EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication in Bolivia

Junior
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Assignment

Médicos del Mundo is present in Bolivia since 2001, focusing its efforts on improving the health situation of the population, in particular women, strengthening the reflection on the intercultural perspective, the gender focus and violence in the local communities, for the enjoyment of the right to health. Various actions that affect primary health care, access to health, social participation, and empowerment of women's rights, sexual and reproductive health and governance are being implemented in line with the developed country strategy. At present, work is underway in the Department of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Pando, Potosí, Chuquisaca and Cochabamba in diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Part of the actions of the institution includes support to the increase of awareness of health reality in the operational area through the generation of information. The aim is to promote the production of local research and the analysis of health information on a sustained basis, this being a strategy to improve the adaptation of health services with a view to empowering and informing the population about their health situation. Likewise, it works directly with the health services, the different levels of the Health System, the communities (base population and community authorities), and the local governments (municipalities), in the formulation of programs and policies aimed at improving health.

Bolivia is located in the central zone of South America, it has a population of around 10 million inhabitants (51% women, 49% men). The territory of Bolivia, politically and administratively, is divided into 9 departments, 339 municipalities as well as original indigenous peasant territories.

Médicos del Mundo Bolivia is present in six Departments of the country, currently the central office being located in the city of La Paz, which is also the point of reference for the actions carried out in this Department, but also having field offices in Patacamaya (La Paz), San Ignacio de Velasco (Santa Cruz), and Cobija (Pando). This infrastructure serves as a basis when developing the different projects in which MdM is involved and are managed by the local staff working on the projects. The field team is in direct contact with the Desk and officers covering the region of America at the MdM Headquarters, in Madrid.

Given the variety of funders with which MdM works in Bolivia, there is a direct contact with different actors of the Spanish Cooperation (Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation, Andalusian Agency for International Development and Cooperation) or international agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund.

Security Context
The work of Médicos del Mundo Bolivia takes place within the framework of processes and procedures that make up the organisation's security policy.

Bolivia is one of the safest countries in the Latin American region and it is currently characterised by political, economic and social stability. Social mobilisation is manifested through blockades and / or public demonstrations, aspects that are examined in the risk management strategy at the country level.

In this framework, each office of Médicos del Mundo Bolivia has its own established Safety Rules. These rules are specific to each office, appropriate to the context and of strict knowledge and application by local and expatriate teams. Once a volunteer is deployed, Security Rules will be established, understanding that there will be certain restrictions related to travels and vehicles.

Tasks

• Assist in the implementation of the communication strategy of Médicos del Mundo Bolivia;
• Strengthen the knowledge of duty holders (health personnel from our intervention zones) in the design, implementation and evaluation of local health education strategies;
• Elaboration of a Documentary Video "Conceptions around the Sexual and Reproductive Health of young people and teenagers in indigenous communities";
• Guide through the application of communication tools throughout all the projects;
• Contribute to the management and update of the Web Page and the Social Networks (Facebook), both written and audiovisual, with a view to raising visibility of the work that is carried out in the projects (networks and platforms);
• Carry out other activities related to the area of work and as required in the field.

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Required competences
  • High communication skills;
  • Excellent ability to liaise with institutions;
  • Ability to work in multicultural environments;
  • Strategic vision;
  • Teamwork skills.
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.

The volunteer must be available for his/her assignment from July until December 2019.
The candidate must 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 our organisation.

• Bachelor of Information Sciences and / or Communication. Trainings in specialised communication for development will be an asset;
• Master or equivalent in International Cooperation will be an asset;
• Experience in similar functions, especially in the elaboration of video documentaries;
• Knowledge of the health rights approach with a gender approach;
• Proficient knowledge of the Spanish language.

Condition of service

• Know closely the development of projects executed by Médicos del Mundo in Bolivia, by being part of the team.
• Support the monitoring and follow-up of current projects of the institution.
• Know the different regions of a pluricultural country, where work is delivered under the intercultural approach.
• Develop practical intercultural skills.
• Know in practice the participatory health management processes that take place in the country, within the framework of social mobilisation.
• Know the health policies of the country.

The volunteer will reside in the city of La Paz (Department of La Paz), from which he / she will have to commute regularly to the projects in which Médicos del Mundo participates in the area. Similarly, he/she will also move to other areas in the country in which Médicos del Mundo operates (Santa Cruz, Pando, etc.). All the internal travels of the volunteer will be coordinated and supported by the MdM team.
The volunteer will regularly receive information, guidance, support, and wherever appropriate, means (materials and transportation) necessary for performing the functions assigned to them.

A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum of 328,85 Euros per month (whilst in Bolivia), 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; 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.
S/he will be issued with an international contract and will be expected to work 40 hours a week, Monday – Friday.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis (May 2019) with the Deployment commencing in July 2019.
Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through http://www.mdm-euaidvolunteers.org/join-euav/ will be considered.
Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in Spanish)
• CV in Europass format (in Spanish)
• Completed EUAV Self Assessment Questionnaire (in Spanish)
• Motivation Letter (in Spanish)

Skype 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 June 2019.
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.

Timetable
Date of training
June 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
N/A
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
July 2019
Deployment
July 2019 - December 2019
Post-deployment activities
January 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
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