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.
The Protection Assistant will carry the daily operations of Child Friendly Space (CFS) for children in one community area. He will be assisting on managing the development and implementation of quality programs and activities inside the CFS, providing on-going support for those working with children, and ensuring the child safeguarding and participation policies of DRC are strictly adhered to.
Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
- Define psychosocial activities to be implemented according to the children’s ages and situation and contribute to the development of a child friendly space curriculum
- Prepare and implement recreational activities for targeted children (large events or small groups)
- Deliver the CFS curriculum and other recreational activities to the children with/or without their parents
- Identify within the activities the children in need of further assistance. Act in the best interest of the child
- Promote, ensure and establish the child as a central actor in the activities
- Communicate with children in a protective manner ensuring the respect of their rights
- Create a positive and trustful atmosphere while interacting with children encouraging them to express their needs and ensuring their feeling of safety
- Understand children as the main actors in their own development and encourage them in decision making of matters that affects them
- Listen to whatever children would like to say, help them express their feelings and needs and respond to it positively
- Closely follow up individual child participation in activities and identify children with special needs
- Report any observed problem of a child to the social worker for necessary support or referral to other supportive network
- Ensure that a child is not alone in the center/location of activity at all times
- Identify materials required for activities preferred by children and request for procurement
- Actively attend supportive trainings and experience sharing meetings
- Accomplish individual and collective assignments given by her/his supervisors
- Accomplish her/his duty of care protecting children from any form of maltreatment/abuse
- Reports to the social worker and/supervisors as soon as she/he suspect or observe or informed a child or children are at risk of abuse or being mistreated
- Close supervision on young children during group plays and avoid harmful exercises
- Ensure activities are appropriate for the physical and mental capacity of children
- Assist in the coordination of Child Protection awareness raising events
- Organize joint events with children from the host communities for community harmonization
- University Degree in Refugee and Migration Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Human Rights or a related field is required.
- At least one-year previous experience (including volunteer) with refugees’, asylum seekers’ and migrants’ children.
- Good knowledge in English and/or Greek.
- Working knowledge of Farsi/Dari and/or Arabic.
- Knowledge of Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji or Badini) or Pashto will be an advantage.
- Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage.
- Strong experience in providing recreational activities to children.
- Excellent creativity and communication skills especially with children.
- Strong computer skills.
- High professional ethics.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Dynamic personality and ability to work under pressure.
- Commitment to the values, vision and mission of DRC, and respect of the DRC code of conduct.
- Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others.