EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Protection in Palestine [WWGVC15_OPT_PRO_JR]

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

In the framework of this project WE WORLD-GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Palestine. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with WE WORLD-GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

 

WEWORLD-GVC have different offices across the WB, East Jerusalem and Gaza strip, accordingly those offices located in different areas and for this the security level system is different in each area as follow:
Each office area has specific and different SOPs and procedures and the security level subject of change up on regular security assessment.
In particular, Gaza still requires specific precautions before and during mission and therefore EU Aid Volunteers are not at the moment allowed to enter Gaza.
The country doesn’t have any specific health risks and no endemic and epidemic threats are present. EU Aid Volunteers do not need any vaccination or prophylaxis. All EU Aid Volunteers are covered by an international health insurance which gives access to health facilities both in Palestine than in Israel.
The Security Level System (SLS) is based on Threat and not Risk. The Security Level System describes the general threat-based security environment. The Structured Threat Assessment evaluates five categories of threat: Armed Conflict, Terrorism, Crime, Civil Unrest and Hazards. Each category is evaluated using a point system, and a combination of these separate evaluations automatically determines the Security Level.
• Armed Conflict: Organized violence by groups fighting each other.
• Terrorism: Violence by individuals or groups against civilians or other non-combatant targets.
• Crime: Illegal activities undertaken for economic or personal gain. May or may not involve violence.
• Civil Unrest: Organized demonstrations or unauthorized disturbances to public order (e.g., rioting, looting). May or may not be violent.
• Hazards: Natural events or human-caused incidents which can lead to destruction, injury or death.
WEWORLD-GVC have adopted security system based on security levels for different areas in Israel/West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, as there are various movement restrictions, borders and checkpoints. WEWORLD-GVC have a Security and evacuation plan for the country wide and specific Standard Operating Procedures for safety and security, as well as movement in the field. During the period of political tension, WEWORLD-GVC mitigate through adapting to the situation and impose some movement restriction on staff in some cities in specific time frame, and implement no go zones and curfew hours during the tense situation.
WEWORLD-GVC Country Director and WEWORLD-GVC Security Officer guarantee that EU Aid Volunteers are working under appropriate and optimal psychological and physical conditions.
WEWORLD-GVC Palestine follows high standard security policy and risk assessment procedures which cover the staff and all the EU Aid Volunteers involved in the activities implemented in the country. These measures, based on WEWORLD-GVC's policies, are adapted to the needs of the local Palestinian context and constantly updated and they include travel and health risks. WEWORLD-GVC Palestine security system includes: mission clearance system for all staff (EU Aid Volunteers included), both for field visits and regular daily movement, together with the constant daily monitoring on security situation. These measures include security management and evacuation plan for all the actions, including the EU Aid Volunteers, as well as security training aimed at the local and international staff and EU Aid Volunteers.
As far as it concerns the EU Aid Volunteers in detail, a context-specific briefing on security and safety procedures is provided within 24 hours from their arrival in Palestine and/or at WEWORLD-GVC office. This briefing includes the results from the risk assessment, the evacuation and security plan, procedures for evacuation and repatriation, crisis management, contacts with Security officer, and all the details of Embassies, police, fire stations and hospitals. The security measures include as well health and safety measures to be adopted by the staff and the EU Aid Volunteers. The EU Aid Volunteers are also informed about local customs and the appropriate behaviour in relation to risk and security management, as indicated in WEWORLD-GVC Palestinian's policies.
WEWORLD-GVC Palestine has a part-time Security Officer who works in Ramallah and is available 24h/24h, whom is responsible for: the security of WEWORLD-GVC staff (local and international, including EU Aid Volunteers); the implementation of all security measures; the update of the security management system and its SOPs. Further, the Security Officer, under the lead of the Head of Mission, is constantly in contact with UNDSS (UN Department of Safety and Security), as well as Palestine coordination body such as INSO (The International NGO Safety Organization), AIDA (Association of International Development Agencies) and other security stakeholders. Through a security tree system, WEWORLD-GVC Security Officer constantly informs all staff members and EU Aid Volunteers though sms and whatsapp messages of all security incidents and mitigation measure to be taken (24h/24h).

WEWORLD-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 implementation and evaluation of integrated protection programming with partners and local stakeholders.

• Contribute to contextualize WE WORLD-GVC Community Protection Approach (CPA) in the Gaza context, through remote support;
• Conduct quality spot check and support the improvement and systematization of data displayed online through dynamic software and IMS;
• Support the elaboration of analysis coming from CPA and other data collection methodologies, as well as their strategic use both for new project proposals, programmatic development and advocacy purposes ;
• Support systematic coaching for the staff to mainstream the Community 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;
• Prepare and support the team in drafting documents and outcomes respecting protection principles and IHRL/IHL;

Support monitoring and evaluation of protection-related project

• Works closely with the communities at the field level to better understand protection threats and risks faced by beneficiaries;
• 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, projects reports and annexes, under the supervision of the Project Manager when required and requested;
• Guarantee protection principles are mainstreamed in all WE WORLD-GVC projects and assure assistance is accessible to vulnerable groups;
• Support the development of tools and its application to better mainstream the needs of boys, girls, women, man, elderly with or without disabilities;

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.

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:

  • Good knowledge of English;
  • Knowledge of 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;
  • Precise and meticulous, with passion and innovative idea for data management;

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;
  • Professional experience in similar activities of at least 3 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.

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.

Eligibility and exception criteria
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/July 2019;
• Pre-deployment induction in WE WORLD-GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from August 2019;
• Deployment starting from October 2019.

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 Palestine
Length of Deployment:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Jerusalem, Palestine, with visits in the field except Gaza.
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (489,38 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 12/03/2019 to 12/04/2019;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 12/04/2019 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

Timetable
Date of training
Training will take place in June/July 2019. 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 WE WORLD-GVC HQ in Bologna before departure, indicatively in August 2019. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Palestine at her/his
Deployment
01/10/2019 - 01/08/2020
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
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