EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Capacity Building and education, Ghana (12 months)

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

As a science teacher with ICT skills, the volunteer will work for one year in Kongo village in Ghana, to improve the access to quality education and to train people in many different settings, such as trainings for local youth, members of cooperatives, teachers and students. One of the main activities for the volunteer is to facilitate the school link activities in about 20 schools – mostly filming clips of children’s lives from Ghana and uploading to the webpage https://foodforthoughtmondo.wordpress.com/ and facilitating the joint skypes for the students and supporting other educational activities in Kongo village. Kocda has a long-term experience in the cooperation with schools and Ministry of Education, there are over 20 schools in the area and it is an interesting position for a science teacher, as there is highly limited possibility for any practical tests and exercises in the science classes for students and the volunteer teacher could organise the practical tests and exercises. The volunteer will also facilitate the distribution of support and monitor the ongoing study results for approximately 150 sponsored school children.  The volunteer is also expected to work in cooperation with the ICT volunteer teacher and to take over some of his/her tasks after 6 months. In general, this position offers very diverse opportunities to improve the quality of education in Kongo village, however, very independent planning and implementing skills and patience are required, as well as clear understanding of what it means to live for a year in a rural area in Africa with tough climate, limited options for food, basic living conditions and limited access to internet.

 

General expected results: building the resilience of the most vulnerable community members in Kongo Village Ghana affected by financial constraints, through increasing their ability to earn income independently thanks to an improved access to quality education.

 

Kongo Community Development Association [KoCDA] is a community based organization in West Africa, Ghana, precisely in Kongo of the Upper East region. The Organization seeks an active individual to play an integral role in various stages of the organizations journey towards helping to leverage existing partnership projects already being implemented in close collaboration with European partners, particularly, Mondo of Estonia. We currently undertake shared activities on butter extraction, basket weaving tree plantation and animal rearing with women groups, work with schools and health clinics.

Kongo community is in the Upper East region of Ghana, in a countryside, hilly and valley-like community to which Europeans can easily adapt although the difference in the tropical weather and environment. Ghana is a secular country. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion (5.2%), Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). Kongo village is predominantly a Christian/catholic community but very opened to people of different faiths. There is good inter-ethnic/racial relationship. Community members are very open to visitors and Kongo Village has a good reputation of hosting Europeans in the last two decades without any single incidence of security threat. The people are generally welcoming people. There are no tensions between settler and non-settler Communities. There are local police officers that volunteers can reach out to, should they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can handle minor health issues, but there is also a regional referral Hospital, reasonably resourced with well trained medical staff and equipment as well as medication. It is possible to be evacuated within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other related emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.

Tasks
Communication and audiovisual tasks:

- Facilitating school link activities in about 20 schools – mostly filming clips of children’s lives from Ghana, coordinating skype calls with Estonian schools

Monitoring and reporting tasks:

- Facilitating and monitoring the educational support program implemented by Kocda – 150 supported children

Educational support tasks:

- Providing the local community, including the students with additional English lessons
- Supporting the teachers in order to prepare creative teaching materials in cooperation with the teachers in Kongo village
- Facilitating the organization of the reading competition among students of various schools in Kongo every month
- Facilitate Teacher Support workshops where necessary
- Facilitating the final design and implementation of digital competencies module, which is a starting platform for ICT teachers based on which a specific course can be quickly designed, one of the modules focuses on finding the relevant information on risk preparedness

Capacity building support tasks:

- Supporting the boards of the cooperatives and the local host organisation with developing ICT related skills and providing ongoing support in order to strengthen the capacity of actively using ICT solutions
- Training and supporting the cooperatives on how to use social media to market their products and to issue and send invoices
- Including the boards of cooperatives and board of Kocda in the digital competencies module trainings
- Facilitating Teacher Support workshops

Raising awareness support tasks:

- Facilitating awareness raising on the ecological issues among the school children and
local community through school link activities, seminars in the community, additional lessons and workshops in the schools.

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Required competences
  • At least two years of experience in teaching science, preferably in the public school system of the candidates home country,
  • An interest to work in Africa, particularly West Africa and Ghana,
  • Having travelled to any sub-African country before will be an added advantage,
  • Basic ICT skills and willing to engange in basic ICT-related teaching,
  • A positive work ethic and ability to engage students in a challenging and interesting manner,
  • Be prepared to participate fully in all activities of the school, including extracurricular activities,
  • Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation.
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.

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- Fluent English
- A professional science teacher with at least 2 years of experience
- Basic ICT skills, willing to give basic ICT lessons
- Willing to stay for a year in rural settings with basic living conditions, limited food options and harsh climate
- Autonomy, flexibility, good relational

Condition of service

Through this volunteering project, the volunteer will have the opportunity to get new learnings and skills such as:
Great opportunity to learn about education system and challenges in rural Africa with the possibility to use this knowledge in the future in the lessons as global education material when back at home.
Opportunity to actively be engaged in direct community work.
Learn how local governance system works and a possibility to make an improvement.
Intercultural learning
Local language learnings
New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context

The volunteers work in Northern Ghana, where the climate conditions can be difficult, as it is very hot and windy. Volunteers have access to the office with computer and printer, however the main problem might be power cuts and very slow and non-reliable internet. Therefore, there is a possibility to go to the neighbouring town, Bolgatanga, where volunteers could use internet café.

The volunteers will be hosted in a local guesthouse; the volunteers have their own lockable room, toilet and shower in the room. Food can be pre-ordered (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for additional cost, as there is a chef working in the guest house.

Selection process

The candidate has to send the following documents to vabatahtlikud@mondo.org.ee
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 02/03 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ASPEM and KoCDA.
Between the 19/03 and the 31/03/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.
Between April and July 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in July / August 2018.

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 the 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 takes places following the training.

Timetable
Date of training
June / July 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Summer 2018
Deployment
September 2018 - August 2019
Post-deployment activities
After August 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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