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, nongovernmental 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 the 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
DRC has been operating in Greece since November 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island.
In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its office in Thessaloniki (Northern Greece) as a WSS (Women Safe Space) Team Leader.
Under supervision of the Field Protection Manager and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the WSS Team Leader will be 100% field-based and will support the activities’ implementation in Women Safe in Northern Greece sites.
Furthermore, the Team Leader provides on-going support for those working with children, women and youth as well as ensure the child safeguarding and participation policies of DRC are strictly adhered to.
S / he will coordinate the WSS response in the DRC sites in Northern Greece with staff presence, develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, if needed, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s activities.
2. Duties and Responsibilities
The Team Leader responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following :
Internal coordination of the WSS teams and in close collaboration with the Protection Monitoring Team in all DRC sites.
Supervise WSS assistants to ensure quality implementation of activities and contribute to staff performance reviews.
Ensure that teams adhere to and promote general protection, child protection, GBV guiding principles and child safeguarding best-practices, and professional standards and principles, as well as know and understand the referral pathway through capacity-building and on-the-job support.
Ensure that attendance and participation of children, women, adolescent and youth, in the spaces in all sites is supported and encouraged and that participants are consulted for the planned activities.
Coordinate joint events with children, women, adolescent and youth from the host communities to promote social cohesion.
Identify needs and support creation of new and extracurricular activities preferred by children, women, adolescent and youth and request the procurement of materials.
Conduct comprehensive reports, ensure timely submission of weekly / monthly reports, attendance and headcount sheets, document case studies, best practices and lessons learnt from the activities implemented and to achieve project goals.
In collaboration with protection teams, conduct awareness raising activities on child protection, GBV and its health consequences;
promote available services to boys and girls, youth and women, and listen to them on barriers to accessing services.
Identify and promote culturally appropriate / relevant interventions geared towards improved physical and reproductive health, social skills (conflict resolution, problem solving, empathy and relationship building) and self-sufficiency of target beneficiaries.
Support in the identification of extremely vulnerable girls, boys, women, adolescent and youth for appropriate referral to specialised services.
Ensure a safe and friendly atmosphere in all the facilities and that safeguarding standards are understood and met.
Assist WSS Assistants in defining psychosocial activities to be implemented based on age, gender and diversity (AGD), and situation.
Screen for and monitor protection needs, analyses trends, patterns and gaps in and around the facilities.
Prepare, plan, conduct and organize activities with girls and boys, youth, and women as well as review according to the needs.
Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise.
Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.
Any other duties as may be assigned by the Field Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives.
3. Required Qualifications
University degree in international relations, management, human rights, social science or related field;
Minimum 3 years professional work experience within international humanitarian / development work or 2 years professional work experience within protection field and community related activities;
Professional fluency in written and spoken English;
Working knowledge of one or more of the following languages : Arabic, French, Kurdish and / or Farsi will be an asset;
Knowledge of displacement issues and local context in Greece is a clear asset;
Strong computer skills;
Female candidates only.
Good understanding of displacement issues of both internally displaced and refugees and related international standards / frameworks;
Solid project management experience;
Extensive experience in representation and networking;
Excellent analytical and strategic skills;
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders;
Excellent negotiation, advocacy and communication skills
4.Required Skills & Qualities
Core Competencies of DRC :
o Striving for excellence
o 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
High professional ethics
Multi-tasking and organizational skills are must, and a good sense of humor.
5. Terms and 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 Thessaloniki ( North Greece) and national terms and conditions apply