EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Capacity building and Education, Ghana (6 months)

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

As an ICT teacher, the volunteer has an opportunity to improve the ICT skills in Kongo village in several different ways: training the women’s cooperatives, local teachers, students and moreover, testing the newly developed digital competences module in the local context. The ICT tranings will be probably rather basic and need a volunteer who has great patience and well planned teaching methods in order to provide the community members with necessary ICT skills.

 

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 seek to enahce training of teachers in order to improve the quality of education. KoCDA has been working in partnership with local schools and youth with the help of volunteer’s facilitation for over 5 years. 

Kongo community is in the Upper East region of Ghana, a countryside, hilly and valley-like community to which Europeans can easily adapt, although 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 matter on emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.

Tasks
ICT Training and capacity building tasks:

- 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
- Supporting the boards of the cooperatives and the local host organisation with developing the ICT related skills and to provide ongoing support in order to strengthen the capacity of actively using the 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
- Organizing ICT class competitions among students every three months
- Coaching and provide feedback to teachers on a regular basis, incorporating strategies and methods shared during workshops as well as general knowledge, following assigned rubric for best performance

Reporting, monitoring and evaluation tasks:

- Conducting scheduled visits to five basic schools and helping them to teach ICT classes and in the Kongo community,
- Monitoring the implementation activities following the trainings,
- Reporting to KoCDA and the sending organization the capacity building activities implemented, the results reached…

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Required competences

- Experience as an ICT teacher

- Great patience in teaching

- Great patience in teaching

- Volunteers Organizational and pedagogical skills

- Group management dynamics

- Web design skills are an added advantage

- 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
- Good ICT teaching skills and experience
- Autonomy, flexibility, good relational

Condition of service

Through this volunteering project, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn and gain new skills. Learning oppportunities include:
- Opportunity to be actively engaged in direct community work with schools and students.
- Opportunity to learn how ICT contributes to changing the lives of individuals in Africa and the possibility to contribute to that process.
- Gain intercultural skills
- Learn the local language
- New skills suchs as working autonomously and adapting to a 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

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 MONDO 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 or July 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Summer 2018
Deployment
September 2018 - March 2019
Post-deployment activities
After March 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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