International Rescue Committee Hellas - Job Position
Job Title: Social Worker
Location: Athens, Greece
Type of Contract: fixed term 6 moths with possibility of extension
Type of Employment: Full time
Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In response to the arrival of refugees in Greece in 2015, the IRC has been offering SMS, WASH and Protection services. Among others, through its child protection programs, the IRC has been offering individual support through case management to vulnerable children and their families, non-formal educational activities for children through Safe Healing and Learning Spaces and emergency accommodation and protection to unaccompanied children.
The current program (Supported Independent Living – SIL) aims at offering quality, community based and age appropriate accommodation, care and support to unaccompanied children (UAC) 16 to 18 years old and equip them with the necessary skills in order to transition smoothly into adulthood.
Scope of work: Under the guidance and supervision of the SIL Unit Coordinator and the SIL Program Manager, the social worker conducts all steps of the case management process for the unaccompanied adolescents residing in the SIL apartments and ensures all adolescents have an individual action plan created and followed up. S/he ensures that adolescents attend formal education classes and receive the appropriate services to develop their skills and their potential. S/he cooperates fully with the caretakers, the lawyer and the interpreters for the provision of quality and holistic psychosocial, educational, recreational and integration activities, as well as with various external service providers.
- Ensure adolescents residing in the SIL apartments receive individual case management support by conducting assessments, action plans, direct psychosocial service provision, referrals and follow ups;
- Act as a reference person for an assigned number of unaccompanied children and closely follow up on their daily routines;
- Ensure the children are enrolled in formal and non-formal educational, recreational and integration activities and participate actively;
- Ensure all children have a clear life plan, depending on their age, interests and wishes and that the plan is adapted and updated accordingly;
- Along with the caretakers, organize structured, group skills building sessions to enable adolescents to enhance and/or develop their life/soft and transition skills;
- Cooperate closely with the lawyer for the provision of legal counselling to the children;
- Organize group activities and group thematic sessions in cooperation with the caretakers and the lawyer;
- Ensure children closer to adulthood receive the appropriate services and proactively cooperate with the IRC Livelihoods department and external service providers for the provision of job readiness trainings and the transition planning;
- Proactively identify any behavioral changes or issues the children might have and complete the appropriate referrals to the external psychologist or other external specialized services;
- Ensure effective working relations with the guardians of the UAC, the Public prosecutors, EKKA, the relevant Ministries, the Police, CP actors and any other actor involved in the protection and support of unaccompanied children/adolescents;
- Directly work with other profiles and professionals internal or external service providers on management of caseload and referrals;
- Communicate regularly other case management and protection staff for updates on achievements and challenges identified with unaccompanied children;
- Contribute to the development of proposal activities in relation to legal and health assistance;
- Keep all case management files updated and secured, according to the Data Protection and Information sharing Protocols in place;
- Complete all reports in a timely manner;
- Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of unaccompanied children residing in the apartments; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management;
- Participate into case conferences, working groups, ad hoc workshops and thematic trainings when required;
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to support the adolescents and enable and develop IRC programs.
- Technical diploma or degree in social work, including license to practice;
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience in social work, case management, provision of psychosocial support to children/ adolescents, ideally in humanitarian or development settings;
- Previous experience in a safe zone/ shelter/hotel/SIL for UAC highly desirable;
- Previous experience in group work with children/ adolescents is highly desirable;
- Fluency in Greek and English is required. Preference will be given to candidates with fluency in the following languages: French, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic;
- Demonstrated understanding of working with adolescents and particularly unaccompanied refugee children;
- Personal qualities: Team player, responsive, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well and work in cross-cultural setting;
- Understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures;
- Strong sense of personal integrity;
- Strong negotiation and coordination skills;
- Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task while working in a fast-paced environment;
- Cultural awareness and ability to build relationships quickly with a wide variety of people;
- Computer skills: Knowledge of MS Office, Internet, Outlook and competency with new technologies required
- Must be able to work flexible hours, including afternoons and in cases of emergency evenings and/or weekends;
- Must successfully complete criminal background check;
Working hours: Morning and afternoon working hours. Due to the nature of the program and based on the program needs, flexibility is required. Working afternoon hours or covering night shifts and being on call might be required.
Travel and other requirements: travel requirements between the apartments within Attica and occasionally to other areas of IRC programs within Athens.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.
Due to the expected high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
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