Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication in Colombia

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Movement for Peace – MPDL (Spain) and ADICE (France) are non-profit organizations with extensive experience in the fields of development and humanitarian aid which are jointly implementing the project “EU Aid Volunteers: MPDL Deployment of Volunteers for Peace-building and Women's Rights” together with 5 other organizations in third countries.

The project aims at enhancing the EU capacity to provide needs-based humanitarian aid in vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in 5 countries: Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Peru. In the course of the project 16 volunteers (both junior and senior) will be deployed. Volunteers will support humanitarian activities giving special consideration to the gender dimension.

The hosting organization for this position, MPDL Colombia, operates since 1997, accompanying victims of the conflict in the processes for their rights. MPDL Colombia has boosted the development of civilian's initiatives intended to transform structural circumstances behind the conflict, aiming to promote protection, restoration of rights and reparation of victims affected by the war as well as of the most vulnerable population. This extensive experience has enabled the consolidation of a comprehensive model of peace-building, benefiting about 7.700 people.

Their strategy and work lines have been adapted to the post-conflict context: governance and peacebuilding, gender dimension and Human Rights.

Movement for Peace – MPDL– works in the Colombian Caribbean since 1997. In the last few years we have expanded our intervention areas to Nariño and Magdalena Medio regions. Thus, Movement for Peace Colombia currently works in the Caribbean (Bolivar, Atlántico and Sucre departments), in the Colombian south Pacific (Nariño department: Tumaco, Barbacoas and Francisco Pizarro municipalities) and Bogotá.

Our working lines are the following:
•Gender and women human rights: strengthening of organizations in prevention, attention and support programs for victims of gender based violence, especially in the framework of the armed conflict.
•Rural development: support in rural development public policies advocacy. Technical, financial and organizational support for production.
•Governance and peace-building: citizen training schools; institutional strengthening; support to organizations and victims meetings; accompaniment in cases of particular risk; community protection; access to justice; local planning exercises and territorial agreements for development.
•Education for Peace: teachers and students capacity building; local campaigns for violence prevention and strengthening of women and youth organizations.

The volunteer will be based in Cartagena de Indias with possible visits to other MPDL offices in the country.

He/She will work under the supervision of the MPDL country coordinator. Movement for Peace – MPDL has a Social Mobilization department in its HQ in Madrid which centralizes communication, volunteering and social awareness-raising actions. This department will also be monitoring the volunteer during his/her stay.

Although Colombia has recently signed a Peace Agreement with the main armed force in the country, the FARC-EP and there is an open dialogue with the ELN, up to date there are still some insecure situations and high risk in many areas of the country, mainly in the rural area. In the main cities, the situation is safe enough to live normally.

To face the context above detailed, MPDL has a safety policy, protocol, plan and culture for its work in Colombia which is adapted to each area of the country and mandatory for MPDL staff (including volunteers).

To draft a communication and fundraising strategy and the first year action plan
To prepare documents of institutional presentation

Dossiers, leaflets or similar

To establish relations with the local media
To advice in communication and fundraising related issues

Actions to be implemented and metholody

To support the activities carried out in the mission

Participation in the overall management of the projects implemented by MPDL Colombia from a communication perspective

To participate in the activities hold in the framework of the volunteering programme

This includes the participation in video recording, interviews or meetings among others

Other tasks regarding strategic objectives of MPDL mission in the country

No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position

Required competences


  • Studies in Communication, Marketing, Fundraising or similar
  • In-depth knowledge of communication and fundraising theories and concepts
  • In-depth knowledge of multimedia ad communication technologies (social media, webpages, printing, etc).
  • Knowledge of the ethical and legal rules of the profession (copyright)
  • Essential notions of advocacy 


At least 5 year experience in communication.

At least 1 year experience in private fundraising and fundraising strategies implementation for NGO and social marketing.

Previous working or volunteer experience in developing countries and/or NGO will be appreciated


  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Humanitarian aid/development cooperation project management
  • Ability to communicate through different means
  • Adaptability to changing contexts and situations
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work in a rural area
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Knowledge of different technologies and communication tools 2.0
  • Proactive attitude
  • Ability to work independently in coordination with the rest of the team
  • Analytical and synthesis skills
  • Writing and oral skills


  • Motivation for the position
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian contest in Colombia
  • Interest in humanitarian aid, gender approach, Human Rights, peace-building and other working lines of the organization
  • Good collaborative relationships
  • Volunteering attitude
  • Knowledge of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and the humanitarian principles
  • Knowledge of the security measures to be respected
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 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.

Only candidates available for in-presence training (minimum 9 days) in Belgium in May 2019 and a deployment period of 2 months (June - August 2019) will be eligible.

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.

MPDL applies a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes 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, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

The candidate must be available for in-presence training in Belgium (minimum 9 days), and for 2 months deployment starting from June 2019.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend to a 30 hours online training and 9 to 12 days in-presence training before his/her deployment.

The in-presence training is divided into a general and a specific module depending on the tasks to be carried out by the volunteers and the needs of the hosting organization.

In addition, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the duration of his/her placement intended to assess his/her competences and fulfilment of objectives.

Accommodation, visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered by the sending organization.

In addition, the volunteer will receive a monthly allowance of 364,38 € which is intended to cover basic needs and local transport.

The deployment duty station is in Tumaco, Nariño Department, Colombia. However, the volunteer may travel to other areas of the country where Movimiento por la Paz- MPDL works.

For each month of deployment, the volunteer will receive a 100€ post-deployment resettlement allowance.

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.

Selection process

Submission of applications: from 9/01 to 9/02/19

Short-listing and first interviews: from 9/02 to 14/02/19

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 14/02/19.

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.


The final decision on the volunteer to be deployed will be made by the sending and hosting organizations jointly after receiving feedback from the EU on the face to face training.

Date of training
March 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June - July 2019
Post-deployment activities
September 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File Cuestionario autoevaluación_Colombia