We are looking to recruit a coordinator with a refugee background for our Project in Samos. 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 March 2019, we’ve been running the Banana House and Computer Lab - education centres for young adult refugees living in Vathy Camp. Here we teach languages (English, German, Greek), vocational skills, and digital skills. It is an emergency response to the desperate conditions experienced by refugees on Samos – 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 young adults. 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.

The challenges we have been facing throughout 2020 and 2021, and with which we require our new coordinator to lead us through, consist of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the likelihood of an imminent transfer of Vathy RIC residents to a new closed camp in Zervou.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Organise and facilitate vocational activities in our project the Banana House e.g. music, physical fitness events, wellness events, arts and crafts, and musical instruction.

  • Support student registration procedures.

  • Manage and support the volunteer team with organising and facilitating activities and lessons in the centre.

  • Oversee daily operations of the Banana House and Computer Lab including maintaining learning resources, safety equipment, cleaning facilities etc.

  • Update volunteer schedules weekly, including teaching, focal point and cleaning

  • Coordinate the purchase of new and necessary materials, or liaise with distribution actors on the island to receive donations of NFIs for students

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

  • Apartment management: collect volunteer rent, oversee the condition of apartments, help to source new apartments, ensure sufficient space for all volunteers

  • Shared car management: check insurance is up-to-date, ensure all volunteers who drive have valid licenses and have signed the car-sharing policy, ensure the car is well-maintained.

  • Volunteer welfare: onboard new volunteers, participate in biweekly check-in with AFE volunteers.

  • Make sure AFE Samos’ policies are up-to-date and are both conveyed to and followed by all volunteers.

  • Be 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.

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

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

  • You are excellent at 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

  • You are strong at leading a diverse group of volunteers and creating an environment that promotes positive communication

  • You are a team player who can also work independently

  • You have a driving license or are committed to gain a driving license

  • 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: 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

  • Support in obtaining a driving license

  • 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 : Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing ​ with the subject “Samos 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.

Applications deadline: 4.04.2021

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