Legal Aid Interpreter
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is recruiting a Legal Aid Interpreter, to be based in Larisa, Greece.
- 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.
- DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its office in Larissa (Central Greece). Under the overall supervision of the Legal Aid Team Leader, under the management of the Protection Manager, in cooperation with the legal aid team and the DRC protection staff, the Legal Interpreter will provide interpretation services for the legal aid-officers, from Farsi/Dari/Kurmanji/Sorani to Greek and retro-versa. The interpreter will facilitate the implementation of DRC’s legal assistance program and will collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise.
- Provide precise interpretation for group legal information sessions as well as for one-on-one individual legal counselling and individual legal case management for the DRC legal team relevant with asylum procedures and refugee rights, across refugee sites in Central Greece.
- Occasionally provide written translation when required.
- Other tasks as required by Legal Officer to support the implementation of DRC’s legal assistance programme activities.
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Field Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of protection objectives.
- Excellent verbal and written Greek or/and English. Kurmanji/Sorani/Badini skills are required, Arabic will be an asset (all candidates will undergo a language test with a native speaker).
- Extensive vocabulary and ability to accurately translate complex ideas and information, capacity to understand and translate, legal and procedural information.
- Previous work experience as an interpreter with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage.
- Relevant university degree, or certification of translator will be considered as a strong advantage.
- Good computer skills required.
- High professional ethics, including strict confidentiality of clients.
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities.
- Ability to work with vulnerable individuals, from children to elderly.
- Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.
- Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others.
- Empathy, combined with a genuine desire to improve the quality of the lives of service users.
- Able to remain calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the DRC values and ethical standards.
- Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- 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
- 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: douleuw.gr.
- 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.