Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Protection in Guatemala [WWGVC14_GUA_PRO_JR]

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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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WEWORLD-GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Acción contra el Hambre (Spain), Action Aid Hellas (Greece) and FOCSIV (Italy) are international non-governmental organizations that have joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers acting for LRRD” project.

The objective is to add value to the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) with the support of 47 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 19 Countries.

3 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 44 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 19 countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Thailand, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and Nationals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

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In the framework of this project WE WORLD-GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Guatemala.

To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with WE WORLD- GVC please consult this page:

Guatemalan Western Highlands are mainly inhabited by indigenous and rural population, and the area is negatively characterized by the highest poverty, exclusion and social inequality rates. Due to their geographical location, the Municipalities of San Miguel Acatán y Malacatancito in the Department of Huehuetenango are affected by several problems, needs and hazards. At the moment WE WORLD-GVC is working in this area providing humanitarian assistance with an ECHO project.

These municipalities lie on the geographic strip that crosses the Dry Corridor, an area that has been chronically affected by drought and prolonged heat waves. In addition, this region is highly earthquake-prone. At the same time, landslides, frost, forest fires and storms frequently hit this area. In November 2012, an earthquake shook severely this region, and approximately 60% of the houses presented slight to moderate damages and 30% severe damages. Also the recent storms Stan, Agatha and DT 12E caused the massive loss of crops and damages to houses, affecting a high number of families. Rock-slides and landfalls especially affect the communities of San Miguel Acatán, due to their topographical features and their steep slopes.
Because of the negative relation between natural hazards and subsistence agriculture, the level of economic vulnerability is extremely high, rural communities are facing food and nutrition insecurity because of the loss of crops due to irregular cumulative rains during the last four years and the impact of the 2014-2016 drought. Vulnerable families have less than two months of food reserves and suffer the lack of job opportunities and the declining wages from other complementary activities (harvesting coffee or cutting sugar cane).
According to the interviews realized in the base line, only 19% of the families depend on self-consumption and on their own crops, and most of them cannot generate income out of their small parcels so in many cases they are obliged to implement survival strategies to guarantee food consumption for their households. People interviewed declared they do not practice any kind of mitigation measures, such as soil conservation, nor did they receive technical training on livelihood protection.

Security conditions:
Guatemala is a relatively insecure country characterized by the presence of crimes linked to acts of common violence, the presence of networks of drug trafficking, youth gangs and widespread corruption. The reduction in the number of homicides reported by the Guatemala National Civil Police (PNC) does not correspond to a general decrease in violence, given that assaults, robberies and extortions are on the rise due to the increase in social instability that has raised the level of attention for maintaining public order and safeguarding security. In the last years, in fact, both at local and municipal levels it has been assessed an increase of common violence due also to the uncertainty of a corrupt political system that has ended with the fall of the national government.

The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by WE WORLD-GVC Guatemala, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local and international partners members of the Humanitarian Consortium aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

WE WORLD-GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

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Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection-related programming with partners and local stakeholders.

• Contribute to harmonize and contextualize WE WORLD-GVC Community-based Protection Approach in the Country;
• Lead the systematization and elaboration of synergies between the data collection methodologies and the WE WORLD-GVC Internal dynamic software and IMS;
• Support systematic coaching for the staff to mainstream the Integrated Protection Approach, and improve collection, management and systematization of related data;
• Contribute to deliver technical support and assistance to projects teams and mainly in surveys designing, planning, implementation.

Support monitoring and evaluation of protection-related project

• Works closely with the communities at the field level;
• Participates in the plan and design of the activities with other project staff of the project and implementation plans;
• Assists in the Coordination of visits and meetings at the field level in coordination with other projects teams;
• Plan, elaborate and ensure proper analysis of data collected, under the supervision of the Project Manager and in coordination with the Information Manager;
• Support the design and implementation of ad-hoc needs assessments in coordination under the supervision of the Project Manager when required and requested.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The EU Aid Volunteer shall:
• Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
• Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
• Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
• Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
• Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
• In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.


• The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required.

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position.

Required competences


  • Preferred studies in Laws, Human Rights, Social Work, Social Science or other relevant fields;


  • Good knowledge of English and Spanish;


  • Good writing skills including writing clear and well-argued assessment as well as excellent reporting skills;
  • Good knowledge of project monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management;
  • Adaptability;
  • Team working;
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions;
  • Organizational skills;


  • Prior experience in developing countries is preferred;
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset;
  • Abreast of current development and best practices in Protection, Community-Based Protection Approaches and LRRD;
  • Professional experience in similar activities of at least 1-2 years.
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.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from June 2019;
• Pre-deployment induction in WE WORLD-GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from August 2019;
• Deployment starting from September 2019.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative"), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.

WE WORLD-GVC applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is WE WORLD-GVC Guatemala;

Length of Deployment:
• 12 months;

Deployment duty station:
• Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala;

Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (398,35 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport;

• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen;

• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered directly by sending and/or hosting organization;
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field;
• 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;

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens 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 18 months;

On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months;
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
Please note that more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Selection process

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 13/03/2019 to 15/04/2019;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 15/04/2019 to 15/05/2019.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 30/05/2019. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• Please note that more than one candidate per position will attend the training;
• The final decision about the candidate to be deployed will be taken just by sending and hosting organization after the training.

Date of training
Training will take place in June 2019. Training sessions will be in English or Spanish.
Apprenticeship Placement
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity. It is foreseen at HQ in Bologna before departure, indicatively during August 2019. 2days in-country induction are foreseen in Guatemala.
01/09/2019 - 31/08/2020
Post-deployment activities
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Self assessment questionnaire
File SAQ Quatemala

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