ADRA Slovensko: Project development assistant, Albania (EU aid volunteers)

  • Albania

Názov www stránky ADRA Slovensko

Junior EU Aid Volunteers, Project development assistant, Albania (12 months)
Junior— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 15/07/2019 – 14/07/2020
Europe And Central Asia, Southern Europe, Albania

Closing date: 20/01/2019


ADRA Albania, a faith based NGO is operating in Albania, since 1990 with projects in emergency support and education until now ADRA Albania has operated in different areas of the country thus targeting Roma and non-Roma communities. ADRA Albania is part of the International Network of ADRA organizations that is composed of 130 NGOs around the world. Most of ADRA Albania’s donors have been partners within the Network such as: ADRA Slovakia, ADRA Austria, ADRA Germany, ADRA International, ADRA Finland, ADRA International etc. Outside Network, donors have been: Austrian Development Cooperation, IPA-Adriatic cross-border program, EU, UNHCR, World Vision etc.

The work of ADRA Albania is stretched in different areas. We work with schools, family members, children, social services and health staff in order to achieve a positive change.

ADRA Albania seeks to affect the lives of the communities and people in need thus the major work is focused in the field.

Actual projects:

  • Second Chance – A Chance for life financed by ADRA Austria and Austrian Development Cooperation
  • Education through Student Volunteering financed by ADRA Germany
  • Empowerment of Children in Suburban areas of Tirana and Kruja financed by ADRA Germany
  • Reinforcement and Sustainability in Humanitarian
  • Volunteering Management, EU project
  • Integration after Migration, Financed by BMZ (German Federal ministry for Economic cooperation and development) and in partnership with GIZ.

The volunteer project consists in supporting local team of ADRA Albania in analyze the needs regarding the current projects and perspectives, to support the team in the funders and grants research regarding the organization orientations and objectives and to answer to call for proposals, formulate project application…

The volunteering project also consists in supporting ADRA Albania in monitoring the current projects to elaborate new proposals and develop new initiatives.

The volunteer will support and train the local team regarding project formulation.

Operational details & security context

Operational context:

Albania is situated between Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro. It is a small country of 3 million inhabitants with a territory of 28,000 Km2. It is a parliamentarian republic with the majority of the population of Islam religion, followed by the Christian religion. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summer, and mild, wet winter, spring. Albania is a middle income country, with a GDP per capita of 3,900 USD. The main ethnic group are the Albanians, who comprise around 97% of the population. The Albanians speak the Albanian language, which is an Indo-European language. The Albanian terrain is flat in the west and mountainous in the east, south and north.

Security context:

The current security situation is good. During 2015 in Albania there were 2.28 killings per 100,000 inhabitants. Albania is in 77th place among 219 countries (ranked from the smallest murder rate). Most of the criminal acts involve illegal arms possession, drug possession.
Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks Albania 91st place out of 180 countries.

Road fatalities in Albania are twice the European average, therefore higher precaution is needed when on the road.

There are no disease epidemics except for the usual influenza epidemics that happen yearly. There is no religious or national extremism.

Safety and security are important considerations for any organization that implements programs related youths, children and community development. A document related to the Safety and Security is important for volunteer-sending organizations since many volunteers have limited international experience or not sufficient familiarity with their host countries. The goal of ADRA Albania’s Volunteer Safety and Security Policies Management is to enable ADRA staff to prevent serious security incidents, minimize the impact of any incidents that might occur, and recover safely and rapidly from events outside of their control. The hosting organization will share before and at the very beginning of the project security briefing and a security management plan with all healthy and safety rules to follow.

Volunteer is required to

  • Keep close contacts with his/her supervisor (project Manager)
  • Inform the supervisor for any travel plan inside the country or abroad
  • Report daily regarding the field work to the supervisor emphasizing their impressions and problematic identified
  • Inform the supervisor regarding any particular health condition.

ADRA staff is working every day (from Monday until Friday) on the field and closely with the communities. The volunteer will have a minimum of 2 days of holiday per month.


Capacity building tasks:

  • Assessing the strengths and skills of existing staff to support a capital project and developing a strategy for procuring needed skills and experience through team building.
  • Provide experience in development of organization program and vision (visioning and planning next interventions after assessing the potentials of the Organization);
  • Provide capacity building in project management: monitoring, reporting, envisioning the projects final results;
  • Update the brochures/CV of the organization.

Project writing & fundraising tasks:

  • Assisting the organization by developing its institutional goals and objectives;
  • Provide expertise in project writing: EU projects;
  • Provide assistance in fund raising for projects with Roma/Egyptian communities.

Monitoring and evaluation tasks:

  • Write monthly reports to inform about the progress witnessed / needs / opportunities.
  • Write regular reports to inform about the work of ADRA Albania and the experience within ADRA Albania.


’The selected volunteer will spend 2 months at the sending organization, ADRA Slovakia, in Bratislava before being deployed in Albania. The purpose of the apprenticeship is to learn through experience the procedures, ethics and context of humanitarian work and to be further prepared for the envisaged deployment as an EU Aid Volunteer. Volunteers who are junior professionals have expertise in their particular field but usually they lack experience, knowledge and skills in humanitarian and development area. The very idea of an apprenticeship is not only to enhance the knowledge and skills of a volunteer in particular areas but also to strengthen his/her perception of what it truly means to be a volunteer in humanitarian and development sector.

The duration of the apprenticeship is 2 months and will be fully covered by the EU Aid Volunteers programme.”

Required competences

  • Organizational development capacities
  • Capacities in project writing
  • Capacities in fund raising
  • Management skills

Selection criteria

Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply 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. ADRA’s success over the years is due in part to its reputation for honesty, integrity, and excellence in the conduct of its activities. As a member, volunteer, contractor or employee of this Agency, you continually represent ADRA in all that you do. Therefore, in your capacity with this Agency, it is extremely important to understand the standards ADRA expects from you in maintaining and promoting a positive image of the Agency.

As the environment in which ADRA operates has become more complex, ADRA has recognized the need to state clearly the principles which guide its decisions and the conduct of its employees/volunteers, and to assist employees/volunteers in maintaining ADRA’s reputation. To this end, ADRA has developed a Code of Ethical Conduct to assist all employees and volunteers to gain an understanding of why it is important to conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner, and what practices ADRA promotes. The Code of Ethical Conduct outlines 2 standards of conduct which guide the actions of ADRA and its’ employees and volunteers:
1. Non- Discrimination principle is the standard and commitment of ADRA Albania that does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical and mental disability or religion.
2. Children’s rights and their wellbeing as priority to promote their rights and protect their welfare, taking in consideration their feelings and needs that are results of their race, religion, culture and language.

Minimum Requirements

  • age: minimum 18 years old
  • two years of relevant professional experience
  • abilities to use Microsoft package
  • Fluent English speaker
  • interest to work in Humanitarian projects and NGOs

Condition of service

Learning Opportunities:

All along the mission, the EU Aid Volunteer will enhance his/her skills in project writing and fundraising. Thanks to the projects supported, the volunteers will have the opportunity to learn new practices and tools.

Through the work the EU Aid Volunteer can develop transversal skills and gaining experience in project development, s/he will also work in an intercultural environment and will create a new network.

Working and Living Conditions

Working conditions:

Staff meetings: Every 1-2 weeks ADRA Albania staff has a staff meeting with all its members regarding the past working week and the future working plan.

Working time

Daily schedule:

One working week consists in 40 hours displayed into 8 hours of work for each day from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am-16:30pm, with a break in between 12:30pm-13:00pm.
Volunteers should inform the program director/project manager when they leave the office and why. It is required for them to inform even for the place they will go during the break in order to avoid any incident or trouble. Volunteers are responsible for respecting and protecting the organization schedule and internal regulations.

Work related travel:

For the work related travels needs to get approval by the Country Director and in his absence from the Program Director. There is no specific template to be completed but it applies the same format as the leave request form.

Home office:

In ADRA Albania volunteers can be flexible and enjoy the option of working from home after informing the program director and Country Director. Nonetheless, most of the time they are required working at the office.

Living conditions:

A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (298.13 per month) will be paid to the volunteer for subsistence in addition to a local transportation reimbursement (up to 40€ per month). In addition, after the return, 100€ of post deployment resettlement allowance per month of deployment done, will be foreseen. Accommodation with locked individual room will be provided by the hosting organization.
Visa fees, insurance and international travel (1 round trip ticket) will be covered directly by sending organization.

Selection process

Shortlisting and Interviews

The candidate has to send the following documents to

  • his/her application form HVA completed in english
  • his/her self assessment questionnaire in english
  • his/her CV europass in english

Between the end on January and the begining of Feburary: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ADRA Slovakia and ADRA Albania.
At the end of February: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.
In March 2019: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training.
In April 2019: The pre-selected candidates will participate to a face-to-face pre-departure trainings.
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings at the end of April 2019.

Interview Process

Important notice: 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.

Expected date decision on outcome: 01/05/2019

For more information visit the official webpage od Adra Slovakia.

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