Child-Friendly Space Assistant
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 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. 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.
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.
The Danish Refugee Council initiated its activities in the island of Lesvos in November 2015 due to the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers. Following new political developments and displacement dynamics in early 2016, DRC expanded its activities to the mainland to support the people living in several sites across the country. With offices in Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki, it currently implements a wide range of activities, including Site Management Support, legal assistance, identification of individual needs and protection of highly vulnerable persons, access to services within and outside the hosting sites through cultural mediation, and non-formal education. DRC works closely with the refugee communities, the Greek authorities and other humanitarian actors to ensure a protective environment for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece.
DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work as a Child-Friendly Space (CFS) assistant in an open accommodation site. While receiving guidance by the CFS Officer and under the managerial supervision of the CFS Team Leader, the CFS assistant will be responsible for co-preparing and delivering psychosocial and recreational activities for children and youth residing in an open accommodation site.
3. Duties & Responsibilities
The CFS Assistant will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern and will adhere to and promote Child Protection and Child Safeguarding guiding principles. Main responsibilities:
- With the support of the CFS Officer, develop weekly plans including activities to encourage the development of different skills, while focusing on strengthening the children’s resilience;
- Deliver age appropriate sessions to respond to the emotional and social needs of the children, based on a participatory approach;
- Create a positive and trustful atmosphere while interacting with children; communicate in a positive and child-friendly manner that will encourage them to express their needs, and ensure that all children feel safe and comfortable to participate in activities;
- Understand children as the main actors in their own development and plan activities to encourage their active participation in relevant decision making;
- Closely supervise young children, avoid harmful exercises and ensure that no child is left alone in the CFS;
- Closely follow up individual child participation in activities and identify children at risk; report to the CFS Officer any relevant concerns and agree on necessary support and/or referral options;
- Collaborate closely with other child protection actors/professionals in maintaining a common protection-based approach; always act in the best interest of children;
- Carry out community outreach around the CFS and register new children;
- Keep accurate records and ensure compliance with internal reporting system;
- Identify appropriate materials for each activity, monitor supplies and support in procurement process;
- Prepare the CFS area according to the different activity;
- Assist in delivering community-based activities targeting children;
- Actively attend trainings, participate in internal and external coordination meetings as required;
- Perform other position-related duties as assigned.
4. Required Qualifications
- University degree in Social Sciences or Humanities or Political Sciences; (i.e. Education -preferably Early Childhood/Preschool Education, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy etc)
- At least 2 years of experience in delivering activities for children and youth. Prior experience with non-Greek speaking children and youth is an asset.
- Good understanding of relevant child protection issues
- Knowledge of PoC language (Arabic, Farsi, French, etc.) is considered an asset.
- Excellent verbal and written English skills are required.
- Previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage.
- High professional ethics.
- Computer skills.
5. 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 cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
- Multi-tasking and organizational skills is a must, and a good sense of humor
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 Attica (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply
7. Application Process
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 19th of February 2020. 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.