Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Communication (including visibility, public relations and advocacy), Peru (12 months)

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The project seeks to strengthen the capacities of territorial and environmental (DDHTA) human rights defenders in order to respond adequately to situations of risk, criminalization of their actions in defense of their human rights, territory and environment and develop proposals at the level social, legal and political level with respect to their demands. It also seeks the generation of alliances and networking at local, regional, national and international level to achieve joint response actions to similar problems. Lastly, the project seeks to provide legal advice to the DDHTA and its organizations for the protection of their rights at the national and international levels. APRODEH has started this project a year ago to pay more attention to demands of social organizations that defend their rights to land, territory, prior consultation, culture and the environment. This has allowed us to assume the legal defense of diverse communities struggling to access not only their rights to their territory and to a healthy environment but also their cultural rights. On the other hand, the project has been working towards building and strengthening local organizations and their national networks, allowing an international exchange. The elaboration of political and social proposals are still in process.

Expected results / objectives:

Result 1: Strengthening capacities: DDHTA, communities and local organizations with the capacity to identify, register, analyze and respond correctly to situations of risk, pressure, violations of human rights (HR), criminalization related to their work of territorial defense and environmental, in its individual, collective and territorial dimensions, with tools and social, political, legal, organizational mechanisms of protection and self-protection. DDHTA = Defenders of human, territorial and environmental rights

Result 2: Articulation and networking: National and international networks and spaces for defense, DDHTA protection, solidarity and denunciation, respond in an agile, timely and effective manner in cases of violation of rights and criminalization of HRDs in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia

Result 3: Local, national and international transformative impact: visible the main common threats to DDHTA in the Andean countries of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia and advance advocacy so that there is an effective implementation of protective measures tools, affirmative policies for the work of the DDHTA, and the exercise of freedom of expression and association in general generating a favorable environment, through lobbying work at the local, national and international level.

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 concessions 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 of 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 the fact 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.

Capacity building tasks:

- Support in the execution of the School of Security of DDHT: 1 national workshops in AYACUCHO (duration: 5 days).
- Support in the execution of Seminars - thematic training workshops "Challenges and obstacles in the context of the defense of human rights in areas of mining extraction": 2 workshops in which participation of other southern areas will be coordinated (duration: 1 or 2 days).
- Support in the execution of training workshop for lawyers: 1 course of 4 days, (in alliance with Law faculties).

Raising awareness and advocacy support tasks:

- Support in the development of pedagogical toolbox: 4 printed modules or guides with training content (bilingual), training books and audiovisuals.
- Support in the execution of meetings of exchange and experiences: 1 local meeting (possible participation of defenders from Cusco) and 1 national meeting with international invited leaders
- Support in the implementation of the registry of mining-energy conflicts and exchange of information with other countries, systematizing information from Ayacucho.

Reporting and dissemination tasks:

- Support in the preparation of a thematic report providing the information of Ayacucho.
- Participation in the design of communication strategies, preparing contents for dissemination materials.


Required competences

- Political scientist, sociologist or anthropologist

- Work experience in environmental problems and / or territorial rights

- Work experience and skills related to adult training.

- Ideal with experience working with social organizations.

- Knowledge about Latin America.

- Ideal knowledge about Peru.

- Ideal pre-training in Human Rights.

- Ideal pre-training in rights approach.

- Previous experiences as a volunteer.

- Social sensitivity and empathy

- Ideal fluent management of Spanish (spoken and written)

- Ability to synthesize and write.

- 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.


- Political scientist, sociologist or anthropologist
- Work experience in environmental problems and / or territorial rights
- Work experience of adult training.
- Previous experiences as a volunteer.
- Social sensitivity and empathy
- fluent management of Spanish (spoken)
- Ability to synthesize and write.
- Organizational skills.
- Ability to adapt to different cultures.

Condition of service

APRODEH will propose various training opportunities for the volunteer, organized by the institution and/or 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 working beyond the established schedule, will allow volunteers to accumulate hours for their recovery when convenient for the volunteers. 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 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 rooms that can be locked, 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 completed in spanish
- his/her CV europass completed 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