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

As an entrepreneurship coordinator, the volunteer will work in Kongo village, Ghana with the main aim to support the ongoing activities and development of the shea butter and basket weaving cooperatives. This position is for a person with an entrepreneurship or community development experience in a developing country and strong skills in either marketing, sales or entrepreneurship, as the volunteer will work fully independently in the rural settings in Kongo village, where the main aim is to take the cooperative’s work to the next level. The position requires deep understanding of the realities of development work and entrepreneurship in a developing country and great skills in initiative taking, adaptability and stress management.

 

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.

Tasks
Local community development and capacity building support tasks:

- 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 of 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

Microcredit project management support tasks:

- Setting up efficient management systems and production chains to optimize production and implement sustainable and safe production methods and practices (e.g. more energy efficient stoves)
- 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

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Required competences

- Skills and experience in at least one of following fields: marketing, sales, sustainable and safe

- Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation

- Fluent English

- Highly independent in terms of organizing, planning and executing the activities

- Skills and experience in at least one of following field: marketing, sales, sustainable and safe production methods or entrepreneurship

- Development work or entrepreneurship in a developing country 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.

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- 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 02/02 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with MONDO and KoCDA.

Between the 19/03 and the 31/03/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between April and May 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 pre-departure trainings at the end of May / begining of June 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
April or May 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June 2018
Deployment
July 2018 - December 2018
Post-deployment activities
After December 2018
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