NEW OPENING: Samos Project Coordinator

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Background

Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organisation founded in the UK and Greece in 2017. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities. In early 2019, we launched a new Youth Centre project on Samos as an emergency response to the desperate condition of refugees on the island – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe.

AFE pursues two main goals with this project: first, we offer an essential safe space to the children and youth, in which they can rediscover a piece of childhood. Careful guidance in learning, playing and communal activities build resilience and develop peace-building mechanisms, an opportunity they are ill-afforded in the harsh, tense and frequently violent conditions in the camps. Second, we help students develop language and concentration as well as motor and cognitive skills through curricula of English, languages and projects, which also stimulate imagination and let students and participants explore their own interests ,old and new.

Samos Project

AFE has been active on Samos island since January 2019. We currently run 3 centres: The Banana House, a centre primarily for 18 - 23 year olds, running language classes, hot meals, showers, recreational activities and psychosocial support. The Banana House also opens for women-only every Sunday, as well as providing showers for medical cases as well as dedicated Saturday session for unaccompanied minors. Our second Centre, The Nest, is a specialised learning and play-space for children aged 2 - 7 and their parents, open 6 days a week. Finally, our IT Lab and Cinema offers access to computers and tech learning, alongside nightly film screenings for the refugee community.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of 10 - 12 international volunteers and around 30 community volunteers

  • Onboard new volunteers into their role as teachers/youth workers, organize professional training and teaching resources for all volunteers.

  • Ensure that there is absolutely zero tolerance for corporal punishment, abuse or aggression.

  • Monitor and maintain professional practice within the team and service delivery.

  • Carry out Child Protection and Professional Boundaries and Practice inductions and subsequent trainings.

  • Make the appropriate safeguarding children and vulnerable adults referrals, and liaise with protection actors for follow-up or further safety planning where relevant.

  • Attend inter-agency and coordination working groups

  • Manage the weekly timetable alongside the other Programme Coordinators.

  • Manage weekly meetings with the volunteer team.

  • Manage international and community volunteer recruitment, through advertisements, interviews and pre-arrival communication.

  • Provide leadership within the Centres and wider project, inspiring and motivating volunteer teachers;

  • Ensure that proper tracking of project indicators are completed, in line with our base MEAL systems

  • Work with volunteer teachers and other coordinators to identify irregular attendance and manage communication to students to encourage them to return to the Centres.

  • Monitor  donor and media visits ensuring all the required preparation is completed thoroughly and on-time.

  • Monitor and maintain the  development and delivery of the project’s core curriculum.

  • Maintain the day to day running and administration  of the education service.

  • Liaise in a timely and appropriate manner with partner agencies.

  • Develop and implement policies and practices to continuously improve AFE service delivery.

  • Take an active role in the coordination and multi-locational operations of Action for Education in Chios, Athens and Samos

Your set of skills:

  • You hold at least a degree in teaching, social work, youth work, project management or another relevant field of study.

  • You possess knowledge of the higher education sector, non-formal education or are experienced in non-academic, pedagogic fields of action.

  • You share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to access and be successful in higher education.

  • You have relevant knowledge, experience or understanding of the situation in Greece/on Samos regarding the hot spot system and the injustices of the current asylum arrangement.

  • You have a high degree of intercultural competence.

  • You have a strong understanding of humanitarian standards, INEE minimum standards, and child protection principles.

  • You have knowledge, experience and/or understanding of the impact of trauma on young people and how to safely respond to and manage high levels of distress.

  • You are approachable and hold strong interpersonal skills.

  • You maintain professionalism and are adept in the implementation of quality services.

  • You hold strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to compile and present briefings and reports to a variety of audiences.

  • You have strong analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills.

  • You demonstrate resourceful and strategic thinking.

  • You are a multitasker who performs well under pressure.

Our offer:

  • A stipend up to 450€ and free shared accommodation

  • Expected start date - June 15th 2019

  • A chance to work in a unique and driven organisation with an amazing team.


Application Process:

Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing volunteer@actionforeducation.co.uk with the subject “Volunteer Coordinator Samos”.

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than  pages). Both must be in English.

Applications close on the 25th May. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

NEW OPENING: Fundraising Coordinator Greece

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About AFE

 Action for Education runs projects that stand up for refugees across Greece. We run education programmes and safe spaces for women, children and youth. Each of our centres is tailored to meet the acute needs of asylum seekers. We’re committed to breaking down barriers to education and this means our education centres are versatile spaces that not only provide lessons and classrooms, but also offer services (nutrition, protection, sanitation) that support learners in accessing these spaces. We’re a 100% volunteer team of teachers and youth workers, bringing our extensive experience in education to a grassroots, emergency context.


About the Role

We’re now looking for a volunteer fundraising coordinator to join our team on the ground in Greece - primarily based on Samos island. This position is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of our projects. The Fundraising Coordinator will work in close collaboration with our Coordination Team to grow AFE’s prospects in the short and long term.

Although this role doesn’t involve direct teaching or work in our projects, it’s crucial our Fundraising Coordinator is willing to get stuck in, meet participants, learn about our work and share our ethos of hard-work. We’re looking for someone who brings creativity, blending this with demonstrable experience in the field of fundraising.

Responsibilities

  • To review and analyse AFE’s fundraising and grant writing efforts to date, and plan and implement our June fundraising campaign

  • To develop a short-term and long-term fundraising strategy in collaboration with AFE’s coordination team

  • To visit our ongoing projects to keep up-to-date with our current work and project developments

  • To lead on the development and writing of bids, corporate propositions and pitches for new and current partnerships, including Trusts, Corporate Leads and Major Donors

  • To lead on developing strategy for and implementing, a high-quality range of marketing activities and events to engage with donors

  • To build good relationships and manage high level relationships with key funder contacts

  • To follow situational updates related to refugee issues in Greece, and how these may impact on fundraising activities and AFE strategy

  • To produce ongoing & end-of-grant reports, ensuring a high-level of visual and written info.

  • To develop, utilise and update our CRM system to manage and track funder details, communications, donations and status.


Your set of skills:

  • You have at least one year of experience in fundraising for nonprofits

  • You possess knowledge of the charity sector, ideally with a focus on education and/or crisis response

  • You share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to access and be successful in higher education

  • You have relevant knowledge, experience or understanding of the situation in Greece regarding the ongoing refugee crisis and the injustices of the current asylum arrangement

  • You are familiar with AFE’s work in Greece

  • You hold strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to compile and present briefings and reports to a variety of audiences

  • You have strong analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills and demonstrate resourceful and strategic thinking

  • You are a multi-tasker who performs well under pressure, and are willing to put long hours into supporting the work of a young and dynamic NGO

Our offer:

  • A stipend up to 450€ and free shared accommodation

  • Expected start date: May 2019

  • 3 months fixed-term (extension pending review)

  • A chance to work in a unique and driven organisation with an amazing team.

Application Process:

Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing volunteer@actionforeducation.co.uk with the subject “Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator”.

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than 2 pages). Both must be in English.

Application Deadline: ASAP/Rolling
Start Date: May 2019


NEW OPENING: Volunteer Coordinator, Chios

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About Action for Education

Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organisation founded in the UK in 2017. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities.

The education project Refugee Education Chios was launched as a reaction to the desperate condition of refugees on the island of Chios – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe. While the refugees were worn out by insecurity about their future, nontransparent asylum procedures and deplorable conditions in the camps, we witnessed a great need amongst the children and youth for a daily structure, possibilities to learn and regular social interaction.

AFE pursues two main goals with this project: first, we offer an essential safe space to the children and youth, in which they can rediscover a piece of childhood. Careful guidance in learning, playing and communal activities helps let young people be young people, an opportunity they are ill-afforded in the harsh, tense and frequently violent conditions in the camps. Second, we help students develop language and concentration as well as motor and cognitive skills through curricula of English, mathematics and projects, which also stimulate imagination and let students and participants explore their own interests old and new.

We have developed a holistic non-formal education system that provides services for those aged between 15 and 22 years old from the refugee community currently based on Chios Island, Greece.


Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of 12-14 volunteer teachers, ensuring lessons are delivered to the standards set out by Action for Education.

  • Onboard new volunteers into their role as teachers/youth workers, organise professional training and teaching resources for all volunteers.

  • Ensure that there is absolutely zero tolerance for corporal punishment, abuse or aggression.

  • Monitor and maintain professional practice within the team and service delivery.

  • Carry out Child Protection and Professional Boundaries and Practice inductions and subsequent trainings.

  • Respond to and record all safeguarding concerns.

  • Make the appropriate safeguarding children and vulnerable adults referrals, and liaise with protection actors for follow-up or further safety planning where relevant.

  • Attend inter-agency child protection working groups.

  • Manage the weekly timetable alongside the other Programme Coordinators.

  • Manage weekly meetings with the volunteer team.

  • Provide leadership within the school and wider project, inspiring and motivating volunteer teachers;

  • Discuss volunteer concerns to other Programme Directors and develop appropriate action to respond to such concerns.

  • Ensure that proper documentation for attendance (class registers and trackers) are regularly completed by teachers.

  • Work with volunteer teachers and youth centre coordinator to identify irregular attendance and manage communication to students to encourage them to return to school.

  • Crew lead the school/youth centre shifts, ensuring the safe running of the programmes and responding to student/staff difficulties or crisis on site.

  • Monitor  donor and media visits ensuring all the required preparation is completed thoroughly and on-time.

  • Monitor and maintain the  development and delivery of the project’s core curriculum.

  • Maintain the day to day running and administration  of the education service.

  • Liaise in a timely and appropriate manner with partner agencies.

  • Develop and implement policies and practices to continuously improve AFE service delivery.

Your set of skills:

  • You hold at least a degree in teaching, social work, youth work or  other relevant studies.

  • You possess knowledge of the higher education sector, non-formal education or are experienced in non-academic, pedagogic fields of action.

  • You share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to access and be successful in higher education.

  • You have relevant knowledge, experience or understanding of the situation in Greece/on Chios regarding the hot spot system and the injustices of the current asylum arrangement.

  • You have a strong understanding of humanitarian standards, INEE minimum standards, and child protection principles.

  • You have a clear and applicable knowledge and/or experience of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

  • You have knowledge, experience and/or understanding of the impact of trauma on young people and how to safely respond to and manage high levels of distress.

  • You are approachable and hold strong interpersonal skills.

  • You maintain professionalism and are adept in the implementation of quality services.

  • You hold strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to compile and present briefings and reports to a variety of audiences.

  • You have strong analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills.

  • You demonstrate resourceful and strategic thinking.

  • You are a multi-tasker who performs well under pressure.

Our offer:

  • A stipend up to 450€ and free shared accommodation

  • Expected start date - 1st April

  • A chance to work in a unique and driven organisation with an amazing team.

Application Process:

Are you interested? Then apply for this position by emailing volunteer@actionforeducation.co.uk with the object “Volunteer Coordinator Chios”.

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than 4 pages). Both must be in English.

Applications close on the 1st of April. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

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Volunteer online with us: announcing new remote roles!

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We’re excited to announce 6 new positions open to online volunteers. You can help us continue our work with asylum seekers in Greece by volunteering a couple of hours each week remotely.

You’ll join our dedicated team of international volunteers standing up for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

Read more about the roles below. Send us an email and your CV stating which role you would like to apply for by 31st January 2019.

Email: volunteer@actionforeducation.co.uk.

  1. Grant Researcher and Writer
    Crucial to the long-term sustainability of our projects, we’re looking for one or more experienced grant writers to join our team. This is truly important work, requiring attention to detail, a flair for clarity of expression, as well as patience and hard work. Find out more.

  2. Community Outreach Officer
    Be a recognised ambassador for AFE in your local area and work closely with us to host events, engage your local community, and advocate for the rights of marginalised groups. A role requiring creativity, a love of public communication, digital skills and a shared belief in promoting access to education and safety for all. Find out more.

  3. Advocacy and PR Officer
    Our digital presence is fundamental to our work: ensuring donors and supporters have easy access to project-based information as well as providing clear briefings on developments in global migration issues. A role requiring a high competency in research and analysis as well as in social media. Find out more.

  4. Design and Digital Officer
    How we portray our work has a huge impact on the support we receive around the world. We’re looking for someone with a background in design, as well as experience working with digital software, to support us in developing our organisation’s identity. Find out more.

  5. Schools Outreach Officer
    We’re looking for a number of Schools Outreach Officers to work to bring a greater awareness of refugee experiences and our work to schools and universities. A role comprising curriculum development as well as implementation and evaluation, this is part of an exciting new programme to engage and educate students in key matters. Find out more.

  6. Partnerships Intern
    A position with a clear aim: to establish exciting new partnerships with businesses to promote our work and raise funds towards our projects. Requiring innovative thinking, independence and a strong belief in our cause. Find out more.

Our Plans for 2019

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To our supporters, volunteers, donors, participants and friends,

As we say goodbye to 2018, we are writing to offer our thanks and to share with you some exciting programme developments for 2019.

One year ago, Action for Education was established to continued the day-to-day runnings of our Refugee Education Chios project. It has been a year of change, of new directions, of broadening horizons and of remarkable achievements. We are proud of what we have been able to provide for hundreds of refugee women and youth.

The past year has seen all our institutions at full capacity, the development of a strong community teacher training scheme, closer relations than ever before with other actors and the local community, a blossoming partnership with Action for Women and a total of 25,000 visits to our safe spaces and education programmes across Greece.

But for much of this year, we’ve also worked towards an end. In July, we faced closure. With no funding to continue our response to an ongoing educational and social crisis, this December was to be the end. But after months of talks, strategy meetings and project re-evaluations, it is with great delight that we are not only in a position to continue our important work next year, but to reach more people, in more locations, with more experience and vigour than ever before.

This is thanks to your support. Since November, we’ve been furiously fundraising to ensure our projects continue where they are needed most, and that we have the capacity to fill gaps as they arise in timely, professional and appropriate ways. We have publicly fundraised over £30,000, an inspiring sum. We are in conversation with trusted, generous organisations, individuals and foundations and we are confident of their further support.

And because of this, we are excited to share our latest news with you.

On Chios, we are delighted to welcome new volunteers and coordinators to the team. With their energy, dedication and broad skill-sets, Refugee Education Chios will continue to provide the essential education programmes and safe spaces that have been running uninterrupted since May 2016.

Over the past month, we have thoroughly remodelled our budget so that going ahead we can continue to stretch every donated cent as far as possible. In real terms, this means a substantial reduction of our costs on Chios, brought about by renegotiations in existing contracts, cost-saving initiatives across the board, and a new space for our Learning Centre from February 2019. We will retain the same capacity, ensuring refugee youth have the same vital access to our services up to 5 times a week.

This cost-saving has a profound impact on our country-wide operations too. We are now in a position to announce that from late January we will be commencing a new emergency response to dire conditions on the island of Samos. On a recent visit there, we were appalled by the lack of education provision and safety for youth. With over 4500 asylum seekers living in a camp for just 650, and with adequate structural changes far from sight, we are returning to the very roots that brought us to Chios: providing emergency responses where needed most. Drawing on our team’s extensive experience working on Chios, a core team will relocate to Samos early this year and establish a Youth Centre to provide psychosocial support for young asylum seekers on the island. We are looking right now for urgent support for this new project. Please help if you can.

Off the islands, we are delighted to announce a continuation in our special partnership with Action for Women in delivering the education programme of their Athens Women’s Centre: The Halcyon Days. Over the next six months, we will work to strengthen and consolidate our successes and build the capacity of this education provision, empowering female asylum seekers to develop and discover new skills that will assist them in integration, further education and work opportunities in Greece.

Finally, drawing on our experiences in Athens, we are today announcing our intentions to open another new project for 2019. We recognise that for many asylum seekers on the islands, Athens is a symbol of hope. But the reality falls far short of the expectation. Athens remains unsafe, unnavigable and unempowering for many refugee youth who struggle to integrate into a dense urban context. In response to this, from mid-2019, we are working hard to open a new Athens Youth Centre that will develop key skills, confidences and languages of teenagers and young adults, assisting them in securing vocational and educational opportunities.

So it is that with a busy year behind us, we look forward to an even busier year ahead. To achieve this, we will continue to need and value your support. As the crisis in Greece reaches its fourth year, we remain determined that as many women and youth as possible have access to professional and specialised education services.

You can continue to support our work next year by setting up a monthly or one-off donation. It is your generosity that keeps our volunteer teams on the ground, keeps our buildings warm and open, and builds future pathways for refugees in Greece.

With our best wishes for a Happy New Year.

The Action for Education Team