Senior EU Aid Volunteer in Gender Issues in Palestine

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Médicos del Mundo (MdM) is an international humanitarian organization, working in different regions and countries to make effective the Universal Right to Health. MdM is a non-profitable, non-governmental, non-political and non-confessional organization operating under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. MdM has been working in Palestine since 2006. During this time its work has been mainly focused on supporting the Palestinian Ministry of Health in integrating the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services at primary healthcare level, providing access to and assisting with the accommodation of health needs for the most vulnerable population, and denouncing human rights violations and advocating for social and political changes. Conflicts and outbreaks of violence contributed to increase the need for humanitatian assistance of around 2.3 million Palestinians mainly in the Gaza Strip, in the area C of the West-Bank (WB) and in East Jerusalem. In the WB other factors such as demolitions, restrictions of movements and lack of access to basic services still remain the major challenges for the Palestinian population. This situation can have a negative impact on the mental health of the people. For this reason, MdM is currently implementing in the WB a project aiming to promote the psychosocial protection of the vulnerable population. This intervention is mainly focused on the protection of children and women affected or at risk of being affected by different factors contributing to their vulnerability such as violence, demolitions, confiscations or internal displacement in the C area of central West Bank and the Jordan Valley. To achieve its goal, the intervention is articulated along the following lines: - Prevention: Through this action line MdM and its local partners are covering the primary healthcare needs (including also the MHPSS) of 14 Bedouin communities in the districts of East Jerusalem and Jericho. - Emergency Response: Through this action line MdM is covering the needs of the community members during the 3 months after the impact of a critical incident in the targeted areas. - Advocacy: Through this action line MdM tries to gather, report and disseminate information related to International Humanitarian Law and the International Human Rights Law in Palestine, with a special focus on the right to health. Palestinian women and girls experience different forms of violence that manifest at various levels. At international level, episodes of violence within the Palestinian society in general are increased, since both women and men, boys and girls are exposed to diverse and continuous situations and cycles of violence. At national level, data shows that the rates of violence are very worrisome. Both levels reflect how Palestinian women and girls are subjected to double exposure to violence. The political and structural violence in Palestine overlaps and reinforces a double discrimination, for being women and Palestinians, whose maximum manifestation is the violence exerted against them. The discrimination suffered is also intersectional, since there are multiple discriminations for other reasons, such as age, sexual orientation, functional diversity, etc. The combination of decades of Israeli occupation and the prevailing patriarchal culture in Palestinian society configures a very high gender inequality context, which limits within the domestic ambit the expected roles for women. The protracted humanitarian crisis, and its impact on gender and family dynamics, has exacerbated GBV in all its forms, including sexual violence, intimate partner violence and child marriage. In this context, the prevention, identification, treatment and care for victims of gender-based violence remains one of the priority areas of work for MdM in Palestine. MdM understands that MHPSS services represent an important entry point for the identification, guidance and care of cases of gender-based violence. As such, MdM wishes that projects having a MHPSS but also SHR component consider this issue and provide at least identification and referral for beneficiaries affected by this type of violence. MdM projects aim to promote women empowerment by becoming aware of the physical, psychological, social and legal consequences of violence they suffer, as well as of the tools they have at their disposal to protect themselves and make informed decisions. The quality of care provided to our programmes’ beneficiaries depends on, among others, the capacity of care-providers to recognise situations of violence and to respond to them appropriately. Complying with the principles of medical ethics that MdM upholds in all its programmes, and particularly “the obligation to protect” requires making care-providers aware of the issue of gender-based violence and ensuring that they are able to respond to it.

MDM in Palestine is operating through 3 functional bases: the Jerusalem base which is considered the coordination office; the Gaza Strip operational base in Gaza city and the WB operational base in Jericho City. The MdM mission in Palestine is composed of 15 people including 12 people as local staff and 3 expatriates (2 staff based in Jerusalem; 7 based in Jericho City and 6 based in Gaza City).
The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender Issues shall report directly to the Country Coordinator and shall have functional links with the WB Coordination team composed of the Mental Health Coordinator and the Project Manager.
The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender Issues shall work also in collaboration with the Gender and Human Rights Unit of MdM-Spain based in Madrid.

Security context:

Security is an essential part of the work of MdM in Palestine. MdM´s security system in Palestine is framed by the General Security Plan designed for MdM in Palestine, which includes structural and non-structural mitigation measures.

Moreover, MdM regularly updates its risk analysis matrix, providing its entire staff in the field with briefings on security matters. The main security tools consist of:

1. Logistics and security procedure guidelines and risk analysis matrix;
2. Security short rules whose observance is mandatory for all MdM staff, including volunteers;
3. Security alerts and reports provided by UNDSS and distributed among the MdM staff and volunteers;
4. Pre-deployment briefings focused on security aspects;
5. Weekly meetings for monitoring the changes in the security context with the MdM security officer for the West Bank and East Jerusalem;
6. Supporting mechanisms are also available at MdM-Spain HQ in Madrid, such as a 24/7 emergency hotline, a security advisor, or a rapid psychosocial intervention team.


The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender Issues shall support the Country Coordinator in close collaboration with the MHPSS coordinator in the creation of a set of Gender guidelines in Palestine and in the design of the annual Gender Action Plan. He/She will also support the MdM mission as the focal point for Gender.

The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender Issues shall be in close contact with the WB field team, in particular regarding data collection and reporting. Considering the number of organizations (both national and international) involved in gender and GbV in Palestine, he/she will communicate and coordinate activities with them.

Drafting of a set of GbV guidelines

• To take stock of GbV evidence generated by MdM projects in Palestine
• To study and assess recommendations of GbV study produced by MdM during 2018.

Sensitization/raising-awareness among MdM staff

• Maintain ongoing communication with the local team to involve them in the advocacy actions
• Internal capacity building in gender mainstreaming, sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and gender diversity.

Elaboration of GbV work plan

• Support the local team in collecting adequate and reliable data to be used in GbV
• Elaborate factsheets highlighting GbV messages
• Create and update a GbV contact list/database.


• Participate in joint initiatives and coordination groups/ subcluster
• Propose partnerships in Gender/GbV with other MdM chapters in Palestine
• In coordination with the humanitarian action team to maintain and share information with other relevant stakeholders in Spain and/or Brussels
• Networking with local and international NGOs dealing with Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, and Gender and sexual diversity in Palestine.


• In coordination with MdM Communication Unit at HQ in Madrid, propose communication activities in media/social media to support GbV actions.


Required competences

1. Background • Social Sciences / International Relations / Human Rights / Gender Studies, etc. 2. Previous Experience • Experience in a humanitarian organization • Experience in a humanitarian context • Experience in advocacy – humanitarian advocacy is an asset • Experience in public speaking and in negotiations with partners and authorities 3. Required Skills • Excellent gender analysis skills, especially for complex political/humanitarian context • Excellent communication and writing skills • Excellent management of the Windows environment (Word, Excel...) • Excellent level of English (spoken - written - reading); Arabic is an asset • Strong organisational skills / Rigor / Ability to classify and to manage priorities • Capacity to take initiatives and propose innovative solutions • Knowledge of data analysis and documentation for advocacy purposes • Knowledge of how to use policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda • Ability to develop solid evidence-based arguments and recommendations • Resistance to stress in a tense security context • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and be respectful 4. Appreciated qualifications • Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law • Knowledge of the Palestinian context and/or the Middle East • Experience in Protection, MHPSS, SRH and/or Gender Mainstreaming

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.


• Background in Social Sciences/International Relations/Human Rights/Gender Studies, etc.
• Excellent gender analysis skills, especially for complex political/humanitarian context
• Excellent level of English (spoken - written - reading)
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Knowledge of how to use policy, research, lobbying, public campaigning, media and digital work to influence a political agenda

Condition of service

The volunteer will have the opportunity to familiarise her/himself with situations relating to the protection of human rights, the psychosocial protection of the vulnerable population, as well as advocacy actions for social and political changes Palestine. The EU Aid Volunteer will work with MdM local teams and constantly receive feedback from them in order to carry out his/her tasks to the best of their abilities.

The EU Aid Volunteer in Gender Issues shall be based in Jerusalem with frequent trips to Jericho (West Bank).
- Length of Deployment: 6 months (April - September 2019)
- Conditions of service during deployment: A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (377,10 Euros per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
- In addition, for each month of deployment 100 Euros of post-deployment resettlement allowance is foreseen
- Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
- 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

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis (December 2018 and January 2019) with the role commencing in April 2019.

Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through will be considered. Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in English)
• CV in Europass format (in English)
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in English)
• Motivation Letter (in English)

Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.

The successful candidates will attend a mandatory online and on-site training provided by the EU before her/his deployment.
The on-site training will have a mandatory section for all the candidates as well as some optional modules, to be provided according to the competences of each candidate EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organisation.

Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU on-site training (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) will be fully covered.

This mandatory training will take place in March 2019.

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 a 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 will take place following the training.

Date of training
March 2019
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
April 2019
April 2019 - September 2019
Post-deployment activities
October 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File EUAV Self Assessment Questionnaire