EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

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Senior Volunteer in Communication in Cambodia [VOL4AID_GVC_CAM_COM_SR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

 

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • 5 years’ experience in relevant fields
  • Previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
Address of deployment: 
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Task: 
General

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

Visibility and advocacy

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

Meetings and field visits

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

Editorial inputs

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Cambodia [VOL4AID_GVC_CAM_ADM_JR]

EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

 

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

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

 

Address of deployment: 
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Task: 
General

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

Supporting the project manager

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

Supporting the administrator

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

Planning and coordination

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

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

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

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Volunteer in Communication in Lebanon [VOL4AID_GVC_LEB_COM_SR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

 

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

 

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • 5 years’ experience in relevant fields
  • Previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
Address of deployment: 
Zahle-Ksara, Lebanon
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Task: 
General

Under the direct supervision and mentoring of the GVC Country Representative person in Lebanon, the Volunteer will support the implementation of the GVC communication and advocacy strategy in the country.

Visibility and advocacy

The Volunteer shall proactively increase the positive visibility of GVC Lebanon’s activities and results both locally and in Europe; she/he will also run advocacy and awareness raising activities

Meetings and field visits

The Volunteer will participate to the team coordination meetings and to all relevant meetings with local stakeholders and partners; she/he will take part to relevant field visits

Editorial inputs

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

Availability for training in presence starting from mid October 2017, availability for deployment starting from 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:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Zahle, Lebanon, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (540,02 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 in presence will take place in the Netherlands in mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
N/A
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 10/02/2018, 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 Lebanon at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

Humanitarian Context
Lebanon, a country of 4.4 million inhabitants, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East.
Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.
In fact Lebanon is hosting around 1.1 million Syrian refugees (including non–registered), 42 000 Palestinian refugees from Syria, 6 000 Iraqi refugees and nearly 450 000 refugees from Palestine. This makes it the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide, where one person out of four is a refugee. Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter, more than 75% of which are children and women. This influx has added strain on the country’s economy and infrastructure.
The pressure is felt in all sectors including education, health, housing, water and electricity supply. As time goes by, competition for jobs and resources is also fueling tensions in certain areas between Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees. Security along the border areas, particularly in Akkar and the northern Bekaa Valley, make humanitarian access and the delivery of assistance very challenging. The fighting in Arsal in August 2014 was a turning point. It led to a much more restrictive policy and crystallised tensions between Lebanese and Syrian refugees, including increased evictions and police raids, mistreatment and restrictions of movement.
Lebanon is in an earthquake zone, but there have been no damaging tremors in recent years.

Security conditions
The security situation in Lebanon is unpredictable. Driving standards are poor and the accident rate is quiet high.
In view of the situation in Lebanon in terms of security, all the necessary instructions and security manuals and rules will be given to the Eu Aid Volunteer.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Lebanon, 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: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Lebanon [VOL4AID_GVC_LEB_ADM_JR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active Europen citizens in response to humanitarian challenges - VOL4ID project

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

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Zahle-Ksara, Lebanon
Project: 
Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries
Task: 
General

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

Supporting the project manager

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

Supporting the administration

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

Planning and coordination

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Zahle, Lebanon, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (540,02 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 in presence will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
N/A
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 15/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Training in presence will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

Humanitarian Context
Lebanon, a country of 4.4 million inhabitants, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East.
Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.
In fact, Lebanon is hosting around 1.1 million Syrian refugees (including non–registered), 42 000 Palestinian refugees from Syria, 6 000 Iraqi refugees and nearly 450 000 refugees from Palestine. This makes it the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide, where one person out of four is a refugee. Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter, more than 75% of which are children and women. This influx has added strain on the country’s economy and infrastructure.
The pressure is felt in all sectors including education, health, housing, water and electricity supply. As time goes by, competition for jobs and resources is also fueling tensions in certain areas between Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees. Security along the border areas, particularly in Akkar and the northern Bekaa Valley, make humanitarian access and the delivery of assistance very challenging. The fighting in Arsal in August 2014 was a turning point. It led to a much more restrictive policy and crystallised tensions between Lebanese and Syrian refugees, including increased evictions and police raids, mistreatment and restrictions of movement.
Lebanon is in an earthquake zone, but there have been no damaging tremors in recent years.

Security conditions
The security situation in Lebanon is unpredictable. Driving standards are poor and the accident rate is quite high.
In view of the situation in Lebanon in terms of security, all the necessary instructions and security manuals and rules will be given to the Eu Aid Volunteer.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Lebanon, 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: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

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

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mission Statement

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

More information is available here: www.richmondvale.org

 

Program of the 6-months deployment

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

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

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

  • Good knowledge of English

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Raising awareness and methodologies experience

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

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

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

Dedicated studies and research on Climate Change

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

A Project at the Climate Center: Making RVA Climate Compliant

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

Projects in Vincentian Communities (5 months)

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

Practical work on protecting and improving disaster-prone areas

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

Trainings to Communities

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Other

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

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

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

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 
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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
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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: 
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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
This project is a placeholder: 
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