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Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support, Georgia, 8 months

— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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.

The European Commission is not responsible for the translation of the vacancies.
The volunteer will work in "Merkuri" Association which is a women organisation that deals with women’s rights, gender related issues, prevention of domestic violence and support of women - victims of domestic violence. The organisation works in West Georgia since 2007. From March 2018 "Merkuri" Association has run a shelter for women affected by Domestic violence; during COVID-19 pandemic, "Merkuri” Association’s everyday work with women affected by domestic violence showed that number of women with mental problem applied for help because domestic violence is permanently raising.
The socio-economic impact of this virus has been devastating, leaving so many women in sustained isolation, some having lost their jobs and feeling trapped with anxiety and fear—all while taking on an increasingly active role as care giver. The mental health and stress women are experiencing due to COVID-19 are very hard.
Main objectives for the volunteer are:
  • to support the staff of the organisation with the current case management;  
  • to strength the capacity of the Hosting organisation and hosting community in MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial support);
  • to enhance the capacity of local professionals in MHPSS through trainings, workshops, meetings, exchanges of good practices.

Operational context
The volunteer will live and work in Zugdidi – the biggest town in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region (West Georgia) and last town before the administrative boundary line which splits Tbilisi controlled territory and Self-Proclaimed Abkhazia. This geo-political circumstance has influence on social, economic and political life in the city and in the whole region. Zugdidi was affected during the civil wars in 1992-93. Around 80 000 internally displaced people (IDP, internal refuges) are still hosted in Samegrelo Region. Hard social and economic situation and post-conflict syndrome are reflecting in everyday life of the local and the internally displaced people.
The population of Samegrelo counts more then 350 000 people, while Zugdidi counts around 70 000 inhabitants.

Security context
Despite of the hard historical experience, nowadays Samegrelo region (and whole Georgia as well) is a secure place. Ongoing conflicts are "frozen" and the city is located in a demilitarised zone. The overall security situation on the ground has remained stable and calm.
The main risks for the volunteer are connected with road traffic, disaster, personal safety and security.
The volunteers will receive detailed information about Safety and Security challenges and ways of risks prevention during the Security Briefing and during the whole project.

COVID-19 updates

Georgia has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. For a current count of cases confirmed and under supervision click
Main actions to prevent CVOVID-19 infection required by government:
- Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces.
- Keep washing your hands regularly
- Stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions.
- Covid-19 ‘green’ passes will come into force in Georgia starting December 1, obliging the public to present proof of vaccination, testing or recovery from Covid-19 when entering certain premises: Food facilities: cafes, restaurants, bars (both open and closed spaces), Cinemas, Theatres, Opera house, Museums, Concert halls, Entertainment centres, Casinos, the gambling business facilities, Spa centres, Gyms, Hotels, Mountain resorts.
The Government may announce additional, stricter regulations and prohibitions in the future depending on COVID-19 conditions throughout the country.

Entry rules for COVID-19 vaccinated visitors
Citizens of EU member countries, travelling from any country are able to enter Georgia, if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.
Entry rules for non-vaccinated visitors
Citizens and residence permit holders of EU member states may enter Georgia by air, land and sea under the conditions mentioned below:
• At the border checkpoint of Georgia they must present a PCR-examination certificate delivered in the last 72 hours prior to the travel to Georgia;
• On the 3rd day of their stay, they are obliged to undergo PCR-examination at their own expense;
• Before crossing the state border, they must complete the special application form, indicating the travel history of the last 14 days, contact details (address, phone number, email etc.);

Implementation of MHPSS Interventions

- Train local mental health professionals and staff/volunteers in the community outreach about mental health case management, follow-up and mental health promotion
- Provide training in the identification and non-pharmacological management of priority mental health condition to staff
- Provide mental health and psychosocial support services along with local staff as needed
- Ensure completion and analysis of pre-posting knowledge tests and on the job supervision checklists.
- Support collection and reporting of mental health project data
- Provide training in other MHPSS topics as appropriate, depending on identified needs
- Implement social, recreational, educational activities (e.g. youth friendly activities) connected with MHPSS
- Represent “Merkuri” in MHPSS related meetings and coordination groups.

Support to Women and Girls Affected by Domestic Violence

- Give them adequate psychosocial support
- Case management in line with international guidelines and best practices

No Apprenticeship

Required competences

Education and Experience

- Formal degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Psychology, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Psychiatry, Mental Health care etc.).

- confirmed experience in community based psychosocial support interventions particularly as it relates to Domestic Violence, or experience in this field at international level in a humanitarian context.

• Strong Training and supervision experience or professional experience in delivering capacity building on MHPSS related topics is required


-strong communication, relational and diplomacy skills

-strong organisational and reporting skills

-strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

-fluency in oral and written English is compulsory, Russian would be a strong asset

- good computer skills (use of MS Word, Excel and other relevant software)

- experience in training is a plus


Personal qualities:

- flexibility and adaptability

-high level of motivation and proactivity

-high level of autonomy and initiative

-ability to deal with rapid changing context and plans

-patience and adaptability

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.

The selection will be done without any discrimination and based on equal treatment process (same criteria, interviews...).

- Degree with specialisation in areas such as clinical psychology, clinical social work or mental health.
- Fluency in oral and written English is compulsory, Russian would be a strong asset
- Professional experience in delivering capacity building on MHPSS related topics is required

Condition of service

The volunteer will have an opportunity to get deep knowledge about gender problems in Samegrelo region, about work environment for NGOs in West Georgia, gender equality issues in target municipalities. The volunteer will receive informal Georgian language course with locals. He/she will improve knowledge about Georgian culture. The volunteer will create new contacts and build partnership.

The volunteers will have to adapt and to be flexible regarding the local working and living environment that is very different from the EU. The volunteer must be autonomous and be able to take initiatives.
The volunteer will work in an office of Association “Merkuri” 5 days per week.
Association “Merkuri” will provide the volunteer with working space, which includes:
- Own desk
- Personal computer
- Internet connection (WI-FI, DSL)
- Office equipment (copier, printer, scanner, digital camera, projector, speakers)
- Office materials
Human and technical resources of the organisation will be available to the volunteers when needed.
In case a project related task will need to be implemented outside the office, Merkuri will arrange the booking of working place (with an agreement with local government or owners), provide necessary information about transport and other related topics. Merkuri will also provide that a person speaking Georgian will help the volunteer to communicate with participants in events.

Association “Merkuri” provides accommodation for volunteers in Zugdidi.
The volunteer will be accommodated in host family in private house with separate individual locked room and access to necessary facilities (shared kitchen, bathroom, washing machine). The house will be in Zugdidi near to our office (approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk) or with a good connection to the centre.
All members of the family will be instructed about the meaning of volunteering, rules of the programme, some intercultural differences, procedures of communication with Association “Merkuri”, contacts of responsible persons, procedures of complaints and conflict management.

A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (282,79 € per month), will be paid to the volunteer to cover subsistence (food, any other personal items) in addition to a local transportation reimbursement (up to 40€ per month).
In addition, after the return, 100€ of post deployment resettlement allowance per month of deployment done, will be provided.

Visa fees, insurance and international travel (1 round trip ticket) will be covered directly by the sending organisation.
The volunteer will work full time (max 40h per week). The volunteer will work in the hosting Organisation offices and with the local partners. The working calendar correspond to the agenda and system established in the field. Some flexibility may be asked to implement some activities during the evening or the weekend if it is necessary.

Days off
According to the hosting country regulation. The volunteer will be entitled to 2 days of holidays per month done within the project.

Selection process

The interviews will be held by one representative from the sending and hosting organisation with each pre-selected candidate on the approx. 25-26/02/2022

Information on the results of the interview process: 28/02/2022

On the 28/02/2022 the candidate will be informed about the selection results following the interview. The final selection will be done once the volunteer has attended the full pre-deployment training.

Date of training
March-April 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
March-April 2022
April – November (to be confirmed depending on the previous steps).
Post-deployment activities
Self assessment questionnaire
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