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Junior EU Aid Volunteer - Livelihoods Officer in Georgia

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About DRC South Caucasus

In line with DRC’s mandate to promote durable solutions to refugees, internally displaced and other conflict affected populations and in accordance with DRC’s global policy of a balanced approach in providing humanitarian assistance, DRC initiated its program in Georgia in 1999.


About the project

The ultimate aim of DRC’s humanitarian program in Georgia is to promote durable solutions to IDPs, returnees and conflict-affected populations. In West Georgia, DRC enjoys specifically one office in Zugdidi for the regions of Samegrelo and Imereti which accommodate a large portion of the displaced from the conflicts in the early 90s.


Among multiple projects, DRC is currently implementing one KfW–funded (German Reconstruction and Development Bank) project with the aim to address the critical protection issues pertaining to IDP integration in Georgia, in terms of access to social services and education, the enjoyment of livelihood opportunities, and provision of adequate durable housing solutions for IDPs. The project targets the mixed communities IDPs as well as conflict affected local population in underserved rural areas of West and East Georgia.


The project consists of three components:

  • Improved access to Community-based Social and Educational Services through IDP Empowerment and Participation;
  • Economic Integration and;
  • Alternative Durable Housing Solutions (DHS) for IDPs


About the position


The Junior Livelihoods Volunteer under the supervision of the Area Manager in West Georgia and in close cooperation with the Country Director, is expected to make a sound contribution to community development in West Georgia by leading the process of assessing the feasibility of engaging in the sector of social entrepreneurship and supporting the development of tools and procedures. A clear connection to the aforementioned KfW funded project shall be established to create synergies.


In concrete terms, the Junior volunteer is expected based on collected data to propose and possibly pilot a social responsible model of entrepreneurship in selected locations and sectors in Samegrelo region as a vector of social inclusion.


The formalization of partnerships with local organizations or business entities is suggested as an implementing modality to ensure sustainability in the eventuality the feasibility of the pilot scheme is confirmed. This may create synergies with ongoing DRC projects in the area.




The Junior EUAV deployee is expected to produce a comprehensive report by the end of the assignment with the clear recommendations on the procedures, tools and management frameworks of social entrepreneurship program.

Conflicts in the early 1990s and later in 2008 in the South Caucasus have led to the displacement of large population groups. In Georgia the displaced are mainly originated from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. For the majority of these groups – defined in Georgia as Internal Displaced People (IDPs) – return to areas of origin is not an option due to the absence of peace agreement between the conflict parties.

DRC office in Zugdidi covers the regions of Samegrelo and Imereti. These regions accommodate a large portion of the displaced from the conflicts in the early 90s.

Considering the security situation, Zugdidi and the rest of West Georgia is at level 1, which confirms it as a safe place. Rampant criminality is reduced to a minimum in West Georgia.

The Junior Livelihoods Volunteer shall perform the following tasks and responsibilities:

1. Support the performance of a situational analysis of the social entrepreneurship ground in the region of West Georgia;
2. Provide an assessment of various models of social entrepreneurship to support in building of relevant structure for future programming of DRC West Georgia;
3. Assist and conduct preliminary assessment to measure the opportunities, risks and possible challenges of engaging in the direction of social entrepreneurship;
4. Support the development of a legal and management framework for the creation and management of Social Enterprises;
5. Assist in the formulation of the strategy for the promotion of social entrepreneurship in West Georgia, with a particular focus on social innovation;
6. Support in capacity building of DRC staff in social entrepreneurship concept and strategy.

In addition, some more generic tasks are expected to be performed:

- 10% of the EUAV time will be allocated for communication tasks, to demonstrate the value added and impact of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and its different actions, and the professional contribution of EU Aid Volunteers. This will be implemented through specific channels discussed with the DRC Regional Communications Officer.
- Get in touch with the ECHO's RIOs (Regional Information Officers) to, previously approved by the line manager, share information about HOPE and the experience to be an EU Aid Volunteer.
- Develop one story from the field (an anecdotal story about their experience/work/ impact) produced during the assignment that may be uploaded into the network for use by sending/hosting organization and the European Union for communication purposes.

Not applicable for the current position

Required competences
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the formulation or implementation of social development programs, including social entrepreneurship policies/tools and frameworks;
  • Demonstrated field experience in humanitarian/development projects with a focus on displaced populations, preferably in protracted displacement contexts;
  • Strong understanding in livelihood programming at least in one of the modalities:  Entrepreneurship building, local economic recovery/poverty-reduction strategies, small business development; Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VET); Income Generating Activities, others;
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.

To learn more about the exact definition of long-term residency, please read here:

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate:
• Good communication skills;
• Fluency in English is mandatory;
• Ability to manage available time and resources and to work within tight deadlines;
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team;
• Proven success in working collaboratively with a number of different stakeholders;
• Strong capacity for data collection and analysis, as well as report writing;
• Sound knowledge and understanding of gender sensitivity and social inclusion.

As well as demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
• Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
• Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
• Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
• Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
• Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Please note that volunteers bear great responsibility and are expected to live up to high ethical and professional standards – both in relation to the people we help and in relation to each other. Hence the DRC Code of Conduct applies to EU Aid Volunteers in the same way as for DRC staff.

The candidate shall enjoy at least 1 year of work experience in the field of social entrepreneurship or business development. More years of experience is an asset as well as previous work experience in similar post-conflict contexts. Other requirements are specified above.

Condition of service

DRC offers a full insight on its program in Georgia as a unique learning opportunity across all its sectors of expertise and interventions, not only in the field of Livelihoods. Specific details may be discussed with the DRC South Caucasus upon deployment to allow the selected EUAV deployee to capture the multifaceted aspects of DRC programming locally.

By joining DRC Office in Zugdidi, the successful EUAV candidate will strengthen his/her knowledge and skills, both professionally and personally. The EUAV deployee will be able to apprehend other and different modalities of DRC work in the field of Livelihoods (Small and Medium Enterprise development (SME), Small scale grants, cash assistance, VET, work placement Scheme) in a specific humanitarian aid context and be able to know or deepen his/her knowledge in education, community empowerment and other sectors DRC is engaged in West Georgia.

The EUAV deployee will receive solid technical support from the team at Office level in Zugdidi, and by this continuously develop him-/herself. This environment will as well enable the EUAV deployee to develop teamwork and interpersonal communication skills that are indispensable in any professional environment.

Working conditions
DRC enjoys a fully equipped office facility to host the selected candidate. Working hours 9:00 – 17:30 with half an hour break from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday are days off. Volunteers can enjoy all official holidays.

The EUAV deployee will be provided with Laptop, Mobile calls allowance and subsistence allowance. Transportation will be provided to the Volunteers, as well as flights are covered by the host organization.

Living conditions
The EUAV deployee shall be accommodated in a private apartment or house in Zugdidi with at list one bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, an equipped kitchen.

Neighborhood is quiet and with low criminal risk. Safety/Security brief can be provided to candidates upon arrival. There are supermarkets and grocery store available all around as well as a number of restaurants and cafés. All types of food products are available – including variety of vegetarian dishes. Tap water can be consumed although bottled mineral water is widely available.

There are many banks and ATMs just around the apartment block and payment in card is also widely accepted in many shops and restaurants.

Climate is sub-tropical – but having four seasons.

Insurance, health and vaccinations
There are no specific health concerns for staff or visitors in Georgia. No vaccination needed for Georgia. Health and Personal Accident insurance is provided by the host organization.

Conditions of service during deployment
• The EUAV deployee will be provided with Laptop and mobile calls allowance.
• Accommodation, visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (243,91 Euros per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Transportation between DRC offices will be provided to the deployee.
• In addition, upon return to Europe, an amount of 100 Euros/month of deployment is foreseen as a post-deployment resettlement allowance.

Selection process

Dates of shortlisting and interviews: August 15, 2019

Steps towards selection and related information

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an interview. All interviews will be done online, where the interview panel will consist of at least two members of DRC– including the Manager of the position. Interview questions will be designed to assess motivation, competencies and technical aspects pertaining to the position. In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

EU trainings:
Based on the interviews one or more candidates will be chosen per position. Hence please note that additional candidates may be selected for a single position. To select the final candidate for each position pre-selected candidates from the interview will attend both an online and in-presence EU Aid Volunteer training, which are a part of the selection process. The selection of additional candidates is to ensure a substitute volunteer per position. The substitute volunteer may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he/she resigns, is no longer available or of other reasons.

The final selection takes place shortly after the in-presence training. The remaining candidate(s) may be offered the chance to be registered in a reserve pool to cover drop-outs or unforeseen needs, and thus still have a chance of being deployed at another position.

Induction training:
All final selected candidates will attend a pre-deployment introduction training (2,5 days) at Danish Refugee Council’s headquarter in Copenhagen.

Training costs:
Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU in-present training and the induction training will be fully covered (i.e. EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself).

If a candidate is working outside of the EU at the time of their training course, the travel costs for the following groups of volunteers will be fully covered:
• 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 24 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

For the following groups or persons only the costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months (e.g. internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, short-term jobs).
• EU citizens that are selected for the training by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an ongoing assignment in the third country, if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Date of training
September/October 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
November 2019
15th January 2020– 15th July 2020
Post-deployment activities
Debriefing at DRC HQ in Copenhagen