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EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE

Junior Volunteer to support the community approach of the FORESTS project

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
The European Commission is not responsible for the translation of the vacancies.
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
According to the criteria of the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the entire Guinean territory has been placed under enhanced vigilance but the situation is considered as stable.
The Guinean population is relatively young and predominantly Muslim country. The climate is tropical with two seasons: a rainy season from May to November, with variations according to region, and a dry season the rest of the year. Heavy rains usually occur between June and October, causing flash floods and landslides. Roads are regularly impassable in some areas and access to essential services may be disrupted. It is recommended to keep informed of weather forecasts on a regular basis and at least before travelling. Due to its climate and diverse ecosystems, Guinea is populated by a variety of animal, plant and fungal species, some of which are rare or endemic.
Apart from occasional demonstrations linked to social, union and/or political tensions, the security situation in Guinea is currently stable. However, some popular neighborhoods in Conakry are sensitive and should be avoided (Hamdallaye, Bambeto, Cosa, Wanidara, Niger market, Madina market, Taouyah market).
During the last presidential elections, demonstrations have led to violence and casualties; the Middle Guinea region experienced several days of near-insurrection. Elections have been followed by a military coup; the country is since then led by a military junta in charge of the political transition process.
Precautions should be taken when traveling, especially at night. In case of events, volunteers should follow the instructions given by France Volontaires. It is necessary to always inform the Representative of your movements outside the capital so that he can easily locate you.
After a resurgence of the Ebola virus disease in February 2021 in the sub-prefecture of Gouecké, near N'zérékoré, in Forest Guinea, the health authorities quickly put in place a response. Measures taken, particularly in forest areas, have now been lifted, but routine health precautions remain essential.

Finally, the circulation of the COVID-19 virus and its variants remains active in Guinea. Guinean airspace is currently open.
For all travelers, a negative Covid PCR test less than three days old is required upon arrival in Guinea. Screening is done prior to boarding.
On site in Guinea, the measures taken by the local authorities must be strictly respected. It is to be noted that a local authorities have imposed a national curfew from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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 or deployment process in order to ensure health and safety of their teams, volunteers and candidates.

At the operational level
The team of France Volontaires Guinea is made up of three people: an expatriate National Representative, a French volunteer and a Guinean employee. There are more than a hundred French volunteers in Guinea every year.
For the implementation of this project, France Volontaires Guinea has developed partnerships with different types of partners: associations, NGOs and decentralized public services specialized in the forestry and timber sector.
France Volontaires Guinea coordinates the implementation of the project through its National Representative. The volunteer supporting the coordination will be under the responsibility of the National Representative. The volunteer will be based in Conakry to support the coordination of the project of France Volontaires Guinea and will work in collaboration with the actors of the sector (private, state and donors).
The volunteer will be in regular contact with a wide range of actors in order to implement the project's action plan. The volunteer will be placed under the supervision of the volunteer development officer of France Volontaires in Guinea. The volunteer will work with other volunteers dedicated to the project. The volunteer may be required to travel outside the capital for data collection.

Tasks
Support the community approach

General
Under the supervision of the FV representative in Guinea, the volunteer will work closely with FV Guinea staff, other European volunteers based in Guinea and potentially with national volunteers to implement project activities. The EUAV volunteer's mission will focus on the 3 main areas detailed below:

Description of the tasks

1. Support to indigenous peoples in the establishment and/or adjustment of activities to protect forest areas
- Contribute to the collection and analysis of data for mapping; conduct a prospective study with 1 or 2 communities ;
- Development of TORs for support;
- Implementation of a support plan;
- Collaboration with the support structure in the implementation of actions;
- Ensures compliance with TORs and reporting;
- Ensure the link between the provider and the members of the consortium.

2. Project design
- Support for the preparation of 4 restitution workshops ;
- On the basis of the study, establishment of a project management committee;
- Networking of actors (youth, experts...);
- Support for the adjustment of existing activities and the development of new projects aimed at improving the social, economic and ecological value chain of certain community actors and aiming at the resilience of forest-dependent populations, mobilizing youth and volunteers ;
- Support for the mobilization of funding;
- Reporting.

3. General support for the communication and visibility of FORESTS activities at national and international level
- Participate actively in the design and implementation of the FORESTS communication strategy at the national level in collaboration with the staff of France Volontaires Guinée, ESI LABS! and within the FORESTS communication team ;
- Support the volunteers and partners of EUAV FORESTS in the development of relevant and attractive promotional materials that will be used to raise interest and awareness on sustainable forest management, climate change adaptation and ecological resilience of local communities ;
- Support the management of social networks in collaboration with ESI LABS! and France Volontaires Guinée.

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Required competences

Studies :

Bachelor or Master degree: environment engineering, community-based approach, environmental studies, development studies, international relations.

 

Skills

- Ability to work in a team in a cross-cultural context;

- Ability to listen, adapt, communicate;

- Ability to collect and analyze data;

- Ability to run a community based approach;

- Show initiative, autonomy;

- To be in a process of commitment;

- Understand the context of international solidarity;

- Mastery of communication, information and data processing technologies;

- Organizational Development and Capacity Building;

- Evaluation, identification.

 

The languages

- Very good command of French;

- Optional English.

 

Experience:

- Previous experience in a similar position;

- Professional or volunteer experience with civil society organizations is highly valued;

- Experience or strong interest in capacity building and participatory and community-based approach;

- Experience in Guinea will be considered an asset;

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

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

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.

Selection criteria: Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.
. 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

Learning opportunities:
. 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 Conakry, the capital of Guinea. The Volunteer will be based at the Espace Volontariats Guinée. 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: € 533.56 (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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