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EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer: Rural development – Agriculture Project Development and Capacity Building in Morocco

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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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.

Translations
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Assignment

AICHA association was created in 2005 and the main themes on which it works are:

• Strengthening the resilience of local communities to climate change.

• Risk reduction and prevention of natural disasters.

• Capacity building of the reception structure.

In Southern Morocco and much of Morocco in general, the effects of climate change are clearly visible. Water scarcity, drought, loss of local flora and fauna are all real challenges in the region. AICHA aims to contribute to the sustainable development of oases in Southern Morocco, to stop the rural exodus, to restore and develop agroecology, to encourage the planting of fruit trees which support against drought as well as eco tourism.

AICHA's aim is also to improve the standard of living in the Oasis areas, by creating modern oases, diversifying income-generating activities based on the creation of drills of tree species that support against drought (argan, carob, cactus ...) and participate in the planting of trees with families in several rural communities.

There is a developed infrastructure, governed by the Highway Traffic, which refers to all the legislative provisions governing traffic on public roads (sidewalks, pavements, highways, etc.) by users (pedestrians, two-wheelers with or without motors, cars, etc. In the region and where the volunteers are assigned, we have access to medical services, pharmacies, police stations and supermarkets.

Generally, Morocco is a safe country. However, some security and cultural rules need to be respected (dress code, not going out late, not keeping big amount of money, avoid crowded places and manifestations, avoid driving and take certified taxis).

The hosting organization will share before and at the very beginning of the project security briefing and a security management plan with all healthy and safety rules to follow.The organisation will take all the necessary security measures to protect the volunteers against COVID19 contamination. The volunteers will be trained on how to respect the barrier gestures and social distance.

Tasks
Tasks

Under the responsibility of the president of AICHA association, and by exploiting the resources of the association, the volunteer will ensure the following tasks:

- Identify the potential needs of our association and of the community – carry out a need assessment and analyse the results.
- In co-work with AICHA and another EUAid volunteer, and base don the need assessment results, define an action plan to revitalise the activity of the village.
- Develop a database of projects to be carried out in the future (project bank);
- Reformulate the current and future project sheets;
- Set up a capacity building program for local stakeholders: community, local communities representatives on Project development and agriculture and facilitate the meetings.
- Participate actively to the projects of the Association and Support the development of new ones.
- Develop capitalization sheets for projects in the region.

No apprenticeship foreseen.

Required competences
  • Diploma in project management and/or Agriculture.
  • Experience in organizational development and capacity building : Project cycle. 
  • Experience in fund raising. 
  • Experience in leading workshops. 
  • Good knowledge of French, both oral and written.
  • Adaptability and flexibility, responsibility, versatility. 
  • Good communication skills – writing and speaking. 
  • Experience in leading workshops. 
  • Negociation skills are a plus. 
  • Capacity to work both individually and within a team. 
  • Creativity, initiative. 
  • Computer skills.
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.

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.

- Diploma in project management and/or Agriculture.
- Experience in organizational development and capacity building : Project cycle.
- Experience in fund raising.
- Experience in leading workshops.
- Good knowledge of French, both oral and written.
- Adaptability and flexibility, responsibility, versatility.
- Good communication skills – writing and speaking.
- Experience in leading workshops.
- Negociation skills are a plus.
- Capacity to work both individually and within a team.
- Creativity, initiative.
- Computer skills.

Condition of service

-There are opportunities to learn the Arabic language for those who are interested.
-At the cultural level, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn the specificities of Moroccan culture and especially the Saharan areas.In addition, the volunteer will also learn about local trees and plants, their cultivation and use as well as traditional farming techniques in the region.

The volunteer will have at their disposal well-equipped accommodation in the center of Oasis Oumifiss, a few minutes from Aicha's offices. Oumifiss is a small quiet oasis with a hundred inhabitants. There are small shops 2 km from Oumifiss, where volunteers can shop in Guelmim. There is a bus which leaves daily for Guelmim and which passes 3 times by Oumifiss.

The Oumifiss-Guelmim journey takes about 30 minutes by bus in addition to large taxis and the possibility of hitchhiking during the day (to avoid at night).

Volunteers will have to adapt and be flexible regarding the working and local living environment, which is very different from that of Europe. The volunteer must be autonomous and able to take initiatives. The AICHA association has good experience in the field of welcoming volunteers. To facilitate the missions of the volunteer, AICHA has set up an administrative office with all the necessary work and safety equipment.

To facilitate the volunteer's missions, AICHA has set up an administrative office with all the necessary work and safety equipment.

The volunteer will work full time (max 40h per week). The volunteer will work in AICHA offices. The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field. Some flexibility may be asked to implement some activities during the evening or the weekend if it is necessary. The volunteer will have 2 days of rest per week and 2 days of holiday per month worked in the project.

The programme covers:
- Subsistence allowance: 342,68 euros per month to cover regular expenses such as: food and extra expenses to ensure local living conditions (housing necessities, clothes, potential extra expenses in specific areas…).
- Resettlement allowance: 100 euros per month stayed in the project.
- Visa.
- International transport.
- Accommodation in single room - provided by the hosting organisation.
- Insurance.
- In addition, the volunteer will receive up to 40 euros for local transport.

Selection process

The candidates must complete and submit before the 6th of August 2020 the online application form in English or French (in which you must upload your CV + Self-Assessment form) by following this link: https://www.online-phase.com/selection (if it is not working, please copy/paste the address in your browser).

-End of August 2020: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the face-to-face training.

-In September 2020: The pre-selected candidates will participate in an online training.

-In October 2020: The pre-selected candidates will participate to a face-to-face pre-departure training (12 days).

Due to the health crisis, please note that deployment dates are subject to change.

A skype interview will be done with a representative of the sending organization and the representative of the hosting organization.

Timetable
Date of training
October 2020
Apprenticeship Placement
N/a
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Beginning November 2020
Deployment
Middle-end of November 2020
Post-deployment activities
N/a
Self assessment questionnaire
File euav-saq_maroc-rural_area.xlsx
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