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EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE

Junior volunteer for support to capitalization of innovative practices.

Junior
— 1 positions
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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, Mauritania 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.

On the security front:

Congo is a predominantly Catholic country (90% of the population) with a population of 5,200,000. Half of the population is concentrated in the two largest cities: Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. The rest of the country is one of the least dense in Africa. According to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website, the economic situation remains difficult, despite the conclusion in July 2019 of an Extended Credit Facility Program with the International Monetary Fund. A large part of the population lives in precariousness, further accentuated during the rainy season by heavy flooding and landslides that affect the outskirts of the major cities. This situation creates a risk of social instability that can be used for political purposes, particularly during election periods.
Road accidents are numerous and emergency services are limited in the capital and non-existent in other cities. Due to the economic situation that the country has been going through in recent years, there is a high level of juvenile delinquency in urban areas: snatch thefts, sometimes with violence, burglaries, swindles, etc. It is advisable to be particularly vigilant, especially during the holiday season, and to avoid carrying large sums of money and/or valuables. It is also strongly recommended not to visit outlying areas at night and especially on foot. In the event of an attempted theft, do not resist, file a complaint and record the details of the circumstances.
As of 12/16/2021, the circulation of Covid-19 remains active in the country. Due to the current state of health emergency, a curfew is in place in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. There is no curfew in the rest of the country. All passengers arriving in Congo will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test and will be required to confine themselves to their homes or hotels until the results are obtained.

At the operational level:

For the implementation of this project, France Volontaires Congo has developed partnerships with various NGOs for the protection, defense and promotion of human rights, the culture of peace and non-violence on the one hand and with NGOs aiming to fight for the defense of biodiversity, the protection of endangered species and the preservation of natural environments on the other hand
The Franco-Congolese team of the association will be supported by the ESI associations in the implementation of its activities and by the Réseau des Acteurs du Volontariat et de la Solidarité Internationale (RAVSI), a platform of 27 civil society associations, for specific project activities.

Tasks
Capitalization and project development

General:
Under the supervision of France Volontaires Congo, the volunteer will work closely with other EU aid volunteers, local partners and national volunteers to support innovative projects to develop a more forest-friendly approach to the industry.

Job description:

1. Contribute to innovative projects related to supporting the adoption of sustainable forest value chain management
- Conduct literature review, research and interviews with relevant stakeholders (financial institutions, forest SMEs, companies, smallholders and forest management groups) on the supply chain
- Actively contribute to the development of a study report to identify challenges and opportunities for the implementation of sustainable forest value chain management in the country
- Based on the research, contribute to the development of a training course for local forest stakeholders (smallholders, enterprises, CSOs, community, etc.)
- Participate in project writing and fundraising

2 - Participation in the visibility of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and the EUAV FORESTS project
- Promote the role of EUAV international volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response
- Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations on climate change adaptation issues
- Contribute to the publication of articles or other materials (videos, podcasts, etc.) on the experience of EUAV volunteers in the field and their activities, in cooperation with project partner teams and local actors
- Collection of audiovisual material produced in the framework of the project activities for promotion and capitalization purposes

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Required competences

Education:

Master's degree in environmental science/forestry/climate, sociology, economics, international development or related field with research experience.

 

Skills and Knowledge:

- Strong analytical and diagnostic skills.

- Strong writing and synthesis skills

- Good command of project cycle management

- Good knowledge of humanitarian issues and the climate crisis

- Good knowledge of participatory action research (PAR), a major asset

- Knowledge of forest governance and environmental policy

- Good knowledge of research and/or knowledge management techniques: agricultural economics or development economics

- Interest in stakeholder engagement, particularly with local partners and community groups

- Interest in integrating gender issues into project activities

- Knowledge of EU funding procedures would be an asset

- Knowledge of Congo and Central Africa would be an asset

 

General skills:

- Strong organizational ability to meet deadlines

- Good intercultural communication skills

- Teamwork and willingness to learn from others

- Self-starter

- Dynamic and proactive attitude

- Adaptability to changing contexts

 

Experience:

- Minimum 2 years of project management or program coordination experience;

- Previous professional or volunteer experience in developing countries and/or NGOs strongly encouraged

- Previous experience in research or knowledge management an asset

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

- Demonstrated experience in research or data processing and communication and information technologies

- 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.

. 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 Congo;
. Learning in local languages.

Working and living conditions :
The mission is based in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. The Volunteer will be based at the Espace Volontariats Congo. 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: € 691.63 (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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