Site Management Support (SMS) Interpreter (Arabic-French-Greek)
Danish Refugee Council
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TheDanish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced personsacross the globe : we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, andstrengthen their opportunity for a brighter future.

We work inconflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countrieswhere refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strivefor responsible and sustainable solutions.

We work toward successfulintegration and whenever possible for the fulfillment of the wish to returnhome.

TheDanish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown tobecome an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staffand 8,000 volunteers.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

Allour efforts are based on our value compass : humanity, respect, independence andneutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


DRChas been operating in Greece since November 2015, providing support to theGreek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditionsfor refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island.

In March 2016, DRCexpanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and thebuild-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.


Under the overall supervisionof the SMS Coordinator the SMS interpreter will provide interpretationservices, from Arabic AND French to Greek and retro-

versa. The SMS interpreterupon prior assignment by the SMS Coordinator will primarily, but notexclusively, support Site Managers, public authorities and medical actorsimplement their activities.

His / her role will be distinct from that of SMSCultural Mediators, in order to safeguard confidentiality and neutrality forPoC sensitive personal data.

Duties andResponsibilities

  • Provide precise interpretation during the sessions held between Site Managers, public authorities, medical actors and other service providers, and Persons of Concern.
  • Strictly abide to the principles of neutrality, impartiality and accuracy and apply these to interpretation
  • Occasionally provide written translation when required;
  • Located in Attica wherever DRC operates as an SMS actor, in the urban areas or in the refugee sites, as requested.
  • Other tasks as required by the SMS Coordinator or Area Manager to support the implementation of DRC’s SMS activities.
  • RequiredQualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written Greek, Arabic and French skills are required; all candidates will undergo a language test with a native speaker.
  • Basic level in verbal and written English skills will be highly appreciated.
  • Extensive vocabulary and ability to accurately translate complex ideas and information, capacity to understand and translate, legal, procedural and medcal information
  • Previous work experience as an interpreter with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
  • Relevant training or certification of translator / interpreter will be considered as a strong advantage
  • Good computer skills required
  • Skills & Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
  • Ability to establish professional boundaries and act with professionalism
  • Ability to work with vulnerable individuals, from children to elderly
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values, as well as interpretation ethics
  • Empathy, combined with a genuine desire to improve the quality of the lives of service users
  • Able to remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the DRC values and ethical standards
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Demonstrates openness to fast-changing conditions and ability to manage complexities
  • Terms and Conditions

    The contract willbe under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to theemployees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).

    DRC providesPrivate Insurance for all National staff.

    DRC providestraining opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services aswell as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

    The position willbe based in Attika (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.

    General Regulations

    The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality andethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the HumanitarianAccountability Framework.

    Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRCcontract period without prior authorization.

    Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or theimplementation of any project during the DRC contract period.

    Employee should not give interviews to the media or publishproject-related photos or other material without prior authorization.

    Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC afterthe end of the contract period or upon request.

    Application Process

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