Social Worker or Psychologist @ Better Days Greece

Closing date: August 31, 2020


Better Days is looking for a passionate and experienced Social Worker / Social Educator / Psychologist ready to join our PSS Department, which works mainly with unaccompanied refugee minors.

Better Days was established in 2015 in response to the influx of refugees arriving on Lesvos, Greece. We are an international team united by a fierce determination to bring environmental stewardship and compassion into the delivery of humanitarian aid. Whether we are doing emergency response, legal support, education, or PSS, we continue to emphasize the importance of participatory practices, supporting and collaborating with local efforts, and fostering agency among our beneficiaries.

This position will provide services to children who are presenting psychosocial and psychiatric challenges. The Social Worker or Psychologist is responsible for the development and implementation of mental health strategies adapted to our beneficiaries’ special needs. The position includes providing psychosocial support, assessing the needs and ensuring proper case management for the attendees, identifying vulnerabilities, and referring to the appropriate services, at the same time that group activities and individual sessions are provided to our beneficiaries in order to minimize risks and attain certain well-being.


Main functions:

● Provide an immediate psychosocial response to unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups in different areas of Moria Camp.

● Provide individual psychosocial sessions for vulnerable beneficiaries.

● Assess vulnerabilities and refer to the appropriate services.

● Provide Social Emotional Learning group sessions, therapeutic groups, and training for the staff to foster a PSS-informed culture within the organization. Abilities in other kinds of groups will be highly valued (e.g. art therapy, psychomotor therapy, music therapy, EMDR…).

● Ensure that the Better Days staff is equipped with skills to identify trauma and refer protection cases to the PSS team, respect confidentiality, and follow internal referral protocols. Moreover, there is a good understanding of protection principles, identification of cases and maintenance of PSS protocols at all times;

● Training the teachers to be effective social-emotional educators, basing their methodologies on social education and on SEL methods.

● Set monthly programmatic targets, manage progress, and assess outcomes.

● Be able to program mainly alone (under the supervision and support of the PSS Director) therapeutic group sessions, SEL, and other PSS program activities.

● Meet weekly and monthly report deadlines as agreed with the PSS Director & Better Days Managing Director.

● Collaborate with other actors in the area (NGO, local organizations, public services) to orientate the beneficiaries with the services needed. Strong communication skills are needed in this field.

● Collaborate with other members of the PSS team to provide quality psychosocial services from a multidisciplinary and integrative approach.

● Organize group activities for beneficiaries according to their psychosocial needs. Always aiming for empowerment, well-being, and resilience.

● Promote community engagement through structured activities.

● Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for the community.


Education and Experience:

● Social Worker Degree / Psychology Degree.

● Master Degrees and specialization courses of specific kinds of interventions/approaches applicable in the field, and on displaced populations will be highly valued.

● Familiar with asylum seekers and migration issues (asylum process, specific vulnerabilities, relocation, law).

● Field experience working with displaced and/or moving populations and/or vulnerable children in a capacity building, educational, or therapeutic context.

● Field experience in social work/psychology.

● Excellent command of Greek and English (both written and spoken); Knowledge of Arabic, Farsi, or French is a plus.

● Previous field experience with humanitarian NGOs is considered a strong asset.

● Interest for and proven experience of working with vulnerable groups.

● Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for the community.

● A clear understanding of, and interest in, human rights and the well-being of children supporting their healing after traumatic experiences.

● Experienced in facilitating group activities, workshops, and mentoring.

● Ability to self-organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure and professional distance, prioritize work under pressure, complete reports, do administrative work, and manage people.

● Excellent communication skills.

● Being able to work well in a team and also independently.


Job Conditions:

● Based in Lesvos, Greece.

● Gross salary: according to Better Days Greece Salary Policy.

● Status: full-time position.

● Starting date: as soon as possible.


How to Apply

To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and a cover motivation letter in English to and


Closing date: 31/08/2020

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an eventual interview


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