EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Climate change adaptation and ecosystem-based in Peru [GVC9_PER_CLI_SR]

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Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

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 Initiative 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 organizations in countries hit by disasters,
  • Technical assistance for organizations 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

Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) and GVC (Italy) are International Non-Governmental Organizations that have joined their expertise in managing humanitarian actions worldwide and are now implementing the project “Strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers”.

The project will directly seek for strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities through the deployment of 19 trained EU Aid Volunteers in 10 countries Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Georgia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Thailand and Cambodia. This main objective will be achieved through the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers and capacity-building activities on strengthening the decision-making based on the Regional Pastoral Surveillance System (SO1), strengthening good practices and lessons learned around disaster risk management and resilience practices in vulnerable communities (SO2), strengthening humanitarian skills and capacities of a great range of humanitarian actors around contingency planning processes, coordination mechanisms (SO3). These specific objectives will be complemented by activities destined to ensure an adequate support to the EU Aid Volunteers and the quality of the whole implementation process (SO4) and finally oriented to guarantee the best coordination mechanisms between EU and in-country partners (SO5).

11 hosting organizations will be involved in the development of the project, involving 19 EU Aid Volunteers: 5 senior Volunteers (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 junior Volunteers (less than 5 years of professional experience) in the 10 countries targeted by the project. Through their volunteering deployments, EU Aid Volunteers will support the sharing of good practices and lessons learned around disaster risk management and resilience in vulnerable communities, and help to boost and strengthen the humanitarian skills and capacities of a range of humanitarian actors.

More info about this project available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected-communities-through_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 1 EU Aid Volunteer to Peru. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Humanitarian Context
Perú is a country in western South America, with a multiethnic population of over 31 million, which includes Amerindians, Europeans, Africans and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages.
Even though it has been categorized as Upper-middle income Country (in accordance with World Bank standards) since 2008, the Country still suffers of structural inequalities which are not limited to income problem or monetary poverty. In the last decade (2005-2010), the Peruvian economy was one of the most prosperous in the region, with a sustained growth rate of 3.3% in 2015 and 3.9% in 2016, and a reduction of the poverty level, which fell from 45.5% to 19.3% ("extreme" poverty has decreased from 27.6% to 9%) (http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/peru/overview) The initial forecasts of a growth rate of 4% by 2017 were revised slightly downwards (reaching below 3%) due to the impact of "El Niño", which, for some months, has greatly reduced production activities, especially in the north of the country. Finally, Perú is a country opened to international trade and foreign investment, with Free Trade Agreements in the geographical area and outside it with the main partners (with European Union has a FTA since 2013).
The whole country is subject to seismic activity, less intense in the Southern Region of the Andes where the GVC operates. It does not constitute a greater risk for the GVC staff and activities, since the main risks are linked to travel, given to the roads conditions in the Andes area, where the projects are implemented. During the rainy season, landslides are frequent along the roads connecting the main cities. The health and hygiene conditions of the country generally require taking precautions to avoid diseases such as hepatitis A, dysentery, typhoid. Outbreaks of cholera occur sometimes in summertime (January-March) especially in the outlying areas of the cities where the hygienic conditions are very precarious.
The situation of public order is characterized by frequent protests, which sometimes reach fair levels of violence. The incidence of delinquency remains high, especially in Lima, the capital. In the urban areas and in general where the GVC works, there have not been registered dangerous events (such as abductions or physical attacks).

Security conditions
Perú is a relatively safe country, characterized in general by adequate services. The situation of basic infrastructure and services is normally good in the main cities. In the country it is possible to access medium-level medical assistance in public facilities and excellent-level medical assistance for serious illnesses and problems in Lima.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Perú, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming at building local community resilience to disasters.

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

Tasks
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
• Strengthen the management capabilities of communities in grassland management

Ecosystem Tasks

• Providing technical support and knowledge to the staff in the country for a better management of water resources
• Supporting ecosystem assessments, strategic planning, project design, reviews and evaluations exercises
• Reassessing the importance of natural ecosystems with a focus on risk management and climate change.
• Supporting the project manager in monitoring the work of technical experts and contributing to review draft reports/outputs

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 EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

Required competences

Studies

  • Advanced university studies in Veterinary medicine, Agronomics, Environment or in other 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

  • 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
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.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from April-May 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from June 2018;
• Deployment starting from July 2018.

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.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is GVC Peru
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Abancay, Peru, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (401.12 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
• Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered directly by sending and/or hosting organization.
• 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, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

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 more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Selection process

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 01/02/2018 to 01/03/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 02/03/2018 to 06/04/2018.

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

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 06/04/2018. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING.

Timetable
Date of training
Training will take place in April – May 2018. Training sessions will be in Spanish only if the minimum number of participants will be reached. Otherwise it will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement
No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before departure. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Peru at her/his arrival.
Deployment
01/07/2018
Post-deployment activities
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Documents
File saq_peru.xlsx
Sectors