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Junior EU Aid Volunteer – Public Health with Médicos del Mundo in Senegal

— 1 positions
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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.


Médicos del Mundo has been involved since 2003 in Senegal in the field of primary health, sexual and reproductive health, universal health coverage and defence of the fundamental rights of the most vulnerable groups, in particular the right to health. In the Dakar region, several interventions are being developed in these sectors, following an approach based on human rights and gender: - Improvement of the maternal health of the most vulnerable groups in the Pikine health district; - Promotion of sexual and reproductive rights in the Dakar region of Senegal; - Defence and promotion of the Human Rights of the LGTBI and support for the reduction of their vulnerabilities; - Promotion of the right to health of the most vulnerable, marginalised and excluded groups in the Dakar region, Senegal. At both the strategic and operational levels, we give priority to networking. Similarly, the projects are developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and its decentralised services at the local level, key public institutions such as the National Committee to Combat AIDS or the National Division of Reproductive Health and civil society organisations: the National Network of Key Populations, the National Alliance for the Health of Communities, the Association of Senegalese Jurists, among others. Our intention is not to replace the public health system but to strengthen it so that it complies with its duties, obligations and responsibilities. Therefore, our projects aim to strengthen local capacities, both at the institutional and community levels. On January 7, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the appearance of severe cases of a respiratory infection related to a new coronavirus, later called Covid-19.

On January 30, WHO declared this epidemic a public health emergency of international importance and on March 12, WHO declared it a global pandemic. Senegal has been affected by the COVID19 pandemic since the first case was diagnosed on 03/02/2020. Since then until 25/02/2021, 33.741 people have been infected (47.83% women and 52.17% men) and 852 have died. According to OCHA data, Senegal is the third country most affected by COVID19 in the entire Sahel behind Nigeria and Cameroon. Within Senegal, the Dakar Medical Region is the main source of infection and accumulates a total of 1,546 cases, which represents 67% of the positives in the country. The chosen strategy is based on integrating and reinforcing the role of the Primary Health Care (PHC) in the COVID19 response in Dakar and Kédougou. This PHC is the first level of intervention and contact with the population, therefore it has a fundamental role in reducing the spread and impact of the disease. This strategy completes and accompanies the efforts that the Ministry of Health is carrying out at the hospital and intensive care level. Finally, it supposes a rational use of the public health system and maximises the potential of the scarce health facilities that the Medical Region has. This MdM response is structured according to the contingency plan of Senegal and based on international Guidelines that provide a response organised in 8 pillars. The intervention wants to contribute to 4 of them: Pillar 2. Risk communication and community participation. Pillar 3. Surveillance, rapid response teams, and case investigation. Pillar 6. Prevention and control of infection (PCI). Pillar 7. Case management of positive cases.

Médicos del Mundo has been involved in Senegal since 2003. With its extensive record in the country, it has the necessary resources at the operational level to carry out its interventions.

1. Material and logistical resources: Médicos del Mundo has an office in Liberté 6 Extension and and Guests House close by to the office. Liberté 6 Extensión is a central district of the city of Dakar in Senegal. The office is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment (computers, printers, internet, offices, etc.), and has a kitchen. Also, three vehicles are available for the activities that are carried out in the region. Since September 2020, MdM also has an office in Kédougou with 5 offices, a meeting room and two kitchens. It also has a guest house with three bedrooms with private baths.

2. Human resources: MdM has a permanent technical team based in Dakar (2 expatriate: the country coordinator and Medical coordinator, and 20 national staff) to carry out their interventions in the region and conduct coordination and supervision tasks. In addition, the team in the field works closely with its assigned team at the headquarters of Madrid, giving support to both the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, among other coordination tasks.

3. Local, technical and financial partners in the field: networking is the cornerstone of the MdM intervention strategy in Senegal. The projects are implemented in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Social Action (MSAS) and their decentralised services (Medical Region of Dakar, Sanitary Districts, National Center for the Fight against AIDS), as well as with civil society organisations (National Agency for Communities in Health (ANCS), Association of Senegalese Jurists (AJS), National Network of Key Populations (RENAPOC), etc.) In parallel, a permanent contact is maintained with representatives of donors and international agencies present in Dakar: ECHO, AECID, EIGHT, etc.

Security context:
Senegal is a relatively safe country, but not without risks. Therefore, it is advised to stay cautious and vigilant, as well as avoid places with high concentrations of people and the common places where foreigners meet, particularly some hotels in Dakar. It is advised that the passport or a copy of it be carried with you, in case the Senegalese authorities might require to identify you. Sexual relations between people of the same sex are punishable by imprisonment and fines. Drug use is heavily punished.

a.Terrorism: In response to the security threats that affect other countries in the region, related to the crisis in Mali and with Boko Haram, prudence and caution are recommended. The level of risk has increased in the northeastern area of Senegal (Matam region), bordering Mauritania. As regards the Casamance region (between the southern border of Gambia and the northern border of Guinea Bissau), there has been an upsurge in violence since the beginning of 2018 and security risks persist, linked to the presence of mines and acts of banditry. MdM does not intervene in this region of the country.

b. Natural disasters: No notable risks.

c. Citizen security and criminality: in general, regarding the whole country, it is recommended to:
- Maintain vigilance and prudence during any trips.
- Carry out day trips and preferably in groups of several vehicles.
- Avoid public gatherings and high concentrations of people (especially places of worship and sports events such as the Senegalese fight). It is advised that citizen security measures be stepped up in large agglomerations and to avoid isolated areas. It is also necessary to be particularly alert to scams, under the pretext of making friends, selling items or working as a guide.
It is recommended not to wear expensive jewelry or clothes, and to look after your passport, identity documents, money, credit cards and airline tickets. In the city, thefts have been detected recently using the "pull and run" method, so when walking it is recommended to stay away from the road.
In Dakar, it is advised to be cautious when it comes to walking or playing sports in the West Corniche areas and never to do it at night. Avoid walking along the tracks near the hills of Mamelles, as there has been an increase in vehicle thefts in that area.
Due to the poor condition of some roads and some means of transport, public or private, extra care must be taken when travelling. Road accidents are relatively frequent.

Main tasks

The volunteer will be responsible for, among other things:

- Reviewing the content of the trainings that will target health staff;

- Reviewing MdM Senegal's safety and first aid protocols;

- Providing context-specific training to MdM staff;

- Reviewing the health situation in Senegal and the main health problems:
- Reviewing the main health indicators
- Epidemiological analysis
- Reviewing of health determinants
- Supporting the technical team in awareness-raising and health promotion activities at community level.


Required competences

1. Professional profile: - Medical background (doctor, nurse) - Knowledge of human rights, gender, public health, sexual and reproductive health. - Experience in the international cooperation sector. - Identification with Médicos del Mundo's work, values and mission. - Valuable knowledge of the context (Dakar, Senegal, Sahel)

2. Skills profile: - Ability to organise, adapt and work in a team - Dynamism, proactivity and flexibility - Rigour and autonomy at work - Excellent command of spoken and written French

Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The volunteer must be available from January until July 2022. This aspect, along with being proficient in French, are non-negotiable exception criteria.

Not all these competences are exception criteria as long as the candidate can show expertise in performing the tasks which the job position involves. His/her motivation will be similarly taken into account.

- Fluent French (spoken and written);
- Medical background (doctor, nurse).

Condition of service

Through this experience the volunteer:
• Will improve his/her knowledge about health problems in vulnerable contexts;
• Will improve his/her knowledge about the functioning of the Senegalese health system;
• Will improve his/her knowledge about how health determinants affect intervention strategies;
• Will know the importance of community interventions in public health projects.

The living conditions in Dakar are comfortable. Basic services are accessible without any difficulty. Monthly, the volunteer will receive daily allowances (380,76 euros / month) that will allow him or her to cover food expenses. Accommodation is provided by MdM in Dakar in the guest’s house. Moreover, the volunteer will be provided with:
- Full Health Insurance;
- Return flight tickets Home country-Dakar;
Finally, MdM will assume the cost of living of the training and briefing.

The volunteer will work under the supervision of the country coordinator and the local coordinators in the field. The working hours are 40 hours per week. The volunteers will have a computer and a cell phone to use during their deployment.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place via Skype.
Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through will be considered. Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in French)
• CV in Europass format (in French)
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in French)
• Motivation Letter (in French)

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis.

The successful candidate will attend a mandatory online and on-site training provided by the EU before her/his deployment.
The on-site training will have a mandatory section for all the candidates as well as some optional modules, to be provided according to the competences of each candidate EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organisation.

Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU on-site training (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) will be fully covered.

This mandatory training will take place in March 2022.

Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace a candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection will take place following the training.

Date of training
March 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
March 2022
June - October 2022
Post-deployment activities
October 2022
Self assessment questionnaire
File euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_fr.xlsx