EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication in Bolivia [GVC14_BOL_COM_JR]

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries. Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering. The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative offers:

• Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it;

 • Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster;

• Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organizations in countries hit by disasters;

• Technical assistance for organizations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

More info available here: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Acción contra el Hambre (Spain), Action Aid Hellas (Greece) and FOCSIV (Italy) are international non-governmental organizations that have joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers acting for LRRD” project. The objective is to strenghten the capacity of the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) to deliver needs based humanitarian assistance with the support of 47 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 19 Countries. 3 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 44 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 19 countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Thailand, 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: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers...

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Bolivia.

To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-vol...

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 (http://www1.wfp.org/countries/bolivia-plurinational-state).

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 values
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Tasks
Technical tasks

• Contributing to the creation of materials to be published on the website and on the social media;
• Planning the production of web contents;
• Manage communication on social networks;
• Treating direct communication with donors and funders of the organization;
• Manage the preparation and publication of the monthly newsletter;
• Promote awareness campaigns and mobilization of funds;
• Manage and enrich the photo and video archive of GVC Bolivia;
• Writing of articles and press releases.

Coordination tasks

• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Other

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

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position.

Required competences

Studies

• Degree in communication, political science and related studies;

• Specific media & communication studies desired;

Languages

• Fluent in Spanish both written and verbal;

• Good knowledge of English;

• Knowledge of Italian is an asset;

Skills

• Excellent knowledge and good general knowledge of the full Office suite;

• Stress management;

• Adaptability;

• Team working;

• Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions;

• Good interpersonal, team working skills and ability to work independently;

• Good ability to adapt to the situation of instability;

• Ability to write reports and press releases;

• knowledge of web 2.0 and its potential for the internet positioning;

• Knowledge of the main CMS, the application office and e-mail tools;

• Knowledge and passion for digital technologies and the web marketing (including SEO, SEM, Google AdWords / AdGrant, Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Linkedin Ads, HTML, CMS, web and social analytics);

• Knowledge in the use of photo editing tools (eg. Adobe Photoshop), and basic graphical management for text and graphics.

Experiences

• Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;

• Previous experience in developing countries or in social activities;

• Professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) of at least 3 years.

• 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 March 2019;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from May 2019;
• Deployment starting from June 2019.

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.
During the apprenticeship the EU Aid Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthened.
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 GVC Bolivia;

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 (328,85 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 01/12/2018 to 15/01/2019;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/01/2019 to 20/02/2019;

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 20/02/2019. 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;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING.

Timetable
Date of training
Training will take place in March-April 2019. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement
n/a
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 at her/his arrival.
Deployment
01/06/2019
Post-deployment activities
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer 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 Self-Assessment Questionnaire
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