The International Secretariat of Service Civil International is looking for a Project volunteer!

project volunteer

Where: SCI International Secretariat, Antwerp, Belgium

Period: mid/end April – December 2020

Title: Project Volunteer

SCI has been organising international volunteering projects for 100 years internationally, organising short term voluntary projects (workcamps) as well as mid-term and long-term volunteering exchanges. SCI’s vision is a world of peace; social justice and sustainable development, where all people live together with mutual respect and without recourse to any form of violence to solve conflict. SCI’s mission is to promote a culture of peace by organising international volunteering projects with local and global impact. The volunteers work will support this mission.

The volunteer will be supporting the implementation of a 1-year project in SCI called “Peace in Practice: supporting young people to become peace envoys” and its main output: an online course on peace education, that is planned to be launched in December 2020.

We believe that online learning is a tool that can effectively support young people to promote and apply peace in their communities and organisations, while connecting with their peers from abroad. Our ambition is to develop an online course that is user-friendly, allows for flexibility in learning, tackles hands-on projects based on real local/personal needs, integrates videos, and offers an easy group interaction and peer support.

The volunteer will work closely with the Project Officer and the project’s team (2 physical working meetings are planned in June and October, plus regular communication online). The Volunteer Coordinator will support the volunteer’s learning experience during their placement. 

The volunteer is expected to attend the Peace in Practice training course in Switzerland (12-19 May 2020), and act as a contact point for the participants in organizing, promoting and reporting their follow-up Actions for Peace back in their countries, that will be financially supported from the project’s budget. 

Additionally, the volunteer will have an opportunity to join SCI’s delegation to the European Youth Event and the YO!Fest that is being organised in Strasbourg, France at the end of May 2020. 

The volunteer will work on the tasks described below. The placement schedule counts with 30 hours a week, with 2 vacations days per month during the voluntary service.

 

Placement Tasks

The volunteer will work with the Project Officer in managing the project, its activities and outputs. Tasks will include (with some flexibility based on interest):

Support with developing the online course (40%)

  • Collecting feedback from the participants of the Peace in Practice on the concept and planned modules of the online course during and after the training;
  • Taking part in 2 working laboratories with the project team (June and October in Belgium);
  • Co-creating the visual design of the online course;
  • Helping the pedagogical project team integrate the content into the online learning platform;
  • Preparing the testing phase of the online course and engaging young people into it. 

Project communication and management (40%)

  • Collecting and producing content (articles, updates, other relevant material & resources) for the project website and SCI’s social media platforms;
  • Following up the organisation of local actions carried out by participants of the Peace in Practice training course;
  • Cooperating with the campaign and communication volunteers for visibility and promotion of the actions for peace;
  • Compiling resources, materials and impressions from SCI branches and participants from activities; 
  • Supporting practical organisation of the project activities together with the team (logistics, communication with participants, preparing materials, etc.);
  • Helping with reporting, visibility and follow-up of the events.

Other (20 %)

  • Responding inquiries from potential volunteers through info email;
  • Joining Office meetings;
  • Sharing some small general office tasks.

 

Who are we looking for?

A candidate aged between 18 -30 who has:

  • An interest in the topics of peace education, human rights, solidarity, volunteering, intercultural dialogue, and who is eager to contribute to SCI’s mission of promoting a culture of peace;
  • An interest in learning how to develop an online course;
  • An interest in supporting young people implement Actions for peace;
  • An interest in managing projects with European funding;
  • Looking to build/improve cooperation in a team (also working remotely);
  • Good English language skills (spoken and written);
  • An interest to work in a dynamic, international office;
  • Good organization skills and an eye for detail;
  • Is eligible to join the European Solidarity Corps - volunteering activity.

Desirable:

  • Basic knowledge of/ an openness to develop CSS skills;
  • Basic web-design or graphic design skills/ a strong interest in developing them;
  • Any previous experience with SCI is a plus. 

 

What do we offer you?

  • A 8 months volunteer contract (under European Solidarity Corps) with Service Civil International’s International Secretariat;
  • A bike sharing card to use for transport between volunteer’s house and work and to explore the city of Antwerp;
  • A furnished room in a volunteer’s house with shared facilities (kitchen, bathroom);
  • A monthly volunteer allowance of 380 EUR;
  • Travel reimbursement for your travel between Antwerp and your place of residence at the beginning and at the end of your service (specific amount depending on location);
  • SCI Health Insurance.

 

How to apply? 

Please send your CV and a short motivation letter latest by 22 March 2020 to Alena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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