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Senior EU Aid Volunteer - Medical Quality of the Public Health Institutions in Senegal

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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.


Médicos del Mundo has been involved since 2003 in Senegal in the field of primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, universal health coverage and the defense of the fundamental rights of the most vulnerable groups, particularly the right to health. In the region of Dakar, several interventions are being developed in these sectors, following an approach based on Human Rights and Gender: - Maternal health improvement of the most vulnerable groups of the Pikine Health District; - Promotion of sexual and reproductive rights in the region of Dakar, Senegal; - Defense and promotion of the Human Rights of the LGTBI and support for the reduction of their vulnerabilities; - Promotion of the Right to Health of the most vulnerable, marginalized and excluded groups in the region of Dakar, Senegal. At both the strategic and operational levels, we give priority to networking. Likewise, the projects are developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and its decentralized services at the local level, key public institutions such as the National Committee for the Fight against AIDS or the National Division of Reproductive Health and civil society organizations: the National Network of Key Populations, the National Alliance for the Health of the Communities, the Association of Senegalese Jurists, among others. Our intention is not to replace the public health system but to strengthen it so that it complies with its duties, obligations and responsibilities. Therefore, our projects seek to strengthen local capacities, both at the institutional and community level.

Operational context:
Médicos del Mundo has been involved in Senegal since 2003. With its extensive record in the country, it has the necessary resources at the operational level to carry out its interventions.

1. Material and logistical resources: Médicos del Mundo has an office/house in Mermoz, a central district of the city of Dakar in Senegal. The office is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment (computers, printers, internet, offices, etc.), and has a kitchen, a room and everything that is needed to accommodate the volunteer. Also, three vehicles are available for the activities that are carried out in the region.

2. Human resources: MdM has a permanent technical team based in Dakar (1 expatriate: the country coordinator, and 13 national staff) to carry out their interventions in the region and conduct coordination and supervision tasks. In addition, the team in the field works closely with its assigned team at the headquarters of Madrid, giving support to both the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, among other coordination tasks.

3. Local, technical and financial partners in the field: networking is the cornerstone of the MdM intervention strategy in Senegal. The projects are implemented in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Social Action (MSAS) and their decentralized services (Medical Region of Dakar, Sanitary Districts, National Center for the Fight against AIDS), as well as with civil society organizations (National Agency for Communities in Health (ANCS), Association of Senegalese Jurists (AJS), National Network of Key Populations (RENAPOC), etc.) In parallel, a permanent contact is maintained with representatives of donors and international agencies present in Dakar: ECHO, AECID, EIGHT, etc.

Security context:
Senegal is a relatively safe country, but not without risks. Therefore, it is advised to stay cautious and vigilant, as well as avoid places with high concentrations of people and the common places where foreigners meet, particularly some hotels in Dakar. It is advised that the passport or a copy of it be carried with you, in case the Senegalese authorities might require to identify you. Sexual relations between people of the same sex are punishable by imprisonment and fines. See the section Others. Drug use is heavily punished. See the section Others.

a.Terrorism: In response to the security threats that affect other countries in the region, related to the crisis in Mali and with Boko Haram, prudence and caution are recommended. The level of risk has increased in the northeastern area of Senegal (Matam region), bordering Mauritania. As regards the Casamance region (between the southern border of Gambia and the northern border of Guinea Bissau), there has been an upsurge in violence since beginning of 2018 and security risks persist, linked to the presence of mines and acts of banditry. MdM does not intervene in this region of the country.

b. Natural disasters: No notable risks.

c. Citizen security and criminality: in general, regarding the whole country, it is recommended to:
- Maintain vigilance and prudence during any trips.
- Carry out day trips and preferably in groups of several vehicles.
- Avoid public gatherings and high concentrations of people (especially places of worship and sports events such as the Senegalese fight). It is advised that citizen security measures be stepped up in large agglomerations and avoid isolated areas. It is also necessary to be particularly alert to scams, under the pretext of making friends, selling items or working as a guide.

It is recommended not to wear expensive jewelry or clothes, and to look after your passport, identity documents, money, credit cards and airline tickets. In the city, thefts have been detected recently using the "pull and run" method, so when walking it is recommended to stay away from the road.
In Dakar, it is advised to be cautious when it comes to walking or playing sports in the West Corniche areas and never do it at night. Avoid walking along the tracks near the hills of Mamelles, as there has been an increase in vehicle thefts in that area.
Due to the poor condition of some roads and some means of transport, public or private, extra care must be taken when traveling. Road accidents are relatively frequent.


The volunteer will be responsible, among other things, for:
• Review the contents of the trainings which will target health staff
• Review the safety and first aid protocols of MdM Senegal
• Conduct training in first aid to the personnel of MdM
• To review the health situation in Senegal and the main health problems:
- Review of the main health indicators
- Epidemiological analysis
- Review of health determinants.
• Accompany the technical team in awareness and health promotion activities at the community level.


Required competences

- Health training - Knowledge in human rights, gender, public health, sexual and reproductive health - Experience in the International Cooperation sector - Identification with the lines of work, values and mission of Médicos del Mundo - Valuable knowledge of the context (Dakar, Senegal, Sahel) - Organizational, adaptation and teamwork capacity - Dynamism, proactivity and flexibility - Rigor and autonomy at work - High command of spoken and written French

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 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.

- Health training
- Knowledge in human rights, gender, public health, sexual and reproductive Health
- High command of spoken and written French

Condition of service

Through this experience the volunteer:
• Will improve his/her knowledge about health problems in vulnerable contexts
• Will improve his/her knowledge about the functioning of the Senegalese health system.
• Will improve his/her knowledge about how health determinants and intervention strategies affect
• The volunteer will know the importance of community interventions in public health projects

The living conditions in Dakar are comfortable.
Basic services are accessible without any difficulty. Monthly, the volunteer will receive daily allowances (470, 18 euros / month) that will allow him or her to cover food expenses. Accommodation is provided by MdM in Dakar in the guest’s house. Moreover, the volunteer will be provided with:
- International Insurance
- Airline ticket country of residence-Madrid-Dakar-Madrid-country of residence
Finally, MdM will assume the cost of living of the training, briefing and debriefing.
The volunteer will work under the supervision of the country coordinator and the local coordinators in the field. The working hours are 40 hours per week. The volunteer will have a computer and a cell phone.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place via Skype.

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

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 September 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
Spring 2020
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
April 2020
April - August 2020
Post-deployment activities
August 2020
Self assessment questionnaire