Call for proposals 2016 - EU Aid Volunteers - Projects for deployment of senior and junior EU Aid Volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries EACEA/14/2016 Closed!


The objective of the call is to fund projects involving the deployment of EU Aid Volunteers. These projects will contribute to strengthening the Union’s capacity to provide needs-based humanitarian aid aimed at strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster-affected communities in third countries by focusing on disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and enhancing the link between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD). In addition, these projects may also strengthen the capacities of implementing sending and hosting organisations participating or intending to participate in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, including in tools and methods of early warning for disasters.

With this call the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (hereinafter referred to as ‘EACEA’) expect to achieve the following results:

  • 350 junior/senior volunteers deployed to projects in resilience building and disaster risk management in vulnerable fragile or disaster affected countries and forgotten crises in third countries,
  • for 100 junior professionals: possibility to take part in apprenticeship placements in Europe before deployment,
  • pportunities for online volunteering to support or complement the project activities,
  • projects funded under this call provide synergies and complementarity to EU-funded operations in humanitarian aid or civil protection in the respective countries/regions.


Activities supported under this call must include the deployment of senior and junior EU Aid Volunteers to humanitarian aid projects in the area of disaster risk reduction, preparedness and LRRD in third countries based on identified needs. This includes selection, recruitment and preparation of EU Aid Volunteers and communication activities in compliance with the Communication Plan of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative.

Activities to support the implementation of the main action may include:

  • Apprenticeship placements for junior volunteers in EU sending organisations
  • Capacity building of vulnerable, disaster affected communities and local organisations
  • Capacity building of hosting organisations
  • Technical assistance for sending organisations
  • Activities to promote involvement of online volunteers as well as employee volunteers to support the actions of the EU Aid Volunteers

Project activities may include:

  • information, communication and public awareness
  • hazard, risk analysis and early warning
  • contingency planning and preparedness for response
  • protection of livelihoods, assets and small scale mitigation works

Activities within capacity building and technical assistance may include:

  • Training courses/train the trainers
  • Activities to reinforce and foster partnership building
  • Study/scoping visits to refine and finalise needs assessment of the action
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Job-shadowing
  • Twinning arrangements and exchange of staff
  • Exchange of good practice
  • Study visits
  • (only for technical assistance) Coaching and mentoring of key sending organisation paid staff and volunteers
  • (only for capacity building) Study visits of up to 3 months for key paid staff or volunteers from third countries to be based in European applicant/partner organisations

Capacity building activities should be undertaken by senior volunteers or junior volunteers with significant experience in capacity building and supervised by a senior professional.

On-line volunteering activities should be related to the project and shall be implemented via EU Aid Volunteers Platform developed by the Commission.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 8,40 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 17 June 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 01 September 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call 2016 - EU Aid Volunteers - Projects for deployment of senior and junior EU Aid Volunteers (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)

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