Disaster risks management, VIN

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Disaster risk management, Nepal (9 months)

— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 


Nepal is vulnerable to various natural calamities such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, soil erosion, fires, drought etc.  The country lacks an appropriate strategy to protect from emergency risk and disaster.

After the devastating earthquake of 2015, the situation in Nepal is critical. Many parts of the communities are destroyed and many people have been lost their houses and properties in this earthquake. This massive earthquake not only left people to face economic vulnerability but also homelessness due to which they resort to living in small temporary shelters where it can be very cold.

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) as a humanitarian organization, is working in different communities to empower people in need or exposed to economic vulnerability improving their capacity and standard of life. It works mainly in Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga and some other districts of Nepal. To achieve its goal, VIN’s local staff works together with international and local volunteers.

VIN is closely implementing its reconstruction projects in its working communities. This project aims to help and support local families in need to reconstruct their earthquake resistance homes by providing support with materials and activities. Developing sessions on risk preparedness and educate people in the community and local school children are also goals of this project.

Each EU Aid Volunteer is received from the airport by VIN’s staff and brought to its hostel. At the beginning VIN provides a full training on arrival that lasts minimum of a week. It can be also longer if needed. The EU Aid Volunteer is fully prepared for the living and working condition in the training. Most of the people speak Nepali in the working community, so the volunteers need some survival Nepali language to work with, VIN prepares them with Nepali Language classes from the professional language teachers so that they don’t feel language difficulties. They are prepared culturally to fit in the local context. VIN covers health and safety briefing, cultural class, description of the organization and local working context, working community visits and one to one information/orientation with mentor and program officer of the particular project on its first on arrival training.

EU Aid Volunteers are given the emergency contacts, contact information of staff, hospitals and other necessary information on the first week of their arrival. They are also taken to the tour/visit of the working community on the first week and the questions raised by the volunteers are answered. VIN is available 24 hours for their emergency.
The detail info sheet is sent to the volunteers at least one month before.
VIN has developed and updated a Security Management plan and Health and Safety policy that explain the security rules and assessment regarding the local context. These documents are shared with the volunteers at their arrival.

Disaster risk management

- Conduct research on risk and disaster in the community.
- Support on reconstruction and renovation of the houses for poor and needy people.
- Work with other volunteer for crowd funding to support the earthquake victims.

Disaster preparedness

- Educate on safe earthquake resistance houses/schools.
- Raise awareness and provide training on disaster preparedness to people in the community and school children.


Required competences

Technical competencies, skills on construction, fundraising ideas for reconstruction of earthquake resistance homes, disaster preparedness education especially earthquake.

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 selection will be done following equal treatment and non discrimination criterias.

The volunteer must communicate in English. It is required to work in basic living condition with local people in the village. Flexible and adoptable in local context.
Physically fit to work in the construction site. Fluent written and spoken English, knowledge on disaster preparedness especially in relation to earthquakes to provide education to children, interest in working with locals and group and a positive attitude.

Condition of service

Within this project the volunteer will be able to learn new skills and knowledge such as:
- Construction skills
- Organizing and delivering the session of disaster preparedness and safety
- Nepali life, culture and language

EU Aid Volunteers will be working 6 hours per day (30 hrs. Per week). VIN works in rural areas of Nepal, i.e. Taluwa, Thulachhap and Bhadaura of Okhaldhunga District (250 km by bus from Ktm), Okharpauwa of Nuwakot (25 km from KTM) and Kavresthali and Jeetpurphedi of Tarakeshwor Municipality of Kathmandu District (11 km from KTM). Development, education services and other facilities can be basic.

Host families might not have internet access. Volunteers will have access to the office of the local hosting organization with a connection to internet, and a desk. If possible, the volunteer should come with his/her laptop.

EU Aid Volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living facilities are simple and basic. A simple bed is provided to the volunteer in a room which can be locked. Male and female EU Aid Volunteers will share the same living area with separate rooms.
In the Morning, breakfast will be provided in Nepali standard i.e. dhalbhat (rice, lentil soup, vegetables, pickle, eggs etc.). Nepali people don’t eat a lot of meat. Meat will be served once in a week. The host family will then send the volunteers a packed lunch to eat during their lunchtime at their workplace. There will be a drinking water in the family room but not at the work place, so they are requested to bring a refillable water bottle. They will be provided Nepali standard dinner. The toilets are not Western – they are the simple squat-style.
Pre-departure trainings, international transportation, visa, medical checks, insurance, accommodation and a per diem (for meals, local transports…) are covered by the program.

Selection process

The candidate has to sent the following documents to
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 21/05 and the 06/06/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ADICE and VIN.

Between the 06/06 and the 15/06/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are preselected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between mid-June and beginning of August 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the EC training on August 2018.

During the first week of September 2018 : the selected candidate will participate to a complementary training with ADICE.

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 the 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 takes places following the training. 

Date of training
Between mid-June and beginning of August
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
September 2018
September 2018 - June 2019
Post-deployment activities
June-October 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx