Senior EU Aid volunteer for Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy in Cambodia

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The project “EU Aid Volunteers Involvement for Increasing People-Centred Humanitarian Response capacity”, led by Alianza por la Solidaridad aims to boost the humanitarian aid sector's capacity to provide needs based humanitarian aid in disaster prone and disaster affected areas. Four EU organisations from Italy, Greece, Hungary and Spain will work together with 16 organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and North African countries, and Asia in different activities, all participating in humanitarian actions.

For the present vacancy, Magyar Önkéntesküldő Alapítvány (HVSF) will act as sending organisation and Phare Ponleu Selpak Association will be the hosting organisation. None of them are faith-based organisations.

Operational Context:

PPSA was established in 1995 by nine young Cambodians and their French art therapy teacher, after they returned to their country from the refugee camp at the Thai border where they grew up. These young people wanted to help to rebuild their country after many years of conflict, and so they created an organization in support of the children in their community. Many of these children had been living in difficult situations, with histories of trauma, poverty and abuse. Through classes in the visual and performing arts, along with social support, the organization helped children express their trauma and reintegrate them into society.

More than twenty years later, PPSA has strengthened its professional arts vocational training
and has contributed to promote Cambodian culture and employability. Today as Cambodia is struggling to pull itself out of low-income country status, PPSA with 98 staff continues to support children’s self-development to build resilience and sustainable social development by implementing its four main programs including Education, Performing Arts, Visual and Applied Arts, and Social Support to about 850 direct beneficiaries.

Security Context:

Cambodia has witnessed a significant amount of violence throughout history. During the civil war in the 1980’s the country lost 90% of its Artists and intellectual.

The rebuilding of the educational system including a steady supply of trained manpower has been a slow process. Cambodia still benefits from support from foreign entities and volunteers to make up for the gap while building the local capacities.

Today, Cambodia is relatively peaceful and stable, showing steady economic development. There are no major security risks or threats and the country enjoys a growing tourism industry with ever increasing tourist arrivals from the region and across the world. Battambang, where Phare Ponleu Selpak is located, is the safest large city in Cambodia. As any tourist city, petty crime such as bag snatchings are reported but are rare. In the last 2 years no such incidences have been reported among our volunteers and staff.

Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist

Overview of Responsibilities:

Performing Arts school provides artistic skill training including music, dance, circus and theatre, to children from disadvantaged background.
Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist provides in developing physical education and assists teachers in their routine.

• Develop physical education curriculum for the Performing Arts school
• Support Performing Arts school to practice the developed curriculum
• Provide physical education training to teachers and social workers
• Observe students' physical movement to assess their behavioural, cognitive or emotional state
• Help students overcome physical, personal and emotional difficulties through the medium of movement
• Liaise with colleagues as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Share relevant information about students with colleagues and relatives, while adhering to ethical codes and rules of confidentiality

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

a. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field and keeping active in social networks;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in public awareness activities in the volunteer's hosting community and/or local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity in the hosting country and once back in Europe.


Required competences
  • Degree in physiotherapy, biological or behavioral science, psychology, physiology or sports science
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Interpersonal skills to establish a rapport with children and their families;
  • Organisational and administrative skills;
  • A firm but encouraging and empathetic attitude;
  • A genuine concern for the wellbeing and health of patients;
  • A real interest in anatomy and physiology;
  • The ability to work under pressure and manage your time effectively.
  • A good understanding of the human body and nutrition
  • A love of health and fitness
  • Excellent English language
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.

Only applicants available for in-presence training in an European city during 9 days in late September beginning of October will be eligible.

Hungarian Volunteer Sending Foundation applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

The candidate must be available for in-presence training in Europe during 9 days in late September beginning of October, and for 12 months deployment starting from 15 November 2018

Condition of service

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a minimum of 9-days in presence training before her/his deployment.

The on-site training costs (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) are fully covered. Travel outside the EU will be covered only for:
- EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country);
- EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 18 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

Additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment in order to create a reserve pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs. Therefore, it is possible that for 1 position more than 1 candidate is going to be trained. The final decision will be always taken after the training.

• Hosting organisation: Phare Ponleu Selpak Association
• Length of deployment: 12 months
• Deployment duty station: Battambang town, Battambang province, Cambodia
The volunteer will be living in an apartment/house in the town not far from Phare Ponleu Selpak Association Office which is easily accessible by bicycle, motorbike, or Tuk Tuk.
• Conditions of service during deployment
A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (424.24 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen
Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
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

From 1/8/2018 to 15/8/2018.

• All the interviews will be done online.
• The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
• The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;

Date of training
Training will take place in a European city in late September beginning of October. Training sessions will be held in English
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
The pre-deployment induction is a compulsory activity for all the EU Aid Volunteers. It will take place on 13-14 November 2018 in Athens before the departure for the deployment. Travel and subsistence costs will be covered by the sending organisation.
15 November 2018-14 November 2019 Note: the deployment dates may change due to logistics
Post-deployment activities
The EU Aid Volunteer will participate in debriefing and awareness raising activities after the deployment.