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Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Disaster and Contingency Planning in Guatemala with Médicos del Mundo

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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.

Médicos del Mundo is an international, humanitarian and voluntary association working for the universal right to health through health care, denunciation, vulnerable or victims of crisis, with a commitment to work for social change towards a more just, equitable and supportive society. Médicos del Mundo Spain has more than 25 years of presence in the Mesoamerican Region, acting with different development projects and humanitarian aid, which have evolved according to the needs of health and the humanitarian context in the region. Under the strategic axis of "People, Migration and Forced Displacement", MdM France and Spain have jointly developped a Regional Programme in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and southern Mexico since 2016, seeking to improve access to health and health mechanisms protection of the rights of the population affected by migration and forced displacement. The main objective of the programme is to improve access to health and protection for the population affected by migration and forced displacement in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. To this end, it seeks to generate a capacity-building process, both from State institutions and civil society organizations, moving towards a dialogue that allows for a governance exercise and is accompanied by knowledge management on migration processes. It also contributes to the provision of health services and psychological care. In this context, from mid-October 2018, in Honduras and El Salvador, the so-called "Migrant Caravans in Central America" began to be organized: mixed groups of people (women, men and children) who left their countries on large and visible scales arriving at the borders of Guatemala and Mexico with the intention of travelling to the United States. Faced with these new scenarios, MdM saw the need to activate special mechanisms to support the Region's Migration and Forced Displacement Programme, with the following main objectives: 1. Carry out constant monitoring and observation of the situation of the Caravans from their departure from the countries of origin, their passage through Guatemala and until their arrival in Chiapas – Mexico; and including direct observation and testimonial collection exercises. 2. Implement actions in response to the humanitarian health needs that were observed. 3. Document the situation of the Caravans and the response of MdM from the observation and monitoring work in order to systematize the work of the MdM teams and carry out communication and political advocacy actions. The main function of the Volunteer will be to strengthen the Contingency Planning and Response Strategy for humanitarian crises of Médicos del Mundo in Guatemala and in the context of the Mesoamerican Region, supporting the process of improving the monitoring, response and planning system in sight of of humanitarian contingencies and crises, especially related to the issue of migration and forced displacement. Participate in the coordinating tables (clusters) in Guatemala and in other cross-border coordination spaces where MdM Spain is participating. The Volunteer, will have its base of operations in Guatemala City (Guatemala) with field visits of Médicos del Mundo projects in the country and sporadically to the countries of the region where Médicos del Mundo has a presence: in San Salvador (El Salvador), Tapachula (Mexico), Tegucigalpa (Honduras). In all these cities, MdM Spain and MdM France have headquarters, technical and administrative teams who carry out projects in line with the two strategic aims in Guatemala: Migration and Forced Displacement, Sexual and Reproductive Rights/Prevention of Violence against Women. The volunteer position will be under the responsibility of the Regional Coordination of Médicos del Mundo Spain and will be coordinated with the technical teams of the projects of the regional programme of People, Migration and Forced Displacement.

Security situation in Guatemala and the Mesoamerican Region:

The Republic of Guatemala, with 16,015,494 inhabitants (National Statistics Institute, 2015) and 40% of indigenous population, is a country with a slow economic growth. Some facts are: 58% of the population is under poverty line (80% being indigenous population), there are high levels of inequality, 25% of young people aged 14-25 do not study nor work, there are high levels of violence and insecurity, pregnancy rate among teenagers aged 17-19 of 81 per 1,000 women (the highest rate in the Northern Triangle of Central America) and 9% of the population were compelled to migrate in recent years.

MdM Security Plans

MdM has general security protocols in all its headquarters in the countries of intervention. Guatemala's Security Plan, framed in “Conceptual Framework for Security Management” by MdM, has the following objectives:

 To reduce security risks for staff, by allowing them to integrate and implement security rules and regulations to prevent any potential emergency;
 To plan and coordinate actions to be taken by the person in charge of security, in case of emergency;
 To schedule preventive actions in order to prevent emergency situations;
 To schedule training activities and drills for the staff to be prepared to act in case of emergency;
 To have an ongoing updating procedure available;

The volunteer will adhere to these norms which will be shared with him/her in the pre-deployment training or briefing
The assignment of the volunteer does not imply working in the field, but in workshops, meetings and gatherings with working teams and local partners, community-based organizations, NGOs, etc. Should any field visit be done, it would be scheduled and planned with the relevant teams.

Medicos del Mundo has developed a Security Plan adjusted to the specific context of rampant violence in Guatemala city, which is periodically monitored, in collaboration with the organization Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de DDHH, UDEFEGUA (Human Rights Defenders Protection Unit) in Guatemala (link:, who are experts on this issue in Central America. Several workshops have already been done with UDEFEGUA, which allow us to confirm that their methodology includes a permanent monitoring procedure of the context and risks analysis in order to adjust or modify any aspect of the project, if the case may be.

In the event of a security threat or special circumstance, all activities will be brought to a halt as long as required, according to the Security Plan.

General tasks

- Systematize and evaluate the process of monitoring and humanitarian aid developed and implemented by MdM and its partners in the context of the emergence of migrant caravans;
- To map relevant actors and spaces at the regional level for the development of humanitarian actions in the context of the migration from Mesoamerica to North America;
- Develop a system of indicators to identify humanitarian, emergency and contingency needs in a migration context;
- Analyze and systematize the information generated by risk analysis exercises of MdM and its partners in the region;
- Participate and support the process of monitoring of and follow-up on the regional programme of People, Migration and Forced Displacement;
- Participate in institutional strengthening activities with institutions that work on the issue of the health of migrants at the borders of Guatemala (Esquipulas, Tecun Umán, Petén);
- Participate in the other global activities of the programme, as well as the needs that arise in the context of the action of MdM and local partners.


Required competences

- Social Sciences Professional, who has experience in humanitarian aid;

- Postgraduate studies or specialization in risk management and/or humanitarian response are an asset;

- Solid knowledge and professional experience in disaster risk management; proven experience in response and/or disaster prevention programs/projects;

- Desirable work experience with instances related to Disaster Risk Management and Reduction in the country or region;

- Desirable work or academic experience in migration and forced displacement;

- Essential Spanish spoken and written; desirable English;

- Knowledge of the Latin American context, especially countries of the Mesoamerican region;

- Competencies in understanding development projects and humanitarian action at the intermediate level;

- Experience in the analysis and synthesis of information, drafting skills in the preparation and presentation of documents.

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 volunteer must be available for his/her assignment from the 15th March 2020 until the 15th September 2020. This aspect, along with being proficient in Spanish, are non-negotiable and exception criteria.

Not all these competences are exception criteria as long as the candidate can show expertise in performing the tasks which the job position involves. His/her motivation will be similarly taken into account. Therefore, a motivation letter should be submitted explaining what drives the candidate to be a volunteer with us.

Medicos del Mundo works on a non-discriminatory basis.

- The volunteer must have proven experience in report management, or related;
- Previous experience in humanitarian aid;
- Spanish language, spoken and written.

Condition of service

The volunteer will have the opportunity to familiarize him/herself with the situations related to migration and forced displacement as well as reproductive health rights/violence against women prevention in Guatemala and the Mesoamerican context thanks to the development and humanitarian aid projects currently being implemented. She/he will be with the local working teams in Guatemala and constantly receive feedback from them to carry out his/her tasks, which will allow the volunteer to be in direct contact with the projects and the field work.

The job position is a volunteer collaboration in the context of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The volunteer will have a standard of living similar to the one in the country.

Conditions of service during deployment:
- A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (398,35 Euros per month whilst in Guatemala) intends to cover basic needs and local transport;
- In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is foreseen;
- Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and transportation from/to country of origin and to/from country of destination will be covered;
- The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field: for each of deployment two days of holidays are foreseen;

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place via Skype.

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through will be considered. Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in Spanish).
• CV in Europass format (in Spanish).
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in Spanish).
• Motivation Letter (in Spanish).

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

The successful candidates will attend a mandatory online and on-site training provided by the EU before her/his deployment.
The on-site training will have a mandatory section for all the candidates as well as some optional modules, to be provided according to the competences of each candidate EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organisation.

Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU on-site training (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) will be fully covered.

This mandatory training will take place in 2020.

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 a 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 will take place following the training.

Date of training
February 2020
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
March 2020
March - September 2020
Post-deployment activities
September 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
File euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_es.xlsx

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