Legal Aid Interpreter

Danish Refugee Council, Greece
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Job Summary

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 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.

1. Background

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.

2. Purpose

DRC Greece is looking to recruit a qualified, flexible and enthusiastic professional to work for its Office in Mytilene-Moria (Lesvos Greece) as a Legal Aid Interpreter. Under supervision of the Lesvos Team Leader and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Legal Aid Interpreter will provide interpretation services for the legal aid officers, from Farsi/Dari to English and vice versa. The interpreter will facilitate the implementation of DRC’s legal assistance program and will collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise. Furthermore, the Legal Aid Interpreter will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection activities.

3. Duties & Responsibilities

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

· Provide precise interpretation for group legal information sessions as well as for one-on-one individual legal counselling and individual legal case management for the DRC legal team relevant with asylum procedures and refugee rights in Mytilene-Moria

· Occasionally provide written translation when required

· Other tasks as required by the Legal Aid Officer to support the implementation of DRC’s legal assistance program activities

In addition to the above, the Legal Aid Interpreter may be asked to carry out other duties requested by Lesvos Team Leader.

4. Required Qualifications

· Excellent verbal and written English and Farsi/Dari skills are required; all candidates will undergo a language test with a native speaker

· Basic level in verbal and written Greek skills will be highly appreciated

· Extensive vocabulary and ability to accurately translate complex ideas and information, capacity to understand and translate, legal and procedural information

· Previous work experience as an interpreter with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage

· Relevant university degree, or certification of translator will be considered as a strong advantage

· Good computer skills are required

· High professional ethics, including strict confidentiality of clients

5. Required Skills & Qualities

· Core Competencies of DRC:

o Striving for excellence

o Collaboration

o Taking the lead

o Communication

o Demonstrating Integrity

· Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment

· Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration

· Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principle and high sense of ethics

· Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are needed

· Strong computer skills

· Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required

· Multi-tasking and organizational skills is a must, and a good sense of humor

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 Lesvos, Mytilene-Moria (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply