Job Opening: Early Childhood Education Coordinator

We are looking to recruit a coordinator with a refugee background for our project in Athens. Please apply and share with individuals you think might be interested.

Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organization founded in the UK and Greece in 2018. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities. Since April 2019 we’ve been running the Nest in Samos; a child-friendly community space to support refugee communities and families, in partnership with PILAglobal. The aim of this project is to provide parenting support in a space that is designed with appropriate materials for young children to learn, play and engage with their parents. Children must be accompanied by parents at all times.

Children are able to freely explore a range of carefully selected materials, enabling them to experiment, develop important preschool skills, and learn through self-guided play and interaction with other children. Additionally, we aim to facilitate parental involvement, providing the opportunity for quality time together and supporting parents’ understanding of their child’s development and needs. We also provide a relaxation area for parents, as well as a range of parent support groups.

During the lockdown and throughout 2020, many families arrived from the Greek islands to the mainland. Some of them are in Athens, waiting to move or to find accommodation, but the situation for them is difficult. We are opening this new Nest to meet the needs of the children and families in Athens, and need a new team to help us build this project!

Main Responsibilities

Including but not limited to:

  • Building and maintain a professional and warm atmosphere inside the team.

  • Building and maintain relationships with the families and the children.

  • Supporting children and family’s registration procedures

  • Facilitating parent activities

  • Onboarding new team members (child protection and general onboarding)

  • Manageing and support the volunteer team (team of approx. 6 volunteers)

  • Overseeing Child Protection inside the centre.

  • Overseeing daily operations of the Nest including maintaining learning resources, safety equipment, cleaning facilities etc.

  • Updating volunteer schedules weekly

  • Contributing to the AFE Quarterly Report

  • Making sure AFE Athens policies are up-to-date and are both conveyed to and followed by all volunteers.

  • Being part of a country-wide coordination team and in touch with coordinators across Greece. You will be involved in decision-making processes and the overall organisation’s efficiency, continuous improvement, and operations.

Requirements, skills, and experience

  • Strong written and verbal English

  • Minimum age: 23

  • Working knowledge of one of the following languages: Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji or Badini), Arabic, Farsi, Lingala, French, Somali.. ) Knowledge of more than one of these languages will be considered an asset. Proficiency in Greek will also be considered a strong asset.

  • Organised, efficient, and happy to take the lead with resource and database management e.g updating spreadsheets, tracking supplies, purchasing supplies, updating policies.

  • Experience working with displaced populations in emergency contexts, with a focus on childcare, education, human resources, and team management - ideally with prior experience working on the Greek islands or mainland.

  • Experience working with refugee families and children.

  • Willing and enthusiastic to be continuously engaged in pedagogical and educational training

  • Able to motivate, encourage and support families who are undergoing complex asylum processes and may be experiencing severe psychological stress and facing difficult life decisions

  • Share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to access and be successful in vocational and academic pathways.

  • Able to lead a diverse group of volunteers and create an environment that promotes positive communication, as well as support each individual to develop their skills in the workplace

  • Team player, who can also work independently.

  • Computer skills

Our offer

  • Salaried position (approx. €650 per month) and free shared accommodation. The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law.

  • A travel bursary of €200/quarter

  • Expected start date: the beginning of May

  • 6-month contract (with a 1 month, 3 months, and 6-month review; further extension pending review)

  • Training in humanitarian standards, INEE minimum standards, and child protection principles

  • A chance to work in a unique and driven organisation with an amazing team

  • To learn more about us please check out our website: ​

Application Process

To apply for this position, please email with the subject “Athens Nest Coordinator Application”. All applicants must send a ​cover letter​, an ​updated CV ​(no longer than 2 pages), and provide ​two references​. All must be in English.

We are aware that currently Greece is in lockdown and you might not have the possibility to access a computer and find support to write your CV and Cover letter. If you need support, please contact​ and we will link you up with a volunteer from Action for Education who can support you preparing your application and interview.

Deadline for applications: 15th April 2021

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