Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Food, nutrition and health, Kenya (6 months)

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This is a challenging position for a highly experienced nutritionist or a nurse in Shianda village, Western Kenya, who is going to mostly work with 26 womens groups to focus on malnutrition trainings and HIV/AIDS prevention. The volunteer is required to have an experience and strong skills on malnutrition and HIV/AIDS in the settings of a developing country, as the volunteer will work independently and first assess the overall situation, plan for the activities, conduct them and thereafter train the Junior nurse/nutritionist volunteer in the last month of the deployment while handing over the tasks. 

The EU Aid Volunteer is going to work in the community groups, schools and churches as a trainer on malnutrition and HIV/AIDS in order to raise the awareness of the community members on the importance of nutrition and HIV/AIDS education in Kenya. Currently, there is some misinformation and lack of awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, which directly and indirectly influences the lives of HIV/AIDS infected and affected people. However, the community members, especially illiterate community members, lack access to proper information regarding HIV/AIDS prevention and other related issues. Figures of people living with HIV/AIDS in Shianda village continue to rise, with a lack of participation in trainings and teachings intended to enable people to maintain a healthy life. Stigmatisation, including self-stigmatisation, is a dangerous thing in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This can lead to people also avoiding food supplements that would boost their system hence good nutrition.

The EU Aid Volunteer will also work with support groups of HIV/AIDS positive people to raise awareness of the community members on importance of HIV/AIDS education in Kenya and to follow up and advise the HIV/AIDS affected and infected people. The EU Aid Volunteer will carry out trainings in 8 locations in the village with the assistance of women group leaders.

The expected results and objectives are to raise the overall general awareness on the malnutrition issues and malnutrition related cases, to support the people affected by HIV/AIDS regarding the nutrition issues to improve their life quality and life expectance for them to continue with both social, economic and environmental wellbeing and to ensure building resilience in the Shianda community regarding the HIV/AIDS effects and nutrition-related issues and diseases to prevent the food security and disease outbreak related humanitarian
crises in the future. 

In Wefoco, there is one part-time employee – a director – and one person
employed to provide the computer services at the office, all others are local volunteers, including the 2 women who have worked for several years as the school link activities coordinators. This is an interesting position in a grassroot organisation in rural Africa with various and diverse opportunities to independently plan and conduct the health activities in rural settings. 

The EU Aid Volunteer will stay in the village, where living conditions are basic
and privacy can be limited as people are interested in the activities, in addition the choice of food is limited. There will be several other long-term volunteers staying for the same period.

Western Focus Community Organisation (Wefoco) is a community based organization (CBO) in Shianda in Western Kenya that was started in 2004 as a self-help group and later registered as a community based organization in 2009. Wefoco consists mostly of 26 women’s groups in several areas and is focused on orphans, families suffering because on HIV/AIDS and generating incomes of those in need. Additionally, Wefoco has initiated also a cooperative in order to support the community people in joint agriculture, currently cooperative has over 300 members who grow maize, vegetables, chicken, fish etc. 

Wefoco's mission is to develop sustainable community based initiative that promotes welfare of community people and Wefoco's vision is through its activities directly or indirectly reach to every vulnerable child in the community. Our approach consist of following fields: education, HIV and AIDS campaign awareness, Income generating activities, Capacity building activities, Gender inequality.

Education: 25% of primary school aged and 75% of secondary school aged children in Shianda can’t afford education. We work to ensure that all children in Shianda village join school. This helps them stay out of child labour, as well as building a promising future for themselves.

HIV and AIDS campaign awareness: Compared to other areas in Kenya, high number of people is infected with HIV and AIDS. Our aim is through awareness raising and counselling to reduce the rate of infections provide care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Income generating activities: Most people are poor due to unemployment, low job opportunities, ignorance and lack of education. We work to give people necessary knowledge and opportunities to enlarge their incomes. Capacity building activities: Large parts of the population in Shianda, especially people who are living in deeply rural areas, lack access to education and information. We work to strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of
people so they can overcome the causes of their exclusion and suffering. Gender inequality: Women are not treated equally to men and they can be discriminated against in society. We work to give women necessary counselling, to give them a voice and encourage them to be independent and stand up for their rights.

The EU Aid Volunteer will work in Mumias East subcounty, in 3 wards and 8 locations, which are in the village, consisting of Wefoco group members, as it will be indicated in the work plan made on arrival of the EU Aid Volunteer. The EU Aid Volunteer will be working 5 days per week and will have 2 holiday days per month. The mode of transportation that the EU Aid Volunteer will use in the village is motorbikes or walking short distances. Motorbikes are ideal mode of transports especially in the interior village however care must be taken where the routes are not well maintained. Shianda area experiences heavy rain from March to June and also from September to October. During this period, volunteers are advised always to ask for safe routes since some of the roads becomes almost impassable when it rains heavily. They are also advised to finish their activities early in the afternoon since most afternoons programmes are hindered by onset of rain. By the help of group leaders, the volunteers will
be able to organise meetings for them with members.

The EU Aid Volunteer will be oriented on aspects of security, though in Shianda generally the security status has always been favourable and not hostile. This is not to say that we don’t have unfortunate cases but however volunteers should always be aware of such incident and have office contacts for efficient communication in case of any. Volunteers are also advised to have knowhow of the current laws, by-laws, rights and privileges to avoid issues with the local
authority. Shianda is situated in equatorial tropical climate, region which is prone to tropical diseases such as Malarial and typhoid. For this case, volunteers are advised to seek for anti-malaria medication, vaccination and other related conditions according to their health history. Wefoco has security management plan which will be availed to volunteer to read and understand it on arrival.
School link teachers will organise school talks by the EU Aid Volunteer on nutrition.

Nutrition capacity building tasks:

- Teaching the members of 26 womens groups on how to use the available food in their available budget to increase the nutrition value of the food they cook at home for their family and children
- Identify the malnourished people, especially children in the community and advise the people or the parents regarding the proper diet
- Organize seminars in the community on malnutrition and on how to prevent the malnutrition related diseases

Needs Assessment and analysis tasks:

- Work with the HIV/AIDS support groups on how to increase the level of nutrition in order to increase the health and life quality of the HIV/AIDS affected families
- Analyse and write a report regarding the malnutrition cases in the community and propose the upcoming activities and work plan regarding dealing with this issue


Required competences

Nutritionist or nurse with the professional experience of working in a developing country
Basic computer skills
Fluent English
Willing to work in the local community
Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation

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.

WEFOCO organisation has a charter of values that has indicated the procedure of selection, recruitment and placement of volunteers, which is highly observed.
It also state that no candidate should be discriminated according to his or her race, religion or financial status during the selection.

Nutritionist or nurse with the professional experience of working in a developing country
Fluent English
Adaptability, autonomy, good relational

Condition of service

Through this volunteering project, the EU Aid Volunteer will have the opportunity to get new learnings and skills such as:
- Great opportunity to gain additional skills for a health professional on how to assess, plan and conduct activities on nutrition and HIV/AIDS prevention in rural settings
- Cultural exchange and learning with the community
- New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context
- Local language learnings

The host organization will provide to the volunteer a safe accommodation that can be locked, in volunteers’ house / apartment or host family. The volunteer can have access to a kitchen and bucket shower with all useful necessities (water closet, water tap, gas cooker, dishes, electric stoves…). There are different accommodation options.
Volunteers will have access to the office of the local hosting organization with a connection to internet, a specific desk. Volunteer will have to get vaccination of typhoid, yellow fever and malaria prevention pills and always sleep under mosquito net.
The volunteer will live in Shianda village, Western Kenya.

Selection process

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

Between the 04/07 and the 31/07/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with MONDO and WEFOCO.
Between August and October 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training (around 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training (10 to 12 days at the end of September 2018).
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in October 2018.

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
From mid-August to the begining of October 2018
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
October & November 2018
From December 2018 to May 2019
Post-deployment activities
Summer 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx