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Cultural Mediator (Arabic & Kurdish)

Attica (Greece)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Attica (Greece)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Culture and Sport
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-13

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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 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.


1. Background


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. 


2. Purpose


DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its Site in Skaramangas as a Cultural Mediator. Under supervision of the Community Mobilization Team Leader and in close collaboration with other DRC field units, the Cultural Mediator will support implementation of activities and will provide translation and cultural mediation services, to ensure appropriate, correct, and smooth communication between the persons of concern and DRC staff  in the emergency reception sites under DRC’s area of responsibility.



3. Duties & Responsibilities

Under the managerial supervision of Community Mobilization Team Leader, the Cultural Mediator will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s SMS activities.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Provide translation and cultural mediation services for all DRC field staff, as required
  • Contribute to maintaining and strengthening DRC’s relations with the site population
  • Provide advice to DRC staff, in order to make sure that DRC activities are culturally appropriate for the target population
  • Contribute to raising cultural awareness both within the PoC community, as well as DRC staff
  • Contribute to the continuous efforts for increased communications with persons of concern throughout DRC units, duty bearers and other humanitarian actors
  • Support NFI distributions, verification exercises and other SMS activities by providing interpretation to those staff members who are responsible for the realization of such activities
  • Support the Help Desk operation by providing interpretation and basic information to PoC
  • When necessary, support the Site Operations team, external contractors and other actors with interpretation and cultural mediation in the sites where DRC operates as an SMS actor
  • Other tasks as required by the Community Mobilization Team Leader, to support DRC’s activities implementation



4. Required Qualifications


  • Excellent command of written and spoken Arabic and Kurdish. Greek or French will be an asset.
  • Basic level in verbal and written English skills will be considered an asset
  • Relevant training or certification related to translation or interpretation will be appreciated
  • General administrative skills are needed, including competence with Microsoft Word, basic Excel
  • 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 
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the DRC values and ethical standards
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities


5. Required Skills & Qualities


  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • 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 Attika (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply


7. Application Process


Are you 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.

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 1st of July 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.       

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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