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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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 strenghten the capacity of the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) to deliver needs based humanitarian assistance 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 locals 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 GVC deploys 3 EU Aid Volunteer to Palestine.
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https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-vol... Operational details & security context
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. 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.
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. 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, 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.
GVC Country Director and GVC Security Officer guarantee that EU Aid Volunteers are working under appropriate and optimal psychological and physical conditions.
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 GVC's policies, are adapted to the needs of the local Palestinian context and constantly updated and they include travel and health risks.
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 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 GVC Palestinian's policies.
GVC Palestine has a part-time Security Officer who works in Ramallah and is available 24h/24h, whom is responsible for: the security of 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, 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).
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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