Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN), founded in 2005, is a non-profit, non-government, non- political and secular organization working for the most marginalized communities of Nepal using a holistic community development approach.
This volunteering position will take place in grassroots organization developing mainly local development and humanitarian aid projects. It is expected from the volunteer to be autonomous and able to take initiatives to support the hosting organization and local community in the development of their projects and activities.
This position will allow to promote national volunteering for local and national youngsters. Indeed, the concept of volunteering is not popularly develop in Nepal. VIN wants to promote and develop the concept of it among local people through this volunteer which is also the objective of EU. This volunteer will also support the volunteering management coordinator. He will be involving practically with volunteer management team and teach to the local staff. The volunteer will work closely with the director/volunteer manager of the organisation and local team to support the organizational, technical and operational capacity of the hosting organization to work and update the volunteering processes. Furthermore, the objective is to organize capacity building activities that target local staff members, volunteers and vulnerable communities.
The main areas include the support in strengthening volunteer management at the organisation to improve service delivery at community level, using results of an independent study carried out by previous EUAVs and other.
The specific focus will be refined based on the technical expertise and experience of the volunteer.
The volunteer will be based at VIN‘s head office in Kathmandu, with frequent travel required to VIN‘s project sites in Nepal (e.g. Kathmandu, Okhaldhunga and Nuwakot districts.)
Operational details & security context
VIN is working in the rural area of Nepal. It mobilizes its volunteers in those areas to achieve its goal. Volunteers will be working closely with the volunteers in those areas. Travelling via bus to reach Kathmandu from Tarakeshwor takes around 1 hour. Tarakeshwor and Okharpawa are simple rural communities and have only basic facilities. Volunteer needs to travel to Okhaldhunga to support other volunteers which is 250 km from Kathmandu and takes 8 hrs by bus, mountainous site.
Each volunteer is received from the airport by VIN’s staff and brought to its hostel. VIN provides full on arrival training that lasts a minimum of a week. Most of the people speak Nepali in the working community, so the volunteers need to learn some survival Nepali. VIN provides volunteers with Nepali language classes with professional language teachers to help prepare them. They are prepared culturally to fit in with the local context. VIN covers health and safety briefings, cultural classes, the local working context, working community visits and one to one information/orientation with mentor and program officers during on arrival training.
The volunteers are given the emergency contact details of staffs, hospitals and other necessary information on the first week of their arrival. VIN is available 24 hours for volunteers in need.
The hosting organization will share before and at the very beginning of the project security briefing and a security management plan with all healthy and safety rules to follow.