Call for Proposals 2017 - EU Aid Volunteers - Projects for deployment of EU Aid Volunteers to support and complement humanitarian aid in third countries, with a focus on strengthening the capacity and resilience of vulnerable and disaster affected communities and implementing organizations EACEA/08/2017 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 expects to achieve the following results:

  • 525 junior/senior volunteers deployed to communities in vulnerable and disaster-affected third countries,
  • for junior professionals: possibility to take part in apprenticeship placements in EU before deployment,
  • opportunities 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:

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:

  • activities to build/strengthen capacities,
  • 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 knowledge, organisational learning and good practice,
  • study visits,
  • activities to foster partnership building,
  • activities to assist organisations in meeting the Core Humanitarian Standards,
  • activities to strengthen regional cooperation,
  • (only for technical assistance) Coaching and mentoring of key sending organisation paid staff and volunteers,
  • (only for capacity building) Training courses for third country trainers/coaches/mentors/multipliers,
  • (only for capacity building) Study visits of up to 3 months for key paid staff or volunteers from third countries to be based in EU 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.

Online volunteering activities should be related to the project and shall be implemented via the EU Aid Volunteers Platform managed by the Commission.

European community funding

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

  • 12,60 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 06 June 2017 - 4 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals 2017 - 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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