Starting Date: ASAP
Status: Full Time
Child Safeguarding Policy: Level 3 – Job holder will have regular contact with children.
Reports To: ASC Coordinator
The Social Worker – Child Protection Expert is responsible for organizing, supervising and leading the provision of quality and comprehensive social services to vulnerable individuals, with a particular focus on responding to ensuring the safety and protection of children and unaccompanied minors, within the Athens Solidarity Centre.
- Support ASC team to design individualized interventions for children with psychosocial and/or special educational needs and/or disabilities, including unaccompanied minors.
- Ensure that specific reception and service provision protocols are employed for unaccompanied minors, aimed at assessing needs and providing immediate care and protection.
- Lead the development and preparation of Best Interest Assessments for unaccompanied minors, to be used during the Asylum interviews or the Dublin reunification procedure.
- Provide support and information to children beneficiaries of the Athens Solidarity Centre and their parents (comprehensive case management).
- Create and disseminate information material on children’s rights and obligations.
- In collaboration with the ASC Coordinator, organize and facilitate capacity building and awareness raising activities towards public schools, local parents’ and teachers’ associations, municipalities, and volunteer associations where the project operates.
- Train ASC teams including psychologists, and social scientists on psychosocial topics, with a particular focus on ensuring the best interest of every child.
- External referrals and access facilitation for (amongst others) welfare and medical services.
- Facilitation of accompaniment for particularly vulnerable cases.
- Performing any other tasks related to the implementation of the psychosocial aspect of project as requested by the ASC Coordinator.
- Ensure smooth cooperation and collaboration with other services, both within SolidarityNow and with other organisations.
- Preparation of internal reports and collection and uploading of information in ASC database.
- Close collaboration with the General Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors and other actors focusing on the holistic support of Unaccompanied Minors.
- Represent ASC and SN in relevant working groups, national and international fora.
- Collaborate with SN Advocacy Manager for the design and implementation of effective advocacy and policy actions to improve the situation for programme beneficiaries.
- Provide contextual updates and challenges to Senior Management.
- Perform other duties, related to job description as requested by supervisor.
- University degree (preferably Master’s) from an accredited academic institution, Social Science, Psychology, Communications, Education, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with minimum three years of relevant professional experience.
- Extended experience in similar position, supporting vulnerable groups.
- Experience/awareness of providing support to children.
- Understanding and willingness to promote gender equality and understand different vulnerabilities, needs and capacities of men, women, boys and girls.
- Cross Cultural Awareness and flexibility
- Computer literate & numerate.
- Well organized and efficient.
- Excellent interpersonal & communications skills.
- Fluent in English and Greek (both written and spoken).
If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning in the email subject “ASC CP Expert_ Athens”.
SN is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities and from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Recruitment processes reflect SN’s commitment to keeping children safe from harm and abuse. Employment is subject to SN Child protection standards, including background checks and adherence to SN Child Safeguarding Policy.
Due to the urgency of recruitment, SN reserves the right to complete the process as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified. Interested candidates should submit their applications (CV and motivation letter) no later than August 11th, 2023.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Remarks: Before submitting your CV, please read carefully the employees’ privacy notice on the processing of personal data pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the respective Greek legislation.
For roles that will have regular contact with vulnerable populations SolidarityNow is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences, and selected candidates will be requested to provide a recent copy of criminal record.
Following the preventive measures against COVID-19, holding a vaccination certificate or undergoing Covid-19 antigen tests as per government directions is mandatory.