EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Disaster risk reduction

Senior Volunteer in Disaster Preparedness and Urban Resilience [GVC_NIC_DIS_SR]

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
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Description: 

GVC (Italy) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers in Action” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 38 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.

18 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 20 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries (Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 3 volunteers to Nicaragua.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Advanced university studies in relevant sectors
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills

  • Knowledge of WASH sector and solid waste management
  • Deep professional and technical understanding of natural and human induced hazards and root causes and driving factors of disaster vulnerability
  • Proactive in liaising and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, coordination and stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Strong initiative and autonomy
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions

Experiences

  • 5 years’ experience in relevant fields
  • Experience in planning, monitoring and reporting of project activities in relevant field in multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations
  • Previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Puerto cabezas, Nicaragua
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
General

• Support the overall implementation of Disaster Risk Preparedness strategy and activities, including climate adaptation, in the Country.

Disaster Preparedness Tasks

• Support the development of best practices in disaster preparedness
• Providing technical support to disaster preparedness team in the country

Climate Change Adaptation Tasks

• Support the development of best practice in climate change adaptation
• Providing technical support to climate change adaptation staff in the country
• Monitor and disseminate emerging best practice on climate change adaptation strategies, planning and practice

Project Management

• Support the staff in identifying, preparing and implementing programs, projects and project’s components to address livelihoods and climate change issues and readiness

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

• The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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.

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from January 2018

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
During the apprenticeship (if foreseen), the Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthen.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (326,81 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
• Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in Spanish or English.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 02/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Nicaragua at her/his arrival.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 15/05/2016 to 15/06/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, its level of performance is quiet low, due also to scarce financial resources to ensure the operationalization of preparedness and response plans.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Senior Volunteer: Technical expert in volcanology or seismology or geophysics, Ecuador (Organizational Development and Capacity Building) [VOL4AID_GVC_ECU_VOL_SR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges​ - VOL4AID project

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the 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 – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

1) To engage European citizens in complementing and contributing to Humanitarian Action 

2) To ensure high quality management of EU Aid Volunteers by the project participants.

3) To secure the capacities and upgrade the management systems of hosting organizations and local partner organizations for EU Aid volunteers’ deployment, and contribution to their humanitarian interventions.

4) To promote among the European citizenship innovative new ways of engagement in volunteering in humanitarian action (online and employee volunteering).

In this framework, a total of 61 volunteers will be deployed to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia.

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 3 volunteers to Ecuador for capacity building activities.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Degree (doctorate) in geophysics (expertise in volcanology and/or seismology)

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English

Skills

  • Good interpersonal, social and team working skills
  • Strong sense of initiative and autonomy, ability to work independently
  • Good communications and pedagogical skills, outgoing nature, sense of diplomacy
  • Good ability to adapt to an environment with a high natural disaster risk
  • Humility, interest in local communities, empathy

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
  • Relevant work experience in order to perform required duties
Address of deployment: 
Quito, Ecuador
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
Task: 
General

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Ecuasol Foundation, and in coordination with other volunteers around the country, the volunteer will be deployed for 3 months to reinforce an awareness-raising program about seismic risks, based in Quito but traveling within Ecuador regions, where long-term volunteers are based.

Awareness raising

In cooperation with the Ecuadorian government and local authorities/municipalities, along with the IRD (Institut de Recherche et de Développement) based in Quito and its partners, as well as the local office of ECHO, the volunteer will bring his/her expertise geophysics and/or vulcanology and/or seismology in order to strengthen the knowledge of the current deployed volunteers in several regions of Ecuador, working on an awareness-raising program about seismic and volcanic risks.

Risk assessment

The volunteer makes a situational analysis of the risks of the region: volcanic or seismic and/or landslide and/or tsunami. He/she will discuss closely with the volunteers and local experts and communities to confirm the real risks in the region. He/she will confirm to which extent communities lack basic information, activities or tools to respond to the natural disaster. He/she will help raise awareness of the risks. He/she will support and train, where necessary, the expert volunteer in each visited region. He/she will build the capacity of the mission in this regard.

Reports and continuity of the action

The volunteer will capture valuable information and provide a short report to ensure continuity of the actions.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

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.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative"), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.

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

Minimum Requirements: 

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from February 2018

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 3 months
Deployment duty station:
• Quito, Ecuador, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (463,19 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be mainly in Spanish, though a good command of English is necessary.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 01/02/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Ecuador at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Global Security
-Crime
Pickpockets and Armed robbery can be a constant hazard throughout Ecuador, but especially in Quito, Guayaquil and in remote areas. Sexual assault against foreign women have also increased in the city of Montañita and express kidnappings - short-term opportunistic abductions, aimed at extracting cash from the victim - also occur, particularly in Quito and Guayaquil.
-Health
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months as well as cases of the Chikungunya virus (mainly in Esmeraldas, Manabi and Guayas coastal provinces). Dengue fever cases have been reported in Los Rios, Manabi, Guayas, Orellana and Sucumbios provinces.
Parts of Ecuador (including Quito at 2,800m) are at high altitude. If you plan to travel to altitudes over 2,500 meters discuss the risks associated with travelling to high altitude with your doctor before you travel.

Natural Disasters
-Earthquakes
There’s a high risk of earthquakes in Ecuador. In April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast between Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces. Hundreds of people died and there was widespread damage to infrastructure. There’s still a high risk of aftershocks. A state of exception (giving additional powers to the government) remains in place in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí. An aftershock on 19 December 2016 with a magnitude of 5.7 caused further casualties and damage to infrastructure in Esmeraldas.
More information is available from the Ecuadorean National Risk Management Agency and the National Geophysical Institute. See Natural disasters
-Volcanic activity
There are a number of active volcanoes in Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano has experienced renewed activity in August 2015 and restrictions are in place (climbing Tungurahua, Reventador, Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes is forbidden). However, volcanic activity has been moderate to low over the last months. The local authorities have allocated official shelters throughout the vulnerable areas and early warning sirens have been installed in The Chillos and Tumbaco valleys and in other surrounding areas.
Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Ecuador

The volunteer will be hosted by Fundación Plan Ecuasol, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Hosting organisation: 
Fundación Ecuasol
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Senior Volunteer: Architect in Ecuador (Organizational Development and Capacity Building) [VOL4AID_GVC_ECU_ARC_SR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges​ - VOL4AID project

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the 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 – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

1) To engage European citizens in complementing and contributing to Humanitarian Action 

2) To ensure high quality management of EU Aid Volunteers by the project participants.

3) To secure the capacities and upgrade the management systems of hosting organizations and local partner organizations for EU Aid volunteers’ deployment, and contribution to their humanitarian interventions.

4) To promote among the European citizenship innovative new ways of engagement in volunteering in humanitarian action (online and employee volunteering).

In this framework, a total of 61 volunteers will be deployed to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia.

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 3 volunteers to Ecuador for capacity building activities.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Degree in Architecture

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English

Skills

  • Good interpersonal, social and team working skills
  • Strong sense of initiative and autonomy, ability to work independently
  • Good communications and pedagogical skills, outgoing nature, sense of diplomacy
  • Good ability to adapt to an environment with a high natural disaster risk
  • Humility, interest in local communities, empathy

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
  • Relevant work experience in order to perform required duties
Address of deployment: 
Quito, Ecuador
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
Task: 
General

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Ecuasol Foundation, and in coordination with other volunteers around the country, the volunteer will be deployed for 3 months to reinforce an awareness-raising program about seismic risks, based in Quito but traveling within Ecuador regions, where long-term volunteers are based.

Creation of tools for local communities

In cooperation with the Ecuadorian government and local authorities/municipalities, along with the IRD (Institut de Recherche et de Développement) based in Quito and its partners, as well as the local office of ECHO, the volunteer will bring his/her expertise in parasismic construction (travel to disaster-stricken areas are to be foreseen) and will support the work of the volunteers in the creation of outreach tools aimed at local communities, children and adults. The tools are aimed at raising awareness about seismic risks and help prepare the communities in case of an earthquake.

Risk assessment

The volunteer makes a situational analysis of the buildings (see the fragility points) and with the help of the other volunteers, will confirm the state of destruction of local infrastructures that welcome the public, with a specific focus on schools. He/she will discuss closely with the volunteers to confirm the need for earthquake-resistant standards or adapted materials recovery projects, and about electricity and water supply systems. He/she will confirm to which extent communities lack basic information, activities or tools to respond to the natural disaster. He/she will help raise awareness of the risks.

Strengthen the buildings

The volunteer will bring solutions to strengthen the buildings, the water and electric networks, and propose an evolution of the current situation. He/she will share this with the local construction workers, companies, authorities, and communities

Reports and continuity of the action

The volunteer will capture valuable information and provide a short report to ensure continuity of the actions.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

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.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative"), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.

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

Minimum Requirements: 

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from February 2018

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 3 months
Deployment duty station:
• Quito, Ecuador, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (463,19 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance, compulsory vaccinations, and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.
Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be mainly in Spanish, though a good command of English is necessary.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 01/02/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Ecuador at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
2
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Global Security
-Crime
Pickpockets and Armed robbery can be a constant hazard throughout Ecuador, but especially in Quito, Guayaquil and in remote areas. Sexual assault against foreign women have also increased in the city of Montañita and express kidnappings - short-term opportunistic abductions, aimed at extracting cash from the victim - also occur, particularly in Quito and Guayaquil.
-Health
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months as well as cases of the Chikungunya virus (mainly in Esmeraldas, Manabi and Guayas coastal provinces). Dengue fever cases have been reported in Los Rios, Manabi, Guayas, Orellana and Sucumbios provinces.
Parts of Ecuador (including Quito at 2,800m) are at high altitude. If you plan to travel to altitudes over 2,500 meters discuss the risks associated with travelling to high altitude with your doctor before you travel.

Natural Disasters
-Earthquakes
There’s a high risk of earthquakes in Ecuador. In April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast between Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces. Hundreds of people died and there was widespread damage to infrastructure. There’s still a high risk of aftershocks. A state of exception (giving additional powers to the government) remains in place in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí. An aftershock on 19 December 2016 with a magnitude of 5.7 caused further casualties and damage to infrastructure in Esmeraldas.
More information is available from the Ecuadorean National Risk Management Agency and the National Geophysical Institute. See Natural disasters
-Volcanic activity
There are a number of active volcanoes in Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano has experienced renewed activity in August 2015 and restrictions are in place (climbing Tungurahua, Reventador, Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes is forbidden). However, volcanic activity has been moderate to low over the last months. The local authorities have allocated official shelters throughout the vulnerable areas and early warning sirens have been installed in The Chillos and Tumbaco valleys and in other surrounding areas.
Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Ecuador

The volunteer will be hosted by Fundación Plan Ecuasol, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Hosting organisation: 
Fundación Ecuasol
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Senior Volunteer in Communication in Cambodia [VOL4AID_GVC_CAM_COM_SR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges​ - VOL4AID project

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the 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 – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

1) To engage European citizens in complementing and contributing to Humanitarian Action 

2) To ensure high quality management of EU Aid Volunteers by the project participants.

3) To secure the capacities and upgrade the management systems of hosting organizations and local partner organizations for EU Aid volunteers’ deployment, and contribution to their humanitarian interventions.

4) To promote among the European citizenship innovative new ways of engagement in volunteering in humanitarian action (online and employee volunteering).

In this framework, a total of 61 volunteers will be deployed to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia.

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

 

In the framework of this project, GVC deploys 2 volunteers to Cambodia.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Degree in Communication political science and related studies
  • Specific media & communication studies

Languages

  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of the full Office suite
  • Stress management
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Good interpersonal, team working skills and ability to work independently;
  • Good ability to adapt to the situation of instability;
  • Ability to write reports and press releases.
  • Familiarity with social media

Experiences

  • 5 years’ experience in relevant fields
  • Previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
Address of deployment: 
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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
Task: 
General

• GVC Cambodia with its local partners has been working since 2006 in different field starting from food security to water & sanitation and disaster risk reduction. GVC Cambodia is now mainly active in preventing human trafficking and ensuring safe migrations roads. Under the direct supervision and mentoring of the GVC Country Representative person in Cambodia the Volunteer will support the implementation of the GVC communication and advocacy strategy in the country.

Visibility and advocacy

• The Volunteer shall proactively increase the positive visibility of GVC Cambodia's activities and results both locally and in Europe; she/he will also run advocacy and awareness raising activities
• Facilitate the production of visibility content including text, photos, videos , etc. in order to support global and country fundraising activities , ensuring consistency with messages

Meetings and field visits

• The Volunteer will participate to the team coordination meetings and to all relevant meetings with local stakeholders and partners; she/he will take part to relevant field visits
• Monitor/evaluate the communication campaigns that GVC is going to launch through third parties
• Develop capacity of GVC staff/volunteers on external relations communication, providing advice, guidance and training to ensure quality communication activities that deliver the desired impact

Editorial inputs

• The Volunteer shall give editorial input and guidance for news and feature stories, op-eds, videos, statements, press materials; she/he will also draft reports and press releases

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative"), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.

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

Minimum Requirements: 

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from January 2018

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Siem Reap, Cambodia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (427,14 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance, compulsory vaccinations, and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.
Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 02/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Cambodia at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Humanitarian Context
With a population of 13.4 million, Cambodia is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia, and also one of the poorest. 80% of the population is rural, and an estimated one-third of Cambodians still live below the poverty line. After decades of civil war, the country emerged from conflict in the early 1990s, and the reconstruction phase has seen some economic growth, as well as improvements in overall health, education and income standards. However, significant challenges remain, and Cambodia is still classified as one of the world’s Least Developed Countries.
Moreover, Cambodia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia, with floods and drought the primary natural hazards to affect the country. These have caused significant loss of life and substantial damages to infrastructure, agriculture and livelihoods. The frequent natural disasters have exacerbated the vulnerability of the mostly poor and rural population. In addition, issues with significant humanitarian impact, including climate change, landmines, environmental degradation, water and sanitation, health and other developmental issues, also affect Cambodia, severely obstructing development in a country seeking to rise out of years of internal conflict and instability.
Currently, much of disaster management in Cambodia is focused at the community level on preparedness, disaster risk reduction and response preparation.
Cambodia continues to strengthen its capacity to prepare and respond to disasters but will likely require continuing assistance from the international community for many years. It will take concerted efforts in coordination and cooperation with regional countries and other foreign nations, as well as support from the international humanitarian community, to help Cambodia prepare for, respond and minimize the effects of disasters.

Migration and Human Trafficking challenge:
Poverty, lack of jobs within Cambodia and family expectations are some of the driving factors pushing citizens to take advantage of globalization and the labour market imbalance between countries by migrating for better opportunities. Because of the inadequate economic, social or physical security of the migrants, the opportunities can end up being exploitative. Many migrants (usually undocumented) are victimized at the hands of perpetrators of contemporary forms of slavery, through human trafficking (especially women and children), labour exploitation and forced marriage. Strains brought on by financial insecurity are believed to lead to heightened stress and desperation, which in turn can stimulate a predisposition to domestic violence. Protections for migrant workers can be difficult to enforce due to the cross-country nature of the relationships.

Security conditions
Security conditions in Cambodia are generally good.
Incidents of politically-motivated violence have fallen in recent years, but political disputes could trigger violent protests.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Cambodia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level.
GVC Cambodia is active in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, Food Security, human trafficking and migrations.
The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Cambodia
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Cambodia [VOL4AID_GVC_CAM_ADM_JR]

EU Aid Volunteers initiative

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges​ - VOL4AID project

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the 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 – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

1) To engage European citizens in complementing and contributing to Humanitarian Action 

2) To ensure high quality management of EU Aid Volunteers by the project participants.

3) To secure the capacities and upgrade the management systems of hosting organizations and local partner organizations for EU Aid volunteers’ deployment, and contribution to their humanitarian interventions.

4) To promote among the European citizenship innovative new ways of engagement in volunteering in humanitarian action (online and employee volunteering).

In this framework, a total of 61 volunteers will be deployed to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia.

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

 

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 volunteers to Cambodia.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Studies in Economics, Business Administration or Accountancy
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge

Languages

  • Fluent in English written and spoken
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and good knowledge of the full Office suite
  • Reports drafting
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Organizational skills.

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset

 

Address of deployment: 
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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
Task: 
General

Under the direct supervision and mentoring of the GVC Country Representative person in Tunisia, the Volunteer will support the implementation of the GVC projects in the country.

Supporting the project manager

The Volunteer shall support the project manager in the management and implementation of the project activities ensuring an accurate and timely reporting according to GVC, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats and archiving the various type of documents (list of beneficiaries, procurement procedures, photographic documentation and project visibility); she/he shall also support the project manager in managing the budget for the assigned project to ensure the application of GVC standards to all the expenses.

Supporting the administrator

The Volunteer shall support the administrator in the financial management, including accountability and good governance.

Planning and coordination

The Volunteer shall organize and implement the monthly programming work with the coordinator; she/he will participate and support to the team coordination meeting and all the other activities required for the proper development of the mission.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative"), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.

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

Minimum Requirements: 

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from January 2018

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Siem Reap, Cambodia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (427,14 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, compulsory vaccinations, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.
Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 02/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Cambodia at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Humanitarian Context
With a population of 13.4 million, Cambodia is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia, and also one of the poorest. 80% of the population is rural, and an estimated one-third of Cambodians still live below the poverty line. After decades of civil war, the country emerged from conflict in the early 1990s, and the reconstruction phase has seen some economic growth, as well as improvements in overall health, education and income standards. However, significant challenges remain, and Cambodia is still classified as one of the world’s Least Developed Countries.
Moreover, Cambodia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in Asia, with floods and drought the primary natural hazards to affect the country. These have caused significant loss of life and substantial damages to infrastructure, agriculture and livelihoods. The frequent natural disasters have exacerbated the vulnerability of the mostly poor and rural population. In addition, issues with significant humanitarian impact, including climate change, landmines, environmental degradation, water and sanitation, health and other developmental issues, also affect Cambodia, severely obstructing development in a country seeking to rise out of years of internal conflict and instability.
Currently, much of disaster management in Cambodia is focused at the community level on preparedness, disaster risk reduction and response preparation.
Cambodia continues to strengthen its capacity to prepare and respond to disasters but will likely require continuing assistance from the international community for many years. It will take concerted efforts in coordination and cooperation with regional countries and other foreign nations, as well as support from the international humanitarian community, to help Cambodia prepare for, respond and minimize the effects of disasters.

Migration and Human Trafficking challenge:
Poverty, lack of jobs within Cambodia and family expectations are some of the driving factors pushing citizens to take advantage of globalization and the labour market imbalance between countries by migrating for better opportunities. Because of the inadequate economic, social or physical security of the migrants, the opportunities can end up being exploitative. Many migrants (usually undocumented) are victimized at the hands of perpetrators of contemporary forms of slavery, through human trafficking (especially women and children), labour exploitation and forced marriage. Strains brought on by financial insecurity are believed to lead to heightened stress and desperation, which in turn can stimulate a predisposition to domestic violence. Protections for migrant workers can be difficult to enforce due to the cross-country nature of the relationships.

Security conditions
Security conditions in Cambodia are generally good.
Incidents of politically-motivated violence have fallen in recent years, but political disputes could trigger violent protests.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Cambodia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level.
GVC Cambodia is active in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, Food Security, human trafficking and migrations.
The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Cambodia
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Senior Volunteer: Communications Expert and Visual Artist, Ecuador (Capacity building) - VOL4AID_ECU_COMcb_SR

The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps created the basis to develop the EU Aid Volunteers initiative. Being supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), one of the main objectives of the initiative is to contribute to efforts to strengthen the Union's capacity to provide needs-based humanitarian assistance and to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable or disaster-affected communities in third countries.

The EU Aid Volunteers Initiative (EUAV) 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.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organisations in third countries.

In the context of this vacancy, the EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries, and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

After the success of two pilot- and one first official- deployment projects, a second round of deployment projects sets the ground for this vacancy.

More information available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en  

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active Europen citizens in response to humanitarian challenges - VOL4ID project

 

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the 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 – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

1) To engage European citizens in complementing and contributing to Humanitarian Action 

2) To ensure high quality management of EU Aid Volunteers by the project participants.

3) To secure the capacities and upgrade the management systems of hosting organizations and local partner organizations for EU Aid volunteers’ deployment, and contribution to their humanitarian interventions.

4) To promote among the European citizenship innovative new ways of engagement in volunteering in humanitarian action (online and employee volunteering).

In this framework, a total of 61 volunteers will be deployed to Colombia, Haiti, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Lebanon, and Cambodia.

ActionAid Hellas will deploy to ECUASOL 2 volunteers for capacity building in communication issues.

Required competences: 

Studies:

Diplomas, seminars, trainings on: Filming, Photography, Graphic Design or any other relevant studies

Experience:

- Previous experience in volunteering desired in a foreign country

- Art, video, photo, or any relevant projects in order to fulfill the mission

Skills:

- Good interpersonal, social and team working skills

- Strong sense of initiative and autonomy, ability to work independently

- Good communications and pedagogical skills, outgoing nature, sense of diplomacy

- Good ability to adapt to an environment with a high natural disaster risk

- Humility, interest in local communities, empathy

Languages:

- Very good level of Spanish (B2)

- English

 

Address of deployment: 
Quito + local travel in the country, Ecuador
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
Task: 
General

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Ecuasol Foundation, and in coordination with other volunteers around the country, the volunteer will be deployed for 3 months to capture the spirit, through images (art, video, photo, book, etc...) of volunteers and local communities’ work on an awareness-raising program about seismic risks, based in Quito but traveling within Ecuador regions, where long-term volunteers are based.

Visual materials production

In cooperation with the Ecuadorian government and local authorities/municipalities, along with the IRD (Institut de Recherche et de Développement) based in Quito and its partners, as well as the local office of ECHO, the volunteer will bring his/her creativity in order to produce different visual materials and artistic works to illustrate and immortalize the project led by Ecuadorian communities and European volunteers.

Artistic work production

At a minimum, one valuable artistic work is produced (video reportage or design, illustrated book, portraits or other photo works, comics, etc). All ideas welcome. The results of the volunteer’s work are to be used to promote the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as a European Commission program, as well as the Ecuasol awareness-raising program about seismic and volcanic risks. The volunteer’s work is for a humanitarian purpose, and will therefore be produced to serve the purpose and cause of the project and of Ecuasol.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field.
b. Gather audio-visual materials to be used in a public awareness activity conducted by the volunteers' community in Europe.
c. Organise and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe, in coordination with the partner NGOs of the project.

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.

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps ("EU Aid Volunteers initiative").

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

Minimum Requirements: 

Language skills: English, & Spanish

Availability for in-presence training in October 2017 (see information on learning opportunities)

Availability to be deployed in Ecuador from February to April 2018

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a minimum of 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Training sessions will be mainly in Spanish but also a good command of English is necessary.

It is possible that for 1 position 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, or changes to the project during its implementation.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of deployment: 3 months
Deployment duty station: Quito + Various cities in Ecuador
Conditions of service:
- A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (463,19 € per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
- Accommodation costs will be covered.
- Visa fees, mandatory vaccination fees, and one return airfare ticket, will be covered.
- The program foresees a full insurance coverage by Cigna Services.
- The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
- For each month of voluntary activity, 2 days of rest are foreseen.
- For each month of deployment, 100 € of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in October (specific dates to be confirmed). The on-line training will start approximately 3 weeks before.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
No apprenticeship period is foreseen
Deployment: 
Starting from February 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
A pre-deployment induction session is foreseen to take place at Action Aid Hellas office, in Athens (Greece). All costs will be covered.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months upon return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
2
Apprenticeship: 

No apprenticeship period is foreseen

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

Approximately one month after the last day of the submissions of the applications

Interview Process: 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on-line. The final decision on the effective deployment will be taken only after the training.

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

SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN ECUADOR
Action Aid Hellas is working with the Ecuasol Foundation to ensure you a safe environment. However, you should remain careful of the security and humanitarian situation in Ecuador.

GLOBAL SECURITY
Crime
Pickpockets and Armed robbery can be a constant hazard throughout Ecuador, but especially in Quito, Guayaquil and in remote areas. Sexual assault against foreign women have also increased in the city of Montañita and express kidnappings - short-term opportunistic abductions, aimed at extracting cash from the victim - also occur, particularly in Quito and Guayaquil.

Health
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months as well as cases of the Chikungunya virus (mainly in Esmeraldas, Manabi and Guayas coastal provinces). Dengue fever cases have been reported in Los Rios, Manabi, Guayas, Orellana and Sucumbios provinces.
Parts of Ecuador (including Quito at 2,800m) are at high altitude. If you plan to travel to altitudes over 2,500 metres discuss the risks associated with travelling to high altitude with your doctor before you travel.

NATURAL DISASTERS
Earthquakes
There’s a high risk of earthquakes in Ecuador. In April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast between Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces. Hundreds of people died and there was widespread damage to infrastructure. There’s still a high risk of aftershocks. A state of exception (giving additional powers to the government) remains in place in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí. An aftershock on 19 December 2016 with a magnitude of 5.7 caused further casualties and damage to infrastructure in Esmeraldas.
More information is available from the Ecuadorean National Risk Management Agency and the National Geophysical Institute. See Natural disasters

Volcanic activity
There are a number of active volcanoes in Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano has experienced renewed activity in August 2015 and restrictions are in place (climbing Tungurahua, Reventador, Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes is forbidden). However, volcanic activity has been moderate to low over the last months. The local authorities have allocated official shelters throughout the vulnerable areas and early warning sirens have been installed in The Chillos and Tumbaco valleys and in other surrounding areas.
Source :https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ecuador

The volunteer will be hosted by Fundación Plan Ecuasol, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

ActionAid’s Hellas values
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

More information is available here:
http://www.actionaid.org/
www.euaidvolunteers.org

Hosting organisation: 
Fundación Ecuasol
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer in Communication in Nicaragua [GVC_NIC_COM_JR]

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

GVC (Italy) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers in Action” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 38 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.

18 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 20 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries (Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 3 volunteers to Nicaragua.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Degree in communication, political science and related studies
  • Specific media & communication studies desired

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Italian and English is an asset

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge and good general knowledge of the full Office suite
  • Stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Good interpersonal, team working skills and ability to work independently;
  • Good ability to adapt to the situation of instability;
  • Ability to write reports and press releases.
  • knowledge of web 2.0 and its potential for the internet positioning.
  • Knowledge of the main CMS, the application office and e-mail tools.
  • Knowledge and passion for digital technologies and the web marketing (including SEO, SEM, Google AdWords / AdGrant, Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Linkedin Ads, HTML, CMS, web and social analytics)
  • Knowledge in the use of photo editing tools (eg. Adobe Photoshop), and basic graphical management for text and graphics.

Experiences

  • Previous experience in developing countries is an asset
  • Professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) is desirable

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Managua, Nicaragua
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
Technical tasks

• Contributing to the creation of materials to be published on the website and on the social media
• Planning the production of web contents
• Manage communication on social networks
• Treating direct communication with donors and funders of the organization
• Preparation and publication of the monthly newsletter
• Promote awareness campaigns and collection of funds
• Manage and enrich the photo and video archive of GVC Nicaragua
• Writing of articles and press releases

Coordination tasks

• Manage and implement all the sectoral activities that may be needed
• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

• The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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.

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for the apprenticeship starting from December 2017 and availability for the deployment starting from February 2018

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
During the apprenticeship (if foreseen), the Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthen.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Apprenticeship:
• 2 months
Apprenticeship duty station:
• Bologna, Italy, GVC HQ
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (720,08 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the HQ.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.

Length of Deployment:
• 5 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (326,81 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
• Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in Spanish or English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
Apprenticeship is foreseen to start on 01/12/2017, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 01/02/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Nicaragua at her/his arrival.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

2 months of apprenticeship are foreseen in the GVC HQ in Bologna

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 15/05/2016 to 15/06/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, its level of performance is quiet low, due also to scarce financial resources to ensure the operationalization of preparedness and response plans.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Nicaragua [GVC_NIC_ADM_JR]

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

GVC (Italy) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers in Action” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 38 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.

18 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 20 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries (Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 3 volunteers to Nicaragua.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Studies in Economics, Business Administration, or Accountancy 
  • Desirable humanitarian/development project cycle management knowledge

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management.
  • Reports drafting
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Managua, Nicaragua
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
Supporting the Administrator

• Support the administrator in the accounting of the project in relation to: expenditure plan, accounting management.

Supporting the project manager

• Support the country representative and the country administrator project manager, in coordination with the logistic expert and the administrator, in the maintenance of documents relating to the project activities, reporting and archive’s organization.

Archive and documents

• Keep and archive the administrative and supportive documents (list of beneficiaries, procurement procedures, photographic documentation, visibility of the project).

Activities, planning and coordination

• Organize and implement the monthly programming work with the coordinator;
• Participate and support all the other activities required for the proper development of the mission;
• Participate to the team coordination meetings;

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

• The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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.

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from January 2018

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
During the apprenticeship (if foreseen), the Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthen.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (326,81 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
• Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in Spanish or English.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 02/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Nicaragua at her/his arrival.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 15/05/2016 to 15/06/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, its level of performance is quiet low, due also to scarce financial resources to ensure the operationalization of preparedness and response plans.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer in Climate Change Adaptation and and ecosystem-based management in St Vincent and the Grenadines [GVC_STV_CLI_JR_3]

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

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.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Deployment dates: 
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Description: 

GVC (Italy) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers in Action” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 38 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.

18 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 20 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries (Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 15 volunteers to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at Richmond Vale Academy.

 

 

Mission Statement

By educating people from St. Vincent and the rest of the world, Richmond Vale Academy aims to build the capacity, knowledge and confidence in its beneficiaries. By achieving personal growth and development, future leaders of St. Vincent and of the world will take action for a more just and more sustainable world.

More information is available here: www.richmondvale.org

 

Program of the 6-months deployment

Deployment is organized in teams of work. During the first month the volunteers and the team will dig deep into understanding the problems at hand and start planning the ways of working in the coming months. The main focus is on studying and investigating the effects of climate change and global warming, both on a global scale and more specific in St. Vincent. In this period the Volunteers will build the foundation for the projects they will carry out in the next 5 months of the program.

During the second month of the Program, the Volunteers and the team will implement projects to make Richmond Vale Academy into a model farm and will work with Permaculture principles in the food production, with water conservation, renewable energy, developing food processing systems, organic cleaning products and/or any other projects that can contribute to increase the sustainability of the Richmond Vale Academy.

The last five months of the Climate Change Activist Program are the major part of the program, in which the Volunteers and their team will carry out actions shoulder to shoulder with the people of St. Vincent, to build sustainable systems and raise awareness and prepare for climate change.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Politics, Economics
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and Integral Watershed Management will be an asset
  • Interest in learning about Global Warming and Climate Change

Languages

  • Good knowledge of English

Skills

  • Willing to work on a team and live in a community
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management
  • Ability to adapt and work in different and varied situations and with different people or groups
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Knowledge of participatory planning
  • Knowledge, management and interest in humanitarian issues, rights, peacebuilding

Experiences

  • Raising awareness and methodologies experience

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Chateaubelair – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
Investigating Climate Change

Preparing Courses and studies about Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, Pollution, The Oceans, Small Island Development States, the Caribbean and other activities to adapt to the changing climate in St. Vincent.

Dedicated studies and research on Climate Change

Further studies and research, understanding how climate change has affected St. Vincent

A Project at the Climate Center: Making RVA Climate Compliant

Develop the organic farm, implement projects like biogas, water harvesting, and develop chicken production or recycling of grey water.

Projects in Vincentian Communities (5 months)

Promotion of organic and climate smart agriculture techniques, teach in schools, plant trees, develop model gardens, promote recycling and establish trash management systems, start climate clubs with children and adults or spread awareness through the media or face-to-face.
You will also organize a big Climate Event, as an Open House, where you invite hundreds of people to workshops, lectures, exhibitions and training sessions.

Practical work on protecting and improving disaster-prone areas

An active focus will be put on protecting and improving disaster-prone areas; Vetiver grass and trees will be planted on erosion-prone slopes and wind-breaking trees will be planted in crucial places as well as some beaches will be cleaned as activity under this task.

Trainings to Communities

The objective of this task is to increase the awareness and capacity of sustainable agriculture techniques, through the training of the community. The knowhow in organic farming will be increased and the community will be trained to move towards more resilient farming methods.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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.

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from March 2018

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
During the apprenticeship (if foreseen), the Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthen.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 6 months
Deployment duty station:
• Chateaubelair – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (565,01 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 01/03/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship (if foreseen). Two days of specific training are foreseen in St Vincent at her/his arrival.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
5
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 15/05/2016 to 15/06/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

Interview Process: 

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/08/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

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

Humanitarian Context
The poject is located in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), which is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean. St Vincent and the Grenadines consist of 32 islands and cays of which 9 are inhabited. The population of SVG is 110,000 of which 98.000 live in St. Vincent. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture. English is the official language and Creole is the native. The country is peaceful with a parliamentary democracy.
Saint Vincent is one of the poorest island nations in the Caribbean and one of the world's most disaster prone countries.
Climate Change means more flooding and hurricanes. In December 2013 extreme weather hit St. Vincent and left thousands without public water, with heavy destruction of roads, bridges and houses and left hundreds in shelters. Estimates from NEMO (National Emergency Management Organisation) records show a loss of EC$566 million/211 million USD on these three events: Hurricane Tomas in 2010, rains/floods in April 2011 and rains/floods in December 2013.
Rainstorm in April 2011 about six month after Hurricane Tomas caused severe flooding, landslides and the destruction to several bridges in some of the same areas affected by the hurricane.
The islands vulnerability is compounded by its geography, geology and narrow economic base. For St. Vincent and the Grenadines therefore, Disaster Risk Reduction is an imperative.
The EU’s Humanitarian Aid department DG ECHO has also provided emergency and post emergency aid to assist with the country’s rehabilitation following the passage of Hurricane Tomas in October 2010.
There is an active volcano in SVG which last erupted in 1979. Although only two persons are known to have died from the event, it created island wide impact. Over 20,000 inhabitants from the north of the island had to be evacuated and were displaced for months. There was also widespread damage to agriculture.
The Climate Compliance Program implemented by Richmond Vale Academy together with other partners, community groups and governmental entities seeks to educate, raise awareness and mobilize people to take action. It offers a practical solution to building greater resilience into vulnerable communities by implementing actions to protect the natural resources that they depend on. Since the start of the program, fifty people from St. Vincent along with hundreds of volunteers from all over the World have educated themselves in Climate Compliance – specifically in the effects on small island nations – and have taken practical action such as planting 25 000 trees and removing 20 tons of trash from rivers, beaches and communities.
The aim is to educate and inform about Climate Change issues and biodiversity to a broad audience from children to adults. This has been done in every possible way – face to face presentations in schools, organizations, community groups as well as through TV, Radio and Newspapers. The program has consistently been present in the public Media and has also produced newspapers which have been distributed all over the Islands about Tree planting, Climate Change etc. This has all increased the awareness about climate change issues and biodiversity and through the actions done in the community a strong network has been built and strong partnerships have been created within Government officials, organizations, businesses and private people.

Security conditions
During the last few years, in St. Vincent there has been an increase of small urban delinquency, however there are no major security issues in the country.
Petty crime might occurs. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
About road travel, traffic drives on the left. Road conditions are generally poor. Mountain roads are narrow and steep with few guardrails or markings. Roadside assistance is not widely available.
Taxis and buses are relatively safe, they can be overcrowded and frequently travel at excessive speeds.
Chateaubelair has a local police. The project has additional security measures.
Richmond Vale Academy is responsible for coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.
RVA has a no drugs no alcohol policy which is part of securing the safety of the individual. There is zero tolerance for sexual abuse. Besides this there are rules for not walking or swimming alone.
There is a local clinic 10 min away and a doctor. There are clinics for all kinds of illnesses in Kingstown which is 1.5 hours away.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Hosting organisation: 
Richmond Vale Academy
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Alliance2015 EU Aid Volunteers Deployment

The objective of the project is the establishment of a skilled workforce of humanitarian professionals with the skills, knowledge and connection to contribute to effective humanitarian preparedness and response.

Partners: 
ACTED
People in Need - Člověk v tísni, o. p. s.
ACTED Haiti
ACTED Lebanon
ACTED Senegal
People in Need - Angola
People in Need - Cambodia
People In Need - Turkey
Concern Worldwide - Malawi
Concern Worldwide - Haiti
Concern Worldwide - Sierra Leone
Needs: 

Recruiting people with the necessary skills in the current context of four Level 3 crises is becoming harder and harder. The EU assessment of knowledge and skills and competencies in the humanitarian sector identified the lack of technical specialists as a key competency gap. Furthermore, the 2011 Humanitarian Response Review carried out by the UK government identified entry into the humanitarian sector and establishment of a structured pash of professional development as major issues within the humanitarian sector. The project will address the need for qualified entry level 'junior professionals' with specific technical expertise and the requisite managerial capacity for mentoring and volunteering in selected third country offices. The selection of country programme offices was based on a number of criteria including:

a) strong senior management structure with good capacity to mentor and support a volunteer;

b) previous experience with managing entry level roles and

c) high demand for the type of skills this role could provide. The needs assessment methodology included questions such as volunteer expectations; the country programme's capacity to host a volunteer, current gaps within country programmes and expected added value from a volunteer.

 

Results: 

Volunteers will complete a tailored programme which will involve different combinations of apprenticeship and deployment in a third country.

Third country managers will undertake a training programme to improve the managerial capacity for volunteering and humanitarian response.

The project will support the establishment of a network of mentors and trainers to support learning and development.

The project will promote volunteering across Europe through a series of dissemination and experience sharing actions.

Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Ciara Passmore, taking the MUAC of a child in Karamoja, Uganda
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
694447€
Objectives: 
Objective 1:

Establish a comprehensive deployment programme for junior professionals build around supportive learning and development systems.

Objective 2:

Strengthen the capacity of third country managers for humanitarian preparedness and response and effective volunteer management.

Objective 3:

Effectively communicate and promote the volunteer experience across Alliance2015, Europe and third country offices.

Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Groups audience: 
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