Are generally recent graduates with less than 3 years’ work experience in the sector specified in the vacancy profile
The main aim of the EU Aid Volunteers programme is to have competent volunteers take part in humanitarian aid projects to support the most vulnerable populations, through both presence in the field and online volunteering action.
The Deployment projects involve participation by junior and senior volunteers
Volunteer selection and role definition are carried out by both the sending and hosting organisations through vacancy advertisements on the EU Aid Volunteers platform, and require respect for Standards 2 and 5 listed below.
Requirements for the organizations on legal framework
Definition of volunteer profiles (including the choice between junior and senior) takes place through careful evaluation of the needs of the hosting organisations and the beneficiary communities in the projects to be implemented. These may range from general profiles to other more specific ones (project manager, WASH specialist, gender or communication expert….). After a first-round candidate selection by the organisations, based on the documents sent in response to the vacancy advertisement, these candidates take part in compulsory training (on line and in person) as set out in the initiative, and which ends with simulation of various possible emergency situations. Only candidates who pass the training and assessment become eligible as EU Aid Volunteers. The hosting organisation, taking into account the candidate’s experience, skills and performance during training, then selects the volunteer accepted for deployment. The sending organisation has to set up an induction for the chosen volunteer before sending her/him to the third country. This compulsory training and induction may also be paired with apprenticeship at the sending organisation’s offices in the case of junior volunteers (lasting maximum 6 months), with the aim of building the competences required for the fieldwork. When the volunteer arrives in the destination country, it is the hosting organisation’s responsibility to respect the standards required by the initiative, ensuring health, safety, security and protection measures as well as adequate living and working conditions. Upon returning to his/her country of origin, a volunteer has to take part in debriefing with the sending organisation to discuss the experience, generate feedback on the initiative, finalise the learning and development plan, and inform the volunteer regarding further opportunities in humanitarian aid and in active European citizenship. Lastly, the volunteer may be involved in activities to publicise the initiative and give it greater visibility; these take place at the offices of the sending organisations and European institutions.
- Remember! The costs of training, accommodation, visas, travel and insurance are fully covered by the project, and the volunteer is also provided with a monthly subsistence allowance for out-of-pocket expenses, the amount of which is set by the European Union based on the cost of living in the destination country.