Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based in Bolivia [GVC7_BOL_CEB_CLI_JR]

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GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.

17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info about this project available here:

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 3 EU Aid Volunteers to Bolivia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page:




Humanitarian Context
Bolivia is a Latin America country rich in cultural diversity and natural resources, composed by 36 indigenous groups making up two thirds of Bolivia’s population of 10 million. Despite a slight reduction in inequality in recent years, Bolivia remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Malnutrition affects 18 percent of Bolivian children under 5 years, with significant variations between urban and rural areas, where the prevalence of chronic malnutrition reaches 25 percent. Over 10 percent of the population is highly vulnerable to food insecurity, the main causes of which are low income, difficult access to clean water and basic services, and climate change (

The majority of Bolivians relies on the agriculture sector for their livelihoods; however about 85 percent of farmers can only produce at subsistence levels and 40 percent of the population is not able to earn enough money to meet their basic food needs. The effects of climate change in recent years have made the rural population, more vulnerable than ever.
Like other Andean countries, Bolivia is prone to recurrent natural disasters, including flooding and drought, due to the El Niño and La Niña climate patterns. These disasters impact hardest on the poor, causing widespread damage and leading to reduced access to water and increasing food prices.
Heavy seasonal rainfalls that started in January 2014 caused floods, overflowing of rivers and landslides in several departments of Bolivia. Particularly the Beni and Mamoré watersheds were affected and there is a high probability that similar or heavier impacts will hit this area in the future. As a result of needs assessments performed during the 2014 emergencies several causes that hindered preparedness for heavy floods were identified; among most important causes were the lack of resilience of communities in this specific area, coordination of humanitarian actors and lack of effective management and dissemination of crucial information for adequate preparation and response.

Security conditions
Bolivia is a relatively safe country with regard to criminality and public order. Democracy is consolidated since 1982 although in the years 2003-2005 have experienced strong social tensions.
The streets infrastructure is poorly developed, only the roads that link the capitals of the Departments are paved. Traffic accidents are frequent due to poor conditions of the pavement, the imprudence of drivers and the high average years in use of public transport infrastructure.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Bolivia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC and CEBEM values
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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Climate Change Adaptation Tasks

• Support the development of best practice in climate change adaptation
• Providing technical support to climate change adaptation staff in the country
• Monitor and disseminate emerging best practice on climate change adaptation strategies, planning and practice

Ecosystem Tasks

• Providing technical support and knowledge to the staff in the country
• Supporting ecosystem assessments, strategic planning, project design, reviews and evaluations exercises
• Supporting the project manager in monitoring the work of technical experts and contributing to review draft reports/outputs

Migration tasks

• Support the staff identifying mitigating measures for the effects of migration on ecosystem and climate change readiness.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.


• The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

Required competences


  • Advanced university studies in Agronomics, Environment, Geography or in other relevant sectors
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge


  • Fluent in Spanish written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset


  • Professional and technical understanding of natural and human induced hazards and root causes and driving factors of disaster vulnerability
  • Ability to plan, monitor and report project activities in relevant field in multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations
  • Proactive in liaising and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, coordination and stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Strong initiative and autonomy
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions


  • Previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

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.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from April-May 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from June 2018;
• Deployment starting from July 2018.

GVC applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is CEBEM – Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• La Paz, Bolivia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (386,84 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered directly by sending and/or hosting organization.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Please note that more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Selection process

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 30/01/2018 to 01/03/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 02/03/2018 to 06/04/2018.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 06/04/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;

Date of training
Training will take place in April – May 2018. Training sessions will be in Spanish only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Bolivia.
Post-deployment activities
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aidolunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Self assessment questionnaire
File saq_bolivia.xlsx