Junior EU Aid Volunteer in DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in Burundi [GVC7_BUR_AVE_DRR_JR]

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GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.

The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.

17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, 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:

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Burundi. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page:

Humanitarian Context
Burundi has been hit by a vast political and social crisis since 2015, which is having significant repercussions from an economic point of view, especially in rural areas of the country. During 2017, around 427.989 people fled to neighboring states. At the same time the flow of migrant from neighboring states to Burundi counts 63.848 people ( The consequences of this crisis contribute to amplify an already critical situation regarding nutrition, food security and access to basic services for the population. From the results of the global analysis for food safety and vulnerability (CFSVA 2016/17), it came out, in fact, that the situation of food insecurity in the country is worrying and continuously deteriorating.
GVC began its operations in Burundi in 1995 with emergency programs, and from 2005, with the return of political and social stability, by reviving development programs in support of local governments. During these 21 years of continuous presence in the country with the support of various donors GVC has carried out actions in several areas: health, nutrition, food safety, protection, wash. Currently GVC is working in seven provinces (Bujumbura, Bubanza, Cibitoke, Makamba, Rutana, Ruyigi and Cankuzo) on nutritional promotion and capacity building projects for actors involved in the management of acute malnutrition. In the Province of Bujumbura, GVC has been active since 1995 with different interventions all focused on strengthening the health system. From 2012 until 2016, GVC has managed a program of nutritional rehabilitation and promotion of behavioral change in food consumption, on the 427 hills of three provinces: Bujumbura, Bubanza and Cibitoke. The same activities are currently carried out in four other provinces (Makamba, Rutana, Ruyigi e Cankuzo). As part of this program GVC has managed activities based on the prevention of malnutrition for children under 5 years old and on nutritional education through the FARN approach (Learning and Nutritional Rehabilitation Centers) by strengthening the capacities of the various community actors, focusing mainly on the role of women in order to create a mechanism for education and conscious food production.
Security conditions
Regarding the political and social context, Burundi is classified in risk category C, with a medium level of risk for GVC expatriate staff and local staff. The security situation became less secure during 2015 due to social and political instability that affected all the regions of the country. In response to this crisis, GVC supported the resumption of quick-impact activities on food availability and income generating activities for the more vulnerable household in the Province of Cibitoke, and with a cash transfer intervention in two border hills in the Makamba Province.

AVEDEC and GVC values
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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WASH tasks

• Taking part in coordination meetings, external conference, workshops related to the WASH sector in AVEDEC
• Being in charge of support organizing, following and supervising WASH related activities in the ongoing projects of AVEDEC
• Collecting, updating and following up information related to the implementation of WASH activities and infrastructures in target communities
• Supporting the WASH coordination in the implementation of AVEDEC sectorial strategy and policies
• Supporting technical specification of service providers, suppliers and contractors involved in the implementation of the Projects’ activities
• Supporting proper and smooth WASH activities implementation in strict coordination with AVEDEC WASH coordinator, teams and partners
• Being responsible to support smooth coordination with local and national authorities regarding WASH activities
• Working together with local staff to properly perform activities in a coordinated and supportive way
• Being in charge of monitoring all the phases of WASH activity implementation with particular reference to expected quality and results
• Supporting in preparing and collect all sources of verification, deliverables and any other relevant needed documents
• Constantly reporting to AVEDEC WASH coordinator, line manager and tutor
• Being in charge of supporting the drafting of interim and final reports related to, but not only, WASH and technical component to be submitted to donors

Disaster Risk Reduction tasks

• Develop methodological tools for analyzing risk conditions that can be used in municipalities.
• Identify, analyze, evaluate and map the risk factors and critical spots (threats and vulnerabilities) at municipal level.
• Suggest specific risk management measures for the community, and establish action plans for the implementation of the identified measures.
• Check and update the early warning systems and propose alternative mechanisms for communication.
• Support the development of new proposals and projects related to risk management.
• Participate in the team´s coordination meetings and prepare his/her monthly planning with the Area and /or Regional Coordinators.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Supporting the local visibility

• Collect visibility material about the activities on the field
• Support the publication of information in the website of the organization


The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required


Required competences


  • Studies in Engineering, Environmental Science or related specialization in WASH and DRR
  • Abreast of current development and best practices in Humanitarian Principles and Accountability in WASH and DRR Programming.


  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management.
  • Strong initiative and autonomy;
  • Organizational and project coordination skills.
  • Reports drafting
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions.


  • Fluent in French, both written and verbal.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset


  • Significant experience in emergency and/or developmental WASH/DRR program management and technical support.
  • Previous experience in developing countries
  • 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 mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
• Deployment starting from mid-September 2018.

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 AVEDEC
Length of Deployment:
• 6 months
Deployment duty station:
• Gitega, Burundi, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (362,66 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.
• 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 23/03/2018 to 03/05/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 04/05/2018 to 01/06/2018.

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 01/06/2018. 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;

Date of training
Training will take place in mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in French only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
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 Burundi at her/his arrival.
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_burundi.xlsx