NEW POSITION: Programme Coordinator, Chios


About Action for Education

Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organization founded in the UK and Greece in 2017. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities. From early 2019, we’re launching a new centre dedicated to expanding our capacity to work with youth on the island. It is an emergency response to the desperate conditions experienced by refugees on Chios – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe. This centre will be our third space, complementing our existing Learning Centre and Youth Centre. The new project will be co-implemented with “Be aware and share” (BAAS) a swiss organisation. The coordination team of the new project, therefore, will consist of 3 Coordinators ( 2 from AFE and 1 from BAAS).

AFE and BAAS pursue two main goals with this project: first, we offer an essential safe space to youth with a focus on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable populations - including unaccompanied minors and young women. Careful guidance in learning, recreation 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. We support our participants also by offering access to basic services, such as hygiene facilities, supplementary nutrition and referrals to specialised assistance. Second, we help students develop and maintain language and concentration as well as practical 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.


  • Manage a team of 12 volunteers or more, ensuring the programme objectives are met as set out by AFE and BAAS.

  • Onboard new volunteers into their role as teachers/youth workers, organise professional training and teaching resources for all volunteers.

  • Oversee daily operations of recreational areas including maintaining learning resources, safety equipment, cleaning facilities etc.

  • Organise and facilitate recreational activities e.g. games, physical fitness events, arts and crafts, and musical instruction.

  • Organise and select appropriate learning materials and resources ( e.g. context/gender sensitivity)

  • Take lead in supporting volunteers to plan, prepare, and teach language lessons and create a positive learning environment.

  • Lead on the development and implementation of new ideas for the centre including ways it can be used when teaching is not taking place e.g. community events and integration activities

  • Support with the recruitment and interview process of potential volunteers for the project.

  • Assist in delivering Child Protection training and Relationship Boundary training for every new volunteer.

  • Facilitate and attend weekly coordination meetings with other coordinators

  • Financial management, making sure that activities and costs are documented and justified for present and future accountability

  • Guarantee proper flow of information between AFE and relevant partners, stakeholders and Governmental actors

  • Contribute to and prepare required narrative and financial reports

  • Represent AFE in relevant working groups, task forces and coordination fora at National Level, and supervise the representation of AFE and in coordination fora at local level

  • Maintain strong and frequent communication with external AFE staff on other locations, ensuring all relevant project developments are shared in a timely and transparent manner

  • Provide driving support along with other volunteer drivers to Vial and other necessary places

  • Manage procurement and purchases for AFE’s centres on Chios

  • Support in Student Registration procedures on a weekly basis

  • Animate fundraising activities, campaigns and working groups with on-site and previous volunteers

  • Be part of a global 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.

Your set of skills

  • You have experience working in similar contexts with a focus on education, human resources and team management in educational and charity situations - ideally with prior experience working on the Greek islands or mainland

  • Contributing qualities of patience, flexibility and discernment to establish a sustainable and effective youth programme

  • Background in youth work or education, especially with displaced populations in emergency contexts

  • Motivating and encouraging students who are undergoing complex asylum processes and may be experiencing severe psychological stress and facing difficult life decisions

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

  • Strong understanding of humanitarian standards, INEE minimum standards, and child protection principles

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compile and present briefings and reports to a variety of audiences

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills

  • Resourceful and strategic thinking

  • Multi-tasker who performs well under pressure

Our offer

  • Expenses covered up to €550/month and free shared accommodation

  • A travel bursary of €200/quarter

  • Expected start date: 1st March 2020

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

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

Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing with the subject “Chios 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.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. The position will close when a suitable candidate has been found. Expected start date: March 1st 2020