Senior EU Aid Volunteers in Livelihoods in Mauritania

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The project “EU Aid Volunteers Involvement for Increasing People-Centred Humanitarian Response capacity”, led by Alianza por la Solidaridad aims to boost the humanitarian aid sector's capacity to provide needs based humanitarian aid in disaster prone and disaster affected areas. Four EU organisations from Italy, Greece, Hungary and Spain will work together with 16 organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and North African countries, and Asia in different activities, all participating in humanitarian actions.

For the present vacancy, Alianza por la Solidaridad will act as sending organisation and Alianza Mauritania will be the hosting organisation. None of them are faith-based organisations.

Linking North and West Africa, Mauritania is one of the most stable and secure countries among the Sahel Region.
Like the international community, Mauritania has been facing security challenges since the end of the last century, of which terrorism is one of the most salient aspects.
In the Sahel zone, with its armed conflicts, its ecological disturbances (repeated droughts), its problems of underdevelopment, the weakness of its state structures and its corollaries in terms of vulnerability to threats ... this area is in fact, exposed to insecurity.
The difficult socio-economic context creates a favourable field for the development of extremist ideas and transnational crime. The risks of violence and the threats that this implies are multiplied by situations of crisis or armed conflict in the region.
Even if the probabilities of inter-state armed conflicts in the region have never been so low, the fact remains that on each of the bordering countries of Mauritania, there is a permanent threat of armed, latent or open conflict: Sahara Occidental (in Algeria and Morocco); Casamance (in Senegal); Tuareg rebellion (in Mali). This latest conflict is certainly the one that, because of its recent developments, has the potential impact on the sub-region and Mauritania, in terms of the terrorist threat.
In addition to the armed conflicts in bordering countries and their implications for regional security, there are serious consequences of the Libyan crisis. This conflict has caused many ex-combatants to flee to Sahel region. They are scattered there, or withdrawn in groups taking with them weapons and materials.
In this shifting context of regional and global instability, disruption and uncertainty, Mauritania has been confronted with the phenomenon of transnational terrorism. Faced with the seriousness of the stakes involved, the national authorities have taken full measure of the threat, engaged to meet the challenges to the security of the country. This commitment gave birth to the national strategy against terrorism and transnational crime.
Accordingly, Alianza por la Solidaridad counts on a detailed safety and security plan adapted to the context, whose content binds the staff as much as the EU Aid Volunteers. The EU Aid Volunteers will be informed in due time on the safety and security measures; in particular, they will receive a security briefing within 24 hours upon arrival in Mauritania.


- Use a gender-based approach in the different tasks paying a particular attention to the practices, roles and particular needs of women in the communities concerned
- Preparation of a needs and response analysis
- Assess/analyse community practices for more resilient communities
- To put together the right framework for policies and procedures
- Assess/analyse food security and nutrition in the national level
- Collect updated data related to food insecurity in national and community levels
- Collect updated data related to malnutrition in in national and community level
- Decide on the technical basis for the implementation, which tools to use and who should be the recipients
- Develop alternative tools and methods for more resilient communities with relation to climate change
- Coordinate with NGO partners, UN, local government and recipients to plan, organize and implement the Livelihood activities/program
- Knowledge of capacity building, to make the recipients self-sufficient
- Knowledge of the 3W’s, the Where/Why/What strategy
- Coach and mentor staff of local NGO partners intervening in community resilience
- Communicate and train recipients effectively
- Ensure the compliance of Alianza Mauritania with national strategies and policies related to community resilience and community development
- Monitor and evaluate program by using efficient methodology based on international standards
- Perform other duties as assigned

Not foreseen

Required competences
  • Handling pressure
  • Leadership
  • Integrity/ honesty/ethical
  • Listening
  • Confidence/ ambition
  • Team player (team spirit and team support)
  • Discipline
  • Intelligence
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Time management
  • Willingness to accept assignments
  • Accuracy and self-review
  • Deadline-driven
  • Learning and self-improvement
  • Ability to communicate in French and/or Arabic languages
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.

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. Only applicants available for in-presence training for 9 days in November will be eligible.

The candidate must be available for in-presence training in November 2018, and for 8 months deployment starting tentatively in March 2019.

Alianza Mauritania is looking for a candidate with the following academic/professional background:

- Degree in Livelihoods or related fields
- Professional technical experience matching the mentioned duties and responsibilities
- 1 year of experience in the field
- Languages: French C1; English B2 (necessary for training); Arabic will be an asset

Alianza por la Solidardad applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

The candidate must be available for in-presence training in for 9 days in November, and for 8 months deployment starting from March 2019.

Condition of service

The EU Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a minimum of 9-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment in order to create a reserve pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs. Therefore, it is possible that for 1 position more than 1 candidate is going to be trained. The final decision will be always taken after the training.

● Length of deployment: 8 months:
● Deployment duty station:
Volunteers will stay in Nouakchott, the country National Capital. They will travel for professional work to Nouadhibou, 470 km from Nouakchott in the North of the country on the borders with Morocco where Alianza Mauritania works since 2005. They will also travel to the South of the country where we have been since 2014 and to other places in the South where we intend to intervene soon. The area in the South of Mauritania will be within the provinces of Trarza, Brakna, Gorgol, Guidimakha and Assba.
Nonetheless, for tourism sake, volunteers may travel to Adrar, in the North of Mauritania, where lie the UNISCO World Heritage cities : Chinguitty, Wadane and Oulata.

● Conditions of service during deployment:
A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (457,21Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.
Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered directly by sending and/or hosting organization.
The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
For each month of voluntary activity 2 days of rest are foreseen, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the free days during the first and the last month of deployment.
● Practical information on the context of deployment:
The national office of Alianza por la Solidaridad Mauritania is located in Nouakchott, the country National Capitol, with one provincial office in Nouadhibou, 470 km from Nouakchott in the North of the country on the borders with Morocco.
Volunteers will be located in Nouakchott, the National Capitol. It is where all the public services lie. Nouakchott hosts the main hospitals, Nouakchott University, research centers, the best private health clinics, the best private schools, the main hotels and most of all it’s the only place where we find supermarkets and have access to luxury facilities. The only international airport of the country is in Nouakchott and there is an abundance of cars for rent.
 Accommodation: it will be in a house with services such as hot water, electricity, security, kitchen and well-equipped bathrooms. The area of residency will be in a safe and animated neighbourhood with an easy access to diverse restaurants and markets.
 Food: it is easy to get varied foods to cook at home when there is much free time. Nevertheless, when the workload is heavy, there are many restaurants with daily diverse menus (African, Arab, European and Asian), in addition, of course to local food (rice and fish, rice and meat, couscous, and Michoui – roasted sheep meat).
 Health: there are no compulsory vaccinations, but mosquito prevention measures should be taken to avoid Malaria.
 Security: Staff and volunteers must strictly follow the security protocols

Selection process

From 27/08/2018 till 17/09/2018 changes may occur

• All the interviews will be done online.
• The pre-selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by mid August. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;

Date of training
In-presence training will last for a minimum of 9 days, starting in November and it will be held in English.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It will take place during 3 days in Alianza por la Solidaridad before the departure. Travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the sending organisation.
March 1st , 2019 to October 31st 2019 (some changes may occur depending on hosting organisation and volunteer’s availability)
Post-deployment activities
The EU volunteer will participate in debriefing and awareness raising activities after the deployment.
Self assessment questionnaire
File SAQ_Mauritania