EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior Volunteer in Project Management and Administration in Haiti [GVC_HTI_PAD_SR]

Senior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Port au Prince, Haiti

The EU Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps – EU Aid Volunteers and related legislation create a framework for joint contributions from European volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries.

Therefore, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.

The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organizations in third countries.

The EU Aid Volunteers programme offers:

  • Opportunities for European citizens to become EU Aid Volunteers in humanitarian projects worldwide, showing solidarity with those who most need it,
  • Professional support by trained and well-prepared volunteers to communities affected by disaster,
  • Capacity building for local staff and volunteers of organisations in countries hit by disasters,
  • Technical assistance for organisations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

More info available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/humanitarian-aid/eu-aid-volunteers_en

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/eu-aid-volunteers_en

Description

GVC (Italy) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers in Action” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 38 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.

18 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 20 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries (Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.

Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

More info available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/eu-aid-volunteers-action_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 2 volunteers to Haiti

Humanitarian Context
Haiti has a population of 10,572,029 people, of which the 50.4% are women. Over half – or 54% – of the population is aged under 25. It also has the highest population density of 372 inhabitants per square kilometer determinant of the strong pressure on the territory, natural resources and migration flows.
Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world, ranking 163 out of 188 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI). It is also one of the most unequal countries, with a Gini coefficient of 0.592 in 2014. 72.2% of Haitians live under the national poverty line of US$ 2.42 per day and over 2.5 million (24%) live under the national extreme poverty line of US$1.23 per day.
More than 98% of the Haitian population is exposed to one or more type of disaster: natural hazards, epidemics, severe food insecurity and malnutrition. The recurrence of humanitarian crisis in the country led the humanitarian actors, under the coordination of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), to initiate a humanitarian response planning process to ensure linkages between the short-term and the more protracted long-term needs.
The humanitarian context in Haiti remains complex and fragile due to multiple inter-linked risk factors, notably:
• the Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, hit the country on October 4th 2016, affecting 2.1 million people and destroying the livelihoods (agriculture, fishing, livestock and small commerce) in 6 out of 10 departments of the country;
• the cholera epidemic disease (35,203 cases and 369 deaths were registered from January to October 2016 ), is still severely affecting the country at national level, and particularly affecting the Departments of West, Centre, Artibonite and North;
• the endemic food insecurity, due to “El Niño” phenomenon and deteriorated by the hurricane Matthew, affects 4.5 million people, 1.5 million people affected by severely food insecurity,
• the binational mixed-migration crisis, according to IOM a total 158,761 individuals (34% were female while 66% were male) have reported to have crossed the border into Haitian territory since June 2015,
• actually about 55.100 people internally displaced from the Earthquake continue living in camps and about 175.000 people affected by the hurricane Matthew took refuge in temporary shelters.

Security conditions
GVC Haiti has a Security Plan that must be scrupulously respected. The field visits to the project area or the capital have to be approved by the Head of Mission and volunteers must follow the established procedures. In periods of cyclones and hurricanes alert, GVC Haiti is in coordination with local authorities to assess the real situation at any time. Therefore, GVC Haiti is able to take steps prior to spontaneous altercations that may occur due to moments of political upheaval or social events that could lead to a situation of uncertainty for team members. It is advisable to always carry a copy of the passport and just use the original document when travelling abroad.
The volunteer will be hosted by GVC Haiti, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming to building local community resilience to disasters.

GVC values:
We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
More information is available here:
www.gvc-italia.org

Tasks
Technical tasks

a. managing and implementing the project activities ensuring an accurate and timely reporting according to GVC, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats and archiving the various type of documents (list of beneficiaries, procurement procedures, photographic documentation and project visibility);
b. managing the budget for the assigned project to ensure the application of GVC standards to all the expenses;
c. collaborating with the administrator in the financial management, including accountability and good governance;
d. Organizing and implementing the monthly programming work;
e. Coordinating, participating and supporting all the other activities required for the proper development of the mission.

Coordination tasks

Participating to the team coordination meeting with the Country Representative

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer's experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer's local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.

Other

The Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required

Required competences

Studies

  • Preferred studies in International Relations / Social Studies / Political Science / Economics
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge

Languages

  • Fluent in French written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset

Skills

  • Strong organizational and project coordination skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, coordination and stress management
  • Adaptability
  • Team working
  • Strong initiative and autonomy
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions

Experiences

  • Five years’ experience in relevant related fields
  • Previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset

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.

Availability for training in presence starting from the end of July – beginning of August 2017, and availability for deployment starting from September2017

GVC 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.

Condition of service

The Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 10-days in presence training before her/his deployment.
The contents of her/his training will be decided according to the competences of the Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.
During the apprenticeship (if foreseen), the Volunteer will have the chance to experience the work in a sending organization; during the deployment, she/he will improve languages skills and the ability to work in an international context. His/her professional skills will be strengthen.

Length of Deployment:
• 6 months
Deployment duty station:
• Port au Prince, Haiti, with missions in the field
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (619,06 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• 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.
• For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

Conditions related to in-presence training:
• If a candidate volunteer is working outside of the EU, travel costs will be fully covered if EU citizens 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;
On the contrary, only travel costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered if:
• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months
• EU citizens selected by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an on-going assignment in the third country if this assignment is longer than 18 months.
Please note that additional candidate volunteers will be trained above the number planned for deployment, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Selection process

To apply, the candidate shall fulfill the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
• Submission of applications: from 23/03/2016 to 05/05/2017;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 06/05/2017 to 30/05/2017.

In case of changes of the dates, the candidates will be notified.

• After the shortlisting, the preselected candidates will be notified and a Skype interview will be fixed;
• The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 02/06/2017. Once selected, the candidate/s will be contacted by EACEA to organize the participation to an online and in-presence training;
• Only one candidate will be selected as the Volunteer for the effective deployment: the final decision will be taken after the training, according with the feedbacks of the trainers.

Timetable
Date of training
In-presence training will take place at the end of July – beginning of August 2017. Training sessions will be in French or English.
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship (if foreseen). Two days of specific training are foreseen in Haiti at her/his arrival.
Deployment
Deployment is foreseen to start on 15/09/2017, depending on the needs of the Hosting Organization and of the Volunteer

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