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Senior Volunteer to support the management of the FORESTS project

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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 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.

According to the criteria of the Crisis and Support Center of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the entire Guinean territory has been placed under enhanced vigilance but the situation is considered as stable.
The Guinean population is relatively young and predominantly Muslim country. The climate is tropical with two seasons: a rainy season from May to November, with variations according to region, and a dry season the rest of the year. Heavy rains usually occur between June and October, causing flash floods and landslides. Roads are regularly impassable in some areas and access to essential services may be disrupted. It is recommended to keep informed of weather forecasts on a regular basis and at least before travelling. Due to its climate and diverse ecosystems, Guinea is populated by a variety of animal, plant and fungal species, some of which are rare or endemic.
Apart from occasional demonstrations linked to social, union and/or political tensions, the security situation in Guinea is currently stable. However, some popular neighborhoods in Conakry are sensitive and should be avoided (Hamdallaye, Bambeto, Cosa, Wanidara, Niger market, Madina market, Taouyah market).
During the last presidential elections, demonstrations have led to violence and casualties; the Middle Guinea region experienced several days of near-insurrection. Elections have been followed by a military coup; the country is since then led by a military junta in charge of the political transition process.
Precautions should be taken when traveling, especially at night. In case of events, volunteers should follow the instructions given by France Volontaires. It is necessary to always inform the Representative of your movements outside the capital so that he can easily locate you.
After a resurgence of the Ebola virus disease in February 2021 in the sub-prefecture of Gouecké, near N'zérékoré, in Forest Guinea, the health authorities quickly put in place a response. Measures taken, particularly in forest areas, have now been lifted, but routine health precautions remain essential.

Finally, the circulation of the COVID-19 virus and its variants remains active in Guinea. Guinean airspace is currently open.
For all travelers, a negative Covid PCR test less than three days old is required upon arrival in Guinea. Screening is done prior to boarding.
On site in Guinea, the measures taken by the local authorities must be strictly respected. It is to be noted that a local authorities have imposed a national curfew from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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.

At the operational level, the team of France Volontaires Guinea is made up of three people: an expatriate National Representative, a French volunteer and a Guinean employee. There are more than a hundred French volunteers in Guinea every year.
For the implementation of this project, France Volontaires Guinea has developed partnerships with different types of partners: associations, NGOs and decentralized public services specialized in the forestry and timber sector.
France Volontaires Guinea coordinates the implementation of the project through its National Representative. The volunteer supporting the coordination will be under the responsibility of the National Representative. The volunteer will be based in Conakry to support the coordination of the project of France Volontaires Guinea and will work in collaboration with the actors of the sector (private, state and donors).
The volunteer will be in regular contact with a wide range of actors in order to implement the project's action plan. The volunteer will be placed under the supervision of the volunteer development officer of France Volontaires in Guinea. The volunteer will work with other volunteers dedicated to the project. The volunteer may be required to travel outside the capital for data collection.

Project management

Under the supervision of the FV representative in Guinea, the volunteer will work closely with FV Guinea staff, other European volunteers based in Guinea and potentially with national volunteers to implement project activities. The EUAV volunteer's mission will focus on the 3 main areas detailed below:

1. Identification and networking of actors involved in forest conservation
- Mapping of actors involved in forest conservation (state, communal, associative, donors, private, etc.) in parallel with an analysis of the available bibliography according to the identified priority areas of intervention;
- Coordination of a field survey with the communities concerned;
- Preparation of materials and workshops for the restitution of the study;
- Organization and animation of thematic meetings within a network of actors;
- Capacity building of local actors in terms of writing and developing projects (youth, environment).

2. Support to the coordination of FORESTS activities at the national level
- Participation in the preparation of documents and meetings related to the implementation of the project;
- Strengthening the knowledge of France Volontaires and its partners in sustainable management and conservation of forests and in the field of climate change;
- Participation in the follow-up, monitoring and periodic reporting on the activities carried out in Guinea;
- Participation in the consolidation of existing partnerships with Guinean CSOs (associations, cooperatives, companies, etc.) and public actors; identification of opportunities for intervention in the field of environmental volunteering;
- Contribution to the networking of EUAV FORESTS volunteers and host organizations.

3. Participation in the visibility of the EUAV FORESTS project, advocacy and community engagement
- Participation in promoting the role of EUAV international volunteering in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
- Participation in the promotion of partnerships and collaboration between Guinean and European organizations on climate change adaptation issues;
- Contribution to the publication of articles or other materials (videos, podcasts, etc.) illustrating the experience of EUAV volunteers in the field and their activities;
- Participation in public awareness activities once back in Europe.


Required competences


Master's degree in environmental engineering, agroforestry, agronomy, biology, geography or development studies, international relations or other relevant fields ;


Skills and knowledge:

. Good knowledge of the project management cycle ;

. Analytical and diagnostic skills

. Strong writing and synthesis skills ;

. Strong organizational skills to meet deadlines ;

. Budget management, basic financial management/accounting ;

. Knowledge of the international body of law relating to the climate crisis ;

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

. Sensitivity to gender issues;

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

. Knowledge of Guinea would be an asset.


General skills :

. Cross-cultural communication skills ;

. Good interpersonal skills ;

. Leadership ;

. Teamwork ;

. Autonomy; ;

. A dynamic and proactive attitude ;

. Adaptability to changing contexts.


Languages :

. Fluent French ;

. Good command of English preferred.


Experience :

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

. Previous professional or volunteer experience in developing countries and/or in an NGO is highly recommended ;

. Previous experience and/or interest in building capacity for community-based forest management and protection is recommended;

. Genuine motivation to safeguard sensitive ecosystems and adapt to climate change and 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.

Applications are made directly to the sending organisations, please check out the "how to apply" section.
. 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 Guinea;
. 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 Guinée. 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: € 533.56 (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.

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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