Junior EU Aid Volunteer for Financial and Administrative Support in Palestine

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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: For the present vacancy, Alianza por la Solidaridad will act as sending organisation and Alianza por la Solidaridad Palestine will be the hosting organisation. None of them are faith-based organisations. Alianza por la Solidaridad has been working for more than 20 years in Palestine. Since 2005 Alianza began to build a strategy to specialize in Gender and Gender Based Violence sectors. Nowadays, Alianza Palestina has specialized and has a consolidated work in promoting women's rights and more specifically in VdG work, empowerment of women and economic rights. Alianza actively participates in coordination spaces (Clusters, Working Groups and Coalitions, specifically dedicated to the theme gender, work on Gender-based Violence -GBV- and promoting the rights of women together). The area of intervention is in Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem, working together with national stable partners in a sustained manner. Our main partners are: UHWC (Union Health Work Commitees), PCC (The Palestinian Counseling Center), AISHA (Association for Woman and Child Protection), WATC (Women’s Affairs Technical Committee), CFTA (The Culture and Free Thought Association). The intervention is currently being implemented through various projects funded by several international donors such as AECID (Spanish Cooperation Agency), OCHA, Generalitat Valenciana, AACID (Andalousian Cooperation Agency), etc. The main projects that Alianza por la Solidaridad will be implemented during the EU Aid Volunteers’ deployment period in cooperation with some national partners, will apply these strategies: - Adequate multi-sectorial mechanisms: prevention and provision of SGBV services in different areas: through clinics, mobile clinics and community protection approaches. - Economic empowerment for women: employability and income generation in non-traditional sectors for women. - Mobilization and awareness raising - Capacity Building for women, services providers and community-based organisations (CBOs) - Advocacy for the implementation of laws, policies and public services related to GBV and the promotion of gender equality. - Learning sessions and knowledge sharing

Operational context:
The Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) currently consists of 2 different geographical regions: West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip. Both Regions are separated and isolated among them. The administrative division has 16 districts (11 in the West Bank and 5 in Gaza) and 105 Municipalities (89 in the West Bank and 16 in Gaza). The entire oPt has a population of 4,816,503 inhabitants (according to the estimate of the Census of the Central Bureau of Statistics of Palestine, PCBS of December 2016), of which 2,369,719 are women (49.2%) %) and 2,446,784 (50.8%) are men. There are 2,935,368 people in the West Bank and 1,881,135 in Gaza. 27.6% of the population of the West Bank is registered as a refuge by the UNRWA (United Nations Agency for Refugees in Palestine in the Middle East), although 73.5% do not live in refugee camps.

The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is classified as a protracted protection crisis as a result of the occupation policies by israel and the intra-Palestinian divide. The situation is characterized by an asymmetry of power between the powers and discrimination practicies towards the Palestinian civilian population. In particular, the situation in the Gaza strip (17% of the territory) is especially delicate: the blockade, movement and access restrictions, socio-economic deterioration, lack of access to basic services, regular airstrikes and on certain occasions the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. Access to Area C in the West Bank (61% of West Bank) is practically prohibited to Palestinians, controlled de facto by the Israeli jurisdiction. Most of the communities in Area C live in a coercive environment and are at risk of forced displacement; suffer acts of violence by settlers, properties are subject to demolition orders, limited movement and livelihood opportunities.

Palestinian women suffer multiple layers of violence and discrimination and face oppressive conditions on two fronts: living under Israeli occupation and live in a society governed by patriarchal norms. This leads to a generalized concept of gender inferiority that develops from early stages of life and consolidates social constructs and stereotypes that perpetuate the cycle of violence, both in the public life sphere and influencing decision-making in private life; ultimately limiting the exercise of women´s rights. GbV is a socio-culturally rooted problem that is exacerbated in the territories by the protracted conflict, its impact on community/family cohesion and the difficulty to access services in the target communities covered by Alianza´s intervention.

Security context
The security context is complex in Palestine; the Israeli/Palestinian conflict together with internal tensions between Palestinian political factions to control the overarching PNA has a remarkable impact on the operational mobility of staff. The most complex situation is in Gaza, where volunteers will not have duties.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict over recognition of mutual statehood and the internal Palestinian tensions to control PNA has a remarkable impact on the operational mobility of staff. In addition, the levels of belligerency with neighboring countries add complicated environments difficult to manage without proper coordination and liaison with security agencies in the field. For instance, the construction of the wall around the West Bank separating different entities and the current amount of checkpoints provokes difficulties to access to site project areas; each checkpoint has a potential of access incident with soldiers and private security agents turning into security incidents, arrest and detention. Similarly, undergoing IDF incursions and Police operations to prevent attacks to Israeli settlements may expose the staff to additional risks in the event that the convoy is attacked by militants. In the same way, accessing to zones A, B and C of West Bank may pose additional threats like being attacked with stones or gunfire when entering into Israeli settlements. In Jerusalem city the security situation remains apparently calm however, Alianza recommends avoiding public transport spots, leisure centers and holy sites in the old city during bank holidays5. Again, IDF incursions and Police operations are constantly ongoing in and around East Jerusalem it is recommendable to be aware of convoys and undercover motorbikes and cars with Israeli security forces. Living in large cities of WB i.e. Ramallah and Jerusalem have the potential of demonstrations and unpredicted rallies supporting Palestinian militants so it is highly recommended to avoid them when driving by pulling out of the road and look for alternative routes. Gaza Strip is prohibited for EU AID volunteers to operate and/or visit.
In Jerusalem, where volunteers go to office and live, certain basic security considerations have to be considered: avoid areas of ongoing demonstrations or clashes between Palestinians and IDF or IPF, not participate on demonstrations of any nature, avoid non-familiar areas when walking alone, etc. Alianza por la Solidaridad has a Country Security Plan which must be respected by volunteers and staff in order to minimize security incidents. The rules and protocols to be followed are mainly related to mobility and displacement, documentation, registration in the pertinent Embassy or consulate, and other practicalities of daily life such as avoidance of political gatherings and demonstrations, avoidance or minimize visits to hots spots, carrying a mobile phone and report the localization when traveling, checking security updates/UNDSS messages regularly.

Office Admin Support

- Office admin documentation archive
- Data entry in office admin system
- Collaborating in updating the administrative-financial manual

Project Financial Follow up

- Review of project financial documentation
- Compilation of documentation of procurements within the project
- Compilation of financial justification sources of verification
- Visiting local partners to prepare the financial documents and reports
- Review of contracts, expenses and other financial documents of Alianza and its partners in Palestine
- Drafting financial reports

Capacity building

- Collaborate providing capacity building to local implementing partners as to donor requirements

Communication and Raising Awareness

a. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field.
b. Gather audio-visual materials to be used in a public awareness activity conducted by the volunteers' community in Europe.
c. In coordination with the partner NGOs in the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

-2 months of apprenticeship pre-deployment are expected to take place at Alianza Head Quarters in Madrid.

Required competences

Educational background - Degree in Business administration and/or Accounting/Finance or equivalent studies that include financial and administrative topics. - Excellent command of Excel and full Microsoft Office package. Experience: - Desirable previous experience in developing countries and/or in volunteering activities Languages: - English C1 - Spanish B2 - Arabic will be an asset. Other skills: - Good interpersonal and communication skills. - Adaptability, self-awareness and inter-personal skills to adapt to different working styles and cultural contexts. - Ability to work collaboratively and train others. - Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions. - Motivation for promoting local and social development.

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.

Alianza por la Solidaridad 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.

Only applicants available for in-presence training during a minimum of 9 days from the end of March will be eligible.

Condition of service

The EU Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a minimum of 9-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who 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 (i.e. who work in a third country).

Additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment in order to create a reserve pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs. Therefore, it is possible that for 1 position more than 1 candidate is going to be trained. The final decision will be always taken after the training.

- Length of deployment: 8 months
- Deployment duty station: Jerusalem office with missions to the field in West Bank
- A monthly allowance (517,19 euro/month) intended to cover basic needs and local transportation will be paid during apprenticeship in Madrid.
- A monthly allowance (377,10 euro/month) intended to cover basic needs and local transportation will be paid during deployment.
- Accommodation is always provided. During deployment, it will be a shared apartment with another EU AID volunteer. Not more than 6 Km distance to Alianza por la Solidaridad Jerusalem office in Shoufat. Quite neighbourhood with shopping opportunities and leisure activities in the same area.
- Food and travel expenses for working missions in the field are covered.
- Visa fees, insurance and a round-trip to the country will be covered.
- The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field according to National Fests. For each month of voluntary activity two days of leave are foreseen.
- Working hours will be from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Friday.
- For each month of deployment 100 euros of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews: From 04/12/2018 to 14/12/2018.
In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

• All the interviews will be done online.
• The pre-selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by the 16/12/2018 by email, or phone call. 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;

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 the 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 takes places following the training.

Date of training
Date of training: In-presence training will last for a minimum of 9 days, starting approximately in mid-March and will be held in English.
Apprenticeship Placement
20/04/2018 – 20/06/2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Pre-deployment induction will take place in Alianza por la Solidaridad HQ in Madrid for 3 days. Travel and subsistence costs for this activity will be covered.
20/06/2019 – 20/11/2019
Post-deployment activities
The EU volunteer will participate in debriefing and awareness raising activities after the deployment.
Self assessment questionnaire
File Self-Assessment Questionnaire