Jersey Overseas Aid and Street Child are delighted to launch their Programme Associate placement for 2022-24.
Jersey Overseas Aid is once again teaming up with one of its most trusted NGO partners, Street Child, to offer a unique opportunity to residents of Jersey. This 18 month fully-paid role is intended to give someone the opportunity to launch a career in international development, one of the most challenging and rewarding professions available.
You must be legally entitled to live and work in Jersey, by virtue of birth or length of residency, under the Regulation of Undertakings and Development Law.
International development is an incredibly rewarding career but getting your first job is hard. This exciting programme, now in its 7th edition, will give someone from Jersey the chance to spend 18 months learning the ropes with the professionals, including six months on assignment in a developing country.
Starting in October 2022, you’ll spend 6 months in JOA’s office in St Helier, before transferring to Street Child’s HQ in London for 6 months. By October you’ll be ready for your first field posting, in one of Street Child’s amazing projects in Asia, Africa or the Middle East. You’ll be paid an entry-level salary, plus travel and accommodation expenses.
You should have:
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in any relevant topic
- Demonstrable interest in the sector
- The ability to successfully manage a full and varied workload
Some experience of working or travelling in developing countries would also be desirable. No age limit applies, and career-changers are welcome. However, you should be serious about embarking on a fulfilling but demanding new path, including being prepared to spend significant time in challenging places.
Shaping The Future of Conservation Livelihoods Funding Together is an online conference hosted over two half-days by Jersey Overseas Aid and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. It will bring together practitioners, donors and academics in conservation and development to discuss the opportunities and challenges that working together brings.
Presentations from global institutions will catalyse panel discussions around working in partnership, and at the intersection of conservation and development. Learnings will be used to inform the development of Jersey Overseas Aid’s Conservation Livelihoods funding strategy from 2022.
Do you and your colleagues have great ideas about the future of sustainable development? Do you work in a conservation-development partnership and are willing to share your experiences to shape the future of funding? Are you looking to build partnerships or assess impact across the two disciplines?
Join us, and a diverse assembly of local, national and global actors, as we seek to improve grant programming and donorship in ways which support organisations and communities to more effectively and sustainably achieve joint conservation and development goals.
This conference is made up of two half days. Both half days can be accessed via the same Zoom link, which will be sent to registrants before the event.
Detailed schedule of VERY EXCITING SPEAKERS to be announced shortly.
Day One: Thursday 7 April, 13:00-17:00 BST
- What is integrated conservation and development? What could it be?
- What do conservation and development share, and what do we not?
- What are the challenges – and possible solutions – for evaluating impact across disciplines?
- How can a donor better support integrated conservation livelihoods projects?
Day Two: Friday 8 April, 09:00-13:00 BST
- Building sustainability into project design through co-development and locally-led implementation.
- Becoming one: exploring opportunities for turning conservation itself into a livelihood.
- Financing producers and strengthening value chains for sustainable products.
- Family planning, community health and conservation.
Jersey Overseas Aid believes conservation of ecosystems and poverty eradication are intrinsically linked and must be tackled together. Help us craft encounters of difference to improve design, delivery, and impact evaluation of integrated conservation-livelihoods projects globally. Register today and shape the funding of tomorrow!
The Island’s emergency response charity, Jersey Side by Side, has launched a new online giving platform to support local fundraising efforts for Ukraine.
From today, working in partnership with the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal and Jersey Overseas Aid, the registered charity will coordinate and process monetary donations for the crisis. By making a donation to the appeal through the Jersey Side by Side website (www.sidebyside.je), Islanders can be assured that their money will go further. Donations made to Jersey Side by Side, a registered charity, are eligible for tax relief for donations of £50 or more, meaning that every £1 donated by Jersey taxpayers can be worth £1.25 to the appeal.
Jean le Maistre MBE, Founder and Vice-Chairman of Jersey Side by Side, commented: “As this humanitarian crisis continues to unfold, this appeal encourages Islanders to stand side by side with the people of Ukraine and support them in their hour of need. By using our online giving page, we can maximise the Island’s fundraising efforts as donations to Jersey Side by Side, a registered charity, are eligible for tax relief for donations of £50 or more. What this means is that every £1 donated by Jersey taxpayers can be worth £1.25 to the appeal, so Islanders’ generosity will go further to help those affected by the conflict. By pledging money, as opposed to items, we can make sure that the right type of assistance reaches those who need it quickly and effectively.”
The Bailiff, Mr Timothy Le Cocq, recently said: “Islanders are generous people and already we have seen a tremendous outpouring of support for the people of Ukraine. The Russian invasion of a peaceful European country and its horrifying use of indiscriminate force against civilians has shocked Jersey, which knows only too well the impact of Occupation. Islanders are already doing what they can to help the people of Ukraine, and this Fund will help direct their generosity to those who need it most.”
All donations received by the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal and Jersey Side by Side will be distributed by Jersey Overseas Aid, ensuring the funding reaches the people and places where it is needed most. Islanders will be able to see how their donations are being used to help those impacted the crisis by visiting www.joa.je/bailiffs-ukraine-appeal/.
Jersey’s Minister for International Development and Chair of the JOA Commission, Deputy Carolyn Labey, said: “There has already been an incredible response from Islanders to Ukraine, with clothing and monetary donations, in addition to the combined £1.36 million pledged by Jersey Overseas Aid and the Government of Jersey to date. I’d like to thank the volunteers and agencies who built this new website, which centralises Jersey’s fundraising efforts and makes it quicker and easier for Islanders to give their support. We will ensure that all funding received is directed to where it will have the most impact.”
A group of local charity professionals, digital agency Webreality and fundraising platform provider RaceNation gave their time and expertise to design and build the new website, which streamlines and maximises fundraising. Professionals from Digital Jersey are supporting with the Social Media campaign.
Islanders wishing to give to the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal should visit www.sidebyside.je where they can make a secure online donation and find out more about how to volunteer for the charity and organise fundraising activities.
Islanders can scan this QR code which will take them directly to the donation page on www.sidebyside.je
We are delighted to share this incredible opportunity for three Channel Islanders to travel to Senegal this August as part of a solidarity, volunteering trip. The trip is being run by the non-profit organisation, ‘Jeunesse et Développement’, based in Brittany, France and will join a larger contingent of enthusiastic French volunteers.
Suitable for Islanders aged 18-25, the trip will require a proficient level of spoken French (AS-level or equivalent). The trip will involve:
o Participating in the development of accessibility work for people with disabilities
o Contributing to the improvement of working conditions in a hospital
o Supporting ecology and environmental activities
When: 5th-26th August 2022
Where: Senegal, Africa
Cost: €1000 (approx.) + flights, visas and vaccine costs. Please consider applying for the volunteering bursary offered by JOA which gives successful applicants £500 towards their trip.
Application: Please email us to submit your interest/application using the following details:
Email Reference: Senegal Solidarity trip application
Details to consider including:
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- Introduce yourself
- How did you hear about this opportunity?
- What excites you most about this trip?
- What makes you a suitable candidate?
- Relevant skills, interests.
- Why would you like this opportunity?
- How would the trip benefit you?
- In your career ambitions
- Your personal development
- How would the trip benefit you?
This may be followed by an interview after the application closing date.
Application Closing Date: Thursday 31st March 2022
JOA Bursary Information:
At JOA we offer a volunteering bursary, designed to support islanders in pursuing international volunteering opportunities, such as this trip. Following a successful application, eligible islanders are given a grant of £500 towards their trip costs. Please see the link for further details and how to apply for the bursary.
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) is responsible for distributing funding raised through the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal. Jersey Side by Side are coordinating the fundraising efforts on the island. If you’d like to make a donation, please visit: https://www.sidebyside.je. JOA will ensure that the funds are directed to the agencies and locations where they will have the most impact and will ensure the funds are properly accounted for.
The dashboard below shows the latest figures on the amount raised and how it is being distributed.
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), the island’s official, publicly-funded relief and development agency, has pledged an initial £360,000 in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Today, JOA Commissioners agreed to make initial grants worth £360,000 to be split equally among three organisations; The Red Cross, UNHCR (The UN’s refugee agency), and OCHA (The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). Between them these organisations will provide essential services to the hundreds of thousands of people who have already sought shelter in neighbouring countries and the millions still facing terrible hardship in Ukraine.
“Like all Islanders, I have been appalled at the cruelty and violence inflicted on the innocent people of Ukraine by the Russian invasion. Jersey knows exactly what it is to be occupied by a foreign force, and it will come as no surprise that the Island will do all we can to oppose this illegal war and to help those affected by it,” said Jersey’s Minister for International Development and Chair of the JOA Commission, Deputy Carolyn Labey.
In a statement to the States on 2nd March, Minister Labey gave more details of JOA’s first support to Ukraine.
UNHCR estimates that up to 4 million refugees may flee Ukraine. UNHCR coordinates the implementation of the inter-agency Regional Refugee Response Plan, one of the two plans launched on March 1st, to support governments in their response to a refugee influx through the provision of core relief items. These include shelter, emergency relief items, cash assistance, mental health and psychosocial support, and helping people with specific needs, such as unaccompanied children.
Red Cross (£120,000)
Both the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have launched emergency appeals for their operations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. ICRC’s response is targeting the support of health facilities, the provision of medical equipment and food, as well as reuniting separated families. The IFRC will focus on assisting an initial two million people in need with a special focus on vulnerable people, including unaccompanied minors, single women with children, elderly, and people with disabilities. Funds will increase the capacity of Red Cross teams in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF) was established in February 2019 to help meet the most critical needs of the conflict-affected population in eastern Ukraine. This is one of the worst-affected areas in the current conflict, and has now suffered eight years of war. Like other Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs), the UHF allows donors to pool their contributions to enable humanitarian partners such as local relief agencies to access funds rapidly deliver timely and coordinated assistance. It will now be greatly scaled up, with others joining us to support it.
“Jersey Overseas Aid has a proud record of directing life-saving support to those afflicted by natural disasters and conflict, aided by a network of partners operating at the front line of such emergencies and a professional staff who have themselves worked in such situations. Fast-moving humanitarian emergencies are difficult to respond to. The needs of people on the ground change rapidly, and the capabilities of those able to help them also change as the humanitarian space contracts. We have been in touch with several charities and UN Agencies, and participated in yesterday’s launch of the UN Flash Appeal for Ukraine. We have even received detailed information on the Ukrainian Ministry of Health’s requirements, and are in discussions with a specialist logistics and procurement organisation with offices in Ukraine,” added Deputy Labey.
JOA expects to make additional grants as required, as well as assisting the Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal, which was launched yesterday.
The Bailiff’s Ukraine Appeal will provide an opportunity for Islanders and Island organisationsto contribute financially to support the people caught up in the conflict. JOA will ensure that the funds are directed to the agencies and locations where they will have the most impact, and also ensure the funds are properly accounted for. Meanwhile, Jersey Side By Side, the charity established following the 2004 Tsunami, is gearing up to help process donations eligible for tax relief, meaning that £1 donated by a taxpayer can be worth £1.25 to the appeal..
“Jersey may be a small country, but we will not stand by while innocent people suffer the effects of a barbaric and totally unnecessary war. We have a tradition of helping others, just as we ourselves were helped in 1945, and we will do all we can for the heroic people of Ukraine,” concluded Deputy Labey.
Minister for International Development Carolyn Labey signed an agreement today with Zambia’s Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock to roll out Jersey’s renowned dairy aid programme in a fourth African country.
The Memorandum of Understanding paves the way for Jersey Overseas Aid and its partner the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society to begin work in Zambia later this year. These dairy projects, centred around the Jersey cow but also including training for farmers, have transformed milk yields for tens of thousands of smallholders in Rwanda, Malawi and Ethiopia. In Rwanda alone, a female Jersey cross is born every hour.
Minister Labey commented “It is such a pleasure to see our beloved Jersey cow lift so many people out of poverty, and I’m delighted we will now begin this work in Zambia.” The first project is now being finalised, and will likely reach 10,000 poor families.
Deputy Carolyn Labey also met JOA partner FSD Zambia, which with Jersey’s support has created over 4,000 savings groups for women in rural areas and is enabling 30,000 smallholder farmers to insure their livestock for the first time. Zambian television gave extensive coverage to Deputy Labey’s visit, which marks the growing cooperation and friendship between the two countries.
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), the island’s official, publicly funded relief and development agency, has today published its five-year strategic plan. The plan sets out 11 core objectives and 15 pledges that reaffirms JOA’s commitment to alleviating suffering in some of the world’s poorest countries whilst increasing both the impact of its funding and its accountability to taxpayers.
The strategic plan, which has this week been presented to the States Assembly by Deputy Carolyn Labey, Jersey’s Minister for International Development and Chair of the JOA Commission, outlines JOA’s principles, approach and highlights the value that Jersey’s generosity and compassion delivers to the recipients of its aid.
Speaking at its launch Deputy Labey said, “It is also our moral obligation to ensure we target those most in need whilst managing our overseas aid budget as carefully as possible. This strategic plan highlights JOA’s principles and approach and demonstrates what a well governed, effective, professionally-staffed donor organisation it has become,”
JOA delivers assistance through four core work streams: international development, humanitarian and emergency relief, Jersey charities engaged overseas and local outreach, including Community Work Projects and bursaries.
Highlighted in the strategy is JOA’s long term development focus on three carefully chosen themes: Dairy for Development, Financial Inclusion and Conservation Livelihoods. Selected for their effectiveness in bringing lasting change to the lives of the poor, these themes have also been identified as areas where Jersey can add considerable skills and knowledge therefore maximizing value.
“We believe that we can effect more lasting change for greater numbers of people by narrowing and intensifying our development assistance, implementing larger, longer-term programmes. We also realise that we can achieve greater impact by focusing our development grants in ways that enable Jersey to add more value than just the funds we contribute, promoting sustainable economic and human development in some of the poorest countries on earth through carefully-chosen interventions which play to our strengths as an island,” added Deputy Labey.
Under the strategy, JOA’s humanitarian and emergency relief will continue to reach civilians affected by armed conflict, earthquakes and other natural disasters. It will increasingly do so through mechanisms that maximise the value and effectiveness of contributions, such as pooled funds managed by the UN’s Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It will also prioritise under-funded and ‘orphaned’ emergencies as well as providing flexible funding that contributes to a swifter and more efficient humanitarian response.
“Jersey has provided emergency food and shelter in the rubble of multiple earthquakes and airstrikes, and given hope and dignity to millions of hungry, sick and displaced people. As a recipient of life-saving assistance ourselves, I think it is both fitting and poignant that Jersey is now supporting those who find themselves in need’ added Deputy Labey.
Other key objectives identified in the strategy include furthering JOA’s support of Jersey charities working abroad as well as local outreach. Over the next five years JOA will expand Jersey’s overseas aid footprint on the world stage by providing funds for projects led by local charities such as the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey, as well as providing training and support in key areas such as impact measurement, governance, decision-making and finance.
To view JOA’s five-year strategic plan, and to read the objectives and pledges, please visit: www.joa.je/annual-reports
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), the island’s official, publicly-funded relief and development agency, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its overseas volunteering programme, Community Work Projects.
As part of this celebratory year, JOA is calling on Islanders who have taken part in a Community Work Project to get in touch with their memories, photos and videos, which will be shared at events taking place throughout the year.
Since 1972, JOA has facilitated parties of volunteers to work with communities in developing countries for up to four weeks. As well as bringing lasting benefits to poor and vulnerable people, these Community Work Projects serve to raise awareness in Jersey of global development issues, and also play an important part in Islanders’ own personal development. Many have led to lasting links with communities all over the world, and several local charities were born from volunteers’ experiences abroad. By 2021 over 1,000 volunteers had completed over 100 projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.
“JOA’s mission is to translate the generosity, skills and compassion of the people of Jersey into effective assistance for the world’s most vulnerable people – and the Community Work Projects programme delivers exactly this. We are incredibly proud that the volunteering scheme has reached its 50th year and even more thrilled that we continue to be oversubscribed with applicants for every project. It says an incredible amount about the people of Jersey that so many Islanders are willing to give their time and their skills to help build schools and community centres, construct water pumps in rural villages and build critical infrastructure, such as dams, that enable some of the poorest people in the world to build themselves a future. We should all be immensely proud of JOA’s Community Work Projects and those who volunteer for the programme,” said Deputy Carolyn Labey, Minister for International Development and Chair of JOA.
In 2022, JOA hopes to send two cohorts of volunteers to undertake Community Work Projects. The first group will be flying out to Kenya in June to work with JOA’s partner, Excellent Development, building sand dams in the South of the country. The second group will be travelling to Nepal to work alongside local charity, the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey, later in the year.
Each Community Work Project is organised by JOA and is delivered in the field by one of JOA’s partner organisations. Each group is usually formed of about twelve volunteers and is led by an experienced team leader. Participants contribute towards their travel expenses and JOA funds the additional costs of the trip. JOA also funds materials and supplies necessary in order to complete the projects. Volunteers participate in training and team-building exercises in the months before departure.
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Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) has awarded its biggest ever grant to the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey (GWTJ) in recognition of the charity’s continued commitment to Gurkha veterans and the people of Nepal.
Over the next three years the GWTJ will receive a maximum of £300,000 to deliver water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects to eight rural communities as well as implementing a school rehabilitation project.
“We are delighted to be increasing the amount of funding we provide to the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey as it will enable the charity to provide even greater assistance to Gurkha veterans, their families and their wider communities,’ said Deputy Carolyn Labey, Jersey’s Minister for International Development and Chair of the JOA Commission. “As part of our commitment to the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey we are also pledging our support over three years, as opposed to providing funding annually, which will mean the charity can plan projects with the confidence that guaranteed, long-term funding provides. We owe these incredibly brave veterans a debt of gratitude and it is humbling to be able to translate the generosity and compassion of islanders through this increased, long-term funding.”
The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey was established in late 2014 as a Jersey charity to mark the 200th anniversary of Gurkha soldiers serving in the British Army. The charity’s Patron, the Lieutenant Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, praised the work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey in his Remembrance Sunday address: “Many of you will have heard of the vital and highly effective work that the Jersey branch of the Gurkha Welfare Trust has been doing to help the children and families severely impacted by natural disasters in Nepal. This work has been underpinned by the support of Jersey’s Overseas Aid funding and all of it has delivered tangible life-enhancing benefit to remote Nepalese communities. This is a prime example of how aid from a relatively small island community, working alongside a veterans-inspired charity, can have disproportionate benefit for a similarly small, but much less fortunate, community halfway across the world.”
The local charity is a partner to the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a UK charity which was established in 1969 to support veterans by paying them a welfare pension. The support that the Trust delivers to Gurkha veterans and their families has dramatically expanded over the last half century, providing health checks and medicine, grants in times of hardship and building earthquake resilient homes. The Trust also provides aid to the wider community, providing clean water to thousands of households every year and rebuilding much needed infrastructure including schools and community centres.
JOA has supported the work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey since 2016, funding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects across rural Nepal, as well as rebuilding four schools and a community centre. Over the last decade, four JOA Community Work Projects teams have spent time in Nepal, building or rebuilding essential infrastructure in rural communities.
Lt Col John Pinel, Chairman of the Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey, said that JOA’s commitment to providing long-term funding demonstrates the progression of the charity over the last seven years. “We are incredibly grateful to Jersey Overseas Aid and to the people of Jersey for their continued support.”
(Image: “Resilient WASH & Emergency Preparedness Programme (RWEPP)”. Credit: The Gurkha Welfare Trust)
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