Disaster Risk Reduction Volunteer


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"Volunteers wanted for international deployment. Opportunity to contribute in humanitarian programs led by ICCO & Kerk in Actie. EU citizens preferred."

The call is open for finding the right Europeans to work alongside local experts in humanitarian projects worldwide. ICCO/Kerk in Actie, as part of a 26 member international ACT consortium, is running a year and a half deployment project aimed at increasing resilience of local disaster-affected communities and strengthening their local capacities by providing direct practical support from trained and well-prepared EU citizens acting on the ground in Uganda, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal. The project of the consortium is called EUAVACT: EU Aid Volunteers ACTing against disaster risks, and is part of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, funded by the European Commission.

Showing solidarity with those who most need it and providing targeted professional support to local staff and volunteers of organizations implementing humanitarian projects directly in countries hit by disasters, this project builds upon the success of a previous pilot from 2012-2013 and capacity building project that ran between 2015-2017.

To find out more about how you could contribute to making the current ongoing deployment project a success, access out dedicated ICCO and Kerk in Actie web pages.

We are looking for volunteers to humanitarian projects worldwide.


Disaster Risk Reduction Volunteer sent out by ICCO to Uganda - Strengthening local partners in Kampala - based at ICCO Country Office

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Deployment dates: 24/11/2017 - 24/08/2018

Closing date of application: 13/07/2017

Volunteer tasks:

1. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity strengthening of local partners/coalitions

1.1 Project cycle management: Of at least 5 running projects including supporting partners in proposal development, monitoring and where needed evaluation of projects. Following up on timely report submission from partners and feedback to partners. Work together with the finance officer on project cycle Management. Update ICCO data system with reports, success stories and, feedback letters to partners.

1.2 Work with staff on fundraising i.e. ensure all proposals have DRR embedded where necessary/possible and that monitoring indicators for DRR are clearly specified during proposal development.

1.3. Monitor current trends on disasters in Central East and Southern Africa focusing on root causes and advise program staff on how to integrate these into new programs.

1.4 Support the ACT Uganda Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and participate in technical discussions to enhance DRR activities in the forum where required.

1.5 Support partners in Uganda on reporting/filling AKVO/FLOW (mapping tool).

2. DRR capacity strengthening of ICCO

2.1 Support country managers, program officers of ICCO in DRR inclusion in programs.

2.2 Regularly update the head of programs on DRR activities in the region.

2.3 Liaise with the Program specialist at the DMU unit for technical support, program updates and proposal development.

2.4. Support the Regional office in operationalising the newly developed DRR policy.

2.5. Tasks range from developing functional tools to enable easy and smooth policy implementation.

3. Support the DRR learning community amongst volunteers/organisation in Uganda

3.1 Coordinate the activities of other (12 in total) EU/Aid volunteers in the country.

3.2 Work with Church of Uganda PDR to promote a learning forum among volunteers and organizations especially on common disasters.

What we are looking for:

* 3 years experience in humanitarian aid and disaster management topics are required. Knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction approaches, embedding Disaster Risk Reduction in programs, and broader resilience building especially at community level wanted. Any other experience and proven knowledge will be seen as an asset.

* Experience in fundraising for DRR activities.

* Willingness and ability to work in Uganda with frequent travels to disaster prone areas.

* Availability throughout the entire project period.

* Good at forming and maintaining programmatic coalitions.

* Proven ability in working with development partners supporting communities' efforts towards achieving self-reliance, generating and building on their resources sustainably.

* Proven experience and skills in guiding, training and facilitation in multi-cultural group settings (good communication and writing skills in English are needed); working abroad with local partners in different cultural settings in East Africa, and more specifically Uganda is preferable.

* The candidate knows and is able to apply diverse methods of building organisational capacity in circumstances where resources are limited. Is able to identify and prevents risks during a project.

* Able to understand, describe, maintain and analyze the various stages of a project cycle in humanitarian aid, including the needs assessment, master proposal and budget development, and the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of a project.

* Capable of coping with stressful situations and capable of overcoming difficulties. Adapt calmly and react constructively to changing situations and constraints.

What we are offering:

* Professional growth in managing and facilitation roles, as well as training, monitoring, fundraising and evaluation functions.

* Increased access to Ugandan organizations that are not yet fully integrated in any networks and support coalitions.

* Personal growth in developing programming and sustainability work.

* Expanded insight into the ACT Alliance partnerships in Uganda, whilst supporting the growth of the hosting organisations' local capacities on humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response planning.

* Additionally, specific trainings will be offered to the volunteer about: EU external relations and crisis response systems, humanitarian action and policy, safety and security, project management, intercultural awareness, training of trainers and organisational development, etc.

* Full coverage insurance, medial, visa, accommodation, transport and monthly subsistence costs for the period of deployment in Uganda, as well as a resettlement package upon return in Europe.

How to apply:

For your volunteer application please fill in the following documents (Application Form, Europass CV and Self-Assessment Questionnaire - also available on the EU vacancy portal and the ICCO/Kerk in Actie page). All information required in the fields must be filled in.

You are invited to send the documents to euav@icco.nl before the 13th of July.