ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ONLINE VOLUNTEERING

WHO ARE YOU? 

You are an enthusiastic, self-organizing professional, student or volunteer who is interested in being part of a wider team.You think that online volunteering can play an important role in supporting or strengthening field activities in the world of international development. Your main focus will be on the  programmes of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the EU Aid Volunteers Program. 

WHAT DRIVES YOU? 

You know that volunteering online has huge potential and you know what is needed to leverage it.  You may already know about models such as Missing Maps, the IFRC’s Surge Information Management Support (SIMS), the NLRC’s Ready2Help and the Austrian Red Cross’ Team Österreich initiative. You will look at all these (together with other team members) with the aim of developing blueprints for the most promising models, setting them up and implementing them. You will work on 1 or more of the 3 phases of the project depending on your availability within a core team. 

YOU ARE GREAT AT… 

Many things! Below is an outline of the tasks and activities across the 3 phases. Graduates, if you have specific research questions that you think would fit in this initiative or if the initiative inspires you to come up with a research question please let us know! 

PHASE 1: NOW TILL FEB 2019 

  • Analyzing models 
  • Making blueprints for new online volunteering models 
  • Make sense of the big world of online volunteering models and write up a “big picture” 
  • Support the creation of an online resource for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to learn about online volunteering 

PHASE 2:  FEB 2019 ONWARDS 

You will be part of a team that creates online volunteering models including: 

  • Working methods 
  • Digital tooling 
  • Quality control system “giving a level of guarantee to operational teams” 
  • Vacancies 
  • Communication materials 
  • Training materials 
  • Country specifics (differences from country to country, e.g. “what is volunteering?”, “what are volunteers allowed to do?”) 

PHASE 3: JUL 2019 ONWARDS 

Support the piloting and evaluation of the online volunteering models that you or your predecessor(s) helped build. 

YOUR SKILLS 

  • Interest in the opportunities provided by online volunteering for field support 
  • Research and analysis skills 
  • Writing skills 
  • Ability to develop business models for online volunteering (FEB/MAR 2019 onwards) 
  • Good knowledge of English 

YOUR EXPERIENCE 

  • Volunteering and/or managing volunteers 
  • Experience with online volunteering would be an asset 
  • Developing business models  
  • Developing online models would be an asset  
  • International development/disaster response  

PRACTICALITIES 

This is a volunteer position for which: 

  • We ask you to come to our office in the Hague regularly. 
  • The amount of days you come to the office depends on how you self-organise. 
  • We reimburse travel costs 
  • You need your own laptop to work from 

Please contact  Jramakers@redcross.nl via email if you are interested and want to know more. 

BACKGROUND 

Increasing distance support is a major priority to have more efficient and sustainable field actions. Prolonged online support can be useful for both, deployed personnel and local counterparts, because specific expertise could be summoned and provide their knowledge and know-how with no needs for deployment. Online volunteering has the advantage of being less affected by in-country risks, and therefore has the potential to give more reliable and ongoing support to field operations. Other than the long-term sustainability, online volunteering could be a huge source of specific support, provided by trained personnel, available for back rear support of ongoing operations. Online volunteering is also an excellent way to strengthen local systems without replacing them, leaving the in-country volunteers of local partner-NS in the center of humanitarian action. 

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