Community Mobilization Officer
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 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. 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.
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.
Under the supervision and line management of the SMS Team Leader, the Community Mobilization Officer is responsible for supporting DRC SMS team to establish effective relationships with the hosted population, and facilitate increasing participation of the hosted population across all sectors within the site. This entails building strong relationships with the hosted population from across different ethnicities, religions, nationalities, genders and ages. The Community Mobilization Officer will be responsible for establishing and supporting functioning and equitable community representative groups, and for organizing regular recreational and social events within the site. Moreover, will be responsible to design and implement workshops and relevant activities, so as to enhance hosted population’s autonomy and prepare them for their gradual integration into Greece.
3. Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the supervision and line management of the SMS Team Leader, the Community Mobilization Officer will
- Develop strong relationships with members of the hosted population and also maintain contacts with the relevant Greek authorities and humanitarian actors at site level, in order to support the participation and inclusion of the hosted population.
- Mediate between different groups living within the site, to support peaceful relations and reduce security tensions.
- Continually sensitize all stakeholders as to the importance of respectful dialogue with the refugee community.
- In close cooperation with the hosted population, organize appropriate social, recreational and cultural activities in the site which enhance social cohesion.
- Promote a participatory approach (engagement of affected population) to site management and service provision across the site, making specific effort to promote the empowerment and full engagement of women and girls in the site.
- Collect information on the needs and concerns of the hosted population, sharing with other stakeholders for follow-up.
- Support effective communication and information-sharing to the hosted population, including providing information on services, activities and events in the site. Develop and participate in awareness-raising sessions.
- Support other DRC field teams (e.g. Site Ops, Shelter etc.) to ensure a participatory approach is fully integrated within all DRC programmes in the site.
- Where possible, support activities aimed at supporting collaboration and positive relations between the hosted population and the host (Greek) community.
- Support with interpretation, cultural mediation and translation, if requested and if relevant to his/her skills
- Support in the design and implementation of verification and distribution exercises, as well as other relevant activities on site
- Support PoC bureaucratic integration, through the support of issuance of all relevant documentation and access to public services
- Designs and implements workshops and empowerment activities, aiming to enhance PoCs’ autonomy and gradual integration into the Greek society.
HR and Staff Management:
- Hire, support, appraise and capacitate Community Services field staff by identifying clear deliverables and providing training as needed; develop activity plans with the team and provide daily supervision for the team.
- Ensure that all activities/projects are implemented in accordance with agreed strategies, principles, implementation plans, and donor requirements. Prepare accurate and timely reports on progress on activities on site. Attend and participate within DRC field team meetings.
- Support with the coordination of DRC NFI distributions in the site.
- Undertake other tasks assigned by the Site Management Support Team Leader to ensure the success of DRC operations in the site.
- Provide inputs for all relevant internal and external reporting
- Ensure that all project-related documentation is of high quality and archived according to donor and DRC requirements
4. Required Qualifications:
- University degree in international relations, management, human rights, social science or related field
- Minimum 3 years professional work experience with relevant projects
- Good understanding of the refugee context in Greece, including legal framework, access to social rights and benefits, stakeholders and gaps
- Experience in representation and networking
- Excellent analytical and strategic skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders
- Experience with refugee programming is essential
- Strong computer skills
- High professional ethics
- Knowledge of PoC language (e.g. Farsi or Arabic) will be considered a valuable asset
5. 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
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 Attika (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.
7. Application Process:
Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line: [To send your CV please click here] 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 1st of May 2019. 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.
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport