Youth Worker Traineeship @ Refugee Trauma Initiative | Thessaloniki – Greece

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

Contract Length: 6 Months

Contract Type: National Contract, Full time (with the option to work part-time if enrolled in educational programme)



Refugee Trauma Initiative is an NGO working in Greece to provide trauma-sensitive, identity-informed psychosocial programming for young refugee children and their families, and for refugee and local youth, all while working to set a new benchmark in mental health support for refugees worldwide.

RTI supports two main lines of psychosocial and educational programming: Baytna, which targets young refugee children with specialized early childhood development (ECD) programming; and Dinami, which targets refugee and local youth with skill-building interventions built around a project-based learning (PBL) approach. In addition, RTI provides ad hoc training and capacity-building support to local NGO partners. We work at two levels 1) direct delivery 2) training partners to embed trauma-informed, identity-informed and value-based practices


The Dinami Youth Empowerment Programme

Dinami addresses mental distress and social exclusion by bringing young people from ages 15-24 together to learn, create, connect and learn and practice relaxation, regulation and grounding tools. Meaning ‘power’ in Greek, it offers refugees a vital link to the community, plus a chance to develop skills, make friends, and get respite from the challenges of life in displacement. Connecting host community youth to like-minded refugees helps to counter negative narratives around refugees and promote diversity and inclusion within wider society.

Our interventions are participatory, experiential, and youth-led: through sports, the arts, social events and project-based learning, we aim to empower vulnerable young people to solve their own problems, create positive change and build community cohesion. We incorporate therapeutic, trauma-informed, psychosocial tools into our programming to give participants space and tools to process difficult experiences that may continue to affect them emotionally, somatically and socially.



The Youth Worker Trainee will be trained to contribute to the operations of the “Dinami” Youth programme. This serves as an opportunity for trainees to gain knowledge and experience delivering Project-Based Learning programmes, encompassing psychosocial care and community building, to young people coming from refugee and Greek communities.

The scheme is designed to train, nurture and empower young people with an interest and passion for youth work and psycho-social programming to become future leaders in the field and support them to address relevant issues in their community. The traineeship combines a structured work placement with continuous mentoring, and supervision. Past trainees have reported gaining invaluable knowledge and experience to develop their own path and career inside into the youth development sector. Some trainees have gone on to work for RTI as employees.



  • Assisting with various aspects of the planning and implementation of activities under RTI’s Youth Leadership Programme.
  • Support the Dinami team in facilitating workshops, including facilitating icebreaker exercises
  • Supporting community-based educational, social, recreational programs for the project participants.
  • Researching agencies and organisations for potential partnerships.
  • Identification of potential new guest experts and facilitators.
  • Researching possible venues for our projects.
  • Pre-event offsite logistics for courses and workshops.
  • Individual communication with event and project applicants and participants.
  • Updating, editing, and production of event materials (participant lists, resources etc.).
  • Preparation of social media communication materials.
  • Taking notes in course and workshop sessions and preparing internal reports following the events.
  • General administrative support.
  • Contribute to other tasks and projects as assigned by the Dinami Program Lead.



  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Greece immediately.
  • Able to work flexible hours (usually hours are 9-5 but some projects might run into the evenings or take place on weekends. On these occasions we would need you to be present but can adjust your hours accordingly, so you are not working more than your contractual hours).
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Proficiency in either Greek and/or Farsi/Arabic/Kurdish/Urdu required.
  • Able to work dynamically and respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected needs.
  • Able to take responsibility for assigned tasks and to respect processes and confidentiality.
  • Capacity to solve problems, to transfer knowledge and to develop new skills.
  • Listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude towards our young participants.
  • Ability to put in place and maintain professional boundaries with participants (who may be your age)
  • Willingness to commit responsibly and to attend all essential training.
  • Personal qualities: Team player, responsive, flexible, able to handle stress and tension effectively and to work within a culturally and linguistically diverse team



Please apply by emailing:

  • Your CV
  • Your Cover letter addressing the below questions in no more than 1 A4 page or a Video (max 6 minutes) outlining:


1) Why you want to work with RTI

2) What psychosocial support means to you

3) 3 skills you have that will be useful when working as a trainee youth facilitator

4) One idea you have for a Dinami project


to quoting “Youth Traineeship” in the subject line.

The deadline is Sunday the 16th of August 2020, but early applications are encouraged.


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