EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Resilience

Senior Volunteer in Communication in Tunisia [GVC_TUN_COM_1M_SR]

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
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 this project GVC deploys 5 volunteers to Tunisia

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Experience in developing countries
  • professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) of at least one year.

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Tunis, Tunisia
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
Technical tasks

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

Coordination tasks

• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter

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 January 2018

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 1 month
Deployment duty station:
• Tunis, Tunisia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (282,80 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.
o 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 French or English
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 02/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship (if foreseen). Two days of specific training are foreseen in Tunisia at her/his arrival.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 07/06/2017 to 07/07/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 10/07/2017 to 27/07/2017.

Interview Process: 

• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 28/08/2017
• Once selected, the candidate/s will attend 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: 

Tunisia’s Human Development Index value for 2016 is 0.721 positioning it at 96 out of 188 countries and territories.
Tunisia is located at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This position lead to numerous waves of migrations and a big influence of neighboring countries, (namely Libya and Algeria). Despite the economic crisis, Tunisia was the only country of the Arab Spring that established a peaceful transition of power.
The main challenges of the country are:
• Reducing inequalities and improving access to basic social services: in connection with the economic crisis and unemployment, a growing number of vulnerable groups (especially younger people and women) is likely to fall into poverty with imitated access to basic social services;
• The response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Libyan conflict: the Libyan crisis poses additional challenges to stability and development in Tunisia. In 2011 there has been a massive arrivals of refugees in Tunisia from the Libyan border. The refugees flow decreased during the following years for a number of reasons (among the others the closure of the Libyan-Tunisian border). Tunisia still lack and is finalizing a national asylum law. In 2015 here was a significant drop in the number of refugees and asylum-seekers, from approximately 1,100 at the beginning of 2015 to 760 at year end, as most pending asylum applications were processed and Syrians moved onward to Europe. The situation in Libya remained a potential source of arrivals, both by land and sea. In 2015, some 940 individuals travelling in seven boats were rescued at sea; among them were 150 asylum-seekers.
• Preparedness and management of natural disasters capacity
The current situation on Libyan border and some events occurred in the recent years (avian flu or H1N1 outbreaks, locusts pilgrims flood 2003) revealed a new challenge for the country: strengthening disaster management capacity, including preparedness and recovery.

Security conditions
In December 2010, protests against the Ben Ali regime escalated when a street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire after being humiliated by a government official. Demonstrations grew in size, spread to the capital, Tunis, and on January 14 Ben Ali fled the country for Saudi Arabia. Since Ben Ali's departure an interim government has ruled. Protests have continued intermittently since.
As in any transitions, insecurity and violence remain a latent problem in some urban centers and inside of the country, the pressing demands of economic and social improvement which also fueled the revolution have gained importance in the public debate and triggered an avalanche of claims in all sectors of society. It must be added an increase in crime.
Finally, Tunisia faces a jihadist threat that arises as much from its own national territory as from neighboring Libya. Terrorism represent a serious security challenge. The security situation remained unstable.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Tunisia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. GVC Tunisia is active since 2011 both in humanitarian and development actions responding to the refugees and migration crises and supporting local communities in rural areas. Young people and women are the main target of the GVC Tunisia ongoing projects improving their resilience capacity and their participation in economic, social and political life.
The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

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

Senior Volunteer in Communication in Guatemala [GVC_GUA_COM_1M_SR]

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
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 this project GVC deploys 3 volunteers to Guatemala.

GVC will also deploy 2 volunteers to Guatemala within the Vol4Aid Project, lead by Alianza por la Solidaridad: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/active-european-citizens-response-humanitarian-challenges-eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-0_en

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Experience in developing countries
  • professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) of at least one year.
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset
Address of deployment: 
Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
Technical tasks

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

Coordination tasks

• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter

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 January 2018

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 1 month
Deployment duty station:
• Huehuetenango, Guatemala, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (426,19 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.
o Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

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

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 07/06/2016 to 07/07/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 10/07/2017 to 24/07/2017.

Interview Process: 

• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 28/08/2017
• Once selected, the candidate/s will attend 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
Guatemalan Western Highlands are mainly inhabited by indigenous and rural population, and the area is negatively characterized by the highest poverty, exclusion and social inequality rates. Due to their geographical location, the Municipalities of Cabricán and Huitán in the Department of Quetzaltenango and the Municipalities of San Bartolo and San Francisco el Alto in the Department of Totonicapan, are affected by several problems, needs and hazards.
These municipalities lie on the geographic strip that crosses the Dry Corridor, an area that has been chronically affected by drought and prolonged heat waves. In addition, this region is highly earthquake-prone. At the same time, landslides, frost, forest fires and storms frequently hit this area. In November 2012, an earthquake shook severely this region, and approximately 60% of the houses presented slight to moderate damages and 30% severe damages. Also the recent storms Stan, Agatha and DT 12E caused the massive loss of crops and damages to houses, affecting a high number of families. Rock-slides and landfalls especially affect the communities of Huitán y Cabricán, due to their topographical features and their steep slopes. The 80% of the interviewed communities declare that these geological events occur on an annual basis and cause important damages to road infrastructure, agriculture lands and houses
Because of the negative relation between natural hazards and subsistence agriculture, the level of economic vulnerability is extremely high. According to the interviews, 50% of the families depend on self-consumption and on their own crops, so that loss caused by droughts and frost vary between 40% and 100%. As reported by a study on Vulnerability and Climate Change in the Western Guatemalan Highlands, the 4 municipalities are extremely vulnerable to climate fluctuations (USAID, 2014). Most of the families cannot generate income out of their small parcels and just a small portion of the communities works in rural textile sector, mainly communities of San Francisco El Alto, which is a much more urban developed municipality with a wider offer of job opportunities. People interviewed declared they do not practice any kind of mitigation measures, such as soil conservation, nor did they receive technical training on livelihood protection.

Security conditions
Guatemala is a relatively insecure country characterized by the presence of crimes linked to acts of common violence, the presence of networks of drug trafficking, youth gangs and widespread corruption. The reduction in the number of homicides reported by the Guatemala National Civil Police (PNC) does not correspond to a general decrease in violence, given that assaults, robberies and extortions are on the rise due to the increase in social instability that has raised the level of attention for maintaining public order and safeguarding security. In the last years, in fact, both at local and municipal levels it has been assessed an increase of common violence due also to the uncertainty of a corrupt political system that has ended with the fall of the national government.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Guatemala, 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

Region:
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Guatemala [GVC_GUA_ADM_JR]

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 3 volunteers to Guatemala.

GVC will also deploy 2 volunteers to Guatemala within the Vol4Aid Project, lead by Alianza por la Solidaridad: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/active-european-citizens-response-humanitarian-challenges-eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-0_en

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
Supporting the Administrator

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

Supporting the project manager

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

Archive and documents

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

Activities, planning and coordination

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Other

• The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 6 month
Deployment duty station:
• Huehuetenango, Guatemala, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (426,19 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.
o Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

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

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 07/06/2016 to 07/07/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 10/07/2017 to 24/07/2017.

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

Interview Process: 

• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 28/08/2017
• Once selected, the candidate/s will attend 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
Guatemalan Western Highlands are mainly inhabited by indigenous and rural population, and the area is negatively characterized by the highest poverty, exclusion and social inequality rates. Due to their geographical location, the Municipalities of Cabricán and Huitán in the Department of Quetzaltenango and the Municipalities of San Bartolo and San Francisco el Alto in the Department of Totonicapan, are affected by several problems, needs and hazards.
These municipalities lie on the geographic strip that crosses the Dry Corridor, an area that has been chronically affected by drought and prolonged heat waves. In addition, this region is highly earthquake-prone. At the same time, landslides, frost, forest fires and storms frequently hit this area. In November 2012, an earthquake shook severely this region, and approximately 60% of the houses presented slight to moderate damages and 30% severe damages. Also the recent storms Stan, Agatha and DT 12E caused the massive loss of crops and damages to houses, affecting a high number of families. Rock-slides and landfalls especially affect the communities of Huitán y Cabricán, due to their topographical features and their steep slopes. The 80% of the interviewed communities declare that these geological events occur on an annual basis and cause important damages to road infrastructure, agriculture lands and houses
Because of the negative relation between natural hazards and subsistence agriculture, the level of economic vulnerability is extremely high. According to the interviews, 50% of the families depend on self-consumption and on their own crops, so that loss caused by droughts and frost vary between 40% and 100%. As reported by a study on Vulnerability and Climate Change in the Western Guatemalan Highlands, the 4 municipalities are extremely vulnerable to climate fluctuations (USAID, 2014). Most of the families cannot generate income out of their small parcels and just a small portion of the communities works in rural textile sector, mainly communities of San Francisco El Alto, which is a much more urban developed municipality with a wider offer of job opportunities. People interviewed declared they do not practice any kind of mitigation measures, such as soil conservation, nor did they receive technical training on livelihood protection.

Security conditions
Guatemala is a relatively insecure country characterized by the presence of crimes linked to acts of common violence, the presence of networks of drug trafficking, youth gangs and widespread corruption. The reduction in the number of homicides reported by the Guatemala National Civil Police (PNC) does not correspond to a general decrease in violence, given that assaults, robberies and extortions are on the rise due to the increase in social instability that has raised the level of attention for maintaining public order and safeguarding security. In the last years, in fact, both at local and municipal levels it has been assessed an increase of common violence due also to the uncertainty of a corrupt political system that has ended with the fall of the national government.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Guatemala, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Finance EU Aid Volunteer Sierra Leone

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.

 

Concern are looking for talented people with a relevant technical skillset who are committed to long-term service in the humanitarian / development sector who can demonstrate an outstanding ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, remain positive, motivated and productive.

Successful EU Aid Volunteers will benefit from:

•           Experience of Volunteering in a large international NGO through an apprenticeship  based in Concern’s Head Office in Dublin

•           Hands-on learning in a 11 month field placement in the Concern Sierra Leone country programme

•           Opportunity for continuous self–development with the help of a mentor, line manager & on-line tools

Please note that only EU citizens and long term residents of the EU can be considered for this role.

The Finance EU Aid Volunteer Sierra Leone will gain experience in the wide range of finance activities associated with a global humaitarian organisation.  In a 4 month apprenticeship the volunteer will gain exposure to areas such as management accounts, month end and year end processes, financial reporting, balance sheet audits and reconciliations and other areas.  On completion of the apprenticeship the volunteer will deploy to Concern Sierra Leone where learning will be able to be applied and developed. This position provides an excellant opportunity for a person with the right experience and qualifications to apply and develop their skills in finance in the humanitarian sector.

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Concern has worked in Sierra Leone since 1996. At the time, Sierra Leone was still in the midst of an 11-year civil war, and Concern’s approach focused primarily on emergency response and meeting basic needs. Following the end of the war in 2002, the nature of Concern’s work in the country has shifted towards longer-term development projects, with a focus on livelihoods and agriculture, primary education, health, and water and sanitation.

 

Concern currently works in 3 out of the nation’s 14 districts, namely Western Area/Freetown, Tonkolili, and Bo. In Western Area, Concern works in the areas of health, water and sanitation (WASH), and emergency response. In Tonkolili, Concern implements an integrated programme targeted at overall poverty reduction, made up of a variety of projects encompassing health, agriculture, gender, and education. In Bo District, Concern implements the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (“Innovations”), a health programme which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Cross-cutting themes of learning and knowledge management, governance and empowerment, HIV and gender mainstreaming, as well as accountability. Ebola Response and longer term recovery programming was added to the portfolio in 2014.

Concern’s Sierra Leone team is comprised of 201 national and 21 international staff across the three programme locations.

 

 

Required competences: 

EU Aid Volunteers will be expected to progress against the EU Aid Volunteer Competency Framework throughout the course of their EU Aid Volunteer placement with Concern.

 

The EU Aid Volunteer transversal competencies are:

•           Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships

•           Volunteering mind-set

•           Managing oneself in a pressured and changing environment

•           Achieving Results

•           Understanding the humanitarian context of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and applying humanitarian principles

•           Operating safely and securely at all times

•           Managing projects in humanitarian contexts

•           Communication and advocacy

 

 

Address of deployment: 
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Project: 
Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
Task: 
Whilst at headquarters

- To support with the management of the accounting system for a number of fields
- Posting monthly journals and cash/bank books based on information supplied from the country finance teams
- Carrying out all month end processes and reconciliations to ensure a timely completion of the accounts for the period, including completion of monthly support cost allocations
- Preparation of individual monthly management accounts for budget-holders and obtaining information on budget variances as needed
- Support with the preparation of financial reports for HQ (Financial Reporting Pack (FRP), quarterly expenditure and income variance report) in line with agreed timetables
- To assist with the review and preparation of feedback all financial reporting packs sent to Dublin at year end.
- To work with the regional accountants on year end specific tasks such as balance sheet audits and related reconciliations.
- To gather and collate financial reporting information from all fields as needed.
- To assist with the year-end financial submissions from our overseas offices
- Carry out other tasks as appropriate under the direction of the Overseas Accountant
- To design an EU Aid Volunteer communication project plan for implementation throughout the course of the apprenticeship and deployment period.

Whilst deployed to Concern Sierra Leone

- Ensure that the Concern Worldwide financial policies and procedures are adhered to and implemented in a standardised manner
- Assist the Country Financial Controller with external (donor, audit firm, partner organisation, government, etc.) and internal control audits as required.
- Provide training and capacity building to finance and non-finance staff on Concern policies and procedures
- Assist programmes director and other budget holders in conducting the budget process, ensuring that appropriate levels of technical support and guidance is provided to all budget holders during the process of preparing the annual country operating budget and subsequent revisions.
- Assist budget holders with preparation of donor budgets; interpretation of budgeting guidelines ; ensure compliance with donor regulations and to ensure their incorporation into the country annual operating budget & revisions
- Review financial reports and transaction lists provided by local partners on a timely basis, bringing any unusual transactions and budget variations to the attention of the Programme Manager.
- Participate in preparing monthly management accounts and month end process.
- Assist Country Financial Controller to produce accurate monthly management accounts, engaging in necessary review work, posting of journals etc.
- Assist the Country Financial Controller in the process of obtaining explanations of variances between budget and actual spending, income and pass necessary adjustments to ensure correct reporting.
-

Key performance indicators

• Monthly management accounts and other tasks produced within agreed deadlines
• Trainings delivered for non-finance staff
• Capacity building plans prepared and followed up a regular basis with local partners
• Demonstrate behaviours in line with the EU Aid Volunteer competency framework and Concern’s values.

Minimum Requirements: 

Please note that only EU citizens and long term residents of the EU can be considered for this role.
• Graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration major in finance (MBA), Masters in Finance or Accounting or Part qualified ACCA/ACA/CPA/CIMA
• A minimum of 3 years relevant finance experience
• Proven advanced Microsoft Excel skills
• Spoken and written English to a minimum B2 level on the Common European Framework of References for Languages

Desirable
• Spoken and written French to a minimum B2 level on the Common European Framework of References for Languages
• Proven experience in logistics and procurement
• Experience of working overseas in a developing country
• Proven experience in accounting software

Demonstrated ability in the following core competencies
• Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
• Managing Oneself in a pressured and changing environment
• Achieving Results

Learning Opportunities: 

A structured learning and development plan will be developed for each EU Aid Volunteer. This will include; self-assessment, structured learning and development plan reviews, on line learning, peer to peer support, a two week EU run workshop and networking and learning opportunities across consortium. EU Aid Volunteers will also have an assigned Mentor for the entirety of their volunteer placement with Concern. This is combined with line management in country from an experienced humanitarian professional.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Job location:

• Concern Head office Dublin, Ireland
• Concern Sierra Leone

Contract:

EU Aid Volunteer Agreement

Volunteer Allowance:
In line with EU Aid Volunteer daily allowances:

• Whilst in Dublin €725.83 per month
• Whilst in Sierra Leone €468.52 per month

Accommodation:
Accommodation in Dublin whilst on apprenticeship and when deployed in Sierra Leone will be provided by Concern.

At the end of volunteer placement an allowance of €1100 will be provided as a resettlement allowance.

Travel:
A return flight will be provided to Sierra Leone from the EU Aid Volunteers home country

The cost of pre-departure preparations; insurance, medical clearance and vaccinations will be provided.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
17th-30th October 2017
Apprenticeship Placement: 
This postion includes a 4 month Dublin based apprenticeship
Deployment: 
11 month deployment to Concern Sierra Leone expected from mid March 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
December 2017 - March 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
EU Aid Volunteers will be able to attend a resettlement course when finishing their placement with Concern. They will also be expected to present on their experience as an EU Aid Volunteer at an external event at the end of their placement.
Vacancy picture: 
at the ceremony to mark the transition of the Essential Newborn Care Corps, which was established in the Bo district of Sierra Leone by Concern under the innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative.
at the ceremony to mark the transition of the Essential Newborn Care Corps, which was established in the Bo district of Sierra Leone by Concern under the innovations for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative.
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

This position includes a 4 month apprenticeship in the Concern Head office in Dublin, Ireland

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply for this position please go to https://jobs.concern.net/jobs/international/

Please note that only complete applications can be considered.

Full applications require the following completed documentation to be submitted through https://jobs.concern.net/jobs/international/

• Completed EUAV application form
• Cover Letter
• CV in Europass Format
• Completed self- assessment questionnaire

All applications should be submitted by midnight GMT on 02/07/2017

Candidates who are selected in the initial shortlist will be required to undertake an on-line Sonru interview from 06/07/2017.

Interview Process: 

Candidates who progress to the final interview stage will be required to be available for a video interview from 13/07/2017.

EU Aid Volunteers Training Centre

Please note that the final stage of the recruitment process for this position will be a mandatory ten day training. The training will take place 17th - 30th October 2017 in The Netherlands. Candidates who are shortlisted will need to be available to attend the mandatory training. In preparation for this the selected candidates will be required to undertake 30 hours of e learning prior to attending the face to face training. Costs for travel and accommodation to attend this stage in the recruitment process will be provided. The final selection will then take place after the successful completion of the online and face to face training

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Concern Worldwide - Sierra Leone
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Finance EU Aid Volunteer Haiti

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.

 

Concern are looking for talented people with a relevant technical skillset who are committed to long-term service in the humanitarian / development sector who can demonstrate an outstanding ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, remain positive, motivated and productive.

Successful EU Aid Volunteers will benefit from:

•           Experience of Volunteering in a large international NGO through an apprenticeship  based in Concern’s Head Office in Dublin

•           Hands-on learning in a 11 month field placement in the Concern Haiti country programme

•           Opportunity for continuous self–development with the help of a mentor, line manager & on-line tools

Please note that only EU citizens and long term residents of the EU can be considered for this role.

The Finance EU Aid Volunteer Haiti will gain experience in the wide range of finance activities associated with a global humaitarian organisation.  In a 4 month apprenticeship the volunteer will gain exposure to areas such as management accounts, month end and year end processes, financial reporting, balance sheet audits and reconciliations and other areas.  On completion of the apprenticeship the volunteer will deploy to Concern Haiti where learning will be able to be applied and developed. This position provides an excellant opportunity for a person with the right experience and qualifications to apply and develop their skills in finance in the humanitarian sector.

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Concern Worldwide has been working in Haiti since 1994 supporting the poorest and most marginalized to build resilient livelihoods, improving health and education to lead productive lives. Haiti is prone to many natural disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and droughts. Concern has responded to major emergencies such as the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Sandy 2012 and annual cholera outbreaks. Concern focuses in three operational areas in Haiti namely, Port au Prince, La Gonave and Saut D’eau. Concern has been implementing programs on: livelihoods; WASH, protection, Gender Based Violence and education.

Since the devastating earthquake in 2010, Concern has been delivering innovative strategies in supporting resettlement programs complemented by livelihood strategies and building the capacity of community structures to promote greater social cohesion.

 

Required competences: 

Required competences

 

EU Aid Volunteers will be expected to progress against the EU Aid Volunteer Competency Framework throughout the course of their EU Aid Volunteer placement with Concern.

The EU Aid Volunteer transversal competencies are:

•           Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships

•           Volunteering mind-set

•           Managing oneself in a pressured and changing environment

•           Achieving Results

•           Understanding the humanitarian context of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and applying humanitarian principles

•           Operating safely and securely at all times

•           Managing projects in humanitarian contexts

•           Communication and advocacy

Address of deployment: 
Port au Prince, Haiti
Project: 
Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
Task: 
Whilst at headquarters

- To support with the management of the accounting system for a number of fields
- Posting monthly journals and cash/bank books based on information supplied from the country finance teams
- Carrying out all month end processes and reconciliations to ensure a timely completion of the accounts for the period, including completion of monthly support cost allocations
- Preparation of individual monthly management accounts for budget-holders and obtaining information on budget variances as needed
- Support with the preparation of financial reports for HQ (Financial Reporting Pack (FRP), quarterly expenditure and income variance report) in line with agreed timetables
- To assist with the review and preparation of feedback all financial reporting packs sent to Dublin at year end.
- To work with the regional accountants on year end specific tasks such as balance sheet audits and related reconciliations.
- To gather and collate financial reporting information from all fields as needed.
- To assist with the year-end financial submissions from our overseas offices
- Carry out other tasks as appropriate under the direction of the Overseas Accountant

Whilst deployed to Concern Haiti

- Ensure that the Concern Worldwide financial policies and procedures are adhered to and implemented in a standardised manner
- Assist the Country Financial Controller with external (donor, audit firm, partner organisation, government, etc.) and internal control audits as required.
- Provide training and capacity building to finance and non-finance staff on Concern policies and procedures
- Assist programmes director and other budget holders in conducting the budget process, ensuring that appropriate levels of technical support and guidance is provided to all budget holders during the process of preparing the annual country operating budget and subsequent revisions.
- Assist budget holders with preparation of donor budgets; interpretation of budgeting guidelines ; ensure compliance with donor regulations and to ensure their incorporation into the country annual operating budget & revisions
- Review financial reports and transaction lists provided by local partners on a timely basis, bringing any unusual transactions and budget variations to the attention of the Programme Manager.
- Participate in preparing monthly management accounts and month end process.
- Assist Country Financial Controller to produce accurate monthly management accounts, engaging in necessary review work, posting of journals etc.
- Assist the Country Financial Controller in the process of obtaining explanations of variances between budget and actual spending, income and pass necessary adjustments to ensure correct reporting.

Key performance indicators

• Monthly management accounts and other tasks produced within agreed deadlines
• Trainings delivered for non-finance staff
• Capacity building plans prepared and followed up a regular basis with local partners
• Demonstrate behaviours in line with the EU Aid Volunteer competency framework and Concern’s values.

Minimum Requirements: 

Essential
Please note that only EU citizens and long term residents of the EU can be considered for this role.
• Graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration major in finance (MBA), Masters in Finance or Accounting or Part qualified ACCA/ACA/CPA/CIMA
• A minimum of 3 years relevant finance experience
• Proven advanced Microsoft Excel skills
• Spoken and written English to a minimum B2 level on the Common European Framework of References for Languages
• Spoken and written French to a minimum B2 level on the Common European Framework of References for Languages

Desirable
• Experience of working overseas in a developing country
• Proven experience in accounting software

Demonstrated ability in the following core competencies
• Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
• Managing Oneself in a pressured and changing environment
• Achieving Results

Learning Opportunities: 

A structured learning and development plan will be developed for each EU Aid Volunteer. This will include; self-assessment, structured learning and development plan reviews, on line learning, peer to peer support, a two week EU run workshop and networking and learning opportunities across consortium. EU Aid Volunteers will also have an assigned Mentor for the entirety of their volunteer placement with Concern. This is combined with line management in country from an experienced humanitarian professional.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Job location:

• Concern Head office Dublin, Ireland
• Concern Haiti

Contract:

EU Aid Volunteer Agreement

Volunteer Allowance:
In line with EU Aid Volunteer daily allowances:

• Whilst in Dublin €725.83 per month
• Whilst in Haiti €619.06 per month

Accommodation:
Accommodation in Dublin whilst on apprenticeship and when deployed in Haiti will be provided by Concern.

At the end of volunteer placement an allowance of €1100 will be provided as a resettlement allowance.

Travel:
A return flight will be provided to Haiti from the EU Aid Volunteers home country

The cost of pre-departure preparations; insurance, medical clearance and vaccinations will be provided.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
17-30th October 2017
Apprenticeship Placement: 
This position includes a 4 month Dublin based apprenticeship
Deployment: 
11 month deployment to Concern Haiti expected from mid March 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
December 2017 - March 2018
Post-deployment activities: 
EU Aid Volunteers will be able to attend a resettlement course when finishing their placement with Concern. They will also be expected to present on their experience as an EU Aid Volunteer at an external event at the end of their placement.
Vacancy picture: 
Markets in Grande Ravine, one of the oldest slums in Matissant, a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince.  Grand Ravine is prone to flooding and is at high risk of landslides during the rainy season. Photo: Kristen Myers
Markets in Grande Ravine, one of the oldest slums in Matissant, a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince. Grand Ravine is prone to flooding and is at high risk of landslides during the rainy season. Photo: Kristen Myers
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

This position includes a 4 month apprenticeship in the Concern Head office in Dublin, Ireland

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply for this position please go to https://jobs.concern.net/jobs/international

Please note that only complete applications can be considered.

Full applications require the following completed documentation to be submitted throughhttps://jobs.concern.net/jobs/international

• Completed EUAV application form (below)
• Cover Letter
• CV in Europass Format
• Completed self- assessment questionnaire

All applications should be submitted by midnight GMT on 02/07/2017

Candidates who are selected in the initial shortlist will be required to undertake an on-line Sonru interview from 06/07/2017.

Interview Process: 

Candidates who progress to the final interview stage will be required to be available for a video from 13/07/2017.

Please note that the final stage of the recruitment process for this position will be a mandatory ten day training. The training will take place 17th - 30th October 2017 in The Netherlands. Candidates who are shortlisted will need to be available to attend the mandatory training. In preparation for this the selected candidates will be required to undertake 30 hours of e learning prior to attending the face to face training. Costs for travel and accommodation to attend this stage in the recruitment process will be provided. The final selection will then take place after the successful completion of the online and face to face training.

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

Overall the security context in Haiti is stable creating an enabling environment for effective programme implementation. However, the historical political history continues to dominate during election periods often resulting in regular protests and demonstrations.

Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Concern Worldwide - Haiti
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Partner Capacity Building Senior EU Aid Volunteer - Malawi

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.

 

Local organisations in Malawi have a strong mandate to represent the voices of their people and have a deep understanding of the issues that can unblock development processes or cause them to fail, which is why Concern in Malawi works closely with local NGO's to support the implementation and successful delivery of it's programmes. Local organisations can voice concerns to their own government as Malawians foster accountability and stronger citizen participation in decision-making. Building local organisations' ability to develop strong and impactful programmes, which reduce poverty and empower marginalised people, is a very important part of our roles.  This will leave a legacy, with a vibrant and active civil society that works both as a partner to and, when necessary, as a constructive critic of government and the private sector.

Concern, as an international NGO, has a very important role in bringing technical expertise to Malawi and in sharing expertise with both partners and government.  We also learn from our local partners, and take that experience to other countries in which we work.  Local partner organisations benefit from the capacity building that we can bring, whether this is in technical areas such as Climate Smart Agriculture or nutrition, or in areas such as financial management.  the spirit of partnership is important - we are not here to lecture, police or control our partners, but to support them to grow and learn together.

At present, Concern in Malawi is reviewing the portfolio of partners it has in it's programmes and is working on strengthening our sytems for supporting partners.  We are looking forward to involving a Senior EU Aid Volunteer with the right skills in this work.

 

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Concern Worldwide has been working in Malawi since 2002, supporting the poorest and most marginalized to build resilient livelihoods and to lead healthy and productive lives. Since then Concern has been implementing programs on: resilient livelihoods; gender equality, Gender Based Violence and education; health and nutrition including community management of acute malnutrition. Concern is also implementing an emergency response to the drought as a result of the El Nino weather phenomenon which caused devastating crop failure in much of the country, leaving an estimated 5 – 8.4 million people in need of assistance.  Concern is providing emergency assistance through a cash transfer response as well as early recovery support for livelihoods and strengthening resilience to the impact of shocks.

 

Required competences: 

 

EU Aid Volunteers will be expected to progress against the EU Aid Volunteer Competency Framework throughout the course of their EU Aid Volunteer placement with Concern.

 

The EU Aid Volunteer transversal competencies are:

 

•           Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships

•           Volunteering mind-set

•           Managing oneself in a pressured and changing environment

•           Achieving Results

•           Understanding the humanitarian context of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and applying humanitarian principles

•           Operating safely and securely at all times

•           Managing projects in humanitarian contexts

•           Communication and advocacy

 

 

 

Address of deployment: 
Lilongwe, Malawi
Project: 
Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
Task: 
Whilst in Concern headquarters for two week induction

• To develop understanding of Concern’s current tools to support working with local partners in both development and humanitarian contexts.
• To develop a good understanding of Concern’s values and ways of working

Whilst deployed to Concern Malawi for 12 months

• To develop a strong understanding of the field level context for working with local NGO partners in Concern's areas of operation.
• To understand the design of Concern's programming in Malawi and to help identify how working with local NGO partners can be a stronger part of this.
• To review Partnership Assessment tools and help revise these for Concern Malawi, including developing a minimum set of standards for entering into a partnership with local NGOs.
• To help develop, test and implement tools for capacity building work with local NGO partners in Malawi.
• To support monitoring and evaluation of partner capacity building and ensure consistent application of appropriate tools in the field.
• To help develop tools for collaboration and coordination with other funding agencies on joint partner capacity building.
• To deliver awareness and training sessions to relevant staff and partners on partnership principles, approaches and tools.
• To support the Programmes Director and other managers as appropriate in the analysis of other forms of local partnership (not for profit, Government or commercial companies).
• To document our experiences with the introduction of new approaches to partnership in Malawi.
• To contribute to briefings, reports and presentations as required.
• To support the production of relevant programme, advocacy and communication materials.
• To design an EU Aid Volunteer communication project plan for implementation throughout the course of the apprenticeship and deployment period.

Key performance indicators

• Material for awareness and training sessions on partnership.
• Tools for designing, implementing and monitoring our partner capacity building work in Malawi.
• Reports documenting our experiences with the introduction of new approaches to partnership in Malawi.
• Briefings, reports and presentations as agreed with line manager.
• Demonstrate behaviours in line with the EU Aid Volunteer competency framework and Concern’s values.

Minimum Requirements: 

Essential

Please note that only EU citizens and long term residents of the EU can be considered for this role.

•A minimum of 5 years of proven relevant experience of organisational development, including Strategic Planning, Systems Development or Financial Management and Governance.
•A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in working with not-for-profit or voluntary organisations (may be in a voluntary capacity and/or part-time).
•Capacity building and facilitation skills and experience in the delivery of training programmes.
•A minimum of 6 months experience working in a developing country.
•Excellent spoken and written English.

Desirable
•Masters level graduate in Development Studies, Social Policy, Human Rights, Governance or related field
•Experience of designing, implementing and monitoring organisational development programmes for local NGOs in developing country contexts;
•Knowledge of results based programming and rights based programming;
•Experience of designing and implementing an innovative advocacy and communications project.

Demonstrated ability in the following core competencies

•Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
•Managing Oneself in a pressured and changing environment
•Achieving Results

Learning Opportunities: 

A structured learning and development plan will be developed for each EU Aid Volunteer. This will include; self-assessment, structured learning and development plan reviews, on line learning, peer to peer support, a two week EU run workshop and networking and learning opportunities across consortium. EU Aid Volunteers will also have an assigned Mentor for the entirety of their volunteer placement with Concern. This is combined with line management in country from an experienced humanitarian professional.

Working and Living Conditions: 

Job location:

• Concern Head office Dublin, Ireland
• Concern Malawi

Contract:

EU Aid Volunteer Agreement

Volunteer Allowance:
In line with EU Aid Volunteer daily allowances:

• Whilst in Dublin €375 for ten day induction
• Whilst in Malawi €416.15 per month

Accommodation:
Accommodation in Dublin whilst on induction and when deployed in Malawi will be provided by Concern.

At the end of volunteer placement an allowance of €1200 will be provided as a resettlement allowance.

Travel:
A return flight will be provided to Malawi from the EU Aid Volunteers home country

The cost of pre-departure preparations; insurance, medical clearance and vaccinations will be provided.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
The two week EUAV training will take place at 17th - 30th October 2017
Deployment: 
January 2018 - January 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Two week induction in Concern's headquarters Dublin
Post-deployment activities: 
EU Aid Volunteers will be able to attend a resettlement course when finishing their placement with Concern. They will also be expected to present on their experience as an EU Aid Volunteer at an external event at the end of their placement.
Vacancy picture: 
David Matya CIP with harvested OFSP roots and vines SUSTAIN photographer: Sara Quinn
David Matya CIP with harvested OFSP roots and vines SUSTAIN photographer: Sara Quinn
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

This position includes a two week induction based in Concern headquarters in Dublin

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

To apply for this position please go to https://jobs.concern.net/jobs/international/

Please note that only complete applications can be considered.

Full applications require the following completed documentation to be submitted through https://jobs.concern.net/jobs/international/

• Completed EUAV application form (below)
• Cover Letter
• CV in Europass Format
• Completed self- assessment questionnaire

All applications should be submitted by midnight GMT on 02/07/2017

Candidates who are selected in the initial shortlist will be required to undertake an on-line Sonru interview from 07/07/2017.

Interview Process: 

Candidates who progress to the final interview stage will be required to be available for a video interview between 17/07/2017 – 28/07/2017.

Please note that the final stage of the recruitment process for this position will be a mandatory ten day EU run EUAV training. The training will take place 17-30th October 2017 in The Netherlands. Candidates who are shortlisted will need to be available to attend the mandatory training. In preparation for this the selected candidates will be required to undertake 30 hours of e learning prior to attending the face to face training. Costs for travel and accommodation to attend this stage in the recruitment process will be provided. The final selection will then take place after the successful completion of the online and face to face training.

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

Concern is currently operational in four districts in Malawi; Nsanje, Mchinji, Nkhotakota and Lilongwe and is shortly due to commence a School-Related Gender Based Violence programme in Phalombe district and a livelihoods programme in Mangochi district. Overall the security context in Malawi remains stable and generally creates an enabling environment for effective programme implementation

Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
Concern Worldwide - Malawi
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

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

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Documents: 
Deployment dates: 
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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

Disaster Risk Reduction Volunteer sent out by ICCO to Uganda - Strengthening local partners in Kampala

EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.

 

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

•           Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,

•           Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,

•           Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,

•           Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.

Deployment dates: 
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Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing Against Disaster Risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organisations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

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

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

The volunteer will be deployed by ICCO to its Ugandan country office in Kampala to support efforts of local partners active in and around the Kampala region. ICCO is a global, nongovernmental organization. It works towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. It believes a world with less poverty is possible. To achieve this it embraces two core interrelated principles: securing sustainable livelihoods and justice and dignity for all. A livelihood without rights is not sustainable and dignity comes with a livelihood in which rights are respected. The core values of ICCO are compassion, justice and stewardship, expressions of Christian roots. The organisation keeps its eyes and ears close to the ground as a partner to enterprising people with a worldwide local network and a strong belief in the power of people to improve their livelihoods. ICCO works from 5 regional and 26 country offices in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Required competences: 

 

•           Good at forming and maintaining programmatic coalitions.

•           Leadership and coordination skills.

•           3 years experience in humanitarian aid and disaster management topics are required. Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction approaches and broader resilience building especially at community level wanted. Any other experience and proven knowledge will be seen as an asset.

•           Proven ability in working with development partners supporting communities’ efforts towards achieving self-reliance, generating and building on their resources sustainably.

•           Experience of working abroad with local partners in different cultural settings. Previous experience of working in East Africa, and more specifically Uganda is preferable.

•           Proven experience and skills in guiding, training and facilitation in multi-cultural group settings (good communication and writing skills in English are needed).

•           The candidate knows and is able to apply diverse methods of building organisational capacity in circumstances where resources are limited.

•           Able to understand, describe, maintain and analyse the various stages of a project cycle in humanitarian aid, including the needs assessment, master proposal and budget development, and the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of a project.

•          Capable of coping with stressful situations and capable of overcoming difficulties.

•          Adapts calmly and reacts constructively to changing situations and constraints. Is able to identify and prevents risks during a project.

•          The candidate is able to adapt to living conditions where resources are very limited and the level of comfort is low.

Address of deployment: 
Kampala, Uganda
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Task: 
1. Disaster Risk Reduction capacity strengthening of local partners/coalitions

1.1 Project cycle management: Of at least 5 running projects including supporting partners in proposal development, monitoring and where needed evaluation of projects. Following up on timely report submission from partners and feedback to partners. Work together with the finance officer on project cycle Management. Update ICCO data system with reports, success stories and, feedback letters to partners.
1.2 Work with staff on fundraising i.e. ensure all proposals have DRR embedded where necessary/possible and that monitoring indicators for DRR are clearly specified during proposal development.
1.3. Monitor current trends on disasters in Central East and Southern Africa focusing on root causes and advise program staff on how to integrate these into new programs.
1.4 Support the ACT Uganda Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and participate in technical discussions to enhance DRR activities in the forum where required.
1.5 Support partners in Uganda on reporting/filling AKVO/FLOW (mapping tool).

2. DRR capacity strengthening of ICCO

2.1 Support country managers, program officers of ICCO in DRR inclusion in programs.
2.2 Regularly update the head of programs on DRR activities in the region.
2.3 Liaise with the Program specialist at the DMU unit for technical support, program updates and proposal development.
2.4. Support the Regional office in operationalising the newly developed DRR policy .
2.5. Tasks range from developing functional tools to enable easy and smooth policy implementation.

3. Support the DRR learning community amongst volunteers/organisation in Uganda

3.1 Coordinate the activities of other (12 in total) EU/Aid volunteers in the country.
3.2 Work with Church of Uganda PDR to promote a learning forum among volunteers and organizations especially on common disasters.

Minimum Requirements: 

• Willingness and ability to work in Uganda with frequent travels to disaster prone areas.
• Experience in embedding Disaster Risk Reduction in programs.
• Experience in fundraising for DRR activities.
• Availability throughout the entire project period.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training, monitoring, fundraising and evaluation functions.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organisations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

The deployment contains 3 components (see description below):
1. Mainly engaged within an urban setting of capital/large city;
2. Some envisioned travel through rural areas to less urbanized environments;
3. Overall characteristic component of Ugandan hot/arid climate.
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1. The candidate is to be living in shared accommodation (own room) within a local context, comprising a diverse community of urban dwellers in terms of ethnicity and faith. Respect for local customs and manners may result in tension if not sensitively observed. Income levels may vary significantly between rich and poor. Poverty may be very visible in urban areas, both amongst the local populations and in the quality of housing and infrastructure. Urban areas are likely to suffer noticeably high levels of air pollution from traffic and industrial plants. Noise pollution may also be a problem in larger settlements and there may be significant levels of traffic congestion, especially at peak times of the day (mornings and evenings). Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity etc.) may be subject to cuts without warning; telecommunications and internet access may be limited or intermittent.
2. If and when deployed on short-term rural area access: the candidate is likely to be in a shared accommodation (own room) within a small community which may still be diverse in terms of cultures and faiths. Respect for local customs and traditions may result in tensions if not sensitively observed. Income levels may in general be very low which is likely to be reflected in the types of housing available and, especially if remote, in the quality of available infrastructure. Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be very different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity, communications etc.) may be intermittent and subject to shortages, and easily disrupted by natural hazards, such as extreme weather conditions (storms, rain, winds). Access to urban facilities and social opportunities may be very limited due to remoteness. There will be significant limits in the range and choices of foods available, with few imported products, which may be very expensive. Inland areas may experience down-stream air, land and water pollution from nearby urban and industrial areas.
3. Considering the deployment is within an area with a hot, arid climate, the candidate is likely to experience warm to hot temperatures all year round with extremely hot summer temperatures. Night time temperatures may be significantly cooler or hotter. Rainfall failures may result in protracted drought; sand- and dust-storms may make outdoor work or travel challenging. Natural hazards may include infrequent heavy rainstorms resulting in flash flooding and some regions are prone to (minor) earth tremors which can result in damage.
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Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided.
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The room shall be located at a reasonable distance from the EU Aid Volunteer's main working location.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• When travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.

Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, travel, and monthly subsistence payments per month (293 Euros per month).

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

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
17.10.2017 - 28.10.2017 (Please note that for this vacancy it is possible that more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Starting between the 24th and 30th of November 2017
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
14.11.2017 - 23.11.2017
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

26.07.2017 - 8.08.2017

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process.

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

General:
Uganda is generally considered one of the safest countries in Africa and the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.

Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flush floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and the sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affected an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda. Currently the levels of conflict in-country are considered safe for EU deployment, however violence resulting from incited conflicts and conflicts over land are common.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities.

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
ICCO -Uganda
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer sent out by DCA to support Disaster Risk Reduction efforts in South Rwenzori Diocese in Uganda

EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries,  providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.

 

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

•           Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,

•           Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,

•           Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,

•           Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

 

Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing Against Disaster Risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organisations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

 

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

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

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

 

The volunteer will be deployed by DanChurchAid (DCA). DanChurchAid's aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. Its work is based on a Christian view of humanity with respect for every individual’s rights and equal worth. DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is active wherever we find the need is highest, regardless of religion, gender, political beliefs, race, national or ethnic origins, handicaps or sexual orientation.

The volunteer will be deployed to Church of Uganda (CoU). This is a faith-based organization. CoU under its department for Planning, Development and Rehabilitation (PDR) responds to disaster and emergencies, addresses disaster risks and works on development.

The CoU-PDR Department was established in 1974 originally as a Planning and Advisory Office to the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and gradually became the leader of the CoU’s response to social-economic development challenges, promoting peace and social justice, mitigating the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS and malaria, coordinating humanitarian response to disasters/ emergencies, strengthening the community household capacities in water, food and income security as well augmenting institutional capacities. It has the following mandate:

1.         Ensuring the development gains are not destroyed by disasters.

2.         Protecting human life, dignity and rights.

3.         Protecting the environment in a sustainable manner.

4.         Promoting sustainable peace among communities and institutions.

Required competences: 
  • Proven knowledge of 3 years’ experience in humanitarian aid and disaster management topics. Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction approaches and broader resilience building especially at community level is an asset.
  • Proven ability in working with development partners supporting communities’ efforts towards achieving self-reliance, generating and building on their resources sustainably.
  • Proven experience of working abroad with local partners in different cultural settings.
  • Proven experience and skills in guiding, training and facilitation in multi-cultural group settings.
  • Proven knowledge and ability to apply methods of and tools for assessing needs, in order to identify the areas to be targeted in further capacity building.
  • Able to understand, describe, maintain and analyse the various stages of a project cycle in humanitarian aid, including the needs assessment, master proposal and budget development, and the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of a project.
  • Capable of coping with stressful situations and capable of overcoming difficulties.
  • Adapts calmly and reacts constructively to changing situations and constraints. Is able to identify and prevents risks during a project.
  • The candidate is able to adapt to living conditions where resources are very limited and the level of comfort is low.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.
Address of deployment: 
Kasese, Uganda
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Task: 
Disaster Risk Reduction Support

- Build the capacities of the Diocese staff in the areas of DRR and Emergency response
- Contribute to the strengthening of the Diocese in planning and implementation of DRR activities
- Work hand in hand with Diocesan planning officer in the coordination of DRR programmes in the Diocese
- Meet regularly with Diocesan staff to advise on DRR strategies that may contribute to mitigating disasters in Uganda
- Document and disseminate disaster related information to the relevant stakeholders
- The volunteer shall present regular DRR reports to the PDR Coordinator
- Identify funding opportunities for DRR programmes
- Support the development of DRR grant applications and submit them to the relevant development partners

Minimum Requirements: 

- Have a relevant background in skills and education.
- 3 years of work experience in development and/or humanitarian aid.
- Personal experience from the country of deployment is an advantage.
- Willingness and ability to work in Uganda with frequent travels to disaster prone areas.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organisations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
• Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training, monitoring and evaluation functions.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

The deployment contains 3 components (see description below):
1. Mainly engaged within an urban setting of capital/large city;
2. Some envisioned travel through rural areas to less urbanized environments;
3. Overall characteristic component of Ugandan hot/arid climate.
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1. The candidate is to be living in shared accommodation (own room) within a local context, comprising a diverse community of urban dwellers in terms of ethnicity and faith. Respect for local customs and manners may result in tension if not sensitively observed. Income levels may vary significantly between rich and poor. Poverty may be very visible in urban areas, both amongst the local populations and in the quality of housing and infrastructure. Urban areas are likely to suffer noticeably high levels of air pollution from traffic and industrial plants. Noise pollution may also be a problem in larger settlements and there may be significant levels of traffic congestion, especially at peak times of the day (mornings and evenings). Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity etc.) may be subject to cuts without warning; telecommunications and internet access may be limited or intermittent.
2. If and when deployed on short-term rural area access: the candidate is likely to be in a shared accommodation (own room) within a small community which may still be diverse in terms of cultures and faiths. Respect for local customs and traditions may result in tensions if not sensitively observed. Income levels may in general be very low which is likely to be reflected in the types of housing available and, especially if remote, in the quality of available infrastructure. Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be very different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity, communications etc.) may be intermittent and subject to shortages, and easily disrupted by natural hazards, such as extreme weather conditions (storms, rain, winds). Access to urban facilities and social opportunities may be very limited due to remoteness. There will be significant limits in the range and choices of foods available, with few imported products, which may be very expensive. Inland areas may experience down-stream air, land and water pollution from nearby urban and industrial areas.
3. Considering the deployment is within an area with a hot, arid climate, the candidate is likely to experience warm to hot temperatures all year round with extremely hot summer temperatures. Night time temperatures may be significantly cooler or hotter. Rainfall failures may result in protracted drought; sand- and dust-storms may make outdoor work or travel challenging. Natural hazards may include infrequent heavy rainstorms resulting in flash flooding and some regions are prone to (minor) earth tremors which can result in damage.
Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided.
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The room shall be located at a reasonable distance from the EU Aid Volunteer's main working location.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• When travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.
Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, travel, and monthly subsistence payments per month (293 Euros per month).
Travel:
• A roundtrip flight from/to the home country will be provided.
• The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be covered.
• The volunteer will be covered by a travel insurance plan provided by the sending organization.

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
17.10.2017 - 28.10.2017 (Please note that for this vacancy it is possible that more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Starting between the 24th and 30th of November 2017
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
14.11.2017 - 23.11.2017
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

26.07.2017 - 8.08.2017

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process.

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

General:
Uganda is generally considered one of the safest countries in Africa and the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.

Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flush floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and the sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affected an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda. Currently the levels of conflict in-country are considered safe for EU deployment, however violence resulting from incited conflicts and conflicts over land are common.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
The Registered Trustees of the Church of Uganda (CoU-PDR)
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Junior Volunteer sent out by DCA to support Disaster Risk Reduction efforts in Kitgum Diocese in Uganda

EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries,  providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities.

 

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

•           Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,

•           Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,

•           Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,

•           Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

 

Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

EUAID Volunteers ACTing Against Disaster Risks (EUAVACT) is a project within the framework of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative. The project is implemented by a consortium of ACT Alliance organisations and involves 38 volunteer placements.

 

The project aims at contributing to more effective (EU provided) humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience in five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening local NGOs and vulnerable and disaster prone communities members.

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

Within the framework of this project the volunteer will be deployed to strengthen the capacities of the local partner to respond to disasters and to increase resilience of the local community.

 

The volunteer will be deployed by DanChurchAid (DCA). DanChurchAid's aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity. Its work is based on a Christian view of humanity with respect for every individual’s rights and equal worth. DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is active wherever we find the need is highest, regardless of religion, gender, political beliefs, race, national or ethnic origins, handicaps or sexual orientation.

The volunteer will be deployed to Church of Uganda (CoU). This is a faith-based organization. CoU under its department for Planning, Development and Rehabilitation (PDR) responds to disaster and emergencies, addresses disaster risks and works on development.

The CoU-PDR Department was established in 1974 originally as a Planning and Advisory Office to the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and gradually became the leader of the CoU’s response to social-economic development challenges, promoting peace and social justice, mitigating the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS and malaria, coordinating humanitarian response to disasters/ emergencies, strengthening the community household capacities in water, food and income security as well augmenting institutional capacities. It has the following mandate:

1.         Ensuring the development gains are not destroyed by disasters.

2.         Protecting human life, dignity and rights.

3.         Protecting the environment in a sustainable manner.

4.         Promoting sustainable peace among communities and institutions.

Required competences: 
  • Background in humanitarian aid and disaster management, development studies, and / or a related relevant educational background.
  • Experience with working abroad within the humanitarian, development or social setting, preferably in the local in-country context.
  • Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction approaches and broader resilience building especially at community level is an asset.
  • Knowledge of diverse methods of building organisational capacity in circumstances where resources are limited.
  • Knowledge of Project cycle management
  • Experience and skills in guiding, training and facilitation in multi-cultural group settings.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to formulate and propose actions in a convincing way based on the gaps identified.
  • Ability in working with development and humanitarian partners to support communities’ efforts towards achieving self-reliance, generating and building on their resources sustainably.
  • Capable of coping with stressful situations and capable of overcoming difficulties.
  • Adapts calmly and reacts constructively to changing situations and constraints. Is able to identify and prevent risks during a project.
  • The candidate is able to adapt to living conditions where resources are very limited and the level of comfort is low.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.
Address of deployment: 
Kitgum, Uganda
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks
Task: 
Disaster Risk Reduction Support

- Build the capacities of the Diocese staff in the areas of DRR and Emergency response.
- Contribute to the strengthening of the Diocese in planning and implementation of DRR activities.
- Work hand in hand with Diocesan planning officer in the coordination of DRR programmes in the Diocese.
- Meet regularly with Diocesan staff to advise on DRR strategies that may contribute to mitigating disasters in Uganda.
- Document and disseminate disaster related information to the relevant stakeholders.
- The volunteer shall present regular DRR reports to the PDR Coordinator.
- Identify funding opportunities for DRR programmes.
- Develop DRR grant applications and submit them to the relevant development partners.

Minimum Requirements: 

- Have a relevant background in skills and education.
- 3 years of work experience in development and/or humanitarian aid.
- Personal experience from the country of deployment is an advantage.
- Willingness and ability to work in Uganda with frequent travels to disaster prone areas.
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English are needed.

Learning Opportunities: 

• Expand the insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organisations’ local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.
• Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training, monitoring and evaluation functions.
• Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions.
• Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability.
• Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

Working and Living Conditions: 

The deployment contains 3 components (see description below):
1. Mainly engaged within an urban setting of capital/large city;
2. Some envisioned travel through rural areas to less urbanized environments;
3. Overall characteristic component of Ugandan hot/arid climate.
---
1. The candidate is to be living in shared accommodation (own room) within a local context, comprising a diverse community of urban dwellers in terms of ethnicity and faith. Respect for local customs and manners may result in tension if not sensitively observed. Income levels may vary significantly between rich and poor. Poverty may be very visible in urban areas, both amongst the local populations and in the quality of housing and infrastructure. Urban areas are likely to suffer noticeably high levels of air pollution from traffic and industrial plants. Noise pollution may also be a problem in larger settlements and there may be significant levels of traffic congestion, especially at peak times of the day (mornings and evenings). Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity etc.) may be subject to cuts without warning; telecommunications and internet access may be limited or intermittent.
2. If and when deployed on short-term rural area access: the candidate is likely to be in a shared accommodation (own room) within a small community which may still be diverse in terms of cultures and faiths. Respect for local customs and traditions may result in tensions if not sensitively observed. Income levels may in general be very low which is likely to be reflected in the types of housing available and, especially if remote, in the quality of available infrastructure. Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be very different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity, communications etc.) may be intermittent and subject to shortages, and easily disrupted by natural hazards, such as extreme weather conditions (storms, rain, winds). Access to urban facilities and social opportunities may be very limited due to remoteness. There will be significant limits in the range and choices of foods available, with few imported products, which may be very expensive. Inland areas may experience down-stream air, land and water pollution from nearby urban and industrial areas.
3. Considering the deployment is within an area with a hot, arid climate, the candidate is likely to experience warm to hot temperatures all year round with extremely hot summer temperatures. Night time temperatures may be significantly cooler or hotter. Rainfall failures may result in protracted drought; sand- and dust-storms may make outdoor work or travel challenging. Natural hazards may include infrequent heavy rainstorms resulting in flash flooding and some regions are prone to (minor) earth tremors which can result in damage.
Volunteer accommodation:
• Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided.
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The room shall be located at a reasonable distance from the EU Aid Volunteer's main working location.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• When travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.
Working conditions:
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, travel, and monthly subsistence payments per month (293 Euros per month).

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

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
17.10.2017 - 28.10.2017 (Please note that for this vacancy it is possible that more than 1 candidate is going to be trained in order to create a reserve list to cover possible drop outs before or during deployment, unforeseen changes to the project, etc.)
Deployment: 
Starting between the 24th and 30th of November 2017
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
14.11.2017 - 23.11.2017
Post-deployment activities: 
Debriefing & follow-up
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

26.07.2017 - 8.08.2017

Interview Process: 

The interview will be held face-to-face or by online interviewing process.

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

General:
Uganda is generally considered one of the safest countries in Africa and the most favoured destination for foreign visitors in East Africa. However foreign visitors are continuously advised to exercise caution.
Natural hazards and risks:
Uganda is mainly affected by drought, landslides and water logging. Drought is a major hazard. Twelve (12) % of the population is exposed to this hazard on an annual basis leading to considerable risks of food insecurity and hunger experienced by the local population. Furthermore, there is a draining of the wetlands (13% of Uganda is covered in wetlands) for agricultural purposes. There is also a matter of deforestation, overgrazing and soil erosion, mud slides and flush floods that are leading to disasters.

Health:
Epidemics in Uganda also define the operational and security context. Disease outbreaks/ epidemics & crop pests are a reality that is faced by the country. There are currently high risks of infectious diseases. The most common ones are bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, plague and the sleeping sickness.
Uganda has faced 30 epidemics over the past two decades. In the year 2000, an outbreak of Ebola, haemorrhagic fever took the lives of more than 200 people. In Uganda an estimated 6.5% of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. Malaria affected an estimate of 8% of the local population, and malnutrition in children is currently registered in the 5 % range.

Safety and security:
Opportunistic crime like burglaries, muggings, drive-by bag snatches, robbing on public transport and in bars and thefts from vehicles do occur in Kampala and other areas of Uganda. Currently the levels of conflict in-country are considered safe for EU deployment, however violence resulting from incited conflicts and conflicts over land are common.

Road travel:
Lastly, motor (road) accidents are worth mentioning as they are very common due to poor roads and bad driving due to infrastructure. Travelling on the roads can be hazardous, particularly outside the main cities.

Groups audience: 
Self assessment questionnaire: 
Hosting organisation: 
The Registered Trustees of the Church of Uganda (CoU-PDR)
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

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