Legal Aid Officer
Danish Refugee Council
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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 supervision of the Protection Team Leader / Manager and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Protection Officer will support the implementation of all Protection objectives under DRC projects in the emergency reception sites.

Furthermore, the Protection Officer 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 Protection activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following :

  • Work in close cooperation with our legal aid partners and thereby continuously monitor and document the needs of the persons of concern
  • Identify cases in need of legal aid to be referred
  • Collaborate with legal aid partners to provide individual counselling and information about international protection, including access to asylum, and asylum and immigration procedures
  • Monitor and analyse the legal procedures followed by the implementation of law 4357 / 2016 within Lesvos for management, programme and advocacy purposes
  • Provide legal aid statistics
  • Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented
  • Represent DRC in Protection meetings as required
  • Provide translation / interpretation as necessary
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Team Leader, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives
  • Required Qualifications

  • Law degree and relevant experience with refugee / migration law and humanitarian law
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Greek skills
  • Working knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is an added advantage
  • At least three years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as 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
  • We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.
  • General Regulations

    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).

    Additionally, the employee will be entitled to receive a DRC mobile phone and a laptop.

    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 Larisa (Central Greece) and national terms and conditions apply

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