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Education Coordinator

Attica (United States of America)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Attica (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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Introduction

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 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.

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.  

Purpose

Under the supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Education Coordinator will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of DRC educational activities across the country and ensure that DRC’s educational programming is vibrant and well managed and contributes to the overall and specific objectives of DRCs strategy in Greece. 

Management and Programme Quality

  • In collaboration with the Head of Programmes, lead the design, fundraising and implementation of high quality and evidence-based education programmes for children and adults.
  • Contribute to the research and design of education-related concepts and fundraising proposals ensuring participatory project design.
  • Support Education staff in the preparation of work plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, and implementation plans.
  • Lead Education staff in the identification of needs and gaps in DRC Greece Education activities and develop proactive solutions and strategies in agreement with Area Managers, partners and relevant Greek authorities.
  • Advise key Education staff on the effective use of resources according to programme budget and follow up on activity expenditures
  • Coordinate the design, roll-out and follow up of standardized reporting tools for tracking and reporting education activities.
  • Contribute to preparation of timely and high-quality progress reports, project reports, and donor reports.
  • In coordination with the DRC Greece Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team, ensure the implementation of education activities complies with quality standards and are monitored in accordance with pre-defined objectives and indicators.
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements and DRC’s internal procedures and guidelines during implementation of the education programmes in Greece.

Technical Line Management and Capacity Building

  • Provide technical support, training and mentoring to education programme staff throughout Greece to ensure consistent, harmonized and quality programme design and implementation across project locations.
  • Consult Education staff regularly on the appropriateness and applicability of programme approaches and gather lessons learned and best practices to inform future programme design.
  • Identify training needs and training opportunities for Education staff and conduct internal capacity building workshops. 
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Participate in recruitment of Education staff, providing input on the technical capacity of candidates.

Coordination and Representation

  • Lead communication and representation with DRC’s Education partners, providing input on DRC’s Education activities and promoting good relationships and collaboration with other actors.
  • Engage in coordination and cooperation with relevant government authorities, other humanitarian actors, UN, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders 
  • Represent DRC in National Education Sector Working Group, and other relevant meetings 
  • Work closely with other sector-specific technical coordinators and advisors to ensure integration between Protection, Site-Management Support (SMS) and Education teams.

Others and Misc.

In addition to the above, the Education Coordinator may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Head of Programmes. 

Required Qualifications

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • University degree in education, social sciences or international development;
  • Between 3-5 years’ experience as Education Advisor or Coordinator at a country/national level
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in designing, fundraising and managing large Education programmes along the whole programme cycle
  • Experience with education programmes for vulnerable children or adults will be considered an asset
  • Previous working experience with local or international NGOs
  • Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context
  • Social work experience and/or experience in humanitarian work preferably in emergencies
  • Notions of protection mainstreaming in education
  • Ability to work with refugees in underprivileged settings
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills are required
  • Working knowledge of Greek is strongly recommended
  • Other languages skills such as Farsi and/or Arabic are considered an asset

Required Skills & Qualities

  • High professional ethics
  • 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
  • Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
  • Multi-tasking and organizational skills, and a good sense of humor

Core Competencies of DRC:

  •   Striving for excellence
  •   Collaboration
  •   Taking the lead
  •   Communication
  •   Demonstrating Integrity

 

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) .

Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line: www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/currentvacancies . 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 26th of July 2021. 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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