Kiinnostaako vapaaehtoistyö ulkomailla? Haluaisitko osallistua luomuviljelyn edistämiseen? Entä tutustua Belgiaan? Hae Eurooppalaiseen vapaaehtoispalveluun!
Huom! Hakuaikaa on jatkettu 26.3.2018 saakka!
Belgialainen yhteistyöjärjestömme IFOAM EU (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements – EU Regional Group) etsii 18–30-vuotiasta nuorta Suomesta EVS-vapaaehtoistyöjaksoon luomuviljelyn edistämisen pariin Brysseliin. Jakso alkaa touko–kesäkuussa 2018 ja kestää vuoden.
Vapaaehtoinen sijoittuu johonkin viidestä työtiimistä: a) research and innovation, b) communicationn c) projects and fundraising, d) events and membership, e) policy (ks. alla). Lisäksi vapaaehtoiselle tarjotaan mahdollisuus osallistua työhön luomutilalla 1–2 viikon ajan. Osallistuja majoittuu yhteisasunnossa toisten nuorten kanssa.
Haku: Täytä EVS-hakulomake ja lähetä se 26.3.2018 mennessä IFOAM EU:lle osoitteeseen employment(at)ifoam-eu.org. Kerro hakulomakkeessasi mieluisuusjärjestyksesi tiimeille. Lähetä viestisi kopiona Maailmanvaihtoon osoitteeseen maailmanvaihto(at)maailmanvaihto.fi.
Eurooppalainen vapaaehtoispalvelu (European Voluntary Service, EVS) on tarkoitettu 18–30-vuotiaille ja sen rahoituksesta vastaa Euroopan unioni. Osallistujan maksettavaksi voi jäädä pieni osa matkakustannuksista. Vapaaehtoistyöntekijälle kustannetaan:
- matkat kohdemaahan (osallistujan maksettavaksi voi jäädä pieni osa matkakustannuksista)
- lähettävän järjestön tuki ja yhteydenpito
- kohdemassa tulovalmennuskoulutus ja puolivuotisleiri
- täysi ylläpito kohdemaassa
- päivittäiset työmatkat vapaaehtoistyöpaikalle
- kattava sairaus- ja tapaturmavakuutus sekä vastuuvakuutus
- tukea paikallisen kielen opiskeluun
IFOAM EU – teams
The volunteer will be assigned to just one team for the duration of their stay, however there is the possibility to be involved in some tasks from other teams if agreed with supervisors, in order to allow volunteers to learn about a wider range of IFOAM EU’s work.
During the application stage, you are asked to rank the teams in order of preference. Your preference will then be taken into account and you will have a chance to discuss the tasks of different team during the interview stage, if selected.
Below is the description of each team and examples of tasks that the volunteers might be involved in. Please keep in mind that this is only an indication and that tasks and areas of focus will be discussed during the interview stage and defined even further with supervisors.
A) Research and Innovation team
The Research & Innovation team works mainly on identifying research and innovation needs of the organic sector and relaying them to policymakers. To this end, it is running the secretariat of TP Organics (the European Technology Platform for organic food and farming www.tporganics). The Team is also coordinating or partner in several EU research projects such as LIVESEED, OK-Net EcoFeed and Internet of Food and Farm 2020. The EVS volunteer in the research and innovation team would be primarily involved in supporting the secretariat of TP Organics, which would include some of the following tasks:
- Managing the communication with the members and the Steering Committee of TP Organics;
- Maintaining the TP Organics website, and developing and sending out the newsletter to members and stakeholders;
- Supporting the organisation of the yearly public event Organic Innovation Days, bringing together the leading innovators in the field of organic food and farming that present their ideas and compete for best innovation of the year;
- Supporting the publication of the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, highlighting the key areas to focus on in organic research and innovation;
- Supporting advocacy work on EU Research & Innovation Policy (organisation of lobby meetings, participation in conferences and workshops…).
B) Communication team
The communications unit is a cross-cutting, working on many of the topics IFOAM EU advocates for. It is responsible for IFOAM EU’s external communication, including traditional channels, such as our website, newsletters, and printed publications, as well new media, such as social media, infographics, and videos. The successful EVS candidate will be involved in the following tasks:
- Updating and maintaining IFOAM EU website: creating webpages, adding information, files, events etc. (training will be provided);
- Production of the IFOAM EU newsletter: planning, collecting articles, liaising with designers;
- Monitoring, updating and maintaining IFOAM EU’s social media channels and database of contacts;
- Creating simple infographics and images for social media;
- Assisting with tasks related to keeping our database up to date (runs of CiviCRM, training will be provided).
C) Projects and fundraising team
The IFOAM EU project and fundraising team primarily works on building relationships with private foundations on various topics such as organic seeds, climate change, sustainable food production and consumption, and it develops project proposals to both private donors and the EU (mainly DG Environment, DG Research, DG Education and Culture). The team manages the IFOAM EU capacity building program for Central Eastern European countires and supports colleagues from Policy and Research & Innovation units in implementation of projects funded both by private donors and the EU. The volunteer that would be part of the projects and fundraising team would mainly be:
- Participating in the implementation of IFOAM EU fundraising strategy (background research on potential funders, identification of potential funders to support IFOAM EU policy work and liaising with them);
- Contributing to developing and writing project proposals to potential donors – European Commission and private foundations (developing concepts, budgets, and write specific parts of project proposals);
- Assisting in project management (organisational, administrative and project support tasks such as planning, following milestones and deliverables, organisation of meetings and events, facilitation of the exchange of information between project partners, editing project reports).
D) Events and membership team
The EVS volunteer chosen for this position will work within two key areas: 1/events and 2/membership. The events team is dealing with the organisation of IFOAM EU events (such as the Organic Processing Conference or the European Organic Congress), while the membership team is responsible for membership coordination and internal communication (with IFOAM EU members and internal structures such as the Council and the Board). Within events, the volunteer would support the general organisation and coordination of IFOAM EU events, including:
- Assisting with logistics of events (researching and setting up bookings of venues, hotels and travel for speakers and participants)
- Implementing events communication activities (including website and mailings management)
- Developing and setting up the programme of events (including drafting agendas, speaker invitations and speakers guidelines)
Within membership, the volunteer would be mainly:
- Assisting in the communication towards IFOAM EU Members and governing structures (such as the council and the board);
- Updating information about IFOAM EU Members and governing structures on the website and internal databases;
- Assisting in the preparation of events and meetings involving IFOAM EU Members and governing structures.
The policy team is working on many different policy topics related to organic farming such as the CAP, Rural development programmes, GMOs, seeds, agriculture and climate change. The work includes advocacy meetings, working with the different IFOAM EU interest groups, the development of position papers and the work on different EU projects. The EVS volunteer would be involved in the following:
- Advocating for developments within agricultural and environmental legislation, specifically:
- Researching, identifying and analyzing relevant legislative developments in the environmental and agriculture policy fields;
- Assisting the Policy manager in coordinating internal structures such as the IFOAM EU Interest Groups, Expert groups and Task Forces.
- Coordinating and implementing IFOAM EU Projects, specifically:
- Following and monitoring the on-going EU legislative processes related to GMO-free organic agriculture, food and feed;
- Assisting in organizing project workshops and roundtables with external experts to advocate for EU national and regional policy frameworks;
- Producing minutes and reports with the projects results after meetings, workshops, etc. to communicate project outcomes to the project funders.
- Networking with policy makers, external partners and IFOAM EU members, specifically:
- Representing IFOAM EU at external events as requested;
- Organising, preparing for, attending, taking minutes and follow up on meetings/phone conferences, external events and others as requested;
- Supporting internal coordination of meetings and maintaining the CDG mailbox.
“Volunteering at IFOAM EU is an excellent opportunity to gain more in-depth understanding of the organic sector and the impact of EU legislation. Working in the communication team has taught me the importance and power of the messages we share to make Europe more organic. Besides the knowledge I gained, the vibrant city of Brussels is full of inspiring and interesting people who enriched and refined my experience even more.” – Triin Viilvere, EVS volunteer at IFOAM EU from 2016-2017