EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Protection in Lebanon [GVC7_LEB_PRO_SR]

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.

17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, 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 locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Lebanon. To know more EUAV opportunities in this Country with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Humanitarian Context
Lebanon, a country of 4.4 million inhabitants, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East.
Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.
In fact, Lebanon is hosting around 1.1 million Syrian refugees (including non–registered), 42 000 Palestinian refugees from Syria, 6 000 Iraqi refugees and nearly 450 000 refugees from Palestine. This makes it the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide, where one person out of four is a refugee. Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter, more than 75% of which are children and women. This influx has added strain on the country’s economy and infrastructure.
The pressure is felt in all sectors including education, health, housing, water and electricity supply. As time goes by, competition for jobs and resources is also fueling tensions in certain areas between Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees. Security along the border areas, particularly in Akkar and the northern Bekaa Valley, make humanitarian access and the delivery of assistance very challenging. The fighting in Arsal in August 2014 was a turning point. It led to a much more restrictive policy and crystallised tensions between Lebanese and Syrian refugees. Lebanon is in an earthquake zone, but there have been no damaging tremors in recent years.

Security conditions
The security situation in Lebanon is unpredictable. Driving standards are poor and the accident rate is quiet high.
In view of the situation in Lebanon in terms of security, all the necessary instructions and security manuals and rules will be given to the EU Aid Volunteer.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Lebanon, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

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

• Contribute to harmonize and contextualize GVC Community-based Protection Approach in Lebanon
• Lead the systematization and elaboration of synergies between the data collection methodologies and the 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:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

Required competences

Studies:

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

 

Languages:

  • Fluent in English written and spoken
  • Knowledge of Italian and Arabic is an asset

 

Skills:

  • 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.

 

Experience:

  • 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;

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 April-May 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from June2018;
• Deployment starting from July 2018.

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 GVC Lebanon
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Zahle, Lebanon, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (540,30 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 30/01/2018 to 1/03/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 02/03/2018 to 06/04/2018.

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 06/04/2018. 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

Timetable
Date of training
Training will take place in April – May 2018. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before departure, indicatively at the end of June 2018. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Lebanon.
Deployment
01/07/2018
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_lebanon.xlsx
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