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Legal Interpreter (Legal Aid Team) - National Contract

Southern Africa

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 3 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, and institutional and organizational change that contributes to 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 to the Athens area, Larissa and Thessaloniki in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee populations on mainland Greece, while maintaining its protection activities in Lesvos island. In mainland Greece, DRC is currently providing Site Management Support (SMS) to the Greek authorities.  
Under the overall supervision of the Legal Aid Team Leader, under the management of the Protection Manager, in cooperation with the legal aid team and  the DRC protection staff, the Legal Interpreter will provide interpretation services for the legal aid-officers , from Dari/Farsi to Greek and retro-versa. The interpreter will facilitate the implementation of DRC’s legal assistance programme.   
Duties and Responsibilities  
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:   
  • Provide precise interpretation for group legal information sessions as well as for one-on-one individual legal counselling and individual legal case management for the DRC legal team relevant with asylum procedures and refugee rights, across refugee sites in Attica 
  • Occasionally provide written translation when required;  
  • Other tasks as required by Legal Officer to support the implementation of DRC’s legal assistance programme activities.  
Required Qualifications  
  • Excellent verbal and written Greek and Dari/Farsi skills are required; all candidates will undergo a language test with a native speaker.  
  • Basic level in verbal and written English skills will be highly appreciated. 
  • Extensive vocabulary and ability to accurately translate complex ideas and information, capacity to understand and translate, legal and procedural information 
  • Previous work experience as an interpreter with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage  
  • Relevant university degree, or certification of translator will be considered as a strong advantage 
  • Good computer skills required  
Skills & Qualities  
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities  
  • Ability to work with vulnerable individuals, from children to elderly 
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values  
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others  
  • Empathy, combined with a genuine desire to improve the quality of the lives of service users 
  • Able to remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure 
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the DRC values and ethical standards 
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback 
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude 
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities 
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).   
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 Attica (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.  
General Regulations  
The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.  
The employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.  
The employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.  
The employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.  
The employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.  
Application Process  
Interested? Then apply for this position on line:  
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.   
Applications close on the 16th of October 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.    
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Southern Africa
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-16

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