EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication in Mozambique [WWGVC14_MOZ_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

 

WEWORLD-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 add value to the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) 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 Nationals 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-acting-lrrd_en

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

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-volontariato-civile_en

The majority of countries in Southern African and the Indian Ocean Region (SAIO) are currently affected by a widespread food security crisis as a result of the El Niño phenomenon which has developed since early 2015.
Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania. With the size of 801,590 km² and its 28 million inhabitants the country’s strong ties to the region’s economic engine, South Africa, underscore the importance of its economic, political and social development to the stability and growth of Southern Africa as a whole.
Presently, there continue to be significant emergency operations, recovery and development challenges coupled with cross-cutting concerns such as the spread of HIV and AIDS, human smuggling and recent increases in irregular migration. Currently, there is a large increase in irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa. Many of these irregular migrants come from Somalia and Ethiopia and seek asylum in Mozambique. However, many also try to move onward to South Africa.
Since October 2015, at least 10,000 people. In 2016, the number of internally displaced people continued to grow, forcing the government to set up camps in Manica province, where authorities said over 1,000 families were living (www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/mozambique).
Peace talks between the two parties gathered momentum in 2017, the President Filipe Nyusi met Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama. Working groups are developing recommendations on political decentralization and military affairs for endorsement by parliament. Meanwhile, the ruling party’s congress in September 2017 marked an important political milestone in the run up to municipal (2018), presidential, legislative, and provincial (2019) elections.

The economic situation and the living conditions of the population have been aggravated by the long period of drought caused by El Niño. It hit the centre and the south of the country the hardest. Morever, the country suffered from a consistent population displacement from the rural to the urban areas, an impoverishment of the agricultural and pastoral assets and a nutritional risk due to the absence of proper harvest. This also meant that the resources for the agriculture had to be used for the alimentation, reducing the production capacity.
Since 2000, GVC has been working in the food security and education sectors in many areas of the country including the provinces of Maputo and Cabo Delgado. We support small producers, family agriculture, autonomy and consumption of local products, as well as a fair access to markets and the protection of the rights of agricultural workers. We fight food insecurity, malnutrition and exploitation of natural and human resources. Improving access to food and increasing sustainable agricultural production represents GVC’s strategy in Food Security. In the educational sector, GVC’s actions focus on literacy and vocational training, mainly targeting women and young people, through the promotion of a community-based approach which highlights local knowledge, reinforcing the relationship between community and school in combating school drop-out and social exclusion.

Security conditions:
WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique works in the district of Pemba in Capo Delgado province and in Maputo city and province. The framework of political and social context in these two regions can be considered almost safe without particular risks for GVC expatriates, volunteers and local staff.
WE WORLD-GVC Italy has elaborated the Safety Measures Guidelines as well as the Safety and Evacuation Plan and a Local Operational Manual for all its local offices (all the documents are regularly updated). The Local operational manual for Mozambique has been created with the support of the WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique staff, specifically arranged in accordance with the local environment taking into account the specific existing risks in order to develop appropriate security, health and safety procedures for all staff. A copy of the manual is given to the staff and volunteers before arriving in the Country as well as shared with all National staff.

WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique guarantees appropriate living and health condition for its staff. No particular health risks are identified. No specific vaccination needed. If one comes from a country where the Yellow Fever is endemic, it will be necessary to provide a proof of vaccination. Malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and HIV are prevented with normal precautionary behavior targeted during the in-country induction.

WE WORLD-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;
• Support the Country Representative in fund raising initiatives;
• Adapt media material to different audiences (donors, local partners, etc.);
• 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 WE WORLD-GVC HQ and Mozambique mission;
• Writing of articles and press release.

Coordination tasks

• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter;
• Coordinate with the Headquarter (communication team and fundraising team);
• Liaising with communication offices of stakeholders and partners.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The EU Aid Volunteer shall:
• 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 English both written and spoken;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese and/or Italian is an asset;

 Skills

  • Excellent knowledge and good general knowledge of the full Office suit;
  • Ability to work under pressure and on short deadlines;
  • Good ability to adapt to the situation of instability and stress management;
  • 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 (e.g. Adobe Photoshop or Gimp), and basic graphical management for text and graphics (e.g. Illustrator, InDesign; FinalCut or other editing programs);
  • Ability to take semi-professional pictures and video;

Experiences

  • Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Previous experience in developing countries is preferred;
  • Professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) of at least 1 or 2 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 June/July 2019;
• Pre-deployment induction in WE WORLD-GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from August 2019;
• Deployment starting from September 2019.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative"), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.

WE WORLD-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 WE WORLD-GVC Mozambique;

Length of Deployment:
• 12 months;

Deployment duty station:
• Maputo, Mozambique.

Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (319,27 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 12/03/2019 to 15/04/2019;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 15/04/2019 to 15/05/2019;

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 30/05/2019. 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 June/July 2019. Training sessions 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 the initiative. It is foreseen at WE WORLD-GVC HQ in Bologna before departure, indicatively in August 2019;. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Mozambique at her/his arrival.
Deployment
15/09/2019 - 15/09/2020
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 SAQ Mozambique
Sectors