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Senior volunteer for community engagement for sustainable forestry management.

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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.

The European Commission is not responsible for the translation of the vacancies.

EUAV FORESTS focuses on building the resilience of the communities living in these territories, through the civic engagement of European volunteers and local communities in Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Congo and Vietnam. The action that mobilises EUAV volunteers is divided into 5 strategic axes:

. comprehensive approach to resilience, by carrying out a mapping study aimed at identifying, at all levels with the active participation of each of the communities concerned, the various factors of vulnerability to disasters and crises.

. Support provided by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow the direct development of human capital so that they can reduce the impact of climate change and human induced pollutions cope and install an adaptation process.

. Activities to mobilize future generations, to help to develop the social capital of their communities, to limit future risks and, in return, to promote community development activities that will strengthen individual resilience. 

. Dissemination of information, strengthening of social ties and support for local populations to set up projects that complement awareness-raising activities.

 (=more than five years of experience) expert roles in climate change adaptation, forest resource management, awareness raising, communication and advocacy and project management. The working languages will be English and French.

. A last workstream is ensuring sustainability, awareness raising and fundamental change of attitudes through the involvement of young people in projects and advocacy campaigns around the rights of communities living in forest areas.

After a rigorous selection procedure, the 27 EU volunteers selected for FORESTS will have the opportunity to travel to these countries to carry out junior or senior

After a rigorous selection procedure, the 27 EU volunteers selected for FORESTS will have the opportunity to travel to these countries to carry out junior or senior (=more than five years of experience) expert roles in climate change adaptation, forest resource management, awareness raising, communication and advocacy and project management. The working languages will be English and French.

Ghana, an English-speaking country in West Africa with an estimated population of 28.8 million in 2017 (source: World Bank), is a country of 238,537 km2 surrounded by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Togo to the east. It is a constitutional democracy with relatively well-functioning political and administrative institutions. The main cities are Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and Tamale. The official language is English, and there are more than fifty local languages: Twi, Ewe, Ga-adangme, Dagbani, Dagare. The currency is the Ghana cedi. During the rainy season (March to June/July and then September and October), Ghana can suffer major flooding due to ageing urban development patterns, particularly in the working-class areas of Accra.
Security context
The security situation in Ghana is stable despite its northern border with Burkina Faso, whose surveillance has been strengthened. However, increased vigilance remains necessary in this area. The condition of roads in the capital and those connecting to major cities is relatively good but can be saturated and damaged in places. Traffic regulations are poorly respected by some drivers, sometimes leading to traffic accidents (speeding, overtaking on the right, no right-hand priority...). Driving at night is not recommended. During holiday periods (cultural/artistic celebrations, end of year celebrations), robberies, burglaries... are recorded. A welcome guide prepared by the Espace Volontariats du Ghana will be given to the volunteer upon arrival. This guide will contain information on safety, health, administrative and installation procedures, as well as all practical information to help the volunteer integrate better. In addition, the volunteer will be registered at the Consulate/Ambassy of his/her country of origin, or, failing that, as a European, he/she will be registered at the French Consulate in Accra.
Finally, the circulation of the COVID-19 virus and its variants remains active. Ghanaian airspace is currently open.
For all travelers, a negative Covid PCR test less than 72 hours old, from an accredited laboratory, is required upon arrival as well as a complete vaccinal strategy. Screening is done prior to boarding. The quarantine requirement is removed, except for those who test positive and must follow a medical protocol imposed by the health authorities. Travelers are required to undergo COVID-19 antigenic testing on arrival in Accra, which has to be paid before embarking.

Organisational context
In Ghana, France Volontaires welcomes French volunteers and encourages young Ghanaian volunteers on missions in France, and work closely with the French Embassy in Ghana and the Alliance Française d'Accra and Ghanaian volunteer stakeholders such as COVOG (Coalition of Volunteering Organizations in Ghana), National Service Scheme. The office is located within the premises of the Alliance Française d'Accra. The Espace Volontariats du Ghana is led by a National Representative based in Togo, Mr Moussa Bah ( and is daily managed by a Ghanaian Volunteering Development Support Officer and a French International Solidarity Volunteer working on Communication and Partnership relations.
The volunteer will work closely with the organization EcoCare Ghana ( EcoCare Ghana is a rights-based campaign and advocacy organization duly registered and licensed to operate as a local non-governmental organization. They focus on policy and practises around community rights and forests, and how it relates to development, climate change, wildlife conservation, agriculture and other land-use options. EcoCare Ghana seek to positively impact the livelihoods of resource communities for them to meaningfully contribute and equitably benefit and develop from resource use. EcoCare work to transform decision-making processes of natural resources so that resource owners obtain fairer benefit from their inheritance. EcoCare Ghana aims to create space through constructive citizen mobilization for the participation of local communities and other stakeholders in decision making processes on natural resources and environment. They work to support and enhance their contributions to those processes and strengthen mechanisms that will ensure that the decisions made are people-centred and reflect the voices of the people.

Support to community engagement for sustainable forestry management

Under the supervision of France Volontaires Ghana, the volunteer will work in close collaboration with others EU Aid Volunteers, local partners and national volunteers to support community engagement on sustainable forestry management promotion
1. Support to Community engagement for sustainable forestry management
- Raise awareness of the populations settled in forest areas about the protection of forest ecosystems;
- Supporting the creation of forest economic and environmental interest groups (especially women and young people) ;
- Strengthen their organizational operational capacities: rules of procedure, governance, equipment, resource and financial management, etc;
- Support for the definition of an action plan: communication plan, awareness-raising activities and mapping of areas to be targeted;
- Participate in the creation of a network of stakeholders and enhance exchanges of practices within it;
- Support for the dissemination of good practices at local and national level.
2. Support to the implementation of FORESTS activities at national level
- Participation in the preparation of documents and meetings related to the implementation of the project;
- Participation in the follow-up, monitoring and periodic reporting of the activities carried out in Ghana (FV Ghana);
- Strengthening the capacities of France Volontaires Ghana in the field of climate change and forest conservation;
- Consolidation of existing partnerships with CSOs (associations; cooperatives; enterprises, etc.) and public actors and identification of new opportunities for intervention in the field of environmental volunteering;
- Contribute to the networking of EUAV FORESTS volunteers and host organizations;
3 - Participation to the visibility of FORESTS project and to advocacy or community engagement actions ;
- Promoting the role of EUAV international volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
- Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organisations on climate change adaptation issues;
- Contribute to the publication of articles or other materials (videos, podcasts, etc.) on the experience of EUAV volunteers in the field and on their activities, in cooperation with the project partners' teams and local actors;
- Collecting audio-visual material produced in the framework of the project activities for promotion and capitalisation purposes.


Required competences

Studies :

Masters degree in environmental/forestry/climate sciences, economics, international development, political sciences or related field with research experience.Lower qualifications might be accepted if the candidate has a longer experience.


Skills and knowledge :

  • Strong Analytical and diagnostic skills ;
  • Strong writing, and synthesis skill ;
  • Good command of project cycle management;
  • Strong organizational capacity to meet deadlines ;
  • Good knowledge related to humanitarian issues and specifically related to climate crisis;
  • Knowledge of forestry governance and environmental policy ;
  • Good knowledge or demonstrated interest on agricultural economics or development economics ;
  • Strong interest and community-based approach and gender issues mainstreaming in project activities;
  • Knowledge of EU funding procedures would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of Ghana or Central Africa would be an asset.

General skills:

  • Intercultural communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Autonomy
  • Dynamic and proactive attitude
  • Adaptability to changing contexts



High proficiency in English; Good command of French,  an asset


Minimum of 5 years experience of which at least 3 in project management or program coordination

Previous working or volunteer experience in developing countries and/or NGO strongly encouraged;

Previous experience in research or knowledge management an asset;

Previous experience or strong interest in capacity building and community-based forest management and protection ;

Demonstrated experience in research or data processing and communication and information technologies;

Willingness to commit to safeguarding sensitive ecosystems and improving community adaptation to climate change and its attendant humanitarian risks.

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.

• You must be an EU citizen or long-term resident in an EU Member State;
• You must be at least 18 years old. Online volunteering is open to volunteers of any nationality;
• Being available full-time is an important commitment. You must be available for the duration indicated in the vacancy notice, which can range from 6 months to 12 months.
• You do not necessarily need to have experience in the field of humanitarian aid to apply for an EU volunteer position. The EU Aid Volunteers programme is open to people with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
• You must, however, meet the requirements of each volunteer position, which you will find in each EUAV FORESTS mission advertisement.

As a candidate, you commit to:
• Be available during the selection process (starting in January 2022);
• Complete the online (1 week) and presential (9-12 d) training modules scheduled by EACEA (February 2022);
• Provide the administrative and medical documents that will be requested within the time limits (February-March);
• To take part to the online pre-deployment induction organized by sending organisations (ESI LABS! and France Volontaires) (February - March).

Condition of service

Development of technical skills in areas related to linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD), sustainable forestry management, protection and/or resilience;
Development of intercultural knowledge;
Development of professional and human skills;
Learning one or more local languages.

Working and Living Conditions:
An allowance according to each country and in adequacy with EUAV standards will be proposed;
Transport and visa fee included;
Availability of furnished/ equipped accommodation, secured, insured;
Electricity, water and gas costs borne by project;
Meals: taken care of by the volunteer;
Coverage / insurance and obligatory vaccinations: supported by the project.

The mission is based in Conakry, the capital of Ghana. The Volunteer will be based at the Espace Volontariats Ghana. The office will be equipped with Internet access and a professional address. Leisure activities (sports, culture) are also available. Furnished/equipped, secure, insured accommodation will be made available to the volunteer. The accommodation shares the same building as the office. Electricity, water and gas costs will be covered by the project.
. Pre-departure training by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative (transport, meals, accommodation paid for by the initiative);
. Preparation for departure with the sending organization (transport, meals, accommodation);
. Vaccines and medical check-ups;
. Insurance covered by the EU Aid Volunteers initiative;
. Travel to the mission location;
. Accommodation (rent, insurance, charges);
. Monthly allowance: € 430,79 (according to UE yearly update);
. Meals and personal transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.

Selection process

The applicant must send the following documents to the address:
- application form in French ;
- self-assessment questionnaire ;
- CV in Europass format.
All applications will be analyzed and all candidates will receive an answer. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to an distance interview.

Between january and february 2022, pre-selected candidates will have an interview with France Volontaires (French team in HQ and FV Ghana).
Successful candidates will be selected and informed as early as possible.
Candidates will then follow distance and face-to-face training sessions led by ICF. ICF will eventually be in charge of certifying trained candidates or not. Only certified volunteers will be deployed.
A preparation for departure with the certified volunteers will eventually be organized by sending organizations (in February 2022 for the first session).
It is very important to note that several candidates will be selected for each proposed assignment and will participate in the training sessions. This will ensure that the assignments will be filled even if some candidates drop out. Therefore, the final selection will only be confirmed after the training and validation of the profiles by ICF.

Date of training
february - march 2022
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
february - march 2022
march - november 2022
Post-deployment activities
december 2022
Self assessment questionnaire
File self_assessment_auto-evaluation_form.xlsx

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