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.
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.
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
Duties & Responsibilities:
- 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
- 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) is essential
Required Skills & Qualities:
- 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
Core Competencies of DRC:
- Striving for excellence
- Taking the lead
- Demonstrating Integrity
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
Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line: [To send your CV please click here]. All applicants must send acover letterand an updatedCV(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 thethe 13th of July 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.