CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Reference Number : GRCFA21-414
Position Title : Social Worker
Duty Station : Athens, Greece
Type of Appointment : Special Short-Term Ungraded Contract
Closing Date : 01 November 2021
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
In Greece, IOM is focusing on responding to the Mediterranean migrant’s crisis, in support of the Greek Government and in cooperation with all other agencies involved. IOM currently implements interventions within the areas of emergency, preparedness and response, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, healthcare and psychosocial assistance, assisted voluntary return of migrants, migration and development, resettlement and repatriation, family reunification, counter human trafficking, assistance to vulnerable migrants.
|IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.|
IOM through the Project “Operation of Six Shelters for Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Greece” coordinates the management and operation of 6 Shelters for unaccompanied children in Greece in collaboration with relevant Authorities and Stakeholders. The 6 Shelters operate 24/7 aimed at providing accommodation and access to services for UMCs. Besides accommodation, the following services are provided to the target group: addressing basic needs, hygiene, legal counselling and information about life opportunities in Greece, interpretation, psychosocial support, medical support, Greek learning programs, learning support, organization of intercultural activities, creative employment and career guidance.
Under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Shelter Coordinator, the successful candidate will be assigned the following:
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Participate in the unaccompanied child’s reception team, which: a) informs the child about the operation and the rules applied in the Shelter; b) conducts individual interviews and c) draws up individual action plans, based on the needs and best interest of each child.
2. Explore the social history of the unaccompanied child during the reception process and conduct social assessment, taking into account, inter alia, the child’s family environment, the situation in the child’s country of origin and the conditions he/she experienced up to entering the project.
3. Refer cases to any services needed (health, education, provision of activities), based on individual needs; Take responsibility for the administrative part of psychosocial procedures and follow up on their progress.
4. Conduct a Best Interest Assessment (BIA) or draft other similar reports and identify the needs and vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children.
5. Refer the unaccompanied child to the psychologist of the facility, or to other health providers, mainly in the public sector, if it is assessed that the child needs psychosocial/psychiatric support.
6. Book appointments and escort the unaccompanied children (Asylum Service, Medical appointments or urgent, school, indoor and outdoor activities).
7. Organize group sessions with the children in order to support and enhance team bonding, team spirit, open discussions about the relationships among the children and the challenges which may arise during the period of providing the temporary accommodation services.
8. Develop and update service mapping of new and existing archives.
9. Assist children with all necessary information in order to access relevant specialized care and/or administrative services (for example: a map to the nearest mosque, the official procedure to receive money from their home country, official translation of their educational documents, etc); Prepare documentation, leaflets and outreach messaging in collaboration with Interpreters.
10. Develop recreational activities in cooperation with the educators of the facility.
11. Distribute food, clothing and personal hygiene kits to the children, according to their needs, in cooperation with the rest of the staff employed in the Shelter, if needed.
12. Reinforce the rules of the facility at all times.
13. Collect and monitor all the required beneficiaries’ documentation, on a monthly basis, for donor purposes.
14. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
• University degree in Social Work, with minimum two years’ work experience.
• Master’s degree in above fields an advantage.
• Licensed Social Worker.
• Membership with the Association of Greek Social Workers would be an advantage.
Experience and Skills
• At least two years of relevant professional experience in psychosocial support, work in the migrant and refugee’s context or any other relevant experience;
• Previous experience working with children considered as an asset;
• Excellent communication and negotiation skills, personal commitment, efficiency and flexibility;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision;
• Good level of computer literacy;
• Ability to work under difficult conditions;
• Valid driver’s license with at least five years of driving experience would be an advantage.
Fluency in English and Greek is required.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.
Appointment will be subject to the provision of requirements relevant to the position including academic degree(s), professional licenses, criminal record certificate and declaration of relatives in the Organization.
This post is subject to local recruitment. Only those holding a valid residence and work permit for Greece will be eligible for consideration.
How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their application including a cover letter, CV and a completed Personal History Form in English by email to: GRHRAPPLY@iom.int , specifying the vacancy reference number GRCFA21-414 and full name in the subject line.
Please click this link to access the Personal History Form (four pages).
Due to the volume of applications received, IOM Greece Human Resources will not be able to respond to all inquiries about the application status and will only contact shortlisted candidates.
From 25 October 2021 to 01 November 2021