Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based management, Peru (12 months)

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APRODEH has developed a long relationship with victims of political violence accompanying their complaints of human rights violations from legal defense, political and social advocacy to achieve progress in the search for justice, truth, reparation and memory. In this process, several achievements have been obtained in quite long periods, especially in the search for justice.

On the initiative of the community of Llinqui (Toraya), their memories of the internal armed conflict are linked to their needs for productive development. APRODEH supports its initiative with productive technical training and strengthening of its social capacities. This work has had difficulties but above all achievements for this community that has also impacted other communities in the district. This has allowed today to implement a public district development policy based on a consultation on their proposals and agroproductive expectations of each community; their ventures have been made visible, valuing their reconstruction and resilience efforts based on their cultural traditions, among others. Currently, their cultural identity has been positively strengthened, together with their productive and social capacities from agroecology, which is tied with their ancestral knowledge and Andean culture. The positive experience of Toraya has been replicated in the Populated Center of Culluchaca (Huanta) Ayacucho since a year ago, whose victims APRODEH has been supporting with the legal defense and restitution of the remains of their loved ones identified. We can mention that the work is still in an initial moment. The first year has been achieved to gain confidence with the population, also a baseline and participatory definition of implementation priorities in communal plots. It has also established a relationship with the secondary school and supported several of its main needs to improve its production and expand its crops considering that they have little access to water and the child population suffers from anemia. Partnerships have been established with state and civil society institutions that have a local presence.


Expected results for agroecological production field

R1.1. Producers of the communities of Toraya and Culluchaca strengthened in their agro-ecological capacities for the cultivation of quinoa, native potatoes, white corn, cultivated pastures, vegetables, medicinal plants and raising guinea pigs.

R1.2. Producers of the communities of Toraya and Culluchaca have access to wider and more profitable markets. 

Expected results for social field

R2.1. Strengthened community organizations and the participation of community leaders in local spaces of their districts.

R2.2. Authorities of Toraya and Culluchaca execute public policy proposal on community development based on participation, communal strengthening and their memories of the period of political violence; and other local authorities in the provinces of Aymaraes and Huanta replicate it or take their jurisdictions as references.

Apurimac is the region where there are the largest number of Quechua speakers in Peru, but many also speak Spanish. It is currently the region in which a pilot experience is implemented from the Ministry of Culture for the elaboration of the regulation of the Law of Languages at national level. It is an area with high mining potential and biodiverse at the level of agricultural production. Currently, 80% of its territory has been granted without having received an opinion from its inhabitants. The largest mining investment project is in this region, in the province of Cotabambas. This situation has generated social conflicts due to the high expectations of generated benefits, but also to the damages generated by this investment. In Abancay, the capital of the region, there is a majority tendency to support mining, without further observation of the demands of the producers or farmers who have affected their territory. It is a small, commercial city with few spaces for cultural activities. It has a temperate climate and a lot of fruit production. It has a very beautiful landscape, archaeological sites and canyons to do boating less than an hour and a half from this city. It is 3 hours and a half from Cusco, which is ideal for weekend trips or long weekends in the south of the country since the connection of Cusco with Puno and Arequipa is very easy. It is usually a quiet city, although recently there have been reports of robberies in the most touristic areas. Volunteers will be trained on general and local safety measures in order to prevent them from possible risks and take safety measures to reduce them.

Agroecology capacity building and supporting tasks:

- Development and application of training methodologies in agroecology, of technical training materials in agroecology
- Training in modern technologies according to traditional agricultural systems.
- Contributions to training methodologies, monitoring instruments and production record in use.
- Participation and support in activities to strengthen the leadership skills of community leaders and in the program for the formation of leaders in secondary school.

Needs assessment analysis and monitoring tasks:

- Collection of information and systematization of traditional ancestral agro-ecological activities.
- Preparation of field visit reports on agro-ecological activities.
- Development of projects monitoring and evaluation reports.


Required competences

- Agronomist with specialty in agroecology

- Experience and skills to work with young people and / or adults.

- Ideal with experience in climate change.

- Knowledge about Latin America.

- Ideal knowledge about Peru.

- Ideal previous training in Human Development.

- Ideal pre-training in rights approach.

- Previous experiences as a volunteer.

- Social sensitivity and empathy

- Ability to speak, synthesize and write in Spanish.

- Organizational skills.

- Ability to adapt to different cultures.

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.


- Agronomist with specialty in agroecology
- fluent management of spoken Spanish.
- Field work experience
- Work experience with young people and / or adults.
- Previous experiences as a volunteer.
- Social sensitivity and empathy
- Ability to synthesize and write.
- Organizational skills.
- Ability to adapt to different cultures.

Condition of service

APRODEH will propose various trainings for the volunteer, both in those organized by the institution and others organized by partner institutions. The work at APRODEH will require constant self-training, providing spaces within your work schedule for reading key documents. You will receive information about short courses usually related to Peruvian culture.

The regional headquarters of Abancay of APRODEH carries out work at regional level, has 7 members. Normally, there is also the support of 1 foreign volunteer and 2 national volunteers. The work schedule is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The volunteer will participate in the preparation and execution of field activities that involve stays of 2 to 3 days in the communities. The municipality of Toraya and the communal authorities usually offer the use of the communal house or its facilities for the development of activities and accommodation with access to basic services, also offering spaces for meetings and workshops. The activities that require a greater dedication of the established schedule, imply the accumulation of hours for their recovery at the most convenient time for the volunteer. The offices of APRODEH have all the basic requirements for the development of their work, the expenses of their work activities are assumed by APRODEH. APRODEH will assign a tutor to guide their professional and personal performance from the establishment of a work plan, goals and products to achieve. The person responsible for local volunteering will be available to support your performance and the solution of any unforeseen problems or problems that may arise. APRODEH will also offer spaces for dialogue and training on various topics, including safety and health.

The APRODEH Regional Headquarters in Apurímac is located in Abancay, the capital city of the region where the Regional Government is located, and many of the most important social, economic and political actors in the region. Abancay is 3 ½ hours from the city of Cusco, which is an advantage. Its climate is temperate. Toraya is a district of the province of Aymaraes, accessed by the Pan-American Highway that connects Abancay and Chalhuanca (capital of Aymaraes). It is 2 ½ hours from Abancay: the road from the Panamericana to Toraya is affirmed, in rainy seasons the work in Toraya is not prioritized. The city has internet access, medical attention, markets, good restaurants, little cultural life, but you can do sports activities and walks in the countryside. APRODEH will provide an accommodation respecting the requested conditions (including lockable rooms, kitchen, bathroom…).

Selection process

The candidate has to send the following documents to
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 02/03 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ASPEM and APRODEH.
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 trainings at the end of May / begining of June 2018.

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.

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