Programme Director, Chios

About the Role

We are excited to be recruiting a new Programme Director for Action for Education’s work on Chios Island, Greece. The Programme Director is responsible for leading AFE’s activities on Chios. The role requires diverse competencies in leadership and programme design, expertise in working with refugee communities, and a genuine passion for collaborative, community-oriented work. This is a role for someone with great professionalism, innovation and creativity, and a demonstrable commitment to grassroots refugee support.

Title: Programme Director

Location: Chios

Stipend: €550/month

Start date: Beginning of July

Deadline for applications: 10th June

Minimum commitment: 12 months

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead and support AFE’s team of project coordinators

  • Manage a team of >20 volunteers, building a positive and high-quality working culture

  • Recruit and onboard AFE team of international, local and community volunteers

  • Supervise staff and volunteer recruitment, onboarding and weekly scheduling

  • Manage local finances, procurement and AFE’s physical infrastructure and asset

  • Evaluate on-the-ground operations as well as situational changes on a monthly basis

  • Work closely with AFE’s country leadership team and organisational support officers

  • Lead in the coordination of inter-NGO grassroots collaboration

  • Build strong networks with authorities, the Greek population the refugee community

  • Maintain strong donor and partner relations, and forge new ones where possible

  • Engage in learning opportunities to further professional development for yourself

Required Skills

  • Passion for education in emergencies and working in a dynamic environment

  • Expertise in team leadership, mentoring and coaching

  • Strong written and verbal English, digital literacy skills

  • Languages - good working knowledge of Greek will be an asset

  • Experience working in similar contexts with a focus on refugee education

  • Strong understanding of humanitarian standards and child protection principles

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Driving licence (required due to local context)

Our offer

  • A starting stipend of €550/month

  • A private room in shared accommodation

  • A travel bursary of €200/quarter

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

Application Process

To apply for this position, please email with the subject “Chios Location Director Application”. All applicants must send a cover letter, an updated CV (no longer than 2 pages) and provide contacts for 2 references (in English). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a short written task prior to interview.

Deadline for applications: 11th June 2021

About Action for Education

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 January 2021, our operations on Chios consist of three learning centres for youth and young adults. This is an emergency response to the desperate conditions experienced by refugees on Chios – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe.

Each of our three centres, though they serve different demographics and have slightly varying activities and objectives, 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. We support students to develop and maintain language and concentration as well as practical and cognitive skills through curricula of English, mathematics, languages and project-based learning. We also offer access to basic services, such as hygiene facilities, supplementary nutrition and referrals to specialised assistance.

Action for Education is committed to responding to the ever-evolving situation on Chios by staying informed with on-the-ground developments, working closely with local partners and the refugee community to provide targeted and sustainable interventions for the benefit of the asylum-seeking community on Chios which are within our scope and means.