Protection Assistant (PMT)
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
The Protection Assistant, in coordination and cooperation with the Protection Monitoring Team, CFS/WSS/Youth team, the Legal Aid Officers, Roving Cultural Mediators (RCMs) and Legal Aid interpreters, and supervised by the Field Protection Manager and Protection Monitoring Team Leader, is expected to contribute to the protection activities. Under supervision of the Field Protection Manager and Protection Monitoring Team Leader, and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Protection Assistant will implement Protection activities where DRC is engaged. Furthermore, the Protection Assistant will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern (PoC), relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives
- Protection monitoring, data collection and document the needs of persons of concern.
- Participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up.
- Support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways.
- Identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services and protective accompaniment as necessary.
- Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding their rights and services available to them.
- Participate in awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern.
- Participate in population profiling and verification exercises to ensure adequate and relevant data collection.
- Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks on sites, through among other, collaboration in the context of activities organized jointly with Site Management Support (SMS).
- Draft protection monitoring reports and/or activities’ reports, provide inputs in designing protection monitoring tools and formats.
- Provide input on case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented.
- Mainstreaming protection in all activities on sites by ensuring protection in distribution activities (i.e. vulnerable individuals are fast tracked in distributions).
- Planning and conducting Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Information Sessions as facilitator and/or note-taker and drafting the relevant reports.
- Daily or weekly reporting to the Protection Monitoring Team Leader and/or Field Protection Manager of the activities carried out during the week.
- Ensure that correct procedures are followed when responsible for any focal points.
- Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.
- Provide translation/interpretation as necessary.
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Field Protection Manager, or other supervisors, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives.
- University Degree in Refugee and Migration Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Human Rights, Gender Studies or a related field is preferred.
- Strong verbal and written English skills.
- Working knowledge of Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji/Badini), French and/or Arabic is mandatory
- Working knowledge of Dari/ Farsi, Pashto and/ or Urdu is mandatory
- Knowledge of Somali or Lingala will be an advantage.
- Previous experience working with refugees, migrants and asylum seekers is necessary.
- At least one year 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 mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage.
- Strong computer skills.
- High professional ethics.
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 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.
- There are two positions vacant depending on the language skills of the candidates. (one position for the Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji/Badini), French and/or Arabic speakers and one for the Dari/ Farsi, Pashto and/ or Urdu speakers)
- 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 27th of March. 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.