June 28, 2016 12:42

Alliance2015 Members Part of the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative

Three Alliance2015 members, i.e. Concern, ACTED and People in Need, are involved in the new EU Aid Volunteers (EUAV) initiative which consists of two phases and grants so far.

The purpose of the Technical Assistance Grant (ending 31 August 2016) is to strengthen the agenciesā€™ HR systems to prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises, and to improve their capacity in volunteer management.

The purpose of the second part of the project, covered by the Deployment Grant (1 July 2016 to 31 December 2017), is to recruit, train and deploy* volunteers, and thus help create a pool of people well-trained to respond to future humanitarian challenges.

The three Alliance2015 members have benefited significantly through their involvement in the EUAV project. In particular, they have been able to:

  • Fund HR projects benefiting wider organisational needs, i.e. the development, upgrade & translation of e-learning courses.
  • Review their HR systems and identify opportunities to increase efficiency through the use of technology.
  • Strengthen their capacity for volunteer recruitment and their volunteer training and performance management processes.

The project has had a strong Alliance2015 framework, with the agencies identifying the following benefits of working with Alliance2015 partners:

  • Sharing and learning from each other.
  • Increased efficiency through workload distribution.
  • Access to a range of perspectives and skillsets within the group.
  • Support by Alliance2015 staff.

Concern, ACTED and People in Need are currently looking at new calls for proposals for additional grants under the EUAV initiative, and at other ways of cooperation.

* Countries of deployment: Angola, Cambodia, Haiti, Lebanon, Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Turkey.