Social Worker

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Greece
Organization: HIAS
Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

Department:HIAS Greece

Location:Lesvos, GR

Position Summary: As a part of a response in the aftermath of the fires, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Moria, HIAS is seeking to hire a Social Worker to support the implementation of mental health and psychosocial support programming for refugees and asylum seekers in Lesvos, Greece. HIAS has had a presence is Lesvos since 2016 with a focus on the provision of legal aid support to asylum-seekers in Moria camp. With over 11,000 individuals, including 4,000 children, having been displaced due to the Moria campfires on September 8-10th, there has been an exponential increase in the need for MHPSS services and the Social Worker will play a critical role supporting the Lesvos team to start-up and implement this critical programming.

*This position is for 12 months, and is contingent on funding.

The Social Worker will support MHPSS and GBV programming, including coordination with HIAS Greece colleagues, rolling out of training in psychological first aid and other basic psychosocial support competencies, and strengthening of referral pathways for those with MHPSS and GBV needs. The Social Worker will contribute to MHPSS program development, including proposal development, monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS activities, and reporting. This position will work within the framework of the IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere standards, as well as HIAS MHPSS Operational framework. This position will also work collaboratively with other agencies in Lesvos, as well as international and other relevant stakeholders.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Works within the framework of IASC guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings and Sphere Standards. This includes specialized responses to survivors of sexual violence.
  • Assists in conducting a situational analysis of emergency GBV and MHPSS needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Lesvos
  • Provides technical support and liaise closely with a multidisciplinary emergency team, including GBV and legal aid colleagues;
  • Coordinates with local NGO partners and relevant government focal points for the implementation and monitoring of MHPSS and GBV projects
  • Prepares and implement psychological first aid and other relevant emergency psychosocial support skills training
  • Promotes the use of community-based approaches in response to mental health concerns;
  • Represents HIAS as requested in various working group meetings
  • Attends and / or accompanies the assisted to access local services according to their needs;
  • Performs regular follow-up meetings/visits with clients;
  • Carries out the delivery of assistance to cover specific needs according to established items and budgets;
  • Coordinates specific services and needs relating to follow-up meetings;
  • Identifies and manages links with public and private institutions to ensure the refugee population's access to local services;
  • Coordinates actions with partner agencies and undertakes referrals when necessary in order to meet the specific needs of the cases;
  • Drafts social testimonies of cases when necessary, according to policies and procedures;
  • Updates general data and monitoring data in the corresponding files and in the data systems;
  • Ensures participation from clients in implementation, and evaluation and feedback mechanisms for accountability.
  • Supports in internal and external reports to various HIAS departments and to donors.
  • Participates in interagency committees for handling and monitoring cases;
  • Works with different departments within HIAS to ensure clients’ needs are met and coordinated.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or other relevant field
  • Three to five (3-5) years of relevant working experience
  • Experience working in an NGO preferred
  • Must be a citizen of Greece and/or have active work authorization in Greece.
  • Excellent computer skills in all Microsoft office suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving abilities;
  • Capability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Strong commitment to HIAS’ mission and values.
  • Knowledgeable in and has used the IASC MHPSS guidelines and best practices as part of previous work experience;
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the assessment of and design and delivery or responses to pre-existing and emergency induced MHPSS needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of core MHPSS interventions utilized in emergency settings (e.g., WHO scalable mental health interventions, Psychological First Aid)
  • Demonstrated experience in training and supervision of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Familiarity with needs-based participatory approach; experience with engagement with communities
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency in English and Greek, both written and oral

About Us:

HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religious creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, age, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status

How to apply:

Application form can be found on the following link, after selecting the relevant position
Deadline: 23:59 +3GMT, 15 October, 2020

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