Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Food, nutrition and health, Kenya (6 months)

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The EU Aid Volunteer is going to work in the community groups, schools... and reinforce them in the field of awareness raising and education in Kenya by teaching relevant skills to the COMMUNITY on nutrition. The volunteer will work with local health centres to help local nurses on educating pregnant mothers , breastfeeding mothers and mothers with children on better balance diet and maximising local nutritious food which are cheap. In the event this people also avoid food supplements that would boost their system hence good nutrition.


Expected results/objectives:

  • Reduce cases of malnutrition cases in shianda with both social, economic and environmental wellbeing.
  • To ensure building resilience in the Shianda community regarding the HIV/AIDS effects and nutrition-related issues and diseases to prevent the food security and disease outbreak related humanitarian crises in the future 
  • The expected results and objectives are to raise the overall general awareness on the malnutrition issues and malnutrition related cases, to support the people affected by HIV/AIDS regarding the nutrition issues to improve their life quality and life expectance for them to continue with both social, economic and environmental wellbeing and to ensure building resilience in the Shianda community regarding the HIV/AIDS effects and nutrition-related issues and diseases to prevent the food security and disease outbreak related to possible humanitarian crises in the future.

In Wefoco, there is one part-time employee – a director – and one person employed to provide the computer services at the office, all others are local volunteers, including the 2 women who have worked for several years as the school link activities coordinators. This is an interesting position in a grassroot organisation in rural Africa with various and diverse opportunities to independently plan and conduct the health activities in rural settings.

The EU Aid Volunteer will stay in the village, where living conditions are basic and privacy can be limited as people are interested in the activities, in addition the choice of food is limited. There will be several other long-term volunteers staying for the same period.

Western Focus Community Organisation (Wefoco) is a community based organization (CBO) in Shianda in Western Kenya that was started in 2004 as a self-help group and later registered as a community based organization in 2009. Wefoco consists mostly of 26 women’s groups in several areas and is focused on orphans, families suffering because on HIV/AIDS and generating incomes of those in need. Additionally, Wefoco has initiated also a cooperative in order to support the community people in joint agriculture, currently cooperative has over 300 members who grow maize, vegetables, chicken, fish etc.

Wefoco's mission is to develop sustainable community based initiative that promotes welfare of community people and Wefoco's vision is through its activities directly or indirectly reach to every vulnerable child in the community.

Our approach consist of work in the following fields: education, HIV and AIDS campaign awareness, Income generating activities, Capacity building activities, Gender inequality.

The EU Aid Volunteer will work in Mumias East subcounty, in 3 wards and 8 locations, which are in the village, consisting of Wefoco group members, as it will be indicated in the work plan made on arrival of the EU Aid Volunteer. The EU Aid Volunteer will be working 5 days per week and will have 2 holiday days per month. The mode of transportation that the EU Aid Volunteer will use in the village is motorbikes or walking short distances. Motorbikes are ideal mode of transports especially in the interior village however care must be taken where the routes are not well maintained. Shianda area experiences heavy rain from March to June and also from September to October. During this period, volunteers are advised always to ask for safe routes since some of the roads becomes almost impassable when it rains heavily. They are also advised to finish their activities early in the afternoon since most afternoons programmes are hindered by onset of rain. By the help of group leaders, the volunteers will be able to organise meetings for them with members.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be oriented on aspects of security, though in Shianda generally the security status has always been favourable and not hostile. This is not to say that we don’t have unfortunate cases but however volunteers should always be aware of the possibility of such incidents and have office contacts for efficient communication in case of any. Volunteers are also advised to have knowhow of the current laws, by-laws, and rights to avoid issues with the local authority.
Shianda is situated in equatorial tropical climate, region which is prone to tropical diseases such as Malarial and typhoid. For this case, volunteers are advised to seek for anti-malaria medication, vaccination and other related conditions according to their health history.
School link teachers will organise school talks by the EU Aid Volunteer on nutrition.
The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the volunteer at the beginning of the project.

Nutrition capacity building tasks:

- Teaching the members of 25 women groups on how to use the available food in their available budget to increase the nutrition value of the food they cook at home for their family and children,
- Identify the malnourished people, especially children in the community and advise the people or the parents regarding the proper diet,
- Organize seminars in the community on malnutrition and on how to prevent the malnutrition related diseases.

Needs Assessment and analysis tasks:

- Work with the HIV/AIDS support groups on how to increase the level of nutrition in order to increase the health and life quality of the HIV/AIDS affected families,
- Analyse and write a report regarding the malnutrition cases in the community and propose the upcoming activities and work plan regarding dealing with this issue.


Required competences

- Nutritionist or nurse with the professional experience of working in a developing country

- Fluent English

- Basic computer skills

- Willing to work in the local community

- Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation

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.

WEFOCO organisation has a charter of values that has indicated the procedure of selection, recruitment and placement of volunteers, which is highly observed. It also state that no candidate should be discriminated according to his or her race, religion or financial status during the selection .

Nutritionist or nurse with the professional experience of working in a developing country,
Fluent English, adaptability, autonomy, good relational skills.

Condition of service

EU Aid Volunteer will have the opportunity to learn new things and gain skills such as:
- Great opportunity to gain additional skills for a health professional on how to assess, plan and conduct activities on nutrition and HIV/AIDS prevention in rural settings,
- Cultural exchange and learning with the community,
- New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context,
- Local language

The host organization will provide to the EU Aid Volunteer a safe and lockable accommodation in the volunteers’ house / apartment or host family. The EU Aid Volunteer can have access to a kitchen and bucket shower with all useful necessities (water closet, water tap, gas cooker, dishes, electric stoves…). There are different accommodation options.

The EU Aid Volunteers will have access to the office of the local hosting organization with a connection to internet, a specific desk.

The volunteer will live in Shianda village, Western Kenya .

Selection process

Selection process:
The candidate has to send the following documents to
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 04/07 and the 31/07/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with MONDO and WEFOCO.

Between August and October 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training (around 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training (10 to 12 days).

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in October 2018.

Once selected, the volunteer will participate to a 5 days pre-departure training with the sending organization in October / November 2018.

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
From August to the begining of October 2018
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
October or November 2018
from December 2018 to May 2019
Post-deployment activities
Summer 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx