EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in WASH in Tunisia [GVC15_TUN_WSH_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

Tunisia’s Human Development Index value for 2016 is 0.721 positioning it at 96 out of 188 countries and territories.
Tunisia is located at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This position lead to numerous waves of migrations and a big influence of neighboring countries, (namely Libya and Algeria). Despite the economic crisis, Tunisia was the only country of the Arab Spring that established a peaceful transition of power.
The main challenges of the country are:
• Reducing inequalities and improving access to basic social services: in connection with the economic crisis and unemployment, a growing number of vulnerable groups (especially younger people and women) is likely to fall into poverty with imitated access to basic social services;
• The response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Libyan conflict: Tunisia has seen an increasing inflow of migrants of sub-Saharan origin transiting through or settling in the country.
• Preparedness and management of natural disasters capacity. Tunisia is vulnerable to climate variability and change in numerous ways. Stressors such as rising temperatures and varied precipitation levels coupled with potential increased frequency of extreme events, such as floods and droughts, could threaten agriculture, economic development, and availability of water resources throughout the country. Tunisia’s susceptibility to climate variability and change is also tied to its reliance on agriculture and tourism. Without adaptation measures, and under a high emissions scenario, 78,700 Tunisians would be affected annually between 2070 and 2100 by sea level rise and flooding. Sea level rise also threatens the water scarce low-lying islands off Tunisia’s coast, where climate change will likely exacerbate existing water security challenges and may also result in coastal erosion and increased evapotranspiration due to rising temperatures.
Security conditions

As in any transitions, insecurity and violence remain a latent problem in some urban centers and inside of the country, the pressing demands of economic and social improvement which also fueled the revolution have gained importance in the public debate and triggered an avalanche of claims in all sectors of society. It must be added an increase in crime.
Finally, Tunisia faces a jihadist threat that arises as much from its own national territory as from neighboring Libya. Terrorism represent a serious security challenge. The security situation remained unstable.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Tunisia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. GVC Tunisia is active since 2011 both in humanitarian and development actions responding to the refugees and migration crises and supporting local communities in rural areas. Young people and women are the main target of the GVC Tunisia ongoing projects improving their resilience capacity and their participation in economic, social and political life.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Tunisia, 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
Supporting the WASH coordinator

• Taking part in GVC coordination meetings, external conference, workshops related to the WASH sector in Libya and Tunisia;
• Being in charge of support organizing, following and supervising WASH related activities in the ongoing projects in Libya and Tunisia;
• Collecting, updating and following up information related to the implementation of WASH activities and infrastructures in target communities;
• Supporting the WASH coordination in the implementation of GVC sectorial strategy and policies;
• Supporting BoQ and technical specification of service providers, suppliers and contractors involved in the implementation of the Projects’ activities;
• Supporting proper and smooth WASH activities implementation in strict coordination with GVC WASH coordinator, teams and partners;
• Being responsible to support smooth coordination with local and national authorities regarding WASH activities;
• Working together with local staff to properly perform activities in a coordinated and supportive way;
• Being in charge of monitoring all the phases of WASH activity implementation with particular reference to expected quality and results;
• Supporting in preparing and collect all sources of verification, deliverables and any other relevant needed documents;
• Constantly reporting to GVC WASH coordinator in Libya and Tunisia, line manager and tutor;
• Being in charge of supporting the drafting of interim and final reports related to, but not only, WASH and technical component to be submitted to donors;
• Supporting his line managers in performing of any other requested task, if any.

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:

  • Degree in engineer, environmental science or related water and sanitation specialization;
  • Abreast of current development and best practices in Humanitarian Principles and Accountability in WASH Programming;
  • Understanding of food security concepts and multi-sectoral programming;

 Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management;
  • Strong initiative and autonomy;
  • Organizational and project coordination skills;
  • Reports drafting;
  • Adaptability;
  • Team working;
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions;

Languages:

  • Fluent in English written and spoken;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset;
  • Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in emergency and/or developmental WASH/food security and/or livelihoods program management and technical support;
  • Previous experience in developing countries;

Prior volunteer experience is an asset.

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.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from June 2019;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from July 2019;
• Deployment starting from August 2019.

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.
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 Tunisia;
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months;
Deployment duty station:
• Tunis, Tunisia.
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (235,52 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 27/02/2019 to 27/03/2019;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 27/03/2019 to 15/04/2019.

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 02/05/2019. 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 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 GVC HQ in Bologna before departure, indicatively during May 2019. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Tunisia at her/his arrival.
Deployment
01/08/2019 - 31/07/2020
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.
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