Professional Experience

The only way to do a great job is to love what you do” /Steve Jobs/

 

I have gained my professional experience in research and teaching in both the academic and non-academic environments in Eastern and Western European countries. Besides accumulation of expertise and knowledge on European affairs, International relations, civil society development and methodology skills, I  developed a wide range of hands-on transferable skills and competences, such as:

  • Research, analytical & problem-solving thinking
  • Leadership & team-work capabilities
  • Managerial (coordination, organisation, administration and implementation of projects and events) skills
  • Face-to-face and online communication skills
  • Mentorship & coaching competencies
  • Technical writing and presentation delivery
  • Social media experience

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

February 2015 – present: Teaching Fellow in European Studies (bachelor program). Department of Political Science. FASOS. Maastricht University // I teach subject-related and methodology-related courses within the European Studies bachelor program as well as provide guidance and counselling in bachelor-thesis supervision within the International Relations and European Studies discipline with case-studies on the European Neighbourhood Policy. Since November 2017 I joined the team of Master student supervisors where I offer academic guidance to MA students on their chosen thesis topics within the broader European Studies and International Relations disciplines. More details are offered in the Teaching section.

May – July 2017: Consultant (on public policy and advocacy) to the Promo-Lex NGO // I worked with this Moldovan NGO as a consultant to the Director of the Programme “Democracy, Transparency and Responsibility”. As direct result I have developed a curriculum in line with their 3-year strategy of developing the Programme. I planned and organised educational modules and coached a team of 13 members in developing their own courses. I have also advised the Programme Director on developing their network of educators, on strengthening their communication strategy and diversifying their social media tools.

October – December 2016: Consultant (on public policy) to the International Organisation for Migration // I worked with IOM on a short-term project that relied on my research and teaching skills in a multi-cultural environment. As result, I have developed educational materials for a Public Policy training focused on policy evaluation for 25 participants. I facilitated the educational modules within the training, I consulted participants in the elaboration of their case-studies, advised on their presentations and coached them in the elaboration of policy papers.

August 2012-February 2015: Manager. The Centre for the Study of International Governance (CSIG), Loughborough University // Responsibilities refered to managing the activities of the Centre as follows:

  • organising research meetings with for PhDs with visiting professors to the CSIG Centre
  • organising CSIG conferences, seminars, and workshops
  • responsible for overseeing the budget and publicity for CSIG
  • coordinating with various academics that are applying for CSIG grants
  • coordinating the annual study visit to EU institutions in Brussels for undergraduate and master students

August 2012-May 2014: Marie Curie early-stage researcher. Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR), Loughborough University // Received the Marie Curie Fellowship within the European Commission-funded INCOOP project (Dynamics of Institutional cooperation in the European Union) to develop research into the role of the European External Action Service, namely the evolution of the EU’s effectiveness as a diplomatic actor on the global stage by examining how the EU conducts its diplomatic relations with third countries following the establishment of the EEAS.

September 2010 – April 2012: Research Assistant. Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University // I was responsible for carrying out research assignments within the projects administered by professors from the Politics Department. I also provided logistical assistance as well as maintained communication within the European scholars’ network between three faculties, namely, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law and the School of Business and Economics. Besides maintain communication with all relevant actors involved in the network, I have organised 3 main events in Bruxelles that involved academic staff from Maastricht University as well as other European universities and institutions in Brussels.

October 2007 – July 2009: Civil Society Program Assistant. Open Society  Soros Foundation – Moldova // I was responsible for the oversight of the projects of our beneficiaries and activities, maintaining communication with both the beneficiaries and the board members, developing the Programme’s activity reports as well as developing teaching modules for our beneficiaries. I have gained knowledge in monitoring advocacy and partnership projects implemented by NGOs in Republic of Moldova. I have also developed my consultancy skills as I offered advise on their project implementation and budgeting. Besides this, I contributed to the development of the Annual Skills Course on Monitoring, Advocacy and Watchdog-ing for Moldovan NGOs and assisted in training cca 60 civic activists.