Duration: 6 months (September 2019-March 2020)
Country: Kenya, Shianda
Sending Organization: ASPEm
Hosting Organization: Wefoco
Sector: Gender, advocacy, community development
Application Deadline: 21/03/2019
Western Focus Community Organisation (Wefoco) is a community based organization (CBO) in Shianda in Western Kenya that was started in 2004 as a self-help group and later registered as a community based organization in 2009. Wefoco consists mostly of 26 women’s groups in several areas and is focused on orphans, families suffering because of HIV/AIDS and generating incomes of those in need. Additionally, Wefoco has initiated a cooperative in order to support the community members in joint agriculture; currently the cooperative has over 300 members who grow maize, vegetables, chicken, ﬁsh etc.
Wefoco’s mission is to develop a sustainable community based initiative that promotes welfare of community people. Wefoco’s vision is to reach to every vulnerable child in the community.
The organization works in the following ﬁelds: education, HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns, income generating activities, capacity building, gender inequality.
The volunteer will support rural women groups and schools by advocating for gender equality in Shianda village, Western Kenya. The volunteer will work with community groups, and schools, through advocacy campaigns, awareness raising trainings, as well as looking for role models in the community and organising events related to gender issues. The topics covered will be gender equality, gender based violence prevention, and school related gender issues (i.e.: GBV, rape, child labour and prostitution, lack of ownership, HIV/Early Pregnancy prevention). The volunteer will be in charge of developing a set of guidelines related to Gender Based Violence prevention and gender mainstreaming based on observation of local context and in partnership with local stakeholders.
The volunteer has an opportunity to work with 26 local women groups and over 300 cooperative members with the main aim of advocating for gender balance for both girl and boy child.
Wefoco has one part-time employee – the director – and one person employed to provide the computer services at the office, all others are local volunteers. Therefore, the volunteer will be working tightly together with the director of the organisation in order to facilitate the implementation of Wefoco’s activities. It is an interesting position in a grassroot organisation in rural Africa, which enables the volunteer to learn about resilience building and development cooperation as hands on as possible.
Operational and security context
The EU Aid Volunteer will work in Mumias East subcounty, in 3 wards and 8 locations, which are in the village, consisting of Wefoco group members, as it will be indicated in the work plan made on arrival. The EU Aid Volunteer will be working 5 days per week and will have 2 holiday days per month.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be oriented on aspects of security, though in Shianda generally the security status has always been favourable and not hostile. Minor incidents may occur and the volunteers should always be aware of the possibility of such incidents and have office contacts for efficient communication in case of any. Volunteers are also advised to have knowhow of the current laws, by-laws, and rights to avoid issues with the local authority.
Shianda is situated in equatorial tropical climate, region which is prone to tropical diseases such as Malaria and typhoid. Volunteers are therefore advised to seek for anti-malaria medication, profilaxis/vaccination and other related conditions according to their health history.
The mode of transportation that the volunteer will use in the village is motorbikes or walking short distances. Motorbikes are ideal mode of transports, especially in the interior village but care must be taken where the routes are not well maintained.
Shianda area experiences heavy rain from March to June and also from September to October. During these periods, volunteers are advised always to ask for safe routes since some of the roads become almost impassable when it rains heavily. They are also advised to finish their activities early in the afternoon since most afternoons programmes are hindered by onset of rain. With the help of group leaders, the volunteers will be able to organise meetings with the members.
The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the EU Aid Volunteer at the beginning of the project.
The EU Aid Volunteer will stay in the village, where living conditions are basic and privacy can be limited as people are interested in the activities, in addition the choice of food is limited. The volunteer will be provided accommodation with basic services at walking distance from Wefoco’s office. There will be several other long-term volunteers staying for the same period.
Activities with the groups and cooperatives:
- Analysing specific community needs on gender issues
- Organising trainings on gender mainstreaming and GBV Prevention in schools
- Organising advocacy campaigns within communities on importance of gender issues and how to address them
- Guiding and counselling vulnerable women and girls
- Reporting Gender Based Violence cases to the required authority
- Organising events promoting gender based violence prevention
- Linking with local stakeholders (NGOs/CBOs/Health Officer/Gender Officer) to build capacity on gender issues projects
- Conducting awareness sessions with community leaders on their rights as women and linking them with necessary support
Activities at Wefoco’s office:
- Meetings with local staff and briefing them on the progress on gender issues
- Developing set of guidelines on Gender Issues Prevention for local staff
- Internal capacity building in gender mainstreaming, sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and gender diversity
- Assisting with the office administration work when the need arises.
- Basic computer knowledge
- Good communication skills in different cultural settings
- Good knowledge on gender issues
- Capacity to communicate fluently in English
- Skills in project management
- Creativity and innovativeness
- Ready to interact with local communities
- Communication skills and interest
- Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation
- Good relational skills
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.
- Experience in at least one of following fields: project management, gender issues, ﬁnancial management or entrepreneurship
- Fluent English
Through this volunteering project, the EU Aid Volunteer will have the opportunity to learn new things and gain skills such as:
- Exchanging ideas with community members and learning from each other
- Inter-cultural learning and understanding
- New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context
- Local language
Working and living contitions
Volunteers are living in a shared flat of 2 bedrooms, 1 living room and 1 kitchen. Each volunteer has a lockable private room. Mattresses, mosquito nets and basic cooking equipment is provided by the landlord. There is no running water at the apartment, water is provided by the landlord into a big tank next to the house. Toilet and bucket showering rooms are outside of the apartment. The apartment is situated in 5 minutes walk from the office in Shianda village centre. The apartments have electricity, but there might be frequent and long lasting (2-3 days) power cuts occasionally.
Wefoco has an office in the Shianda village centre. The office might be crowded and noisy. Volunteers do not have their own designated table, however, they might use the available tables at the office. There is wifi at the office and due to the power backup, the electricity is constantly available. While working in the field, the volunteer is either walking or taking motorbike taxis to reach to the groups and schools, the longest distance is about 10 km.
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 325.54 € (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 passoport
by 21/03/2019 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 21/03/2019 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.
March-April 2019: the pre-selected candidates will have an on-line interview with ASPEm and Wefoco. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.
End of April 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 April and May 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 in June 2019.
Selected candidates will participate in the induction training in Cantù, Italy, in July 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.