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Junior EU Aid Volunteer - Project Assistant with Médecins du Monde Belgique in Tunisia

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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.

1- As part of the project started in July 2015 to improve access to care for migrant populations in Tunisia, Médecins du Monde has developed a two-pronged strategy:
- The first involves medical action in the field (in a broad sense, including the psychological component) in partnership with the actors (institutional, associative) already working with these populations and healthcare providers.
- The second considers institutionalization and advocacy actions for the migrants rights to access to care.
More concretely: direct assistance takes the form of medical-psycho-social assistance to vulnerable migrants. This is done either directly by MdM, or via a referral to structures, non-governmental or civil society, more able to meet the identified needs. Consultations in general medicine and psychology are provided in this context. A broad awareness-raising component for migrants is also put into place.
MdM is also developing a referral system to medical-psychological service providers. These providers, previously identified from the public and private sectors, will be linked by MdM acting as a focal point, with migrants. The latter will thus benefit from a dynamic network of providers and health structures and have access to adapted services.
By setting up such a system, MdM ultimately aims to improve the capacities of institutional and private actors at levels of organization, networking, training, partial care, and more. Again, what does it mean to respond to the needs of migrants?
Médecins du Monde Belgium has set up since February 2015, a "mental health" station for the migrant population of Greater Tunis.
2- The right to healthcare is at the heart of the "SEHATY" project developed by Médecins du Monde Belgium (MdM BE) and its partners: Mourakiboun, CIDEAL and COSPE. The Tunisian constitution of 2014 enshrines the right to healthcare. Despite remarkable achievements, the Tunisian health system (STT) seems to have run out of steam.  Disparities between regions / localities and socio-economic groups are widening, and the inequities of access to care are worsening, hindering an achievement of universal healthcare access, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
The overall objective of the project is as follows: "The health of the population in the targeted areas, especially the most vulnerable groups, is improved through better access to quality front-line health services and better knowledge of human rights and responsibilities by local communities. "  The specific objectives are:
• SO1: Promote dialogue at the local level between civil society, elected representatives and other public and private actors in the health sector, for better governance of the health system.
• SO2: Strengthen the structure and capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in targeted areas for more effective local health-focused intervention.
Our approach is part of the opportunities offered by the principles of decentralization and participatory democracy enshrined in the January 2014 constitution and in the new local government code. It is based on a community-centered approach and that of healthcare democracy: i) the development of public consultation, ii) the improvement of the participation of health actors, iii) the promotion of the individual and collective rights of users.
The intervention will be conducted at the level of at least 13 health districts that will be identified in the 13 areas targeted by the health sector support program "Essaha Aziza", according to predetermined criteria.

The operational and security context of the project can be described as follows:

- The project "Migrants" is implemented in Greater Tunis, Sfax and Medenine in the South of the country. The "SEHATY" project, co-financed by the EU, is being set up in 13 governorates and seeks to develop a participatory approach to health democracy.
- MdM has operational bases in Tunis, Sfax, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and plans to set up in Jendouba as part of the project co-financed by the EU.
- Deployments in the country are possible, without major stipulations for security. Areas to avoid are the South and the border areas with Libya.
- There is little crime in Tunis where the headquarters of MdM is based.

Health - Covid19:

In its management of the Covid-19 crisis, Tunisia has taken measures to restrict and control borders for countries identified as being at risk. A constant watch is therefore kept by the mission. MdM-Belgium has already put in place measures, with a systematisation of barrier gestures and a contingency plan in the event of re-confinement of the area (teleworking, provision of protective equipment, etc.). At the present time, movements have returned to normal.

Project management support

Project and activity planning
- In collaboration with the project coordinator, ensure the general organisation of the project through operational planning (over the year and for every three months).
- Elaborate and adjust in real time the calendar of activities
- Ensure that project activities are planned in accordance with the project's business plan.
-Supporting the organization, implementation and monitoring of project activities.
- Ensuring the implementation of the project team's trainings.
- To support the setting up and the training cycle of civil society organizations in the framework of the two calls for projects: monitoring, budget, organization, partners.
- Provide support for the organization of the activities planned in the chronogram: theme of the activity, partners, planning.
- To follow up the studies planned in the project: baseline study, intermediate study, final study, study of local dynamics, etc...

- Support the project coordinator for the finalization of the reports: layout and proofreading.
- Make sure that the deadlines for the reports are respected.
- Print and archive each final version of the reports.

Coordination support

- Inform the team about joint meetings and activities
- Set up meetings of the PMU, the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee and the Project Steering Committee.
- Ensure that a good level of information is maintained for all team members.
- Establish a project newsletter: inform about upcoming events and planned visits, share information about the Tunisia mission and Médecins du Monde Belgium.

Partnerships and representation

- Represent Médecins du Monde and the project in workshops and seminars.
- Maintain and establish good relations with project partners and stakeholders.
- Participate in the elaboration of agreements with partners.
- Create and update a contact list for the project.


- Manage project documentation by establishing a database of available documents and controlling archiving.
- Ensure the standardisation of Médecins du Monde tools for the project (training materials etc.).
- Designing the manual for the professional training cycle by collecting all the trainers' materials.


- Contribution to the implementation and monitoring of advocacy actions, in conjunction with and under the supervision of the project coordinator.
- Monitoring and analysis of the positions of institutions, structures and debates on migration and health issues.
- Participate in the development of advocacy strategies for the project.
- Building and maintaining inter-association alliances.
- Ensuring monitoring and information gathering.


Required competences
- Perfect mastery of French. 
- Mastery of Arabic and English are assets.
- Master's degree in social sciences: international law, human rights, political science, economics or international cooperation, humanitarian aid or public health.
- Basic knowledge of administrative and financial procedures.
- Project management and project cycle management.
- Knowledge of the Internet and social networks.
- Basic experience in advocacy.
- Experience in reporting.
- Good communication skills;
- Knowledge of at least one donor;
- Ability to analyze and propose innovative approaches;
- Ability to analyze, synthesize and rigor;
- Ability to work in an organization and to prioritize tasks;
- Ability to work under pressure;
- Dynamic, innovative, autonomous, open and flexible, pedagogical.
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.

Médecins du Monde works on a non-discriminatory basis.

- Perfect mastery of French,
- Master's degree in social sciences: international law, human rights, political science, economics or international cooperation, humanitarian aid or public health;
- Basic knowledge of administrative and financial procedures;
- Project management and project cycle management.

Condition of service

- Working within a multicultural team;
- Close contact with multiple donors, organizations, organizations, state structures, informal authorities;
- Environment conducive to honing stress management

Length of deployment: 12 months
The post is based in Tunis, in a pleasant environment.
The team is mainly Tunisian but it does count a few expatriates; there are many recreational activities.
Cultural venues and outings are numerous and safe.
There is little crime, and public services and public transportation are convenient.
Quality healthcare is accessible.
The volunteer will receive a monthly allowance of 346,84 euro, that should allow them to remain in Tunis without much difficulty. There is also foreseen a resettlement allowance of 100 euro. Water and electricity are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
No difficulty connecting to the Internet via mobile network.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place by visioconference by Mid-september - October

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through our website 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)

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

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 October/november 2020.

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
October/November 2020
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
December 2020 / January 2021
January 2021 / December 2021
Post-deployment activities
December 2021

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