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Legal Aid Officer

Thessaloníki (Greece)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Thessaloníki (Greece)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-21

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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 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, non-governmental 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 professional to work for its operations in North Greece as Legal Aid Officer. Under the supervision of the Legal Aid Team Leader of Northern Greece, under the management of the Field Protection Manager, and in close coordination with other DRC field staff, the Legal Aid Officer will manage legal casework for persons of concern, deliver info-sessions on legal matters and assist in different cases regarding the rights of asylum seekers. Furthermore, the Legal Aid Officer will develop and maintain good relations with persons of concern, humanitarian actors and other stakeholders, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC protection activities.


3.Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:

  • ​Work in close cooperation with DRC Legal Aid Team North Greece and thereby be able to respond to the continuously monitoring and documented needs of the persons of concern;
  • Handle the identified legal cases from the sites;
  • Provide individual counselling and case management on e.g. the asylum procedure/international protection;
  • Provide legal assistance in administrative procedures regarding issuing of birth certificate, tax number, work permit and the like;
  • Provide legal info sessions regarding the asylum procedure, rights and obligations of an asylum seeker, integration opportunity in Greece or other relevant legal topics;
  • Provide legal aid statistics;
  • Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned from the legal cases handled;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Legal Aid Team Leader and/or the Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of the legal aid objectives.


Collaboration and supervision

• Report any major issues to the protection management

• Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise

• Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.


4. Required qualifications

  •  Law degree and relevant experience with refugee/migration law and humanitarian law;
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Greek skills;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic, Kurmanji, Sorani, Farsi or French is an added advantage;
  • Two years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage;
  • Driving licence is considered an asset;
  • Experience with statistics;
  • Strong computer skills;


5.Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities;
  • 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;
  • Commitment to the values, vision and mission of DRC
  • Commitment and respect of the DRC code of conduct


6.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 the broader area of Thessaloniki (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply


7. Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position online: 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 31st of December 2019.  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.      



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