EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Linking relief, rehabilitation and development, Ukraine (6 months)

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

The main project objective is: Overcoming post-conflict depression and sustainable development of local communities in the Luhansk region through the access to food and hygiene supplies, and organizing ongoing social-psychosocial work with internally displaced persons, residents and most vulnerable groups affected by the armed conflict.


The Center of Psychosocial support is established and functioning in Severodonetsk where people affected from the conflict and IDPs receive psychological and social support, legal advice, new knowledge and competence for independent improvement of the situation in their communities.

The mobile team’s work is organized to render field psychological assistance, social support, legal advice for residents of remote settlements closer to the demarcation line.

Distribution of humanitarian aid in the form of food and hygiene kits also helps IDPs, people with disabilities and families who find themselves in difficult situations in the east of Ukraine.

 

The volunteer can contribute to the improvement of target groups’ social and psychological condition in the Center of Psychosocial support in Severodonetsk and settlements nearby.

 

Providing of social and psychological adaptation in Ukraine is perceived in a specific way from the population, therefore the services include certain features to reflect this perception. Namely, individual counseling has not yet gained wide popularity. Therefore, the emphasis in the work is on the group work format:

1. Teaching skills that increase the degree of adaptation.

2. Teaching skills of self-control (control emotional state, stress level).

3. Active leisure (because for some families in the existing circumstances, it is not available, and helps restore emotional balance).

4. Development of internal communication with the target audience (as many social connections are lost and new ones are not formed, which also affects the welfare and emotional balance).

5. Creating a context to change level of adaptation.

6. Questionnaire to identify challenges / goals / emotional state of the target audience.

 

To achieve these objectives, a number of actions are carried out: series of workshops and support groups on social skills (how to find a job / salary increase is to rent an apartment, how to decorate the land, how to arrange a mortgage, how to use medical services, etc.), a series of courses on communication skills (conflict management, development of a network of acquaintances, basic communication skills, etc.), exercises for each workshop and a separate seminar on self-regulation. These activities are designed for the following sub-groups: teenagers, families (including children), adult mixed groups, and retired people.

Ukraine is a state in Eastern Europe. The population of Ukraine is 42 million people.
The capital of Ukraine is Kiev.
The official language is Ukrainian; Russian is widely spoken.
The climate of the whole territory of Ukraine is temperate continental.
People drive on the right-hand of the road in Ukraine. Access to all roads in Ukraine is free of charge.

Ukraine is low-risk area for international volunteers, without the risk of major natural disasters and political instability, except in the eastern region and the territory of Crimea which are affected by conflict. All the risks mentioned below are moderate and in most cases will not influence the volunteer deployment.

HRC Postup is very strict with the security of its members (employees and volunteers). We have developed several tools (security management plan, safety policy, evacuation plan) that are shared with all members to be strictly followed. The organization regularly takes part in security trainings to improve skills and develop better security rules.

The city where the volunteer will be deployed is Severodonetsk which has been secured for more than 3 years and since then the city has had a chance to develop. It is located on a peaceful territory, 35 km from the line of demarcation. Since 2014 the city has had no any military accidents or shelling, proving that Severodonetsk is safer now and does not differ from other cities of Ukraine in terms of the security of civilians. It is actually the administrative center of Luhansk oblast and its population has increased to more than 150 000 residents.

Moreover, offices of many international NGOs that implement own activities in Luhansk region (UN, ICRC, OSCE, NRC, DRC, ACF, etc.) are situated in this city.
Due to the international presence in the area of the regional administrative center, the atmosphere in the city improved economically and in terms of its social activism and NGO sector, if compared to the last 20 years.
The volunteer will not be asked to go to any unsafe place or to travel close to the front line (and will always be at least 5 km away). Travelling without HRC Postup employees outside the city will also not be allowed.
In any case, if the security situation changes, HRC Postup will not take any risks for its members and volunteers and will move them to a safe place (in Kiev or back to the country of Origin if requested).

The volunteer will gain further knowledge of the recent local security and operational context during follow up meetings, reviews and everyday communication with colleagues.

Tasks
Capacity building tasks:

- Psychosocial Training creation,
- Organization and facilitation about methods for group psychological and social work for the employees, volunteers and members of Postup and Postup’s partners,
Reporting and monitoring of the implementation activities done by trainees.

Psychological and rehabilitation events management tasks:

- Organizing regular events for the internally displaced people in order to provide them psychological support;
- Assisting with the organization’s regular events,
- Participating and organizing group activities / events for rehabilitation and development of armed conflict affected persons.

Project management support tasks:

- Supporting local team in monitoring, reporting, developing psychosocial projects
- Developing strategies for psychosocial supporting innovative activities

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Required competences

Some basic competences are required for this project:

  • knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level;
  • knowledge of body oriented therapy methods (bodynamic, somatic experiencing and/or other);
  • ability to work with individuals and groups;
  • first psychological help;
  • self-motivated;
  • self-organized;
  • caring.
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.

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Some additional minimum requirements are expected to apply to this project:
- knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level
- medical aptitude to travel and work in developing countries
- ability to work with individuals and groups
- willingness to assist people affected from the armed conflict
- self-motivated
- self-organized
- caring

Condition of service

Through this volunteering project, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn about new areas of work and gain new skills. Some of the learning opportunities include:
- Gain practical experience in psychological work with people living close to the line of demarcation and who suffered from the armed conflict
- Gain knowledge of activities of an Ukrainian NGO
- Getting acquainted with Ukrainian and Slavic culture
- Improving of language skills

Working conditions:
Office and field work (settlements nearby): Monday to Friday, 6 hours a day, with a possibility to work in other safe places.
In case of work on weekends, additional holidays will be given.
A volunteer will have a possibility to work in Kiev in case of project activities there.
A volunteer is provided with a computer, a desk, other necessary materials. Should the volunteer be able to bring his/her own laptop this would be welcome.
Common and department meetings will take place once/twice a week.
Following of confidential internal rules
IT - security performance.

Living conditions:
The volunteer is provided with an accomodation (a private room with all basic needs): kitchen (will probably be shared), shower bath and internet access, heating system in winter, hot water.
The volunteer will have access to the use of public transport.
During his/her deployment the volunteer can visit a range of modern entertainment public places, and will have the chance to participate in cultural events.
The volunteer will have access to a variety of rich national and European dishes, and to all mobile operators (local ones are cheaper).
The volunteer should following the national (mostly European) dress code.

Selection process

The candidate has to send the following documents to vabatahtlikud@mondo.org.ee
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 02/03 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with MONDO and HRC Postup.
Between the 19/03 and the 31/03/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.
Between April and May 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings at the end of May / June 2018.

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 the 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 takes places following the training.

Timetable
Date of training
April / May 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June 2018
Deployment
July 2018 - December 2018
Post-deployment activities
After December 2018
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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