Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Livelihoods, India (12 months)

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Agriculture and allied activities support the livelihoods of nearly 70 percent of India’s rural population. In recent years, land based livelihoods of small and marginal farmers are increasingly becoming unsustainable. As their land has failed to support their family’s food requirements they are forced to look at alternative means for supplementing their livelihoods. The rapid changes at the macro level that India witnessed since the early nineties has contributed to the instability of the livelihood systems of the poorer section of both rural and tribal (indigenous communities) households. The emergence of industry and market economy has affected the old tribal and nature relation.

The rise of industrialization, intervention of outsiders and rise of population became major threats for these communities. The degraded resources failed to suffice the needs of the villagers. It compelled the inhabitants to look for other alternatives. In the initial days it was only agriculture, which gave them an alternative source of livelihoods. But the small land holding size and traditional technology failed to meet the rising needs of villagers. Due to increase the population and requirement of industrial needs the forest depletion rate is also very fast.

The development objective of the 'Project' is to enhance the socio-economic status of the poor, especially women and disadvantaged groups, in selected locations of OSVSWA's project area i.e. Daspalla Block and Astaranga Block. Daspalla is a tribal dominated block and mostly a dry belt affected by droughts, Astaranga Block is affected by floods.

Under the overall supervision of OSVSWA’S livelihood unit head and support staff at field site, the volunteer will undertake different tasks like studies on livelihood projects and programs, collect and analyze data/information on adaptations and trends in local areas, assist in preparing projects and policy interventions in relation to livelihood projects. Since OSVSWA has a long presence in both the locations, safety and security issues are ensured.
OSVSWA has developed and update 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.


- Visit to field sites and interaction with the local communities
- Understand the local situation concerning agricultural and environmental issues in the project areas
- Preparation of a long term program development plan with specific issues
- Preparation of livelihood development plan and share with the communities
- Development of ideas for pilot implementation

Project management

- Regular follow up and monitoring
- Needs assessment and analysis in the field
- Creating awareness on different social issues

Communication and fundraising

- Fundraising for execution of the development plan
- Communication with donor agencies and stakeholders
- Discussion with stakeholders and preparation of findings


Required competences

The volunteer should have:

  • At least 4-5 years of experience in livelihood related projects and programs
  • Experienced and competent to understand the livelihood concept and needs of the local communities
  • Knowledge in development of projects / programs for the needy communities
  • Experience in fundraising for livelihood projects / programs
  • Communication skills
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 a good understanding of development challenges and working norms with particular focus on livelihood programs in developing countries. The volunteer should have good command over English language and willing to learn the local language wherever necessary.
The volunteer must be adaptive in nature, a dynamic and willing to travel to project sites and stay with the community as and when required.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will understand the local community’s need and prepare a long-term program to better livelihood options during the whole process. The EU Aid Volunteer will develop tools and skills to understand the agricultural and industrial context in India and the challenges and issues linked to the environmental problems in the region.
She/he will ameliorate the socio-economic status of the most vulnerable people (poor, women and disadvantaged groups) of the project area.

Head Office: The volunteer will be based at Head Office with access to desktop computer, internet, office furniture and utilities. He / She can use the office printer and copier machine for printing of materials. He / she should bring own laptop for official use if possible.

Field Office: during stay at field office, volunteers will be provided with minimum logistics i.e. sitting arrangement, fan and motor cycle to travel in field site. Field staff will support in field visit and other field activities.

The EU Aid Volunteer will be placed at Bhubaneswar, near the office, a guest house / volunteers house / separate house will available to the EU Aid Volunteer. He / she will be provided with internet connectivity, a bed, wash room, kitchen and other basic requirements. Support can be provided to prepare and buy food.

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 OSVSWA.

Between the 06/06 and the 15/06/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected 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 - August 2019
Post-deployment activities
September-October 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx

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