Child Friendly Space (CFS) Assistant

Danish Refugee Council, Thessaloniki, Greece

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd April, 2019

Job Description


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 8,000 employees and also 8,000 volunteers, while managing a turnover of over 400 million Euro. 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. The Danish Refugee Council is Denmark’s largest humanitarian NGO and has been ranked the 3rd best NGO in the world in 2018 (for the six consecutive years, the organization is among the top five of the NGO Advisor Annual List).

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.


DRC has been operating in Greece since November 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.


DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its sites in North Greece as Child Friendly Space Assistant. Under supervision of the Child Friendly Space Team Leader and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Child Friendly Space Assistant will support the implementation of all objectives under DRC projects in the emergency reception sites.

Duties & Responsibilities:

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

  • Define psychosocial activities to be implemented according to the children’s ages and situation and contribute to the development of a child friendly space curriculum
  • Prepare and implement recreational activities for targeted children (large events or small groups)
  • Deliver the CFS curriculum and other recreational activities to the children with/or without their parents
  • Identify within the activities the children in need of further assistance. Act in the best interest of the child
  • Promote, ensure and establish the child as a central actor in the activities
  • Communicate with children in a protective manner ensuring the respect of their rights
  • Create a positive and trustful atmosphere while interacting with children encouraging them to express their needs and ensuring their feeling of safety
  • Understand children as the main actors in their own development and encourage them in decision making of matters that affects them
  • Listen to whatever children would like to say, help them express their feelings and needs and respond to it positively
  • Closely follow up individual child participation in activities and identify children with special needs
  • Report any observed problem of a child to the social worker for necessary support or referral to other supportive network
  • Ensure that a child is not alone in the center/location of activity at all times
  • Identify materials required for activities preferred by children and request for procurement
  • Actively attend supportive trainings and experience sharing meetings
  • Accomplish individual and collective assignments given by her/his supervisors
  • Accomplish her/his duty of care protecting children from any form of maltreatment/abuse
  • Reports to the social worker and/supervisors as soon as she/he suspect or observe or informed a child or children are at risk of abuse or being mistreated
  • Close supervision on young children during group plays and avoid harmful exercises
  • Ensure activities are appropriate for the physical and mental capacity of children
  • Assist in the coordination of Child Protection awareness raising events
  • Organize joint events with children from the host communities for community harmonization.

Collaboration and supervision:

  • Report any major issues to the protection management
  • Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise
  • Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in a relevant field such as Education, Social sciences, Refugee and Migration studies, Psychology
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must
  • Fluently speak or adequately understand one of the following languages; Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji),French is an asset
  • Greek language skill is an asset
  • Strong computer skills are required
  • Previous experience with refugees and asylum seekers will be an asset
  • It is “essential” that you have previous working experience with children in educational and/or recreational activities (drama, play, games, circus, sport, storytelling, drawing/painting, artistic activities, music, dancing)
  • Experience of community-based or community mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage
  • Social work experience and/or experience in humanitarian work preferably in emergencies


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