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EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE

Senior EU Aid Volunteer – Gender Officer in Ukraine 

Senior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It 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. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.

Assignment

Médicos del Mundo (MdM) is an international humanitarian organisation, working in different regions and countries to make effective the Universal Right to Health. MdM is a non-profitable, non-governmental, non-political and non-confessional organisation operating under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.  MdM has been operating in Ukraine since August 2015 and is currently implementing an emergency response and recovery programme in the Eastern part of Ukraine (Luhansk and Donetsk oblast, government and non-government-controlled areas – GCAs and NGCAs). The programme is implemented around three main components: direct delivery of services through multidisciplinary mobile units (including primary healthcare services (PHC), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), Mental Health and Psychosocial support services (MHPSS) and gender-based violence (GBV) response services); strengthening of local health system (with a specific focus on PHC, SRH, MHPSS and GBV) through capacity building of health and non-health staff, awareness raising and advocacy. In addition, MdM supports the health system in response to COVID-19 pandemics in Eastern Ukraine.  

MdM in Ukraine is operating through 3 functional bases: the Kyiv base (Kyiv city) which is considered the coordination office; the Severodonetsk field base (Severodonetsk city) in Luhansk oblast and Bakhmut field base (Bakhmut city) in Donetsk oblast. MdM Mission in Ukraine is composed of 80 people including 75 people as local staff and 5 expatriates (12 staff based in Kyiv; 48 based in Severodonetsk and 20 based in Bakhmut). 

The EU Aid Volunteer on gender shall report directly to the Community and Health System Resilience Advisor and shall have functional links with the Coordination Team. 

EU Aid Volunteer on gender shall work also in collaboration with the Gender and Human Rights Unit of MdM-Spain based in Madrid. 

Current armed conflict on the East of Ukrainian situation context: 

Millions of people continue to suffer from the ongoing armed conflict in the East of Ukraine. Thus for 2022, DG ECHO identified very high humanitarian needs in Ukraine. The vulnerability of the population affected by the crisis in Ukraine is still very high. Ukraine's INFORM risk index ranks at 4.6/104, and Human Development Index at 0.779/15. Besides, Ukraine is prone to natural hazards, environmental and industrial risks, which might potentially lead to serious and dangerous humanitarian consequences. Entering the eighth year of conflict, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains extremely volatile, and is expected to remain so in 2022. Despite continued commitment of Government of Ukraine to an inclusive policy towards the population in eastern Ukraine, and the decrease of casualties as a result of the Comprehensive Ceasefire Agreement, the progress in the Trilateral Contact Group and Normandy format has remained limited until now. The prospects of finding peaceful political solutions are facing an impasse. Despite improvements, there are still deficiencies in terms of coordination, funding allocation, and comprehensive legislative framework, with an impact on the quality and opportunities for the humanitarian response.

The impact of COVID-19 in the conflict-affected areas seems relatively moderate compared to other parts of Ukraine. For the second year, almost all the entry/exit crossing points (EECPs) remain sealed off for civilians, negatively impacting access to pensions and social payments for hundreds of thousands of civilians residing in the Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA). International aid humanitarian cargoes have passed with sporadic difficulties and the movement of humanitarian workers is severely restricted.

Tasks
Main tasks

The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender shall support the Community and Health System Resilience Advisor in the creation of a gender guidelines/policy in MdM Ukraine mission and in the incorporation of gender sensitivity and diversity into programme development and the team communication context. He/She will also support the MdM mission as the focal point for Gender. 

The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender shall be in close contact with the field teams, in particular regarding data collection and reporting. Considering the number of organisations (both national and international) involved in gender and GbV in Ukraine, he/she will communicate and coordinate activities with them. 

Drafting of a gender guidelines/policy

Trovide the analysis of all policies/regulations/modalities as well as projects implemented by MdM Mission in Ukraine in terms of gender sensitivity and diversity inclusion. 

Draft a gender guidelines/policy for MdM Mission in Ukraine explaining to the team how to incorporate a gender sensitivity and diversity into programme development.

Contribute technically to the development and implementation of projects and strategies in the area of gender-responsive health care policy and practice

Provide technical inputs related to gender-responsive health care policy and practice to the design and formulation of project proposals and initiatives;

Ensure that gender-responsive activities, results and indicators are included into the projects and strategies;

Review and provide inputs (if needed) to SitReps, donor reports and other reports on gender-responsive health care activities and results.

Provide technical assistance and capacity development support to MdM partners in Ukraine

Provide technical support for the implementation of projects’ activities with partners in terms of gender-responsive approach

Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners, propose and coordinate/facilitate trainings to partners as needed in terms of gender-responsive approach.

Sensitisation/awareness among MdM staff 

Internal capacity building on gender mainstreaming, sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and gender diversity. 

Networking 

Participate in joint initiatives and coordination/working groups/subcluster dealing with Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, and Gender and sexual diversity.

Explore possibilities and propose partnerships in Gender/GbV with other organisations acting on the east of Ukraine.  

Network with local and international NGOs dealing with Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, and Gender and sexual diversity.  

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Required competences

Background : Social Sciences / International Relations / Human Rights / Gender Studies / Area Studies  Previous Experience : Experience in a humanitarian organisation;  experience in a humanitarian context  Experience in public speaking and in negotiations with partners and authorities 

Required Skills:   Excellent gender analysis skills, especially for complex political/humanitarian context  Excellent communication and writing skills  Excellent management of the Windows environment (Word, Excel...)  Excellent level of English (spoken - written - reading); Russian is an asset  Strong organisational skills / Rigor / Ability to classify and to manage priorities  Capacity to take initiatives and propose innovative solutions  Knowledge of data analysis and documentation for advocacy purposes  Knowledge of how to use policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda  Ability to develop solid evidence-based arguments and recommendations  Resistance to stress in a tense security context  Ability to work in a multicultural environment and be respectful   Appreciated qualifications : Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law  Knowledge of the occupied Palestinian territories and/or the Middle East  Experience in Protection, MHPSS, SRH and/or Gender Mainstreaming 

Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

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.

Not all these competences are mandatory criteria as long as the candidate can show expertise in performing the tasks which the job position involves. His/her motivation will be similarly taken into account.

Background :

Social Sciences / International Relations / Human Rights / Gender Studies / Area Studies 

Required Skills:  

Excellent gender analysis skills, especially for complex political/humanitarian context 
Excellent level of English (spoken - written - reading).

Condition of service

The volunteer will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about MdM's direct delivery of services through multidisciplinary mobile units (including primary healthcare services (PHC), sexual and reproductive health (SRH), Mental Health and Psychosocial support services (MHPSS) and gender-based violence (GBV) response services); strengthening of local health system (with a specific focus on PHC, SRH, MHPSS and GBV) through capacity building of health and non-health staff, awareness raising and advocacy.

On a professional level, the volunteer will have the opportunity to integrate into an experienced team, as well as to incorporate gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights approaches to their expertise.

The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender shall be based in Severodonetsk with trips to Bakhmut and Kyiv.

Living conditions in Ukraine are comfortable. All basic services and recreational facilities are easily accessible. The volunteer will be accommodated in the houses identified by MdM and will receive monthly per diems (487,04EUR/month) that will allow him/her to cover with his/her food expenses.

Working conditions:
- Regularly the working time will be 40 hours per week.
- The volunteer will have access to specific work spaces, in accordance with the tasks assigned to him/her and with agreed, safe and healthy working conditions. In this sense, all the necessary supplies for the provision of assistance and training will be provided. Travel for the performance of their activities shall be ensured.
- The work schedule will correspond to the established agenda and system in the field.
Travel:
- A single return flight to and from the country of origin will be provided.
- Pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc. will be covered.
- Volunteers will be covered by a health insurance provided by the EU.

Selection process

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

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis.

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

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

This mandatory training will take place in February 2022.

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

Timetable
Date of training
February 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
N/A
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
March 2022
Deployment
March - September 2022
Post-deployment activities
September 2022
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