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Junior EU Aid Volunteer - Agroecology specialist in Peru (Ayacucho)

— 1 positions
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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.


APRODEH is a Peruvian non-governmental organization committed to the comprehensive defense and promotion of human rights, whose mission is to contribute to the development of social, legal and political processes that safeguard and promote the validity of all rights for all citizens, within the framework of greater efforts to build a equitable and democratic country.

The volunteer will be involved in projects carried out at the APRODEH regional headquarters in Ayacucho. 

The activities of the project will be carried out in “Centro Poblado Culluchaca (Huanta)”, a province with one of the highest level of affectation of the political violence experienced in Peru during the period of 1980-2000.
This project has the objective to strengthen the development of the capacities of the rural communities, particularly, their agroecology production in a close dialogue with their Andean culture. The project is committed to the ancestral knowledge of the local communities, their cultural identity, their productive wealth, mainly the variety of their native production and their memories of pain and resistance during the period of political violence.
The project is aimed to incorporate strategies for the adaptation of the rural economy to climate change incorporating modern techniques in order to develop the agroecology production; improving the quality of their diet in order to contribute to the fight against children's anemia; and, finally, maintaining their memories to contribute to the empowerment of their leadership and the social management capabilities. The project will carry out various actions of political and social impact for the agroecology.

Ayacucho is located in the southern highlands of Peru. Huamanga is the capital of the region, where the Regional Government and the most important social, economic and political actors in the region are located. Ayacucho has a population of 689 thousand inhabitants. It has a diverse of geographic, development, and security realities. Its population is mostly bilingual with Quechua as its mother tongue. Its culture is ancestral and its social, medicinal and agricultural traditions are kept alive. Ayacucho has as main economic activity the agriculture. Huamanga has an airport, but you can also access this city by bus or plane. It is a medium-sized city with a characteristic architecture in its historic center and a lot of traditional Andean cultural wealth. Ayacucho artistic expression are highly recognized at the national level, particularly its music and crafts.
Sendero Luminoso (SL), was a terrorist organization that during 20 years generated innumerable damages to the population, causing thousands of deaths and missing persons and a strong economic and social damage, entered into the region in 1987. Ayacucho is the region with the highest number of victims because the anti-subversive fight was also very bloody.

After the Fujimori dictatorship fall (2000), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) was created. Their recommendations, based on the permanent demand of the organizations of victims' families and the human rights movement, have been implemented partially. Today, no regional government has had as a priority to work for the integral development of the communities, taking account the social and institutional fragility left by the conflict in the region.

APRODEH has supported the legal defense of several cases of the disappeared and murdered in Huanta. Today, It has been achieved legal for human rights violations committed by militaries. At the same time, APRODEH has also promoted the delivery of remains bodies of victims for judicial and humanitarian reasons. Together with organizations of relatives of victims, APRODEH has carry out advocacy actions for the truth and search of the disappeared people and for the implementation of a memory policy as an instrument of dialogue, the search for justice and comprehensive development.

The volunteer will reside in Huamanga. This city has all the basic services: internet, 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 safe accommodation with all the basic requirements. The city is quiet with all the services and security conditions. There are some safe taxi services that facilitate transportation in the city; although being a medium city to many places you can go on foot. APRODEH will reinforce periodically the training of the volunteer in health and safety plan information, taking account theft or robbery or street may occur the health and safety plan.

“Centro Poblado de Culluchaca” is 2 hours from Huamanga and to get the we have to go through Huanta by a paved road. From Huanta to Culluchaca the road is only affirmed. The work in the rural communities is not prioritized between January and February due to the rains.

At the moment of writing (16/08/2020) Peru counts 535,946 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 365,367 recovered cases and 26,281 deaths. more than 2,5 mln tests have been done.
The country has a capacity of 1,660 ICU. Public and private health service providers offer COVID-19 tests and treatment.
Lima is the major affected area. Restrictive measures to prevent and contain the spread of the disease are in place and are regularly updated by the government.

Strengthening agricultural capacities of rural communities affected by political violence

Training rural communities in agroecology methodologies, valorizing existing ones.
Collecting and systematizing information on ancestral traditional agroecological activities.
Training on modern technologies, according to traditional agricultural systems, in order to contribute to its adaptation to climate change.
Preparing field visit reports on agro-ecological activities.
Contributing to monitoring instruments and recording production in use.
Participating and supporting the capacity building of community and high school leaders.
Conducting training in healthy eating and organic farming targeting school children and young people in Abancay.

Support to advocacy actions

Supporting advocacy actions in favor of agroecology.
Supporting dissemination of agroecology products to access broader markets.
Supporting advocacy for the approval of local or regional policies.


Required competences
  • Field working experience
  • Working experience with youth and / or adults.
  • Ideal working experience in rural areas.
  • Ideal some experience in climate change.
  • Knowledge about Latin America and Peru.
  • Ideal prior training in Human Development and human rights approach.
  • Previous experiences as a volunteer.
  • Ability to summarize 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.

No candidate will be discriminated according to his or her race, religion, gender or financial status during the selection.

Degree in agronomy with specialization in agroecology.
Social sensitivity and empathy.
Fluency in written and spoken Spanish.
Good knowledge of English.

Condition of service

APRODEH will propose several trainings for the volunteer: at least 2 per year, organized by the volunteer program in collaboration with host institutions. The volunteer will have time during his/her work hours for self-training, reading key documents. APRODEH will provide information and contacts regarding trainings of courses of interest for the volunteer.

APRODEH regional headquarters in Ayacucho is located in Huamanga. 3 employees work at the Regional Headquarters. There is also the support of 1 foreign and 1 national volunteers.
The work schedule is from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The volunteers will participate in the preparation and execution of field activities. These activities sometimes require 2 or 3-day stays in the communities. The municipality of Culluchaca and the communal authorities usually offer the use of the communal house or their facilities for the development of activities and the accommodation of the volunteers and staff. The facilities have all the basic services. They also offer spaces for meetings and workshops. If the activities require more dedication than the established scheduled, the volunteers may accumulate hours for recovery. APRODEH offices have all the basic facilities, equipment, resources and materials for the development of their work. Every fifteen days, the volunteer must travel with the team to the rural communities located in Culluchaca. Accommodation and food will be provided by the communities.

APRODEH will assign a tutor to guide professionally and personally the volunteer. The tutor will supervise the fulfillment of the work plan, activities and results achieved. The tutor will be available to support the insertion of the volunteer and the solution to any problem that may arise. APRODEH will also offer spaces for dialogue and training in various topics, including health and safety.

According to the Covid19 context, APRODEH has adapted its work to implement, as far as possible, the key actions of its work and incorporated others generated by the situation (social and political advocacy and humanitarian aid actions). Although the evolution of the situation is very changeable, its health and safety protocols will be implemented in accordance with the governmental instructions listed in the "Plan for the Surveillance, prevention and control of COVID19 at work", which is updated periodically. According to the evolution of the situation, the schedule for field visits may change. During visits all the health protocols established by the Ministry of Health must be followed. Inter-institutional coordination and advocacy actions could continue to be carried out through telephone communications or virtual meetings. At the moment Arpodeh is doing remote work and activities that involve meetings have been suspended, abiding by the government rule given on 8-13-20. Compulsory social isolation in several provinces, including Huamanga and Huanta (Ayacucho) are in effect until August 31.

APRODEH will offer the volunteer safe accommodation at walking distance from the office. Rent, basic furniture and services (water, electricity, gas and internet) will be covered by the project.
The programme covers the following costs:
- Pre-departure training with the European Commission: transport, food and
- Pre-departure training with the sending organisation: transport, food and
- International return travel to the deployment country
- Local transport between project sites
- Insurance during the duration of the project
- Accommodation.
- Vaccines and medical check-ups
- Visa
- Monthly allowance: 491,48 euros
- Reintegration allowance: 100 euros per months of service to be paid upon return
Meals and personal transportation are the responsibility of the volunteer.
All residential sessions will be conducted respecting the current norms to prevent the spread of COVID 19 (phisical distancing, use of face masks, hygiene measures, etc). Measures will be updated regularly and volunteers will be informed before the training about specific restrictions.

Selection process

Candidates shall send the following documents to by September 21, 2020:
- application form in Spanish
- self-assessment questionnaire in Spanish
- CV Europass with photo in Spanish
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by October 5, 2020; interviews will be carried out between October 12 and 24, 2020.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an on-line interview.
Interviews will be held in Spanish with representatives from the sending and hosting organisations.
Suitable candidates will be proposed for the preliminary EU Aid Volunteers training (online and in-presence sessions, which are part of the selection process).
Please note that multiple candidates are preselected 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. The final selection takes places after all preselected candidates complete the training.

Date of training
October-November 2020 (TbC due to COVID 19 restrictions. Please note that there may be limited availability of training in Spanish and volunteer may need to attend English sessions. Knowledge of English is therefore recommended)
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
November-December 2020 (TbC due to COVID 19 restrictions)
January-December 2021 (TbC due to COVID 19 restrictions)
Post-deployment activities
December 2021 (online)
Self assessment questionnaire
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