EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Disaster risk reduction

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Disaster risk management, Nepal (9 months)

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Nepal is vulnerable to various natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, soil erosion, fires, drought etc.  The country lacks an appropriate strategy to protect from emergency risk and disaster.

After the devastating earthquake of 2015, the situation in Nepal is critical. Many parts of the communities are destroyed and many people have been lost their houses and properties in this earthquake. This massive earthquake not only left people to face economic vulnerability but also homelessness due to which they resort to living in small temporary shelters where it can be very cold.

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) as a humanitarian organization, is working in different communities to empower people in need or exposed to economic vulnerability improving their capacity and standard of life. It works mainly in Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga and some other districts of Nepal. To achieve its goal, VIN’s local staff works together with international and local volunteers.

VIN is closely implementing its reconstruction projects in its working communities. This project aims to help and support local families in need to reconstruct their earthquake resistance homes by providing support with materials and activities. Developing sessions on risk preparedness and educate people in the community and local school children are also goals of this project.

Required competences: 

Some Technical competencies, skills on construction are preferred, fundraising ideas for reconstruction of earthquake resistance homes would be appreciated, disaster preparedness education especially in relation to earthquakes.

Project: 
Sustainable Development through Humanitarian Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The selection will be done following equal treatment and non discrimination criterias.

Minimum Requirements: 

It is required to work in basic living condition with local people in the village.
Flexible and adoptable in local context.
Physically fit to work for the construction site.
Fluent written and spoken English.
Having knowledge on disaster preparedness especially in relation to earthquakes to provide education to children.
Interested to work with locals and group.
Having positive attitude.

Learning Opportunities: 

Within this project the volunteer will be able to learn new skills and knowledge such as:
- Construction skills
- Organizing and delivering the session of disaster preparedness and safety
- Nepali life, culture and language

Working and Living Conditions: 

EU Aid Volunteers will be working 6 hours per day (30 hrs. Per week). VIN works in rural areas of Nepal, i.e. Taluwa, Thulachhap and Bhadaura of Okhaldhunga District (250 km by bus from Ktm), Okharpauwa of Nuwakot (25 km from KTM) and Kavresthali and Jeetpurphedi of Tarakeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu District (11 km from KTM). Development, education services and other facilities can be basic.

Host families might not have internet access. Volunteers will have access to the office of the local hosting organization with a connection to internet, and a desk. If possible, the volunteer should come with his/her laptop.

EU Aid Volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living facilities are simple and basic. Simple bed is provided to the volunteer in a room which can be locked. Male and female EU Aid Volunteers will share the same living area with separate rooms.
In the Morning, breakfast will be provided in Nepali standard i.e. dhalbhat (rice, lentil soup, vegetables, pickle, eggs etc.). Nepali people don’t eat a lot of meat. Meat will be served once in a week. The host family will then send the volunteers a packed lunch to eat during their lunchtime at their workplace. There will be a drinking water in the family room but not at the work place, so they are requested to bring a re-fillable water bottle. They will be provided Nepali standard dinner. The toilets are not Western – they are the simple squat-style.
Pre-departure trainings, international transportation, visa, medical checks, insurance, accommodation and a per diem (for meals, local transports…) are covered by the program.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Between mid-June and beginning of August
Apprenticeship Placement: 
n/a
Deployment: 
September 2018 - June 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
September 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
June-October 2019
Vacancy picture: 
Disaster risks management, VIN
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

The candidate has to sent the following documents to info@adice.asso.fr
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Interview Process: 

Between the 21/05 and the 06/06/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ADICE and VIN.

Between the 06/06 and the 15/06/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are preselected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between mid-June and beginning of August 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the EC training on August 2018.

During the first week of September 2018 : the selected candidate will participate to a complementary training with ADICE.

Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training. 

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

Each EU Aid Volunteer is received from the airport by VIN’s staff and brought to its hostel. At the beginning VIN provides a full training on arrival that lasts minimum of a week. It can be also longer if needed. The EU Aid Volunteer is fully prepared for the living and working condition in the training. Most of the people speak Nepali in the working community, so the volunteers need some survival Nepali language to work with, VIN prepares them with Nepali Language classes from the professional language teachers so that they don’t feel language difficulties. They are prepared culturally to fit in the local context. VIN covers health and safety briefing, cultural class, description of the organization and local working context, working community visits and one to one information/orientation with mentor and program officer of the particular project on its first on arrival training.

EU Aid Volunteers are given the emergency contacts, contact information of staff, hospitals and other necessary information on the first week of their arrival. They are also taken to the tour/visit of the working community on the first week and questions raised by the volunteers are answered. VIN is available 24 hours for their emergency.
The detail info sheet is sent to the volunteers at least one month before.
VIN has developed and updated a Security Management plan and Health and Safety policy that explain the security rules and assessment regarding the local context. These documents are shared with the volunteers at their arrival.

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Volunteers Initiative Nepal - VIN
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ADICE - Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Citoyennes et Européennes
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":83.999997457001,"longitude":27.999999641,"country":"NP"}
Task: 
Disaster risk management

- Conduct research on risk and disaster in the community.
- Support on reconstruction and renovation of the houses for poor and needy people.
- Work with other volunteer for crowd funding to support the earthquake victims.

Disaster preparedness

- Educate on safe earthquake resistance houses/schools.
- Raise awareness and provide training on disaster preparedness to the community people and school children

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Disaster risk management, Nepal (9 months)

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Nepal is vulnerable to various natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, soil erosion, fires, drought etc.  The country lacks an appropriate strategy to protect from emergency risk and disaster.

After the devastating earthquake of 2015, the situation in Nepal is critical. Many parts of the communities are destroyed and many people have been lost their houses and properties in this earthquake. This massive earthquake not only left people to face economic vulnerability but also homelessness due to which they resort to living in small temporary shelters where it can be very cold.

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) as a humanitarian organization, is working in different communities to empower people in need or exposed to economic vulnerability improving their capacity and standard of life. It works mainly in Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga and some other districts of Nepal. To achieve its goal, VIN’s local staff works together with international and local volunteers.

VIN is closely implementing its reconstruction projects in its working communities. This project aims to help and support local families in need to reconstruct their earthquake resistance homes by providing support with materials and activities. Developing sessions on risk preparedness and educate people in the community and local school children are also goals of this project.

Required competences: 

Technical competencies, skills on construction, fundraising ideas for reconstruction of earthquake resistance homes, disaster preparedness education especially earthquake.

Project: 
Sustainable Development through Humanitarian Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The selection will be done following equal treatment and non discrimination criterias.

Minimum Requirements: 

The volunteer must communicate in English. It is required to work in basic living condition with local people in the village. Flexible and adoptable in local context.
Physically fit to work in the construction site. Fluent written and spoken English, knowledge on disaster preparedness especially in relation to earthquakes to provide education to children, interest in working with locals and group and a positive attitude.

Learning Opportunities: 

Within this project the volunteer will be able to learn new skills and knowledge such as:
- Construction skills
- Organizing and delivering the session of disaster preparedness and safety
- Nepali life, culture and language

Working and Living Conditions: 

EU Aid Volunteers will be working 6 hours per day (30 hrs. Per week). VIN works in rural areas of Nepal, i.e. Taluwa, Thulachhap and Bhadaura of Okhaldhunga District (250 km by bus from Ktm), Okharpauwa of Nuwakot (25 km from KTM) and Kavresthali and Jeetpurphedi of Tarakeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu District (11 km from KTM). Development, education services and other facilities can be basic.

Host families might not have internet access. Volunteers will have access to the office of the local hosting organization with a connection to internet, and a desk. If possible, the volunteer should come with his/her laptop.

EU Aid Volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living facilities are simple and basic. A simple bed is provided to the volunteer in a room which can be locked. Male and female EU Aid Volunteers will share the same living area with separate rooms.
In the Morning, breakfast will be provided in Nepali standard i.e. dhalbhat (rice, lentil soup, vegetables, pickle, eggs etc.). Nepali people don’t eat a lot of meat. Meat will be served once in a week. The host family will then send the volunteers a packed lunch to eat during their lunchtime at their workplace. There will be a drinking water in the family room but not at the work place, so they are requested to bring a refillable water bottle. They will be provided Nepali standard dinner. The toilets are not Western – they are the simple squat-style.
Pre-departure trainings, international transportation, visa, medical checks, insurance, accommodation and a per diem (for meals, local transports…) are covered by the program.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Between mid-June and beginning of August
Apprenticeship Placement: 
n/a
Deployment: 
September 2018 - June 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
September 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
June-October 2019
Vacancy picture: 
Disaster risks management, VIN
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

The candidate has to sent the following documents to info@adice.asso.fr
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Interview Process: 

Between the 21/05 and the 06/06/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ADICE and VIN.

Between the 06/06 and the 15/06/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are preselected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between mid-June and beginning of August 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the EC training on August 2018.

During the first week of September 2018 : the selected candidate will participate to a complementary training with ADICE.

Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training. 

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

Each EU Aid Volunteer is received from the airport by VIN’s staff and brought to its hostel. At the beginning VIN provides a full training on arrival that lasts minimum of a week. It can be also longer if needed. The EU Aid Volunteer is fully prepared for the living and working condition in the training. Most of the people speak Nepali in the working community, so the volunteers need some survival Nepali language to work with, VIN prepares them with Nepali Language classes from the professional language teachers so that they don’t feel language difficulties. They are prepared culturally to fit in the local context. VIN covers health and safety briefing, cultural class, description of the organization and local working context, working community visits and one to one information/orientation with mentor and program officer of the particular project on its first on arrival training.

EU Aid Volunteers are given the emergency contacts, contact information of staff, hospitals and other necessary information on the first week of their arrival. They are also taken to the tour/visit of the working community on the first week and the questions raised by the volunteers are answered. VIN is available 24 hours for their emergency.
The detail info sheet is sent to the volunteers at least one month before.
VIN has developed and updated a Security Management plan and Health and Safety policy that explain the security rules and assessment regarding the local context. These documents are shared with the volunteers at their arrival.

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Volunteers Initiative Nepal - VIN
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ADICE - Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Citoyennes et Européennes
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":83.999997457001,"longitude":27.999999641,"country":"NP"}
Task: 
Disaster risk management

- Conduct research on risk and disaster in the community.
- Support on reconstruction and renovation of the houses for poor and needy people.
- Work with other volunteer for crowd funding to support the earthquake victims.

Disaster preparedness

- Educate on safe earthquake resistance houses/schools.
- Raise awareness and provide training on disaster preparedness to people in the community and school children.

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Organisational development and capacity building, Nepal (9 months)

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) as a humanitarian organization, is working in different communities to empower people in need or exposed to economic vulnerability improving their capacity and standard of life. It works mainly in Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga and some other districts of Nepal. To achieve its goal, VIN’s local staff works together with international and local volunteers. Professional development of the local staff and volunteers is one of the goals of this project.

The volunteer will work in the same team with local staff. S/he will do the research and develop the strategies for the organization for its growth together with skills and knowledge of the staff which applies for long term.

The project facilitates some training for proposal writing and fundraising for staff and VIN’s partners. Finding possible donors, writing some grants proposals, secure some funds, developing long-term partnerships are also the major goals of this project.

The project encourages volunteers to work together with local staff as a team and with other volunteers as co-workers.

Required competences: 

The volunteer should have the Management competencies such as project implementation, fundraising, evaluation and monitoring, partnership relations etc. , relational competencies such as diplomacy, intercultural issues, team working and personal competencies including autonomy, adaptability, flexibilities etc.

Project: 
Sustainable Development through Humanitarian Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The selection will be done following equal treatment and non discrimination criterias.

Minimum Requirements: 

The EU Aid Volunteer must have fluent written and spoken English. It is required to work in basic living conditions with local people in Kathmandu and the villages.

Learning Opportunities: 

Within this project the EU Aid Volunteer will be able to learn new skills and knowledge such as:
- Training engineering
- Organisational development
- Fundraising
- Nepali life, culture and language

Working and Living Conditions: 

EU Aid Volunteers will be working 6 hours per day. (30 hrs. Per week). VIN works in rural areas of Nepal, i.e. Taluwa, Thulachhap and Bhadaura of Okhaldhunga District (250 km by bus from Ktm), Okharpauwa of Nuwakot (25 km from KTM) and Kavresthali and Jeetpurphedi of Tarakeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu District (11 km from KTM). Development, education services and other facilities can be basic.

Host families might not have internet access. Volunteers will have access to the office of the local hosting organization with a connection to internet, and a desk. If possible, the volunteer should come with his/her laptop.

EU Aid Volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living facilities are simple and basic. Simple bed is provided to the volunteer in a room which can be locked. Male and female EU Aid Volunteers will share the same living area with separate rooms.
In the Morning, breakfast will be provided in Nepali standard i.e. dhalbhat (rice, lentil soup, vegetables, pickle, eggs etc.). Nepali people don’t eat a lot of meat. Meat will be served once in a week. The host family will then send the volunteers a packed lunch to eat during their lunchtime at their workplace. There will be a drinking water in the family room but not at the work place, so they are requested to bring a re-fillable water bottle. They will be provided Nepali standard dinner. The toilets are not Western – they are the simple squat-style.
Pre-departure trainings, international transportation, visa, medical checks, insurance, accommodation and a per diem (for meals, local transports…) are covered by the program.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Between mid-June and beginning of August
Apprenticeship Placement: 
n/a
Deployment: 
September 2018 - June 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
September 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
June-October 2019
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
2
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

The candidate has to sent the following documents to info@adice.asso.fr
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Interview Process: 

Between the 21/05 and the 06/06/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ADICE and VIN.

Between the 06/06 and the 31/06/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between mid-June and beginning of August 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the EC training on August 2018.

During the first week of September 2018 : the selected candidate will participate to a complementary training with ADICE.

Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training.

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

Each EU Aid Volunteer is received from the airport by VIN’s staff and brought to its hostel. At the beginning VIN provides a full training on arrival that lasts minimum of a week. It can be also longer if needed. The EU Aid Volunteer is fully prepared for the living and working condition in the training. Most of the people speak Nepali in the working community, so the volunteers need some survival Nepali language to work with, VIN prepares them with Nepali Language classes from the professional language teachers so that they don’t feel language difficulties. They are prepared culturally to fit in the local context. VIN covers health and safety briefing, cultural class, description of the organization and local working context, working community visits and one to one information/orientation with mentor and program officer of the particular project on its first on arrival training.

EU Aid Volunteers are given the emergency contacts, contact information of staff, hospitals and other necessary information on the first week of their arrival. They are also taken to the tour/visit of the working community on the first week and answer the questions raised by the volunteers. VIN is available 24 hours for their emergency.
VIN has developed and updated a Security Management plan and Health and Safety policy that explain the security rules and assessment regarding the local context. These documents are shared with the volunteers at their arrival.

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Volunteers Initiative Nepal - VIN
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ADICE - Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Citoyennes et Européennes
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":83.999997457001,"longitude":27.999999641,"country":"NP"}
Task: 
Trainings

- Development and facilitation of trainings for the local organization team about the construction and development of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development aid projects (projects proposal writing, research of donors and partners, strategic development of the organization, budget building and monitoring…).
- Support in the organizational development of the local structure (building of organization strategy, support in development of new management and monitoring activities…)

Project management

- Support of the local organization team in the construction and development of new humanitarian, rehabilitation and linking relief projects (research of potential supporting programs and donors, concrete support in the project proposal writing, in the development of local, national and international network with partners and institutions…).

Junior Volunteer in Project Management and Administration in Cambodia [GVC8_CAM_PAD_JR]

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

The project “EU Aid Volunteers Involvement for Increasing People-Centred Humanitarian Response capacity”, led by Alianza por la Solidaridad aims to boost the humanitarian aid sector's capacity to provide needs-based humanitarian aid in disaster prone and disaster affected areas. Four EU organisations from Italy, Greece, Hungary and Spain will work together with 16 organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and North African countries, and Asia in different activities, all participating in humanitarian actions. More info about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers... In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteers to Cambodia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-vol...

Required competences: 

Studies • Preferred studies in International Relations / Social Studies / Political Science / Economics • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge Languages • Fluent in English written and spoken • Knowledge of Italian is an asset Skills • Strong organizational and project coordination skills • Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite • 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 • Previous experience in developing countries • Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers Involvement for Increasing People-Centered Humanitarian Response capacity
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 the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
Deployment starting from mid-September 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.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Siem Reap / Phnom Penh Cambodia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (424,24 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 mid-July 2018. Training sessions will be in English.
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 15/11/2018, 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: 
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

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 04/04/2018 to 03/05/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 04/05/2018 to 05/06/2018.

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

Interview Process: 

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 05/06/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;

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 further assistance from the international community. Coordination and cooperation can offer the support 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. Protection 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
Sending organisation: 
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":104.999998462,"longitude":12.99999571,"country":"KH"}
Task: 
Support and assist the Project Manager

• Managing and implementing 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);
• Managing the budget for the assigned project to ensure the application of GVC standards to all the expenses;
• collaborating with the administrator in the financial management, including accountability and good governance;
• Organizing and implementing the monthly programming work;
• Coordinating, participating and supporting all the other activities required for the proper development of the mission

Support to Monitoring and Evaluation

The EU Aid Volunteer will support the Project Manager in the following tasks:
• Monitor all project activities, expenditures and progress towards achieving the project results;
• Monitor and evaluate the overall progress on achievement of results, and recommend improvement;
• Develop and monitor impact indicators for the project success;
• Monitor the sustainability of the project's results;

Coordination tasks

• Participating to the team coordination meeting with the Country Representative

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The EU Aid 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 EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Stepping back in time in Chipaya

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

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

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

 

Story type: 
Volunteer
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Attribution: 
Third party: 
I confirm that if any third-party material, it has been reproduced with kind permission of the author(s)
Reusable pictures: 
I confirm that these pictures may be reused with attribution to the European Union
Images: 
Putucus y Wallichas Chipaya
Main image: 
Maria and Flora in Chipaya

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in Burundi [GVC7_BUR_AVE_DRR_JR]

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.

The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.

17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, 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 about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Burundi. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Required competences: 

Studies:

  • Studies in Engineering, Environmental Science or related specialization in WASH and DRR
  • Abreast of current development and best practices in Humanitarian Principles and Accountability in WASH and DRR Programming.

 Skills:

  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management.
  • Strong initiative and autonomy;
  • Organizational and project coordination skills.
  • Reports drafting
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions.

Languages:

  • Fluent in French, both written and verbal.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Experience:

  • Significant experience in emergency and/or developmental WASH/DRR program management and technical support.
  • Previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset.
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America
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 the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
• Deployment starting from mid-September 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 EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is AVEDEC
Length of Deployment:
• 6 months
Deployment duty station:
• Gitega, Burundi, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (362,66 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• 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, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

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 more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in French only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
Deployment: 
15/09/2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Burundi at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

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 23/03/2018 to 03/05/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 04/05/2018 to 01/06/2018.

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

Interview Process: 

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/06/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING

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

Humanitarian Context
Burundi has been hit by a vast political and social crisis since 2015, which is having significant repercussions from an economic point of view, especially in rural areas of the country. During 2017, around 427.989 people fled to neighboring states. At the same time the flow of migrant from neighboring states to Burundi counts 63.848 people (http://www.unhcr.org/burundi-situation.html). The consequences of this crisis contribute to amplify an already critical situation regarding nutrition, food security and access to basic services for the population. From the results of the global analysis for food safety and vulnerability (CFSVA 2016/17), it came out, in fact, that the situation of food insecurity in the country is worrying and continuously deteriorating.
GVC began its operations in Burundi in 1995 with emergency programs, and from 2005, with the return of political and social stability, by reviving development programs in support of local governments. During these 21 years of continuous presence in the country with the support of various donors GVC has carried out actions in several areas: health, nutrition, food safety, protection, wash. Currently GVC is working in seven provinces (Bujumbura, Bubanza, Cibitoke, Makamba, Rutana, Ruyigi and Cankuzo) on nutritional promotion and capacity building projects for actors involved in the management of acute malnutrition. In the Province of Bujumbura, GVC has been active since 1995 with different interventions all focused on strengthening the health system. From 2012 until 2016, GVC has managed a program of nutritional rehabilitation and promotion of behavioral change in food consumption, on the 427 hills of three provinces: Bujumbura, Bubanza and Cibitoke. The same activities are currently carried out in four other provinces (Makamba, Rutana, Ruyigi e Cankuzo). As part of this program GVC has managed activities based on the prevention of malnutrition for children under 5 years old and on nutritional education through the FARN approach (Learning and Nutritional Rehabilitation Centers) by strengthening the capacities of the various community actors, focusing mainly on the role of women in order to create a mechanism for education and conscious food production.
Security conditions
Regarding the political and social context, Burundi is classified in risk category C, with a medium level of risk for GVC expatriate staff and local staff. The security situation became less secure during 2015 due to social and political instability that affected all the regions of the country. In response to this crisis, GVC supported the resumption of quick-impact activities on food availability and income generating activities for the more vulnerable household in the Province of Cibitoke, and with a cash transfer intervention in two border hills in the Makamba Province.

AVEDEC and 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.avedec.wordpress.com
www.gvc-italia.org

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Association Villageoise d'Entraide et de Développement Communautaire : AVEDEC
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":29.999996802,"longitude":-3.4999996159996,"country":"BI"}
Task: 
WASH tasks

• Taking part in coordination meetings, external conference, workshops related to the WASH sector in AVEDEC
• Being in charge of support organizing, following and supervising WASH related activities in the ongoing projects of AVEDEC
• Collecting, updating and following up information related to the implementation of WASH activities and infrastructures in target communities
• Supporting the WASH coordination in the implementation of AVEDEC sectorial strategy and policies
• Supporting technical specification of service providers, suppliers and contractors involved in the implementation of the Projects’ activities
• Supporting proper and smooth WASH activities implementation in strict coordination with AVEDEC WASH coordinator, teams and partners
• Being responsible to support smooth coordination with local and national authorities regarding WASH activities
• Working together with local staff to properly perform activities in a coordinated and supportive way
• Being in charge of monitoring all the phases of WASH activity implementation with particular reference to expected quality and results
• Supporting in preparing and collect all sources of verification, deliverables and any other relevant needed documents
• Constantly reporting to AVEDEC WASH coordinator, line manager and tutor
• Being in charge of supporting the drafting of interim and final reports related to, but not only, WASH and technical component to be submitted to donors

Disaster Risk Reduction tasks

• Develop methodological tools for analyzing risk conditions that can be used in municipalities.
• Identify, analyze, evaluate and map the risk factors and critical spots (threats and vulnerabilities) at municipal level.
• Suggest specific risk management measures for the community, and establish action plans for the implementation of the identified measures.
• Check and update the early warning systems and propose alternative mechanisms for communication.
• Support the development of new proposals and projects related to risk management.
• Participate in the team´s coordination meetings and prepare his/her monthly planning with the Area and /or Regional Coordinators.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The EU Aid 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.

Supporting the local visibility

• Collect visibility material about the activities on the field
• Support the publication of information in the website of the organization

Other

The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Burkina Faso [GVC7_BKF_ADM_JR]

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.

The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.

17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, 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 about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Burkina Faso. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

  • Fluent in French, both written and verbal.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite and Windows OS;
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management.
  • Writing skills, especially reports drafting
  • Adaptability
  • Team work
  • Communication skills, intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Mental and physical resilience and readiness to live and work in developing countries

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America
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 the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
• Deployment starting from mid-September 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 EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is GVC Burkina Faso
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with missions to the field, when possible due to the security situation
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (497,33 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered directly.
• 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, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

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 more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in French only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
Deployment: 
15/09/2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Burkina Faso at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

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 23/03/2018 to 03/05/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 04/05/2018 to 01/06/2018.

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

Interview Process: 

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/06/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING

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

Humanitarian Context
Out of the twenty least developed countries of the Human Development Index (HDI), ten are in West Africa. Some 353 million people living in the region are confronted to large-scale extreme poverty, uncontrolled demographic growth, rising insecurity, conflict and resulting displacement, fragility, the impact of climate change, epidemics and, subsequently, clearly growing humanitarian needs. There is a sustained level of extreme vulnerability and approximately 16.4 million people are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance.
Burkina Faso ranks 185/188 on the HDI (Human Development Report 2016 – UNDP). The overall INFORM Risk Index in 2017 is 5.5/10 (Hazard and exposure 4.4/10; Vulnerability is 6.1/10; Lack of Coping Capacity 6.2). The INFORM Crisis Index for Burkina Faso is decreasing to 1/3 in 2017, resulting from a Conflict Intensity score of 0/3, an Uprooted People index of 0/3 and a People Affected by Natural Disasters index of 1/3 (http://www.inform-index.org/Countries/Country-profiles). Burkina Faso has a total population of 18.1 million people, with half of the Burkinabe population living in extreme poverty with little access to health and basic services. Structural food insecurity is exacerbated by high food prices and the recurrent indebtedness of vulnerable families (https://www.wfp.org/operations/200163-burkina-faso-country-programme-201...). During the lean season, 1.7 million people are estimated to be under stress and 257 000 in a situation of food crisis.
Security conditions
GVC Italia has drafted the guidelines on security measures along with the security and evacuation plan and the local operational manual for all local offices, in accordance with the local political situation. The local operational manual for Burkina Faso was drafted with the support of the GVC Burkina Faso staff, taking into account the specific risks in order to develop a plan and procedures for safety, health and evacuation appropriate for the staff and for the EU Aid Volunteers.
With regard to the political and social context, Burkina Faso can be globally qualified as a safe country without any particular risks for expatriate staff and local staff, including EU Aid Volunteers, except some areas in the Mali and Niger border. Throughout the year 2017 the security situation in Burkina Faso has been calm and currently is not particularly critical, except in the border areas near Mali and Niger. The coordination office of GVC Burkina Faso is located in the capital Ouagadougou and the living conditions of the staff are good and appropriate, this is monitored constantly by the Country Representative.
The country is at risk of yellow fever, for which vaccination is mandatory before traveling to Burkina Faso. There is no other specific risk with regard to health; prevention measures for malaria and other diseases are highly recommended (basic prevention measures, analyzed during information sessions with the staff and the EU Aid Volunteers before their arrival in the country).

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) - Burkina Faso 
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":-1.744104195,"longitude":12.28631946,"country":"BF"}
Task: 
Finance and accounts support to the project manager

• Support the country representative, in coordination with the local administrator, in the maintenance of documents relating to the project activities, reporting and organization’s archive.
• Support the project manager in the accounting of the project in relation to: expenditure plan, accounting management.

Archive and documents

• Keep and archive 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 GVC mission to Burkina Faso;
• Participate to the team coordination meetings;

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 EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Cambodia [GVC9_CAM_ADM_JR]

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Action Against Hunger (Spain) and GVC (Italy) are International Non-Governmental Organisations that have joined their expertise in managing humanitarian actions worldwide and are now implementing the project “Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers”. 

 

The project will seek to directly strengthen resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of 19 trained EU Aid Volunteers in 10 countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Thailand and Cambodia. This main objective will be achieved through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers and capacity-building activities to strengthen decision-making processes based on the Regional Pastoral Surveillance System (SO1), as well as to strength good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience practices in vulnerable communities (SO2), and to strengthen humanitarian skills and capacities of a great range of humanitarian actors around contingency planning processes and coordination mechanisms (SO3). These specific objectives will be complemented by activities with the purpose to ensure adequate support to the EU Aid Volunteers and the quality of the entire implementation process (SO4) and finally oriented to guarantee the best coordination mechanisms between EU and in-country partners (SO5). 

 

11 hosting organisations will be involved in the development of the project, involving 19 EU Aid Volunteers: 5 Senior Volunteers (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 Junior Volunteers (less than 5 years of professional experience) in the 10 countries targeted by the project. Through their volunteering deployments, EU Aid Volunteers will support the sharing of good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience in vulnerable communities and to help boost and strengthen the humanitarian skills and capacities of a range of humanitarian actors. 

 

More info about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected-communities-through_en

 

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Cambodia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Required competences: 

Studies:

  • Studies in Economics, Business Administration, or Accountancy (or other similar/relevant fields?)
  • 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 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

 

Project: 
Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
Deployment starting from mid-September 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.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Siem Reap, Cambodia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (424,24 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 mid-July 2018. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 15/11/2018, 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: 
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

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 23/03/2018 to 03/05/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 04/05/2018 to 01/06/2018.

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

Interview Process: 

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/06/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;

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

Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Cambodia
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":104.999998462,"longitude":12.99999571,"country":"KH"}
Task: 
Finance and accounts support to the project manager

• Support the country representative, in coordination with the local administrator, in the maintenance of documents relating to the project activities, reporting and archive’s organization.
• Support the project manager in the accounting of the project in relation to: expenditure plan, accounting management.

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

Task description The EU Aid 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 EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in DRM (disaster Risk management) and Livelihoods in Nicaragua [GVC9_NIC_DRM_JR]

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Action Against Hunger (Spain) and GVC (Italy) are International Non-Governmental Organisations that have joined their expertise in managing humanitarian actions worldwide and are now implementing the project “Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers”. 

 

The project will seek to directly strengthen resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of 19 trained EU Aid Volunteers in 10 countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Thailand and Cambodia. This main objective will be achieved through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers and capacity-building activities to strengthen decision-making processes based on the Regional Pastoral Surveillance System (SO1), as well as to strength good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience practices in vulnerable communities (SO2), and to strengthen humanitarian skills and capacities of a great range of humanitarian actors around contingency planning processes and coordination mechanisms (SO3). These specific objectives will be complemented by activities with the purpose to ensure adequate support to the EU Aid Volunteers and the quality of the entire implementation process (SO4) and finally oriented to guarantee the best coordination mechanisms between EU and in-country partners (SO5). 

 

11 hosting organisations will be involved in the development of the project, involving 19 EU Aid Volunteers: 5 Senior Volunteers (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 Junior Volunteers (less than 5 years of professional experience) in the 10 countries targeted by the project. Through their volunteering deployments, EU Aid Volunteers will support the sharing of good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience in vulnerable communities and to help boost and strengthen the humanitarian skills and capacities of a range of humanitarian actors. 

 

More info about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected-communities-through_en

 

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteers to Nicaragua. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Required competences: 

Studies:

  • Studies related to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Livelihoods.
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge
  • Knowledge on information systems with a focus on risk management.

Languages:

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

Skills:

  • Deep professional and technical understanding of natural and human induced hazards and root causes and driving factors of disaster vulnerability
  • Proven skills in capacity building, training and mentoring others.
  • Proactive in liaising and problem solving
  • Knowledge on reports drafting. 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Adaptability, self-awareness and inter-personal skills to adapt to different working styles and cultural contexts.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and develop others.
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions.
  • Motivation to contribute to a culture of inquiry and for the generation and use of evidence for learning, adaptive management and decision making.

Experience and competences:

  • At least 1 years’ experience in relevant field
  • Strategic planning and development of action plans at organizational and community level.
  • Computer and Microsoft Office literacy.
  • Prior volunteer experience.

 

Project: 
Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
• Deployment starting from mid-September 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 EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is GVC Nicaragua
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions to the field, when possible due to the security situation
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (392,90 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• 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, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

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 more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in Spanish only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Deployment: 
15/09/2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Post-deployment activities: 
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

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 23/03/2018 to 22/04/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 23/04/2018 to 01/06/2018.

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

Interview Process: 

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/06/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING

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 in 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, the operationalization of preparedness and response plans is affected by a lack of financial resources.

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

Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":-84.999997343,"longitude":12.99999571,"country":"NI"}
Task: 
General

• The EU Aid volunteer will strengthen the response capacities of local communities and organizations to cope with different risks and disasters.
• She/he will also propose actions for improving the organization and coordination of sectorial working committees and other stakeholders.

Key responsibilities

• Review the operational and management capacities of the municipal prevention system.
• Carry out a vulnerability assessment in critical points in the area.
• Review and update local early warning systems.
• Identification and implementation of alternative communication mechanisms among the different stakeholders.
• Develop methodologies for risk assessment adapted and applicable to the context.
• Identify and propose specific measures for improving disaster risk management and establish action plans in this regard.
• Support the identification and writting of proposals related to disaster risk management.
• Participate in staff coordination meetings.
• Support the writing of reports if necessary.

Livelihoods Tasks

• Providing technical support to livelihoods staff in the country
• Supporting livelihood assessments, strategic planning, project design, reviews and evaluations exercises
• Supporting the project manager in monitoring the work of technical experts and contributing to review draft reports/outputs

Support to 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 EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Livelihoods in Guatemala [GVC9_GUA_LVH_JR]

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Action Against Hunger (Spain) and GVC (Italy) are International Non-Governmental Organisations that have joined their expertise in managing humanitarian actions worldwide and are now implementing the project “Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers”. 

 

The project will seek to directly strengthen resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of 19 trained EU Aid Volunteers in 10 countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Thailand and Cambodia. This main objective will be achieved through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers and capacity-building activities to strengthen decision-making processes based on the Regional Pastoral Surveillance System (SO1), as well as to strength good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience practices in vulnerable communities (SO2), and to strengthen humanitarian skills and capacities of a great range of humanitarian actors around contingency planning processes and coordination mechanisms (SO3). These specific objectives will be complemented by activities with the purpose to ensure adequate support to the EU Aid Volunteers and the quality of the entire implementation process (SO4) and finally oriented to guarantee the best coordination mechanisms between EU and in-country partners (SO5). 

 

11 hosting organisations will be involved in the development of the project, involving 19 EU Aid Volunteers: 5 Senior Volunteers (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 Junior Volunteers (less than 5 years of professional experience) in the 10 countries targeted by the project. Through their volunteering deployments, EU Aid Volunteers will support the sharing of good practices and lessons learned about disaster risk management and resilience in vulnerable communities and to help boost and strengthen the humanitarian skills and capacities of a range of humanitarian actors.

 

More info about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected-communities-through_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Guatemala. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

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:

  • 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

  • 1 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

 

Project: 
Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-June 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
• Deployment starting from mid-September 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 EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is GVC Guatemala
Length of Deployment:
• 6 months
Deployment duty station:
• Huehuetenango, Guatemala, with missions to the field, when possible due to the security situation
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (430,12 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• 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, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

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 more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training will take place in mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in Spanish only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Deployment: 
15/09/2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Nicaragua at her/his arrival
Post-deployment activities: 
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

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 23/03/2018 to 22/04/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 23/04/2018 to 01/06/2018.

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

Interview Process: 

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/06/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING

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

Humanitarian Context
Guatemalan Western Highlands are mainly inhabited by indigenous and rural population, and the area is characterized by high levels of poverty, exclusion and social inequality. Due to their geographical location, the Municipalities of San Miguel Acatán y Malacatancito in the Department of Huehuetenango are affected by several problems, needs and hazards. At the moment GVC is working in this area providing humanitarian assistance.
These municipalities lie on the geographic strip that crosses the Dry Corridor, an area that has been chronically affected by drought and prolonged heat waves. In addition, this region is highly earthquake-prone. At the same time, landslides, frost, forest fires and storms frequently hit this area. In November 2012, an earthquake shook severely this region, and approximately 60% of the houses presented slight to moderate damages and 30% severe damages. Also the recent storms Stan, Agatha and DT 12E caused the massive loss of crops and damages to houses, affecting a high number of families. Rock-slides and landfalls especially affect the communities of San Miguel Acatán, due to their topographical features and their steep slopes.
Because of the negative relation between natural hazards and subsistence agriculture, the level of economic vulnerability is extremely high, rural communities are facing food and nutrition insecurity because of the loss of crops due to irregular cumulative rains during the last four years and the impact of the 2014-2016 drought. Vulnerable families have less than two months of food reserves and suffer the lack of job opportunities and the declining wages from other complementary activities (harvesting coffee or cutting sugar cane).
According to the interviews realized in the base line, only 19% of the families depend on self-consumption and on their own crops, and most of them cannot generate income out of their small parcels so in many cases they are obliged to implement survival strategies to guarantee food consumption for their households. People interviewed declared they do not practice any kind of mitigation measures, such as soil conservation, nor did they receive technical training on livelihood protection.

Security conditions
Guatemala is a relatively insecure country characterized by the presence of crimes linked for exmple to the presence of networks of drug trafficking or youth gangs. The reduction in the number of homicides reported by the Guatemala National Civil Police (PNC) does not correspond to a general decrease in violence, given that assaults, robberies and extortions are on the rise due to the increase in social instability that has raised the level of attention for maintaining public order and safeguarding security.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Guatemala, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local and international partners members of the Humanitarian Consortium 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

Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":-90.249996469,"longitude":15.499996365,"country":"GT"}
Task: 
Livelihoods tasks

• Providing technical support to livelihoods staff in the country
• Supporting livelihood assessments, strategic planning, project design, reviews and evaluations exercises
• Supporting the project manager in monitoring the work of technical experts and contributing to review draft reports/outputs

Support to the 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 EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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