Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Advocacy and Communication in Guatemala

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The project on “Knowledge Management” caters to the need of MdM in the Mesoamerican Region of capacity building based on the results of the projects implemented so far in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico. MdM is present in this area, having offices and professional and technical teams working in two main axis for the period 2017-2020: “Migration and Forced Displacement” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights/Violence against Women Prevention”. This project is aimed at fostering conditions to create experience communities through ongoing training on Knowledge Management for MdM staff in the Mesoamerican Region. The need identified in Guatemala is to have all the implemented activities interrelated. With that aim, technical, professional and logistics teams must be strengthened to build “shared knowledge” on methodological processes as well as enhanced monitoring and assessment tools. In this way, our performance can be improved by implementing the findings in research, and the knowledge and lessons learnt in each and every development project following its life cycle. On a daily basis, these lessons are learnt on an individual basis and not reflected in the reports as much as it would be desirable. Therefore, it seems necessary to have a common space to share best practice, to have a wider and more thorough approach of the problems identified in each project. In this way, the project cycle will benefit from lessons learnt and best practice that could be shared and scaled-up to other sociocultural realities in the region. This would allow us in MdM to strengthen our shared knowledge and gain comparative advantage. Our local partners in Guatemala, community-based organizations, NGOs, partners in our cooperation and humanitarian aid projects, will be actively involved in this project ensuring this way that the capacities built in advocacy and communication will be transferred to them as well in order to enhance the common learning spaces. The task assignment of the volunteer in Advocacy and Communication is framed in the Knowledge Management regional project, by finalising and implementing an Advocacy Plan, based on the evidence found in the research study about the two strategic aims in Guatemala: “Migration and Forced Displacement” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights/ Violence against Women Prevention”. The findings, lessons learnt and best practice will be standardised by the Volunteer and shared with the teams and local partners in the Region.

Security situation in Guatemala and the Mesoamerican Region

The Republic of Guatemala, with 16,015,494 inhabitants (National Statistics Institute, 2015) and 40% of indigenous population, is a country with a slow economic growth. Some facts are: 58% of the population is under poverty line (80% being indigenous population), there are high levels of inequality, 25% of young people aged 14-25 do not study nor work, there are high levels of violence and insecurity, pregnancy rate among teenagers aged 17-19 of 81 per 1,000 women (the highest rate in the Northern Triangle of Central America) and 9% of the population were compelled to migrate in recent years.

The signing of Guatemala's Peace Accords in 1996 brought hope of a fairer society in which people could live in peace. However, peace settlement didn't result in higher levels of human development. After a subsequent improvement of the situation, insecurity levels for the population worsened later on.

The violence affecting Guatemala's population nowadays does not follow that historic pattern, making it difficult to address the current insecurity situation. There is not a unique cause explaining the high levels of violence which, according to official data, has been steadily increasing. The following two factors could be identified as contributing to this rise: social exclusion and lack of law enforcement.

These factors are interrelated and affect each other. The fact that the benefits of a reasonable level of economic growth in Guatemala are not equally distributed among social strata, together with high levels of poverty, result in social tensions. While thousands of young people every year enter the workforce, the labour market does not offer enough job opportunities to meet this demand. The education system does not provide young people with the skills to join the labour market, forcing them to look for livelihoods in the submerged economy or exposing themselves to the risk of undocumented migration.

A small percentage of this population –suffering as well the consequences of weak family integration mechanisms, discrimination and victimization– is exposed to the need to resort to law-breaking actions such as goods smuggling, kidnapping, human, weapon and munition trafficking, narcotics dealing.

MdM Security Plans

MdM has general security protocols in all its headquarters in the countries of intervention. Guatemala's Security Plan, framed in “Conceptual Framework for Security Management” by MdM, has the following objectives:

 To reduce security risks for staff, by allowing them to integrate and implement security rules and regulations to prevent any potential emergency.
 To plan and coordinate actions to be taken by the person in charge of security, in case of emergency
 To schedule preventive actions in order to prevent emergency situations.
 To schedule training activities and drills for the staff to be prepared to act in case of emergency
 To have an ongoing updating procedure available

The volunteer will adhere to these norms which will be shared with him/her in the pre-deployment training or briefing

The assignment of the volunteer does not imply working in the field, but in workshops, meetings and gatherings with working teams and local partners, community-based organizations, NGOs, etc. Should any field visit be done, it would be scheduled and planned with the relevant teams.

Medicos del Mundo has developed a Security Plan adjusted to the specific context of rampant violence in Guatemala city, which is periodically monitored, in collaboration with the organization Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de DDHH, UDEFEGUA (Human Rights Defenders Protection Unit) in Guatemala (link:, who are experts on this issue in Central America. Several workshops have already been done with UDEFEGUA, which allow us to confirm that their methodology includes a permanent monitoring procedure of the context and risks analysis in order to adjust or modify any aspect of the project, if the case may be.

In the event of a security threat or special circumstance, all activities will be brought to a halt as long as required, according to the Security Plan.


- Activities and participative workshops with the national teams of MdM, for the finalisation of the specific objectives of the strategic Advocay Plan and its start-up in the region;
- Implementation and organization of activities to promote trainings in advocacy, with the aim of increasing the proposals for advocacy, the process, registration and dissemination of good practices and lessons learned, both by MdM staff and national partners in the Region (community-based organizations and NGOs);
- Technical support in the elaboration or updating of advocacy agendas for local partner organizations;
- Activities for the positioning of MdM towards national, state and international organizations and actors;
- Support in the creation and dissemination of communication products for the advocacy and knowledge management based on the information generated by research and information systematization;
- Production of links with academic and research spaces for dialogue, critical reflection and dissemination of findings in research, as well as in the presentation of communicational products with a view to improve learning exercises and dissemination in Knowledge management;
- Encouraging the learning through Advocacy and its challenges for the axes of action of MdM in the Region, the spaces of exchange with interinstitutional instances that are identified and in which MdM participates actively.


Required competences

- Social Sciences Professional (Law, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work or similar). Applicants should preferably hold experience in supporting social and community organizations; - Knowledge in development and humanitarian action projects; - Group facilitation skills; - Proved expertise in advocacy, gender, migration, communication and social investigation; - Knowledge of social media management is an asset; - Skills in text analysis and data interpretation; - Proficient in spoken and written Spanish.

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.

The volunteer must be available for his/her assignment from 9th August 2019 until 7th August 2020. This aspect, along with being proficient in Spanish, are non-negotiable and exception criteria.

Not all these competences are exception 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. Therefore, a motivation letter should be submitted explaining what drives the candidate to be a volunteer with us.

Medicos del Mundo works on a non-discriminatory basis.

The volunteer must be able to prove his/her expertise in Social Science, Law, Advocacy or Social Communication.

- Ability to read and summarize theoretical texts
- Ability to draft academic texts
- Proficiency in Spanish (spoken and written)

Condition of service

The volunteer will have the opportunity to familiarize him/herself with the situations related to migration and forced displacement as well as reproductive health rights/violence against women prevention in Guatemala thanks to the development and humanitarian aid projects currently being implemented. S/he will be with the local working teams in Guatemala and constantly receiving feedback from them to carry out his/her tasks, what will allow the volunteer to be in direct contact with the projects and field work.

Besides, the job position offered is framed in the “Knowledge Management” project, running with our own funds. This project aims at increasing knowledge and lessons learnt from technical teams. The volunteer, being part of the project team, will have learning opportunities in our two main axis: “Migration and Forced Displacement” and “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights/ Violence against Women Prevention”.

The volunteer will have a standard of living similar to the standard in the country.
The volunteer will permanently receive the information, guidance, support and resources necessary for the performance of the duties assigned to him/her (equipment and means of transport).
Conditions of service during deployment:
- a monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (398,35 Euros per month whilst in Guatemala) intends to cover basic needs and local transport;
- In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is foreseen.
- Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and transportation from/to country of origin and to/from country of destination will be covered.
- The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field: for each of deployment two days of holidays are foreseen.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place between 17/06/19 and 21/06/19.

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through will be considered. Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in Spanish)
• CV in Europass format (in Spanish)
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in Spanish)
• Motivation Letter (in Spanish)

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

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 July 2019.

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.

Date of training
July 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
August 2019
09/08/2019 - 07/08/2020
Post-deployment activities
August 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
File EUAV Self Assessment Questionnaire

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