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Social Worker


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Athens
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date:
Type of Contract: Until the end of February 2023 (maternity replacement)
Type of Employment: Part Time/ 30 hours per week
Under the guidance and supervision of the Unit Coordinator, the Senior Officer and the Program Manager, the social worker conducts all steps of the case management process for the single-women and their children residing in the independent living apartments and ensures all beneficiaries have an individual/family action plan created and followed up. The candidate ensures that beneficiaries are referred to relevant services(formal education classes or vocational trainings as appropriate, job counseling, psychological sessions etc) and receive the appropriate services to develop their skills and their potential. The candidate cooperates fully with the caretakers, and other staff members of the support team, for the provision of quality and integration activities, as well as with various external service providers.

Ensure that beneficiaries residing in the apartments receive individual case management support by conducting assessments, action plans, direct psychosocial service provision, referrals and follow ups;
Act as a reference person for an assigned number of beneficiaries and follow up on their progress; 
Ensure the beneficiaries are enrolled in formal and non-formal educational, recreational and integration activities as appropriate;
Ensure that beneficiaries have a clear life plan, depending on interests and wishes and that the plan is adapted and updated accordingly;
Along with the caretakers, organize structured, group skills building sessions to enable beneficiaries to enhance and/or develop their life/soft and transition skills;
Cooperate closely with the Unit Coordinator to ensure that all beneficiaries receive legal support as needed. 
Organize group activities and group thematic sessions in cooperation with the caretakers;
Ensure that beneficiaries receive the appropriate services and proactively cooperate with the IRC Livelihoods department and external service providers for the provision of job readiness trainings and the transition planning;
Proactively identify any behavioral changes or issues the beneficiaries might have and complete the appropriate referrals to the external psychologist or other external specialized services, as needed; 
Ensure effective communication with relevant state and non-state stakeholders, such as EKKA, UN agencies, Prefectures’ social services, other CP/ WPE actors and NGOs and other IRC programs;
Directly work with other profiles and professionals internal or external service providers on management of caseload and referrals;
Communicate regularly with other case management and protection staff for updates on achievements and challenges identified with beneficiaries;
Keep all case management files updated and secured, according to the Data Protection and Information sharing Protocols in place;
Complete all reports in a timely manner;
Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the beneficiaries residing in the apartments; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management; 
Participate into case conferences, working groups, ad hoc workshops and thematic trainings when required;
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to support the beneficiaries and enable and develop IRC programs.

Technical diploma or degree in social work, including license to practice and registration in Association of Social Workers of Greece. 
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in social work, case management, provision of psychosocial support to women, survivors of GBV, children, ideally in humanitarian or development settings;
Previous experience in institutions/ shelters/accommodation schemes highly desirable; 
Previous experience in group work with single parent families and GBV survivors is highly desirable;
Fluency in Greek and English is required;
Demonstrated understanding of working with women/children/ persons with disabilities; 
Personal qualities: Team player, responsive, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well and work in cross-cultural setting;
Understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures; 
Strong sense of personal integrity;
Strong negotiation and coordination skills;
Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task while working in a fast-paced environment;
Cultural awareness and ability to build relationships quickly with a wide variety of people;
Computer skills: Knowledge of MS Office, Internet, Outlook and competency with new technologies required.

Must be able to work flexible hours, including afternoons and in cases of emergency evenings and/or weekends;
Must successfully complete criminal background check.

Working hours: Morning and afternoon working hours. Due to the nature of the program and based on the program needs, flexibility is required. Working afternoon hours or covering night shifts and being on call might be required. 
Travel and other requirements: Travel requirements between the apartments within Attica and occasionally to other areas of IRC programs within Athens.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. 

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.
Due to the expected high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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