EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD)

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

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

  • Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,
  • Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,
  • Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,
  • Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

More info available here:

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

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

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the project: “Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
  • Relevant work experience in order to perform required duties
Address of deployment: 
Quito, Ecuador
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Task: 
General

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

Awareness raising

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

Risk assessment

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

Reports and continuity of the action

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosting organisation: 
Fundación Ecuasol
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

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

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

  • Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,
  • Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,
  • Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,
  • Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

More info available here:

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

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

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France), and Action Aid Hellas (Greece) are non-governmental organisations with sound expertise in management of humanitarian action and volunteering worldwide. Now, together with their partner Ecuasol (Ecuador) they are implementing the project: “Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries – VOL4AID”.

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

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

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Degree in Architecture

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
  • Relevant work experience in order to perform required duties
Address of deployment: 
Quito, Ecuador
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Task: 
General

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

Creation of tools for local communities

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

Risk assessment

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

Strengthen the buildings

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

Reports and continuity of the action

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

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

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

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosting organisation: 
Fundación Ecuasol
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Alliance2015 EU Aid Volunteers Deployment

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

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

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

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

b) previous experience with managing entry level roles and

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

 

Results: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Objective 2:

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

Objective 3:

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

Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Groups audience: 
This project is a placeholder: 
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Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries

The project Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries is part of the EUAV initiative. Its goal is to complement ongoing humanitarian aid operations with the support of 61 volunteers supported by 30 online volunteers, in eight countries (Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Senegal), strengthening the capacities of local organizations and EU partners, and developing a communication strategy to ensure dissemination and awareness-raising on the part played by in EUAV strengthening the role of the active European citizenship.

Partners: 
Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Colombia
Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Ecuador
Association Alianza por la Solidaridad - Senegal
Actionaid Hellas (Greece)
Fundación Ecuasol
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Haiti
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Guilde Europeenne du Raid (The European Guild)
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Cambodia
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Bolivia
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Photograph showing project beneficiary
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
1399957€
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
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
Number of volunteers: 
61
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
This project is a placeholder: 
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EU Aid Volunteers in action

EU Aid Volunteers in action is a 24-month project strengthening the European Union’s capacity in humanitarian operations and strengthening capacities of sending and hosting organizations. It is run by two European NGOs, Gruppo di Volontariato Civile and Alianza por la Solidaridad and 13 third-countries organizations, with the support of one associate from the University of Bologna. The project aims at involving European citizens in Humanitarian Aid operations through the deployment of 38 EU Volunteers (20 juniors and 18 seniors) in 8 countries: Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, St Vincent and Grenadines, at strengthening the capacities and humanitarian response of 11 hosting organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries and Central America-Caribbean and training 220 local Civil Society Organisations on the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.

 

The project seeks also at building partnership and strengthening consortium capacities in the view of joint EU Aid Volunteers projects through exchanges of practices, regional seminars and events through two partners meetings, one Central America-Caribbean seminar in Nicaragua and one MENA seminar in Tunisia. Communication will be a crosscutting component to disseminate and raise awareness about EU Aid Volunteers and the results obtained through the capacity building, technical assistance between Gruppo di Volontariato Civile and Alianza por la Solidaridad and deployment activities. Methodology is based on activities and tasks complementary in local already ongoing operations in humanitarian aid in local contexts; need assessment carried out by the all partner organizations. The impact will be wide, as the project is based on strong commitment and experience of the partners in humanitarian aid and in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, reaching at least 1661 beneficiaries and around 10 000 persons through our communication activities.

Partners: 
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Jordan
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Nicaragua
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Haiti
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Haiti
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Tunisia
Mouvement Paisan Papaye - MPP
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Cuba
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Richmond Vale Academy
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Photograph of volunteer and children from host community
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
952204€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
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
Number of volunteers: 
38
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
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EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks

EU Aid 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.

Partners: 
Church of Uganda Teso Dioceses Planning and Development Office (CoU-TEDDO)
DanChurchAid - Cambodia
DanChurchAid - Nepal
DanChurchAid - Uganda
DIACONIA CCE
Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Development and Social Services Commission (Eecmy-Dassc)
FCA - Finn Church Aid
Finn Church Aid - Nepal
Finn Church Aid - Uganda
DanChurchAid (Denmark)
ICCO - Nepal
ICCO - Bangladesh
ICCO -Uganda
ICCO - Ethiopia
FCA - Finn Church Aid
Life With Dignity - Cambodia
RDRS Bangladesh
Uganda Change Agent Association
RURAL ACTION COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION - Uganda
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Group of project participants at the launch of the project in Cambodia, holding signs saying We care, we act
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
1400000€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
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
Number of volunteers: 
38
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Groups audience: 
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Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

Partners: 
ACTED
ACTED - Cambodia
ACTED - Ivory Coast
ACTED - Kyrgyzstan
ACTED - Tajikistan
People in Need - Člověk v tísni, o. p. s.
People in Need - Angola
People in Need - Cambodia
People in Need - Georgia
People in Need - Myanmar
People in Need - Philippines
Concern Worldwide - Bangladesh
Concern Worldwide - Haiti
Concern Worldwide - Lebanon
Concern Worldwide - Malawi
Concern Worldwide - Niger
Concern Worldwide - Sierra Leone
Concern Worldwide - Turkey
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
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pin_coordinating_humanitarian_philipinnes-photo
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
1168195€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
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
Number of volunteers: 
24
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Groups audience: 
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EU Aid Volunteers complementing humanitarian aid: strengthening the link through deployment, capacity building and technical assistance

The project aims at creating an opportunity of cooperation between European volunteers and organisations working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. European citizens will be involved in local projects for preparedness and response to humanitarian crises. Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in extra-European countries.

Partners: 
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional
Guilde Europeenne du Raid (The European Guild)
Association Villageoise d'Entraide et de Développement Communautaire : AVEDEC
Mouvement Paisan Papaye - MPP
Fundación Ecuasol
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Jordan
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Nicaragua
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Haiti
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Cambodia
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Haiti
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Tunisia
Needs: 

On the basis of the need assessment, countries have been chosen as they were identified to be the most appropriate for the following reasons: meets the project and EU Initiative’s priority needs, goals and mission; conveys a powerful message of community impact; hosting organizations have the required features to be certified hosting organizations; safety, risk management and liability issues are in a standard basis; the amount of travel, commitment or training required for volunteers to perform the task is reasonable; in the chosen countries, volunteers make staff more effective.
Before starting the phase of selection of volunteers, all tasks and profiles of volunteers will be confirmed with hosting organization, due to the fact that the deployment is foreseen at the end of 2016. This will allow to identify all the specific gaps to be fulfilled with the support of volunteers. During the volunteers training and upon its completion, candidate volunteers will be assessed for their preparedness for deployment based on the competence framework. 
Beneficiaries have be chosen according to a systematic consultation by hosting organizations, thanks to the experience they have in the field, undertaking systematic listening of stakeholders to give voice to their priorities and concerns.

 

Date: 
-
Project picture: 
GVC EU Aid Volunteers
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
697994€
Objectives: 
To contribute to promote the European identity and strengthen the participation and solidarity of European citizenship complementing and supporting the European Humanitarian Aid in terms of capacity and resilience of vulnerable third countries communities
To involve the EU citizens in Humanitarian Aid operations through the deployment of 30 volunteers in the selected third countries .
To build the capacities of hosting organizations to enhance local preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and to ensure effective and sustainable impact of the EU Aid Volunteers work.
To build partnerships and strengthen consortium capacities in the view of the joint EU aid Volunteers projects.
Activities: 
Needs assessment at a local level along the disaster risk management cycle
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
Capacities to undergo certification including administrative capacity
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
Number of volunteers: 
30
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
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