SENIOR EU AID VOLUNTEER - COMMUNICATION AND VISIBILITY (2 MONTHS SERVICE)

Job Ref No EU-SVC | Published on Jul 15, 2020 08:00 AM

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Job Category:

 PROGRAMMES

Duty Station:

 Kampala, UG

Employment Type:

 Full-time

Salary Scale:

 Not Specified

Deadline:

 Aug 15, 2020 11:55 PM

Number of Positions:

 1

Age Limit:

 Not Specified

Description

This Communication and Visibility role is a 2-month (June and July, 2020) volunteering opportunity at ICCOCooperation Uganda. The volunteer will support the development of videos and success stories. This is crucial in making ICCO’s work more visible and raising more funds, which will enable ICCO to support more young agri-entrepreneurs in Uganda with business development services.

ICCO Uganda works with many young rural entrepreneurs in Northern Uganda and provides them with support to set up and strengthen their agribusiness.

The Agri-Business Skilling for Youth in a Refugee context programme (2018-2020) supports 5,000 youth from Yumbe district to set up and run their agribusiness. 50 percent of the youth are South Sudanese refugees and the other half are Ugandan nationals from rural communities. ICCO implements the ABSYR programme together with ZOA and War Child, and is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda. War Child provides life skills and psychosocial support to the young people and ZOA supports them with (basic) training to set up their own agribusiness and Village Savings and Loan Association. After that, 1,000 youth with the best business plans are selected for further support from ICCO, including advanced agribusiness development training, long-term coaching, market linkage facilitation and access to financial support.

The High Flyers programme of ICCO Cooperation is a three-year programme implemented in Nebbi district and Lango sub region of rural Northern Uganda. The project aims to support 1,000 young entrepreneurs in agribusiness to sustain and grow their business through different business development services (training, coaching, mentoring, market linkage and access to finance support). 

For more information about this position, please follow this link; https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/senior-eu-aid-volunteer-communication-and-visibility-uganda_en

NOTE: Endeavour to fill in the Self-Assessment Questionnaire found at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/sites/eu-aid/files/vacancies/assessments/euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en_ethiopia_2.xlsx and send it separately to euav@icco.nl. 

In addition, while applying, the nature of CV (EuroPass CV) to upload into the HR system can be found at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/sites/eu-aid/files/cvtemplate_0_0.doc

 

OPERATIONAL DETAILS & SECURITY CONTEXT:

Uganda has a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population of 42.9 million people according to the 2017 census. With a population growth rate of 3.3%, Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates in the world. More than half this population is below 15 years. The rapid population growth puts a significant stress on access to basic services and natural resources in the near and further future. Various reports indicate persistent degradation of the country’s natural resources. This degradation impacts heavily on livelihoods of the poor by constraining their ability to increase incomes, and making them more vulnerable.
Across the country, natural disasters continued to pose serious threats to life and livelihood, tragically demonstrated by regular prolonged droughts, landslides and floods in different parts of the country.

By February 2019, Uganda hosted 801,555 refugees from South Sudan, in addition to some 420,000 refugees from DRC and Burundi, as well as Rwanda and Somalia. The majority of the South Sudanese refugees arrived after July 2016 and are hosted in a series of new settlements in North western Uganda. So far, the influx has not resulted in major clashes between the host and refugee communities, though scarcity of land, food and limited access to water could all result in increased tension with potential security implications. However, there is occasional crime and unrest, eg. during food distribution.

Security Conditions:
Although Uganda is relatively safe, there are a number of general threats to travellers. It is important that visitors and staff do not become complacent to the security risks.
Crime rates in Uganda are not high, but you should take sensible precautions particularly in Kampala. Risks include pick pocketing, and sometimes violent street crime. Visitors should avoid carrying valuables in public and restrict the amount of money that needs to be carried. Credit cards are increasingly accepted in shops and restaurants, limiting the amount of cash necessary. Avoid travelling/walking alone early in the morning and after dark. Visitors should be vigilant when withdrawing cash from ATMs. Due to high inflation and large scale unemployment many people are experiencing economic problems.

COVID-19 Pandemic:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic global challenge, which has affected the workplaces in several ways, ICCO has developed guidelines to regulate working from the office. The guidelines are in line with the government directives and containment measures of The Netherlands and Uganda. During the Central Training in The Netherlands and during the in- country briefing, the EU Volunteers will be guided on the guidelines of ICCO regarding COVID-19 and of COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) from the Government of Uganda, especially in the refugees settlement.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Make appealing videos and photographs with short stories to make ICCO’s impact on the lives of young agri-entrepreneurs in Uganda more visible.

  • Development of short and longer videos about ICCO Uganda High Flyers youth entrepreneurship programmes in field locations in northern Uganda.
  • Development of short and longer videos about the Civic Engagement Alliance Lobby and Advocacy Programme in northern Uganda.
  • Editing videos from the ICCO’s office in Kampala.
  • Document the effects of COVID-19 on the High Flyers and CEA beneficiaries and resilience measures and learning for future programming.
  • Taking photos in project locations and writing descriptive and appealing stories related to these photos.
  • With recommendation from ICCO, support in posting videos, photos and stories in the approved media platform.
  • Work closely together with the ICCO Uganda team, the CEA research and communication officer and other EU aid volunteers.

Apprenticeship

N/A

 

Requirements

  • Degree in relevant study areas including journalism and/or video and photography.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in making and editing professional videos and photographs.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
  • Self-motivated, proactive and result-oriented.
  • Being an open and reliable person with high integrity.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to connect with people of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability and willingness to reside regularly in rural settings.
  • Good communication and reporting skills.
  • Affinity with the protestant character of ICCO and ICCO’s values and operating principles. 
  • Motivated to work with youth and rural communities.

Others/Extra Details

ICCO Cooperation applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, color, 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.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/how-apply_en) 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 of dates listed below.

Minimum Requirements

  • Degree in relevant study areas including journalism and/or video and photography.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in making and editing professional videos and photographs.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
  • Ability and willingness to reside regularly in rural settings.

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

Learning Opportunities:

  • Opportunity to acquire experience of working at an international NGO in a developing country;
  • Security training/ pre-deployment training of ICCO;
  • Participation in staff meetings and close cooperation with project staff will result in knowledge sharing and learning.

Working and Living Conditions

All costs associated with the deployment are fully covered providing a subsistence allowance of 317,93 EURO, medical, travel and accommodation as well as insurance coverage. The volunteer will be based at ICCO office in Uganda, in a safe area in Kampala. The volunteer will work from there, but travel approx. 2-3 times per month to the project area. In the project area (Yumbe and Nebbi district and Lango sub-region) the volunteer will use a well-known hotel for accommodation.

Costs for travel to and accommodation in project areas will be paid by the hosting organization (ICCO), as well as costs for mandatory vaccinations and flights to and from Kampala.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Shortlisting and Interviews:

  • 15 August 2020 - 20 August 2020

Interview Process:

  • Face to face or skype interview

Expected date decision on outcome:

  • 20/08/2020

 

TIMETABLE 

Date of training:

  • Mid-Septermber 2020

Apprenticeship Placement:

  • N/A

Pre-deployment preparation and induction:

  • 19 - 23 October 2020 (tentative)

Deployment:

  • 01/11/2020 - 31/12/2020

Post-deployment activities: Debriefing and follow up

 

Sectors: 

  • Food And Nutrition
  • Gender
  • Linking Relief, Rehabilitation And Development (LRRD)
  • Livelihoods
  • Refugees And IDPs
  • Resilience

 

 

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