Applying for the AVID program involves a number of different steps. You are encouraged to allow a sufficient amount of time to compile the different documentation you are required to submit.
Scope Global's Volunteer Unit has a staged selection process, which is based on merit and works within the parameters of the Australian Equal Opportunities Act. Scope Global reserves the right to withdraw a volunteer assignment at any stage throughout the assignment, selection, or pre-departure preparation process.
Stage 1 - Assignments advertised +
Assignments will generally be advertised online for three weeks from the 1st of each month until the 21st at midnight EST (Canberra time). All applicants are required to complete and submit an online application detailing personal information, work history, and responding to the selection criteria. It is important to select assignments for which you are qualified and can demonstrate relevant skills and experience. Similarly, consider the Host Organisation you are applying for and whether your values align, as well as the location in which the assignment will be based.
Stage 2 - Assessment and shortlisting +
Online applications are assessed by the Recruitment and Selection team to create a shortlist. This process usually takes between 3-4 weeks from the application closing date.
In addressing the selection criteria, we recommend that you address each of the assignment outcomes with relevant examples of experience to demonstrate to the Recruitment and Selection team and the HO that you are the best candidate for the role.
For detailed information on how to address the selection criteria, please refer to our Hints and Tips for Applicants. Candidates are selected based on a) their ability to demonstrate their skills and experience against the assignment objectives detailed by the HO, b) their understanding of development work and its challenges, and c) their research into and understanding of the country and HO they have applied for. Candidates who demonstrate these skills will be invited to interview. If there are multiple candidates who meet the above criteria, then those who best meet the criteria will be invited for an interview.
All unsuccessful applicants will be notified and will have the opportunity to watch a video focused on tools and techniques to improve your application.
Stage 3 - Psychometric Assessment, Interview and Reference Checks +
Shortlisted applicants are notified by email that they have progressed to the next stage of the selection process. The email will contain details on how to prepare for the interview and include documents that each candidate should read beforehand.Shortlisted applicants will complete an online psychometric assessment (conducted by Response Psychological) followed by a telephone/Skype interview with a member of the Recruitment and Selection team, which should take approximately 45-60 minutes. Reference checks will be conducted accordingly and unsuccessful candidates after this stage will be notified and an opportunity for feedback will be provided.
Stage 4 - Conditional Offers +
A Conditional Offer Pack is sent to the successful candidare to explain that they are now the Recommended Candidate for the position, and details the next stages of the selection process. Conditional offers are subject to the following: HO/Australian Partner Organisation (APO) approval, satisfactory police checks and medical clearance, completion of First Aid certificate, and satisfactory attendance and participation at the Australian Volunteers Briefing.
Host Organisation/Australian Partner Organisation Approval: The HOs and APOs are then given the opportunity to formally accept the applicant, and the applicant is also required to formally agree to undertake the role. HOs and APOs are encouraged to interview Recommended Candidates before indicating their acceptance. HOs always make the final decision in the selection of candidates, we advise that Recommended Candidates refrain from making any significant changes to their accommodation or current job until they have been formally accepted by their HO.
Recommended Candidates will complete an application to undergo an Australian Federal Police Check.
Recommended Candidates will undertake comprehensive health preparation prior to departure. This consists of Pre-Placement Travel Health Assessment (PPTHA), getting vaccinated, receiving a medical kit and attending the health briefing session at the Australian Volunteers Briefing.
First Aid Certificate:
Recommended Candidates will need to obtain their 'Apply First Aid' HLTFA311Acertificate at their own expense prior to mobilisation. This can be obtained through any Registered Training Organisation offering the course. Candidates can use an existing First Aid certificate, provided that it is still valid at the time of mobilisation.
Obtaining a visa is a prerequisite for commencing your assignment, and visa procedures are different for each country. The Recommended Candidate Pack will detail instructions on how to apply for your specific country.
Stage 5 - Australian Volunteers Briefing +
All Recommended Candidates will attend the four-day Australian Volunteers Briefing which will generally be held the month prior to mobilisation. This aims to prepare you for your assignment through the provision of information on how the AVID Program works, the Australian Aid program's strategic focus and work in the region and on capacity building, sustainable development and cross-cultural communication. This is a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, particularly those going to your country, and to learn more about the program and what it means to be an Australian Volunteer. Satisfactory participation at the briefing will complete the selection process.