Education Social Scientist (Thessaloniki)|DRC

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified professional to work in operations of DRC program in Central Greece as Education Social Scientist.

About the job

DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible, and enthusiastic professional to work for its non-formal education programme in Northern Greece as an Education Social Scientist. Under the supervision of the Education/Integration Manager and with the technical guidance from the Field Protection Manager, the Education Social Scientist will support the daily operations of activities in the Homework and Creative Activities Centers (HCAC) in open accommodation sites in Northern Greece, where DRC implements non-formal Education activities. They will support children’s access to formal education, promote parents’ engagement, monitor child protection cases within the non-formal education activities and support children and their families, ensuring the application of child safeguarding, gender and protection mainstreaming.


  • Organize and facilitate frequent parent meetings to promote parent’s engagement in children’s education and identify challenges regarding children’s access to education.  
  • In coordination with the members of the NFE team, conduct one to one meetings with parents/guardians to provide psychosocial support to families and resolve educational problems arising during formal and non-formal education activities.  
  • Monitor access to formal education for school-age children (4 to 15) and youth (16-18) residing in DRC supported sites in Northern Greece.
  • Support the identification of out of school children (OOSCs) and liaise with public schools and local authorities to ensure children’s enrolment and attendance to formal education.  
  • Organize targeted educational activities within the NFE team, to promote psychosocial wellbeing and support children and families at risk to access quality services through referrals to DRC program activities and other actors.  
  • Support the facilitation of intercultural education activities and workshops for refugee children and youth provided by DRC NFE teams.  
  • Support the development of educational material, ensuring quality and consistency to protection values (protection mainstreaming).
  • Support child protection cases among NFE students and follow-up, when necessary, in coordination with the Child Protection agency and in line with the referral pathways.
  • Ensure children at risk receive individual support through safe and dignified referrals to specialized services and follow-up to confirm access to services.
  • Develop and maintain updated educational service mapping for services available to children and youth on site and in the urban context.  
  • Ensure preparation of required project and work plans, in coordination with the Senior Teachers and the Education/Integration manager.  
  • In collaboration with DRC Protection team, support the facilitation of group activities: provision of information sessions, recreational and other community activities in Children Safe spaces 
  • 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

Reporting and Education Information Management:

  • Ensure that relevant project data and Means of Verification (e.g., participant lists, Parental Group Discussion minutes) are accurately collected and comply with internal reporting systems
  • Contribute to education needs assessments and support results-based planning
  • Contribute to the preparation of timely and high-quality progress reports

Programme Development:

  • Attend and participate in assigned meetings, activities, and trainings.
  • Attend NFE meetings and support the development of the NFE programming from a psychosocial perspective.
  • Contribute to continual improvements in DRC programming and ways of working, through identification and communication of challenges, gaps, recommendations for improvements and lessons learnt.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Teachers, the Education/Integration Manager and the Education Officer, 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/Integration 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. 

About you

To be successful in the role we expect you to possess the following:

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, Refugee and Migration studies is required
  • Advanced verbal and written English and Greek language skills are required
  • At least 2 years working experience as a Social Scientist for vulnerable individuals residing in formal and informal settings (including open accommodation sites) is required
  • Strong computer skills are required
  • Work experience with vulnerable children or youth will be considered an asset.
  • Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is highly regarded
  • Training or courses in child protection/safeguarding and NFE will be considered an asset
  • Work experience in education settings will be considered an asset

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:  

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

  • Designation of Duty Station- Location: North Greece-Τhessaloniki -Roving among open accommodation sites of operation of DRC Greece North
  • Band: H
  • 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.

Application process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position on-line:

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

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.

Closing date for applications: 05.12.2022

DRC reserves the right to close the vacancy once a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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Closing date for applications: 05.12.2022