EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Disaster risk reduction

Senior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by ICCO to support Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction in Uganda

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing Against Disaster Risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organisations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith-based) network. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organisations working together in over 100 countries. 

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

The volunteer will be deployed by ICCO to its Ugandan country office in Kampala to support efforts of local partners active in and around the Kampala region. ICCO is a global, nongovernmental organization. It works towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. It believes a world with less poverty is possible. To achieve this it embraces two core interrelated principles: securing sustainable livelihoods and justice and dignity for all. A livelihood without rights is not sustainable and dignity comes with a livelihood in which rights are respected. The core values of ICCO are compassion, justice and stewardship, expressions of Christian roots. The organisation keeps its eyes and ears close to the ground as a partner to enterprising people with a worldwide local network and a strong belief in the power of people to improve their livelihoods. ICCO works from 5 regional and 26 country offices in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Required competences: 

Good at forming and maintaining programmatic coalitions.
Leadership and coordination skills.
- 3 till 5 years experience in humanitarian aid and disaster management topics are required. Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction approaches and broader resilience building especially at community level wanted. Any other experience and proven knowledge will be seen as an asset.
- Proven ability in working with development partners supporting communities’ efforts towards achieving self-reliance, generating and building on their resources sustainably.
- Experience of working abroad with local partners in different cultural settings. Previous experience of working in East Africa, and more specifically Uganda is preferable.
- Proven experience and skills in guiding, training and facilitation in multi-cultural group settings (good communication and writing skills in English are needed).
- The candidate knows and is able to apply diverse methods of building organisational capacity in circumstances where resources are limited.
- Able to understand, describe, maintain and analyse the various stages of a project cycle in humanitarian aid, including the needs assessment, master proposal and budget development, and the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of a project.
- Capable of coping with stressful situations and capable of overcoming difficulties.
- Adapts calmly and reacts constructively to changing situations and constraints. Is able to identify and prevents risks during a project.
- The candidate is able to adapt to living conditions where resources are very limited and the level of comfort is low.

Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

EU citizenship or long-term residence permit in EU required.

Minimum Requirements: 

- Have a relevant background and skills.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.
- Sensitivity to local cultures, and understanding of community level drivers of political and conflict dynamics.
- Knowledge and skills in resource mobilisation for Emergency Preparedness projects.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organisations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
• Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training, monitoring and evaluation functions.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Volunteer accommodation:
- Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided (apartment, with cleaning services).
- The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
- To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
- The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
- If and when travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.

Working conditions:
- Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
- The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
- All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes travel to-and-back from country of deployment, accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, and monthly subsistence payments per month for food as regulated by the EU.

Travel:
- A single roundtrip flight from the home country will be provided.
- The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be covered.
- The volunteer will be covered by a travel and medical insurance plan provided by the sending organization through the EU.

Post-deployment:
- A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100 Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as well as a group debriefing.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
24/09/2018-5/10/2018 in Italy (all costs covered by EU & more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Beginning between the 16th and 31st of October and lasting until first week of March 2019 maximum.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
5-16/10/2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

23/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process through skype.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

General:
Uganda is generally considered one of the safest countries in Africa and the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.

Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flush floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and the sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affected an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda. Currently the levels of conflict in-country are considered safe for EU deployment, however violence resulting from incited conflicts and conflicts over land are common.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities.

Groups audience: 
Region:
Hosting organisation: 
ICCO -Uganda
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ICCO
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":32.999997589,"longitude":1.9999973260004,"country":"UG"}
Task: 
The Regional Office

- Support the Regional office in operationalising the newly developed DRR strategy for the Regional Office.
- Support in updating country mappings on Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning
- Work with staff on fundraising i.e. ensure all proposals have DRR embedded where necessary/possible and that monitoring indicators for DRR are clearly specified during proposal development.
- Monitor current trends on disasters in Central East and Southern Africa focusing on root causes and advise/ work with program staff on how to integrate these into programs.
- Support country managers, program officers of ICCO in DRR inclusion in programs.
Support the Regional Office team organise for fundraising for DRR activities. This should culminate into at least one proposal submitted to DG ECHO before the end of the placement.
- Support the 4 focus countries in ICCO Cooperation in coming up with Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans
- Support the Program Manager and Country Manager (South Sudan) in emergency response project cycle management.

Partners

- Support the ACT Uganda Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and participate in technical discussions to enhance DRR activities in the forum where required.
- Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity strengthening of local partners/coalitions
- Support partners in Uganda on reporting/filling Kobo Toolbox (mapping tool).

Works with

- Regularly update the head of programs on DRR activities in the region.Liaise with the Program specialist at the DMU unit for technical support, program updates and proposal development.
- Tasks range from developing functional tools to enable easy and smooth policy implementation.

Volunteers in Uganda

- Coordinate the activities of other (11 in total) EU/Aid volunteers in the country.
- Work with Church of Uganda PDR to promote a learning forum among volunteers and organizations especially on common disasters.

Senior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by ICCO to support Community Transformation and Resilience efforts in Uganda

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organizations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith-based) network. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries.

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

The volunteer will be deployed by ICCO Netherlands. ICCO is a global, non-governmental organization. It works towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. It believes a world with less poverty is possible. To achieve this it embraces two core interrelated principles: securing sustainable livelihoods and justice and dignity for all. A livelihood without rights is not sustainable and dignity comes with a livelihood in which rights are respected. The core values of ICCO are compassion, justice and stewardship, expressions of Christian roots. The organisation keeps its eyes and ears close to the ground as a partner to enterprising people with a worldwide local network and a strong belief in the power of people to improve their livelihoods. ICCO works from 5 regional and 26 country offices in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

The volunteer will be deployed to Church of Uganda (CoU). This is a faith-based organization. CoU under its (HCT) Household and Community Transformation Directorate (formarly called department for Planning, Development and Rehabilitation) responds to disaster and emergencies, addresses disaster risks and works on development.

The CoU-HCT was established in 1974 originally as a Planning and Advisory Office to the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and gradually became the leader of the CoU’s response to social-economic development challenges, promoting peace and social justice, mitigating the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS and malaria, coordinating humanitarian response to disasters/emergencies, strengthening the community household capacities in water, food and income security as well augmenting institutional capacities. It has the following mandate:

1.         Ensuring the development gains are not destroyed by disasters.

2.         Protecting human life, dignity and rights.

3.         Protecting the environment in a sustainable manner.

4.         Promoting sustainable peace among communities and institutions.

 
Required competences: 

- 5 years relevant experience required

- Experienced in resource mobilization on international level,

- Proven experience in writing fundable proposals, and experience in influencing funding systems with donors.

- Experience in grant management and administration process

Additional: 

- Able to work in a bureaucratic organizational setting with sometimes slow processes
- Able to adjust and work in mutual respect of the Church of Uganda values
- Team player, flexible and innovative 
- Quick adaptability to African environments
- Good mentor and teacher that will transfer his skills for multiplication
- Observe/respect Church of Uganda policies, code of conduct and dress code (to be oriented on this upon arrival - guidance can be given once recruited) including avoidance of habits like alcohol and smoking within the Church premises.
- Maintain calm temperament at all times in dealing with fellow staff and outsiders; & Respect of self and others

Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

EU citizenship or long-term residence permit in EU required.

Minimum Requirements: 

- Have a relevant background and skills.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.
- Sensitivity to local cultures, and understanding of community level drivers of political and conflict dynamics.
- Knowledge and skills in resource mobilisation for Emergency Preparedness projects.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organisations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
• Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training, monitoring and evaluation functions.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the location of the deployment will be provided (apartment, with cleaning services).
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• If and when travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.

Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes travel to-and-back from country of deployment, accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, and monthly subsistence payments per month for food as regulated by the EU.

Travel:
• A single roundtrip flight from the home country will be provided.
• The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be covered.
• The volunteer will be covered by a travel and medical insurance plan provided by the sending organization through the EU.

Post-deployment:
• A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100 Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as well as a group debriefing.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
24/09/2018-5/10/2018 in Italy (all costs covered by EU & more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Beginning between the 16th and 31st of October and lasting until first week of March 2019 maximum.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
5-16/10/2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
HCT-pdr
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

N/A

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

23/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process through skype.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

Uganda is generally considered one of the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.

Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flash floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affects an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities.

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
The Registered Trustees of the Church of Uganda (CoU-PDR)
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ICCO
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":32.999997589,"longitude":1.9999973260004,"country":"UG"}
Task: 
Strategic information

Gathers strategic information regarding big donor funding agencies, all UN agencies and European Union funding opportunities with a focus on understanding their funding cycles, and upcoming calls for proposals and regularly brief the staff accordingly

Documentation

Supports the development of high quality concept notes and project proposal documentation in close collaboration with different Program staff

Concept notes and project proposals

Works closely with program staff to provide guidance on translating early discussions with potential partners into concept notes and project proposals

Capacity building

Building and developing overall capacity of program staff in proposal writing and resource mobilization of programme funding at the Provincial secretariat level

Resource mobilization

- Together with the resource mobilization committee at Church of Uganda secretariat, facilitate, draft and develop a resource mobilization strategy for Church of Uganda.
- Develop resource mobilization presentations, proposals, briefing notes; prepare
donor meetings and discussions and linking them to Director –HCT
- Link the Director with different donor agencies for future partnerships

Senior EU Aid Volunteer sent by DCA to support Emergency Preparedness and Documentation in Uganda

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organizations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith-based) network. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries.

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

The volunteer will be deployed by DanChurchAid (DCA) from their headquarters in Copenhagen.

DanChurchAid's aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. Its work is based on a Christian view of humanity with respect for every individual’s rights and equal worth. DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is active wherever we find the need is highest, regardless of religion, gender, political beliefs, race, national or ethnic origins, handicaps or sexual orientation.

The volunteer will be deployed to Ugandan Change Agent Association (UCAA). The organization was founded in 1992 by 75 Ugandans (change agents, development workers) who had undergone The Change Agent Training conducted by Quaker Service Norway (QSN). To date, UCAA has a membership of over 4,000 trained Change Agents who have organized themselves into 230 branches throughout Uganda. These members of UCAA (Change Agents) are working voluntarily with over 5,000 self-help development groups (SHDGs) with a membership of over 69,000 rural men and women. Currently, UCAA provides capacity building to rural men and women in the communities through conducting trainings and dialogue forums in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, Governance rights and Conflict Transformation, Education and Skills Development and ensures good governance, gender equality, unity and participation, economic opportunities, services and livelihood through partnering with other organizations. Some of the trainings provided include: Village savings and Loan Association (VSLA), Village Change Agent Training (VCAT), leadership Skills, Entrepreneurship and enterprise selection skills, Advocacy skills, improved agricultural practices, women land rights and gender issues.

EU Aid Volunteers 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.

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

• Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,

• Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,

• Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,

• Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.

 
Required competences: 

- 5 years’ experience in working with development partners.
- willingness to work in Uganda with frequent travels to disaster prone areas of the country.
- experience with working abroad within the humanitarian, development or social setting, preferably in the local in-country context.
- skills and knowledge in emergency preparedness planning.
- knowledge and skills in resource mobilisation for Disaster Risk Reduction projects. Background in humanitarian aid and disaster management, development studies, and / or a related relevant educational background preferred.
- ability to support UCAA documentation, data analysis and presentation.
- good communication and writing skills in English are needed.
- ability to interact with different ethnic groups in the country.

Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

EU citizenship or long-term residence permit in EU required.

Minimum Requirements: 

- Have a relevant background in skills and education (university degree / a lot of experience in emergency preparedness and
documentation)
- Knowledge and skills in resource mobilisation
- Six months experience in East Africa
- Experience in working with local communities with cultural awareness
- Ability to deliver services with minimum supervision
- Experience in providing training and developing training materials

Learning Opportunities: 

• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda.
• Professional growth in emergency preparedness, resilience and capacity building.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions with various cultural and ethnic groups involved.
• Working with a local national organisation with a country wide coverage.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided (apartment, with cleaning services).
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• If and when travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.

Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes travel to-and-back from country of deployment, accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, and monthly subsistence payments per month for food as regulated by the EU.

Travel:
• A single roundtrip flight from the home country will be provided.
• The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be covered.
• The volunteer will be covered by a travel and medical insurance plan provided by the sending organization through the EU.

Post-deployment:
• A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100 Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as well as a group debriefing.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
24/09/2018-5/10/2018 in Italy (all costs covered by EU & more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Beginning between the 16th and 31st of October and lasting until first week of March 2019 maximum.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
5-16/10/2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
UCAA
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

N/A

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

23/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process through skype.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

Uganda is generally considered one of the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.

Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flash floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affects an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities.

Groups audience: 
Region:
Hosting organisation: 
Uganda Change Agent Association
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
DanChurchAid (Denmark)
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":32.999997589,"longitude":1.9999973260004,"country":"UG"}
Task: 
Capacity building in disaster risk reduction:

- Facilitate trainings for UCAA staff, change agents, members of self-help groups in disaster risk reduction
- Support UCAA in identifying ways to integrate emergency preparedness in their programme and to build up emergency response capacity
- Identify networking and funding opportunities for UCAA to build up its emergency preparedness and response capacities

Development of training materials in Emergency preparedness

- Review and improve existing training materials
- Add components specific to emergency preparedness and response planning tailored to UCAA’s needs and capacities to the existing training materials

Documentation

- Train UCAA in documentation, Data management, website management and publicity
- Documentation of UCAA project activities for Advocacy and publicity/ visibility purposes. Example, video
production, photography, data collection, analysis and presentation skills.

Junior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by DanChurchAid to support Humanitarian assistance efforts in Uganda

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organizations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith-based) network. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries.

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

The volunteer will be deployed by DanChurchAid (DCA) from their headquarters in Copenhagen.

DanChurchAid's aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. Its work is based on a Christian view of humanity with respect for every individual’s rights and equal worth. DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is active wherever we find the need is highest, regardless of religion, gender, political beliefs, race, national or ethnic origins, handicaps or sexual orientation.

The volunteer will be deployed to Rural Action Community Based Organization (RACOBAO). This is a local NGO that was founded in 2008 and that is committed to the full realisation of Health Rights and entitlements of vulnerable persons in the targeted districts. We do this through empowering communities to promote the demand-side of accountability and delivery of accessible, quantity and quality public services and building capacity of relevant duty bearers to appreciate and fulfill citizens’ rights of, especially, the most vulnerable men, women, boys and girls.

EU Aid Volunteers 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.

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

• Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,

• Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,

• Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,

• Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.

 
Required competences: 

- Background in humanitarian aid and disaster management, development studies, and / or a related relevant educational background.

- Experience working in office settings and using ICT for Documentation and posting on various media channels.

- Knowledge about social media.

- Knowledge of diverse methods of building organisational capacity in circumstances where resources are limited.

- Experience and skills in guiding, training and facilitation in multi-cultural group settings.

- Ability in working with development and humanitarian partners to support communities’ efforts towards achieving self-reliance, generating and building on their resources sustainably.

- Good analytical skills and ability to formulate and propose actions in a convincing way based on the gaps identified.

 
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

EU citizenship or long-term residence permit in EU required

Minimum Requirements: 

- Have a relevant background in skills and education.
- 3 years of work experience in development and/or humanitarian aid.
- Willingness and ability to work in Uganda with frequent travels to disaster prone areas.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.
- Sensitivity to local cultures, and understanding of community level drivers of political and conflict dynamics.
- Knowledge and skills in resource mobilisation for Emergency Preparedness projects.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Learn about local culture and norms including language.
• Gain more professional exposure to other RACOBAO projects other than DRR and humanitarian Aid e.g. Education, WASH, HIV and AIDS prevention care and support.
• Opportunities to work closely with grassroots populations.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions with various cultural and ethnic groups involved.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the deployment location will be provided (apartment, with cleaning services).
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• If and when travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.

Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes travel to-and-back from country of deployment, accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, and monthly subsistence payments per month for food as regulated by the EU.

Travel:
• A single roundtrip flight from the home country will be provided.
• The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be covered.
• The volunteer will be covered by a travel and medical insurance plan provided by the sending organization through the EU.

Post-deployment:
• A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100 Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as well as a group debriefing.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
24/09/2018-5/10/2018 in Italy (all costs covered by EU & more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Beginning between the 16th and 31st of October and lasting until first week of March 2019 maximum.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
5-16/10/2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Racobao
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

N/A

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

23/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process through skype.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

Uganda is generally considered one of the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.

Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flash floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affects an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities.

Groups audience: 
Region:
Hosting organisation: 
RURAL ACTION COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION - Uganda
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
DanChurchAid (Denmark)
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":32.999997589,"longitude":1.9999973260004,"country":"UG"}
Task: 
Capacity building for personnel and local communities on DRR

RACOBAO is relatively a new entrant into the DRR and Humanitarian arena. Staff and members of the local government (District) disaster management committee have received a series of training in DRR and EPRP conducted by EUAV project volunteers. There is therefore need for:
• Further capacity building for the already trained personnel
• Train grassroots community leaders as ToTs
• Developing training Manuals and contents on DRR/resilience

Support the trained members to translate the knowledge gained so far to initiate practical DRR activities in the community

• Conduct a vulnerability capacity assessment with communities and relevant stakeholders
• Support personnel to streamline and/or integrate DRR/resilience into RACOBAO/Local Government plans and programs

Increased visibility through communication

• To support building RACOBAO visibility in DRR and humanitarian networks
• Post regular news and visibility material about RACOBAO work on DRR/resilience on social media

Required competences

• Proven track record working with disaster risk reduction and resilience
• Willingness to work in resource-limited settings and with diverse cultures
• Knowledge and skills in program development including preparation of viable DRR projects
• Experience working in office settings and using ICT for Documentation and broadcasting
• Knowledge about social media

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Haiti: Support Assistant for the Médecins du Monde Network

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

In the Republic of Haiti there are 5 sections of Médecins du Monde (Argentina, Canada, Spain, France and Switzerland) all part of the international network established by 15 Médecins du Monde associations. In March 2017, a meeting of delegations in the country was held to develop a common strategy on issues of collective interest, in the area of joint operational expertise, as well as to define joint positions on different context-specific issues relating to political, socio-economic and humanitarian aspects of the Republic of Haiti, in order to reinforce pre-existing mechanisms put in place as part of a coordinated emergency network response in the event of a natural disaster. This meeting resulted in the creation of a "Roadmap" which includes actions and tasks between the different sections present in the country in order to strengthen the administrative, technical, political and operational links aimed at optimizing and strengthening the actions of the MdM International Network in Haiti, its external image and its advocacy capacity. The volunteer selected, based on the progress obtained, will be responsible for the animation of the network as well and ensure the continuity of the "Roadmap" of the international network in Haiti, actively participating in strengthening the strategy of external communication and internal positioning and actions of the Network in the country.

Required competences: 

- Adaptability to multicultural environments and new environments. - Ability to analyze the context - Good aptitude for teamwork - Leadership capacity

Project: 
Medicos del Mundo Deployment of EU Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

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Minimum Requirements: 

- Preferably graduated in Journalism, Communication or Social Sciences.
Complementary:
-Additional training (accredited course, master) in Humanitarian Action and / or Public Health will be an asset
-Strong communication and leadership skills are required
-Experience in organization, dynamisation and animation of workshops
-Four years of prior professional experience in performing duties similar to those required

Learning Opportunities: 

Every volunteer will have a Learning and Development plan.

Working and Living Conditions: 

The volunteer will be accommodated in the city of Port-au-Prince, where Médecins du Monde has its headquarters. Similarly, s/he will also visit the other regions of the country where Médecins du Monde is located (Grand Saline, Verretes). All internal movements of the volunteer will be coordinated and supported by the Médecins du Monde team. The volunteer will permanently receive the information, guidance, support and resources necessary for the performance of the duties assigned to him/her (equipment and means of transport).
Conditions of service during deployment: a monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (751,49 Euros per month whilst in Haiti) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is foreseen.
Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Summer 2018
Deployment: 
01/01/2019 - 30/06/2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
December 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
July 2019
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis.

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through http://www.mdm-euaidvolunteers.org/join-euav/ will be considered. Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in French)
• CV in Europass format (in French)
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in French)
• Motivation Letter (in French)

Interview Process: 

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on a rolling basis.

The successful candidates will attend a mandatory online and on-site training provided by the EU before her/his deployment.
The on-site training will have a mandatory section for all the candidates as well as some optional modules, to be provided according to the competences of each candidate EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organisation.

Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU on-site training (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) will be fully covered.

This mandatory training will take place at the end of summer or September 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 a 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 will take place following the training.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

The Republic of Haiti is a country of complex crises due mainly to natural threats such as hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts and floods, aggravated by socio-political and economic problems. With a Human Development Index (HDI 2016) of 0.493, an HDI adjusted to inequalities (IHDI 2016) of 39.6, a Gini coefficient of 60 (2001), in 2017 the Republic of Haiti ranks 165th out of 187 countries in the world, with the lowest HDI index in the northern hemisphere and the lowest in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is also one of the worst health indicators in the world and has not achieved the MDGs for maternal and newborn health and nutrition.

In addition, the atmospheric phenomenon of the Southern Oscillations, better known in the media as El Niño or La Niña, which are two opposite phases of the coupled ocean / atmosphere phenomenon called ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) and which has an overall impact on the planet, cyclically aggravates the precarious situation of the living conditions of the Haitian population, which, due to the drought of the past 6 years, has created a catastrophic situation in terms of food security and led to an unprecedented food crisis for 70 to 80% of the population and a worrying rise in malnutrition rates. Climate change aggravates deforestation initiated during the French colonisation for the export of precious woods to Europe, aggravated by the American occupation, and which has then steadily increased throughout the country through coal mining, which responds to the needs of a poor population who cannot afford gas stoves and regularly pay for their gas supply, which is too expensive for a family economy to survive.

With regard to the public health system, the national budget allocated went from 16.6% of the national budget in 2004 to 4.4% in 2017, which is totally insufficient to meet a constant increase in the population and the needs and demands of the population. In the MSPP, as in other ministries, the exception of assistantship in time and resources can become the operating standard, causing serious malfunctions at all levels of national health system.

According to the 2013-2016 National Strategic Plan for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Haiti is one of 40 countries where, according to WHO, the maternal mortality rate was 380/100 000 in 2013 and 359/100 000 in 2013. 2015, according to the Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization Survey (EMMUS VI-2016-2017), the infant mortality rate is 59/1000 live births, one of the highest in the Caribbean and Latin America region .

In Haiti, the number of women of childbearing age is about 2.6 million, including 300,000 pregnant women and 30,000 with obstetric complications. Institutional deliveries are estimated at 35.9%, with a large variation between urban and rural areas (Port-au-Prince, 60.1% and 23.2%); according to the EMMUS VI 2016-2017 survey, the fertility rate for young people (15-19 years old) is 55 ‰ (35 ‰ in urban areas and 70 ‰ in rural areas) and up to 135 ‰ between 25 and 29 years old; the use of modern contraceptive methods is 31%. Haiti has only 6 health professionals per 10,000 population (compared to a minimum of 25/10,000 according to the WHO standard) and 37.5% of trained health personnel.

It is a country with recurrent needs in the health sector, especially for women and children under five, who are the most affected and therefore most likely to have their right to access basic health access care flouted. If we consider that 41% of households are headed by women and that 36% of the population is under 15, this vulnerability is even more obvious.

The emergence of "civil society" is relatively recent. At the moment there exist great coalitions or networks of organisations of the civil society, such as the National Network of Defense of the Human rights (RNDDH) which is an emanation of the National Coalition For Haitian Rights (NCHR - Haiti created in 1995), the National Election Observation Council (NOC), the Haitian Council of Non State Actors (CONHANE), the Civil Society Initiative (ISC), the National Advocacy Coordination for Women's Rights, the International Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - CATW Haiti, the Haitian Platform for Advocacy for Alternative Development (PAPDA), the Platform of Haitian Organisations of Human Rights (POHDH), the National Concertation Against Violence Made to Women, the Refugee and Repatriates Support Group (GARR), but also a multitude of associations and organisations spread throughout the territory with more or less representativeness and real social projection. On the other hand, it seems that some organizations lack a certain legitimacy, having no strong associative base, without adequate financial control, and a relative representativeness of the aspirations of the population they are supposed to support. Moreover, there is a secular distrust of the associative fabric towards all that represents the State which influences the constructive participation of the civil society in the promotion of a transparent and democratic governance, in the intersectoral contribution to the development of the public policies that meet the needs of the population, and the implementation of development initiatives in the territories. The international aid system and the strong influx of international NGOs after the earthquake of January 2010 is also an important aspect to understand the current structure of civil society.

The mission of MdM Spain, together with the MdM Network in Haiti, has a risk analysis matrix, an Emergency Preparedness Plan, strict security protocols (for example, hibernation in case of extreme political tensions), and a constant flow of communication and information transfer from the field to country coordinators, who periodically or as needed, are in contact with their respective headquarters.

Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Médicos del Mundo - Haïti
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
Médicos del Mundo ES
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":-72.416665961,"longitude":18.999997282,"country":"HT"}
Task: 
The EU Aid Volunteer will:

• Facilitate and accompany the common exit strategy for the different sections of MdM of the intervention against cholera in the country.
• Support for the creation, animation, dynamisation and follow-up of the thematic working group on sexual and reproductive health, composed of people from different sections of the Ministry of Health.
• Support for the creation, promotion and monitoring of a Code of Conduct for the MdM Network in Haiti.
• Creation, animation, dynamisation and follow-up of the administrative-logistics thematic working group formed by the various sections in order to optimise the resources between themselves.
• Support for the creation, revitalisation and monitoring of an agenda and a common strategy for the International Political Advocacy Network.
• Regularly producing a Newsletter, gathering the most relevant activities of the different sections of the Network for internal and external distribution.
• Report to the monthly meetings of the Country Coordinators of the sections which form the network in Haiti and of which it depends hierarchically.
• Ensure follow-up and continuity of the work of the International Network carried out in 2018.

Senior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by DCA to facilitate Disaster Risk Reduction advisory activities in disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organizations and involves 38 volunteer placements. The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith- based) network. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries. The volunteer will be deployed by DanChurchAid (DCA) to its partner organisation, RDRS Bangladesh, who works within Bangladesh with the poor and their organizations in order to build their capacity to advance their empowerment; create resilience to withstand adversity; and improve access to opportunities for the poor to realize decent lives free from poverty and distress.

Main aim:
Within the framework of this project, the volunteer will be effectively deployed to successfully strengthen local leadership and technical capacity within local Bangladeshi NGOs and vulnerable communities active in humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience.

This deployment will support efforts of local partners active in and around the region.

Required competences: 

Desired Qualification:

  • Have Masters in Disaster Risk Reduction,
  • around 5 years relevant background experience and skills in Disaster risk response/humanitarian work,
  • 3 years of work experience in development and/or humanitarian aid specifically desired
  • Personal experience from the country of deployment is an advantage,

 

Essential Qualification:

  • Have minimum Degree in any field of study (e.g Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation , Food And Nutrition, Linking Relief, Rehabilitation And Development (LRRD), Livelihoods, Refugees and IDPs, Resilience, Business, finance, agriculture, engineering, development studies, education, political science etc)
  • Willingness and ability to work in Rangpur division with frequent travels to disaster prone areas,
  • Excellent computer skills, communication through internet browsing with electronic media and writing skills in English are needed,
  • Availability throughout the entire project period, working not more than 40 hours a week,
  • Good communication in English both writing and speaking
  • Must be above 18 years of age,

 

Competencies

  • Ability to building and sustaining working relationships with different project teams and partners
  • Team Player who is able to respond within tight deadlines
  • Positive to change and able to adopt to different working conditions
 
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

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Minimum Requirements: 

- Academic background or significant relevant working experience.
- Proven working experience in humanitarian or development sector.
- Willingness and ability to work in Bangladesh with travels to disaster prone areas.
- Good command of written and spoken English.

Learning Opportunities: 

* The Volunteers will be able to expand their insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Bangladesh, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organizations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
Professional growth in managing and facilitating skills and roles as well as monitoring supervision and evaluation functions.
* Community engagement (Especially youth and senior citizens)
* Effective use of e-learning module by staff of different organizations and university students.
* Scope to review relevant policies and operational guidelines

Working and Living Conditions: 

* Monthly Living Allowance,
* Accommodation with a standard shared house and facilities,
* Internet and communication services,
* Reimbursements of expenses incurred while on duty e.g transport, accommodation, etc.
* A standard working space,
* Medical Support

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
20/07/2018 - 04/08/2018 (Please note that for this vacancy it is possible that more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Starting between 31/08/2018 and 07/09/2018 (or later also possible under agreement with the sending organisation)
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
11/08/2018 to 30/08/2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

no apprenticeship involved.

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

23.06.2018 - 27.6.2018

Interview Process: 

Interviews to be held face-to-face or through online conversation

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

Bangladesh is highly affected by natural disasters. Floods, landslides, fires, drought, epidemic are taking their yearly toll on life, livestock, assets and destruction of the cultivated land, reducing food stock. The local population in some districts suffers from chronic food shortage and malnutrition, limited access to clean water and sanitation and health facilities, leading to increased health risks for children, women and other vulnerable groups. Marginalised groups and remote and isolated communities are more affected because they have limited access to land, which usually lays in the most hazardous area in the community.
Bangladesh is experiencing a steady increase in the scale of arrivals of Rohingya refugees coming in from Myanmar, the neighbouring country. Approximately 860,000 Rohingya refugees (of whom more than 655,000 since last August) are currently in Cox’s Bazar that has reached a concentration of refugees amongst the densest in the world (UNOCHA, https://www.unocha.org/rohingya-refugee-crisis). Although the Government of Bangladesh has engaged in a wide response supported from national and international humanitarian agencies (see http://bit.ly/2y7C44E), it is likely that it will take many years before this crisis is fully addressed.

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
RDRS Bangladesh
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
DanChurchAid (Denmark)
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":90.288453901,"longitude":23.804670475,"country":"BD"}
Task: 
Support to humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM);

* Build the capacities of the NGOs staff in the areas on DRR, emergency response and CCAM
* Contribute to the strengthening the RDRS implemented DRR and CCA planning activities through RDRS core and bi- lateral project.
* Support incipient organizational efforts within the hosting organization,
* Meet with RDRS staff regularly and sharing on DRR strategies that may contribute to mitigating disasters in Bangladesh
* Accompaniment support on participatory capacity and vulnerability assessment community level and also support provides sessions/workshop with partners and volunteers at the end of their service;

Design and information management system

* Assist to implement DRR programming and mainstreaming; capacity building; accompaniment and coaching; documentation, data management, website management and communication.
* Assist to prepare plan, PP, budget on DRR and CC related program/project
* Well acquainted with the national and international policy, guidelines and strategy of RDRS staffs for contributing DRR and CCAM.
* Provide technical support on DRRM Program design and implementation with operational guideline
* Develop result based monitoring and evaluating frame work to pick result on DRR and CCAM oriented program/project
* Linkage, negotiation, collaboration and coordination with the different stakeholders DRRM and CCAM issues
* Identify funding opportunities for DRR programmers.

Reporting and Visibility

* The Volunteer will assist in documentation through capturing quotes, cases, best practices on DRRM and CCAM oriented program/project
* The Volunteer will assist to make report after completion of activities and also broadcast through collecting photos and different media.
* Provide End of Placement report

Senior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by ICCO to facilitate Disaster Risk Reduction advisory activities in disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organizations and involves 38 volunteer placements. The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith-based) network. ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries. The volunteer will be deployed by ICCO from its global office in The Netherlands. ICCO is a global, nongovernmental organization. It works towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. It believes a world with less poverty is possible. To achieve this it embraces two core interrelated principles: securing sustainable livelihoods and justice and dignity for all. A livelihood without rights is not sustainable and dignity comes with a livelihood in which rights are respected. The core values of ICCO are compassion, justice and stewardship, expressions of Christian roots. The organisation keeps its eyes and ears close to the ground as a partner to enterprising people with a worldwide local network and a strong belief in the power of people to improve their livelihoods. ICCO works from 5 regional and 26 country offices in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The volunteer will be deployed to its country offices in Bangladesh.

Main aim:
Within the framework of this project, the volunteer will be successfully deployed to effectively strengthen local leadership and technical capacity within local Bangladeshi NGOs and vulnerable communities active in humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience.

This deployment will support efforts of local partners active in and around the region.

Required competences: 

Desired Qualification:

  • Relevant background experience (of around 5 years) in disaster management, humanitarian aid work and/or development field.
  • Personal experience from the country of deployment is an advantage,
  • Good in training curriculum development and training conduction.
  • Excellent in coordination with different stakeholders.
  • Knowledge on concept note development for fundraising will be added value for this position.
  • Excellent in activity monitoring and reporting.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skill, problem solving skills, strong value based commitment to right based approach.

Essential Qualification:

  • Have minimum Degree in any field of study (e.g Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation , Food And Nutrition, Linking Relief, Rehabilitation And Development (LRRD), Livelihoods, Refugees and IDPs, Resilience, Business, finance, agriculture, engineering, development studies, education, political science etc)
  • Willingness and ability to work in Rangpur division with frequent travels to disaster prone areas,
  • Excellent computer skills, communication through internet browsing with electronic media and writing skills in English are needed,
  • Availability throughout the entire project period, working not more than 40 hours a week,
  • Good communication in English both writing and speaking
  • Must be above 18 years of age,

Competencies

  • Ability to building and sustaining working relationships with different project teams and partners
  • Team Player who is able to respond within tight deadlines
  • Positive to change and able to adopt to different working conditions
 
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

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Minimum Requirements: 

- Academic background or significant relevant working experience.
- Proven working experience in humanitarian or development sector.
- Willingness and ability to work in Bangladesh with travels to disaster prone areas.
- Good command of written and spoken English.

Learning Opportunities: 

* The Volunteers will be able to expand their insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Bangladesh, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organizations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
Professional growth in managing and facilitating skills and roles as well as monitoring supervision and evaluation functions.
* Community engagement (Especially youth and senior citizens)
* Effective use of e-learning module by staff of different organizations and university students.
* Scope to review relevant policies and operational guidelines

Working and Living Conditions: 

* Monthly Living Allowance,
* Accommodation with a standard shared house and facilities,
* Internet and communication services,
* Reimbursements of expenses incurred while on duty e.g transport, accommodation, etc.
* A standard working space,
* Medical Support

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
20/07/2018 - 04/08/2018 (Please note that for this vacancy it is possible that more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Starting between 31/08/2018 and 07/09/2018 (or later also possible under agreement with the sending organization)
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
11/08/2018 to 30/08/2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

no apprenticeship involved.

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

23.06.2018 - 27.6.2018

Interview Process: 

Interviews to be held face-to-face or through online conversation

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

Bangladesh is highly affected by natural disasters. Floods, landslides, fires, drought, epidemic are taking their yearly toll on life, livestock, assets and destruction of the cultivated land, reducing food stock. The local population in some districts suffers from chronic food shortage and malnutrition, limited access to clean water and sanitation and health facilities, leading to increased health risks for children, women and other vulnerable groups. Marginalised groups and remote and isolated communities are more affected because they have limited access to land, which usually lays in the most hazardous area in the community.
Bangladesh is experiencing a steady increase in the scale of arrivals of Rohingya refugees coming in from Myanmar, the neighbouring country. Approximately 860,000 Rohingya refugees (of whom more than 655,000 since last August) are currently in Cox’s Bazar that has reached a concentration of refugees amongst the densest in the world (UNOCHA, https://www.unocha.org/rohingya-refugee-crisis). Although the Government of Bangladesh has engaged in a wide response supported from national and international humanitarian agencies (see http://bit.ly/2y7C44E), it is likely that it will take many years before this crisis is fully addressed.

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
ICCO - Bangladesh
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ICCO
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":90.288453901,"longitude":23.804670475,"country":"BD"}
Task: 
Support to implement Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Rehabilitation activities.

* Develop training materials and provide capacity building training to the ICCO staff and ICCO partner NGOs in the areas of DRR and Emergency response.
* Contribute to the strengthening of the ICCO Bangladesh Office in planning and implementation of DRR activities.
* Assist to implement DRR programming and mainstreaming; capacity building; accompaniment and coaching; documentation, data management, website management and communication.
* Monitor and supervision support to ICCO projects.
* Meet regularly with ICCO and PNGOs staff and contribute to improve DRR strategies.
* Provide technical support on Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment of the community.
* Assist to develop DRR and Emergency Response Related concept note for fundraising.
* Develop a framework for monitoring and evaluation Community Climate Change/ DRR Management Program.
* Networking and linkage, coordination and collaboration with other stakeholders.
* Prepare reports on best practices, case study on DRRM.
* Organize debriefing sessions/workshop with partners and volunteers at the end of their service.

Junior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by FCA to work on resilience in education in Cambodia

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the
framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of
ACT Alliance organisations and involves 38 volunteer placements. The project aims at
contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction
(DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia)
through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

This project involves organizations that are part of the ACT Alliance (faith-based) network.
ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organisations working together
in over 100 countries.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is a faith-based organisation founded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland on 25 September 1947. The foundation has been recorded in the Finnish Register of Foundations on 15 October 1992. FCA is the largest Finnish development cooperation organisation and the second largest provider of humanitarian aid. FCA operates in around 15 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

FCA works with the poorest people, regardless of their religious beliefs, ethnic background
or political convictions. Operation includes long-term development cooperation,
humanitarian assistance and advocacy, and we operate around three thematic areas: Right
to Education, Right to Livelihood and Right to Peace. The operations of the foundation are
run by a Board of Directors and the Executive Director. The aid work performed is based on
international humanitarian law, and it follows humanitarian principles and international
standards.

FCA’s vision is a world comprised of resilient and just societies where everyone's right to
peace, quality education and sustainable livelihood has been fulfilled. The volunteer will be
deployed by FCA from their head office in Finland.

 

Required competences: 

- Willingness and ability to work in Cambodia with some travels to disaster prone and
rural areas.
- Proven knowledge and at least 3 years’ experience in Disaster Risk Reduction
approaches and broader resilience-building and climate change is needed.
- Knowledge on right based approach and right to quality education.
- Proven knowledge and ability to apply methods of and tools for assessing needs, in
order to identify the areas to be targeted in further capacity building. The candidate
knows and is able to apply diverse methods of building organisational capacity in
circumstances where resources are limited.
- Able to work as part of a multicultural team.
- Capable of coping with stressful situations and overcoming difficulties. The candidate
is able to adapt to living conditions where resources are very limited and the level of
comfort is low.
- Adapts calmly and reacts constructively to changing situations and constraints. Is
able to identify and prevents risks during a project.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.
- Previous work or study experience from South Asia and more specifically Cambodia
is an asset.

Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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.

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Minimum Requirements: 

- Academic background or significant relevant working experience.
- Proven working experience in humanitarian or development sector for at least 3
years.
- Willingness and ability to work in Cambodia with travels to disaster prone areas.
- Good command of written and spoken English.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Cambodia, whilst
supporting the growth of the communities’ local capacities alongside humanitarian aid
content, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness planning.
• Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training,
monitoring and evaluation functions.
• Increased access to Cambodian organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any
networks and support coalitions.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.

Working and Living Conditions: 

The deployment contains 3 components:

1. Mainly engaged within an urban setting of capital
city;
2. Some envisioned travel through rural areas to less urbanized environments;
3. Characteristics of living within an area of the tropical region.

1. The candidate will be living either in an own apartment or in shared accommodation
(own room) within a local context, comprising a diverse community of urban dwellers
in terms of ethnicity and faith. Respect for local customs and manners may result in
tension if not sensitively observed. Income levels may vary significantly between rich
and poor. Poverty may be very visible in urban areas, both amongst the local
populations and in the quality of housing and infrastructure. Urban areas are likely to
suffer noticeably high levels of air pollution from traffic and industrial plants. Noise
pollution may also be a problem in larger settlements and there may be significant
levels of traffic congestion, especially at peak times of the day (mornings and
evenings). Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be different from those
experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity etc.) may be
subject to cuts without warning; telecommunications and internet access may be
limited or intermittent. Negotiating with suppliers both in and out of work may be
subject to bureaucracy, red tape and corruption.

2. If and when deployed on short-term rural area access: the candidate is likely to be
accommodated in a local hotel or guesthouse possibly in a shared room. On duty travel FCA
Cambodia travel regulations will be followed. Respect for local customs and traditions may
result in tensions if not sensitively observed. Income levels may in general be very low which
is likely to be reflected in the types of housing available and, especially if remote, in the
quality of available infrastructure. Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be very
different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity,
telecommunications etc.) may be intermittent and subject to shortages, and easily disrupted
by natural hazards, such as extreme weather conditions (storms, rain, winds). Access to
urban facilities and social opportunities may be very limited due to remoteness. There will be
significant limits in the range and choices of foods available, with few imported products,
which may be very expensive. In-land and coastal areas may experience down-stream air,
land and water pollution from nearby urban and industrial areas.

3. The volunteer is to be deployed to an area in a tropical region and therefore is likely
to experience warm to hot temperatures all year round with high levels of humidity.
Some areas will also experience heavy seasonal rainfall. There is little difference
between the lengths of day and night, and night time temperatures remain high.
Accommodation may be subject to insect infestations, and precautions may be
required to guard against ants, flies and cockroaches etc., as well as potentially more
harmful intruders such as poisonous spiders, mosquitoes etc. Natural hazards may
include storms, hurricanes, flooding, etc. which can result in injury and loss of life,
damage to property, infrastructure and crops.

Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided in a safe and clean
location.
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water
and sanitation facilities. The room shall be located at a reasonable distance from the EU Aid
Volunteers main working location.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid
Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the
expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling
contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• When travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local
hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.

Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with
their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes travel
to-and- back from country of deployment, accommodation in-country for the entire period of
deployment, and monthly subsistence payments per month (of 427 Euros per month in
Cambodia).

Travel:
• A single roundtrip flight from the home country will be provided.
• The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas,
etc., will be covered.
• The volunteer will be covered by a travel insurance plan provided by the sending
organization.

Post-deployment:
• A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100
Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as
well as a group debriefing.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
20.07.2018 - 04.08.2018
Deployment: 
2018 (Deployment beginning between the 16th of September and 15th of October 2018)
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
11.08.2018 – 30.08.2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

no apprenticeship involved.

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

24.06.2018 - 27.6.2018

Interview Process: 

Interviews to be held face-to-face or through online conversation

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Operational details & security context: 

Operational details (country focus – hazards and risks) for the Cambodian context:
Crime: Street crime can be noted sometimes in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, though
both cities are still seen as relatively safe, and Phnom Penh, in particular, is still the
preferred base for most foreign NGO workers and volunteers. There are spikes in crime in the
lead-up to major holidays such as Khmer New Year (April), Pchum Ben (September /
October) and Water Festival (November). Most of the violence in the country occurs between
locals, but expats are targeted for muggings and break-ins sometimes. Pick-pocketing and bag-
snatching most often takes place while in a marketplace or in the evenings while travelling in
a tuk-tuk or on a motorcycle or bicycle.

Traffic accidents: Traffic accidents are common both in the capital and in rural areas.
Volunteers should be extra careful when travelling or crossing roads, as speeding and drunk
driving are common, as are unlicensed drivers who do not observe traffic rules. Wearing a
seatbelt when travelling by car is always recommended. Helmets are compulsory for
motorbike drivers and passengers and are also recommended for cyclists. It is recommended
that volunteers secure quality helmets that meet international safety standards. The main
roads between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville are in good condition, but are
heavily trafficked. Smaller roads are in poorer condition, and it is advisable to travel on them
only during the day.

Flooding: Cambodia is prone to flooding during the rainy season from May through
November. Provinces along the Mekong River are especially prone to seasonal flooding
(Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong, Cham, Kandal and Prey Veng), while other areas are also at
high risk of flash-flooding after heavy rainfall (Kampong Speu, Pursat, Battambang, Banteay
Meanchay, Kampong Thom and Siem Reap). Volunteers should never drive across roads
covered in moving floodwater and should take care to avoid exposure to potentially
contaminated water in the cities or near factories.

Landmines: The provinces of Battambang, Pursat, and Banteay Meanchey, are still affected
by landmines in some areas, particularly near the Thai border. Volunteers should avoid
walking through forests and rice fields in areas that have not been fully demined.
Political unrest: Volunteers should avoid mass public gatherings and expressions of political dissent.

Disease: It is recommended that volunteers see a tropical medical specialist for advice before travelling to Cambodia. Volunteers are strongly recommended to receive vaccinations
against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and meningococcal meningitis.
Malaria is present in certain rural areas of Cambodia but not in Phnom Penh. Dengue, on
the other hand, is a risk in all of Cambodia, including in Phnom Penh. Japanese encephalitis
cases are increasing, and inoculation against it should be considered for long-term
volunteers. Quality health care facilities are available in Phnom Penh but are lacking in most
other parts of the country. People with chronic diseases, asthma or allergies should take the
necessary medication with them from home. Those with strong allergies, especially for
peanuts, shellfish and fish, should ask advice of their doctor and carry “EpiPen.”

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Finn Church Aid - Cambodia
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
FCA - Finn Church Aid
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":104.999998462,"longitude":12.99999571,"country":"KH"}
Task: 
Research and analysis

- Map activities and materials by other actors regarding resilience on right to quality
education relevant to the FCA Cambodia country programme.
- Identify relevant stakeholders on resilience on the right to quality education at different
levels in Cambodia.
- Carry out a vulnerability, capacity and risk assessment including gender and power
analysis, conflict analysis and address do no harm principles on the education projects
implemented by FCA.
- Compile a climate change and gender paper.
- Compile a climate change and right to education paper.
- Provide recommendations on resilience based education programming.

Communication and advocacy

- Develop a publication on resilience in education in Cambodia.
- Communicate on the work done through FCA Asia Facebook, blog, ACT Asia
newsletter etc.
- Organise a visibility event on the resilience on education.

Capacity building

- Support Cambodia ACT forum as per needs (such as update Emergency preparedness
and response plan, potential involvement in emergency response etc.).
- Organize trainings to ACT members, local partners and FCA staff on identified areas
such as climate change, disaster risk reduction etc.

FCA Cambodia Country Programme implementation

- Contribute to Country programme implementation such as annual planning,
reporting, staff meetings, monitoring etc.
- Represent FCA in relevant fora if needed.
- Carry out any other tasks as required by FCA Cambodia such as assist in possible
project proposal development, proofreading etc.

Stepping back in time in Chipaya

Chipaya is located 203 km from Oruro, western Bolivia. It is said that this is one of the oldest living indigenous communities in America, and definitely, when you are there, you feel like you are stepping back in time. I am an EU Aid Volunteer working in Communication in this amazing country at the core of Latin America, with a cultural heritage I’d never imagined before. My job consists of showing the world who Chipaya’s people are as well as raising awareness on their difficulty to deal with the extreme climate conditions.

Climate change is seriously affecting this territory, producing a severe impact on agriculture due to the continuous droughts and floods. Agriculture and livestock are almost the only means of subsistence they have, and without them, they have been forced to migrate. But these are very resilient people who have survived many other tough situations throughout history. The Italian NGO GVC is working here since 2012 helping enhance and diversify their way of life so that this ancient culture remains alive.

Despite the fact that this community seems to be distrustful with foreigners, I have been very well welcome from the beginning, thanks as well to my colleagues. You may wonder whether this experience is worth living… Well. Definitely, it is! You may wonder as well if my own experience has an impact. If I am making a difference. I am not sure if it does or if I am, but I truly believe that every single exchange, every single conversation with such different people has an impact. We both learn something when we look into each other’s eyes. And that’s the essence of human relations, memories that I will keep with me forever.

 

Story type: 
Volunteer
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
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Collecting data digitally in Malawi

It can be argued that, in a country where both internet and electricity are a huge issue, relying on devices that have to be charged to function and need internet to access collected data can be challenging in terms of logistics and management. The fact that almost always, all enumerators have to be trained on DDG from scratch, shows indeed that going digital is not always an automatic choice in Malawi.

Using paper can also be due to the fact that not all projects are long projects targeting a wide range and number of participants. As a result, collecting data with paper is often seen as being simpler and quicker. If it should be recognised that indeed not all monitoring can or should be done digitally – since managing data is a tricky task that demands some awareness at the very least and expertise at best, I could witness during my time as an EU Aid Volunteer (EUAV) specialised in Monitoring and Evaluation how digital data collection made the exercise of survey conduction easier – or could have made it easier when it was not done.


Being an EUAV gave me the opportunity to go plenty of times in the field, and coordinate several survey conductions – some with paper and others with DDG devices. I can thus say that working with paper made the exercise of data collection not only longer and more cumbersome but it also sometimes hindered the quality of the data collected.

 

My most important and challenging task happened in July 2017, when I had to coordinate the conduction of the baseline survey for a new integrated programme called Graduation programme in one of the districts where it is implemented. Such activity -which was done with digital devices - meant for me to stay in the field for more than a month and perform a variety of tasks such as training enumerators, supervising them for the 700 surveys they had to conduct, and managing the whole process of data collection (which involved checking data, organising household surveys allocation, and logistics around data collection and digital devices).


This baseline survey finalised the long and comprehensive targeting process we had undertaken even before I arrived in Malawi. Visiting the field and registering the final participants in the Graduation programme was not without challenges, but it clearly proved that the work Concern Worldwide does targets the most vulnerable in order not to leave anyone behind. The results of the baseline can also be used to adapt the activities where needed, and will allow to show what impact the programme has had on the participants’ lives.


Being part of that process was really motivating and will remain one of the most interesting experience for me. It also allowed me to draw lessons on the usefulness and challenges of going digital for data collection. 

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Volunteer
Project: 
Alliance2015 EU Aid Volunteers Deployment
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While it seems evident to collect data digitally nowadays, this is often not the choice made by everyone. Paper remains indeed an important means for data collection, often owing to a lack of resources. Concern Malawi, and Concern Worldwide in general, have been investing in Digital Data Gathering (DDG) in order to benefit from the advantages in terms of quality, time and even money, conducting surveys with an electronic device can bring.
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