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Vacancy: FabLab Project Officer in Győr, Hungary

2019-11-07

FabLab Project Officer in Győr, Hungary,

Terre des hommes Foundation

You are passionate about supporting and empowering children. You are energetic, organised, love interacting with youth and are always up-to-date about the latest technologies. You are not afraid of working hard and you are looking for a meaningful job that will make a lasting impact. If you recognize yourself in this description, then this challenge might as well be a call for you.

Start date: As soon as possible

Contract: One-year, local, full-time contract, renewable

Salary: 468.994 HUF Gross

Location: Győr with occasional travels to the Regional Office in Budapest

Deadline to apply: 24 November 2019

The candidate must be legally eligible to work in Hungary.

TERRE DES HOMMES IN EUROPE

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss child relief agency. Founded in 1960, we are committed to improving the lives of millions of the world's most vulnerable children. Through our innovative protection and health projects, we provide assistance to over three million children and their families in almost forty countries each year. In Europe, Tdh intervenes directly or indirectly in many countries, relying on teams based in Hungary, Albania, Greece, Kosovo, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine. The Regional Office in Budapest has been operating since 2006.

FABLAB PROJECT CONTEXT

In Hungary disadvantaged children within their context are unable to develop their current and future cultural, social and economic opportunities. Significant difficulties are apparent in schooling, motivation, integration and pathways to employment. In order to capture those at risk of being left behind and increasingly marginalized, there is a need to provide new and creative learning and development opportunities that can provide a complementary development path.    

To address the above situation, this project aims to set up a FabLab in Győr and use this as the center of several activities targeting disadvantaged children with the aim of fostering their integration and development. The FabLab in Győr will be a space where children and young people will be able to use specialized equipment available (computers, 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, Arduino boards, etc.) to design and create their own products. This activity is meant to serve several goals: skill building, empowerment, social cohesion and community building in a controlled space with specialist support for individual child needs.

The FabLab offers an exceptional opportunity to provide an alternative and complementary educational and development setting. The FabLab provides a controlled and safe environment for children and youth to engage with technology in creative processes which develop skills, confidence and individual and team awareness.

The project will build on the existing FabLab work of Terre des hommes, existing FabLabs in Hungary and also look to other projects of relevance such as the transnational and cross border work of the Interreg pilot FabLab projects

The FabLab intends to provide an inspiring example of what can be achieved when industry, local services and civil society work together on common challenges.

ROLE DESCRIPTION

The FabLab Project Officer is in charge to ensure an accurate, proper, timely and high quality implementation of the FabLab project in Győr. Together with the partner organisation, Pressley Ridge Hungary and the Terre des homme team, s/he will organise and lead daily activities and workshops, manage the resources and equipment, hold trainings and help further developing the FabLab Curricula of Terre des hommes.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Management of the FabLab, its resources and equipment:

  • Management of the FabLab in accordance with the Tdh Child Safeguarding Policy in order to ensure that the FabLab is a child protective environment;
  • Management of the FabLab equipment in accordance with the FabLab Charter of use of premises and equipment;
  • Guide or train users on how to operate the software (mainly 2D and 3D design software) and the machines (3D printer, laser cutter, digital sewing machine, CNC mill, etc.);
  • Oversee safety in the FabLab space;
  • Be responsible for the planning and development of activities and animation of the FabLab, including the organization of trainings and specialized workshops, in coordination with the partner organisation;
  • Inspire/help people design and make their personal projects through the design of activities for different age groups and levels (beginners, intermediate);
  • Be responsible for the inventory: manage stock of materials, supplies and spare parts needed for the FabLab;
  • Ensure a good maintenance of the FabLab equipment, including any needed reparation, communications with technical services, etc.;
  • Prepare weekly activity schedule, keep record of newly registered participants, fill participants’ daily attendance lists, reports as required by the line manager and ensure accuracy and timely submission;
  • In collaboration with the partner organisation and the line manager, organise regular outreach activities to educational centres as a “Mobile FabLab”.

Project Cycle Management:

  • Promote inclusion and equal access to every child, paying special attention to vulnerable children, like children from marginalised communities etc., as well as to gender mainstreaming and inclusion of women and girls in the space;
  • Adhere to and ensure that Tdh administrative and logistical regulations and procedures are followed;
  • Agree to comply with Tdh Code of Conduct and ensure Child Safeguarding standards are upheld;
  • Develop and strengthen external and internal coordination;
  • In collaboration with partner organisation and line manager, establish the ground for the participation of skilled volunteers that can support the planned workshops or activities, provide specialised workshops for children (beginner level) and/or assist you when managing large groups of participant children or youth
  • Develop the network and visibility of the FabLab.

YOUR PROFILE

Knowledge and experience:

  • Ability to design and lead activities with the active participation of young users
  • Good knowledge of electronics
  • Interest in 2D+3D modeling softwares and CAD/CAM
  • General management skills
  • Interest in key child protection issues and best practices within a humanitarian context
  • Experience in a FabLab environment is not a strong expectation, but definitely an outstanding asset

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree related to IT, electronics, computer engineering, architecture, design with relevant specialization in digital fabrication (CNC equipment).
  • Fab Academy diploma is an advantage.

Skills:

  • Required qualities: creativity, excellent oral communication and teaching skills, problem-solving, organizational, planning and decision-making skills with a positive attitude. Flexible and accountable as to provide a comprehensive management of the space, including safety. Ability to deal with groups of children, youth and teenagers and interest in equality and social justice.
  • Knowledge or experience related to the participation of children and youth (particularly with children coming from disadvantaged communities or facing discrimination) in similar projects will be a strong asset

Languages:

  • Hungarian native language
  • Good command of English  

TO APPLY:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their CV and cover letter, both in English by email at

recruitment@tdh-europe.org by 24 November 2019. The subject line should be FabLab, *Name *Surname

Due to an anticipated high number of applications, Tdh is not in a position to respond to every applicant individually. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the first interview.