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.
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.
Under the day-to-day supervision of the Education Team Leader, in close cooperation with the education staff and with the technical guidance from Education Adviser, the Education Cultural Mediator will provide support to implementation of non-
formal education activities for migrant and refugee children, adolescents, youth and adults accommodated in emergency reception site(s) in Larissa region.
He / She will support the teachers in implementing high quality education program, age appropriate and in line with children and adult needs.
The Education Cultural Mediator will ensure that the migrants and refugees access full range of the education services available for them on site, and provide translation and interpretation as well as culturally appropriate, correct and smooth communication between the persons of concern and education staff.
Furthermore, the Cultural Mediator will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following :
Support teachers in implementation of non-formal education activities for school age children, adolescents, youth and adults in Refugee accommodation sites and off-site settings
Support teachers in implementing culturally appropriate educational activities based on age, knowledge and individual needs of school age children, adolescents, youth and adults
Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding formal and non-formal education opportunities available
Provide cultural mediation and clear, understandable, and culturally appropriate translation and interpretation services for persons of concern and the service providers, as required
Contribute to maintaining and strengthening DRC’s relations with the site population.
Identifying gaps and barriers prohibiting persons of concern from accessing full range of services that are available to them
Promote empathy, compassion and respect for the gender, ethnic, religious, cultural and learning diversity of students
Plan, organize and implement mother tongue language classes for school age children
Assist the Education Team Leader and teachers in administrative tasks when relevant
Attend and participate in assigned meetings, activities and staff trainings
Maintain effective communication with other actors
Advocate on behalf of persons of concern when accessing the education programme
Promoting physical and emotional, cultural and leisure activities connected to educational goals
Any other duties as may be assigned by the education Team Leader or the Teacher relevant to the achievement of Education objectives
Strong verbal and written Arabic
Strong knowledge of Kurdish languages will be considered as a strong advantage
Working knowledge of English and Greek is an added advantage
At least one year working experience in a related field; Previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage
Strong computer skills
High professional ethics
Skills & Qualities
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
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.
TERMS AND 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 in the broader area of Larissa (Central Greece) and national terms and conditions apply