The EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides an opportunity 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.
Concern are looking for talented people with a relevant technical skillset who are committed to long-term service in the humanitarian sector who can demonstrate an outstanding ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, remain positive, motivated and productive.
Successful EU Aid Volunteers will benefit from:
- Experience volunteering in a large international NGO through an apprenticeship based in Concern's Head Office in Dublin
- Hands-on learning in a 12 month field placement in the Concern Niger country programme
- Opportunity for continuous self-development with the help of a mentor, line manager and on-line tools
Concern played a central role in the development of the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) model, having partnered with Valid International to pilot the first Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) programme in Ethiopia in 2000. The development of the CMAM Surge approach is the critical next step in the evolution of CMAM, allowing it to be scaled up effectively within health systems in vulnerable contexts where it is most needed.
In Niger, the CMAM is implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is an integrated service under the minimum package of services offered at health facilities. Since 2005, Concern has been implemting CMAM in Tahoua Region, Niger.
The CMAM Surge approach, developed by Concern, outlines a process and evolving set of tools to enable health teams to determine when increased caseloads are expected and to agree caseload thresholds based on their own assessment of the health facility’s capacity to cope, which when exceeded, trigger a set of pre-determined actions to enable health facilities to cope. The CMAM Surge approach is primarily designed as a localized health system strengthening approach, designed to support better anticipation, preparation for, and coping with periodic surges in demand for the management of severe acute malnutrition. Concern has implemented the CMAM Surge approach in Kenya, Uganda, and Niger, as well as recently having started the approach in Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, and Pakistan. Concern has been implementing the CMAM Surge approach in Tahoua Region since 2014.
The objective of this position is to support the coordination mechanism of the Niger and of the Sahel level CMAM Surge Task Force for Concern in Niger, with a view to integrate CMAM Surge into existing, national-level CMAM Surge guidance and to develop Niger-specific guidance, materials, and tools for use by all partners and facilities implementing Surge across Niger. The later to be embedded with the Nutrition Department at the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), and working in collaboration with UNICEF, the Nutrition Technical Working Group (GTN) and the National Food Crisis Management Unit (CCA: Cellule de Crise Alimentaire).
 The CMAM Taskforce was formed in April 2018 with the purpose of providing a forum where CMAM Surge implementers from the Sahel can share emerging learning, guidance, tools and plans and in this way contribute to the scale up of the approach across the Sahel. The Niger CMAM Surge Task Force is country-level coordination mechanism and serves as a link to the regional level Task Force.
EU Aid Volunteer Agreement
In line with EU Aid Volunteer daily allowances
Concern Head Office, Dublin, Ireland
Concern Niger, Niamey based
At the end of volunteer placement an allowance of €100 per completed month of deployment will be provided as a resettlement allowance.
Full details for this position are outlined in the attached vacancy announcement document.
Please note that only EU citizens and long-term residents of the EU can be considered for this role.
Full applications require the following completed documentation to be submitted when applying for the role:
• Completed EUAV application form (attached)
• Cover Letter
• CV in Europass format
• Completed self assessment questionnaire (attached)
Please note that only complete applications can be considered.
All applications should be submitted by midnight (GMT) on the closing date.