The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.
Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.
The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.
The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative offers:
Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it;
Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster;
Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organizations in countries hit by disasters;
Technical assistance for organizations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.
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aims at contributing to the improvement of the EU capacity to provide protection in contexts with specific vulnerabilities, through the deployment of 43 EU Aid Volunteers in 13 countries of 4 different geographic areas (Colombia, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Bangladesh) and the implementation of complementary technical assistance and capacity building activities. 14 on-line volunteers will be involved as well. VOL4PRO
It is structured in 4 specific objectives: Increasing the protection capacities of local groups and communities in humanitarian contexts through the deployment of EU AID Volunteers (SO1); capacity building on the reduction of protection vulnerabilities and increasing the protection capacities of implementing organizations working on humanitarian crises (SO2); reinforcing Communication, Advocacy and Accountability towards affected populations (SO3); enhancing the capacities of consortium organisations and partnership building within the EUAV Initiative (SO4).
4 EU organisations (Alianza por la Solidaridad, ActionAid Hellas, GVC and Danish Refugee Council) will work together during 24 months with field offices and other local organisations (CEBEM in Bolivia and ActionAid Bangladesh) adding up to 15 hosting organisations.
The combination of EUAV deployments, TA and CB activities, on-line volunteering, and specific communication-and-advocacy oriented activities, will result in: strengthened work on protection issues in different humanitarian crises of third countries; durable knowledge share among different stakeholders on protection, humanitarian aid and volunteers management; increased accountability towards the beneficiaries; a high number of active EU citizens involved in humanitarian missions and/or aware of EU aid in third counties; a stronger and more specialised partnership able to ensure a good implementation of this and future EUAV projects.
In the framework of this project WEWORLD-GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteer to Lebanon.
To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with WEWORLD-GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en Operational details & security context
Lebanon, a country of 4.4 million inhabitants, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East.
Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.
In fact, Lebanon is hosting around 1.1 million Syrian refugees (including non–registered), 42 000 Palestinian refugees from Syria, 6 000 Iraqi refugees and nearly 450 000 refugees from Palestine. This makes it the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide, where one person out of four is a refugee. Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter, more than 75% of which are children and women. This influx has added strain on the country’s economy and infrastructure.
The pressure is felt in all sectors including education, health, housing, water and electricity supply. As time goes by, competition for jobs and resources is also fueling tensions in certain areas between Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees. Security along the border areas, particularly in Akkar and the northern Bekaa Valley, make humanitarian access and the delivery of assistance very challenging. The fighting in Arsal in August 2014 was a turning point. It led to a much more restrictive policy and crystallized tensions between Lebanese and Syrian refugees.
Lebanon is in an earthquake zone, but there have been no damaging tremors in recent years.
The security situation in Lebanon is stable at the moment, but unpredictable. Driving standards are poor and the accident rate is quiet high.
In view of the situation in Lebanon in terms of security, all the necessary instructions and security manuals and rules will be given to the EU Aid Volunteer.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by WEWORLD-GVC Lebanon, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.
Volunteers must not be deployed to Palestinian refugee camps, within 5km of the border with Syria and Israel, the Hermel Area, including the towns of Arsal, Ras Baalbek, Qaa, Laboué and Nahlé.
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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