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, strengthening 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.

The Ayacucho region is an area with high mining potential and with ecological zones suitable for diversified agricultural production, according to its location. As of 2015, mining consents accounted for 28% of its territory, located in all its provinces. These consessions have been made without consultation to its inhabitants, which has also increased social conflicts on the subject as reported by the Ombudsman, but also to the damage that this investment generates. Although organic production in Ayacucho is still small (5,556 hectares), it is basically concentrated in quinoa, which has international certification; there are more than 20,800 hectares that are still in transition. In Ayacucho violence arose in l980 and also the one that has the highest level of affectation as reported by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Unfortunately, its consequences are still evident today in domestic violence, violence against women, high alcohol consumption among young people and a culture of mistrust. However, the relatives of the victims of the disappeared and extrajudicially executed have also carried out a long struggle, not only for their families but also of national scope, constituting themselves as national references. It is one of the largest number of Quechua speakers in Peru, although most also speak Spanish. Huamanga is a medium-sized city with connections to all the provinces where it can be reached easily, which is ideal for weekend trips. The valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers, known as VRAEM, where there are some remnants violence and drug trafficking, is far from the scope of our work with which we have no relationship, nor for which we do not need to travel. It does not represent a danger for our work or in the rest of the region, an example of this is that Huamanga receives tourism permanently. For this reason, our work areas are considered safe for our institutional team and that of our volunteers. Huamanga and Huanta are quiet cities in general but like every medium city has areas that it is preferable to avoid in the day as in the night. 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 training spaces 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 APRODEH in Ayacucho is located in Huamanga, has 4 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., Monday through Friday. 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 Culluchaca 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, they also offer spaces for holding 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 based on the establishment of a work plan, goals and products to achieve. The local volunteer manager will be available to support your insertion, 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 city has internet access, medical attention, markets, good restaurants, hotels and an active cultural life you can also 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 completed in spanish
- his/her self assessment questionnaire in spanish
- his/her CV europass in spanish

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