Education Coordinator

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is recruiting an Education Coordinator, to be based in Athens, Greece.

Organization Profile
  • 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 8,000 employees and also 8,000 volunteers, while managing a turnover of over 400 million Euro. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, nongovernmental and non-denominational relief organization. The Danish Refugee Council is Denmark’s largest humanitarian NGO and has been ranked the 3rd best NGO in the world in 2018 (for the six consecutive years, the organization is among the top five of the NGO Advisor Annual List).
    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.
Job Description
  • DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its Country Office in Athens as an Education Coordinator. Under the supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Education Coordinator will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of DRC educational activities across the country and ensure that DRC’s educational programming is vibrant and well managed and contributes to the overall and specific objectives of DRCs strategy in Greece.
  • Under the managerial supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Education Coordinator will provide overall leadership, management, technical support and guidance, as well as strategic vision for the DRC Greece education programme. The Education Coordinator will liaise with governmental and non-governmental partners (both international and national) to ensure that the programme is well-designed, contextually sound, and effectively delivered in line with the country programme strategies and as per donor requirements.
Management and Programme Quality
  • In collaboration with the Head of Programmes, lead the design and implementation of high quality and evidence-based education programmes for children and adults.
  • Support Education staff in the preparation of work plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, and implementation plans.
  • Lead Education staff in the identification of needs and gaps in DRC Greece Education activities and develop proactive solutions and strategies in agreement with Area Managers and relevant Greek authorities.
  • Advise key Education staff on the effective use of resources according to programme budget and follow up on activity expenditures.
  • Coordinate the design, roll-out and follow up of standardized reporting tools for tracking and reporting education activities.
  • Contribute to preparation of timely and high-quality progress reports, project reports, and donor reports.
  • In coordination with the DRC Greece Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team, ensure the implementation of education activities complies with quality standards and are monitored in accordance with pre-defined objectives and indicators.
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements and DRC’s internal procedures and guidelines during implementation of the education programmes in Greece.
Technical Line Management and Capacity Building
  • Provide technical support, training and mentoring to education programme staff throughout Greece to ensure consistent, harmonized and quality programme design and implementation across project locations.
  • Consult Education staff regularly on the appropriateness and applicability of programme approaches and gather lessons learned and best practices to inform future programme design.
  • Identify training needs and training opportunities for Education staff and conduct internal capacity building workshops.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Participate in recruitment of Education staff, providing input on the technical capacity of candidates.
Coordination and Representation
  • Engage in coordination and cooperation with relevant government authorities, other humanitarian actors, UN, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent DRC in National Education Sector Working Group, and other relevant meetings.
  • Work closely with other sector-specific technical coordinators and advisors to ensure integration between Protection, Site-Management Support (SMS) and Education teams.
  • In addition to the above, the Education Coordinator may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Head of Programmes.
  • University degree in education, social sciences or international development.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a related field, with a special focus on education programmes for vulnerable children or adults.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills are required.
  • Knowledge of Greek, Farsi, and/or Arabic is a strong asset.
  • Previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage.
  • Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage.
  • Social work experience and/or experience in humanitarian work preferably in emergencies.
  • Ability to work with refugees in underprivileged settings.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • High professional ethics.
  • 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.
  • 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 Athens and national terms and conditions apply.
  • All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
  • Indicate the source of the job vacancy in your application:
  • Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.
  • 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.
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