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Junior EU Aid Volunteer - Grant writer with Médicos del Mundo in Mauritania

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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.


Médicos del Mundo (MdM) has been developing and implementing mother and child health programmes in Mauritania since 1993. Since 2000, MdM has favored the name "sexual and reproductive health" and has made it a point of honor to work with an approach based on human rights. This is visible in its SRH policy developed in 2008. In 27 years of experience in Mauritania, MdM has developed more than 50 interventions in development cooperation and humanitarian action. In the field of humanitarian action, the organisation has responded to health emergencies of various kinds: cholera in Nouakchott, floods in Hodh El Gharbi, migration crises in the regions of Nouadhibou and Rosso, nutritional crises in Guidimakha and work on rapid response mechanisms from emergency plans in the intervention zones. With regard to development, interventions have focused on strengthening primary health care in various areas and geographical areas: 1) the strengthening and decentralization of tuberculosis services at the national level with the establishment of treatment centres in the regions of Nouakchott, Assaba, Hodh El Gharbi, Hodh el Chargui, and Nouadhibou. 2) Strengthening existing mechanisms and services, which guarantee equitable access to the population in vulnerable situations, from a health and socio-economic point of view, in the regions of Nouakchott and Guidimakha. 3) The development of preventive and communication actions and the improvement of the technical health, organizational and advocacy skills of community networks and national civil society organizations (CSOs). 4) Through a gender-sensitive approach, improving access, organization and quality of sexual and reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric care and the national HIV/AIDS programme, as well as child health, including emergency neonatal care and severe acute malnutrition in the primary health facilities of Nouakchott, Nouadhibou, Guidimakha and Trarza. In this sense, the organisation has developed interventions focused and adapted on the SSR of adolescents and young people since 2017. In addition, given the public health problem related to gender-based violence (GBV), since 2012 the organisation has begun to develop programs specifically focused on prevention, protection and advocacy on GBV, as an integral part of sexual and reproductive health. After two years of advocacy and since 2017, continuous efforts have led to the opening of three Special Units for comprehensive medical, psychosocial and legal care of GBV (USPEC). A national health-gender communication campaign has also been developed since November 2019 to inform and raise awareness among Mauritanian youth about GBV, by communicating about their causes and consequences, as well as the existence of Care Units for Victims of Gender-Based Violence; and on SRH, to promote the right of access to information on this theme, and to promote prevention. This multichannel campaign, particularly events-based campaign, aims to change behaviours and practices that undermine fundamental human rights by pushing the Mauritanian population to question. After a first phase between November 2019 and March 2020, a second phase, adapted to the COVID19 pandemic began in February 2021. The first case of COVID19 in Mauritania was recorded on 13 March 2020. While the following two months had fewer than ten cases, mid-May was marked by a sudden increase in the number of cases, triggering the first wave of the epidemic in Mauritania, which peaked in the third week of June 2020. The actual number of people who have contracted COVID-19 or are still ill remains very relative in Mauritania. Indeed, the population does not always have access to care, nor to diagnostic testing, for financial means, means of transport, or lack of knowledge of the virus and means to protect themselves from it. Masks, hydroalcoholic gel, but also soap and water are also not accessible to all. The situation therefore remains unstable and barrier measures are more than necessary. The number of vaccines planned for the country is also not yet known. In terms of communication, MdM Mauritania is part of the Risk Communication and Community Engagement pillar of the National COVID-19 Response Plan. Tools to raise awareness of barrier measures were developed and widely disseminated in spring 2020 and again in December-January 2021. The second phase of the health-gender campaign should make it possible to continue raising awareness, drawing attention to the resurgence of GBV in times of crisis, in particular by providing information on the mechanisms for reporting, assisting and taking charge of GBV maintained during the pandemic.

Medicos del Mundo works in Mauritania mainly in two geographical areas: Nouakchott and Guidimakha. Each of the bases has a house of passage and the work offices for all the teams in the city centers. We have 5 pick up cars.
In terms of Human Resources, the team of the MdM mission in Mauritania is composed of thirty-two people between Guidimakha and Nouakchott, the capital (a finance, accounting, a country logistics manager and an administration-log manager at the Guidimakha base). Coordination with headquarters in Madrid is done on a regular basis to ensure proper planning, implementation and monitoring of activities.
With regard to the technical and financial partners on the ground, Médicos del Mundo works in close collaboration with the Country's Social Registry Directorate, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Women, Family and Children(MASEF) at the central level. Regarding the decentralized level we work in collaboration with the regional health, Islamic affairs and MASEF directorates of Nouakchott North, East, West and Guidimakha. We collaborate with schools of public health and high schools and public schools. Médicos del Mundo participates at the national level in all consultation frameworks concerning health, GBV, human rights and nutrition in general and discusses with international technical and financial partners such as WHO, UNICEF, IOM, UNFPA, the Human Rights Office of the United Nation System, the European Union, the Embassy of France, AECID/OTC and international NGOs. As national partners, we work with 4 civil society organizations: SOS PE, AMSME, AFCF and Action.
In relation to security, Medicos del Mundo participates in national security meetings with the rest of international partners in order to assess the security situation. Currently, the security situation in the country is stable. The first existing risk is the traffic accident. For this, the organization relies on an adapted response and risk plan, which is monitored and respected by the entire national and expatriate team. Médicos del Mundo in its policy of neutrality, works more on the acceptance and protection of staff and assets of the organization and to do so, it has set up security management tools that are always validated by the headquarters in Madrid. The safety rules will be shared with all volunteers for a knowledge before their deployment in the field. Assistance is also available from headquarters, including a security officer, a gender counsellor, and a psychological intervention protocol in case of emergency.
In terms of health, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory, even if it is not requested upon entry into the country. It is to be done in an approved center. Anti-malarial treatment is to be expected, as well as food hygiene vaccines (typhoid fever and hepatitis A.).
MdM has a list of health structures, specialists and reference laboratory when needed. Namely that volunteer will have international health insurance in case of significant necessity and medical expatriation, as well as evacuation protocols.

General tasks

The volunteer will be based in Nouakchott and will be under the direct supervision of the national coordination. S/he will be contributing to carrying out the identification and design new projects and programme monitoring and evaluation. He/she will contribute to validating the drafting and preparation of the complete proposals to be submitted to donors, reporting on ongoing projects related to donor funding and other necessary monitoring and management tasks.

1. Identification, preparation and drafting of proposals to be submitted to national donors.

Under the direction of the Deputy Country Director and in collaboration with the various coordinators but also the basic managers of the mission, the Grant Writer will draft and prepare project proposals (preparation of the final version for each proposal: budget, narrative and annexes) to be presented in the language of the donor.
If necessary, he/she will prepare and support identification missions in the areas targeted by the mission. If necessary, he/she will accompany the team to review, analyze and capitalize the information on the various assessments / identification of needs in the field.

2. Ensure reporting activities

He/she will support the coordination team in the reporting (internal and external) of ongoing projects by ensuring knowledge and application of internal and external directives to ensure compliance with quality standards and deadlines.
He/she will ensure the revision and submission of the necessary reports and supporting documents for each report (intermediate, final, etc...).
He/she will support the project teams in the processing and preparation of responses to donor requests as well as in the various requests for information or other challenges that may arise.
He/she will verify and ensure the reliability and consistency of the data produced by the teams and facilitate the updating of donor contract information on the project cycle management system on a regular basis.
He/she will ensure that information and recommendations provided by previous programmes, donors, evaluation reports and internal or external audits are taken into account and integrated.
He/she will update all propal mission reports and monitoring tools.

3. Capacity building of the National MdM Team and Partners

It will identify training needs on project monitoring, project management, gender perspectives, needs analysis and organize the necessary training.

4. Other functions:

He/she may be required to perform other tasks at the request of the national coordination and in the interest of the organization. He/she will supervise the management of the project's material resources made available to MdM to ensure their proper use and sustainability.


Required competences

EDUCATION • Bac +5 level in social sciences, health and / or politics or any other similar field; • Knowledge of funding instruments and donor guidelines and project cycle management; EXPERIMENT • Experience or additional training in strategy definition, project formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and capitalization. Gender, human rights; • An asset will be training in public health; • Experience in the field of international cooperation; • Contextual knowledge (Mauritania, Sahel) is an asset; SKILLS • Strategic vision, leadership, human resources management; • Management of financial and technical projects and monitoring and evaluation, planning; • Teamwork and resistance to stress; • Office Pack (Word, Excel and Internet); LANGUAGES • Fluent French essential; • Good level of Spanish and English; • Arabic would be 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.

Not all these competences are exception criteria as long as the candidate can show expertise in performing the tasks which the job position involves. His/her motivation will be similarly taken into account. Therefore, a motivation letter should be submitted explaining what drives the candidate to be a volunteer with us.

- Fluent French (spoken and written);
Professional profile:
• Bac +5 level in social sciences, health and / or politics or any other similar field.
• Knowledge of funding instruments and donor guidelines and project cycle management.

Condition of service

- Working in a local context, integrating with different communities.
- Improving volunteer’s knowledge about health problems in vulnerable contexts and strategies of intervention.
- Knowing the importance of community interventions in public health projects.

- A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (534,71 Euros per month) in the local currency (MRU), that intends to cover basic needs and local transport. The best restaurants will be identified to allow volunteers to have a varied diet and to eat in good hygienic conditions. In general, it is easy to eat in the capital.
- In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is 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.
His/her work will be developed in the headquarters of MdM Mauritania in the capital-Nouakchott.
Nouakchott is a quiet, traffic-free town and has several beaches for relaxing weekend. The general atmosphere in Nouakchott is good. However, it is recommended to be careful when traveling, especially at night, and to avoid certain places outside the city center.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place via Skype.

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through will be considered. Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in French)
• CV in Europass format (in French)
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in French)
• Motivation Letter (in French)

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place online on a rolling basis.

The successful candidates will attend a mandatory online and on-site training provided by the EU before her/his deployment.
The on-site training will have a mandatory section for all the candidates as well as some optional modules, to be provided according to the competences of each candidate EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organisation.

Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU on-site training (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) will be fully covered.

This mandatory training will take place in January 2022.

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 a 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 will take place following the training.

Date of training
January 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
January 2022
February - August 2022
Post-deployment activities
August 2022
Self assessment questionnaire
File euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_fr.xlsx