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. Operational details & security context
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).