Protection and Gender Coordinator @ CARE Athens / Greece


Closing date: 12 Aug 2017

POSITION: Protection and Gender Coordinator

Location: Athens (with occasional travel to Thessaloniki)

Starting date: ASAP

Duration: until 31 December 2017 (with the possibility of extension depending on program continuation)


Whilst on assignment s/he will be the Country Office’s primary focal point for ensuring that protection objectives are mainstreamed into CARE’s refugee response programming and that relevant capacities of the partner organizations are built. S/he will be responsible for developing clear strategies and methodologies on protection and will lead in the implementation of these. S/he will work directly with partners to build capacities and provide technical advice/supervision to implementing staff. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Program and Partnership Manager to embed protection sensitive approaches within design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.

This position will ensure alignment of protection strategies and actions to the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and the IASC Guidelines on Gender-based Violence (GBV) Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.


Management responsibilities

Manages the SGBV / Protection Officer


Primary Responsibilities:

Capacity building activity

  • Conduct workshops and trainings for CARE staff and partners to promote and consolidate protection principles and case management minimum standards
  • Develop and lead specialist trainings on SBGV case management with partners where gaps are identified e.g. in relation to boys and men
  • Ensure that the Protection/SGBV Officer delivers of life skills trainings for refugees who are transitioning from humanitarian cash assistance to the Social Solidarity Scheme.


  • Ensure protection mainstreaming across CARE’s work in Greece
  • Ensure that partner’s protection and SGBV teams have the needed capacity and skills to identify and react upon any protection risks beneficiaries might be facing.
  • Work with the SGBV / Protection Officer and the partners to devise and implement psychosocial activities for the existing beneficiaries.
  • To support the Partner to devise integration plans for the accommodation project beneficiaries and to ensure that these integration plans are at the individual level, that they are developed into a overarching strategy and that indicators for integration are developed, followed and reported on.
  • Ensure that the partner is using a clear internal referral pathway that is regularly reviewed for both Athens and Thessaloniki and is making of an external SGBV referral pathway
  • Ensure that the partner is accurately and timely (weekly) reporting on all protection activities.
  • Identify protection thematic needs among refugees who are transitioning from humanitarian assistance to the Social Solidarity Scheme.
  • To work with the programme manager to identify new programming opportunities and funding for refugees who are transitioning from humanitarian assistance to the Social Solidarity Scheme and in relation to SGBV programming.


Case management: In close coordination with partners:

  • Support the use of the beneficiary feedback mechanism to be used in the project accommodation and ensure that concerns are rectified.
  • Ensure that an appropriate referral mechanism is in place with linkages formed to agencies who are equipped to provide case management and that there is an appropriate follow up mechanism in place.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to ensure that relevant protection data is captured and analysed.
  • Evaluate impact on beneficiaries and document outcomes, lessons learnt, and best practices in relation to protection
  • Support the Programme manager in identifying partners across Athens and Thessaloniki with whom establishing synergies for the implementation of SGBV prevention and mitigation info sessions.


Coordination and representation

  • Liaise and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders – including implementing partner, the Protection Working Group (PWG), SGBV Working Group, community-based organizations, volunteer groups to enhance cooperation and coordination.
  • Coordinate with the Protection Working Group (PWG) in Greece and ensure all PWG strategies, policies and guidelines are mainstreamed to CARE’s programs in Greece
  • Represent CARE during the PWSN task force relevant meetings.
  • Prepare a project information sheet (EN and GR) to be disseminated in the project locations.



  • Provide input to new project proposals
  • Support in building relationships with potential new partners active in protection sector/implementing protection related activities
  • The Protection and Gender Coordinator may be asked to perform any other reasonable task related to CARE programming in Greece and the protection role.


Primary Skills:

• Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law, Social Work, International Relations, Conflict transformation, Development studies, or related discipline. A bachelor’s degree will be acceptable only if the candidate can demonstrate significant experience in protection programming in humanitarian settings
• Five years of experience working on protection issues in humanitarian contexts, including experience in complex humanitarian response and resilience programs; and all phases of the project/program cycle
• Experience setting up protection monitoring and legal assistance programmes
• Experience in leading SGBV programming
• Knowledge of human rights law, refugee law and the legal framework that supports the international refugee protection regime
• Knowledge of the European Asylum System and familiarity with recent policy developments affecting asylum seekers in Greece
• Proven experience of successful capacity-building of humanitarian field staff and partners on protection concepts, theory and practice
• Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English. Arabic/Farsi would be an advantage
• Ability to work in multi-cultural team
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Strong networking capability
• Ability to organize and facilitate training sessions,
• Experience in working with local partner organizations
• Ability to develop capacity building frameworks and work plans


About CARE:

CARE is a global leader of a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and defeating poverty. We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security. We are operating in 94 countries running nearly 1000 lifesaving projects for around 80 million people.

Currently CARE in Greece distributes cash, provides protection services such as legal and psychosocial support, as well as accommodation for vulnerable women and young men in cooperation with our local partners.



Please send your complete application package (CV, motivation letter, references), including in the email title “Protection and Gender Coordinator”, to Ms. Judith Berger at no later than 12th of August.

Please, note that Interviews may start before the closing date if suitable candidate applies.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Women and men are equally encouraged to apply.


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