Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SHELTER AND OPERATIONS ASSISTANTS




The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has recently established a presence in Greece where aims at delivering immediate assistance and protection-guided emergency response to refugees and migrants in the Greek island of Lesvos based on international humanitarian standards and in line with the Greek government strategy.
BACKGROUND
The number of persons transiting the Greek Island of Lesvos, in search of safety elsewhere in Europe, has significantly increased since June 2015. As numbers increased to several thousand new arrivals per day, reception facilities and the capacity of primary duty-bearers as well as the humanitarian community in Greece was overstretched. As a consequence, persons awaiting registration before continuing their journey onwards have been exposed to conditions that can be below standard and conducive to an unsecure protection environment, especially for the most vulnerable cases.
With the overall objective of urgently improving the quality of the protection environment and conditions for those persons likely in need of international protection, this project seeks to support primary duty-bearers (Ministry of Migration Policy as the primary actor) to the furthest extent possible through the implementation of small scale construction to improve infrastructure, systematic information dissemination on available services and the registration process to persons of concern in a language they understand, development of site profiles and continuous monitoring of service provision, management of available accommodation facilities to ensure adequate shelter and priority to the most vulnerable, and conducting protection monitoring and support for the development and implementation of an adequate referral system for vulnerable cases.
PURPOSE
Under supervision of the Site Operations Coordinator and in close collaboration with other DRC field units, the Site Operations Assistant will be primarily responsible for allocation of shelters in Moria transit site in line with agreed standard operating procedures, including involvement in/oversight of any works related to general maintenance of the accommodation units, as well as general site maintenance and construction works as necessary.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
  • Participate in all DRC activities related to overall site improvement and maintenance
  • Implement standard operating procedures for shelter allocation in Moria registration site, in close coordination with DRC Protection unit
  • Actively contribute to the general management of shelter facilities, in coordination with other DRC field units
  • As necessary, propose and implement shelter and overall site maintenance activities, including small repairs and construction works
  • As necessary, oversee activity of contractors for any construction works related to shelter and site maintenance
  • Provide translation/interpretation as necessary
  • Actively contribute to the implementation of measures to minimize negative environmental impact
  • Support in drafting of relevant technical reports and assessments for internal and external use.
  • Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Site Operations Coordinator to support DRC’s emergency response
REPORTING ARRANGEMENTS
The position is supervised by: Site Operations Coordinator
PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS
Required Qualifications
  • University degree in a related technical field
  • Strong verbal and written English skills
  • Working knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is an added advantage
  • At least one year of working or volunteering experience in a related field. Previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
  • Strong computer skills
  • High professional ethics
Skills & Qualities
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
  • Willingness and availability to work night shifts
  • Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This position is requested for a period of three months with potential to extend based on performance, DRC requirements and availability of funds.
We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences. 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 Moria/Mytilene, Lesvos (Greece)
HOW TO APPLY:
APPLICATION PROCESS
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking here.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
Applications close on 11 February.
Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.
About DRC
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.

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