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Project Assistant (voluntary) - Ecumenical Accompaniment Program for Palestine and Israel

Act for Peace

Background to the organisation

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a dynamic, fast-paced small team where you will learn a lot and contribute to positive impacts on the ground for communities affected by conflict and displacement? If you are, Act for Peace is looking for a Project Assistant (volunteer) to support a human rights and unarmed civilian peacekeeping program in the West Bank.

Act for Peace’s vision is for a peaceful world where all people share a safe, just and dignified life. Our purpose is to empower passionate people to work together to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

With support from Act for Peace and like agencies, our overseas partners assist people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement. We have a strong focus on displaced communities, community based disaster risk management, and sustainable development, integrating a peace-building approach.

Our suite of programs includes field based projects, organisational strengthening initiatives and advocacy and research initiatives.

Act for Peace is committed to ensuring that this opportunity to learn and grow as an international development professional. While you will be expected to work hard, you will be supported by an experienced team.

Focus of this role

This opportunity relates to a project called the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). This program was created by and ultimately managed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) with Jerusalem and Geneva based staff. The program works through National Coordination bodies in 25 countries around the world. This programmatic infrastructure exists to support teams of international volunteers, ‘Ecumenical Accompaniers’ (EAs) who undertake three month deployments in the occupied West Bank, and then return to their home countries to undertake awareness raising and advocacy targeting policy change.

In Australia, the National Coordination is managed by Act for Peace, the aid and development arm of the National Council of Churches in Australia. It is Act for Peace’s role to recruit, train and deploy Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) from Australia. Act for Peace’s coordination of this program is supported by a volunteer Committee comprised of former EAs and other people experienced in the context and the program. The Project Assistant would support Act for Peace’s coordination of the Australian component of the program (note: the Project Assistant would not themselves be an EA and would not travel to Palestine as part of this opportunity).

EAPPI Australia implements a model which helps EAs to generate enough funds to fully pay for their own deployment; and support to the EAs upon their return to Australia to undertake more strategic and targeted advocacy as part of EAPPI’s global efforts.

Duration of volunteer role (20 weeks, three days per week):

  • Start date: Tuesday 10 Sept 2019
  • Closed for Christmas break 19 December to 6 January (two weeks)

Proposed finish date: Friday 7 February 2020.

A full position description is attached below.


This volunteer opportunity is unpaid. However, a $20 / day stipend is provided to cover the cost of public transport to and from the Sydney office and lunch (this is taxable; alternatively AfP can reimburse transport and lunch costs up to $20 on submission of receipts and this reimbursement is not taxable). This stipend or reimbursement is paid for every full work day (7 hours from 9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break); relevant incidental work-related expense will be reimbursed as long as it is approved by the EAPPI Australia National Coordinator prior to incurring the expense. On occasion, it will be possible for the volunteer to work-from-home, in which case the stipend or reimbursement is not provided.

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