Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organisation founded in the UK and Greece in 2017. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities. In early 2019, we launched a new Youth Centre project on Samos as an emergency response to the desperate condition of refugees on the island – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe.
AFE pursues two main goals with this project: first, we offer an essential safe space to the children and youth, in which they can rediscover a piece of childhood. Careful guidance in learning, playing and communal activities build resilience and develop peace-building mechanisms, an opportunity they are ill-afforded in the harsh, tense and frequently violent conditions in the camps. Second, we help students develop language and concentration as well as motor and cognitive skills through curricula of English, languages and projects, which also stimulate imagination and let students and participants explore their own interests ,old and new.
AFE has been active on Samos island since January 2019. We currently run 3 centres: The Banana House, a centre primarily for 18 - 23 year olds, running language classes, hot meals, showers, recreational activities and psychosocial support. The Banana House also opens for women-only every Sunday, as well as providing showers for medical cases as well as dedicated Saturday session for unaccompanied minors. Our second Centre, The Nest, is a specialised learning and play-space for children aged 2 - 7 and their parents, open 6 days a week. Finally, our IT Lab and Cinema offers access to computers and tech learning, alongside nightly film screenings for the refugee community.
Manage a team of 10 - 12 international volunteers and around 30 community volunteers
Onboard new volunteers into their role as teachers/youth workers, organise professional training and teaching resources for all volunteers.
Ensure that there is absolutely zero tolerance for corporal punishment, abuse or aggression.
Monitor and maintain professional practice within the team and service delivery.
Carry out Child Protection and Professional Boundaries and Practice inductions and subsequent trainings.
Make the appropriate safeguarding children and vulnerable adults referrals, and liaise with protection actors for follow-up or further safety planning where relevant.
Attend inter-agency and coordination working groups
Manage the weekly timetable alongside the other Programme Coordinators.
Manage weekly meetings with the volunteer team.
Manage international and community volunteer recruitment, through advertisements, interviews and pre-arrival communication.
Provide leadership within the Centres and wider project, inspiring and motivating volunteer teachers;
Ensure that proper tracking of project indicators are completed, in line with our base MEAL systems
Work with volunteer teachers and other coordinators to identify irregular attendance and manage communication to students to encourage them to return to the Centres.
Monitor donor and media visits ensuring all the required preparation is completed thoroughly and on-time.
Monitor and maintain the development and delivery of the project’s core curriculum.
Maintain the day to day running and administration of the education service.
Liaise in a timely and appropriate manner with partner agencies.
Develop and implement policies and practices to continuously improve AFE service delivery.
Take an active role in the coordination and multi-locational operations of Action for Education in Chios, Athens and Samos
Your set of skills:
You hold at least a degree in teaching, social work, youth work, project management or another relevant field of study.
You possess knowledge of the higher education sector, non-formal education or are experienced in non-academic, pedagogic fields of action.
You share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to access and be successful in higher education.
You have relevant knowledge, experience or understanding of the situation in Greece/on Samos regarding the hot spot system and the injustices of the current asylum arrangement.
You have a high degree of intercultural competence.
You have a strong understanding of humanitarian standards, INEE minimum standards, and child protection principles.
You have knowledge, experience and/or understanding of the impact of trauma on young people and how to safely respond to and manage high levels of distress.
You are approachable and hold strong interpersonal skills.
You maintain professionalism and are adept in the implementation of quality services.
You hold strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to compile and present briefings and reports to a variety of audiences.
You have strong analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills.
You demonstrate resourceful and strategic thinking.
You are a multitasker who performs well under pressure.
A stipend up to 450€ and free shared accommodation
Expected start date - June 15th 2019
A chance to work in a unique and driven organisation with an amazing team.
Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing email@example.com with the subject “Volunteer Coordinator Samos”. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than pages). Both must be in English. Applications close on the 25th May. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.