How are volunteers selected?
Successful volunteers will meet the following criteria:
- Necessary technical qualifications and skills to fulfil the objectives of the assignment
- Cultural awareness and sensitivity to the needs of others
- An understanding of the challenges of working in a diverse cross-cultural environment
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Confidence in problem solving ability
- Adaptability and flexibility to deal with challenging situations that arise
- A strong commitment to and understanding of capacity building and sustainable development
- A willingness to exchange knowledge and develop/conduct activities to build capacity of individuals and organisations
The Selection Process
The AYAD Program has a staged selection process. The selection process is based on merit and AYAD works within the parameters of the Australian Equal Opportunities Act. The Selection Team consists of experienced panel members with professional backgrounds in Recruitment and Selection.
The stages of the selection process include:
Stage 1: Applicant shortlist
Stage 2: Telephone Interview*
Stage 3: Referee Checks
Stage 4: Host Organisation/Australian Partner Organisation approval
Stage 5: Criminal History Check
Stage 6: Medical Clearance and Mental Health and Wellbeing Assessment*
Stage 7: Visa
Stage 8: Pre-departure Workshop
Once the first 3 stages have been completed recommended candidates will receive a ‘AYAD Pack’ and the Host Organisation will receive the recommended candidate’s application (including CV). Once the AYAD Pack is received the recommended candidate is expected to contact their potential Host Organisation and Australian Partner Organisation (where applicable) to discuss the assignment.
If a recommended candidate turns down an offered assignment or the Host Organisation does not approve the recommended candidate, that assignment may then be offered to a second ranked candidate. However, the AYAD Program will not fill an assignment if there are no appropriate candidates (even if there are applications for that assignment).
*All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by AYAD. In some cases the Host Organisation or Australian Partner Organisation may also request to interview the candidates before final approval is given.
*As part of the staged selection process you will be required to undergo a Mental Health and Wellbeing assessment. This process will be managed by the AYAD Program’s mental health and counselling provider, Response Psychological Services (RPS).
The purpose of these assessments is to obtain an understanding of your general mental wellbeing and individual predispositions. The information gathered will be used to confirm your suitability for the program and to begin the process of working with you to determine your mental health support requirements whilst in country.
At any stage of the selection process the AYAD Program reserves the right to withdraw the volunteer assignment.
Feedback for unsuccessful applicants
The Selection Panel is available to give feedback to all unsuccessful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by the Program with the dates for application feedback.