Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI) is at a critical stage in its development. Founded in 2016 Refugee Trauma Initiative is committed to supporting community and frontline workers to bring non-clinical mental health support to every child and family affected by violence and displacement.
Our mission is to help communities heal from violence and displacement. Our vision is a world where caring mental health workers are within reach of anyone affected by trauma.
Refugee Trauma Initiative is an NGO working in Greece to provide values-based, trauma-sensitive, identity-informed psychosocial programming for young refugee children and their families, and for refugee and local youth, all while working to set a new benchmark in mental health support for refugees worldwide.
and Dinami, a youth empowerment programme for refugee and Greek youth, a community-based collective healing programme which combines psychosocial support with skills development through project-based learning approaches.
In addition, RTI runs a range of collective healing therapeutic groups for adults and provides training and capacity-building support to grassroots NGOs.
RTI is seeking a passionate skilled manager with experience running therapeutic youth programmes to join RTI’s programmes team to lead the Dinami programme.
The RTI Dinami programme, meaning power’ in Greek addresses the emotional challenges of being a young person in a new country, navigating hostile asylum processes on top of the experiences of war, conflict, and displacement.
We do this through a community-based, collective healing approach : bringing young people from ages 14-25 together to have fun, experience respite, learn new skills, create, and connect.
Dinami is for both refugee and Greek youth to foster new friendships and promote diversity and inclusion.
Our Dinami model is participatory, experiential, and youth-led : through project / process-based learning through sports, creative and practical skills, and social events we aim to support and empower vulnerable young people to feel part of a caring community, to recognise and grow their personal resilience and resources, to build confidence around existing or new skills and to build community cohesion.
As part of a small, specialized team your work will support families, children and young people have who have been displaced by war, persecution and climate change.
You will be a therapeutic practitioner with who is experience facilitating youth projects. You will have some experience managing a team and this will be a skill you will already bring and be committed to growing.
Ideally you will also have experience designing and delivering trainings. You will be aligned with RTI’s values-based, trauma-sensitive and identity-informed approaches, committed to human rights and have a desire to distill therapeutic principles through systemic, holistic approaches of care that can have a far-reaching impact, through training non-specialists in safe therapeutic collective healing practices.
You will be committed to personal reflection, learning and growth to deepen your professional practice.
The role-holder will have experience working according to ethical and good practice safeguarding principles. You will be expected to adhere to and promote RTI’s Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding and protection Policies as they will be involved and responsible for programmes working with children and vulnerable groups in different settings.
Role Responsibilities :
1. Team management :
2. Dinami hub programme :
From September 2020 April 2021 the Dinami team tested whether the Dinami programme could be scaled into a training and capacity building programming, like the RTI Baytna programme.
The tester pilot demonstrated the value of this. This year Dinami will launch an official Dinami Hub Pilot programme to create a network of organisations across Northern Greece called a Dinami hub’.
The Dinami team will train and provide capacity building support to.
3. Dinami Direct Delivery :
Throughout the year Dinami, in collaboration with youth associates and external facilitators facilitates psychosocial / collective healing project-based learning processes and spaces for different age groups between 14-25 in and around Thessaloniki and online.
Qualifications and Experience :
Experienced manager (min. 2-3 years)
Experience running psychosocial / therapeutic programmes
Experience working with youth and designing programmes
Experience working with vulnerable populations, ideally working with refugees and asylum seekers
Experience in child and youth protection and safeguarding
Eligible to work in Greece immediately; committed to living in Thessaloniki
Proficiency in English and Greek required, and / or Arabic / Farsi / Kurdish language skills highly desirable
Strong written skills
Proficiency with computer programmes e.g. outlook, one-drive, Microsoft softwares, basic design skills
Desirable but not essential :
Child and Adolescent specialism
Fluent in written and spoken Arabic or Farsi
Already living in Thessaloniki
Skills and Behaviors :
Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling RTI values.
Excellent at initiating and managing own work
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
Understands the importance of a supportive working culture and works actively to engage with the team and its rituals
Perfectionist’ (you don’t want errors, typos in ANY public-facing content) + someone with aesthetic sense for digital content
RTI offers Psychological Support Fund for its employees and are eligible to apply after the end of the probation period.
RTI offers reflective supervision to all staff