We are recruiting a coordinator with a refugee background on Chios

Programme Coordinator Chios Action for Education - Job Description | July 2020

We are looking to recruit a coordinator with a refugee background in Greece, please apply and share with individuals you think might be interested.

If you have any questions, please email directly to volunteer@actionforeducation.org

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. Since February 2020, we’ve been working on opening 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.

Responsibilities :

  • 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

  • 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 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.

Your set of skills :

  • You are passionate about education and working in a challenging and dynamic working environment

  • Strong written and verbal English

  • Candidates are required to have a working knowledge ( verbal and written) of one of the following languages: Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji or Badini), Arabic, Farsi, Lingala, French Working knowledge of more than one of these languages will be considered an asset.

  • You have experience working or volunteering 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 analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills

  • Resourceful and strategic thinking

  • Multi-tasker who performs well under pressure

  • Digital literacy skills

Our offer :

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

● A travel bursary of €200/quarter

● Expected start date: immediately

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

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

To learn more about us please check out our website: www.actionforeducation.org

Application Process:

Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing volunteer@actionforeducation.org 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.

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