Gender Issues, VIN

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Gender issues, Nepal (9 months)

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VIN has been working in different communities of Nepal to empower women. The goal of VIN’s women’s empowerment program is to empower women socially and economically through education, life skills and income generation initiatives.

Women’s rights can be subordinated to those of men.  Married early, with little or no education, no land rights or independent income, women can be a voiceless section of society, dependent on men for their welfare and bearing the continued weight of cultural and social discrimination and violence against them. The threat of violence towards women can be another issue as women can face domestic violence, often unreported, or violence through organized trafficking of young girls sold for sex across Asia. If a woman does not feel safe within a society then she cannot be empowered within it.

This project seeks to improve the quality of life of women living in the underprivileged, rural communities by providing them with economic tools, a basic education, improved health and a life without violence.

VIN invites EU Aid volunteers to work with our staff and local volunteers to support the women of the community.

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 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.

The 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 answer the questions raised by the volunteers. VIN is available 24 hours for their emergency.
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.

Women empowerment

- Support local women in their farm and business.
- Work and train local staff and women group in keeping financial record, loans and other business.
- Develop and deliver computer and English classes to the women

Project management

- Develop the training course together with VIN staff and deliver it to the local women group.
- Support/help Cooperative staff in financial management and record.
- Organize and facilitate various life skills trainings to the women in the community.
- Help local staff develop projects and search for grants based on the need of local community.


Required competences

The EU Aid Volunteer should have the Management competencies such as project implementation and fundraising.

Relational competencies such as awareness of gender issues, diplomacy, intercultural issues, team working and personal competencies including autonomy, adaptability, flexibilities etc. Priority for a candidate with knowledge on women issues in developing countries. Educated or trained on soft skills and women rights. Ability to provide income generation ideas in local level.


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 EU Aid Volunteer must have fluent written and spoken English. It is required to work in basic living condition with local people in the village. Work in gender issues but should not be biased to any gender. The volunteer must be interested to work with local women, staff and community, have positive attitude and respect both men and women equally.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will acquire new specific knowledge and skills about project management, organizational development, fundraising, training, gender issues etc. The volunteer will acquire more knowledge and skills in NGO work.
The volunteer will also have the opportunity to learn about local organization, Nepali life and culture, they will develop their intercultural learning and understanding.

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.

The volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living facilities are simple and basic. 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 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 31/06/2018: 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