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 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers.
Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.
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.
The Danish Refugee Council initiated its activities in the island of Lesvos in November 2015 due to the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers.
Following new political developments and displacement dynamics in early 2016, DRC expanded its activities to the mainland to support the people living in several sites across the country.
With offices in Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki, it currently implements a wide range of activities, including Site Management Support, legal assistance, identification of individual needs and protection of highly vulnerable persons, access to services within and outside the hosting sites through cultural mediation, non-formal education, and supporting the integration of refugees.
DRC works closely with the refugee communities, the Greek authorities and other humanitarian actors to ensure a protective environment for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece.
DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its operation in Central Greece.
Under the overall supervision of the Area Manager, the Urban Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of DRC urban activities in Central Greece contributing to the overall and specific objectives of DRCs strategy in Greece and ensuring the efficient and harmonious daily operation of DRC’s Integration Learning Centers in Larisa, Trikala and Karditsa.
S / he will be responsible for managing the ILC staff while liaising and coordinating with other Organizations, informal groups and authorities involved in the space, to create and reinforce collaboration and synergies, promoting the welfare of program beneficiaries and helping to create linkages and foster harmonious coexistence with the local population.
Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following :
Develop services and activities in accordance with the DRC's program and strategic objectives;
Managing of DRC ILC staff;
Liaising regularly with DRC country office staff and Area staff;
Manage all operational activities of the ILCs, including human and financial resources, classes, facilities, supplies and coordination with other related departments;
Coordinate all urban programmatic planning and implementation to ensure projects and activities are carried out as planned, in a timely manner and in accordance with donor's requirements and DRC's quality standards;
Ensure that the project activities in their district are delivered on time, within scope and within budget;
Liaise with local authorities, NGOs, grassroots groups and other stakeholders to coordinate joint activities and promote synergies;
Provide first-line trouble shooting for the involved local authorities’ associations and maintaining comprehensive project documentation;
Proactively identify and resolve barriers to implementation through regular monitoring of activities;
Preparation and monitoring of project proposals and budgets;
Evaluation of project performance based on project objectives and activity indicators;
Contribute to the preparation of project reports and ensure that data collection and reporting is performed in a timely and accurate manner;
Ensure sound financial management, budget follow up and accountability of DRC resources;
Ensure the effective implementation of procurement procedures in collaboration with relevant departments, as well as of Finance / admin processes through proper documentation for inventory record keeping;
Responsible to ensure all administrative and filing requirements are in place in the ILC;
Represent DRC Greece to relevant forums and working committees / groups when needed;
Develop new partnerships with other local actors;
In addition to the above, the Urban Manager may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Area Manager.
University degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences, Business Αdministration, International Development and / or relevant field;
At least two years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage;
Excellent verbal and written English skills are required; Greek language skills are highly desired;
Experience in integration and / or educational programmes, community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage;
Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring tools and techniques, including logical framework approach;
Capacity to produce quality concept notes and high-quality reports;
Strong computer skills;
High professional ethics;
Required Skills & Qualities
Core Competencies of DRC : Striving for excellence Collaboration Taking the lead Communication 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
Multi-tasking and organizational skills is a must, and a good sense of humor
Terms & Conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and 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 the broader area of Thessaly (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.
The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization;
Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period;
Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization;
Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
Are you interested? Then apply for this position online : / about-drc / vacancies / current-vacancies. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages).
Both must be in English .
DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.
DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot systemically sponsor non-EU citizen or non-Greek resident for all the steps of legal process to get a work permit and / or a residency permit in Greece.