Volunteer disaster risk reduction adviser roles focus on building community resilience and disaster risk reduction programmes
This project is co-funded by the European Union as a pilot action towards the ‘EU Aid Volunteers’ initiative. It is a 9 month volunteering placement with Oxfam India and Morigaon Mahila Mehfil, focussing on building community resilience and disaster risk reduction programmes. It is open to EU residents only.
Morigaon Mahila Mehfil (MMM) is a non profit, non-governmental secular voluntary organisation established in 1979. It is a pioneer voluntary organisation in the district, linking together international NGOs, state and central government and district administration. Their primary objective is to ‘make rural and weaker sections of the society a better place to live in’ by promoting and implementing schemes related to the socio-economic development, empowerment of women, community health and disaster risk reduction.
Assisting in the setup of ongoing community volunteer programs focused on resilience. From these community volunteer programs, disaster response cells will be created. A volunteer management system, community mobilization methods and a disaster communication system will be developed and transferred to host organisations by means of mentoring, training, and written materials. Host organisations will be taught how to recruit and engage community volunteers in resilience building activities and how to train them to mobilize the community in times of crisis. The volunteer will:
- Work in close collaboration with the MMM
- Lead in developing a resilience index for communities living in recurrent disaster prone areas
- Documentation of practical and replicable good practices on community adaptive mechanism and community resilience for disseminating to larger communities
- Support in developing an early warning system with protocols for areas vulnerable to flood and erosion
- Support in developing an emergency contingency plan for Oxfam and partner organisations
- Design, develop and implement effective monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems for the resilience building project
- A degree in a relevant subject
- At least two years experience in community resilience building / disaster risk reduction and adaption, in recurrent disaster affected areas (preferably South / South East Asia)
- Sound knowledge of disaster risk reduction, community resilience building and issues and opportunities, participatory vulnerability and capacity assessment
- A good understanding of relevant disaster risk reduction policy and systems in the context of India
- Sensitivity to cultural differences, and demonstrated ability to work in a wide range of cultural contexts
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Willingness to travel regularly to rural, remote areas with basic transportation
- Understanding and experience of gender equality issues and their relevance to development and humanitarian responses
This placement is based in the Morigaon district of Assam. We’ll ask you to commit to 9 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.
When applying please quote ‘EU Aid Resilience building specialist India.’ Also, please note this placement is open to EU nationals only.