Junior EU Aid Volunteers - Assistant Project Manager in Albania - 9 months

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ADRA Albania is a NGO operating in Albania, since 1990 with projects in emergency support and education. Until now ADRA Albania has operated in different areas of the country thus targeting Roma and non-Roma communities. ADRA Albania is part of the International Network of ADRA organizations that is composed of 130 NGOs around the world. Most of ADRA Albania’s donors have been partners within the Network such as: ADRA Slovakia, ADRA Austria, ADRA Germany, ADRA International, ADRA Finland, ADRA International etc. Outside Network donors have been: Austrian Development Cooperation, IPA-Adriatic cross-border program, EU, UNHCR, World Vision etc.

The work of ADRA Albania is stretched in different areas: work with schools, family members, children, social services and health staff in order to achieve a positive change.
ADRA Albania seeks to affect the lives of the communities and people in need thus the major work is focused in the field. ADRA staff is working every day (from Monday until Thursday) in the field and closely with the communities.

Actual projects:

  1. Second Chance – A Chance for life financed by ADRA Austria and Austrian Development Cooperation.
  2. Education through Student Volunteering financed by ADRA Germany.
  3. Empowerment of Children in Suburban areas of Tirana and Kruja financed by ADRA Germany.
  4. Reinforcement and Sustainability in Humanitarian Volunteering Management, EU project.
  5. Integration after Migration, Financed by BMZ (German Federal ministry for Economic cooperation and development) and in partnership with GIZ.

Operational context:
Albania is situated between Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro. It is a small country of 3 million inhabitants with a territory of 28,000 Km2. It is a parliamentarian republic with the majority of the population of Islam religion, followed by the Christian religion. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summer, and mild, wet winter, spring. Albania is a middle income country, with a GDP per capita of 3,900 USD. The main ethnic group are the Albanians, who comprise around 97% of the population. The Albanians speak the Albanian language, which is an Indo-European language. The Albanian terrain is flat in the west and mountainous in the east, south and north.

Security context:
The current security situation is good. During 2015 in Albania there were 2.28 killings per 100,000 inhabitants. Albania is in 77th place among 219 countries (ranked from the smallest murder rate). Most of the criminal acts involve illegal arms possession, drug possession.
Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks Albania 91st place out of 180 countries.
Road fatalities in Albania are twice the European average, therefore higher precaution is needed when on the road.
There are no disease epidemics except for the usual influenza epidemics that happen yearly. There is no religious or national extremism.

Safety and security are important considerations for any organization that implements programs related to youth, children and community development. A document related to the Safety and Security is important for volunteer-sending organizations since many volunteers have limited international experience or not sufficient familiarity with their host countries. The goal of ADRA Albania’s Volunteer Safety and Security Policies Management is to enable ADRA staff to prevent serious security incidents, minimize the impact of any incidents that might occur, and recover safely and rapidly from events outside of their control.
Volunteer is required to:
- Keep close contacts with his/her supervisor (project Manager).
- Inform the supervisor for any travel plan inside the country or abroad.
- Report daily regarding the field work to the supervisor emphasizing their impressions and problematic identified.
- Inform the supervisor regarding any particular health condition.

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.


- Learn and implement the innovative teaching method of REFLECT*;
- Design new teaching modules based on the REFLECT method;
- Assist and facilitate the project staff of ADRA during their field work;
- Provide its expertise in project writing : EU projects, ADC , ADRA Network projects.
- Provide assistance in fund raising for projects with Roma and Egyptian communities.
- Provide Capacity building in the Project management : monitoring, reporting, envisioning the project final Results.
- Update the visibility materials and tools.
- Develop a strategy for procuring needed skills and experience through team building.
- Write daily reports where can address the development of the project in the field.
- Write monthly reports to the Line manager to report the progress witnessed and the daily tasks, challeanges and problems.

*Reflect method is a participatory teaching approach based on no textbook- no pre-printed materials policy. The students create circles and work together on developing their own learning materials that represent their reality systemize the existing knowledge of participants. A range of other participatory approaches can also be interwoven with the strong participatory structure of Reflect, including the use of role play, drama, songs, dance, storytelling, visualization, radio, ‘real materials’, games or proverbs. The Reflect method not only enhances the literacy and numeracy skills but also capacities of an individual to reflect on social and economic aspects which affect their lives and take responsible action.

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Required competences
  • Good communication skills.
  • Flexibility to adapt to the changes.
  • Field work.
  • Writing skills for reporting.
  • Strong autonomy and adaptability.

  • Experience in project management.

  • Good English skills, writing and speaking. 

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 Code of Ethical Conduct of Adra Albania outlines 2 standards of conduct which guide the actions of the NGO and its’ employees and volunteers:
1. Non- Discrimination principle is the standard and commitment of ADRA Albania that does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical and mental disability or religion.
2. Children’s rights and their wellbeing as priority to promote their rights and protect their welfare, taking in consideration their feelings and needs that are results of their race, religion, culture and language.

- Previous relevant professional experience.
- Abilities to use Microsoft package.
- Intermediate English speaker.
- Interest to work with marginalized and poor communities.
- Adaptability, flexibility and creativity.

Condition of service

• meeting new people
• taking part in something which is important to you
• making a difference
• doing something you enjoy
• developing your interests
• gaining experience and improving your CV
• boosting your job prospects
• communication skills with marginalized communities

This volunteering position will take place in small grassroots organization developing mainly local development aid projects. It is expected from the volunteer to be autonomous and able to take initiatives to support the hosting organization and local community in the development of their projects and activities.

The volunteers will have to adapt and to be flexible regarding the local working and living environment that is very different from the European one.

Working conditions :
A working week in ADRA Albania consists in:
- 5 working days from Monday to Friday
- The working day starts at 8:30am until 16:30pm including the lunch break from 12:30-13:00pm. Some flexibility may be asked to implement some activities during the evening or the weekend if it is necessary.
Volunteers should inform the program director/project manager when they leave the office and why. It is required for them to inform even for the place they will go during the break in order to avoid any incident or trouble. Volunteers are responsible for respecting and protecting the organization schedule and internal regulations.

The volunteer has days off on Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays and 2 days of holidays per month done.

Living conditions:
The program manager together with the current volunteer is responsible for finding the accommodation of the new volunteer. There are no many rules regarding the accommodation conditions yet is mandatory that the accommodation should take place near the ADRA Albania headquarter office. Moreover, the location of the volunteer’s residence should be placed in a populated area where bus stations or taxi transportation is easily accessible.

In Albania, more specifically in Tirana the volunteers can use the public transportation by bus or the taxi. For the transportation of the volunteers into the working areas within or outside Tirana is responsible the ADRA Albania driver.
The local currency is Albanian LEK.

The project covers:
- accommodation in single locked room provided by the hosting organisation
- international flight covered directly by the sending organisation
- visa,
- insurance
- subsistance allowance of 298.13 euros per month to cover food and other necessities, etc.
- resettlement allowance: 100 euros per month stayed in the project

Selection process

To apply, please send your complete application (Application Form, Europass CV and Self Assessment Questionnaire) to If the documents are not properly completed, your application cannot be considerate.

At the end of April: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.
In May 2019: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training.
In June 2019: The pre-selected candidates will participate to a face-to-face pre-departure trainings (12 days).
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings at the end of June 2019.

Information on the interview process: Skype interviews with the sending and hosting organizations in April 2019

Date of training
3-14 June 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
July 2019 - dates to be confirmed
October 2019 - May 2020
Post-deployment activities
Self assessment questionnaire
File Self Assessment Questionnaire