CFS/WSS/Youth Team Leader
CFS/WSS/Youth Team Leader
Area of Operation
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. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.
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 December 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.
Under the overall supervision of the CFS/WSS/YSS Team Leader and in cooperation with the DRC protection staff, the Protection Officer – Youth Safe Space (YSS) will implement protection activities where DRC is engaged. Furthermore, the Protection Officer will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern (PoC), relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection activities.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Protection Officer – Youth Safe Space (YSS) responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
- Take a lead in the direct implementation of the youth activities through life-skills and resilience building, music and visual arts activities and organising tournaments and community feedback meetings.
- Identify and promote culturally appropriate/relevant interventions geared towards improved physical and reproductive health, social skills (conflict resolution, problem solving, empathy and relationship building) and self-sufficiency of target beneficiaries.
- Support in the identification of extremely vulnerable adolescent and youths for appropriate referral to other actors for services.
- Conduct comprehensive report and documentation of lessons learnt and best practices to achieve project goals and activities.
- Report any major issues to the protection management.
- Protection monitoring, data collection and document the needs of persons of concern.
- Participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up.
- Identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services and protective accompaniment as necessary.
- Provide appropriate and relevant information to asylum seekers and refugees regarding their rights and services available to them.
- Participate in awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern.
- Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks on sites, through among other, collaboration in the context of activities organized jointly with Site Management Support (SMS).
- Draft protection monitoring reports and/or activities’ reports, provide inputs in designing protection monitoring tools and formats.
- Provide inputs on case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented.
- Mainstreaming protection in all activities on sites by ensuring protection in distribution activities (i.e. vulnerable individuals are fast tracked in distributions.)
- Provide translation/interpretation as necessary.
- Planning and conducting Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) as facilitator and/or note taker and drafting the relevant reports.
- Ensure timely submission of weekly and monthly reports.
- Report any major issues to the protection management.
- Ensure that safeguarding standards are understood and met within the constraints of the working environment.
- Actively attend supportive trainings and meetings.
- Collect and update all the MoV (Means of verifications) that are required and ensure timely submission of them.
- Assist any potential assistant and organize activities as one team. Track participation numbers of youth & adults attending YSS activities.
- Identify materials required for activities preferred by participants and proceed to procurement process after request.
- Monitor and report and refer protection needs/issues and gaps in and around the Youth Safe Space to the Child Protection actor or any relevant actor for necessary support; know and understand the referral pathway.
- Provide appropriate and relevant information to asylum seekers and refugees regarding their rights and services available to them
- Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise.
- Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the line manager relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives.
- At least 1 to 2 years working experience (including volunteer) with asylum seekers, refugees and/or migrants
- Working knowledge of one or more of the following languages: Arabic or Farsi/Dari is mandatory.
- Strong verbal and written English skills.
- Experience of providing support and recreational activities to youth and adolescence.
- Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage.
- 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, and respect of the DRC code of conduct.
- Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others.
- University Degree in Refugee and Migration Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Human Rights, Gender Studies or a related field is preferred.
- Greek and/or French, and/or Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji, Badini) language is an asset.
Required Skills & Qualities
- Core Competencies of DRC:
- Striving for excellence
- Taking the lead
- Demonstrating Integrity
- Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
- Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration
- Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principle and high sense of ethics
- Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are needed
- Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
- Multi-tasking and organizational skills is a must, and a good sense of humor
Terms & Conditions
- The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law (this is a national position)
- All allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus)
- 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 Larissa (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply
Are you 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.
DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot systemically sponsor non-EU citizen or non-Greek resident for all the steps of legal process to get a work permit and/or a residency permit in Greece.
Applications close on the 11th of April 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.