Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Mozambique: Capacity Building Specialist

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The work of Médicos del Mundo's in Mozambique began in 2000 with an emergency health care project targeted at the population affected by floods in the Matola District (Maputo province), which was subsequently extended to several districts of the province of Cabo Delgado. 15 years later, the organization continues to work in Matola mainly in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) and Gender Based Violence (GBV), following the strategic guidelines of the Ministries of Health (MISAU) and of Gender, Childhood and Social Action (MGCAS). At present we are supporting a One-stop Center and a shelter for GBV survivors and we are working on the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation system of the Multisectorial Mechanism for the Assistance of GBV survivors, in collaboration with MGCAS and other ministries. All our projects are carried out by local organizations that albeit have a lot of experience in development projects implementation (especially in SRR and GBV and working with local population), but there is further need of key competences such as designing and managing development projects according to donors' requirements (e.g. Logical Framework, Oriented Result Management and budget monitoring). Time control and framework coherence are finally ensured by the international staff, which can contribute with specialised knowledge in international cooperation. However, the international staff is too small (at present there’s only one expat in MDM Mozambique, with mainly general coordination tasks assigned) and doesn’t have enough time to contribute to training needs. Moreover, due to the nature of our partners, that are CBOs with some income generation potential (i.e., orchard, chicken farm, hairdresser, food catering, handcraft making, computer science lessons, etc.), they need to be better oriented to develop business plans including long-term and more strategic ones.

Operational context

Doctors of the World intervenes since 2000 in Mozambique, its long history in the country means that at its operational level it has the necessary resources to carry out its interventions.

1. Material and logistical resources: Médicos del Mundo has an office in Matola, a peripheral city of the capital of Maputo (16 km away), where the country coordination is hosted. The office is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment (computers, printers, internet, offices, etc.), and has a kitchen, a room and everything necessary to accommodate the volunteer. In addition, 3 vehicles are available to carry out the interventions in the province.
Within the framework of the project, an amount of money has been allocated to invest in physical and procedural measures to improve preventive measures and the security of the volunteer's home.

2. Human resources: MdM has a permanent technical team based in Matola to develop its interventions in the region and carry out coordination and supervision tasks (1 international staff member working on coordination tasks, and 14 national staff members). In addition, the team in the field works closely with its specific 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 Mozambique. The projects are implemented in collaboration with the Ministries of Health (MISAU) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS) and their decentralized services (Provincial and District Offices), as well as with civil society organizations. Community Development Association Women (ACODEMU), Youth Association for Young People (AJPJ), Nhamai, among others. In parallel, permanent contact is maintained with representatives of donors and international agencies present in Dakar: EU, AECID, WHO (Health Cluster), UNICEF (Nutrition Cluster), etc. There are currently 7 projects under execution, of which 3 are completed in 2018.

Humanitarian Context

The majority of countries in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Region (SAIO) are currently affected by a widespread food security crisis as a result of the El Niño phenomenon which has developed since early 2015.
Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania. With the size of 801,590 km² and its 28 million inhabitants the country's strong ties to the region's economic engine, South Africa, underscore the importance of its economic, political and social development to the stability and growth of Southern Africa as a whole.
Mozambique is predominantly a country of emigration, but more recently internal labor migration is on the increase as the economy opens up to extractive and energy companies. At present, there continue to be significant emergency operations, recovery and development challenges coupled with cross-cutting concerns such as the spread of HIV and AIDS, human smuggling and recent increases in irregular migration. Currently, there is a large increase in irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa. Many of these irregular migrants come from Somalia and Ethiopia and seek asylum in Mozambique. However, many also try to move onward to South Africa.
Since October 2015, at least 10,000 people have fled to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe in relation to conflict between the army and RENAMO fighters. On 2016, the number of internally displaced people continued to grow, forcing the government to set up camps in Manica province, where authorities said over 1,000 families were living ( Nevertheless, RENAMO has maintained armed militias and from time to time some areas in the center of the country have witnessed active conflict between its residual militia and Mozambique’s armed forces. Thus, on March 2016 there were several meetings for political mediation aimed at abandoning arms and returning to political dialogue, like those between the EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini and the President Nyusi. Even if President Nyusi (from FRELIMO party) initially welcomed the EU's engagement in supporting Mozambique to overcome the current crisis, on April 2017 he has announced the end of involvement of international meditators in the country's peace process, as the population had demanded a greater role of the political representatives of RENAMO and FRELIMO and reduced international intervention in the pacification of the country (

Peace talks between the two parties have gathered momentum in 2017, however President Filipe Nyusi met Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, in August. Working groups are developing recommendations on political decentralization and military affairs for endorsement by parliament, set for February 2018. Meanwhile, the ruling party’s congress in September 2017 marked an important political milestone in the run up to municipal (2018), presidential, legislative, and provincial (2019) elections.

Security conditions:

The safety & security situation in Mozambique is influenced by the political conflict between FRELIMO (party in power) and RENAMO (the political opposition party), that have been in peace since the 2017 peace agreement. The clashes are located in Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Tete provinces, whereas MDM Mozambique works in the district Matola. The framework of political and social context in these regions can be considered almost safe without particular risks for MDM expatriated, volunteers and local staff.

Security conditions in Maputo Province:

Street crime, sometimes involving knives and firearms, is common in Maputo and increasing in other cities and tourist destinations. There are some areas in cities which are more dangerous. Beaches or offshore islands are not policed. Is not recommended walking alone or driving alone at night and to display valuables or money. There has been an increase in reports of carjacking, particularly in Maputo and between Boane and the Swaziland border crossing points of Namaacha and Goba. It is important to be aware that there have been cases of robbery, or requests for bribes.

Criminal kidnaps:

There have been kidnappings reported in Mozambique, mainly in Maputo. While most victims have been Mozambicans, foreigners have also been targeted.

Road travel:

Traffic accidents are common due to the condition of the roads and poor driving and vehicle standards.
Travelling on public transport can be hazardous due to the poor conditions of vehicles and road conditions.
Low lying areas around major rivers flood regularly during the rainy season (November - April) making many roads impassable.

Political situation:
Protests or demonstrations can occur in the cities with little notice.

Health conditions:
- Malaria is endemic in the country, even if in Maputo caseload is lower.
- Hospital facilities are generally poor in Mozambique, especially in the north of the country. In cases of serious illness or injury, medical evacuation to South Africa or the EU may be necessary. It is highly recommended to have a travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
- In February 2017, the national health services in Mozambique reported an increase in cholera cases in the country. The most affected areas were Nampula province (Meconta and Monapo districts), Tete province, the capital Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola.
- In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 1,200,000 adults aged 15 or over in Mozambique were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 11.5% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. Exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

MdM has elaborated the Safety Measures Guidelines as well as the Safety and Evacuation Plan and a Local Operational Manual for all its local offices (all the documents are regularly updated). The Local operational manual for Mozambique has been realized with the support of the MDM Mozambique staff, specifically arranged in accordance with the local environment taking into account the specific existing risks in order to develop appropriate security, health and safety procedures for staff. Due to the differences between the two contexts, a specific focus on the two areas is included in the plan. A copy of the manual is given to the staff and EU Aid Volunteers before reaching the Country and also disseminate to the local staff.
MDM Mozambique guarantees appropriate living and health condition for its staff. No particular health risks are identified. No specific vaccination needed. Malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and HIV are prevented with normal precautionary behavior targeted during the in-country induction.
(Actually, if you come from one of the Yellow Fever List countries, you need it`s vaccine certification).

The EU Aid Volunteer will work on the following tasks:

MdM is seeking a Capacity Building Specialist who will provide technical expertise and capacity building assistance to civil society organizations (MdM partners) in Mozambique. Capacity Building activities will be in a broad range of organizational areas, including strategic planning, human resource development, communications and engagement, facilitation and coalition-building, project management, board relations, and policy-making. Responsibilities requires strong knowledge of non-governmental organizations’ administrative and management systems. Location for this position is in Matola, Mozambique

Key responsibilities
- Develop and implement capacity building activities to address identified needs through training, one-on-one mentoring and coaching.
- Support capacity building of a local organization (human resource planning, strategic planning, financial and contractual capacities, etc) to effectively lead, implement, monitor and evaluate its funded program.
- Assist a local organization to develop formal written policies and procedures on proper segregation of duties (cash management, accounting/financial recording, procurement, operational management, and authorization).
- Strengthen financial management procedures: for example, by assisting these organizations to produce quarterly requests for advances, a formal quarterly financial reporting package which includes bank reconciliations, a balance sheet, income and expenditures reports and budget vs. actual variance analyses.
- Train NGO staff on written policies and procedures to ensure that operating practices and procedures comply with the organization’s written policies.
- Stays abreast of key developments in GBV and SRR policy advocacy in Mozambique, in order to inform technical support activities.
- Devolop strategies to generate income activities for the selected NGO


Required competences

-Master’s Degree or higher degree in public policy, political science, public administration, communication or a degree related to Development Studies.


- Fluent in written and spoken Portuguese

- Good knowledge of English

- Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset (especially in case of not having a good knowledge of Portuguese)


- Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences

- Strong facilitation and training skills required

- Sensitive to gender issues

- Ability to focus on results

- Ability to write reports

- Ability to give and receive feedbacks positively

- Adaptability

- Team work skills

- Strong initiative and autonomy

- Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions


- 5+ years of experience required

- Significant experience in NGO capacity building and facilitation, preferably in the African Region

- Demonstrated strength and experience developing the capacity of NGOs

- Demonstrated experience developing training curricula, including workshop agendas, presentations, and training exercises

- Familiarity with a wide range of capacity building techniques

- Proven ability to work collaboratively and build consensus across diverse sets of stakeholders

- Experience in designing and managing income generation projects is preferred

- Strong knowledge of NGO sector in African Countries

- Prior experience working with civil society organizations, preferably in a management capacity through the following approaches and methodologies: Project Cycle Management, Gender in Devolopment and Human Rights

- Prior experience working with EU-funded programs is desired as is familiarity with EU procedures and policies including procurement, financial and programmatic management

- Excellent teaching skills with pedagogical methods, coordination and stress management

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.


5+ years of experience required

Condition of service

Will be discussed with the Hosting Organisation.

- The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is MDM Mozambique
- Length of Deployment: 6 months
- Deployment duty station: Maputo or Matola, Mozambique.
- Conditions of service during deployment: A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (315,17 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 directly by sending and/or hosting organization.
- 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.

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

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 by the training provider.

This mandatory training will take place in summer 2018.

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
19 Nov - 2 Dec 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
January 2019
15/01/2019 - 15/07/2019
Post-deployment activities
15/07/2019 -31/08/2019