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Social Worker- SIL


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Athens
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: Closed
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In response to the arrival of refugees in Greece in 2015, the IRC has been offering SMS, WASH, and Protection Services. Among others, through its child protection programs, the IRC has been offering individual support through case management to vulnerable children and their families, non-formal educational activities for children through Safe Healing and Learning Spaces and emergency accommodation and protection to unaccompanied children. 
The current program (Supported Independent Living – SIL) aims at offering quality, community-based and age-appropriate accommodation, care, and support to adolescents and young adults previously living under institutional care, empowering them and equipping them wvitalecessary skills in order to ensure a smooth transition into an independent life. 
SCOPE OF WORK: Under the mentorship 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 built and followed up. You will ensure that beneficiaries are referred to relevant services (formal education classes or vocational training as appropriate, job counseling, psychological sessions, etc) and receive the appropriate services to develop their skills and their potential. The Social Worker, collaborates 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.
Key responsibilities:
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, coordinate structured, group skills-building sessions to enable beneficiaries to improve and/or develop their life/soft and transition skills;
Collaborate closely with the Unit Coordinator to ensure that all beneficiaries receive legal support as needed.
Coordinate group activities and group thematic sessions in collaboration 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 training 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 partners, 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 supervise/assess the safety and security of the beneficiaries residing in the apartments; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management;
Participate in case conferences, working groups, ad hoc workshops and thematic training 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 a license to practice and registration in the Association of Social Workers of Greece.
Minimum of 2 years experience in social work, case management, and provision of psychosocial support to women, survivors of GBV, and children, ideally in humanitarian or development settings;
Previous experience in institutions/ shelters/accommodation schemes is highly desirable;
Previous experience in group work with single-parent families and GBV survivors is highly desirable;
Proficiency in Greek and English is required;
Proven understanding of working with women/children/ persons with disabilities;
Personal qualities: Teammate, adaptable, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well and work in a cross-cultural setting;
Understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures;
Strong sense of personal integrity;
Excellent communication skills with good interpersonal skills;
Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task while working in a fast-paced environment;
Cultural awareness and ability to establish relationships quickly with a wide variety of people;
Digital literacy: Knowledge of MS Office, Internet, Outlook, and proficiencywith new technologies required.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including afternoons and in cases of emergency evenings and/or weekends;
Must successfully complete a criminal background check.
Work environment:
Working hours: Morning and afternoon working hours. Due to the nature of the program and based on the program's 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.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an extensive 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: 
We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Respect in the Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
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