Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Resilience building, Uganda (Kikooba), 12 months

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Deployment dates: 


This is a highly demanding one-year position for an independent and motivated volunteer with previous experience in the development work in rural settings in Africa. The volunteer will get occasional support from the local coordinator 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, 2-hours’ drive away and there are no other long-term volunteers working on this project. It is a great challenge for a skilled person, as in case the deployment is successful, the access and quality of education in Kikooba for vulnerable children in the village will improve significantly and the women group will be empowered and independent, leading to the possibility for other volunteer deployments in the area and further development of the whole community.


Kikooba Women’s group is located within the community where the volunteer will be staying. The volunteer should be ready to stay in a rural setting, where living conditions are basic, choice of food is limited, and privacy might be interrupted, as village people can be very interested to learn about the foreigners living in the village. Kikooba is 2 hours’ drive from Kampala city.


Expected results/objectives:

  • The school has established income generating activities and the products have sustainable market

  • The women group is able to market their products in a profitable way

  • The school is able to pay teacher’s salaries on time

  • The school is able to expand or is in process of expanding up to teaching 7 primary classes

  • The community’s resilance is built regarding the financial means and Primary education.

Kikooba village is located in the central part of Uganda, 80 KMs along Hoima – Kampala Road. It is a rural area and was one of the communities that was badly affected by the bush war of 1980s. The community has many vulnerable families including orphans due to HIV/AIDS and many others. The community is generally peaceful, and it takes maximum two hours to Kampala city by Matatu/Taxi (Public means) that are always available. A volunteer can also choose to spend the weekend at UPA offices in Nansana. The means of local transport is mainly by motorcycles mainly known as boda-boda from one part of the community to another.

Uganda Pioneers Association has a branch in this community and is working with the local community to realise development through various interventions that are driven by voluntarism.

The local community is very hospitable and sociable. They have worked with international volunteers since 1990s, therefore this project has a vast experience in hosting volunteers. The volunteer shall work with the local members to have self-help income generating projects.

Educational structure management and development tasks:

- Assisting the school to initiate income generating project to support the school financially
- Assisting in finding funds for the school to ensure the sustainability of paying teachers’ salaries on time
- Finding market for the products (baskets, mats, bags, agriculture, hibiscus) of the women group which consists of the parents of the school students

- 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
- Supporting the group to generate monthly income to become stable as a group and to be able to rent a room
- Finding possible funds for materials for the products
- 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
- Finding a source of income or funds to buy machines for tailoring
- Ongoing support to the group regarding the marketing and bookkeeping

Community development tasks:

- Assist the women group in developing their proposed economic activities
- To organize capacity building with women to develop new development opportunities

Educational support tasks:

- Conduct English lessons and games as additional lessons for the children
- Teach Basic English to the women groups members


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)  


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.


• Previous experience in development work in rural settings in Africa
• Fluent in English
• Resilient and flexible
• Marketing/promotional skills
• Basic computer skills
• Basic knowledge on Gender related issues
• Interest in community based development
• Creativity and innovativeness
• Ready to interact with local communities
• Ready to lead basic /rural life
• Adaptability, autonomy, good relational

Condition of service

Thanks to such project achievement, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn:
• Design and fashion (Weaving tailoring skills)
• Marketing skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Inter-cultural learning
• Project management
• New networking and partnership
• New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context
• Local language learnings

Most of the work of the volunteers will be in the field and there the volunteer will be allocated a desk. The offices have neither laptop nor internet connection. The volunteer should bring 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 requirements to carry out training sessions (hall, board, paper, pens…) can be provided by the hosting organization to ensure smooth running of the activities. The volunteer would work at private primary school in Kikooba, which is a small village 2 hours from Kampala. The school is offering low-cost education for the vulnerable children. Currently, it has 3 nursery classes and 4 primary classes. The school was established in 1999 and has gone through different difficult times due to the lack of finances. There are 75 children and 7 teachers.

The host organization will provide to the volunteers safe and lockable accommodation in a volunteers’ house / apartment or host family within Arua and Pakwach. The volunteer can have access to a kitchen and bathroom with the basic necessities. The house has no internet connection but the volunteer can buy an internet stick or load internet bundles on phone which can be used everywhere.

Selection process

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

Between the 02/03 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.

Date of training
April or May 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June 2018
July 2018 - June 2019
Post-deployment activities
After June 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx