EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

WASH

Senior Volunteer in Disaster Preparedness and Urban Resilience [GVC_NIC_DIS_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 the project GVC will deploy 3 volunteers to Nicaragua.

Required competences: 

Studies

  • Advanced university studies in relevant sectors
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge

Languages

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

Skills

  • Knowledge of WASH sector and solid waste management
  • Deep professional and technical understanding of natural and human induced hazards and root causes and driving factors of disaster vulnerability
  • Proactive in liaising and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, coordination and stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Strong initiative and autonomy
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions

Experiences

  • 5 years’ experience in relevant fields
  • Experience in planning, monitoring and reporting of project activities in relevant field in multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations
  • Previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Puerto cabezas, Nicaragua
Project: 
EU Aid Volunteers in action
Task: 
General

• Support the overall implementation of Disaster Risk Preparedness strategy and activities, including climate adaptation, in the Country.

Disaster Preparedness Tasks

• Support the development of best practices in disaster preparedness
• Providing technical support to disaster preparedness team in the country

Climate Change Adaptation Tasks

• Support the development of best practice in climate change adaptation
• Providing technical support to climate change adaptation staff in the country
• Monitor and disseminate emerging best practice on climate change adaptation strategies, planning and practice

Project Management

• Support the staff in identifying, preparing and implementing programs, projects and project’s components to address livelihoods and climate change issues and readiness

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Other

• The 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:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (326,81 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in 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. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Nicaragua 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 15/05/2016 to 15/06/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, its level of performance is quiet low, due also to scarce financial resources to ensure the operationalization of preparedness and response plans.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

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

Senior Volunteer in Communication in Lebanon [VOL4AID_GVC_LEB_COM_SR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

 

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

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

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

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

 

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

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

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

Visibility and advocacy

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

Meetings and field visits

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

Editorial inputs

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.

The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Zahle, Lebanon, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (540,02 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.
Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training in presence will take place in the Netherlands in mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
N/A
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 10/02/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Lebanon at her/his arrival.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Senior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

Security conditions
The security situation in Lebanon is unpredictable. Driving standards are poor and the accident rate is quiet high.
In view of the situation in Lebanon in terms of security, all the necessary instructions and security manuals and rules will be given to the Eu Aid Volunteer.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Lebanon, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

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

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Lebanon [VOL4AID_GVC_LEB_ADM_JR]

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative

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

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

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

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

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

More info available here:

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

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Active Europen citizens in response to humanitarian challenges - VOL4ID project

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

The project’s objectives may be summarised as:

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ’s in Spanish

FAQ’s in English

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

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

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

Skills

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

Experiences

  • Desirable previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

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

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

Supporting the project manager

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

Supporting the administration

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

Planning and coordination

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

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

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

Others

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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

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

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

Minimum Requirements: 

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

Learning Opportunities: 

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

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

Working and Living Conditions: 

Length of Deployment:
• 10 months
Deployment duty station:
• Zahle, Lebanon, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (540,02 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

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

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
Training in presence will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
N/A
Deployment: 
Deployment is foreseen to start on 15/01/2018, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Training in presence will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in English.
Post-deployment activities: 
Within 3 months after return from the mission
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

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

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

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

Security conditions
The security situation in Lebanon is unpredictable. Driving standards are poor and the accident rate is quite high.
In view of the situation in Lebanon in terms of security, all the necessary instructions and security manuals and rules will be given to the Eu Aid Volunteer.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Lebanon, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

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

Junior Volunteer in Communication in Nicaragua [GVC_NIC_COM_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 the project GVC will deploy 3 volunteers to Nicaragua.

Required competences: 

Studies

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

Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Italian and English 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

  • Previous experience in developing countries is an asset
  • Professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) is desirable

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

Address of deployment: 
Managua, Nicaragua
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
• Preparation and publication of the monthly newsletter
• Promote awareness campaigns and collection of funds
• Manage and enrich the photo and video archive of GVC Nicaragua
• Writing of articles and press releases

Coordination tasks

• Manage and implement all the sectoral activities that may be needed
• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter

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 the apprenticeship starting from December 2017 and availability for the deployment starting from February 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 Apprenticeship:
• 2 months
Apprenticeship duty station:
• Bologna, Italy, GVC HQ
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (720,08 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the HQ.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.

Length of Deployment:
• 5 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (326,81 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in Spanish or English.
Apprenticeship Placement: 
Apprenticeship is foreseen to start on 01/12/2017, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer
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, at the end of the apprenticeship. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Nicaragua at her/his arrival.
Vacancy picture: 
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Apprenticeship: 

2 months of apprenticeship are foreseen in the GVC HQ in Bologna

Shortlisting and Interviews: 

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

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, its level of performance is quiet low, due also to scarce financial resources to ensure the operationalization of preparedness and response plans.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

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

Junior Volunteer in Finance and Accounting in Nicaragua [GVC_NIC_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 the project GVC will deploy 3 volunteers to Nicaragua.

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: 
Managua, Nicaragua
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:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Managua, Nicaragua, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (326,81 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
• For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

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

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
In-presence training will take place in the Netherlands at mid October 2017. Training sessions will be in 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. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Nicaragua 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 15/05/2016 to 15/06/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 16/06/2017 to 24/07/2017.

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

Interview Process: 

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

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

Humanitarian Context
Nicaragua is a country affected by different natural hazards, mainly earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes and flooding (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, UNISDR). The average annual loss (AAL) caused by hazards has been estimated as 111 million USD.
Due to its geography and poverty levels, Nicaragua remains highly vulnerable when dealing with earthquakes, volcano eruptions, flooding, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, and tsunamis. Regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, the estimated population at risk in Nicaragua is 25.4%, equivalent to 1.3 million inhabitants, while droughts affect almost the 45% of the population.
Nicaragua is the second most exposed country in the world to tropical storms. As seen in recent disasters, such as hurricanes Juana, Mitch and Félix and earthquakes in Managua and Masaya, poor people are more likely to be adversely affected, presenting high vulnerability levels due, above all, to the use of inadequate building materials. Moreover, when impacted by the disaster, they deal with greater constrains to cover contingent costs.
The Nicaraguan Army and the institutions within the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response (Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención) have executed 95 projects on Disaster Risk Management and conducted training programs iin 145 Municipalities. More than 4,200 response plans have been developed and 1,200 simulation exercises have taken place, involving 12,000 brigade volunteers, 12,000 troops and a support network composed of police, fire fighters and medical staff, all of them integrated in the emergency plans.
However, in most rural municipalities risk management plans are outdated and the composition of the Municipal Committees for Disaster Prevention (COMUPRED, Comités Municipales de Prevención de Desastres) and Local Committees for Disaster Prevention (COLOPRED, Comités Locales de Prevención de Desastres) frequently changes, so most of the members have limited experience. The lack of information management in real time often delays the decision making, such as in the dengue outbreak that affected more than 8,000 people in 2013 and was caused by a new serotype.
Despite the fact that the National System for Disaster Prevention (SINAPRED) has been promoting the existing legal framework and the political strategy to enhance coordination in reducing the risk of disasters in the country, its level of performance is quiet low, due also to scarce financial resources to ensure the operationalization of preparedness and response plans.

Security conditions
Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America with the best indicators on public safety with respect to robbery, homicide, presence of criminal gangs, kidnapping, etc. However, basic security and safety rules will apply both to the individual (not carrying much cash, not walking alone on the streets at night, keep an eye on handbags, backpacks and valuable personal items, etc.) and to the dwelling house, especially at night and in Managua.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Nicaragua, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

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

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

Project Development and Monitoring and Evaluation EU Volunteer Côte d’Ivoire

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 Worldwide, ACTED and People in Need (PIN) are working in consortium on this EUAV Volunteer project.  The consortium is led by Concern, the volunteer for this position will be deployed by ACTED.

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

Deployment dates: 
-
Description: 

Ivory Coast has known ten years of political crisis, which strongly degraded its socioeconomic environment causing numerous human and material losses. In spite of the stability found since 2012, the population remains vulnerable, the inequality is increasing, and the health conditions in large cities are worrisome (with diseased linked to access to clean water). ACTED’s goal is to contribute to the implementation of an environment that enables social and economic development as well as the reduction of poverty and inequality.

In Ivory Coast ACTED leads the following projects:

 

-           Building water sanitation and purification systems

-           Sensitization of communities and trainings in the use of these systems with awareness campaigns and theaters-forums.

-           Support the efforts of economic and social development

The objectives of the EU – Aid Volunteer will be:

To ensure good donor relations through proper, qualitative and timely grant management;

To facilitate internal coordination and communication.

To contribute to raising ACTED’s profile and credibility with external stakeholders by communicating a positive image of ACTED’s activities and engagements in the country.

To contribute to fundraising efforts in line with ACTED’s global.

To support the development and implementation of effective AME systems and mechanisms in the mission and contribute towards more effective and relevant programming and project implementation.

Required competences: 

Transversal competences

Demonstrating leadership

Volunteering mind-set

Autonomy

Accountability

 

Specific competencies

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

Managing projects in humanitarian contexts

 

Technical competences:

Excellent writing and communication skills

Knowledge of Project Cycle Management

Experience in AME

Financial and monitoring skills          

Address of deployment: 
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Project: 
Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
Task: 
Grant Management

1.1 Contract follow-up
a) Communicate contractual obligations in particular with regards to reporting deadlines to Programme, AMEU and FLATS team;
b) When any issue is identified in meeting deliverables in the given timeframe and budget, inform relevant staff in country and seek ACTED HQ Program Department advice on potential solutions that would meet donor rules.
1.2. Reporting
a) Participate in and take minutes of kick-off and close out meetings for each project
b) Write quality narrative reports, reflecting the progress and status of projects in a transparent, timely and professional manner, in liaison with ACTED HQ GMU and finance, which will contribute ultimately to steady cash inflow;
c) Work in close relation with AMEU to incorporate AME data (incl. data on input, process, output, outcome and impact indicators, lessons learnt and best practices) in reports and review M&E reports from AMEU;
d) Liaise with FLATS teams when preparing reports, especially with finance to ensure greater coherence between financial and narrative reports by crosschecking the matching of data in the narrative and financial reports;
e) Contribute to the monthly update of the Reporting Follow Up (RFU) and ensure smooth and regular communication with ACTED HQ GMU.
f) Address ad hoc requests from donors in liaison with the CD, Programme and support teams.
1.3 Partner Follow-up
a) Ensure partners report to ACTED in a timely and qualitative manner as per the requirements of the grant agreement.

Internal Coordination

2.1. Internal Coordination and Communication
a) Facilitate interdepartmental communication and information sharing from the Base, to the Area, Capital, and even up to the regional and HQ offices by taking minutes of the various ACTED coordination meetings
b) Send meeting minutes in a timely manner to HQ;
c) Inform ACTED HQ GMU and finance of latest developments, opportunities and challenges so that GMU can best advice on the way forward.
2.2. Filing
a) File properly contractual project documents both in hard and soft copies;
b) Update regularly the Resource Centre at the office with appropriate and relevant external and internal resources.

External Communication

a) Contribute to ACTED external communication strategy by feeding regularly ACTED HQ Communication Department with informal updates on projects, a flash news, pictures, articles on projects progress and/or specific events for ACTED communication tools, including, but not limited to, ACTED Newsletter, websites and ACTED Annual Report;

Fundraising

4.1 External relations
a) Update regularly a directory of donors, international and local NGOs, other partners and stakeholders;
b) Contribute when required to the reporting to national and local authorities as required by ACTED registration/legal status in country;
c) In the absence of Technical Coordinators, participate in key clusters and/or working group meetings;
4.2 Contribution to proposal development
a) Contribute when required to the development of fundraising documents (Expression of Interests/concept notes/proposals) in line with ACTED country strategy and donor requirements and in close collaboration with ACTED HQ GMU (Grant Management Unit) and finance;
b) Liaise with Area Coordinators, Project Managers and Technical Coordinators to ensure that proposals are relevant and technically sound;
c) Incorporate learning from previous interventions (e.g. lessons learnt and best practices) into new proposals;
4.3 Contracting
Contribute to addressing in a timely manner all comments by donors on proposals in liaison with relevant staff in country and ACTED HQ GMU and finance;

M&E Responsabilities

a) Contribute to the development and updating of the consolidated AME work plan and AME frameworks for all ongoing projects;
b) Contribute to an effective roll-out of M&E collection and reporting systems to all staff and partners through training, site visits, manuals, and other technical support as needed;
c) Assist in the development of the ToRs and mission plans and carrying out assessments, monitoring and evaluations (baselines, mid-terms, end lines) as reflected in the ToR and mission plan;
d) Assist in the development and implementation of appropriate data collection and analysis instruments, methodologies (e.g. survey questionnaires, focus group discussions, key-informant interviews) and data/information dissemination/utilization plans
e) Others

Minimum Requirements: 

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

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in humanitarian studies / Political Science / M&E / Project Development
• Fluent French (written and spoken), excellent writing and communication skills;
• Prior work experience with an INGO in the agriculture and/or rural development sector
• Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment;
• Good organisational and prioritisation skills;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office;

Learning Opportunities: 

This program places great importance on the EUV management and career development. The selected volunteers will undertake a learning and development program that will include an induction, trainings during the deployment and a post-deployment support and dissemination activities.
Their learning and development plan will be completed with the support of a L&D manager, a mentor and their line manager.

Working and Living Conditions: 

EU Volunteer benefits include: subsistence allowances in line with EU Aid Volunteer daily allowances (456.05 euros per month), coverage of all accommodation in the ACTED guesthouse, travel costs, a luggage allowance of 100 kg, provision of medical, repatriation, and life insurance, reimbursement of visas and vaccinations costs and resettlement allowance.

Closing date: 
Date of training: 
July / August 2017
Deployment: 
September 2017
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
August 2017
Post-deployment activities: 
August / September 2018
Vacancy picture: 
Project Development Ivoire
Volunteer Profile: 
Junior
Number of positions: 
1
Shortlisting and Interviews: 

Candidates will be shortlisted and invited to take part in a Skype or face-to-face interview (depending on location).

Interview Process: 

Two-interview process with relevant stakeholders from HR and Program departments and staff based in the field.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
Groups audience: 
Hosting organisation: 
ACTED - Ivory Coast
Vacancy Type: 
EUAV deployment volunteering

Active European citizens in response to humanitarian challenges: EU Aid Volunteers strengthening capacities and resilience of communities affected by humanitarian crises in third countries

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

Partners: 
Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Colombia
Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Ecuador
Association Alianza por la Solidaridad - Senegal
Actionaid Hellas (Greece)
Fundación Ecuasol
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Haiti
GVC - Gruppo di Volontariato Civile
Guilde Europeenne du Raid (The European Guild)
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Cambodia
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Bolivia
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Photograph showing project beneficiary
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
1399957€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
Volunteer management according to the standards and procedures for the management of the candidate volunteers and the EU Aid Volunteers
Communicating the Union's humanitarian aid principles agreed in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and raising awareness levels and visibility of its humanitarian aid
Number of volunteers: 
61
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
This project is a placeholder: 
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EU Aid Volunteers in action

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

 

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

Partners: 
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Jordan
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Nicaragua
Fundación Alianza por los Derechos, la Igualdad y la Solidaridad Internacional - Haiti
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Haiti
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Lebanon
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Nicaragua
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC) - Tunisia
Mouvement Paisan Papaye - MPP
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Cuba
Gruppo di Volontariato Civile - Guatemala
Richmond Vale Academy
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
Photograph of volunteer and children from host community
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
952204€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
Communicating the Union's humanitarian aid principles agreed in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and raising awareness levels and visibility of its humanitarian aid
Number of volunteers: 
38
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
This project is a placeholder: 
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Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

Partners: 
ACTED
ACTED - Cambodia
ACTED - Ivory Coast
ACTED - Kyrgyzstan
ACTED - Tajikistan
People in Need - Člověk v tísni, o. p. s.
People in Need - Angola
People in Need - Cambodia
People in Need - Georgia
People in Need - Myanmar
People in Need - Philippines
Concern Worldwide - Bangladesh
Concern Worldwide - Haiti
Concern Worldwide - Lebanon
Concern Worldwide - Malawi
Concern Worldwide - Niger
Concern Worldwide - Sierra Leone
Concern Worldwide - Turkey
Date: 
-
Project picture: 
pin_coordinating_humanitarian_philipinnes-photo
pin_coordinating_humanitarian_philipinnes-photo
Type: 
Deployment
EU Contribution: 
1168195€
Activities: 
Disaster risk management, preparedness and response as well as linking relief, rehabilitation and development
Communicating the Union's humanitarian aid principles agreed in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid and raising awareness levels and visibility of its humanitarian aid
Number of volunteers: 
24
Team visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Groups audience: 
This project is a placeholder: 
no
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