We are recruiting a female project coordinator on Samos

Programme Coordinator Samos Action for Education - Job Description August 2020

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 2019, we’ve been working on Samos, when we decided to expand our projects and scope throughout the Aegean Islands. We are operative in three different centres: The Banana House, with activity and language lessons for 18-23 years old; The Nest, in partnership with The Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles, as an indoor playground for children and adults; and the Computer Lab, offering digital literacy classes and an Internet Café styled space.

Samos presents a different scenario compared to other hotspots, as the refugee camp is set on the outskirts of town; it displays a challenging context for the local community, refugee community and NGOs. The cohabitation between these drafts a complex context, where the reality of the island has drastically changed in the last years: the camp and the extended area (jungle) being part of the town, the presence of refugees and asylum seekers on public spaces causing local discomfort causing protests and demonstrations, possible opening of a closed camp in a near future, etc.


  • Manage a team of 20 volunteers or more, both from external and refugee community, ensuring the programme objectives are met.

  • 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

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

  • Ensure a good collaboration and work environment between the partners present on Samos, and other NGOs on the island.

  • 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

  • You have experience in leading a team and creating a positive work environment

  • You have experience working with refugees and asylum-seekers in an emergency context - ideally, on the Greek islands or mainland

  • You have experience in teaching English as a second language and are keen to support and lead meetings for our teachers

  • 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

  • You are approachable and encouraging to our 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

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 “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.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. The position will close when a suitable candidate has been found.

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