Youth Psychosocial Worker, Thessaloniki
Refugee Trauma Initiative
Thessaloniki, Greece
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Location : Thessaloniki, Greece

Contract Length : One year (Renewable / 3 months probation)

Contract Type : National Contract, Full time / EU Citizens Only


Refugee Trauma Initiative is an NGO working in Greece to provide 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.

  • RTI supports two main lines of psychosocial and educational programming : Baytna, which targets young refugee children with specialized early childhood development (ECD) programming;
  • and Dinami, which targets refugee and local youth with skill-building interventions built around a project-based learning (PBL) approach.

    In addition, RTI provides ad hoc training and capacity-building support to local NGO partners.

    The Dinami Youth Empowerment Programme

    Dinami addresses mental distress and social exclusion by bringing young people from ages 15-24 together to learn, create and connect.

    Meaning power’ in Greek, it offers refugees a vital link to the community, plus a chance to develop skills, make friends, and get respite from the challenges of life in displacement.

    Connecting host community youth to like-minded refugees helps to counter negative narratives around refugees and promote diversity and inclusion within wider society.

    Our intervention is participatory, experiential, and youth-led : through sports, the arts, social events and project-based learning, we aim to empower vulnerable young people to solve their own problems, create positive change and build community cohesion.


    The Youth Psychosocial Worker will work closely with the Dinami Programme Lead to ensure providing support encompassing psychosocial care, community building, skills development, and professional coaching to other young people coming from refugee and underprivileged populations.



    Working with Dinami Program Lead, identify opportunities for programming, design and develop specific workshops,

    Implement and facilitate specific workshops, taking lead in arranging venues, securing attendance, ensuring quality of programming, and providing feedback to Dinami Program Lead,

    Act as a liaison between Dinami and RTI staff, and volunteers or community members engaged in Dinami as instructors,

    Identify volunteers and community members with the knowledge, resources, and interest in conducting, facilitating, or assisting in future workshops,

    Identify organizational partners with resources available for future workshops (for example, a community center able to host a workshop, or a sports program willing to loan equipment for Dinami’s usage),

    Lead community outreach, identifying youth (individuals or groups, refugee or local) in or around Thessaloniki and building strategies to engage them in youth programs,

    Support Dinami Program Lead and RTI Director in engaging with sponsors, donors, and other stakeholders in Dinami,

    Provide mentorship and coaching to workshop participants, helping them develop skills, work out solutions to specific challenges, and helping link them to education or livelihood opportunities.


    Working with RTI Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, ensure that M&E tasks are carried out continually through life of projects,

    Working with Dinami Program Lead, ensure that relevant feedback is documented, absorbed, and incorporated in subsequent workshop and program design,

    Working with RTI Head of Advocacy and Development, contribute to advocacy pieces such as blogs and social media posts, as well as to funding applications.

    Personnel Management & Support

    Assist Dinami Program Lead in supervising Youth Trainees, ensuring their professional development and helping guide them toward career advancement opportunities,

    Assist Dinami Program lead in supervising volunteers, ensuring that they comply with all relevant safeguarding protocols and that their instruction aligns with Dinami and RTI priorities and values.


    University degree in social sciences, arts, political science, human rights, or similar field. A masters qualification will be an advantage.

    Experience in child and youth protection and safeguarding.

    Experience in working with vulnerable population.

    Experience in managing and facilitating activities and projects for youth.

    Applicants must be eligible to work in Greece immediately.

    Proficiency in English required, Greek and / or Arabic / Farsi / Kurdish language skills highly desirable.

    Able to work dynamically and to respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected needs.

    Able to take responsibility for assigned tasks and to respect processes and confidentiality.

    Capacity to solve problems, to transfer knowledge and to develop new skills.

    Listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude towards our young participants.

    Willingness to commit responsibly and to attend all essential training.

    Personal qualities : Team player, responsive, flexible, able to handle stress and tension effectively and to work within a culturally and linguistically diverse team.

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