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.
Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 8,000 employees and also 8,000 volunteers, while managing a turnover of over 400 million Euro. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, nongovernmental and non-denominational relief organization. The Danish Refugee Council is Denmark’s largest humanitarian NGO and has been ranked the 3rd best NGO in the world in 2018 (for the six consecutive years, the organization is among the top five of the NGO Advisor Annual List).
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 November 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.
DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic individual to work in the non-formal education programme in Central Greece as a Cultural Mediator. Under the daily supervision of the Education Officer and overall supervision and management of the Education Team Leader and with the technical guidance from Education Coordinator and in close cooperation with the teachers, the Education Cultural Mediator, will provide support to the implementation of non-formal education activities for migrant and refugee children and youth living in emergency reception sites in Greece. The Education Cultural Mediator will support teachers in implementing educational and outreach activities that are high quality, age appropriate, and in line with the needs of children and youth students
Duties and Responsibilities
The Education Cultural Mediator responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
Implementation and design of non-formal education activities:
- Support teachers in the implementation of non-formal education activities for school-age children (6 to 15), youth (16-18) and adults (18+) as per the populations’ needs
- Collaborate with teachers to create a safe classroom environment and promote holistic student well-being
- Support teachers in designing culturally appropriate educational activities based on age, educational level, and the individual needs of students
- Promote empathy, compassion and respect for the gender, ethnic, religious, cultural, and learning diversity of students
- Plan, organize and implement mother tongue language classes for school age children where possible
- Assist in coordinating joint events with children, youth and adults from refugee and host communities, for integration purposes
- Provide information to beneficiaries on existing education opportunities (formal and non-formal) and promote the right to education for all
- Contribute to outreach activities and support the distribution of teaching and learning material (e.g. stationery, homework packs and school kits)
- Provide translation/interpretation when necessary
- Assist the education team in administrative tasks when relevant
- Attend and participate in assigned meetings, activities, and trainings
- Contribute to the identification of student vulnerabilitties and raise protection referrals to the Protection Team, Team Leader or Child Protection actor as needed.
- Adhere to DRC’s Code of Conduct and help to create and maintain an environment that prevents child safeguarding violations and promotes the implementation of DRC’s child Safeguarding Policy
- Contribute to the reinforcement of existing communication with persons of concern across DRC departments
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Education Team Leader relevant to the achievement of NFE objectives
- Attend and participate in assigned meetings, activities, and trainings
- Maintain effective communication with other DRC departments and actors at site-level
- Organize and deliver on-site education/parents meetings in the area of operation as required
- Contribute to continual improvements in DRC programming and ways of working, through identification and communication of challenges, gaps, recommendations for improvements and lessons learnt.
Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, suggest relevant accountability initiatives in the field.
- At least one (1) year of professional experience in a related field (required)
- At least 2 years’ experience working with children (highly desirable)
- Experience in providing recreational activities to children (drama, play, games, circus, sport, storytelling, drawing/painting, arts activities, music, dancing) will be highly appreciated
- Experience engaging with communities living in emergency reception site(s) in Greece would be a strong asset
- Previous experience with local or international NGOs will be considered a strong advantage
- Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage
- Good computer literacy
- Training or courses in NFE and/or child protection/safeguarding will be considered an asset
- English (good verbal and written skills) (required)
- Greek (good verbal and written skills) is considered an asset
- Strong verbal and written knowledge of Farsi (required)
- Strong verbal and written knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto is considered 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 work with students of different cultural backgrounds, different languages
- Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
- Flexible, enthusiastic, and willing to learn from others
- Multi-tasking and organizational skills are must, and a good sense of humor
Terms and 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 Larisa (Central 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 2nd of December 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.