EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication in Thailand [GVC14_THA_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 disaster

• 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 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...

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

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:

The Thai government is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention but has allowed refugees from Myanmar/Burma (currently over 102.000) to stay in nine camps (temporary shelters) along the border between the two countries. Thailand has seen an exponential increase in the number of asylum seekers in recent years. According to the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of people seeking refugee status increased from 1.120 in 2013 to 7.082 at the end of 2015. Not entitled to any legal status in Thailand, these asylum seekers are exposed to detention and exploitation.

The largest ethnic group in Thailand is the Thai. The Chinese are also a significant group. The predominant religion is Buddhism; travelers should be respectful of religious sensibilities. Note that touching the top of one's head is taboo in Buddhist culture. A small number of the population are Muslim, Christian and Hindu. The official language in Thailand is Thai; however, Chinese, Lao and Malay are also spoken by a few people in the country.

Volunteers need to be aware of cultural norms and expected ways to behave and be sensitive to the political and cultural context, ensuring that their behaviour is respectful of local laws and customs throughout their deployment. In addition, the king is seen as a stabilizing political influence, even though he has little direct power under the constitution. Criticism of him internally is not tolerated, and can result in prosecution and a custodial sentence.

GVC is working in South and South East Asia since the 90s (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka) to fight poverty in rural areas, ensure the respect of human rights. Since 2013 GVC promotes safe migration of Cambodian people with in and to Thailand reducing abuse, labour exploitation and trafficking cases. At the beginning of 2017 GVC expanded its presence in Thailand launching MIG-RIGHT EU co-funded project that aims to improve migration channel and practices between Cambodia and Thailand by reducing the fraudulent recruitment practice, abuse, trafficking incident and labour exploitation. In this frame, activities are addressed on one hand to empower CSOs and community Self-Help Groups to protect migrants and advocate for their rights and to the other hand to build capacity of authorities for a better enforcement of existing law, policies and practices. Moreover, a sound advocacy and lobbying programme at national and ASEAN level is promoted to improve legal framework supported by a large awareness campaign on Thai employers’ representatives and citizens to advocate and respect human, labour and social rights for migrants.

For the specific expertise in fighting human trafficking GVC is working in:

• Prevention actions with focus to Cambodian working migrants to Thailand. Our presence in Cambodia (Siem Reap, Ko Kong, Battambang) and Thailand (Trat, Samut Sakhorn, Samut Prakan) with two ongoing projects on the same topic entitled MIGRA ACTION (EIDHR72015/369-068) and MIG-RIGHT (EIDHR/2016/376-943) cofounded by EU and implemented by GVC and its partners (LSCW, LPN, CWCC) offer the possibility to address prevention against migrants’ exploitation and effective awareness campaigns in countries of origin as well as in destination territories in Thailand;

• Awareness campaigns that GVC is launching in 2018 and 2019 against human trafficking and labor exploitation of migrants using new technologies, art for awareness and social ambassadors;
• Strong presence and capacity to mobilize local communities with peer to peer approach through self-help groups of migrants, potential migrants, left behind people, CSOs and Local Authorities;

• High level engagement of policy makers and governmental officers thanks to our presence in anti-trafficking commissions and labor rights fora in Cambodia, Thailand and ASEAN;
• Emergency support/protection to repatriated migrants and trafficked people in Thailand and Cambodia through our local partners.

Security conditions:

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in South East Asia. It has well-developed tourism infrastructure and most visits to the country without incident. Thailand has a history of political instability and protracted civil unrest, and has experienced a number of military coups in recent times. Thailand's former army chief, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, has since been appointed as the interim prime minister and has established a military junta. Despite the political landscape remaining polarized, protests have diminished sharply.

The terrorism risk in Thailand is rated as medium; however, the threat is elevated in the southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, due to an ongoing Islamist insurgency. Clashes between security forces and insurgents are frequently reported in these provinces.
It is good to avoid the Province of Satun, for the recurrent occurrence of violence and terrorist attacks.
Travels are not recommended in the provinces of Si Sa Ket (Kantharalak district) and near the border with Cambodia, where a border dispute between the two countries has not yet completely resolved.
Sporadic terrorist incidents have also taken place in other parts of the country, including the capital, Bangkok; the recent high-profile events in August 2016 took place in Hua Hin, Suran Thani, Phuket and the Mueang district. Thailand has medium levels of crime. The prevalent form of crime is petty in nature, occurring primarily in larger urban centers and in areas frequented by tourists, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. There are also various scams targeting foreign nationals in Thailand. Tourist infrastructure is good in cities and major towns but is limited in rural areas. Thailand is also prone to tropical storms, which generally occur between June and December.

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 Thailand;
• Writing of articles and press releases.

Coordination tasks

Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarters.

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 execute 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 Italian is preferred;

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 is preferred;
  • 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.

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.

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 GVC Thailand;

Length of Deployment:
• 6 months;

Deployment duty station:
• Bangkok, Thailand, with missions in the field;

Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (450,38 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
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 departure, indicatively during May 2019. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Thailand 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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