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Junior EU Aid Volunteer - Public Health Assistant with Médecins du Monde Belgique in Tunisia

— 1 positions
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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.

1- As part of the project started in July 2015 to improve access to care for migrant populations in Tunisia, Médecins du Monde has developed a two-pronged strategy:
- The first involves medical action in the field (in a broad sense, including the psychological component) in partnership with the actors (institutional, associative) already working with these populations and healthcare providers.
- The second considers institutionalization and advocacy actions for the migrants rights to access to care.
More concretely: direct assistance takes the form of medical-psycho-social assistance to vulnerable migrants. This is done either directly by MdM, or via a referral to structures, non-governmental or civil society, more able to meet the identified needs. Consultations in general medicine and psychology are provided in this context. A broad awareness-raising component for migrants is also put into place.
MdM is also developing a referral system to medical-psychological service providers. These providers, previously identified from the public and private sectors, will be linked by MdM acting as a focal point, with migrants. The latter will thus benefit from a dynamic network of providers and health structures and have access to adapted services.
By setting up such a system, MdM ultimately aims to improve the capacities of institutional and private actors at levels of organization, networking, training, partial care, and more. Again, what does it mean to respond to the needs of migrants?
Médecins du Monde Belgium has set up since February 2015, a "mental health" station for the migrant population of Greater Tunis.
2- The right to healthcare is at the heart of the "SEHATY" project developed by Médecins du Monde Belgium (MdM BE) and its partners: Mourakiboun, CIDEAL and COSPE. The Tunisian constitution of 2014 enshrines the right to healthcare. Despite remarkable achievements, the Tunisian health system (STT) seems to have run out of steam.  Disparities between regions / localities and socio-economic groups are widening, and the inequities of access to care are worsening, hindering an achievement of universal healthcare access, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
The overall objective of the project is as follows: "The health of the population in the targeted areas, especially the most vulnerable groups, is improved through better access to quality front-line health services and better knowledge of human rights and responsibilities by local communities. "  The specific objectives are:
• SO1: Promote dialogue at the local level between civil society, elected representatives and other public and private actors in the health sector, for better governance of the health system.
• SO2: Strengthen the structure and capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in targeted areas for more effective local health-focused intervention.
Our approach is part of the opportunities offered by the principles of decentralization and participatory democracy enshrined in the January 2014 constitution and in the new local government code. It is based on a community-centered approach and that of healthcare democracy: i) the development of public consultation, ii) the improvement of the participation of health actors, iii) the promotion of the individual and collective rights of users.
The intervention will be conducted at the level of at least 13 health districts that will be identified in the 13 areas targeted by the health sector support program "Essaha Aziza", according to predetermined criteria.

The operational and security context of the project can be described as follows:

- The project "Migrants" is implemented in Greater Tunis, Sfax and Medenine in the South of the country. The "SEHATY" project, co-financed by the EU, is being set up in 13 governorates and seeks to develop a participatory approach to health democracy.
- MdM has operational bases in Tunis, Sfax, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and plans to set up in Jendouba as part of the project co-financed by the EU.
- Deployments in the country are possible, without major stipulations for security. Areas to avoid are the South and the border areas with Libya.
- There is little crime in Tunis where the headquarters of MdM is based.

Health - Covid19:

In its management of the Covid-19 crisis, Tunisia has taken measures to restrict and control borders for countries identified as being at risk. A constant watch is therefore kept by the mission. MdM-Belgium has already put in place measures, with a systematisation of barrier gestures and a contingency plan in the event of re-confinement of the area (teleworking, provision of protective equipment, etc.). At the present time, movements have returned to normal.

Representation, Research, Projet writing, Technical support

- Participate in all meetings of institutional or associative medical coordination in order to understand the key challenges of Tunisian society in terms of health, and to represent MDM by giving an "expert" / "medical" image.
- It would also be, depending on the targeted health challenges, to participate in the writing of our projects and our strategy. And to help in our data research work to build these proposals.
- The idea would also be to support our duty teams in the implementation of health protocols, in conjunction with our head office referents.
- Our Sehaty program would also have technical support on the health and community challenges faced by the CSOs we support in the dialogue with local elected officials and state health actors, and in the construction of their projects.


Required competences
- Perfect knowledge of French and English;
- Master in Health (doctor, pharmacist, nursing); 
- Tropical health / Public Health / Organisation of health systems;
- Elementary analysis methods of simple data; 
- Technical knowledge of quality improvement;  
- Technical knowledge of qualitative surveys; 
- Analysing, summation, harshness;
- Organising work, priority, hard pressure; 
- Good redaction, communication, talk in public; 
- Dynamic, takes initiatives, works alone, respect rules; 
- Open-minded, flexible, politeness, good humor;
- 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.

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. Médecins du Monde works on a non-discriminatory basis.

- Perfect knowledge of French and English;
- Master in Health (doctor, pharmacist, nursing);
- Tropical health / Public Health / Organisation of health systems.

Condition of service

- Working within a multicultural team;
- Close contact with multiple donors, organizations, organizations, state structures, informal authorities;
- Environment conducive to honing stress management.

Length of deployment: 6 to 12 months.
The post is based in Tunis, in a pleasant environment.
The team is mainly Tunisian but it does count a few expatriates; there are many recreational activities.
Cultural venues and outings are numerous and safe.

There is little crime, and public services and public transportation are convenient.
Quality healthcare is accessible.

The volunteer will receive a monthly allowance of 346,84 euro, that should allow them to remain in Tunis without much difficulty. There is also foreseen a resettlement allowance of 100 euro. Water and electricity are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place by visioconference by Mid-september - October

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through our website will be considered :

Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in French)
• CV in Europass format (in French)
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in French)
• Motivation Letter (in French)

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 October/november 2020.

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.

Date of training
October/November 2020
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
December 2020 / January 2021
January 2021 / December 2021
Post-deployment activities
December 2021

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