Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Gender and Protection in Palestine

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GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project. The objective is adding value to Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries. 17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Tunisia). The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster. Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries. More info about this project available here: For the present vacancy, Alianza por la Solidaridad will act as sending organisation and Alianza por la Solidaridad Palestine will be the hosting organisation. None of them are faith-based organisations. Alianza por la Solidaridad has been working for more than 20 years in Palestine. Since 2005 Alianza began to build a strategy to specialize in Gender and Gender Based Violence sectors. Nowadays, Alianza Palestina has specialized and has a consolidated work in promoting women's rights and more specifically in VdG work, empowerment of women and economic rights. Alianza actively participates in coordination spaces (Clusters, Working Groups and Coalitions, specifically dedicated to the theme gender, work on Gender-based Violence -GBV- and promoting the rights of women together). The area of intervention is in Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem, working together with national stable partners in a sustained manner. Our main partners are: UHWC (Union Health Work Commitees), PCC (The Palestinian Counseling Center), AISHA (Association for Woman and Child Protection), WATC (Women’s Affairs Technical Committee), CFTA (The Culture and Free Thought Association). The intervention is currently being implemented through various projects funded by several international donors such as AECID (Spanish Cooperation Agency), OCHA, Generalitat Valenciana, AACID (Andalousian Cooperation Agency), etc. The main projects that Alianza por la Solidaridad will be implemented during the EU Aid Volunteers’ deployment period in cooperation with some national partners, will apply these strategies: - Adequate multi-sectorial mechanisms: prevention and provision of SGBV services in different areas: through clinics, mobile clinics and community protection approaches. - Economic empowerment for women: employability and income generation in non-traditional sectors for women. - Mobilization and awareness raising - Capacity Building for women, services providers and community-based organisations (CBOs) - Advocacy for the implementation of laws, policies and public services related to GBV and the promotion of gender equality. - Learning sessions and knowledge sharing

The Palestinian occupied territory (ToP) is currently formed by 2 geographical regions: West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, separated and isolated-both between themselves and within themselves-by the state of Israel. The current administrative division has 16 districts (11 in the West Bank and 5 Gaza) and 105 municipalities (89 in the West Bank and 16 in Gaza).
The entire occupied territory of Palestine has a population of 4,816,503 inhabitants (according to the estimate of the census of the Central office of Palestinian Statistics, PCBS of December 2016), of which 2,369,719 are women (the 49.2%) and 2,446,784 (the 50.8%) are Men. In the West Bank inhabit 2,935,368 people and in Gaza 1,881,135. 27.6% of the population of the West Bank is registered as a refugee by UNRWA (the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East), although 73.5% do not inhabit refugee camps.

Palestine faces important challenges to advance its economic development, still persistent inequalities among its population, especially gender inequalities that hinder women's access to the formal labor market and control economic resources. Palestinian women suffer from limited economic autonomy and limited enjoyment of their economic rights.
Currently there are important obstacles related to the full exercise of economic rights by women. There are great inequalities between women and men in the access and control of productive resources such as work, land, capital, information, natural resources and other properties. In the framework of paid work, women still have lower wages than men, and in general, they continue to access jobs that are less valued socially and with worse conditions. In addition, its presence in the informal economy is higher, with the absence of rights that this entails.

The ongoing conflict and the prolonged economic difficulties have dramatically influenced the progress of human development in the West Bank.
Marginalization and discrimination in all areas of life are two realities of the existence of Palestinian women. There are also high rates of gender violence and limited access and fulfillment of their sexual and reproductive rights.

Security context
The security context is complex in Palestine; the Israeli/Palestinian conflict together with internal tensions between Palestinian political factions to control the overarching PNA has a remarkable impact on the operational mobility of staff. The most complex situation is in Gaza, where volunteers will not have duties.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict over recognition of mutual statehood and the internal Palestinian tensions to control PNA has a remarkable impact on the operational mobility of staff. In addition, the levels of belligerency with neighboring countries add complicated environments difficult to manage without proper coordination and liaison with security agencies in the field. For instance, the construction of the wall around the West Bank separating different entities and the current amount of checkpoints provokes difficulties to access to site project areas; each checkpoint has a potential of access incident with soldiers and private security agents turning into security incidents, arrest and detention. Similarly, undergoing IDF incursions and Police operations to prevent attacks to Israeli settlements may expose the staff to additional risks in the event that the convoy is attacked by militants. In the same way, accessing to zones A, B and C of West Bank may pose additional threats like being attacked with stones or gunfire when entering into Israeli settlements. In Jerusalem city the security situation remains apparently calm however, Alianza recommends avoiding public transport spots, leisure centers and holy sites in the old city during bank holidays5. Again, IDF incursions and Police operations are constantly ongoing in and around East Jerusalem it is recommendable to be aware of convoys and undercover motorbikes and cars with Israeli security forces. Living in large cities of WB i.e. Ramallah and Jerusalem have the potential of demonstrations and unpredicted rallies supporting Palestinian militants so it is highly recommended to avoid them when driving by pulling out of the road and look for alternative routes. Gaza Strip is prohibited for EU AID volunteers to operate and/or visit.

In Jerusalem, where volunteers go to office and live, certain basic security considerations have to be considered: avoid areas of ongoing demonstrations or clashes between Palestinians and IDF or IPF, not participate on demonstrations of any nature, avoid non-familiar areas when walking alone, etc. Alianza por la Solidaridad has a Country Security Plan which must be respected by volunteers and staff in order to minimize security incidents. The rules and protocols to be followed are mainly related to mobility and displacement, documentation, registration in the pertinent Embassy or consulate, and other practicalities of daily life such as avoidance of political gatherings and demonstrations, avoidance or minimize visits to hots spots, carrying a mobile phone and report the localization when traveling, checking security updates/UNDSS messages regularly.

Project Cycle Management Support

a. Contribute to the planning of the interventions on SGBV and Livelihoods projects for Women with local partners in accordance with donor regulations, under the supervision of Project Manager in the field.
b. Visit project activities and drat monitoring reports under the MEL system of the interventions.
c. Compilation and review of verification sources of project in accordance with donor regulations.
d. Support project planning meetings and follow up of the calendar of activities within the project work plan.
e. Represent Alianza in coordination meetings with other actors and draft meeting minutes.

Context Analysis Updates and Needs Assessments

a. Elaboration of periodic context and situational analysis or reports with emphasis on Humanitarian and/or Women Protection on SGBV.
b. Analysis of existing documents on SGBV and women situation in Palestine.

Capacity building

a. Provide capacity building to local implementing partners as to Gender and SGBV issues and donor technical requirements for GBV project´s follow up and implementation.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field and keeping active in social networks;
b. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in public awareness activities in the volunteer's hosting community and/or local community in Europe;
c. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity in the hosting country and once back in Europe.

No apprenticeship is expected to take place.

Required competences

Required competences: - Degree in Law or Social Sciences Studies (Social Work, Anthropology, Psychology, etc.). - Additional studies in gender, gender-based violence or humanitarian action - Competences in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, from a gender perspective and human rights approach - Presentation skills; expository writing and speaking - Excellent command of Excel and full Microsoft Office package. - Languages: English C1, Spanish will be an asset, Arabic will be an asset. - Desirable previous experience in developing countries and/or in volunteering activities. - Good interpersonal and communication skills. - Knowledge of the Middle East context will be an asset. - Adaptability, self-awareness and inter-personal skills to adapt to different working styles and cultural contexts. - Ability to work collaboratively and train others. - Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions. - Motivation for promoting local and social development.

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.

Only applicants available for in-presence training (minimum 9 days) in mid-March 2019.

Good knowledge of English.

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.

Alianza por la Solidaridad 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.

The candidate must be available for in-presence training in March (minimum 9 days), and for 8 months deployment starting from May 2019.

Condition of service

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

The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered by the training provider. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who 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 (i.e. who work in a third country).

Additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment in order to create a reserve pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs. Therefore, it is possible that for 1 position more than 1 candidate is going to be trained. The final decision will be always taken after the training.

• Hosting organisation: Alianza por la Solidaridad in Palestine
• Length of deployment: 6,5 months
• Deployment duty station: East Jerusalem, Palestine
• Conditions of service during deployment
A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (377,1 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.

Selection process

From 05/12/2018 to 14/12/2018.
In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

• All the interviews will be done online.
• The pre-selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by the 16/12/2018 by email, or phone call. 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;

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
In-presence training will last for a minimum of 9 days, starting approximately in mid- March 2019 and will be held in English.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Pre-deployment induction will take place in Alianza por la Solidaridad HQ in Madrid for 3 days. Travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the sending organisation.
01/05/2019 – 15/11/2019 (some changes may occur depending on hosting organisation and volunteer’s availability)
Post-deployment activities
The EU Aid Volunteer will participate in debriefing and awareness raising activities after the deployment.
Self assessment questionnaire
File Self-Assessment Questionnaire