EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer - Project Assistant - Niger (Niamey)

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

Médecins du Monde Belgium is present in Niger for two principles projects with the following objectives :
• Reinforce the access to the services of sexual and reproductive healthcare in the district of Agadez, for the local population.
• Following the access to the medical and psychological care for migrant residents of transit migrants.
• Contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability of the populations with health risks because of disasters in Niger.

Niger or the Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria to the south, Benin to the southwest, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger has more than 17 millions of habitants and is divided in 8 regions: Agadez, Diffa, Dosso, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua, Tillabéry and Zinder.

Since long time Subsaharian Africa has many challenges on health side, and more specific with the most vulnerable persons, because they live in regions where the health risks are more exposed.

Tasks
Communication

- Support the national Communication and Advocacy Officer
- Write press releases and invitations for press conferences for the promotion of the project activities, in collaboration with the General Coordinator of the project.
- Share taken positions of the association with media if interesting and in collaboration with the General Coordinator of the project.
- Publish at least 1 press release per semester.

Advocacy

- Develop/improve and execute the strategy of MdM Niger for influencing decision-makers to promote access to healthcare: identify objectifs, messages, elaborate action plans…
- Pilot on a proactive way actions of lobbying, using data of the field and construct alliances with local partners.
- Reinfoce the MdM teams, ECD and civil society to appropriate the advocacy strategy and participate actively in the execution.
- Prepare advocacy documents: arguments, propositions and messages in function of the context and health policies in the country.
- Participate in the national coordination meetings (Government, MdM, inter ONG/ONU, donors…).
- Reinforce knowledges and capacities of the advocacy Officer.
- Create and animate networks and contacts with the implicated actors in the health sector at all levels: coordination and functional communication between the advocacy actors in the region.
- Develop reinforced partnerships with the actors of the civil society to fix advocacy objectifs

Reporting

- Support on the critical analysis of the evolution of the projects based on received rapports.
- Propose recommandations to improve the projects.
- Coordinate the reporting for donors (deadlines) and form the necessary persons
- Introduce tools for following-up indicators of the projects
- Make suggestions to improve de rapports of the mission.

Watch and dialogue

- Follow-up the evolution of the political-social-economic context and political agenda
- Follow-up the publications of health politics
- Follow-up the evolution of the positions of different national, regional and continental actors on health questions
- Participate in coordination and dialogue meetings
- Write a monthly rapport on the nigerian political-social-economic context
- Use this informations in the realisations

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Required competences

- Bachelor in sciences : international law, human rights, social, politics of economic OR Master in International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid or Public Health.

- Perfect knowledge of French, English is an asset.

- Knowledge of basic administrative and financial policies and procedures

- Project management and project cycle management

- Knowledge of internet and social media

- Experience in advocacy (strategies and approaches)

- Experience in reporting

- Good communication skills

- Knowledge of at least one funder (several is an asset)

- Analysis capabilities to propose innovative strategies or approaches

- Capabilities of analysis, synthesis and rigor

- Ability to work in organization and to prioritise management, with strong professional pressure

- Dynamic, initiative, autonomous, openness and flexibility, pedagogic 

- Computer skills (qualifications or certifications in some of the following applications are recommended): Standard tools OS: Windows .MS Office, MS Projects ; Data collection tools: Google Forms ; Analysis of data and statistics: MS Excel. SPSS ; Database servers: R, MySQL, MS Access

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 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.

- Bachelor in sciences : international law, human rights, social, politics of economic OR Master in International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid or Public Health.

- Perfect knowledge of French, English is an asset.

- Knowledge of basic administrative and financial policies and procedures

- Project management and project cycle management

Condition of service

Acquire know-how and skills in a different cultural context
Get rich both professionally and personally with the team
Evaluate your skills
Allow the volunteer to assume responsibilities and assert his skills

The EU Aid Volunteer will be based in Niamey.
- A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (between 300 and 500 Euros per month) in the local currency, that intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
- An allowance is also foreseen during the apprenticeship.
- 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.
An office will be placed at the disposal of the volunteer on the premises of MdM in Niamey.
- For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.
The accommodation of volunteers will be provided by MdM, as well as the management of the security of the buildings (guards). All housing costs (electricity bills, water ...) will be provided by MdM. MdM make every effort to put the volunteers in good housing conditions.

Selection process

Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form
• CV in Europass format
• Completed EUAV Self Assessment Questionnaire
• Motivation Letter (in French)
Apply here : https://medecinsdumonde.be/nous-rejoindre/assistant-projet

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 March-April 2019.
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.

Timetable
Date of training
March-April 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
N/A
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
May 2019
Deployment
May 2019 - May 2020
Post-deployment activities
May 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
File Self Assessment Questionnaire
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