Senior Volunteer in WASH

EU Aid Volunteers

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GVC (Italy), La Guilde (France) 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 complementing humanitarian aid: strengthening the link through deployment, capacity building and technical assistance” project.

The objective is adding value to EU Humanitarian Operations with the support of 30 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.

16 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 14 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries.

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.

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In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 2 volunteers to Haiti.

Operational details & security context: 

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.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 produced by Transparency International, Haiti is ranked 163 out of 175 countries. This is the reason why the level of trust of the population towards institutions (37%) is below the regional average.
The humanitarian context in Haiti remains complex and fragile due to multiple inter-linked risk factors, notably the cholera disease (16,822 cases between January and May 2016), the food security situation due to “El Niño” phenomenon (1.5 million people severely food insecure), the binational mixed-migration crisis (more than 118 thousand individuals identified since June 2015), and remaining IDPs from the Earthquake (61 thousand remain in camps). Along with those issues, floods have affected more than 22 thousand families since January 2016.
Regarding the political context, blockade continues after the non-realization of the second round of elections due to the recurring accusations of widespread fraud and irregularities. Haiti failed to hold presidential elections to appoint a successor to Michel Martelly before his term ended on 7 February. The second round of the elections was called off at two days’ notice, leading to the installation of an interim president on 14 February. The second round had initially been scheduled for 27 December 2015, but was postponed in response to accusations by the opposition of widespread fraud and irregularities. There is not a date for holding the elections yet, but it is estimated they will take place in late 2016 or early 2017.

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.
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Specific functions and tasks:
Capacity Building tasks
Coordination tasks
Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

No apprenticeship foreseen for this vacancy

Hide Required competences
  1. Degree in engineer, environmental science or related water and sanitation specialization
  2. Abreast of current development and best practices in Humanitarian Principles and Accountability in WASH Programming.
  3. Understanding of food security concepts and multi-sectoral programming;


  1. Fluent in French;
  2. English, level equal to or higher than B2;
  3. Italian will be an asset.


  1. Excellent knowledge of Excel, and good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  2. Good interpersonal skills and stress management.
  3. Strong initiative and autonomy;
  4. Organizational and project coordination skills.
  5. Reports drafting
  6. Adaptability
  7. Team working
  8. Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions.


  1. Minimum 5 years of experience in emergency and/or developmental  WASH/food security and/or livelihoods program management and technical support.
  2. Previous experience in developing countries

Prior volunteer experience is an asset.

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Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.
Eligibility and exception criteria: 

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 November 2016, availability for deployment starting from January 2017
Fluent French

Minimum Requirements: 

Candidates must satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No 375/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (“EU Aid Volunteers initiative”), which include having a minimum age of 18 years old and being a citizen of EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State.
Alianza por la Solidaridad 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.

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Learning Opportunities: 

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.

Working and Living Conditions: 

• Length of Deployment:
o 6 months
• Deployment duty station:
o Port au Prince, Haiti, with missions in the field
• Conditions of service during deployment:
o A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (708,06 Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
o Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
o The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field.
o For each month of voluntary activity two days of rest are foreseen.
o For each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen.

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Shortlisting and Interviews: 

• Submission of applications: from 29/08/2016 to 02/10/2016;
• Shortlisting of candidates: from 03/10/2016 to 13/10/2016;
• Interviews of candidates: from 17/10/2016 to 31/10/2016.

Interview Process: 

• The 2 selected candidates for each vacancy will be notified by by 03/11/2016;
• Once selected, the 2 candidates will attend an online and in-presence training;
• Only one of the two candidates 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.

Expected date decision on outcome: 
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Date of training: 
Training will take place in either October or November 2016. Training sessions will be in English and will take place in Pisa, Italy
Pre-deployment preparation and induction: 
Pre-deployment briefing is foreseen at GVC HQ in Bologna before the departure, at the end of the apprenticeship. Two days of specific training are foreseen in Haiti at her/his arrival.