EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Organisational development and capacity building, Ghana (6 months)

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Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

Expected results/objectives: to help to build the resilience of the most vulnerable community members in Kongo Village Ghana, regarding the financial constraints through increased ability to earn income independently.

 

Kongo Community Development Association [KoCDA] is a community based organization in West Africa, Ghana, precisely in Kongo of the Upper East region. The Organization seeks an active individual to play an integral role in various stages of the organizations journey towards helping to leverage existing partnership projects already being implemented in close collaboration with European partners, particularly, Mondo of Estonia. We currently undertake activities such as share butter extraction, basket weaving tree plantation and animal rearing with women groups. We are looking forward to working with an individual who has skills in: organizing activities, planning on boarding, career development, performance management, internal mobility, workshop facilitation, and internal communications. The role is a generalist role with a deep emphasis on talent development and communications. In this role, the volunteer will work with managers and employees across the business to support people.

Kongo community is in the Upper East region of Ghana, countryside, hilly and valley-like community in which Europeans can easily adapt, although differences with tropical weather and environment. Ghana as a is a secular country. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion (5.2%), Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). Kongo village is predominantly a Christian/catholic community but very opened to people of different faiths. There is good inter-ethnic/racial relationship. Community members are very open to visitors and Kongo Village has a good reputation of hosting Europeans in the last two decades without any single incidence of security threat. The people are generally welcoming people. There are no tensions between settler and non-settler Communities. There are local police officers that volunteers can reach out to should they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can handle minor health issues, but there is also a regional referral Hospital, reasonably resourced with well trained medical staff and equipment as well as medication. It is possible to be evacuated within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.
The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the volunteer at the beginning of the project.

Tasks
Local community development and capacity building support tasks:

- Helping women develop new designs, methods and ways of developing baskets that well meet the requirements of the markets and standards,
- Support the development of local women cooperatives in Nabdam district (currently working in basket weaving and shea butter areas, involving about 50 women),
- Training and mentoring the management boards on Environmental strategies, cooperatives in administrative, financial and leadership skills,
- Developing new marketing and sales channels both locally and internationally and training the cooperatives in efficient client communication and handling of orders,
- Setting up efficient management systems and production chains to optimize production and implement sustainable and safe environmental production methods and practices (e.g. more energy efficient stoves).

Microcredit project management support tasks:

- Researching new business opportunities in the Nabdam district,
- Support of the beneficiaries to develop and sustain their micro project.

Network development tasks:

- Researching new business opportunities in the Nabdam district,
- Supporting beneficiaries in developing local network,
- Identify school children and nurture their interest in the corresponding fields.

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Required competences

- Experience in development work or entrepreneurship in a developing country,
- Experience in at least one of following: marketing, sales, sustainable and safe production methods or entrepreneurship,
- Fluent English,
- Adaptability, autonomy, good relational 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.

All applicants will receive equal opportunities and be treated equally with no regards to age, gender and religion or belief. The applicant should be willing to accept local culture, tradition and way of living as a sign of respect and to be accepted well by villagers while participating in the program.

- Experience in development work or entrepreneurship in a developing country,
- Experience in at least one of following: marketing, sales, sustainable and safe production methods or entrepreneurship,
- Fluent English,
- Adaptability, autonomy, good relational skills.

Condition of service

Through this volunteering project, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn and gain new skills such as:
- Great opportunity to learn new skills in developing local women’s cooperative in rural Africa,
- Learning about microcredit, micro economy development system,
- Learning skills on how to work with local communities,
- Cultural learning opportunities as working closely with the community,
- New skills to work autonomously, and to adapt to a new context,
- Local language learnings.

The volunteers work in Northern Ghana, where the climate conditions can be difficult, as it is very hot and windy. Volunteers have access to the office with computer and printer, however the main problem might be power cuts and very slow and non-reliable internet. Therefore, there is a possibility to go to the neighbouring town, Bolgatanga, where volunteers could use internet café.

The volunteers will be hosted in a local guesthouse, the volunteers have their own lockable room, toilet and shower in the room. Food can be pre-ordered (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for additional cost, as there is a chef working in the guest house.

Selection process

Selection process:
The candidate has to send the following documents to vabatahtlikud@mondo.org.ee
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 04/07 and the 31/07/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with MONDO and KoCDA.

Between August and October 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training (around 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training (10 to 12 days).

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in October 2018.

Once selected, the volunteer will participate to a 5 days pre-departure training with the sending organization in October / November 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 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.

Timetable
Date of training
From August to the begining of October 2018
Apprenticeship Placement
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Pre-deployment preparation and induction
October or November 2018
Deployment
from January 2019 to June 2019
Post-deployment activities
Summer 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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