Child Friendly Space Officer - National Contract
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in 40 countries around the world.
DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Assistance Framework: Saving lives and alleviation of immediate suffering among people affected by conflict, Safeguarding, restoration and development of livelihoods, an Institutional and organisational change that contributes to the protection of people’s rights and peaceful handling of conflict.
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, Thessaloniki and Larissa in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
The CFS Officer will oversee daily operations of the Child Friendly Space (CFS) and education activities in the sites where DRC operates. S/he will coordinate the development and implementation of high quality programs and activities inside the CFS/Education facilities, providing on-going support for those working with children, and ensuring the strict adherence to DRC’s child safeguarding and participation policies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
- Supervise CFS assistants to ensure quality implementation of activities;
- Ensure that safeguarding standards are understood and met;
- Ensure a safe and child-friendly atmosphere in the Child Friendly Space/Education facilities;
- Lead the development of a CFS, and non-formal and informal education curricula;
- Assist CFS Assistants in defining psychosocial activities to be implemented according to the children’s ages and situation;
- Screen for and monitor protection needs and gaps in and around the Child Friendly Space/Education facilities;
- Coordinate joint events with children from the host communities for community harmonization;
- Report general protection issues present in the CFS/ Education facilities to the Protection Manager;
- Ensure timely submission of weekly and monthly reports;
- Accomplish individual and collective assignments given by the supervisor;
- Contribute to staff performance reviews of CFS Assistants.
- University degree in a relevant field
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in development projects/humanitarian aid with a special focus on working with children at risk;
- Strong verbal and written English skills
- Working knowledge of Arabic or Dari/Farsi is an added advantage
- Minimum two years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
- Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a refugee or other humanitarian context is a strong advantage
- Experience working with children
- Social work experience and/or experience in humanitarian work preferably in emergencies
- Strong experience in providing recreational activities to children (drama, play, games, sport, storytelling, drawing/painting, artistic activities, music, dancing)
- Ability to work with refugee children in underprivileged settings
- Excellent creativity skills;
- Excellent communication skills especially with children
- Strong computer skills
- High professional ethics
Skills & Qualities
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Dynamic personality and ability to work under pressure
- Commitment to the values, vision and mission of DRC
- Commitment and respect of the DRC code of conduct
- Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
- Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
- Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
- Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
Terms and Conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
All work related transport costs from duty station to other work sites are refundable.
All communication costs work related are refundable.
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.
The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
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.
Applications close on 1st of March 2017.
Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.