Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Climate Change Adaptation

European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
La Paz, Bolivia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 


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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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Operational details & security context

Humanitarian Context

Bolivia is a Latin America country rich in cultural diversity and natural resources, composed by 36 indigenous groups making up two thirds of Bolivia’s population of 10 million. Despite a slight reduction in inequality in recent years, Bolivia remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Malnutrition affects 18% of Bolivian children under 5 years, with significant variations between urban and rural areas, where the prevalence of chronic malnutrition reaches 25%. Over 10% of the population is highly vulnerable to food insecurity, the main causes of which are low income, difficult access to clean water and basic services, and climate change (http://www1.wfp.org/countries/bolivia-plurinational-state).

The majority of Bolivians relies on the agriculture sector for their livelihoods; however about 85 % of farmers can only produce at subsistence levels and 40% of the population is not able to earn enough money to meet their basic food needs. The effects of climate change in recent years have made the rural population, more vulnerable than ever.

Like other Andean countries, Bolivia is prone to recurrent natural disasters, including flooding and drought, due to the El Niño and La Niña climate patterns. These disasters impact hardest on the poor, causing widespread damage and leading to reduced access to water and increasing food prices.

Heavy seasonal rainfalls that started in January 2014 caused floods, overflowing of rivers and landslides in several departments of Bolivia. Particularly the Beni and Mamoré watersheds were affected and there is a high probability that similar or heavier impacts will hit this area in the future. As a result of needs assessments performed during the 2014 emergencies several causes that hindered preparedness for heavy floods were identified; among most important causes were the lack of resilience of communities in this specific area, coordination of humanitarian actors and lack of effective management and dissemination of crucial information for adequate preparation and response.

Security conditions
Bolivia is a relatively safe country with regard to criminality and public order. Democracy is consolidated since 1982 although in the years 2003-2005 have experienced strong social tensions.

The streets infrastructure is poorly developed, only the roads that link the capitals of the Departments are paved. Traffic accidents are frequent due to poor conditions of the pavement, the imprudence of drivers and the high average years in use of public transport infrastructure.

The EU Aid Volunteer will be hosted by WE WORLD-GVC Bolivia, responsible of coordination and implementation of activities at national level. The EU Aid Volunteer will also work in direct coordination with local implementing partners aiming at building local community resilience to disasters.

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independency.
We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.
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Climate Change Adaptation Tasks

• Support the development of best practice in climate change adaptation;
• Providing technical support to climate change adaptation staff in the country;
• Monitor and disseminate emerging best practice on climate change adaptation strategies, planning and practice;
• Support the staff identifying mitigating measures for the effects of migration on ecosystem and climate change readiness;

Coordination tasks

• Participate in the meetings staff and with the Headquarter.

Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

• 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.

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  • University studies in Agronomics, Environment, Geography or in other relevant sectors;
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge.


  • Fluent in Spanish both written and verbal;
  • Good knowledge of English;


  • Professional and technical understanding of natural and human induced hazards and root causes and driving factors of disaster vulnerability;
  • Ability to plan, monitor and report project activities in relevant field in multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations;
  • Proactive in liaising and problem solving;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, coordination and stress management;
  • Adaptability;
  • Team working;
  • Strong initiative and autonomy;
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions;
  • Excellent knowledge and good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Stress management;
  • Adaptability;
  • Team working;
  • Intercultural awareness and respectful attitude towards other customs and traditions;
  • Good interpersonal, team working skills and ability to work independently.


  • Minimum 1 years of working experience in relevant fields;
  • Good general knowledge of the full Office suite;
  • Previous experience in developing countries or in social activities;

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.

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/July 2019;
• Pre-deployment induction in WE WORLD-GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from August 2019;
• Deployment starting from September 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.
WE WORLD-GVC 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 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 CEBEM – Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios;
Length of Deployment:
• 12 months;
Deployment duty station:
• La Paz, Bolivia, with missions in the field;
Conditions of service during deployment:
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (328,85 Euro 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;
• 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.

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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 14/03/2019 to 15/04/2019;
• Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 15/04/2019 to 15/05/2019.

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 30/05/2019. 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;
• Please note that more than one candidate per position will attend the training;
• The final decision about the candidate to be deployed will be taken just by sending and hosting organization after the training.

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