Education Cultural Mediator (Farsi)

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Greece
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 31 Jan 2021


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

The Danish Refugee Council initiated its activities in the island of Lesvos in November 2015 due to the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers. Following new political developments and displacement dynamics in early 2016, DRC expanded its activities to the mainland to support the people living in several sites across the country. With offices in Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki, it currently implements a wide range of activities, including Site Management Support, legal assistance, identification of individual needs and protection of highly vulnerable persons, access to services within and outside the hosting sites through cultural mediation, and non-formal education. DRC works closely with the refugee communities, the Greek authorities and other humanitarian actors to ensure a protective environment for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece.

2. Purpose

Under the overall supervision of the Education Team Leader, the Education Cultural Mediator (Farsi) will be responsible for the implementation of the Education programme for migrant and refugee children, youth and adults accommodated in emergency reception site(s) in Attica. Furthermore, the Education Cultural Mediator (Farsi) will ensure that all education activities are of high quality, age appropriate and in line with children, youth and adults needs.

3. Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:

Implementation and design of non-formal education activities:

  • Support in the implementation of non-formal education activities for school-aged children (6 to 15), youth (16-18) and adults (18+) as per the populations’ needs.
  • Plan and implement basic-English-through-mother-language activities for adults.
  • Collaborate with teachers to create a safe classroom environment and promote holistic student well-being.
  • Support in designing culturally appropriate educational activities based on age, educational level, and the individual needs of students.
  • Promote empathy, compassion and respect for the gender, ethnic, religious, cultural, and learning diversity of students.
  • Provide information to beneficiaries on existing education opportunities and promote the right to education for all.
  • Contribute to outreach activities and student registration, and support the distribution of teaching and learning material (e.g. stationery, homework packs and school kits).
  • Provide translation/interpretation for NFE activities including parents’ meetings.
  • Contribute to the identification of student vulnerabilities and raise protection referrals to the Protection Team, Team Leader or Child Protection actor as needed.
  • Adhere to DRC’s Code of Conduct and help to create and maintain an environment that prevents child safeguarding violations and promotes the implementation of DRC’s child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Education Team Leader relevant to the achievement of NFE objectives.

Programme Development:

  • Suggest improvements to DRC programming and ways of working, through identification and communication of challenges, gaps, recommendations for improvements and lessons learnt.
  • In collaboration with the Education Team, Education Team Leader and Education Coordinator, contribute to the development and design of DRC’s education program and activities.


  • In day-to-day tasks ensure relevant accountability to internal DRC and Donor policies .
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Education Team Leader and/or Area Manager relevant to the achievement of NFE objectives.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the line manager in line with overall response in the area of deployment.

4. Required Qualifications

  • At least one (1) year of professional experience in a related position (required).
  • Prior professional experience working with children will be considered an asset.
  • Previous experience with local or international NGOs will be considered an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and good written knowledge of Farsi (required), and/or French, and/or Kurmanji, and/or Sorani and/or Arabic (desirable).
  • English: good verbal skills (required) and good written skills (required).
  • Greek: good verbal and written skills (desirable).
  • Good computer literacy.
  • Training or courses in child protection/safeguarding will be considered an asset.

5. Skills & Qualities

  • Ability to maintain good working relationships in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Strong sense of initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principles.
  • Flexible, enthusiastic, and willing to learn from others.
  • Ability to work in a demanding working environment.
  • Ability to multitask, cope with multiple demands and establish priorities.
  • Core Competencies of DRC:

  • Striving for excellence

  • Collaboration

  • Taking the lead

  • Communication

  • Demonstrating Integrity

6. Terms & Conditions

  • The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law (this is a national position).
  • All allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
  • DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
  • The position will be based in Attica (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.

How to apply:

Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line**:** All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.**

DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot systemically sponsor non-EU citizen or non-Greek resident for all the steps of legal process to get a work permit and/or a residency permit in Greece.

Applications close on the 31st of January 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.

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