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Introduction

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, non-governmental 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.

1.Background

The Danish Refugee Council initiated its activities in the island of Lesvos in November 2015 due to the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers. Following new political developments and displacement dynamics in early 2016, DRC expanded its activities to the mainland to support the people living in several sites across the country. With offices in Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki, it currently implements a wide range of activities, including Site Management Support, legal assistance, identification of individual needs and protection of highly vulnerable persons, access to services within and outside the hosting sites through cultural mediation, and non-formal education. DRC works closely with the refugee communities, the Greek authorities and other humanitarian actors to ensure a protective environment for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. 

2.Purpose

Under the supervision of the Protection Monitoring Team Leader, under the overall management of the Field Protection Manager, and in close cooperation with other Protection colleagues, DRC field units and other relevant actors in the area of the North, the Protection Monitoring Assistant will be 100% field based, develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern and will support the implementation of DRC’s protection objectives and activities to provide timely and effective protection to persons of concern under DRC projects in the emergency reception sites.

3.Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives.
  • Protection monitoring, data collection, and documenting of the needs of the persons of concern.
  • Participate in awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern.
  • Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding their rights and services available to them.
  • Participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up.
  • Support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways.
  • Identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services and protective accompaniment as necessary.
  • Support DRC distribution activities ensuring vulnerable individuals are identified and fast tracked for assistance.
  • Participate in population profiling and verification exercises to ensure adequate and relevant data collection.
  • Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks in the emergency reception sites.
  • Provide input on case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented.
  • Provide translation/interpretation as necessary.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the line manager, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives.
  • Collaboration and supervision

  • Report any major issues to the protection management.
  • Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise.
  • Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.
  • 4.Required Qualifications

  • University degree in Social science, Law, Refugee and Migration studies, International Relations, Psychology is highly appreciated
  • Minimum 1y of previous experience with refugees and asylum seekers is necessary
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Required that fluency in one of the following languages: Farsi /Dari and/or Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji),
  • Greek or French language skills are added value
  • Strong computer skills
  • 5.Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Core Competencies of DRC: Striving for excellenceCollaborationTaking the leadCommunicationDemonstrating Integrity
  • Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • 6.Terms & Conditions

  • The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law (this is a national position)
  • 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 Thessaloniki (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply
  • 7.Application Process

    Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line : www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English .

    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.

    Applications close on the 13th of August 2020 . Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

    Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.