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EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Psychosocial support, Ukraine

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
-

Assignment

This is an exciting opportunity to provide psychosocial support to internally displaced persons and people affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

 

The office of HRC Postup and Charitable Foundation Vostok-SOS is located in the administrative center of Luhansk region, Severodonetsk. A wide range of services for the target groups is provided both in the regional center and in Government-controlled settlements of the region:

- reception on legal issues,

- individual and group psychological counseling,

- a large number of educational events,

- support to school network of 25 schools in Luhansk oblast,

- distribution of humanitarian aid,

- social assistance to displaced persons and victims of aggression,

- Severodonetsk office serves as a logistics center for the monitoring and humanitarian missions.

 

The team works in the format of mobile interdisciplinary groups (lawyers, psychologists, social workers, documenters) with all front-line and distant settlements in Luhansk region and the northern part of Donetsk region.

 

In the Severodonetsk office, studios and clubs for children and teenagers work on a regular basis: “Let`s play” - board games, “Fascinating college”, Studio "MUV" - the creation of cartoons. The first RoboClub in Luhansk region started the activities. Speaking English language club for children and adults and other events.

 

For a year now, the team has been working on a project to create a hub — coworking and conference space, which will become a convenient and free platform where local civic activists, national and international public organizations and analytical centers will be able to conduct educational and awareness building events. The location for the future hub has already been acquired and half of the improvement works has been completed.

 

The Severodonetsk office of Vostok-SOS and Postup has already become one of the key organizations of the civil sector, whose activities have a significant positive impact on the situation in Luhansk region - this is noted by both opinion leaders and representatives of public authorities. Continuing work and developing the activities of the team is important for overcoming the post-conflict crisis and further development of the region, will contribute to the sustainable development of civil society in Luhansk region and the further formation of a democratic culture.

 

Ukraine is a state in Eastern Europe. The population of Ukraine is 42 million people, not including the areas of the country that are de facto not under control of the Ukrainian authorities (the territory of Crimea is annexed by Russia, and certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are controlled by the self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR”).
Ukraine has the largest territory among the states entirely located on the European continent.
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv. Official language is Ukrainian; Russian is widely spoken.
The climate of the whole territory of Ukraine is temperate continental.
Traffic is right-hand drive in Ukraine. Access to all roads in Ukraine is free of charge.
Ukraine is low-risk area for international volunteers, without the risk for major natural disasters, political diseases, except the eastern region where an ongoing armed conflict happens and the territory of Crimea annexed by the Russian Federation. All the risks mentioned below are moderate and in most cases will not influence the volunteer deployment.

Luhansk region is located in eastern Ukraine. The armed conflict in Donbas caused the administrative center of the oblast to be relocated to Severodonetsk in 2014, as well as most of universities and some enterprises have moved to government-controlled area. Luhansk region is divided by the river Siverskyi Donets to two approximately equal in area parts. The southern part (mostly not under control of the Ukrainian authorities) is more industrialized. The northern part is predominantly agricultural.
Automobile transport is the most spread in the region despite bad quality of roads. Railway connection is less developed – only one main passenger service Kharkiv – Lysychansk, a few other directions have commuter trains.

HRC Postup is very strict with the security of its members (employees and volunteers). We have developed several tools (security management plan, safety policy, evacuation plan) that are shared with all members to be followed. The city where the volunteers are deployed is Severodonetsk located on the peaceful territory in 30 km from the line of demarcation. Since 2014 the city has had no any military accidents or shelling. In any case the situation would change in the front line, HRC Postup will not take any risk for its members including volunteers and will accompany them in another safety place (to Kyiv or back to the country of Origin if requested).
A volunteer will be get acquainted with updated local security and operational context during follow up meetings, reviews and everyday communication with colleagues. Every volunteer becomes a part of the team, taking part in all activities on the ground.

The main security and operational information is written in prepared for the EU certification documents and Welcome Booklet.

Tasks
Organizing regular events, master-classes and workshops for the internally displaced and conflict affected persons in order to provide them psycho-social support
Participation and carrying out of group activities / events for rehabilitation and development of local communities
Trainings for the employees and volunteers of Postup
Trainings for the employees and volunteers of Postup
Assisting the organization’s regular events at the office and in other locations in Luhansk oblast
Participation in inter-institution meetings (OCHA, UN clusters, other partners)
Supporting local team in monitoring, reporting, developing psychosocial projects and other running activities
Social media related activities
Due to possible changes in the circumstances all above mentioned activities are indicative. Volunteer is expected to proactively and in cooperation with hosting organization agree on tasks and activities taking into account the current situation
Volunteer is encouraged to bring own ideas and initiate new activities (e.g. English-courses, classes at school, workshops, …)
Be ready to support Postup team in office and different field activities

N/a

Required competences
- knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level
- knowledge of art-, body oriented therapy methods (bodynamic, somatic experiencing, metaphorical cards & protolanguage and others)
- ability to work with groups
- first psychological assistance
- self-motivated
- self-organized and proactive
- curious about Ukranian culture and history
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 or financial status during the selection.

- Bachelor degree in Psychology or Social Work
- Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level

Condition of service

- Gain practical experience in psycho-social work with people living close to the frontline and who suffered from the armed conflict
- Gain knowledge of activities of a Ukrainian NGO
- Getting acquainted with Ukrainian and Slavic culture
- Improving of language skills
- Patience and flexibility

- Office (Severodonetsk) and field work (settlements nearby): Monday to Friday 6-8 hours per day.
- In case of work-related activities on weekends, days off will be given.
- The volunteer will have a possibility to work in other settlements in case of project activities there.
- The volunteer is provided with a desk in the shared open space office room. Own laptop is welcome.
- Common and department meetings (once a week).
- The volunteer has to follow the IT-security and the hosting organization’s internal confidentiality rules.

Living conditions: rental apartment (a private room with all basic needs): shared kitchen, shower bath and internet access, heating system in winter, hot water.
- Usage of public transport.
- Ability to visit the whole scale of modern entertainment public places, to participate in cultural events.
- Variety of rich national and European dishes.
- Access to all mobile operators (local ones are cheap).
- Following of national (mostly European) dress code.

The programme covers the following costs:
- Pre-departure training with the European Commission: transport, food and
accommodation covered by the programme
- Pre-departure training with the sending organisation: transport, food and
accommodation covered by the programme
- International travel covered
- Local transport between project sites
- Insurance during the duration of the project
- Accommodation
- Monthly allowance: 285.95 euros

Selection process

The candidate has to send the following documents to
vabatahtlikud@mondo.org.ee no later than 20/07/2019:
- his/her application form SuD HAV 2
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV in Europass format

Shortlisting will take place at the end of July. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

In the end of July 2019: the pre-selected candidates will have a
Skype interview with MONDO and POSTUP.
In September-October 2019: The pre-selected candidates will participate
to an online and face-to-face training.
The final selection will be done after the trainings in November 2019.
Pre-departure training will take place in December 2019.

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.

Timetable
Date of training
September-October 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
N/a
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
December 2019
Deployment
13/01/2020 - 13/07/2020
Post-deployment activities
Summer 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
File Ukraine EU Aid
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