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 Project Management and Team Coordination in Ecuador.
Under the supervision of the director of the Ecuasol Foundation and The European Guild, the volunteer will be responsible for the post-seism project. He/she will coordinate a team of European volunteers (EU Aid Volunteers), 6 persons in total in Ecuador.
2. Project Coordination
In cooperation with the Ecuadorian government, the international and local players, IRD (Institut de Recherche et de Développement) in Ecuador, and the Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute, he/she will coordinate the whole project on-site.
He/she will travel to the disaster-stricken areas so as to report on the situation.
3. Team Management
The volunteer will manage the team of this deployment wave (6 persons starting January 2017 for 12 months).
4. Representing organization
The volunteer will represent Ecuasol before the authorities and local players. He/she will be the image of The European Guild and of the EU Aid Volunteers program on-site. To this end, he/she will be representing organizations as well as managing teams.
The volunteer will report periodically (through a monthly report) to The European Guild about his/her team’s actions, the difficulties they encountered, the solutions they found or recommended. He/she will be responsible for the project’s good management and development, and the correct use of the funding partners’ budgets (European Union, Agence française de développement, private funding).
6. Continuity of the actions
At the end of the mission, 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.