Interpreter/SAA (Arabic/French OR Farsi) @ Terre des hommes | Greece


Terre des hommes is seeking expression of interest from qualified and committed individuals:  

Category: Collaboration 

Name of the position: Interpreter/SAA (Arabic/French OR Farsi) Locations: Attica Region
Contract Type: National, Short-term Definite Type Contract  Starting Date: ASAP
Activity rate: 100% (full time)  Deadline Applications:



General Context:

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss child relief agency. The Foundation has been helping children in need for over 60 years; defending their rights regardless of their race, creed or political affiliation. In over 40 countries, Tdh protects children against exploitation and violence, improves children’s and their mother’s health and provides emergency psychological and material support in humanitarian crises.

In Greece, Tdh has been working through partners since 2006 and has directly provided integrated child protection and youth services (case management, shelter, MHPSS, education and life-skills, etc.) since March 2016. The overall goal of Tdh’s continued interventions in Greece is to improve the protective environment for at risk children and youth and enhance their resilience.

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Specific Context:

This position is part of the ConstrAct Lab project of Tdh Hellas in the open accommodation sites in mainland Greece.  The project aims to design and implement preventive and protective actions in migrant accommodation sites in mainland Greece with the purpose of limiting the spread of the epidemic among the migrant and host communities through information provision and production of materials through Tdh’s innovative project- ConstrAct Lab. The protective material will be distributed to frontline workers in several camps in mainland Greece as well as to the residents of the camp where ConstrAct Lab will be hosted.

At the same time, focus will be given in reinstating the mental health of the migrant population that has been facing several month-long measures of restriction of movement, disproportionate to the rest of the Greek population, during the COVID-19 outbreak, by becoming actively engaged with developing the aforementioned protective actions, developing skills and evolving ConstrAct production to serve their own needs.


General Position Description:

The main purpose of this role is facilitate the communication with the refugee population which is participating in ConstrAct Lab, to ensure all information and instructions are communicated to the participants in their own language and they are able to implement the activities of ConstrAct Lab with ease and to ensure the successful access of refugees and asylum seekers individuals to Health promotion information. This requires the filling of two key roles:

§  Provision of interpretation/ translation on behalf of beneficiaries with the ConstrAct Lab project staff, with partners of the project and other stakeholders

§  Assisting the Health Promotion Officer with the implementation of health and hygiene promotion activities in the language of the beneficiaries inside and outside accommodation sites in Attica


Provision of basic social support to individuals at an ad hoc basis, primarily linked to the ConstrAct Lab project but also by helping to enhance beneficiaries’ independent access to services through broader information sharing.


Key responsibilities:

General duties

§  Help and support program staff, on daily basis, to communicate with target beneficiaries in order to benefit from and be engaged in project’s activities

§  Support targeted beneficiaries in accessing services through daily accompaniment to relevant services and translation services

§  Establish and nurture positive relations with target beneficiaries, community members and refugee volunteers and all other actors

§  Participate in survey, reporting and data collection when required

§  Willing to work with a flexible working schedule

§  Be ready to provide their services to respond to emergency cases such as health issues (to be addressed within 24 hours) or life-threatening situations

§  Ensure that necessary documentation regarding activities is maintained using agreed upon forms

§  Update required databases and reporting tools to ensure a comprehensive record of activities is maintained  


ConstrAct Lab project specific duties

§  Provide language interpretation to support to the ConstrAct Lab Manager, the Health Promotion officer, Case Workers/Psychologists and other key protection staff

§  Conduct outreach activities with the ConstrAct Lab Manager and the Health Promotion Officer

§  Assist the ConstrAct Lab Manager and Health Promotion officer during meetings with target beneficiaries to share and collect information

§  Assist the ConstrAct Lab Manager and Health Promotion Officer in planning and implementing project activities, including information sessions, translation and development of materials for health promotion and the ConstrAct Lab.

§  Assist Tdh Case Workers at an ad hoc basis to ensure that beneficiaries access information in a clear and concise way, fully understand procedures and that consents/assents are willingly given for the registration in the case management system


Service Access Assistance

§  Encourage beneficiaries to independently access required services

§  Accompany beneficiaries to service providers in order to assist and facilitate access to different type of services, particularly those accessing services for the first time, or vulnerable individuals who are struggling to do so independently

§  Provide regular guidance (via phone and/or face to face) to beneficiaries related to social, medical and legal services access, and sign-post them to access them alone where possible

§  Support social workers in the design, translation and dissemination of mapping of services available for asylum seekers and refugees

§  Implement daily, weekly and monthly follow-up and monitoring visits to PoCs to identify needs and refer internally to the corresponding Tdh services

§  Encourage and support beneficiaries’ attendance and participation to activities and promptly refer to Social Scientists and/or Senior Project Officer any problems and/or related challenges related


Risk Management/Other

§  Comply with the Tdh Global Code of Conduct and ensure Child Safeguarding standards throughout the organization and with partners; report any concern to Child Safeguarding Policy Focal Point.

§  Comply with all operational risk management policies: Whistle Blowing Policy, Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy as well as with the Security Plan of the organization and strengthen their implementation with the project team.

§  Report any safety or security incident to security focal point.

§  Report directly through the established internal reporting procedures any concerns of abuse or mistreatment of beneficiaries ensuring confidentiality at all stages.

§  Adhere to and enforce Tdh administrative regulations and procedures as well as Tdh IT and driving policies and SoPs to the team under responsibility.

§  Commit to observe discretion on any information related to the organization functioning and related issues.

§  Support the base to identify and analyse security risks; especially related to project implementation.

§  Guarantee that project donor’s procedures are respected and alert internally in case of need

§  Travelling will be required.

§  Perform other duties as required.


Candidate΄s profile:

§  University degree in Languages, translation/interpretation, social work or relevant Professional diploma

§  At least 1-year experience in similar position

§  Previous experience with an NGO is desirable

§  Previous experience in health promotion and/or cultural mediation will be considered as an asset

§  Knowledge of key protection and legal issues in the asylum seekers population and best practices

§  Fluency in Greek and / or English (knowledge of both would be an asset)

§  Fluency (oral, and written) in Arabic/ French OR Farsi

§  Ability to work in an inter-cultural environment

§  Basic IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, Internet)

§  Very good communication and interpersonal skills

§  Fulfilled Military Obligations (male candidates)

§  Valid driving license will be an asset

§  Non-Greek candidates when applying must have a valid legal documentation to be employed in Greece


Terre des hommes provides equal work conditions for men and women. Furthermore, for candidates with equivalent qualifications and for positions with responsibilities, applications from women are strongly encouraged.


If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and motivation letter in English with reference code ConstrActLabSAA_102020 at:

Tdh will only consider complete online applications. Only short listed candidates will be contacted and the interview will be conducted in Greek/English.

Due to the urgency of the position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer the post before the closing date.


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