EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer in LRRD (Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development) in Tunisia [GVC7_TUN_LRRD_SR]

Senior
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Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

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: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers-strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected_en

 

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 EU Aid Volunteers to Tunisia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this Country with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en

Tunisia’s Human Development Index value for 2016 is 0.721 positioning it at 96 out of 188 countries and territories.
Tunisia is located at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This position lead to numerous waves of migrations and a big influence of neighboring countries, (namely Libya and Algeria). Despite the economic crisis, Tunisia established a peaceful transition of power.
The main challenges of the country are:
• Reducing inequalities and improving access to basic social services: in connection with the economic crisis and unemployment, a growing number of vulnerable groups (especially younger people and women) is likely to fall into poverty with imitated access to basic social services;
• The response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Libyan conflict: the Libyan crisis poses additional challenges to stability and development in Tunisia. In 2011 there has been a massive arrivals of refugees in Tunisia from the Libyan border. The refugees flow decreased during the following years for a number of reasons. In 2015 here was a significant drop in the number of refugees and asylum-seekers, from approximately 1,100 at the beginning of 2015 to 760 at year end, as most pending asylum applications were processed and Syrians moved onward to Europe. The situation in Libya remained a potential source of arrivals, both by land and sea. In 2015, some 940 individuals travelling in seven boats were rescued at sea; among them were 150 asylum-seekers.
• Preparedness and management of natural disasters capacity
The current situation on Libyan border and some events occurred in the recent years (avian flu or H1N1 outbreaks, locusts pilgrims flood 2003) revealed a new challenge for the country: strengthening disaster management capacity, including preparedness and recovery.

Security conditions
Since Ben Ali's departure an interim government has ruled and different protests have taken place. As in any transitions, insecurity and violence remain a latent problem in some urban centers and inside of the country, the pressing demands of economic and social improvement which also fueled the revolution have gained importance in the public debate and triggered an avalanche of claims in all sectors of society.
Finally, Tunisia faces a jihadist threat. The security situation remains unstable.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Tunisia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. GVC Tunisia is active since 2011 both in humanitarian and development actions responding to the refugees and migration crises and supporting local communities in rural areas. Young people and women are the main target of the GVC Tunisia ongoing projects improving their resilience capacity and their participation in economic, social and political life.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by GVC Tunisia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Tasks
LRRD Tasks

• Bringing knowledge and expertise on linking relief and recovery to development/humanitarian assistance
• To inform the planning, design, implementation and monitoring of GVC in order to contribute to the success of organization’s projects and programs in the linking relief and recovery to development/humanitarian assistance sector.
• Support the development and roll-out of training materials, technical guides and methodologies based on GVC approach on LRRD
• Provide input to GVC LRRD approach
• Support the collection and systematization of best practices in LRRD and Resilience in the countries
• Monitor and disseminate emerging best practices on LRRD and/or up-scaled
• Review all existing surveys and questionnaires from the project lifetime to design end point assessments which correspond to data from the beginning and mid points of the LRRD project and build on their analysis
• Prepare detailed assessment formats and guidelines for a final evaluation and orient the LRRD team in their effective use
• Explore potential areas for collaboration with UN bodies and INGOs , discuss coordination and synergy and contribute in writing proposals for LRRD resource mobilization in the country.
• Lead on developing and implementing baseline survey to trigger potential LRRD initiatives
• Lead on developing proper monitoring system and tools based on identified OVIs and means of verification for LRRD initiatives
• Provide programmatic and technical leadership for LRRD as appropriate
• Gather information and prepare materials to support the GVC’s communications, stakeholder engagement, work planning and reporting activities related to the LRRD sector;
• Interact with operational and potential programming areas – internally displaced persons (IDPs) refugees, and returnee, humanitarian assistance, linking relief and recovery to development and protection

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The EU Aid Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

• The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

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Required competences

Studies:

  • University degree (BA) in International Development, Humanitarian Emergencies, Social Sciences, Political Science, International Relations or other relevant discipline;
  • Desirable humanitarian/development project cycle management knowledge

Languages:

  • Very good knowledge of French and English written and spoken
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset

Skills:

  • Good writing skills including writing clear and well-argued assessment as well as excellent reporting skills
  • Good knowledge of project monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Good interpersonal skills and stress management
  • Good knowledge of MS Office suite, especially Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural team;
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility, tolerance and stress resilience
  • Team working
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions
  • Organizational skills.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of work experience in in developing countries and/or other rural settings in development and/or, relief and recovery and/or humanitarian assistance related field
  • Abreast of current development and best practices in LRRD;
  • Experience/knowledge of policies related to the LRRD sector, including but not limited to: those directed at which affect internally displaced persons (IDPs), migrants, refugees, and returnees;
  • Experience/knowledge of International Community (donor) LRRD sector policies and programs
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.

Availability for the following activities:
• Training in presence starting from mid-July 2018;
• Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from September 2018;
• Deployment starting from mid- September 2018.

GVC 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.

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Hosting Organization:
• The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is GVC Tunisia
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months
Deployment duty station:
• Tunis, Tunisia, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (277,38 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.
• 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.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens 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;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
Please note that more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Selection process

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 23/03/2018 to 03/05/2018;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 04/05/2018 to 01/06/2018.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

• All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 01/06/2018. 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;
• PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE PER POSITION WILL ATTEND THE TRAINING;
• THE FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE CANDIDATE TO BE DEPLOYED WILL BE TAKEN JUST BY SENDING AND HOSTING ORGANIZATION AFTER THE TRAINING

Timetable
Date of training
Training will take place in mid-June 2018. Training sessions will be in French or English.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity. It is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, indicatively at the beginning of September 2018. Two days of specific in-country induction are foreseen in Tunisia at her/his arrival.
Deployment
15/09/2018
Post-deployment activities
After the end of the deployment, the EU Aid Volunteer will have a final debriefing and will take part to the final activities of the project, that will be communicated during the pre-deployment induction.
Self assessment questionnaire
File saq tunisia
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