Organization: Danish Refugee Council
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
DRC has been operating in Greece since November 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
DRC strives to be one of the leading displacement focused INGOs in Greece in terms of relevance,
impact and quality, primarily through an integrated site management approach in support to the
relevant Greek authorities, comprising protection activities and the provision of services and
assistance to meet the basic needs of the population hosted on the emergency reception sites.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
• Define psychosocial activities to be implemented according to the children’s ages and situation and contribute to the development of a child friendly space curriculum
• Prepare and implement recreational activities for targeted children (large events or small groups)
• Deliver the CFS curriculum and other recreational activities to the children with/or without their parents
• Identify within the activities the children in need of further assistance. Act in the best interest of the child
• Promote, ensure and establish the child as a central actor in the activities
• Communicate with children in a protective manner ensuring the respect of their rights
• Create a positive and trustful atmosphere while interacting with children encouraging them to express their needs and ensuring their feeling of safety
• Understand children as the main actors in their own development and encourage them in decision making of matters that affects them
• Listen to whatever children would like to say, help them express their feelings and needs and respond to it positively
• Closely follow up individual child participation in activities and identify children with special needs
• Report any observed problem of a child to the social worker for necessary support or referral to other supportive network
• Ensure that a child is not alone in the center/location of activity at all times
• Identify materials required for activities preferred by children and request for procurement
• Actively attend supportive trainings and experience sharing meetings
• Accomplish individual and collective assignments given by her/his supervisors
• Accomplish her/his duty of care protecting children from any form of maltreatment/abuse
• Reports to the social worker and/supervisors as soon as she/he suspect or observe or informed a child or children are at risk of abuse or being mistreated
• Close supervision on young children during group plays and avoid harmful exercises
• Ensure activities are appropriate for the physical and mental capacity of children
• Assist in the coordination of Child Protection awareness raising events
• Organize joint events with children from the host communities for community harmonization.
Collaboration and supervision
• Report any major issues to the protection management
• Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise
• Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.
• University degree in a relevant field such as Education, Social sciences, Refugee and Migration studies, Psychology
• Previous experience with refugees and asylum seekers
• It is “essential” that you have previous working experience with children in educational and/or recreational activities
• Fluency in written and spoken English
• Fluently speak or adequately understand one of the following languages; Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji),French is an asset
• Greek language skill is an asset
• Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage
• Experience working with children
• Social work experience and/or experience in humanitarian work preferably in emergencies
• Strong experience in providing recreational activities to children (drama, play, games, circus, sport, storytelling, drawing/painting, artistic activities, music, dancing)
• Ability to work with refugees in underprivileged settings
• Excellent creativity skills;
• Excellent communication skills especially with children
• Strong computer skills
• High professional ethics
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Dynamic personality and ability to work under pressure
• Commitment to the values, vision and mission of DRC
• Commitment and respect of the DRC code of conduct
• Commitment and respect of the UNICEF child protection policy
• Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
• Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
• Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
• Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
• The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
• Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
• Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
• Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
• Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
Terms and Conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
DRC provides Private Insurance for all National staff.
DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
The position will be based in the broader area of Thessaloniki (Greece ) and national terms and conditions apply.
Interested? Then apply for this position on line: www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
Applications close on the 9th of October 2018.
Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.