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EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE

Senior volunteer for support to capacity Building of local CSO’s in communication strategy

Senior
— 1 positions
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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.

Translations
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Assignment

EUAV FORESTS focuses on building the resilience of communities living in forest areas through the voluntary engagement of European volunteers to local communities in Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Congo, Mauritania and Vietnam. The action that will mobilize EUAV volunteers is divided into 4 strategic objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to resilience of forest dependent communities by mapping initiatives, actors and under-lying factors of vulnerability of these communities towards risks, shocks and potential disasters. This study will cover different levels of analysis with the active participation of the targeted communities (local regional, private, public perspectives etc…).
  • Support provided by volunteers to vulnerable populations, which will allow direct development of human capital. Seminars, training, exchanges of good practices will aims at mitigating the impact of climate change and of human induced pollutions cope and at installing adaptative processes.
  • Disseminate qualitative information, strengthening of social ties and support for local populations to set up projects that complement awareness-raising activities.
  • Ensure sustainability through awareness raising and promotion of fundamental changes (attitudes and practices). Here a special attention will be given to the involvement of young people in projects and advocacy campaigns (i.e. rights of forest dependent communities).

At key stages of the project, consortium meetings will be organized as well as training sessions given by experts from the forestry sector. On these occasions, workshops will be held to exchange best practices and knowledge on topics such as good examples of forest governance, project management and communication.

On the security front:

Congo is a predominantly Catholic country (90% of the population) with a population of 5,200,000. Half of the population is concentrated in the two largest cities: Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. The rest of the country is one of the least dense in Africa. According to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website, the economic situation remains difficult, despite the conclusion in July 2019 of an Extended Credit Facility Program with the International Monetary Fund. A large part of the population lives in precariousness, further accentuated during the rainy season by heavy flooding and landslides that affect the outskirts of the major cities. This situation creates a risk of social instability that can be used for political purposes, particularly during election periods.
Road accidents are numerous and emergency services are limited in the capital and non-existent in other cities. Due to the economic situation that the country has been going through in recent years, there is a high level of juvenile delinquency in urban areas: snatch thefts, sometimes with violence, burglaries, swindles, etc. It is advisable to be particularly vigilant, especially during the holiday season, and to avoid carrying large sums of money and/or valuables. It is also strongly recommended not to visit outlying areas at night and especially on foot. In the event of an attempted theft, do not resist, file a complaint and record the details of the circumstances.
As of 12/16/2021, the circulation of Covid-19 remains active in the country. Due to the current state of health emergency, a curfew is in place in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays, and from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. There is no curfew in the rest of the country. All passengers arriving in Congo will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test and will be required to confine themselves to their homes or hotels until the results are obtained.

At the operational level:

For the implementation of this project, France Volontaires Congo has developed partnerships with various NGOs for the protection, defense and promotion of human rights, the culture of peace and non-violence on the one hand and with NGOs aiming to fight for the defense of biodiversity, the protection of endangered species and the preservation of natural environments on the other hand
The Franco-Congolese team of the association will be supported by the ESI associations in the implementation of its activities and by the Réseau des Acteurs du Volontariat et de la Solidarité Internationale (RAVSI), a platform of 27 civil society associations, for specific project activities.

Tasks
capacity building of CSO's communication strategies

General
Under the supervision of France Volontaires Congo, the volunteer will work closely with FV Congo staff, local advocacy associations, other European volunteers based in Congo and national volunteers to develop and implement FORESTS' advocacy strategy at the national and international level as well as local capacity building actions on advocacy strategy.

Description of the tasks
Organization of 2 training sessions of 5 days in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, in communication strategy and forest management with the objective of optimizing the communication and advocacy actions of the participating associations.

1. Organization and logistics of the training
- Analysis of the context in order to define the issues
- Search for trainers
- Management of the participating associations
- Choice of dates in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire
- Choice of the training room
- Management and follow-up of service providers

2. Follow-up of the creation of training and communication tools
- Identification of needs and preparation of the training
- Design and follow-up of the training TOR with the consortium members
- Choice of themes
- Advocacy and communication tools
- Follow-up of the implementation of the communication plan
- Individual coaching

3. Follow-up and evaluation of training
- Regular reporting
- Definition of performance indicators
- Setting up a satisfaction survey
- Drafting of a report

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Required competences

Education:

Master's degree in communication, advocacy, development, political science or related field with a strong grasp of communication strategy and tools.

Skills and Knowledge:

- Strong analytical and diagnostic skills

- Strong writing and synthesis skills in both French and English;

- Strong mastery of communication design tools: mastery of photography, audio and visual editing, a major asset;

- Good knowledge of social networks and communication strategy, mandatory.

- Mastery of the office automation suite is essential;

- Knowledge of institutional communication is an important asset;

- Knowledge of partnership promotion, a strong asset ;

- Knowledge of humanitarian issues, particularly the climate crisis, is an asset;

- Knowledge of or interest in the gender approach to project management and communication is an asset;

- Knowledge of CSO ecosystems is an asset;

- Knowledge of research and/or knowledge management techniques will be appreciated;

- Knowledge of or interest in stakeholder engagement, particularly local partners and community groups.

Soft Skills:

- Creativity;

- Strong organizational ability to meet deadlines;

- Good cross-cultural communication skills;

- Good interpersonal skills;

- Teamwork and facilitation skills;

- Humility and willingness to learn from others;

- Self-starter;

- Dynamic and proactive attitude;

- Ability to adapt to changing contexts.

Languages:

Good command of English AND French required.

Experience:

- Minimum of 3 years of experience with at least 2 years in institutional/CSO communications;

- Previous experience in event management;

- Previous experience working or volunteering in developing countries and/or NGOs strongly encouraged;

- Previous experience or strong interest in advocacy campaigns or activities;

- Willingness to engage in safeguarding sensitive ecosystems and improving community adaptation to climate change and related 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.

. The EU Aid Volunteers volunteer must be an EU citizen or a third country national legally residing in an EU Member State ;
. He/she must be at least 22 years old;
. He/she must have at least 6 months of experience in a similar field position.

As EUAV candidate, you commit yourself to :
. Be available during the selection process (from January 2022 onwards);
. To attend the different trainings (distance training (ICF), virtual trainings (ICF and FV) and face-to-face training (ICF));
. To gather and make available in a timely manner all administrative and medical documents that will be requested by France Volontaires (from January 2022 onwards);
. To participate in all the deployment preparation steps organized by your sending organization (January to March 2022).

Please note that these minimum requirements may include specific anti-Covid-19 measures depending on country of origin, country of training and country of deployment.

Condition of service

. Development of intercultural knowledge ;
. Professional and human skills development ;
. Discovery of the departments in Congo;
. Learning in local languages.

Working and living conditions :
The mission is based in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. The Volunteer will be based at the Espace Volontariats Congo. 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.

Project covers following costs :
. 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: € 691.63 (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 Guinea).
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.

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