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EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE

Junior volunteer to support advocacy strategy.

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

EUAV FORESTS focuses on building the resilience of communities living in forest areas through the voluntary engagement of European volunteers to local communities in Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Congo and Vietnam. The action that will mobilize EUAV volunteers is divided into 4 strategic objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to resilience of forest dependent communities by mapping initiatives, actors and under-lying factors of vulnerability of these communities towards risks, shocks and potential disasters. This study will cover different levels of analysis with the active participation of the targeted communities (local regional, private, public perspectives etc…).
  • Support provided by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow direct development of human capital. Seminars, training, exchanges of good practices will aims at mitigating the impact of climate change and of human induced pollutions cope and at installing adaptative processes.
  • Disseminate qualitative information, strengthening of social ties and support for local populations to set up projects that complement awareness-raising activities.
  • Ensure sustainability through awareness raising and promotion of fundamental changes (attitudes and practices). Here a special attention will be given to the involvement of young people in projects and advocacy campaigns (i.e. rights of forest dependent communities).

At key stages of the project, consortium meetings will be organized as well as training sessions given by experts from the forestry sector. On these occasions, workshops will be held to exchange best practices and knowledge on topics such as good examples of forest governance, project management and communication.

Security:
Cameroon has been affected by a complex humanitarian crisis since 2014; a crisis with multiple and intersecting aspects:
. Influx of Central African refugees on its territory ;
. Presence of armed rebellions operating on its territory (Far North) ;
. Security crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions (English-speaking regions).

According to the criteria of the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, certain areas of Cameroon are placed under reinforced vigilance (all land border areas with Nigeria, Chad and RCA as well as Northern regions).

Cameroonian airspace is currently open to commercial flights. A negative PCR test is required upon arrival in the country, including for young children. The sample must be taken within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Cameroon. A test is systematically performed upon arrival at the airport for all travelers.

In the capital and surrounding areas, the situation is calm and allows the deployment of European volunteers. Respect for basic security rules, caution and a respectful attitude towards Cameroonian customs are required in order to effectively limit any risk (road accidents, petty crime, health). It is advisable to be particularly vigilant during the end of year celebrations and to avoid any ostentatious sign of wealth.

At the operational level:
France Volontaires Cameroun works in a network of local organizations. In the framework of the FORESTS project, partnerships were planned with organizations whose objective is to fight for poverty reduction and protect ecosystems and endangered species. The following actions are relevant to the needs:
- Environmental education ;
- Valuation of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs);
- Valuation of agro-forests;
- Research development action for the benefit of local communities living around protected areas in Cameroon.

The FORESTS project will rely on the Réseau des Acteurs du Volontariat et de la Solidarité Internationale (RAVSI) which is a platform of 75 civil society associations that promotes volunteerism, local skills and experience sharing.

The volunteer will be based in Yaoundé in the premises of the Espace Volontariat under the responsibility of the National Representative.

The information provided in this document may be updated as the pandemic evolves. France Volontaires and ESI Labs! reserve the right to interrupt any recruitment process in order to ensure the health and safety of their teams, volunteers and candidates.

Tasks
Support to advocacy

General
Under the supervision of the FV Cameroon representative, the volunteer will work closely with FV Cameroon staff.
1. SUPPORT THE DEFINITION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ADVOCACY STRATEGY ON THE ISSUE OF THE FOREST ENVIRONMENT
- In collaboration with the SRD teams, develop an advocacy strategy on climate change and forests
- With France Volontaires Cameroun and local partners, and based on participatory research, conduct research and provide support to strengthen local communities' knowledge on forestry law, environmental law, local communities' rights, climate change adaptation, environmental risk prevention and community action
- Support for capacity building of DRS junior staff and local communities in participatory diagnosis and strategic tool for targeted advocacy strategy, including through the organization of thematic workshops;
- Effective support to the design and implementation of community activities at different levels and for different target groups;
- Be responsible for documenting good practices on the ground in forestry law, environmental law, local community rights, climate change adaptation, natural disaster prevention, environmental risks and community action;
- Draft policy briefs based on community reports and findings on forestry law, environmental law and local community rights
- Analyze reports on gaps between policy and implementation on the ground
- Support capacity building of DRS junior staff and local communities in participatory diagnosis and strategic tool for targeted advocacy strategy, including through the organization of thematic workshops.
2. PARTICIPATION IN THE VISIBILITY OF THE EUAV FORESTS PROJECT AND IN COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION ACTIONS
- Promote the role of EUAV international volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response in association with the EACEA;
- Promote partnerships and collaboration between local authorities and European organizations on climate change adaptation issues;
- Contribute to the publication of articles or other content (videos, podcasts, etc.) on the experience of EUAV volunteers in the field and their activities, in collaboration with project partner teams and local actors;
- Collect audio and visual material during activities for promotion and capitalization purposes;
- In coordination with EUAV FORESTS project partners, participate in public awareness during the deployment and once back in Europe.

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Required competences

Education:

Master's degree in environmental/forestry/climate science, international development, advocacy, political science, institutional communication or related field.

Skills and Knowledge:

- Strong analytical and diagnostic skills;

- Strong writing and synthesis skills;

- Proficiency in advocacy plan and strategies;

- Good knowledge of research and/or knowledge management techniques;

- Good knowledge of the international body of literature on the climate crisis;

- Good knowledge of CSO ecosystems, an asset;

- Knowledge of and interest in stakeholder engagement, particularly with local partners and community groups;

- Interest in mainstreaming gender issues in project activities;

- Knowledge of EU funding procedures would be an asset;

- Proficiency in office automation suite is essential.

General Skills:

- Strong organizational ability to meet deadlines;

- Leadership;

- Good cross-cultural communication skills;

- Good interpersonal skills;

- Teamwork and facilitation skills;

- Humility and willingness to learn from others;

- Self-starter;

- Dynamic and proactive attitude;

- Ability to adapt to changing contexts.

Languages:

Fluency in English AND French is mandatory.

Experience:

- Prior experience in institutional/CSO communications;

- Previous experience in event management;

- Previous experience in advocacy or institutional communication a strong asset;

- Previous experience working or volunteering in developing countries and/or NGOs strongly encouraged;

- Previous experience in Cameroon or Central Africa or demonstrated interest will be considered an asset;

- Previous work or volunteer experience in developing countries and/or NGOs strongly encouraged; Previous experience in Cameroon or Central Africa or demonstrated interest will be considered an asset;

- Previous experience or strong interest in capacity building and community-based forest management and protection.

- Previous experience or strong interest in advocacy campaigns or activities;

- Willingness to commit to safeguarding sensitive ecosystems and improving community adaptation to climate change and related humanitarian risks.

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 EU Aid Volunteers volunteer must be an EU citizen or a third country national legally residing in an EU Member State ;
. He/she must be at least 22 years old;
. He/she must have at least 6 months of experience in a similar field position.

As EUAV candidate, you commit yourself to :
. Be available during the selection process (from January 2022 onwards);
. To attend the different trainings (distance training (ICF), virtual trainings (ICF and FV) and face-to-face training (ICF));
. To gather and make available in a timely manner all administrative and medical documents that will be requested by France Volontaires (from January 2022 onwards);
. To participate in all the deployment preparation steps organized by your sending organization (January to March 2022).

Please note that these minimum requirements may include specific anti-Covid-19 measures depending on country of origin, country of training and country of deployment.

Condition of service

. Development of intercultural knowledge ;
. Professional and human skills development ;
. Discovery of the departments in Guinea;
. Learning in local languages.

Working and living conditions :
The mission is based in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. The Volunteer will be based at the Espace Voluntariat Cameroon. The office will be equipped with Internet access and a professional address. Leisure activities (sports, culture) are also available. Furnished/equipped, secure, insured accommodation will be made available to the volunteer. The accommodation shares the same building as the office. Electricity, water and gas costs will be covered by the project.

Project covers following costs :
. Pre-departure training by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative (transport, meals, accommodation paid for by the initiative)
. Preparation for departure with the sending organization (transport, meals, accommodation)
. Vaccines and medical check-ups
. Insurance covered by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative
. Travel to the mission location
. Accommodation (rent, insurance, charges)
. Monthly allowance: € 357.36 (according to UE yearly update)
. Meals and personal transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.

Selection process

The applicant must send the following documents to the address:
- application form in French ;
- self-assessment questionnaire ;
- CV in Europass format.
All applications will be analyzed and all candidates will receive an answer. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to an distance interview.

Between january and february 2022, pre-selected candidates will have an interview with France Volontaires (French team in HQ and FV Guinea).
Successful candidates will be selected and informed as early as possible.
Candidates will then follow distance and face-to-face training sessions led by ICF. ICF will eventually be in charge of certifying trained candidates or not. Only certified volunteers will be deployed.
A preparation for departure with the certified volunteers will eventually be organized by sending organizations (in February 2022 for the first session).
It is very important to note that several candidates will be selected for each proposed assignment and will participate in the training sessions. This will ensure that the assignments will be filled even if some candidates drop out. Therefore, the final selection will only be confirmed after the training and validation of the profiles by ICF.

Timetable
Date of training
february - march 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
N/A
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
february - march 2022
Deployment
march - november 2022
Post-deployment activities
december 2022
Self assessment questionnaire
File self_assessment_auto-evaluation_form.xlsx
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