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Senior Volunteer for supply and value chain analysis

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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:

. A 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.

. 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 (=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.

Humanitarian context 
Vietnam has a population of 97 million people (third most populous country in Southeast Asia). The economic reform instituted in 1986 brought significant economic growth to Vietnam. With this new surge of export-oriented manufacturing and foreign direct investment, 46 million people were lifted out of poverty; the country saw dramatic increases in access to infrastructure, education, and clean water.
Additionally, the location and topography of Viet Nam make it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, suffering from typhoons, tropical storms, floods, drought, seawater intrusions, landslides and forest fires. Of these, the most damaging and frequent are typhoons, tropical storms and floods.
The Vietnamese Government is working to ensure Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) remains a top priority and has prioritized its partnerships with neighbouring nations as well as the international humanitarian community to help Vietnam prepare for, respond to and minimize the effects of disasters.
Security context 
Vietnam has no known terrorist groups and no recent history of terrorist attacks.
Although storms typically hit central and northern Vietnam from June to October/November, with coastal central provinces being the most-affected, Hanoi feels less of an impact, often experiencing only heavy rainfall.
Vietnam's roads are congested and chaotic. City roads are crowded with cars, bicycles, trucks, buses and pedestrians, while roads outside of city centres often experience livestock crossings. A rise in vehicle ownership has exacerbated congestion; motorcycles are particularly numerous and are often driven erratically, and at times, against the flow of traffic. Road accidents are a major cause of injury.
The health situation has progressively deteriorated in Vietnam since the end of April 2021. National and local authorities have put in place temporary restrictive measures enacted according to local epidemiological conditions (strict confinements, limitations or bans on travel, closure of businesses, cancellation of activities, penalties for failure to wear a mask). Since March 22, 2020, it is no longer possible for foreign nationals to enter Vietnam without prior express permission from the Vietnamese authorities. Only diplomatic staff, business executives, experts or highly skilled workers and their families, as well as students can benefit from this. Entry requirements, in particular COVID tests, are to be specified with the chosen airline. Upon arrival, travelers are required to undergo a 15-day quarantine in a hotel, followed by a 15-day home confinement. The quarantine period is reduced to 7 days in a hotel, followed by 7 days at home, for people who have been fully vaccinated for 14 days.
The information provided in this document may be updated as the pandemic evolves. France Volontaires and ESI Labs! reserve the right to interrupt any recruitment or deployment process in order to ensure health and safety of their teams, volunteers and candidates.

Organisational context
SRD is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to working with disadvantaged communities and assisting them to improve their quality of life and manage their resources sustainably. SRD staff are highly experienced, with a depth of expertise in the fields of agriculture, climate change, forest governance, economics, sociology, psychology, gender, environment, communications. Child protection policy has been integrated into SRD’s projects since 200. In addition, “Gender Equality” is among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is one of the cross-cutting themes within SRD’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. SRD works to promote the value of gender equality and strives to ensure that the topic is integrated into its projects from design to implementation.
Along with our full-time staff, SRD also hosts a number of international volunteers and local interns. They bring to the team expertise from their home countries and a fresh perspective on our operations. All of SRD’s volunteers have worked on many projects in various departments: Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change, Human Resources, Communications, Forest Governance, etc. Their diverse backgrounds and experience have provided important inputs to our works. More information is available here:

Forest products supply and value chain analysis

A supply chain assessment will be organized to understand how and who manages the timber supply chain in Vietnam. What policies guide sustainable consumption and production in Vietnam in general and in the wood industry in particular? What are the challenges and opportunities regarding the move to sustainable forest value chain management (SFVCM)? This information will then be used to create a training course in the SFVCM which will be offered to select wood associations, CSOs and wood processing companies. Training on technologies reducing processing waste will be organized for Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in traditional wood-working villages. Based on the assessment and training, a funding proposal will be drawn up to help SMEs working in the wood industry. Under the supervision of SRD, the volunteer will work in close collaboration with the SRD’s program staff, FV Vietnam based EU Aid Volunteers and staff and national volunteers to implement project’s activities.

1. Contribute to the adoption of sustainable forest value chain management (SFVCM)
• Conduct literature review, research and pertinent stakeholders interviews (financial institutions, forestry SMEs, smallholders and groups responsible for community forest management) on timber supply chain in Vietnam;
• Actively contribute to the elaboration of a study report to identify challenges and opportunities of the implementation of sustainable forest value chain management in the country;
• Based on research, contribute to the elaboration of a training course for local forest stakeholders (smallholders, companies, SCOs, community, etc.);
• Participate to projects drafting and fundraising.
2. Take part to SRD daily activities
• Participate in all relevant meetings with local stakeholders;
• Participate in all SRD team coordination meetings and missions’ coordination meetings upon discussion with Line Manager;
• Participate, when possible, to in-field visits to communities supported by SRD;
• Participate to SRD advocacy activities or material;
• Support and provide Training and Capacity Building to SRD staff;
• Provide support in the elaboration of technical and financial reports (internal and for the donor).
3. Participation to the visibility of EU Aid Volunteers Initiative and EUAV FORESTS project
• Promote the role of EUAV international volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response in association with EACEA;
• Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organisations on climate change adaptation issues;
• Contribute to the publication of articles or other contents (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 stakeholders;
• Collect audio and visual material during the activities for promotion and capitalisation purposes;
• In coordination with SRD's project partners, participate in public awareness activities during deployment and once back in Europe.


Required competences


Master degree in environmental/forestry/climate sciences, international development, political sciences or related field.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong analytical and diagnostic skills;
  • Strong writing, and synthesis skills;
  •  ADD TECHNICAL SKILLS RELATED TO SUPLY AND VALUE CHAIN (//what you put on the VOLUNTEERS TABLE in the first place but this way)
  • Good knowledge on research and/or knowledge management technique;
  • Good knowledge of international corpus related to climate crisis;
  • Good knowledge of CSO ecosystems, an asset;
  • Knowledge on / interest in stakeholders engagement, particularly local partners and community groups;
  • Interest in gender issues mainstreaming in project activities;
  • Knowledge of EU funding procedures would be an asset;
  • Mastery of Office Suite is essential.

General skills:

  • Strong organizational capacity to meet deadlines;
  • Leadership;
  • Good Intercultural communication skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Team working and facilitator mindset;
  • Humility and willingness to learn from others;
  • Autonomy;
  • Dynamic and proactive attitude;
  • Adaptability to changing contexts.


Strong command of English mandatory, French command a strong asset, Vietnamese knowledge, an asset


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant fields;
  • Demonstrated experience in research or data processing and communication and information technologies;
  • Previous working or volunteer experience in developing countries and/or NGO strongly encouraged;
  • Previous experience in research or knowledge management an asset;
  • Previous experience in Vietnam or Southeast Asia would be an asset.
  • 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 2022).

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.

An allowance according to each country and in adequacy with EUAV standards will be proposed (491.89 Euros as recommended by the yearly update published by the European Commission services);
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.

Selection process

• To apply, the candidate shall send her.his application including: the Application Form online, attach the CV, a Motivation Letter and the Self-Assessment Questionnaire, to:
Please note that applications sent directly to the host organisations as well as incomplete applications will not be considered.
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates
• In case of calendar changes, the candidate will be notified by sending organisations.

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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