Junior EU Aid Volunteer – Livelihoods Officer in Zugdidi, Georgia 256 views

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DRC Georgia is currently implementing one KfW–funded (German Reconstruction and Development Bank) project with the aim to address the critical protection issues pertaining to IDP integration in Georgia, in terms of access to social services and education, the enjoyment of livelihood opportunities, and provision of adequate durable housing solutions for IDPs. The project targets the mixed communities IDPs as well as conflict affected local population in underserved rural areas of West and East Georgia.

The project consists of three components:

  • Improved access to Community-based Social and Educational Services through IDP Empowerment and Participation;
  • Economic Integration and;
  • Alternative Durable Housing Solutions (DHS) for IDPs

The Junior Livelihoods Volunteer under the supervision of the Area Manager in West Georgia and in close cooperation with the Country Director, is expected to make a sound contribution to community development in West Georgia by leading the process of assessing the feasibility of engaging in the sector of social entrepreneurship and supporting the development of tools and procedures. A clear connection to the aforementioned KfW funded project shall be established to create synergies.

In concrete terms, the Junior volunteer is expected based on collected data to propose and possibly pilot a social responsible model of entrepreneurship in selected locations and sectors in Samegrelo region as a vector of social inclusion.

The formalization of partnerships with local organizations or business entities is suggested as an implementing modality to ensure sustainability in the eventuality the feasibility of the pilot scheme is confirmed. This may create synergies with ongoing DRC projects in the area.


The Junior EUAV deployee is expected to produce a comprehensive report by the end of the assignment with the clear recommendations on the procedures, tools and management frameworks of social entrepreneurship program.

The Junior Livelihoods Volunteer shall perform the following tasks and responsibilities:

1. Support the performance of a situational analysis of the social entrepreneurship ground in the region of West Georgia;
2. Provide an assessment of various models of social entrepreneurship to support in building of relevant structure for future programming of DRC West Georgia;
3. Assist and conduct preliminary assessment to measure the opportunities, risks and possible challenges of engaging in the direction of social entrepreneurship;
4. Support the development of a legal and management framework for the creation and management of Social Enterprises;
5. Assist in the formulation of the strategy for the promotion of social entrepreneurship in West Georgia, with a particular focus on social innovation;
6. Support in capacity building of DRC staff in social entrepreneurship concept and strategy.


DRC offers a full insight on its program in Georgia as a unique learning opportunity across all its sectors of expertise and interventions, not only in the field of Livelihoods. Specific details may be discussed with the DRC South Caucasus upon deployment to allow the selected EUAV deployee to capture the multifaceted aspects of DRC programming locally.

By joining DRC Office in Zugdidi, the successful EUAV candidate will strengthen his/her knowledge and skills, both professionally and personally. The EUAV deployee will be able to apprehend other and different modalities of DRC work in the field of Livelihoods (Small and Medium Enterprise development (SME), Small scale grants, cash assistance, VET, work placement Scheme) in a specific humanitarian aid context and be able to know or deepen his/her knowledge in education, community empowerment and other sectors DRC is engaged in West Georgia.

The EUAV deployee will receive solid technical support from the team at Office level in Zugdidi, and by this continuously develop him-/herself. This environment will as well enable the EUAV deployee to develop teamwork and interpersonal communication skills that are indispensable in any professional environment.

Working conditions
DRC enjoys a fully equipped office facility to host the selected candidate. Working hours 9:00 – 17:30 with half an hour break from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday are days off. Volunteers can enjoy all official holidays.The EUAV deployee will be provided with Laptop, Mobile calls allowance and subsistence allowance. Transportation will be provided to the Volunteers, as well as flights are covered by the host organization.

Living conditions
The EUAV deployee shall be accommodated in a private apartment or house in Zugdidi with at list one bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, an equipped kitchen.

Neighborhood is quiet and with low criminal risk. Safety/Security brief can be provided to candidates upon arrival. There are supermarkets and grocery store available all around as well as a number of restaurants and cafés. All types of food products are available – including variety of vegetarian dishes. Tap water can be consumed although bottled mineral water is widely available.

There are many banks and ATMs just around the apartment block and payment in card is also widely accepted in many shops and restaurants.

Climate is sub-tropical – but having four seasons.

Insurance, health and vaccinations
There are no specific health concerns for staff or visitors in Georgia. No vaccination needed for Georgia. Health and Personal Accident insurance is provided by the host organization.

Conditions of service during deployment
• The EUAV deployee will be provided with Laptop and mobile calls allowance.
• Accommodation, visa fees, insurance and airfares will be covered.
• A monthly Subsistence Lump Sum (243,91 Euros per month) intends to cover basic needs and local transport.
• Transportation between DRC offices will be provided to the deployee.
• In addition, upon return to Europe, an amount of 100 Euros/month of deployment is foreseen as a post-deployment resettlement allowance.


  1. Proven knowledge and experience in the formulation or implementation of social development programs, including social entrepreneurship policies/tools and frameworks;
  2. Demonstrated field experience in humanitarian/development projects with a focus on displaced populations, preferably in protracted displacement contexts;
  3. Strong understanding in livelihood programming at least in one of the modalities:  Entrepreneurship building, local economic recovery/poverty-reduction strategies, small business development; Vocational and Technical Education and Training (VET); Income Generating Activities, others.

How To Apply

To learn more about the position and to apply, please follow this link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/junior-eu-aid-volunteer-livelihoods-officer-georgia-0_en

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