EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Communication in Thailand [GVC9_THA_COM_SR]

Senior
— 1 positions
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 volunteer to Thailand. 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
The Thai government is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention but has allowed refugees from Myanmar/Burma (currently over 102.000) to stay in nine camps (temporary shelters) along the border between the two countries. Thailand has seen an exponential increase in the number of asylum seekers in recent years. According to the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of people seeking refugee status increased from 1.120 in 2013 to 7.082 at the end of 2015. Not entitled to any legal status in Thailand, these asylum seekers are exposed to detention and exploitation. Over the past few years, Rohingya and Bangladeshi men, women and children fleeing violence and difficult conditions in Myanmar/Burma and Bangladesh, have been intercepted by Thai authorities en route to Malaysia and held in Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs) and social shelters. They often fall prey of human trafficking networks, leading Thai authorities to launch a crackdown on smuggling rings in 2015. This resulted in what came to be known as the “boat people crisis in the Andaman Sea”, which saw thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea without food or water after the traffickers abandoned the ships. Disembarkations took place in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in May-June 2015. Since then, the number of arrivals in the region has significantly decreased.
The largest ethnic group in Thailand is the Thai. The Chinese are also a significant group. The predominant religion is Buddhism; travelers should be respectful of religious sensibilities. Note that touching the top of one's head is taboo in Buddhist culture. A small number of the population are Muslim, Christian and Hindu. The official language in Thailand is Thai; however, Chinese, Lao and Malay are also spoken by a few people in the country. English is fast becoming an administrative language in Thailand for government and commerce. Volunteers need to be aware of cultural norms and expected ways to behave and be sensitive to the political and cultural context, ensuring that their behaviour is respectful of local laws and customs throughout their deployment.

GVC is working in South and South East Asia since the 90s (Vietnam, Cambodia. Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka) to fight poverty in rural areas, ensure the respect of human rights. Since 2013 GVC promotes safe migration of Cambodian people with in and to Thailand reducing abuse, labour exploitation and trafficking cases. At the beginning of 2017 GVC expanded its presence in Thailand launching MIG-RIGHT EU co-funded project that aims to improve migration channel and practices between Cambodia and Thailand by reducing the fraudulent recruitment practice, abuse, trafficking incident and labour exploitation. In this frame, activities are addressed on one hand to empower CSOs and community Self-Help Groups to protect migrants and advocate for their rights and to the other hand to build capacity of authorities for a better enforcement of existing law, policies and practices. Moreover, a sound advocacy and lobbying programme at national and ASEAN level is promoted to improve legal framework supported by a large awareness campaign on Thai employers’ representatives and citizens to advocate and respect human, labour and social rights for migrants.
For the specific expertise in fighting human trafficking GVC is working in:
a. Prevention actions with focus to Cambodian working migrants to Thailand. Our presence in Cambodia (Siem Reap, Ko Kong, Battambang) and Thailand (Trat, Samut Sakhorn, Samut Prakan) with two ongoing projects on the same topic entitled MIGRA ACTION (EIDHR72015/369-068) and MIG-RIGHT (EIDHR/2016/376-943) cofounded by EU and implemented by GVC and its partners (LSCW, LPN, CWCC) offer the possibility to address prevention against migrants’ exploitation and effective awareness campaigns in countries of origin as well as in destination territories in Thailand.
b. Awareness campaigns that GVC is launching in 2018 and 2019 against human trafficking and labor exploitation of migrants using new technologies, art for awareness and social ambassadors.
c. Strong presence and capacity to mobilize local communities with peer to peer approach through self-help groups of migrants, potential migrants, left behind people, CSOs and Local Authorities.
d. High level engagement of policy makers and governmental officers thanks to our presence in anti-trafficking commissions and labor rights fora in Cambodia, Thailand and ASEAN.
e. Emergency support/protection to repatriated migrants and trafficked people in Thailand and Cambodia through our local partners.

Security conditions
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for travellers in South East Asia. It has well-developed tourism infrastructure and most visits to the country pass without incident. The political risk rating for the country is high. Thailand has a history of political instability and protracted civil unrest, and has experienced a number of military coups in recent times. Following months of civil unrest in May 2014, the Royal Thai Army staged the most recent military coup. Thailand's former army chief, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, has since been appointed as the interim prime minister and has established a military junta. Despite the political landscape remaining highly polarized, protests have diminished sharply.
The terrorism risk in Thailand is rated as medium; however, the threat is elevated in the southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, due to an ongoing Islamist insurgency. Clashes between security forces and insurgents are frequently reported in these provinces. Sporadic terrorist incidents have also taken place in other parts of the country, including the capital, Bangkok; the recent high-profile events in August 2016 took place in Hua Hin, Suran Thani, Phuket and the Mueang district. Thailand has medium levels of crime. The prevalent form of crime is petty in nature, occurring primarily in larger urban centers and in areas frequented by tourists, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. There are also various scams targeting foreign nationals in Thailand. Tourist infrastructure is good in cities and major towns but is limited in rural areas. Thailand is also prone to tropical storms, which generally occur between June and December
Even if our intervention's areas in Thailand could be considered quite safe, GVC Thailand in order to guarantee the safety of both expats and local staff, adopts a Security Plan. Specifically, GVC Italia has arranged the Safety Guidelines and classified the risk’s level of each Country, which is defined considering the model adopted at an international level.
In Thailand, the Country Representative is provided with Security Plan and trained on its application, he/she has the duty to update it and communicate to GVC Italia any variations in accordance with the mutation of the context. As soon as a new member joins to the local staff, the Country Representative has the duty to give information about security measures.
All the staff is provided with mobiles to ensure that if something occurs they will be always in the condition to communicate and being informed. Regarding the health and safety profile, GVC Thailand office is located in a safe area and GVC guarantees appropriate living and health condition for its staff. However, Health Public/Private System is very well organized in Bangkok. Therefore, a Europe Assistance insurance is provided to the expatriate staff and volunteers to be properly assisted and afford therapy and rehabilitation costs.

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
Technical tasks

• Contributing to the creation of materials to be published on the website and on the social media
• Planning the production of web contents
• Manage communication on social networks
• Treating direct communication with donors and funders of the organization
• Cure the preparation and publication of the monthly newsletter
• Promote awareness campaigns and collection of funds
• Manage and enrich the photo and video archive of GVC Thailand
• Writing of articles and press releases

Coordination tasks

• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
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 Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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Required competences

Studies

  • Degree in communication, political science and related studies
  • Specific media & communication studies desired

 

Languages

  • Fluent in English both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of Italian is preferred

 

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge and good general knowledge of the full Office suite
  • Stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Good interpersonal, team working skills and ability to work independently;
  • Good ability to adapt to the situation of instability;
  • Ability to write reports and press releases.
  • knowledge of web 2.0 and its potential for the internet positioning.
  • Knowledge of the main CMS, the application office and e-mail tools.
  • Knowledge and passion for digital technologies and the web marketing (including SEO, SEM, Google AdWords / AdGrant, Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Linkedin Ads, HTML, CMS, web and social analytics)
  • Knowledge in the use of photo editing tools (eg. Adobe Photoshop), and basic graphical management for text and graphics.

 

Experiences

  • Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Previous experience in developing countries is preferred
  • Professional experience in similar activities (communications office, digital marketing, publishing activities) of at least 5 years.
  • 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 June2018;
• 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 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 Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
During the apprenticeship (if foreseen), the Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthened.
The 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 Thailand
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Bangkok, Thailand, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (499.87 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;
• After the training, the Training Provider will send to GVC an assessment and a feedback about the eligibility of each candidate as a EU Aid Volunteer. A better assessment does not imply necessarily a higher possibility to be selected;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING, ACCORDING WITH THE FEEDBACKS OF THE TRAINERS

Timetable
Date of training
Training will take place in April – May 2018. Training sessions will be in English.
Apprenticeship Placement
n/a
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the volunteers. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, indicatively at the end of June 2018. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Thailand at her/his arr
Deployment
01/07/2018
Post-deployment activities
After the end of the deployment, the 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_thai.xlsx
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