Education Cultural Mediator
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
- The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, humanitarian organisation founded in 1956. We work with all aspects of the refugee cause, with the aim of helping and promoting durable solutions for refugees and internally displaced people, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. We understand "durable solutions" as any means by which the situation of refugees can be permanently and satisfactorily resolved, enabling them to live normal lives. Durable solutions can be voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement.
The Danish Refugee Council is based on 30 member organisations and voluntary groups cooperating with us in our work. Membership of the DRC is open to non-party-political, voluntary, nationwide humanitarian and international organisations that work on a democratic basis, and whose aims conform to those of the DRC.
We work in more than 30 countries throughout the world, and our funding comes from private and institutional donors and from selling advisory and consultancy services related to the humanitarian aid sector.
The DRC’s supreme authority is the Council, which consists of up to three representatives of each member organisation, six representatives of the voluntary groups and refugee counselling organisations cooperating with the Danish Refugee Council, and of the Executive Committee.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is recruiting an
Education Cultural Mediator, to be based in Larisa, Greece.
- The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in 40 countries around the world.
DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Assistance Framework: Saving lives and alleviation of immediate suffering among people affected by conflict, Safeguarding, restoration and development of livelihoods, and, Institutional and organisational change that contributes to protection of people’s rights and peaceful handling of conflict.
DRC has been operating in Greece since December 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 area, Larissa and Thessaloniki in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
DRC strives to be one of the leading displacement focused INGOs in Greece in terms of relevance, impact and quality, primarily through an integrated site management approach in support to the relevant Greek authorities, comprising protection activities and the provision of services and assistance to meet the basic needs of the population hosted on the emergency reception sites.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Indicate the source of the job vacancy in your application: douleuw.gr.
- We will only contact candidates that fullfill the criteria for the position.
- All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
- 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.
How to Apply
- Send your Documentation online at drc.ngo.