Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is recruiting
a Protection Officer, to be based in Thessaloniki, 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 sites in Northern Greece as a Protection Officer. Under supervision of the Protection Manager and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Protection Officer will support the implementation of all Protection objectives to provide timely and effective protection to persons of concern under DRC projects in the emergency reception sites under its area of responsibility.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.
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
- Participate in the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives.
- Continuously monitor and document the needs of the persons of concern.
- Monitor and analyse trends in the protection situation within Greece for management, programme and advocacy purposes.
- Ensure that DRCs protection activities are flexible and responsive by participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up.
- Liaise with local authorities, service providers and humanitarian actors to support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways.
- Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding their rights and services available to them.
- Provide support in designing and implementing awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern.
- Continuously monitor the provision of services on the site and report on findings, to ensure Protection considerations are mainstreamed across all sectors.
- Regularly review and adapt vulnerability criteria; identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services.
- Support the design and implementation of population profiling and verification exercises to ensure site population data is regularly updated.
- Ensure that DRC approach to protection is consistently applied through community – based protection methods.
- Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks in the DRC sites.
- Draft protection monitoring reports and provide input in designing protection monitoring tools and formats.
- 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.
- In addition to the above, the Protection Officer may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Protection Manager.
- University degree and especially in Social sciences, Law, Refugee and Migration studies, International Relations, Psychology is highly appreciated.
- Strong verbal and written language skills in Kurdish (Kurmanji or Sorani) and/or Arabic and/or Farsi/Dari are essential for the position.
- Professional fluency in written and spoken English.
- Strong languages skills in one or more of the following languages are considered an added value: Greek, French, Urdu.
- At least one year working experience in a related field; previous experience working with refugees and asylum seekers.
- Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a humanitarian context and/or experience with protection tools and monitoring.
- Previous working experience with local or international NGOs as well as experience in refugee sites or shelters will be considered as a strong advantage.
- Strong computer skills.
Required Skills & Qualities
- Core Competencies of DRC:
- Striving for excellence
- Taking the lead
- 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.
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities.
- Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others.
- 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 the broader area of Thessaloniki (North 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.