Junior EU Aid Volunteer in Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem

Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC)

La Paz, , BO


GVC (Italy), Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) and Acción contra el Hambre (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers strengthening the resilience and response capacity of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in Middle East, Africa, Southern and Central America” project.

The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 33 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 19 hosting organizations in 12 Countries.

17 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 16 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) EU Aid Volunteers will be deployed in 12 countries (Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, 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 locals 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-strengthening-resilience-and-response-capacity-vulnerable-and-disaster-affected_en

In the framework of this project GVC deploys 3 EU Aid Volunteers to Bolivia. To know more EUAV opportunities in this and other Countries with GVC please consult this page: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en


Climate Change and Adaptation

  • 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


  • Providing technical support and knowledge to the staff in the country
  • Supporting ecosystem assessments, strategic planning, project design, reviews and evaluations exercises
  • Supporting the project manager in monitoring the work of technical experts and contributing to review draft reports/outputs


  • Support the staff identifying mitigating measures for the effects of migration on ecosystem and climate change readiness.

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



  • Advanced university studies in Agronomics, Environment, Geography or in other relevant sectors
  • Desirable Humanitarian / Development Project Cycle Management knowledge


  • Fluent in Spanish written and spoken
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of Italian is an asset


  • 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


  • Previous experience in developing countries
  • Prior volunteer experience is an asset

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 April-May 2018;
  • Pre-deployment induction in GVC HQ, in Bologna, starting from June 2018;
  • Deployment starting from July 2018.

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.

Conditions 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 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 (386,84 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.

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 30/01/2018 to 01/03/2018;
  • Shortlisting and interviews of the candidates: from 02/03/2018 to 06/04/2018.

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 06/04/2018. 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.