Duration: 6 months (January 2020-June 2020)
Country: Palestine, Nablus
Sending Organization: ASPEm
Hosting Organization: HSA
Sector: Communications, Awareness raising
Application Deadline: 13/07/2019
Human Supporters Association implements psycho-educational and psycho-social projects in Nablus, such as The School Support Programme which targets 120 underachieving boys and girls a year by educating them in English, Arabic and Maths using alternative educational methods.
The Volunteer will support the association in reinforcing its capacity to plan and develop humanitarian interventions.
Operational and security context
Palestine is a very low-risk area for international volunteers. In most cases this will not influence the volunteer deployment.
The volunteer will live and work in Nablus city, in the northern West Bank, which includes three refugee camps, eight towns and 43 villages and is home to approximately 316.000
In Palestine there are different religions – Christians, Samaritans, and Muslims (the latter constituting the majority). There are several social and religious codes in Palestine, which
can differ across cities and villages.
- Communication with new partners
- Creating a contact list
- Developing the social media accounts and web site
- Promoting the association in the internet and the social media
- Presenting the association through videos or other tools
- Knowledge about the Middle East
- Communication skills
- IT skills (Microsoft office, web-site)
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.
The selection process is based on equal opportunities for all people and all candidatures will be treated similarly.
- Degree in Communications, digital media management or related fields
- Fluent in English
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset
- Communication skills
- Open minded
- Volunteering experience
Ongoing Arabic language training, cultural and historical information, developing personal and professional skills.
Working and living contitions
The volunteer will receive information from HSA prior to arrival detailing various cultural and social issues. They will then participate in an initial orientation program where they will be given a tour of Nablus, introduction to Palestinian culture, and an introduction to the Arabic language which can be prolonged through the stay.
The volunteer will work 6-7 hours per day and 30-35 hours per week. The weekend runs Friday to Saturday, HSA opens from Sunday to Thursday (8:30-5:00). HSA closes on the major religious and national holiday/days (11 days per year).
There is a staff meeting once a week or as required. The mentor of the Volunteer and the HSA director have overall responsibility for volunteer. The volunteer will work with the HSA team and with other volunteers.
The volunteers will stay in a hostel arranged by HSA. Living facilities are basic. Male and female volunteers will share same living area with separate rooms. There will be dorms/private or twin sharing rooms, it include all the basic services.
The volunteers can use a shared taxi of 7 passenger to travel to other cities (from 5:00am to 9:00 pm), or buses (6:00 am to 5:00 pm). Inside the city volunteers can use yellow private taxi (about 2.50 Euro) or yellow-black shared taxi (about 0.60 Euro).
During their free time volunteers can participate in cultural events or visit various parks or do things with other volunteers such as travelling to other parts of the West Bank.
HSA will help the volunteers buy a SIM card.
EU, Sending and Hosting organizations will cover costs for:
- Travel and accommodation during training and deployment
- Medical checks before and after deployment
- Insurance during deployment
Each EU Aid Volunteers will receive:
- Monthly subsistence allowance of 489.38 € (calculated on the local living costs)
- A resettlement allowance of 100 € per each month of service
Each EU Aid Volunteer is entitled to 2 leave days for each month of service.
If you have a Google account:
- download and fill in your self assessment questionnaire in English
- download and fill in your Europass CV with photo in English
- fill in the online application form and upload your application form, self assessment questionnaire and copy of your passport
by 13/07/2019 at 12:00 (CET). Please remember to rename all files with your name.
If you have not got a Google account, download, fill in and send:
- your application form in English
- your self assessment questionnaire in English
- your Europass CV with photo in English
- a copy of your passport
by 13/07/2019 at 12:00 (CET) to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning your name and the position applied for in the e-mail subject.
*Each form has multiple sheets, please make sure you fill in all of them.
July-August 2019: the pre-selected candidates will have an on-line interview with ASPEm and Wefoco. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.
Mid August 2019: the candidates interviewed will know if they are pre-selected to participate to the pre-departure training (online -1 month- & face to face -2 weeks- organized by the European Commission).
Between September and October 2019: the pre-selected candidates will participate to the online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.
The final selection announcement will be done after the pre-departure trainings by the end of October 2019.
Selected candidates will participate in the induction training in Cantù, Italy, in November 2019.
*Please be aware that this schedule is only tentative and the actual dates for selection, training and deployment may change depending on the actual availability of training sessions and the duration of visa application processes for the different destinations, etc.
** Be informed that additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training.