Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Environment Protection in Nepal

European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Okhaldhunga, Nepal
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 Initiative 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 organizations in countries hit by disasters;
  • Technical assistance for organizations based in Europe to strengthen their capacity to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

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GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain), Acción contra el Hambre (Spain), Action Aid Hellas (Greece) and FOCSIV (Italy) are international non-governmental organizations that have joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers acting for LRRD” project. 

The objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO) to deliver needs based humanitarian assistance with the support of 47 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 19 Countries.

3 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 44 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 19 countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Thailand, 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 Nationals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.

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

In the framework of this project FOCSIV deploys 9 EU Aid Volunteer to Nepal.

To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC and FOCSIV please consult this page:



Operational details & security context

Humanitarian Context:

Nepal’s Human Development Index value for 2017 is 0.574 positioning it at 149th out of 188 countries and territories.

Nepal is located at Southern Asia, it has an area of 147,180 Km2 and it is among the least developed countries in the world, with about one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line. Nepal is heavily dependent on remittances, which amount to as much as 30% of GDP. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for almost two-thirds of the population but accounting for less than a third of GDP. Industrial activity mainly involves the processing of agricultural products. Tourism is an important source of development, but the necessary infrastructure for the sector is still lacking and only the valley around the capital is equipped for tourists hospitality. Moreover, deforestation (overuse of wood for fuel and lack of alternatives); forest degradation; soil erosion; contaminated water (with human and animal wastes, agricultural runoff, and industrial effluents); unmanaged solid-waste; wildlife conservation; vehicular emissions are an important issues of the Nepali communities. The country is still effected by the massive earthquakes struck Nepal in April 2015, which claimed more than 8,900 lives, damaged or destroyed infrastructure and homes and set back economic development, especially in the district of Kathmandu and in the rural areas.

The main challenges of the country are:

  • Supporting the construction of basic Infrastructure (ie. electricity supply, transportation infrastructure, potable water) to ameliorate the living standards among the population;
  • Reducing inequalities and improving access to basic social services: in connection with its poor economy, a growing number of vulnerable groups (especially younger people and women) is in poverty, with limited access to basic social services, education, health and income;
  • Building resilience among the communities to cope with natural disasters and limited economic resources to contribute to long-lasting development of the communities most marginalized;
  • Strengthening Human Rights awareness and citizenship among the population, especially among women and young people often considered as excluded from society.

Security Conditions:

Nepal is a country with a high seismic risk, so tremors cannot be excluded.

During the monsoon season (approximately from June to September) there is a danger of landslides, landslides and floods - the latter, particularly in the area of the Chitwan National Park - with consequent inconvenience and danger to travelers.

Notwithstanding terrorism is considered as a global threat, the security situation in Nepal is considered as stable.

The country is a new born federal democratic republic (Costitution set in September 2015) and the first local elections in 20 years occurred in three phases between May and September 2017, while state and federal elections proceeded in two phases in November and December 2017.

Strikes and roadblocks (the so-called "bandhs"), sometimes imposed by force, can be declared throughout the country and small crimes occurs frequently in the tourist district of Thamel, in Kathmandu.

The health situation, in terms of care and hygiene conditions, is extremely precarious throughout the country.
The volunteer will be hosted by Volunteer Initiative Nepal- VIN, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities in the country. VIN is one of the few organizations currently operating in Nepal whose mission serves to directly empower Nepali youths and promote a greater sense of volunteerism. Their programs operate year round to improve the quality of life of Nepali peoples, with an emphasis on improving their resilience capacity and education for marginalized groups such as women and children.

The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by VIN, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national and local level together with the VIN onsite team.


Sending organisation in the project is FOCSIV. FOCSIV - Volontari nel mondo is the biggest Italian Federation of Christian NGOs and Volunteer sending organizations, working for the “development all the people and the whole human person” both in the North and the Global South. Established in 1972, it aims to contribute to struggle against every form of poverty and marginalization; to affirm human rights; to protect and promote human dignity and to foster the growth of communities and local institutions. So far, FOCSIV has deployed more than 18.000 volunteers (mainly youth volunteers) in development and humanitarian contexts in more than 80 countries.

VIN Values:

VIN mission is to power marginalized communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

In particular VIN implements the project in 3 districts of Nepal, promoting environment conservation. The main areas of activities are Agro forestry, Agro farm, climate change, biodiversity, water research, natural calamities prevention and Garbage management projects. VIN provides local communities with experts and consultants to address their needs.

To reach these goals, VIN mobilizes national and international volunteers to volunteer in Nepal.

More information is available here: http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/



Under the direct supervision and mentoring of the VIN Program Coordinator, the EU Aid Volunteer will support Environmental projects.

Protecting the environment is an essential measure, given that climate change has increased the number of natural disasters, causing a higher number of deaths and injuries as well as increased property and economic losses. Human vulnerability to natural hazards is further exacerbated by ongoing environmental degradation and lacking or ineffective environmental policies. The most vulnerable are often those who are most dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods. Ecosystem restoration and sustainable management of natural resources can therefore play a critical role in people's ability to prevent, cope with and recover from disasters.

Training courses and awareness raising activities

  • Conduct workshops, training and Capacity Building to VIN field staffs and volunteers;
  • Support awareness raising campaigns on environment conservation and sustainable management in collaboration with local volunteers in the surrounding villages.

Meetings and field visit

  • participate to all relevant meetings with local stakeholders to develop a network of environmental organizations in the country;
  • participate to the team coordination meetings;
  • monitor environmental projects and identify the major issues in the VIN’s project sites.


  • support the elaboration and writing of guidelines on environment protection projects;
  • Support to develop innovative environment conservation projects and implementation plan;
  • do researches on environment related issues effecting the country;
  • contribute to develop new proposals and seek for funding opportunities on the topic.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

The EU Aid Volunteer shall:

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


The EU Aid Volunteer shall perform other duties, as required.


No apprenticeship is foreseen for this position.

Required competences


  • Degree in environmental science or development studies (i.e. international relation/social studies/political science);
  • Interest in environmental protection and related issues;


  • Good in spoken and written English;


  • Good interpersonal, team working skills and ability to work independently;
  • Good ability to adapt to in rural community living in deprived areas;
  • Good ability in intercultural dialogue;
  • Ability to manage limited resources;


  • Experience in volunteering desired;
  • Experience in environmental projects;
  • Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;

Selection criteria

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 the following activities:

  • Training in presence starting from June 2019;
  • Pre-deployment induction in FOCSIV HQ, in Roma, starting from July 2019;
  • Deployment starting from November 2019.

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.

FOCSIV applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, color, 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

Learning Opportunities

The EU Aid Volunteer will attend a 30-hours online training and a 9-12-days in presence training before her/his deployment.

The in presence training will have a standard part for all the candidates and some optional modules, decided according to the competences of the EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the hosting organization.

The EU Aid Volunteer will have a Learning and Development Plan for the on-going assessment of her/his competences during the deployment.

Working and Living Conditions

Hosting Organization:

  • The Hosting Organization for the present deployment is VIN Nepal;

Length of Deployment:

  • 6 months;

Deployment duty station:

  • Nepal, Okhaldhunga;

Okhaldhunga District is one of 14 districts of Province No. 1 of eastern Nepal. The district, with Okhaldhunga as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,074.5 km² and had a population of 156,702 in 2001 and 147,984 in 2011.

Conditions of service during deployment:

  • A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (334,66Euro per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport;
  • In addition, for each month of deployment 100 euro of post deployment resettlement allowance are foreseen;
  • Accommodation, Visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered directly by sending and/or hosting organization;
  • Accommodation is a basic living in remote Nepal (Live with host family in a single room or share apartment with other volunteers, supply purified water. Available bucket shower with cold water. Access to internet at an office at local setup. There is a power in the homestay to plug mobile and computer);
  • 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, in addition to public holidays. It is highly recommended not to use the rest days during the first and the last month of deployment.

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 more than one candidate per position will attend the training, to create an additional pool to cover drop-outs and unforeseen needs.

Selection process

Shortlisting and Interviews

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 20/02/2019 to 19/03/2019;
  • Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 20/03/2019 to 8/04/2019.

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

Interview Process

  • All the interviews will be done online. The interviews have the aim to explore both the competences and the motivations of the candidates;
  • The selected candidate/s for each vacancy will be notified by 15/04/2019. The date of the notification may vary according to the number of application received;
  • The selected candidate/s will attend an online and in-presence training, which are part of the selection process;

Expected date decision on outcome 08/07/2019