EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, child protection and prevention, Bolivia (12 months)

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

The Munasim Kullakita Foundation is an NGO in Bolivia that has been working since 2008 on issues related to children and adolescents. Since 2012, through the implementation of the "Listening Center" program, it works with street children and adolescents. Our action establishes five work components: i) Medical and Psychological Cure, ii) Non-formal education, iii) Capacity building training, iv) Work with the community v) establishing of social links and networks with communities. The “Listening center” carries out its activity with the community (merchants, unions, associations, etc.) in order to change the social representation of people who are in a street situation, excluded by family and society, and to tackle the marginalization that generates social suffering.

The project is developed in the city of El Alto in Municipal District No. 1, a place that brings together the largest informal trade in this city and at the same time the presence of children and adolescents in street situations who might be involved in child labor, begging and/or consumption of psychoactive substances. Some Fundation members can assist this population 3 times a week for 6 hours in the listening center, where these people receive assistance such as food, healthcare, education and active listening, in order to reinsert them within their families or refer their cases to homes. On the other hand, we work with the local community (merchants, unions and associations) in the intervention sector, carrying out orientation actions and supporting their organizational processes, with the aim of raising awareness and promoting policies favorable to children, girls and teenagers in street situation, before the municipality.

 

Expected results / objectives

Marginalization and serious social exclusion are mitigated or diminished through community participation in educational, preventive and restorative processes based on the rights and good treatment approach. Children and adolescents in street situations participate in decision spaces in coordination with local and national authorities for an adequate exercise of rights free of violence.

In South America, Bolivia is not considered as an insecure and / or violent country. Due to the high rates of poverty, frequent way strikes, marches and manifestations take place. According to UN Women and UNICEF, Bolivia is the 2nd country after Haiti with highest indexes of mistreatment to the woman and to children, girls and adolescents.

With regard to the safety measures that the Foundation Munasim Kullakita implements, we have a manual and safety protocol for the volunteers, which is applied from before the arrival, Volunteers will be hosted near to hospitals, police centers and municipal centers. As soon as the volunteers come to Bolivia, informative meetings are done to share the main safety information. In these manuals, volunteers can find basic information about contact numbers and directions (addresses) to reach the police, embassies, centers of health, companies providing safe transport.

From their arrival, for two weeks the Volunteers will be accompanied by the mentor until they know the practical aspects for their transportation, projects activities… The Foundation has developed a protocol of evacuation which is implemented in case some extreme situation take place due to political reasons, climatic catastrophes and so forth.
The volunteers have access to a phone in the premises of the Foundation, to enable them to contact fundation members anytime and get support in case of any major safety issue in their activities.

Tasks
Prevention and Raising awareness field tasks:

- Support in field work activities with the community (neighboors, school boards and merchants) in order to establish social inclusion and participation activities.
- Support in the prevention processes of risk situations in Educational Units.

Educational and psycho-social support tasks:

- Support in the processes of educational accompaniment and family reintegration of girls, boys and adolescents in street situations.
- Develop new pedagogical and educational activities for this public.

Reporting and evaluation management tasks:

- Participation in the meetings and monthly evaluations of the processes of restitution of rights with the beneficiary population.
- Development of report and analysis of beneficiaries supporting activities

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Required competences

Management & development in social areas dedicated to children, girls and teenagers
Teamwork skills
Management of group facing social risk

Management of dynamics and strategies of containment to victims
Management of IT program Office.
Knowledge on international laws related to childhood and adolescence.

Knowledge on protocols of attention to victims of treats and sexual exploitation

Adaptation, flexibility, autonomy

Fluent spanish language

 

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.

For the process of selection of the volunteer, the following criteria of eligibility are required:

- Profession:
Candidates must have professional experiences in the areas of work related to the social field: Psychologists, Social workers, Sociologists or social educators.

- Lenght of professional experience: 
The candidates must have from 2 to 5 years of experience (Junior) in works related to childhood and adolescence.

- Studies:
The candidates must have followed courses of specialization in subject matters related to childhood and adolescence, and subject matters related to the treats of persons and sexual exploitation.

- Language:
The candidates be fluent in Spanish (speaking, reading and writing).

- Previous volunteering experience:
The candidates must have done, as minimum, a voluntary projet of 6 months out of their country to support population in situation of social disadvantage (Women, children, girls and / or adolescents).

- Personal capacities:
The candidates must be able to use Office IT program as they will use such program during their volunteering project (for reporting…)
The candidates must have good abilities to work in team as most of the activities will be done with the local team and group of beneficiaries.
Social abilities to work with young women and childrens facing strong difficulties.

- Studies: Certified in social sciences (Psychology, Social Work, Sociologist and / or Social Communicator)
- Labor experience: 2 to 5 years minimum
- Languages: fluent Spanish
- Volunteering experience: Minimum 1 volunteering experience on subject matters of childhood and adolescence.

Condition of service

Within the volunteering project, the selected person will learn about the implementation of several psyco-social strategies and practices such as the model ECO2 (socio community for intervention on a wide hypercomplex social suffering that uses the social networks as a useful and powerful theoretical & methodological perspective, including diagnosis of persons and of local communities, design and development of the strategies of intervention…) in different social contexts.

The volunteers will also take part in courses and seminars to which the Foundation is invited on so they will be able to learn from other institutions working in the social areas to get new tools and practices.

Initially the volunteers will be trained on methodologies of the fundation in the attention to girls, children and teenagers in situation of sexual exploitation. Volunteers will have a desk with computer and cooperative cell phone, to establish aa smooth communication, the offices have an internet connection. The work schedule is: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:30.

Our organization will arrange accomodation where the volunteers will stay during the project. This place is located in a safe district and near the head offices of the Foundation. It has an internet connection, two bedrooms that can be locked, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 living room.

Selection process

The candidate has to send the following documents to enrica.valentini@aspem.org
- his/her application form SuD HAV completed in spanish
- his/her self assessment questionnaire completed in spanish
- his/her CV europass completed in spanish

Between the 01/03 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ASPEM and Fundacion Munasim.

Between the 19/03 and the 31/03/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between April and May 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure at the end of May / beginning of June.

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 the 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 takes places following the training.

Timetable
Date of training
April or may 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June 2018
Deployment
July 2018 - June 2019
Post-deployment activities
After June 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_es.xlsx
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