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.
Within this framework, the European Guild and the Ecuasol Foundation are putting together a team of 6 EU Aid Volunteers, both from junior and senior profiles. Together, they will work on a prevention and resilience project tackling the seismic and volcanic risks in the country. For that team, we are currently looking for a Senior Volunteer in Post disaster and post conflict assessment and recovery in Ecuador.
Under the supervision of the team coordinator volunteer (team of 6 volunteers), in cooperation with the director of the Ecuasol Foundation, the Ecuadorian accountant and The European Guild, the volunteer will be in charge of the post-earthquake diagnosis, assessment and recovery in Ecuador.
2. Assessment and report
In cooperation with the Ecuadorian government, the international and local players, the local office of ECHO, IRD (Institut de Recherche et de Développement) in Ecuador, and the Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute, he/she will conduct a post-earthquake/post volcano eruption diagnosis and a situation assessment in Ecuador.
He/she will travel to the disaster-stricken areas so as to report on the situation.
3. Field inspections
The volunteer will confirm the state of destruction of local infrastructures that welcome the public, with a specific focus on schools. He/she will find out about earthquake-resistant standards or adapted materials recovery projects, and about electricity and water supply systems.
The volunteer will work closely with IRD (Institut de Recherche et de Développement), its researchers (in particular the seismologists and volcanologists) and with the Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute, in order to disseminate aspects of operational research to Ecuasol’s targeted audiences, in cooperation with the volunteers in charge of the contacts with schools and communities.
5. Building rehabilitation
The volunteer will work on building rehabilitation, in contact with Ecuasol (earthquake-resistant experience), specialized architects, project coordinators, but also with the structures in charge of schools rebuilding (municipalities, schools managing bodies)
6. Continuity of the actions
The volunteer will capture valuable information and provide a report to ensure continuity of the actions.
7. Communication and Awareness on EU Aid Volunteers Initiative
The Volunteer shall:
a. Promote local volunteerism in disaster risk reduction, prevention and response;
b. Train local volunteers on organization and implementation of volunteer-based activities, when applicable;
c. Promote partnerships and collaboration between local and European organizations;
d. Draft and publish articles describing volunteer’s experience in the field;
e. Gather audiovisual materials to be used in a public awareness activity in the volunteer’s local community in Europe;
f. In coordination with the NGOs partner of the project, organize and execute a public awareness activity once back in Europe.