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Junior volunteer to support the coordination of conservation activities in the Diawling National Park.

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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.

The European Commission is not responsible for the translation of the vacancies.

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 mobilise 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…).
  • Provide support by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow direct development of human capital. Seminars, training, exchanges of good practices will aim at mitigating the impact of climate change and of human induced pollutions and at installing adaptative processes.
  • Disseminate qualitative information, strengthen social ties and support 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 organised 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.

Mauritania is a vast country covered ¾ by the Sahara. The remaining ¼ is divided between a Sahelo-Saharan and a Sahelian zone. The country is a member of the CILSS, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League, the African Union, the Francophonie and the G5 Sahel. It is linked by an association agreement to ECOWAS. Mauritania also participates in Euro-Mediterranean bodies (5 + 5 dialogue since 1990; member of the Barcelona process since 2007).
Economic activity is mainly linked to the exploitation of mineral resources, livestock, fishing, agriculture and trade.
Mauritania ranks 157th out of 189 on the Human Development Index, making it a poor country. Poverty is particularly acute in the Southern part of the country, an area of humanitarian intervention.
An Islamic Republic, the country experienced a coup d'état in 2008 and a return to democracy in 2009. The country is currently experiencing a period of calm between the government and the traditional opposition, with an easing of social tensions and an increase in public freedoms.
Despite a calm security situation in the capital and in the central and southern regions, it is formally unadvisable to travel to the Northern and Eastern border areas (especially the borders with Algeria and Mali) where the presence of armed groups is known.
Mauritania is a country of transit for migrants. It is still hosting 69,000 Malian refugees (January 2021) as well as Sierra Leonean and Ivorian refugees. This justifies the presence of UN agencies as well as EU representations involved in development projects.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mauritania reopened its land and air borders to tourists on October 22, 2021. Circulation of the virus remains active and health measures taken by the authorities remain in effect. Foreign passengers arriving without a COVID-19 RT-PCR test or vaccination certificate are not allowed to enter Mauritania. If signs suggestive of COVID-19 are present on arrival (fever, cough, difficult breathing, sneezing, general fatigue, etc.), the traveller will be treated according to local health protocol and a standard diagnostic test (RT-PCR) will be performed.

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 Diawling National Park (DNP) is an exceptional protected site due to the important biodiversity it shelters. With an area of 59,000 ha, it is located in southwest Mauritania. A public administrative institution, the PND was created by decree in January 1991 and has since received the title of wetland of international importance following its recognition as a "Ramsar" site in 1994. Since 2005, it has also been an integral part of the Senegal River Delta Trans-frontier Biosphere Reserve. Established following severe droughts in the 1970s and changes in the Senegal River regime, the PND artificially regulates the flooding of the region's plains. 30 years of ecological restoration efforts have rehabilitated ecosystems and their biodiversity. The PND is renowned for having integrated the riparian populations, since its creation, as an essential component of management and governance.

The France Volontaires Mauritanie team is made up of two people, including an expatriate national representative and a French volunteer. The recruitment of a local volunteer development officer is underway.
For the implementation of this project, France Volontaires Mauritanie has developed partnerships with various associations, NGOs and public services specialised in the forestry and timber sector.
France Volontaires Mauritanie coordinates the implementation of the project through its National Representative, to whom the volunteer will report.

support the coordination of conservation activities

Under the supervision of the FV representative in Mauritania, the volunteer will work closely with FV Mauritania staff, other European volunteers based in Mauritania and potentially with national volunteers to implement project activities.

Description of the tasks
1. Support the Park Conservator in planning and carrying out recurrent activities (hydrological and ecological monitoring, monitoring of socio-economic activities, etc.) and ad hoc activities in the protected area
The DNP field teams are assigned to a division (hydrology, ecological monitoring, surveillance and eco-development) under the responsibility of the Conservator. The volunteer will be responsible for supporting the Conservator in the planning and execution of recurrent activities of each division as well as ad hoc activities (organisation of training, scientific studies, visits of technical and financial partners, etc.). Emphasis will be placed on the planning and monitoring of activities.
2. Contribute to the reporting of activities directly with the team in the field
The volunteer will be responsible for helping the field teams to improve their skills in writing their sectoral activity reports (monthly reports) and to harmonise the reporting of activities and data collection at the field level in order to facilitate the compilation, analysis and valorisation by the headquarters in Nouakchott.
3. Coordinate and develop reforestation actions with the TFPs
The reforestation actions in Diawling National Park concern mangroves with the reforestation of 2 species as well as nurseries of local species (acacias, etc.). The reforestation is managed by the park in collaboration with local NGOs and the populations, who are direct beneficiaries. The role of the volunteer will be to coordinate the actions of the partners and to develop reforestation at DNP for the benefit of the local populations (choice of species with high ecological and economic values, nursery management methods, etc.).
4. Be a liaison between the field teams and the headquarters in Nouakchott
The volunteer will be based in the field at the park's base in Bouhajra. He or she will be a privileged interlocutor of the management in Nouakchott. He or she will work in close collaboration with the volunteer based at headquarters. Together with the Curator, the volunteer will act as a link between the agents in the field and the teams at headquarters in Nouakchott.


Required competences


Master's degree in Biology, Environmental Science and/or Management, or any other specialty deemed relevant.

Skills and knowledge:

Biology / Ecology

Floristic and faunistic inventories

Project management

Animation skills

General skills :

Taste for the field (position at the DNP base in Bouhajra)

Ability to work with multicultural teams

Environmental awareness

Ability to adapt

Language skills :


Arabic appreciated

Other local languages are an asset


2 to 3 years in a similar position, preferably in an intercultural situation.

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.

. 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 organised by your sending organisation (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 Nouakchott, the capital. The Volunteer will be based at the Espace Volontariats Mauritania. 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 organisation (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: € 534.71 (according to EU yearly update)
. Meals and personal transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.

Selection process

The applicant must send the following documents to FV:
- application form in French ;
- self-assessment questionnaire ;
- CV in Europass format.

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 organised by sending organisations (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.

Date of training
february - march 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
February - March 2022
March - November 2022
Post-deployment activities
December 2022
Self assessment questionnaire
File self_assessment_auto-evaluation_form.xlsx

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