Senior EU Aid Volunteer on water, sanitation, waste management

European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Burkina Faso
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The project AVENIR aims at improving disaster risk management by local communities through the action of international and national volunteers. Its ambition is eventually to impact high-level policies on youth involvement for resilience in Western Africa.

Deployed in 5 countries (Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Togo) by France Volontaires and Zavod Voluntariat, 30 European volunteers along with national ones will contribute to the improvement of reduction of food insecurity, community health, water and sanitation, coastal and fluvial erosion prevention, and eventually volunteers’ management by humanitarian organizations.

They will play a part in awareness raising and capacity-building for local communities and local organizations involved. They will contribute to the implementation of high-impact actions (dredging and mangrove reforestation for example). At the end of the project, it is expected to have raised awareness of 1500 members of local communities in the 5 countries.

In addition, the volunteers will not only improve local organizations’ knowledge on disaster risk management but will also develop new partnerships on this field in 5 countries.

A research study to be carried out by the ViCE (Volunteering in Conflicts and Emergencies) initiative with Red Cross Federation will bring to light the added value of joint work of national and international volunteers on humanitarian field.

Dissemination and communication activities will be used to reach various target stakeholders. Project partners and involved volunteers will have the opportunity to share the project results, highlight their experiences, promote EUAV and involve more volunteers along the project thanks to a diversity of communication tools such as articles, a Youtube channel and a phone application. The project will offer the opportunity to a wider audience to get involved through national and European conferences and a main regional event, which will take place in Dakar.


This project offers to establish the link between the need for West African states to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations to recurring crises, and the resource represented by the youths of these countries and the European Union, in search of meaning and collective commitment. The overall objective is to strengthen youth engagement policies (in partner and European countries) as actors in prevention, risk management and improving people's resilience. This is a first step to diagnose and test, on a panel of several countries (Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Togo) - step that would eventually prepare others, ambitious, for a regional initiative of volunteers for resilience. Thus, this project would have five specific objectives:

- Prepare and implement the deployment of 30 European volunteers in 5 West African countries, in liaison with national volunteers and local organizations that are the final beneficiaries of their actions (SO1);

- Strengthen the capacities of Volunteer Spaces, national voluntary organizations and other humanitarian actors, regarding the volunteers involvement (local, national, European) in risk reduction, crisis prevention and adaptation to climate change ( SO2);

- Strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations to health, food and sanitation crises (SO3) and climate change risks (SO4);

- Evaluate the added value of involving volunteers in these activities, drawing recommendations from them and disseminating them to humanitarian organizations and national volunteering policies to ensure its replication (SO5).

Operational details & security context

Burkina Faso, « country of upright people”, is one of the Sahelian states – a country with a young population (45% under 15), a very active civil society. It also counts among the 10 least developed countries in the world. Many NGOs, national and international, are working on humanitarian and volunteering dynamics. The vigilance of everyone in this context is necessary, while the travel in some cities in the country is not advised. The volunteer will have to strictly follow security procedures. He/she won’t be allowed to travel outside of Ouagadougou, for professional as well as personal reasons.
However the highest risk is linked to road traffic. Burkinabe roads are not well maintained and potholes can leading to accidents. Therefore, volunteers will have to follow strictly speed limitations and security advices (helmets, security belt etc.).

France Volontaires is represented in Burkina Faso through “Espace Volontariats”, right in the center of Ouagadougou, capital city of the country. Our offices are located in a secured but accessible space. Espace Volontariats welcomes candidates, volunteers and organizations from all backgrounds and nationalities, in order to promote quality volunteering. Trainings are organized for all these stakeholders. Every year, France Volontaires hosts directly in Burkina Faso about 30 long term French volunteers (1 to 2 years deployment).

The team at « Espace Volontariats » is composed of 3 employees and one volunteer. For this placement, the volunteer will be working in a duo with a Burkinabe volunteer, selected by “Programme National de Volontariat du Burkina” and will be under the supervision of the national representative of France Volontaires in Burkina Faso.
The volunteer will work in a close collaboration with Burkinabe Red Cross, and especially in the Water and Sanitation department, that includes a project manager, a WASH manager, a field facilitator and Red Cross volunteers in villages.
The project is based within the “disaster preparedness and response” of Red Cross. It is called “eco-village” and aims at a sustainable and community based development – this means, a village building development on its own values and vision of sustainable development (ecological, economical, social, cultural) integrating modern technologies. This is a pilot project “ecovillage” in water and sanitation.

Hide Required competences

Ability to work in a team and with others, intercultural awareness

Ability to listen, adapt and communicate especially in groups with a view to behavioural changes

Autonomy and showing initative

Volunteering mindset

Understanding humanitarian and operational context

Projects management and monitoring in humanitarian contexts

Organizational development and capacity building

Knowledge on sanitation and drinking water infrastructures

Fluent in French