ACTEDClosing Date : 2019-06-30
Duty Station : Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Organization: ACTED
Country: Sri Lanka
Closing date: 30 Jun 2019

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people s potential.

ACTED endeavours to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.

We go the last mile: ACTED s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 37 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

The EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment

Operational and security context:

ACTED has been present in Sri Lanka since January 2005, following the immediate aftermath of the violent tsunami that struck the east coast of the island in December 2004. Since the deployment of disaster relief and rehabilitation activities in the Eastern Province, the NGO has remained mobilized to respond to specific emergencies caused in particular by natural disasters, and has worked with communities and local civil society to build sustainable resilience and support the most vulnerable.

Mission context:

A need for peacebuilding and reconciliation between the various communities of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is still reeling from a long period of civil conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which lasted from 1983 to 2009. The conflict claimed several thousand lives and devastated the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Years after its end, important psychological and physical traumas remain still, as well as a need for peacebuilding and reconciliation between the various communities.

Over the past decade, Sri Lanka has experienced solid yet heterogeneous economic growth, creating pockets of poverty throughout the country, especially in remote areas and the tea plantation sector, such as Central and Uva provinces. As such, in Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, and Moneragala districts, the poverty rate remains higher than in the rest of the country.

In addition, the country is highly vulnerable to risks of natural disasters major disasters, such as the 2004 tsunami, which claimed over 30,000 lives and in total over 250,000 people were affected, as well as smaller scale annual disasters. For example, every year, during the monsoon season, floods and landslides occur whilst at the same time, other regions of the country are plagued by droughts. The May 2017 floods are estimated, for instance, to have caused more than 200 deaths and displaced more than half a million people.

Finally, gender-based discrimination is still a major challenge: harassment and gender-based violence remain widespread, while the labour force participation rate for women remains very low. Furthermore, women s participation in the public sphere remains limited. The wage gap between men and women also remains high, reducing opportunities for women to improve their living standards.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Finance
Preparation/cross check of Allocation tables
Preparation /cross check of Project Budget Follow Up
Preparation /cross check of Monthly running cost
Preparation/cross check of project cash requirements follow-up
Cross-check of Cash requests
Support the Finance team in BFU preparation
Support the Area Finance team to develop bi-monthly cash request and cash planning.
Support any other tasks as required by the Country Finance Manager.
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Logistics
Contribute to the development of Procurement plans
Cross check the accuracy of order forms
Ensure proper management and use of ACTED s assets and stocks
Verify monthly asset and stock updates.
Verify compliance with ACTED procurement procedures
Support the logistics team in updating the order and delivery follow up
Support any other tasks as required by the Country Logistics Manager.

EUAV Communications
a) During the deployment period, the volunteers will have to realize communications activities in order to raise awareness of the EUAV imitative, share volunteer experiences and opportunities, encourage spirit of volunteerism and positive activism and create European connections.
b) The EU Aid Volunteer will have to follow his/her communications plan, built with the Communications department during the induction session.

Required competences:

Transversal competences
Demonstrating leadership
Volunteering mind-set
Autonomy
Accountability
Specific competences
Understanding the humanitarian context of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and applying humanitarian principles
Managing projects in humanitarian contexts
Technical competences
Finance and Logistics

Bachelor s or Master s degree in humanitarian studies / Political Science / M&E / Project Development / Finance / Logistics
Fluent English (written and spoken), excellent writing and communication skills;
Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment;
Good organisational and prioritisation skills;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office;

Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship for this position will be based in ACTED s HQ in Paris, France. During the apprenticeship the Volunteer will be managed by a line managers from the Finance and Logistics department, where there we will be interacting with departments within ACTED HQ and with field missions.

SELECTION CRITERIA AND CONDITIONS

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.
Conditions of service:

Deployment dates:
November 2019 April 2020 (Apprenticeships August 2019 October 2019)

Learning opportunities:
This program places great importance on the EUAV management and career development. The selected volunteers will undertake a learning and development program that will include an induction, trainings during the deployment and a post-deployment support and dissemination activities. Their learning and development plan will be completed with the support of a L&D manager, a mentor and their line manager.

Working and living conditions:
EU Volunteer benefits include: subsistence allowances in line with EU Aid Volunteer daily allowances (675.69 euros per month in France, 270.44 euros per month in Sri Lanka), coverage of all accommodation during apprenticeship in Paris, and in ACTED guesthouse when in the field, travel costs (return flight from Sri Lanka), a luggage allowance of 50 kg, provision of medical, repatriation, and life insurance, reimbursement of visas and vaccinations costs and resettlement allowance (100 per completed month of deployment).


How to apply:

Please send your application including cover letter, CV and references to jobs@acted.orgunderRef: EUAV/PI/SL

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