Legal Aid Interpreter

Danish Refugee Council, Greece

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th July, 2019

Job Description

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 8,000 employees and also 8,000 volunteers, while managing a turnover of over 400 million Euro. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, nongovernmental and non-denominational relief organization. The Danish Refugee Council is Denmark’s largest humanitarian NGO and has been ranked the 3rd best NGO in the world in 2018 (for the six consecutive years, the organization is among the top five of the NGO Advisor Annual List).

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 overall supervision and management of the Legal Aid Team Leader in cooperation with the legal aid officers the legal aid interpreter will provide interpretation services from Farsi to Greek and vice-versa or in other language requested, if spoken fluently. The legal aid interpreter will facilitate the implementation of DRC’s activities in refugee sites in any way relevant to his/her position

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:

  • Provide precise interpretation for one-to-one individual legal counselling and relevant case management for the DRC legal aid team from Farsi to Greek and vice versa
  • Provide interpretation applying the principles of accuracy, confidentiality and impartiality at all times
  • Assist in organizing and implementing group info sessions and other relevant activities through outreach and info sharing
  • Assist in the establishment of appointments for the legal aid team in a site setting
  • Provide written translation of documents from Farsi to Greek and vice versa as well as in any other language requested, if spoken, and when relevant to his/her position
  • Provide basic information to PoC, as relevant to his/her position
  • Facilitates the flow of people to the different services and provides crowd control if necessary
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Legal Aid Team Leader and/or the Legal Aid Officers

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken Greek AND Farsi languages. Additional languages as Kurmanji, Sorani or French will be highly appreciated
  • Basic level in verbal and written English skills will be considered an asset
  • Extensive vocabulary and ability to accurately interpret and translate legal terminology, capacity to understand and translate, legal and procedural information
  • Understanding of the legal framework in Greece and the asylum procedures, as well as previous work experience as an interpreter/cultural mediator with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
  • Understanding of public sector in Greece and basic knowledge of social benefits and relevant procedures and terminology is desired
  • Relevant training or certification related to translation or interpretation will be appreciated
  • General administrative skills are needed, including competence with Microsoft Word, basic Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
  • Ability to work with vulnerable individuals, from children to elderly
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the DRC values and ethical standards
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Required Skills & Qualities:

Core Competencies of DRC:

  • Striving for excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Taking the lead
  • Communication
  • Demonstrating Integrity
  • 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 are must, and a good sense of humor
  • Strong initiative with a strong commitment to humanitarian principle
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
  • Ability to cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi- disciplinary environment

Terms and 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 Larisa (camps in Central Greece) and national terms and conditions apply


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