Cultural Mediator/Project Assistant

Thessaloniki, Northern Greece
Minimum commitment 3 months
May 2024

Overview of IHA

Intereuropean Human Aid Association (IHA) is a grassroots organisation providing humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and people in need. We support thousands of individuals in Northern Greece with essential relief supplies, as well as providing a space for learning, integration and building community. IHA has operated in Northern Greece since 2016 and is currently running a warehouse in Diavata and a community centre in Lagadikia. We strongly focus on providing support around the principle of dignity first. We work collaboratively and are open to building new connections, while making sure to maintain sustainable operations for our team and our target group, and remaining flexible and independent.

Background

IHA has operated in Northern Greece for over six consecutive years, building a strong network with humanitarian grassroots organisations and NGOs, as well as with local actors and initiatives supporting people seeking asylum in Europe. Today, IHA operates in Northern Greece, primarily in supply management, logistics, informal education, community building, and integration support. We work closely with local actors to increase possibilities for newcomers to live under more dignified circumstances and to build networks, skills, and gain relevant tools for increasing their opportunities in their new place of residency.

Overview of the position

The Lagadikia Community Centre is a place for learning, social interaction and cultural exchange. The Community Centre offers English and Greek classes, an Employment Information Centre, skills-development workshops, and social and recreational activities. We are following a community inclusion approach, with the goal of building bridges between the refugee community and the local host community, and are planning to further develop this aspect by encouraging more community led projects and strengthening our volunteer programmes.

IHA is looking to recruit a full time Cultural Mediator/Project Assistant to start at the beginning of May 2024. The Cultural Mediator/Project Assistant is a fundamental part of our team, providing interpretation, cultural mediation, advice, and assisting the Project Manager in the management of the community centre and our volunteer teams. The Cultural Mediator/Project Assistant reports to the Project Manager, and works closely with the management and volunteer teams. The ideal candidate is intrinsically motivated, interested in learning, adaptable, passionate about the cause, and able to work in a challenging environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide interpretation and cultural mediation between IHA’s team and community centre visitors
  • Assist the Project Manager in the management of community centre activities, distributions, and international and community volunteer teams
  • Assist the Project Manager in the management of Lagadikia Community Centre social media channels
  • Identify/report gaps which IHA could fill in order to improve services and further meet the needs of the communities we work with
  • Facilitate activities in the Lagadikia Community Centre as assigned by the Project Manager
  • Attend relevant training as instructed by the Project Manager
  • Attend meetings in order to participate in decision making processes and offer insight and guidance

Applicant Profile:

Required:

  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in at least two of the following: (1) Farsi; (2) Turkish; (3) either Sorani, Badini or Kurmanji
  • Willingness and motivation to learn and develop
  • Highly sociable and comfortable communicating with all nationalities, ethnicities, genders and ages without discrimination or unequal treatment
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Strong team player
  • Basic IT abilities; Whatsapp, Google Drive, Gmail
  • Emotional, cultural and social intelligence
  • Broad intercultural competence and ability to connect with and motivate people
  • Experience volunteering or working with a grassroots/volunteer-run organisation in the context of migration and humanitarian support

Preferable:

  • Additional language skills: Greek, Arabic, French

Our Offer

  • An opportunity to work for an important and meaningful cause as part of a dedicated team
  • 40-hour workweek Monday-Friday
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Accommodation in IHA’s shared flat in the centre of Thessaloniki
  • Work expenses covered: transportation to and from work, prepaid SIM card + top up. Additional allowance for time off expenses in case of extension (every 3 months when staying 6+ months)
  • Initial commitment of 3 months (1 month notice period) with possibility of extension

Application

IHA is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, and are committed to create an inclusive environment for all team members.

Apply by Tuesday 16th April by filling in an application form on our website and sending your CV to vacancies@iha.help

As part of our safe recruitment policy, all successful candidates will be asked for contact details of at least two professional references and will need to submit a police record check prior to commencing their role at IHA.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April.

If you have any questions, please contact vacancies@iha.help

Thank you for your interest and good luck with your application.

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