EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Nicaragua [GVC7_NIC_ADM_JR]

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

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: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 3 EU Aid Volunteers to Nicaragua. 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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, the operationalization of preparedness and response plans is affected by a lack of financial resources.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The 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
Finance and accounts support to the project manager

• Support the country representative, in coordination with the local administrator, in the maintenance of documents relating to the project activities, reporting and archive’s organization.
• Support the project manager in the accounting of the project in relation to: expenditure plan, accounting management.

Archive and documents

• Keep and archive the administrative and supportive documents (list of beneficiaries, procurement procedures, photographic documentation, visibility of the project).

Activities, planning and coordination

• Organize and implement the monthly programming work with the coordinator;
• Participate and support all the other activities required for the proper development of the mission;
• Participate to the team coordination meetings;

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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.

Other

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

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Required competences

Studies:

  • Studies in Economics, Business Administration, or Accountancy (or other similar/relevant fields?)
  • Desirable humanitarian/development project cycle management knowledge

Languages:

  • Fluent in Spanish written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management.
  • Reports drafting
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions

Experiences

  • Desirable 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 GVC Nicaragua
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions to the field, when possible due to the security situation
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (392,90 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;
• 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 mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in Spanish 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 Nicaragua at her/his arrival.
Deployment
15/09/2019
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 saq_nicaragua
Sectors