange in the area of local economic development, regularly designing, organising and contributing to events, seminars, action planning and the preparation of written material.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria (score 4 out of 4). The application and CV are consistent. Summary is also consistent with replies.
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.: 
Expertise includes: putting in place effective approaches for job creation, active inclusion of women, migrants, those distanced from the labour market, and the contribution of the social economy/social enterprises to active inclusion. I have worked on a range of projects addressing the active inclusion of target groups. These include: • Designing an international survey of public employment service providers on addressing long-term unemployment (2012/13): • Co-designing a capacity building seminar on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups (2013); • Overseeing/contributing to the preparation of a report (http://bit.ly/1CDVQ1L) on ‘Tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups’ (2013); • Co-designing, managing case study selection and inputting into a report on the job creation potential of the social economy (2013); • Contributing to a local job creation, including active inclusion, project in Italy, UK and Korea (2013/14); • Designing/implementing an ESF Co-operation Network, including a focus on enhancing female employment, activities to promote work/life balance, and programmes to encourage lifelong learning (2009); • Co-designing/implementing a project on improving social inclusion through the social economy, with a focus on work integration activities (2008/11); • Participating in Urbact’s Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/13).
D1 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As part of the OECD project on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups, a group of experts and practitioners from across the EU, Canada and Australia travelled to Washington D.C. to share knowledge and experiences with US based employment policy-makers and practitioners at a large national event. In preparation for the transnational learning opportunity a short outline document was prepared as a background paper (http://bit.ly/1TZR1uw) to highlight good practices from around the world and the findings of an international survey of public employment service providers. This background report incorporated material that had been presented and discussed at a multi-day workshop, as well as wider material. Work undertaken at the OECD on the social economy, social enterprises and social entrepreneurship in a range of different countries using a variety of methods contributed to the preparation of a policy brief for the European Commission on social entrepreneurship/social businesses (http://bit.ly/1IFJ7xK). This brief provided policy messages and good practice examples from across Europe to support the European Commission’s ‘Social Business Initiative’ and aimed to provide guidance and inspiration to governments seeking to support ‘social businesses’.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which she has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The country reports, working papers and other publications with which I was involved during my time at the OECD focused on providing policy guidance accompanied by good practices from around the world. For example, the report on ‘Tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups’ (http://bit.ly/1CDVQ1L) that I oversaw and contributed to included clear policy messages, examples from case studies which I had identified and commissioned, and other illustrations of good practices. I co-designed and implemented an international assessment of how the social economy can create quality employment opportunities, in regions in eight countries, with case studies and learning models to support an exchange of knowledge. The final report was prepared with inputs from myself (http://bit.ly/1NpklpW). This work was informed by ongoing work around the potential employment contribution of the social economy generally and active inclusion measures. Such reports were designed to support governments at the national and sub-national level to address policy challenges by identifying barriers, good practices and policy messages.
D3 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The capitalisation strategy of the OECD project on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups involved the presentation and discussion of the case studies and experiences to a wide-range of international audiences. Working with the World Association for Public Employment Services, there was the opportunity to present the work at an event in Washington D.C. A plenary presentation (http://bit.ly/1IFE0xA) was made which presented the overarching findings, and then the group of experts and practitioners from across the EU, Australia and Canada participated in workshop to share their knowledge and experiences. OECD networks were also used to disseminate the findings. The co-designed/co-implemented project on the job creation potential of the social economy (http://bit.ly/1NpklpW) undertaken by the OECD was in part driven by the need to highlight the opportunities and barriers that the social economy confronted in addressing the unemployment crisis. A clear capitalisation strategy focusing on the dissemination of the report to key policy makers at the national and sub-national level, engagement with policy makers and the sharing of good practices informed the work undertaken.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided more than one example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have significant experience of working with national and sub-national governments to identify successful policies and practices for the active inclusion of people into the labour market. My expertise includes: putting in place effective approaches for job creation, active inclusion of women, migrants, those distanced from the labour market, and the contribution of the social economy/social enterprises to active inclusion. The complex barriers that individuals confront in accessing the labour market, demand multi-faceted responses that cross different social and economic policy areas and a joined up approach to supporting individuals into the labour market. My work in countries across Europe and in Asia has focused on enabling partners to learn from each other and to highlight and emphasise the potential of such transnational exchange and learning processes. Indeed, throughout my career, I have utilised a wide-range of transnational learning and exchange methods, including peer reviews, study visits, action planning, and seminars and events, to provide the support needed to national and sub-national governments in identifying successful policies and practices.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria (score 4 out of 4). The application and CV are consistent. Summary is also consistent with replies.
Theme / Policy: 
Employment, Human Capital and Labour Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Expertise includes: job creation and the labour market, active inclusion measures, human capital development/skills and lifelong learning. During my employment at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Local Employment and Economic Development Programme I worked on a range of projects addressing employment and human capital development. These included: • Designing an international survey of public employment service providers, implemented jointly with World Association of Public Employer Services (2012/13): • Contributed to the design/implementation of a peer review project on local job creation in countries including the UK, Italy and Korea (2012/14). • Co-designing a capacity building seminar on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups (2013); • Overseeing/contributing to the preparation of a report on ‘Tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups’ (2013); • Designing and implementing an ESF Co-operation Network, with a focus on the integration of migrants, enhancing female employment, activities to promote work/life balance, and programmes to encourage lifelong learning (2008/9); • Co-designing/implementing a project on improving social inclusion through the social economy, with a focus on work integration activities, in countries in Europe and Asia (2008/11); • Participating in Urbact’s Cities of Tomorrow –Action Today: Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/13).
D1 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Whilst at the OECD I designed and implemented a peer learning project as part of the work of a European Social Fund Co-operation Network, including peer review visits and transnational partners’ meetings, which explored a wide-range of labour market topics, including work/life balance, support and encouragement for lifelong learning and enhancing female employment. This knowledge was shared through a series of reports (http://bit.ly/1ds4Bp8) and used to inform wider Network events for transnational exchange and learning. As part of the OECD project on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups, a group of experts and practitioners from across the EU, Canada and Australia travelled to Washington D.C. to share knowledge and experiences with US based employment policy-makers and practitioners at a large national event. In preparation for the transnational learning opportunity a short outline document was prepared as a background paper (http://bit.ly/1TZR1uw) to highlight good practices from around the world and the findings of an international survey of public employment service providers. This background report incorporated material that had been presented and discussed at a multi-day workshop, as well as wider material.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process in projects in which he/she has been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The country reports, working papers and other publications with which I was involved during my time at the OECD focused on providing policy guidance accompanied by good practices from around the world to support, foster and sustain local economic development. These reports incorporated a range of different good practices and policy messages, such as those found in job creation in the Trentino region of Italy (http://bit.ly/1TZV6Pm) that included a focus on the role of training agencies in supporting employment and job creation. I co-designed and implemented an international assessment of how the social economy can create quality employment opportunities, in regions in eight countries, with case studies and learning models to support an exchange of knowledge. The final report was prepared with inputs from myself (http://bit.ly/1NpklpW). This work was informed by ongoing work around the potential employment contribution of the social economy generally and active inclusion measures.
D3 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided two valid examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Participation in Urbact’s workstream Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/2013) led to an opportunity to participate in an event in Philadelphia with the Social Innovation Exchange where findings from the work stream were presented. Focusing on innovative ways of tackling unemployment and creating jobs, a short piece (http://bit.ly/1GHteWp) was also written to disseminate the ideas through the Social Innovation Exchange website. The capitalisation strategy of the OECD project on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups involved the presentation of the case studies and experiences to a wide-range of international audiences. Working with the World Association for Public Employment Services, there was the opportunity to present the work at an event in Washington D.C. A plenary presentation (http://bit.ly/1IFE0xA) was made which presented the overarching findings, and then the group of experts and practitioners from across the EU, Australia and Canada participated in workshop to share their knowledge and experiences.
D4 Assessment: 
1 - validated Provided more than one example that demonstrates an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Throughout my professional career I have developed in-depth knowledge and experience of the challenges that cities confront in addressing employment issues and human capital development. My expertise focuses on areas including job creation and the labour market, active inclusion measures, human capital development/skills and lifelong learning, and the interconnections between these. Working at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in the Local Economic and Employment Development Programme provided me with a wide-range of opportunities to assist sub-national and national governments across Europe and in Asia to learn from each other and to identify policies and practices to support employment and human capital development. I have significant experience of transnational learning and exchange, and the way in which associated activities can generate more effective responses for cities. My work in countries across Europe and in Asia has focused on enabling partners to learn from each other and to highlight and emphasise the potential of such transnational exchange and learning processes.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria (score 4 out of 4). The application and CV are consistent. Summary is also consistent with replies.

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 : 
I have regularly organised and facilitated transnational exchange and learning processes with both EU and non-EU countries. Such exchanges and learning processes were done utilising a range of participatory methods and tools, including peer reviews, study visits, action plan development, capacity building seminars, and conferences. Such activities were organised as single day and multi-day events. These activities, accompanied by a strong awareness of the needs of partners and participants and the ability to manage differing views and perspectives, have enabled me to successfully support the development of effective local policies. At the OECD I was involved in the design and delivery of many transnational meetings, from single to multi-day events. For example, during a capacity building seminar on tackling long-term unemployment, I facilitated a session using a ‘cafe style’ format to explore key questions with policymakers and stakeholders. I have used other tools, such as participatory discussions and fishbowls, at various events, including at sessions of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships on Local Governance. I have also been able to contribute to Urbact activities, including through participation at the 2013 Urbact Summer University, two workstreams, a network conference and the 2015 City Festival. This has enabled me to further deepen my knowledge and experience of participatory methods and tools for local policy co-production and implementation.
E.1 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided at least one relevant activity that demonstrates knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests, community dialogue, etc.).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
With seven years experience working for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Local Employment and Economic Development Programme I have acquired significant knowledge of how to support integrated, sustainable urban development. In particular, I have worked on a number of different components of successful urban development strategies, including job creation, the active inclusion of vulnerable groups into employment, social innovation, social exclusion, the social economy, social enterprise support and the emerging sharing economy. Quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation tools used throughout my work have been identified with partners, with specific consideration of project needs and requirements, alongside the resources and skills available. My experience has been acquired in a wide-range of OECD member and non-member countries, in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. I have also participated in Urbact work, including: Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/2013), the Urbact Summer University in Dublin (2013), and Urbact’s work on New urban economies: How can cities foster economic development and develop ‘new urban economies’ (2014/15). More recent work has been undertaken on the sharing economy, including presenting a Master Class at Urbact’s City Festival in Riga (2015).
E.2 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided at least one relevant activity that demonstrates knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Keeping up to date in the areas I work across requires regular reading of a wide range of material, including reports, academic papers, and blogs. This is accompanied by the use of social media to inform me of recently released material relevant to my areas of interest and expertise. Regular attendance and participation at meetings, conferences, seminars and other events are also an important way of learning about new policies, trends and ideas in a range of different fields to do with urban development at the EU, national and subnational levels.
E.3 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided more than one valid example that demonstrates awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
Throughout my career I have acquired significant experience of responding to local needs such as by the provision of greater information to ensure a shared understanding, adaptations to site visits and an exploration of how good practices are relevant beyond their cultural settings. It is important to ensure that understanding are shared and this can involve the creation of early opportunities to identify similarities and differences together with partners, and to make regular use of various forms of both online and offline communication tools to ensure that shared understanding are co-created. Such adaptations improve the effectiveness of transnational exchanges by ensuring that all partners feel able to fully participate and learn from the process. The types of projects I have been involved in that have required a recognition of local realities include: • peer review projects on local job creation in countries including the UK, Italy and Korea; • peer review projects for a European Social Fund Co-operation Network; • the design and implementation of the social inclusion element of a local development capacity assessment in EU candidate countries and potential candidates in the Western Balkans; • the co-design and implementation of an international assessment on how the social economy can create quality employment opportunities; • The co-design/organisation of a capacity building seminar on tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 - validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E and provided more than one relevant activity that demonstrates ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects.
Summary Expertise: 
I have significant experience across a wide range of different elements of local economic development, including labour markets, job creation, active inclusion, the social economy and social entrepreneurship, and the emerging ‘sharing economy’. Whilst employed at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, my work as a policy analyst was to support national and sub-national governments to learn from each other and to develop policies and programmes for sustainable, inclusive local economic development. Such work required working at a transnational level with a wide-range of partners, identifying good practices and disseminating work widely and supporting partners to understand local specificities and how to adapt and respond to different local realities. My experience has been acquired in a wide-range of OECD member and non-member countries, in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. I have also participated in Urbact work, including: Cities of Tomorrow – Action Today: URBACT II Capitalisation – Supporting urban youth through social innovation: stronger together (2012/2013), the Urbact Summer University in Dublin (2013), and Urbact’s work on New urban economies: How can cities foster economic development and develop ‘new urban economies’ (2014/15). More recent work has been undertaken on the sharing economy, including presenting a Master Class at Urbact’s City Festival in Riga (2015).
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria (4 out of 4). The application and CV are consistent. Summary is also consistent with replies.

Informations

Residence location:
United Kingdom
Languages:
English - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
emma.clarence@gmail.com

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