EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Resilience building, Uganda (Arua and Pakwach), 12 months

Senior
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Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

This is a very demanding one-year position for a highly independent and motivated volunteer with previous experience in the development work in rural settings in Africa.

If you have development work experience from Africa, then this is a challenging position for you with the possibility to significantly improve the lives of women in rural Uganda.

 

The volunteer will get occasional support from the local coordinator (not employed, no office, working voluntarily) and women group members in the daily matters, but after the general introduction by the host organisation, the volunteer is expected to carry out the assessment, plan the activities and conduct them fully independently, as the hosting organisation office is situated in another location, 6-hours’ drive away and there are no other long-term volunteers working on this project. However, if the volunteer is successful, then as a result, these women groups in two locations get empowered and might be able to receive more volunteers in the future, which leads to opening up the hosting organisation’s offices in these areas and contributes highly into improvement of the lives of women in Ugandan rural settings.

 

The volunteer is going to work with 5 different women groups from 2 different locations – Arua and Pakwach. The working schedule regarding the locations will be designed with the hosting organisation and will be adapted during the one-year deployment in accordance with the activities that the volunteer conducts. These 5 women groups have all some income generating activities such as tailoring, carpet making, natural products, natural medicines etc. However, they lack market for these products, as these are not high-quality products, many people are having similar products in the area and women often lack basic tools and machines. The general aim is to strengthen the women groups so that they could be able to function sustainably and be self-sufficient, which would lead to resuming the hosting organisation’s offices and flow of skilled volunteers to Aura and Pakwach, significantly improving the lives of vulnerable women and children.

 

Arua and Pakwach are located in the Northern Uganda. Arua has a population of 62,000 and Pakwach 22,000. Arua is a realtively big town in Northern Uganda and Pakwach is a small highway town. It is a 6 hours’ drive from Kampala to Pakwach and 2 hours for Pakwach to Arua. Arua Women group is located about 2 km from the town.

Pakwach has 4 women groups, 3 are in the centre and 1 is about 15 minutes’ ride with motorcycle. The Volunteer should be prepared to stay in an isolated setting of Northern Uganda with no big town around.

The volunteer will be living within the community in both cases. The volunteer has to be prepared for basic living conditions (no running water etc.), limited choice of food and possibly less privacy – the community is often interested in volunteer’s activities, also in her/his free time.

UPA branches in Arua and Pakwach have become stronger and can host volunteers by UPA.

The 5 women groups have regular meetings, office or selling spaces and certain products with good market.

The overall ability to earn an income in Northern Uganda has improved and the resilience regarding the financial issues and gender based violence has increased.

Arua and Pakwach are both located in the West Nile region in Northern Uganda. Pakwach is a Town Council while Arua is a big town that is on a level of a Municipality. The two places lie on the Kampala Highway and they are the gate way to other West Nile region districts and connect to Democratic Republic of Congo.

The people in these areas are generally friendly, but since the volunteers will be in contact with the local women community groups it will be important to learn basic phrases in the local language in order to interact more with them. The area has many other nationalities like people from DR Congo and South Sudan especially with refuge settlements; but all of them are sociable and it is possible to work with them.

The volunteer shall be living in the town centres in a hired flat. S/he will be tought how to use local transport to and from work. Much of the initial assistance shall be offered by the women group coordinators who are UPA members and residents of these local communities.

The two places are generally secure but UPA continuously ensures that the volunteer remembers the basic safety precautions at all times. The highest risks are possibly health and traffic related, as the drivers, including bus drivers can be extremely careless when driving, sometimes at a high speed. In case of health problems in Pakwach, it is important to be aware that there is no good quality clinic or hospital at short distance.

Tasks
Economical community development tasks (with Arua women group):

The members of the group have several skills such as making bags, tablecloths, hairdressing, pots, bracelets, handbags, tailoring, beads, dancing and drumming, handkerchiefs, mats, baskets, soap, animal keeping, agriculture, shabutter, liquid soap, simsim. Group also is advocating to end domestic violence and child marriage. They meet twice a month.

- Assessing the quality of the products and the skills of the women group
- Mapping the desired and possible activities of the women groups
- Working out the schedule for possible activities
- Designing the marketing strategy and finding market for the products
- Support the group to generate monthly income to become stable as a group and to be able to rent a room
- Find possible funds for materials for the products
- Find a source of income or funds to buy machines for tailoring
- Ongoing support to the group regarding the marketing and bookkeeping

Capacity building training tasks (with Arua women group):

- Trainings on capacity building, financial skills, accounting
- Assisting to organize the skills trainings for the women – there are many skills in the groups, some women can train others on tailoring, poultry keeping, sheabutter, soap, hairdressing, tree nursery, catering (cakes), beads

Capacity building and economical community development tasks (With Padyang Group):

The group has several income generating activities as a group. They used to have a businessman who bought their products and marketed them, but he stopped buying and now the group has skills and capacity, but no market. The group is also saving regularly (once in a week) as a group.

Their products are: oil of simsim, moringa tree, soya, to grow vegetables, aloe vera, lemon grass, shea oil, neem oil, soya products, moringa products, hibiscus products, lemon juice, bee wax products f.e. candles and cream.

- Training and supporting group in marketing, branding and practical skills to improve the processes of making different products and how to improve the quality of products.

Capacity building and economical community development tasks (Sumaya and Namstar groups):

Sumaya group was established in 1984 and Namstar group grew out of Sumaya group. The women are Muslims and have very good relationships in groups.
The main activities of the groups are: beads, mats, sheets, swaters, food baskets, drums and dances, promoting Numbian culture. Saving on a weekly basis, money is used in case of the health issues of the members and to bury the people who have no relatives. Also weekly cleaning of the town, renting out plates and cups.
- Training and supporting the group in marketing and fundraising.

Capacity building and economical community development tasks (Sumaya and Namstar groups):

Sumaya group was established in 1984 and the Namstar group grew out of the Sumaya group. The women are Muslims and have very good relationships in the groups.
The main activities of the groups are: beads, mats, sheets, swaters, food baskets, drums and dances, promoting Numbian culture. Saving on weekly basis, money is used in case of the health issues of the members and to bury the people who have no relatives. Also weekly cleaning of the town, renting out plates and cups.
- Training and supporting group in marketing and fundraising.

Capacity building and economical community development (with Mubogo group):

This group mostly works on farming (sorghum) and renting out mats and plates and cups. Due to the poor rainy season, farming activities have not been very profitable.
- Training and support to establish irrigation systems to avoid the influence of the poor rainy season next year.
- Capacity building for new farming and income generating activities.

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Required competences

Previous experience in development work in rural settings in Africa

Fluent English         

Project management

Product Marketing skills

Project monitoring and evaluation

Communications (including visibility, public relations and advocacy)

Ready to work with groups (Gender issues) 

Livelihoods

Organizational development and capacity building

community-based development

Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation

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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• Previous experience in development work in rural settings in Africa
• Fluent English
• Resilient and flexible
• Interest in community based development
• Creativity and innovativeness
• Ready to interact with local communities
• Ready to lead basic /rural life
• 18 years and above
• Adaptability, autonomy, good relational

Condition of service

Within this project the volunteer will be able to learn new skills and knowledge such as:
- Design and fashion (Weaving tailoring skills)
- Marketing skills
- Interpersonal skills
- New Project management skills
- New Networking and partnership
- Inter-cultural learning and understanding
- New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context
- Local language learnings

The Volunteer will have access to the office of the local hosting project and will be allocated a desk, however an internet connection and a laptop are not provided. The volunteer should have his/her own laptop for smooth running of his/her work. With a laptop, the volunteer can use a personal internet stick which he/she can buy on arrival. Some material to carry out training sessions (hall, board, paper, pens…) can be provided by the hosting organization to ensure smooth running of the activities.

The host organization will provide to the volunteers’ safety and locked accommodation in volunteers’ house / apartment or host family within the community without electricity. The volunteer can have access to a kitchen and bathroom with the basic necessities. The volunteer should be aware that Kikooba is located in a rural area. The house has no internet connection but the volunteer can buy internet stick or load internet bundles on phone which can use everywhere. The internet speed might be slow.

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 UPA.

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 / beginning 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 / May 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June 2018
Deployment
July 2018 - June 2019
Post-deployment activities
After June 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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