Education Officer -National Contract
The Danish Refugee Council assistsrefugees 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.
DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its office in Thessaloniki, as an Education Officer. Under the day-to-day supervision of the Education Team Leader and with the technical guidance from Education Coordinator, the Education Officer will oversee daily operations of activities in long-term accommodation sites in Northern Greece where DRC implements non-formal Education. They will organise the design and implementation of quality programs and activities providing on-going support to teachers, cultural meditators and volunteers working with children, youth and adults, and ensuring the application of child safeguarding, gender mainstreaming and integration mainstreaming in non-formal education at site level.
3. Duties and Responsibilities
Administration, implementation, and design of non-formal education activities:
- Support the implementation, design, and supervision of non-formal education activities for school-age children (6 to 15), youth (16-18)andadults (18+)as per the populations’ needs
- Support in the supervision of teachers, education cultural mediators and volunteers (where applicable)
- Support in the development of learning materials, positive discipline mechanisms and activity schedules in line withtheneeds of site populationand in agreement with theEducation Team Leader
- Organise educational visits in collaboration with the Education Team Leader
- Organise and deliver on-site parents’ meetings and education team meetings as required
- Coordinate outreach and registration activities, and plan the distribution of teaching and learning material
- Create a safe education environment and promote holistic student well-being
- Identify and report potential protection risks in non-formal education activities and spaces to the Education Team Leader
- Promote empathy, compassion and respect for the gender, ethnic, religious, cultural and learning diversity of students
- Provide information to beneficiaries on existing education programmes and promote the right to education for all
- Maintain effective communication with other DRC departments and external actors at site-level
- Contribute to the identification of student vulnerabilities and raise protection referrals to the Protection Team, Team Leader or Child Protection actor as needed
- Adhere to DRC’s Code of Conduct and help to create and maintain an environment that prevents child safeguarding violations and promotes the implementation of DRC’s child Safeguarding Policy
Reporting and Education Information Management:
- Ensure that relevant project data and Means of Verification (e.g. attendance lists, registration forms, lesson plans) are accurately collected and comply with internal reporting systems
- Monitor and record students’ attendance and progress, noting any areas for concern to the Education Team Leader
- Regularly monitor the progress of education activities against project plans and timelines
- Contribute to education needs assessments and support results-based planning
- Contribute to the preparation of timely and high-quality progress reports
- Support in the planning and delivery of capacity building for teachers and cultural mediators
- Contribute to staff Performance and Development appraisals of cultural mediators
- Conduct lesson observations and provide feedback on quality and areas for improvement to the Education Team Leader
- Contribute to the development of Education project objectives at site-level
- Monitor and record the progress of non-formal education activities against project plans and timelines
- Attend and participate in assigned meetings, activities, and trainings
- Contribute to continual improvements in DRC programming and ways of working, through identification and communication of challenges, gaps, recommendations for improvements and lessons learnt.
- In collaboration with the Education Team, Education Team Leader and Education Coordinator, contribute to the development and design of DRC’s education program and activities.
- In day-to-day tasks ensure relevant accountability to internal DRC and Donor policies
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Education Team Leaderand/or Area Managerrelevant to the achievement of NFE objectives.
- Any other tasks assigned by the line managerin line with overall response in the area of deployment.
- At least 2 years of professional experience in education or teaching in groups/classroom settings (required)
- University degree in education, Social Sciences, or related field (required)
- Strong computer literacy (required)
- Advanced verbal and written skills of English language (required)
- Greek (advanced verbal and written skills) (preferred)
- University degree or professional qualification in Education in Emergencies, International Development, Education or Business Administration, Linguistics, Teaching English/Greek as a foreign language will be considered an asset.
- Training or courses in child protection/safeguarding and NFE will be considered an asset
- Prior teaching experience with non-Greek speaking students will be considered an asset
- Prior experience in education programme design or administration will be considered an asset
- Prior professional experience working with children will be considered an asset
- Experience in supervising education personnel (including volunteers) and/or delivering education trainings will be considered an asset
- Experience engaging with parents and communities to improve attendance and address students’ needs will be considered an asset
- Previous experience with local or international NGOs will be considered an asset
5. Required Skills and Qualities
- Core Competencies of DRC:
- Striving for excellence
- Taking the lead
- Demonstrating Integrity
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
- Strong sense of initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principles
- Flexible, enthusiastic, and willing to learn from others
- Ability to multitask and cope with multiple competing demands under tight deadlines
- Ability to work in a demanding working 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 the broader area of Thessaloniki (North Greece) and national terms and conditions apply
7. Application Process
Are you interested? Then apply for this position online: [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 27th of January 2021.
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.