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Junior EU Aid Volunteer: Finance Assistant in Mali (Bamako)

Deployment dates: 
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Description: 

Medico-Nutritional Assistance for Pregnant Women and Breastfeeding Women (FEFA), Women of Childbearing Age (FAP) and Children Under Five General Objective: Contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality of the population affected by the crises in Northern Mali Specific objective: To improve access to free and quality medical and nutritional care for populations affected by crises in northern Mali. Beneficiaries: The project will directly support 53 Community Health Centers and 2 Reference Health Centers in northern Mali in the Gao and Menaka regions. Result 1: The availability and quality of maternal and child health care is improved. Result 2: The evolution of the financing system in the health sector in the districts of Gao and Bourem is accompanied by a strengthening of the mechanisms for identifying and providing care for the most vulnerable categories of populations. Result 3: State actors, accompanied in the steering and the implementation of interventions in the health sector of the project, are capitalized for the sustainable strengthening of the health system.

Required competences: 

- Knowledge of basic administrative and financial policies and procedures - Accounting (SAGA program knowledge desired) - Project cycle management; - Knowledge of audit or internal control - Analysis capabilities to propose innovative strategies or approaches - Capabilities of analysis, synthesis and rigor - Ability to work in organization and to prioritise management, with strong professional pressure - Dynamic, initiative, autonomous, respect for rules - Courtesy, openness and flexibility, sense of humor is essential - Computer skills (qualifications or certifications in some of the following applications are recommended: o Standard tools OS: Windows .MS Office, MS Projects o Data collection tools § Google Forms o Analysis of data and statistics § MS Excel. SPSS o Database servers)

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

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

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Minimum Requirements: 

- Knowledge of basic administrative and financial policies and procedures
- Project cycle management
- Computer skills (qualifications or certifications in some of the following applications are recommended: o Standard tools OS: Windows .MS Office, MS Projects o Data collection tolos

Learning Opportunities: 

The volunteer will have the opportunity to familiarise her/himself with the projects of MdM in Mali. The EU Aid Volunteer will work with MdM local teams and constantly receive feedback from them in order to carry out his/her tasks to the best of their abilities. The volunteer will also have his/her own Development and Learning Plan, elaborated together with the Sending Organisation.

Working and Living Conditions: 

The EU Aid Volunteer shall be based in Bamako.
- Length of Deployment: 6 months
- Conditions of service during deployment: A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (299,27 Euros per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
- In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is foreseen
- Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
- The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
- 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.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
July-August 2018
Apprenticeship Placement: 
15 August - 15 November 2018
Deployment: 
15 November 2018 - 15 May 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
November 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
May 2019
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

An apprenticeship of up to 3 months (15 August – 15 November) within the Sending Organisation (MdM Belgium in Brussels) is foreseen. This would enable the volunteer to learn more about the financial policies and procedures within MdM Belgium, which will further be put into practice in Mali.

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

Interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis in June/July 2018 with the role commencing in August 2018.

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

Interview Process: 

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

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

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

This mandatory training will take place in summer 2018.

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

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

Mali is undergoing a major political and health crisis with an open conflict in the north coupled with drought. The situation is in addition to the structural problems of underdevelopment.
The most important major health problems and needs of the region can be summarized as follows:
- poor sanitary coverage;
- lack of infrastructure and equipment;
- lack of qualified human resources;
- limited use of health services;
- Food insecurity and high risks of malnutrition;
- The high risks of epidemics.

The post is based in Bamako; security conditions currently do not allow for movement to the bases of Gao and Menaka.

The wider operational and security context of the project can be described as follows:

- Presence of crime with high frequency of burglary with risk violence.
- Interethnic clashes in a context of evolution / societal challenge of the established order.
- Questioning of authorities
- The work is managed in semi remote control which requires an important operational follow-up and a rigorous and severe management and logistic control.
- Presence of radicals on the ground with red zones: southeast of Gao; southwest of Menaka. MdM BE in these areas avails of Advanced Health Posts rather than its own teams in order not to expose them to hazards and incidents as was the case in 2015.
- Presence of Barkhane's military operations and G5 Sahel forces.
- Health-specialised civil-military operations of Barkhane.
- No GSM coverage on the ground.

Groups audience: 
Sectors:
Hosting organisation: 
Médecins du Monde- Mali
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
Médecins du Monde - Dokters van de Wereld
Country coordinates: 
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Task: 
Tasks (Strengthen the capacities of the Support Services team in the Mali mission)

- Support the financial staff (90%) and punctually the administrative staff (10%)
- Contribute to the internal control procedures in the Mali mission
- Help managers formulate positions and/or make decisions on the basis of concrete and specific arguments.

Tasks (Budgetary Follow-up)

- Development of budgets for donors
- Prepare donor coverage for mission projects
- Monthly updates of donor follow-ups with the program and finance team
- Allow the project manager to know the state of consumption of their budget
- Update of budget follow-ups
- Verification of expenditure forecasts
- Verification of the good recovery of balance sheets to the headquarters

Tasks (Development of Administrative and Financial Tools)

- Development and / or improvement of the admin / financial tools in order to facilitate the implementation of these tools within the entire staff and coordination
- Elaboration and/or update of an administrative and financial procedures manual
- Elaboration of Action Plans based on the findings identified on the mission

Sarom wants a different future for her children

Katarzyna is EU Aid Volunteer at GVC Cambodia. As expert in Advocacy and Communication, she is supporting the local agency in charge of the awareness campaign about human rights violation against migrants in Cambodia and Thailand. The campaign focus on the personal stories of the Social Ambassadors, people who has been victims of human trafficking but now they are sharing their experience and giving help to other vulnerable people. Sarom is one of them. 

"Sarom was only 16 years old when she crossed the border with Thailand for the first time. She worked for several weeks on a sugarcane plantation with her sister and received in return little rice and sugarcane juice. This first sweet-sour experience did not discourage her. She had no choice: there were no jobs in Cambodia that time. For many years she travelled back and forth trying to make a living. Once she became a mother, together with her husband, they decided that Sarom should stay in Cambodia to raise up their son and daughter.

Today, Sarom joined us at GVC, and became its Social Ambassador in Cambodia. She shares her experience with other women and men from her province, hoping to influence the decision people may take in the future whether to migrate or not. 

'In my village, I see children of migrants dropping out of school with no one to look after them. Without proper attention, these kids can feel depressed, lonely, get seriously sick and eventually drop out of school'. 

Sarom, illiterate herself, wants a different future for her children. She believes that education is the key for her children, her country and especially for women and girls. 'If I could read or write, maybe I could find a better job and avoid exploitation', she says. 

Story type: 
Organisation
About the Project: 
MIG-RIGHT: supporting and advocating Cambodian migrants’ rights aims to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of Cambodian migrants and potential migrants, through supporting civil society, national and supranational authorities.
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America
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Sarom, illiterate herself, wants a different future for her children. She believes that education is the key for her children, her country and especially for women and girls. 'If I could read or write, maybe I could find a better job and avoid exploitation', she says.
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Elena, getting involved in the women empowerment in Tunisia

Elena is EU Aid Volunteer in Project Management at GVC Tunisia, working in activities aimed to strengthen and improve the quality of products and the business capability regarding the women's cooperatives in Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine (Tunisia). 

"A the beginning of May 2018 I went to Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine, two regions in the center of Tunisia, to visit the women cooperatives that GVC is supporting as part of the Eco de Femmes project. I spent three intense days. They were full of emotions, encounters, and stories. The woman in the picture is Zina, one of the women that work in the chicken farming cooperative of El Gallel (a small rural village situated in Sidi Bouzid region). Meeting her was the most touching moment of these three days. Her warmth and the energy in her eyes immediately attracted me. As soon as she saw me she hugged me and started to share all about the cooperative, their work and the daily problems they have to deal with. Most of them didn’t have the possibility to go to school and spent the majority of their life working in the fields, earning very low incomes. Thanks to the work in the cooperative they got new knowledge and skills; they started to be proud of themselves and of the work they are doing in the cooperative. They got self-confidence and are ready to face difficulties to achieve their objectives.

 I would like all women to have the same enthusiasm and proud look as Zina while telling their daily challenges, big and small, and, above all, that their dignity is respected".
 

Story type: 
Organisation
About the Project: 
The project aims to strengthen and improve the quality of products and the business capability regarding the women’s cooperatives in the Sidi Bouzid and Kasserine, in Tunisia.
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
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Amparo, fighting against gender violence

It’s your fault if he was jailed”.

I don’t care, and I answer: ‘No, it’s not my fault. It is his fault and the crime he committed’”.

These are the words Amparo hears when people shouts at her on the streets. She told this to Valentina, EU Aid Volunteer in Communication with GVC Nicaragua.

She has met Amparo during an EU AID Volunteer activity for the project PARA! Mujeres rurales libres de violencia [Rural women free from violence].

She is one of Nicaraguan women called “Community Defender”, who provides assistance, legal and psychological support to women victims of violence. They also promote prevention actions and awareness on this huge problem, especially in Nicaragua’s rural areas.

It is not easy at all to work in this context. Even communicating is difficult. We think of those women who suffer violence in rural areas and would like to report to us or the police, but they cannot get in touch with us” said Amparo. “Every day we find many problems in our way; sometimes it seems there is a barrier between justice and women”.

But she doesn’t give up. “Despite the problems and threats I receive every day for acting as Community Defender, I go straight to my task: helping women”.

Valentina is helping women as Amparo to develop and implement a campaign of awareness and prevention against women violence and discrimination.

Story type: 
Organisation
About the Project: 
PARA! Women free from violence is a GVC project in Nicaragua that aims to work together with people of rural communities, with institutions and local authorities. We aim to raise awareness on the causes that produce violence and offer women the opportunity to achieve economic independence.
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
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“It’s your fault if he was jailed”. “No, it’s not my fault. It is his fault and the crime he committed”. These are the words Amparo hears when people shouts at her on the streets. She told this to Valentina, EU Aid Volunteer in Communication with GVC Nicaragua.
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Junior EU Aid Volunteer sent out by FCA to work on resilience in education in Cambodia

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Required competences: 

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

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

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

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Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

The deployment contains 3 components:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

no apprenticeship involved.

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

24.06.2018 - 27.6.2018

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Finn Church Aid - Cambodia
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
FCA - Finn Church Aid
Country coordinates: 
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Task: 
Research and analysis

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

Communication and advocacy

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

Capacity building

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

FCA Cambodia Country Programme implementation

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

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Gender issues, Uganda (6 months)

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

The volunteer/s shall be deployed at our local project called Women and Girl Child Development Association (WEGCDA).

It works towards addressing issues that have adversely affected Women and Girl child involvement in the development process.

The impediments to women and girl child involvement range from social, economic, cultural as well as political sphere that comprise of elements such as domestic violence and abuse, poverty, unemployment, high literacy rates, early marriages and inadequate awareness creation.

The project is located in Nansana Division, Nansana Municipal Council, Wakiso District at 5 miles along Kampala-Hoima Road.

Majority of the staff in this project are women and girls however their programmes take on a whole family approach therefore men are also involved.

Required competences: 

Resilient and flexible

 

With basic computer skills

Knowledge on Gender related issues

Interest in community based development

Creativity and innovativeness

Ready to interact with local communities

Ready to lead basic life

Project management skills

Communication skills and interest

Fluent in English

Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation

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 without any discrimination and based on equal treatment process (same criteria, interviews...).

Minimum Requirements: 

To apply to this project, some minimum skills requirements are expected in these fields:
• Project management (including monitoring and evaluation) and administration
• Communications (including visibility, public relations and advocacy)
• Gender issues
• Child protection
• Livelihoods
• Legal Affairs
• Organizational development and capacity building
• Community-based development
• Adaptability, autonomy, good relational

Learning Opportunities: 

Through this volunteering project, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn new things and gain skills such as:
- Advocacy and lobbying skills
- Skills to develop and disseminate education and information materials (information education materials)
- More knowledge and skills acquired by the volunteer in NGO work
- Capacity building skills through trains and workshops
- Inter-cultural learning and understanding
- New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context
- Learn the local language

Working and Living Conditions: 

Living conditions :
Uganda Pioneers Association shall identify a house for the EU Aid Volunteer/s and the cost of accommodation will be covered. This house shall accommodate 2 or 3 volunteers but each volunteer will have his/her own lockable sleeping room. The other facilities in the house shall be shared by the housemates e.g. the toilet, kitchen and the living room. The house shall be in Nansana for easy access to and from the project by the volunteer/s.

Food: Uganda Pioneers Association shall identify one of the local volunteers to support the EU Aid volunteers at their houses with tasks such as preparing meals and to gain a general understanding of other aspects of the area, since the local volunteer will be living with the other volunteers.
While at the project, the volunteer share his/her break (tea/coffee and lunch) with the rest of the staff members.

Transport: The volunteer/s shall use public transport to and from the project and this shall depend on where the house shall be found.

Working conditions:
Volunteers will work about 35h per week. All relevant material necessary for implementing the activities will be carried out by UPA.
Free time: volunteers can do some indoor games in and around Nansana, including in Kampala city, based on their interest. They can also register and participate in various games and sports with Makerere University, YMCA or other privately managed sports centres with guidance from us.
There is also a possibility for the volunteers to visit different cinema halls and participate to other recreational activities. Their participation depends on the financial capability and willingness of a volunteers.

Holidays: The project observes all the national days and the volunteer/s are expected to so the same. The annual recognised days shall be given to the volunteers by UPA and the host project. Volunteer/s can seek for permission to have some time off from the host project and also notify UPA about such an arrangement.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
From August to the begining of October 2018
Apprenticeship Placement: 
n/a
Deployment: 
from December 2018 to May 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
October or November 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
Summer 2019
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Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

n/a

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

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

Between the 06/07 and the 31/07/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a
Skype interview with ADICE and UPA.

Between August and October 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training (around 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training (10 to 12 days).

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in October 2018.

Once selected, the volunteer will participate to a 5 days pre-departure training with the sending organization in October / November 2018.

Interview Process: 

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: 

Volunteers and staff can enjoy Kampala and its surroundings, depending on their location. Volunteers must follow basic safety rules to ensure his/her security.

The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the volunteer before and at the very beginning of the project.

The main risks are mostly those related to a big urban area (traffic roads, robberies, issues due to alcohol, money...).

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Uganda Pioneers' Association
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering
Sending organisation: 
ADICE - Association pour le Développement des Initiatives Citoyennes et Européennes
Country coordinates: 
{"latitude":32.999997589,"longitude":1.9999973260004,"country":"UG"}
Task: 
Awareness raising and advocacy tasks:

- Advocating for rights of women and girls for equal treatment at various levels starting from the local lower administration to national level through radio talk shows and other media platforms
- Attending conferences, meetings and workshops
- Conducting sensitization/awareness creation workshops in the local communities

Education support tasks:

- Teaching basic reading and writing skills to women and girls through their small community groups

Communication tasks:

- Developing Information, Educational Materials like flyers, magazines and newsletter for the project
- Updating the project social networks like the facebook and the website

Project management and Human Resources tasks:

- Fundraising for the project activities through proposal writing and other sources
- Conducting organizational capacity assessments in the various aspects like human resource
- Carrying out research for informing the planning process for the project

Working with Gender Equality in Malawi

I arrived in Malawi and started my deployment as Gender Equality EU Aid Volunteer with Concern Worldwide in the beginning of January 2018. Although I have lived and worked in the same region before, the few weeks that I have been in Malawi, supporting Concern’s gender programming in education, livelihoods, health and nutrition have been eye-opening in many ways.

Gender equality is a global challenge and women and girls all around the world face similar issues in terms of discrimination, underrepresentation, systematic denial of rights, fewer opportunities for economic participation than men, less access to education, greater health and safety risks and limited power and control over their own lives, both inside and outside their homes. The recent ‘me too’ campaign has clearly shown that also countries that for a long time have been taking strides towards achieving gender equality still face persistent challenges and widespread gender discrimination. The campaign has shown that violence against women, such as sexual assaults and harassments, are extensive and that national and international measures have so far not been sufficient to eliminate gender-based violence and gender inequality.

Although there are global similarities, the degree and causes of gender inequality vary throughout the world and in many developing countries, gender inequality is a major barrier to human development and to the countries’ overall social, political, and economic achievements. During my first weeks in Malawi I have read, heard and seen multiple accounts of violations of women’s rights and issues regarding gender discrimination. Child marriages, early pregnancies, violence against women, unequal access to resources, education and income-generating activities, and cultural practices such as sexual cleansing and sexual initiation camps are all common in Malawi and does not only impede the lives of individual women and girls, but the systematic disadvantages of women is a major challenge that needs to be tackled in order for a country like Malawi to develop and create a sustainable future for its citizens.

While the implications of not providing girls with equal opportunities, choices and rights are clear, I think we all have more to learn of how to best achieve gender equality as so many alarming issues regarding gender discrimination still prevail today despite the many measures that have been taken. As an organisation, Concern Worldwide has a strong focus on learning across its programming globally, increasingly investing in research to measure the outcomes and continuously seeking to adhere to best practices. As a Gender Equality EU Aid Volunteer working with Concern Worldwide I am looking forward to learning more about women’s situation in Malawi, how we as an organisation best can support women and girls with the many challenges they face and how we can engage men and boys to become allies in the stride for gender equality.

Story type: 
Volunteer
Project: 
Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
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Programme participants of the GRADUATION programme
Esnat Aufi (35 years old) is one of Concern’s GRADUATION programme participants in Mangochi district. Here together with her six children; Fredrick Mponda (19), Agnes Mponda (15), Maganizo Mponda (15), James Mponda (14), Budala Lafik (7), Jussuf Lafik (4), and her grandmother Ulengaga Said (65).
Graduation Programme participant Esnat Aufi (35 years old) with her children Fredrick Mponda (19), Agnes Mponda (15), Maganizo Mponda (15), James Mponda (14), Budala Lafik (7), Jussuf Lafik (4) and grandmother Ulengaga Said (65)
Esnat Aufi (35 years old) is one of Concern’s GRADUATION programme participants in Mangochi district. Here together with her six children; Fredrick Mponda (19), Agnes Mponda (15), Maganizo Mponda (15), James Mponda (14), Budala Lafik (7), Jussuf Lafik (4), and her grandmother Ulengaga Said (65).
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EU Aid Volunteers deployment project in action – A Programme Coordinator's Perspective

I arrived in Malawi in October 2017 on a trip in my role as Programme Coordinator – EU Aid Volunteers with Concern Worldwide.  Malawi is a land locked country bordering Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia with a population of approximately 16 million people.  The country is considered amongst the poorest countries in the world, ranking 170 out of 188 on the Human Development Index (2016). Poverty is widespread throughout Malawi, higher poverty rates are however found in the southern and central regions and particularly in rural areas.

 

My time in Malawi was split between the capital Lilongwe and in Nsanje in southern Malawi.  Whilst in Lilongwe I met with our EU Aid Volunteers; Sarah and Caroline to see how they had settled into their deployments.  I also spent time with Gift Mwembe and Chris Mjima – Learning and Development Managers and members of the Malawi Country Team.  The week prior to my trip, Concern Malawi had hosted a three day Humanitarian workshop for Malawi staff.  This was made possible by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative funding.  It was interesting to speak to participants and hear how they planned to apply their learning in their roles. I also met with participants who completed a three day management development programme in 2016.  It was great to hear how the training had impacted staff in their roles.  This was demonstrated through increased confidence in giving and receiving positive, as well as, adjusting feedback as well as managing priorities.

 

I travelled to Nsanje with EU Aid Volunteers Caroline and Sarah in the middle of my trip. I had spent time with Sarah and Caroline whilst they were in Dublin on their 3 month apprenticeship.  The trip however provided an opportunity to see Sarah and Caroline in action in their deployments. Concern’s EU Aid Volunteers positions have a specific technical focus, with each volunteer matched with a technical expert who acts as their Mentor.  Caroline’s Mentor, a Concern Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor based in Dublin, had visited Malawi a few weeks before my trip.  I was delighted to hear how the Mentor trip had benefited the wider Malawi programme.  Caroline and her Mentor worked closely during the trip to establish a Monitoring and Evaluation baseline for an Nsanje project.  This was a big piece of work which provided a great learning opportunity and very positive contribution to the project.

 

Coming from a Human Resources background, I asked Sarah our Graduation and Social Protection EU Aid Volunteer what Graduation meant in a Malawian context ‘graduating people out of extreme poverty into sustainable livelihoods in the long term’.  This simple explanation helped me to put into context the programme that is so central to Caroline and Sarah’s EUAV positions with Concern. I was able to see how this translated in practice through a household visit to a beneficiary family.  I also attended a Lead Famers exchange trip.  This visit enabled me to experience the exchange of good farming practice amongst community members and across the Concern staff teams from Nsanje and Mangochi.

 

In Nsanje I met with staff members who had completed the three day management development workshop and three day humanitarian workshop.  It was so encouraging to hear such positive feedback on the training.  I took the opportunity to remind staff that they could continue their learning through e learning courses. A number of courses were developed through an EU Aid Volunteers Technical Assistance grant. As a result courses such as: Managing through Conversation, Managing Volunteers and Mentoring are available to all Concern staff globally.  The courses were designed to complement the workshops provided as part of the EU Aid Volunteers project.  My recommendation of the Conducting Needs Assessment and Targeting e learning course proved very popular, following the Humanitarian training that had taken place the week before my visit!

 

At the end of my time in Malawi,  I reflected on the aims of the EU Aid Volunteer initiative.  I was struck by how closely aligned the skills and task assignments of the volunteers were to needs of the Concern Malawi programme, at the particular time that I visited.  The skills that the volunteers bought to the team and the roles they fulfilled added value to the programme. This was evidenced through examples of peer exchange, perspectives and outputs.  Reflecting on my discussions with local staff who had completed training provided through the initiative, I was delighted to see that training opportunities were well received and strengthened capacity of the team and local partners.  This was particularly evident in the areas of management development and disaster preparedness.

Lorna Lalor, Programme Coordinator – EU Aid Volunteers with Concern Worldwide

Story type: 
Organisation
About the Project: 
Alliance2015 partners ACTED, PIN and Concern have been working in consortium on the EU Aid Volunteer Initiative since 2015. The consortium organisations benefited from a Technical Assistance EU Aid Volunteer grant in 2015 /16. As of December 2017 the consortium are engaged with more than 30 EU Aid Volunteers, deployed across 12 certified host countries. These are funded through two EU Aid Volunteers Deployment grants. Concern Malawi was certified as eligible to host EU Aid Volunteers in 2015. Concern has worked in Malawi since 2002, implementing and scaling up innovative approaches to tackling poverty and building resilience. Concern currently works in Nsanje, Mangochi, Mchinji and Phalombe in the southern regions of Malawi. Concern’s work in Malawi is varied and covers Livelihoods and Resilience, Health and Nutrition, Gender Equality and Gender Based Violence and Emergency Response. Two Junior EU Aid Volunteers; Sarah – Social Protection and Graduation and Caroline – Monitoring and Evaluation were welcomed to Concern Malawi in April 2017. They arrived in country for a 12 month deployment following a 3 month apprenticeship, based in Concern’s Head Office in Dublin. Two additional EU Aid Volunteers, one Senior EUAV focused on Local Partner Capacity Building and one Junior EUAV Gender Equality are due to arrive in Malawi for 12 month deployments in 2018.
Project: 
Alliance2015 EU Aid Volunteers Deployment
Region:
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From the field to social media: my EU Aid Volunteers experience

I started working as Communications EU Aid Volunteer three months ago in Phnom Penh Cambodia. During my first week, I visited the project site in the rural remote provinces where vulnerable youth attend vocational training and functional literacy courses. I met with regional partners and spoke to students, where I got to hear about the impact our project has had on their lives. I have learnt how to turn inspirational stories from students and partners into exciting social media campaigns and human interest stories. Recently, I took part in a meeting to develop the #16days campaign for Cambodia with UN Women and other organisations to end violence against women and girls. Look out for us on Facebook and Twitter @ACTEDCambodia!

Story type: 
Volunteer
Project: 
Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
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Third party: 
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I'm learning how to share the inspirational stories from our students and partners.
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EUAV Jessica visited ACTED’s Community Learning Centres to speak with a motorbike repair teacher and the students about how the training courses are helping to break the cycle of youth marginalization in Prey Veng, Cambodia

Sustainable Development through Humanitarian Aid Volunteers

The project Sustainable Development through Humanitarian Aid Volunteers complements work done to support partners outside the EU with humanitarian expert volunteers to work on their local projects and help their beneficiaries.

The project brings together EU partners from France, Italy and Estonia with hosting organisations in 10 non EU countries (Thailand, Nepal, India, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Peru, Bolivia, Ukraine and Palestine) for volunteering projects of between 6 and 12 months.

The EU Aid Volunteers will mainly be supporting activities such as education, agriculture, health, food security, community development and resilience, human rights, disaster rebuilding and project management. Through these deployment activities, the project's activities will boost the capacity of the non EU partner organisations in project development and management, strengthening their capacities in humanitarian aid delivery.

Partners: 
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos - APRODEH
Fundación Munasim Kullakita (Quierete Hermanita)!
Human Rights Center Postup
Human Supporters Association H.S.A
International Volunteers for Social Development Association (DaLaa)
Kongo Community Development Association
Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association (OSVSWA)
Uganda Pioneers' Association
Volunteers Initiative Nepal - VIN
Western Focus Community Organisation (WEFOCO)
ASPEM
MTÜ Mondo
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Type: 
Deployment
Maximum EU Contribution: 
966637€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
Volunteer management according to the standards and procedures for the management of the candidate volunteers and the EU Aid Volunteers
Building partnerships with a view of joint projects in the context of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative
Communicating the Union's humanitarian aid principles agreed in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and raising awareness levels and visibility of its humanitarian aid
Other
Number of volunteers: 
45
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Objectives: 
1 – Support hosting organisations and their beneficiaries through EU Aid Volunteers deployment to reinforce their humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development projects and build resilience
2 - Reinforce 10 Non-EU partners in their volunteering, project management and development to ensure a sustainable impact
3 – Ensure the project and the EUAV initiative activities and results large dissemination by all the stakeholders, and develop a detailed impact analysis of this SuD HAV project
Project Status: 
Opened

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