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Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication and Visibility with Médicos del Mundo in Honduras

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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.


MdM Spain has been present in Central America and Mexico for more than 25 years, intervening at different socio-political moments and with projects that have evolved according to the health needs and the humanitarian context in this region. In Honduras, it has been present since 1998, intervening at different times, particularly in natural disasters caused by "Hurricane Mitch", institutional strengthening of the Ministry of Health, in the area of HIV, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, in other words, it has a long history of working for the right to health. During its trajectory in Honduras, it has been consolidating itself as a reference organisation for its organisational character and its contribution to the development of public health policies and the implementation of the framework of international agreements in favour of vulnerable, excluded and minority populations. MdM currently has a guiding document for its interventions in the Mesoamerican region - the Strategy of Doctors of the World Spain and France in the Mesoamerican Region, 2017 - 2020. The strategic axes of work are defined as a) sexual and reproductive rights, prevention of gender-based violence and b) people, migration and forced displacement. In its interventions, MdM works in alliance with the health sector, the human rights sector, public universities and community-based social organisations that share the same objective of protection and care. This strategy has allowed us to consolidate our work in Honduras, developing humanitarian aid projects, as well as development cooperation projects, with multidisciplinary teams that respond to the work in the country.

Brief description of the operational and security context

Information on the operational and security context should be neutral, apolitical and should not contain sensitive information. Tenders that do not meet this requirement will not be published.

Operational context:

Médecins du Monde has been working in Honduras since 1998, and its long history in the country means that it has the necessary operational resources to carry out its interventions.

Material and logistical resources: Doctors of the World has two offices, one in Palmira in Tegucigalpa - Francisco Morazán (main office), close to the Technical Cooperation Office (OTC) of the Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the other in Residencial "Los Médicos" circuit, close to the Medical College of Honduras, headquarters in San Pedro Sula (field office) in the department of Cortés. The office is fully equipped with all the necessary material and equipment (computers, printers, internet, offices, etc.). In addition, 3 vehicles are available to carry out the interventions in Tegucigalpa and 2 in San Pedro Sula; likewise, all the biosecurity measures for the prevention of COVID-19 are guaranteed in the spaces.

Human resources: MdM has a permanent technical team based in Tegucigalpa (1 country coordination, country administration and technical teams, the same for San Pedro Sula, with a base administration) to develop its interventions in the department and carry out coordination and supervision tasks. In addition, the field team works in close proximity to its specific team at the headquarters in Madrid, providing support for the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, among other coordination tasks. Something to highlight is that the country posts, as well as the base logistician, accompany all the work in Honduras and are integrated into the regional team that covers Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, so that the volunteer would accompany the intervention of the various projects being implemented, including those with a regional scope.

3. Local, technical and financial partners on the ground: MdM in Honduras, works closely with the Ministry of Health (SESAL), through its various health and metropolitan regions, as well as with the Ministry of Human Rights (SEDH), National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), Directorate for Children, Adolescents and Family (DINAF), with community-based organisations such as Committees of Relatives of Disappeared Migrants on the Migratory Route, Returned Migrants with Physical Disabilities resulting from the Migratory Route, Medical Dispensaries of the Pastoral de la Salud, Municipal Emergency Committees (CODEM), as well as participation in the Humanitarian Network of the Country, through the Health and Protection Cluster, as well as the Coordination of Spanish NGODs present in the country; It is also worth mentioning the relations maintained with agencies of the United Nations system (UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNHCHR, UN Women, IOM), as well as with donors, AECID, AACID, among others.

Security context:
Honduras is one of the countries with high rates of violence (Homicide Rate 41x100,000 inhab.). It is a corridor for drug trafficking from South America to the United States, sustained by organised crime structures and gangs.

Since the 2009 coup d'état, violence in general is considered to have increased due to the situation of social crisis and impunity, manifested in the reduction of democratic space and the assassination of journalists, human rights activists and opposition politicians. Situations of threats and intimidation, killings of family members, extortion, sexual violence against women and girls, assassinations, forced recruitment and control of territories by gangs, which fight for territorial and social control of the communities they try to dominate, are described.

Security measures: To mitigate risks, the following is proposed:
MdM-Honduras has a method for risk analysis and regularly updated security rules. The security situation in the country is continuously monitored, allowing MdM to adapt its interventions according to the evolving context. Prior to arrival, the volunteer is briefed on the context and security at headquarters and in the country, as well as at the beginning of his or her mission in Honduras. All the volunteer's movements are planned. In addition, the volunteer, like all MdM staff in Honduras, is provided with an updated contact list and a means of communication, as well as a mapping of red zones (where it is not possible to pass through, yellow zones, where the risk is intermediate and green zones, where there is no risk at all).

Safety is a necessary condition for project implementation. The main tools for security management in the field are:

1. The logistical and safety procedures guide and the safety risk analysis matrix. The main risks relate to traffic and health accidents, although so far they have never been substantiated in a way that has jeopardised the implementation of the project. Mitigation measures include safe driving practices, the application of good health practices in direct care activities, and the maintenance of good hygiene practices for the prevention of COVID-19.
2. Mandatory Safety Rules for all MdM staff, including volunteer profiles.
3. The security briefing given to all expatriate staff prior to deployment. All deployed personnel are insured in accordance with the Volunteer Law and the Aid Worker Law.
The availability of support mechanisms from the MdM headquarters in Madrid: a 24-hour emergency telephone number, a security consultancy profile, a gender consultancy profile, a psychosocial intervention support protocol with a volunteer psychosocial rapid intervention group.

General tasks

The volunteer will be in charge of strengthening and developing, together with the MdM team in the field and at Headquarters, the communication strategy of MdM at the level of the projects developed by MdM in the Mesoamerican region and in particular at the headquarters of MdM in Honduras.

- The projects implemented have an important communication component through the implementation of Information, Education and Communication activities with the communities and populations of our intervention areas. The volunteer will bring his/her experience and skills to accompany the technical team in the field in the planning, elaboration and dissemination of communication and awareness-raising tools and materials produced within the framework of the projects.

- In parallel, the volunteer will work in collaboration with the local team and the Country Coordination of MdM in Honduras to develop communication actions aimed at our technical and financial partners, the communities and beneficiaries of the projects and the institutions and public administrations of Honduras. To this end, the volunteer will carry out the following national and/or regional actions:
Updating and dynamisation of the communication tools in the field for the three countries (Facebook), in collaboration with the Communication Department at Headquarters.
Strengthening the capacities of the (tri-national) field team in communication, in particular for the management and animation of the communication tools available in the field.
Elaboration of communication material: brochures, newsletters, periodic activity reports, etc.


Required competences

1. Professional profile: - Professional in Communication. - Proficient in social media and design software (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc.). - Proven capacity to produce and edit photographs, written text and video materials to a professional level. - Experience in updating and improving content on webpages and social media channels. - Knowledge in human rights, gender, public health, sexual and reproductive health. - Experience in the International Cooperation sector. - Professional experience in the development of participatory tools and techniques. - Identification with the lines of work, values and mission of Médicos del Mundo. - Valuable knowledge of the context (Central America and Honduras). 2. Skills profile: - Pedagogical and communication skills. - Ability to organise, adapt and work as part of a team. - Dynamism, proactivity and flexibility. - Rigour and autonomy at work. - Good level in Spanish. - English 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.

Not all the 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. Therefore, a motivation letter should be submitted explaining what drives the candidate to be a volunteer with us.

Medicos del Mundo works on a non-discriminatory basis.

- Professional in Communication.
- Good knowledge of the Spanish language.

Condition of service

The successful candidate will get to know closely the development of projects executed by Médicos del Mundo in Honduras, by being part of the team.

Moreover, the pre-selected candidates 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 by the training provider.

N.B. Conditions related to the on-site training:

If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered for:
• EU citizens who 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

The volunteer shall be based in Tegucigalpa.

The volunteer will regularly receive information, guidance, support, and wherever appropriate, means (materials, transportation, medical safety supplies) necessary for performing the functions assigned to them.

Both the sending and the hosting organisations are responsible and shall jointly ensure that security and health and safety risks are prevented, managed and mitigated and that the proposed working conditions follow the agreed security and health and safety procedures, and comply with the requirements referred to in point 3 of Annex I of Implementing Regulation 1244/2014 of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.

A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum of 406,22 Euros per month, which intends to cover basic needs and local transport, will be paid to the EU Aid Volunteer.
In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is foreseen.

For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen, in addition to public holidays.

Furthermore, s/he will also be provided with accommodation; return flights; visa and vaccination costs (including complete check-up with COVID-19 PCR test before and after deployment if necessary); full health insurance; and basic equipment, including laptops and phones for work, for the duration of the deployment. Transportation, accommodation and per diems will be provided for all work-related travel.

Selection process

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

Online interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

The successful candidates 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 January 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
January 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
February 2022
March - December 2022
Post-deployment activities
December 2022