Social Worker/Child Protection (Safe Area in the RICs) – Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesvos, Samos

Position Title: Social Worker/Child Protection (Safe Area in the RICs)
Duty Station: Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesvos, Samos
Classification: Ungraded position, attractive remuneration package
Type of Appointment: Special short-term contract with possibility of extension

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; advance understanding of migration issues; encourage social and economic development through migration, and; uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

In Greece, IOM is focusing on responding to the Mediterranean migrant’s crisis, in support of the Greek Government and in cooperation with all other agencies involved. IOM currently implements interventions within the areas of emergency, preparedness and response, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, healthcare and psychosocial assistance, assisted voluntary return of migrants, migration and development, resettlement and repatriation, family reunification, counter human trafficking, assistance to vulnerable migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


In the framework of the emergency situation regarding the migrants and refugees across Greece, the Social Worker/Child Protection will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission. The incumbent will have to provide support to unaccompanied migrant children arriving to Greek islands (Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Kos, Samos) and accommodated in the designated safe areas inside the Reception and Identification Centres (RICs).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Conducts a BIA assessment and identifies the needs and vulnerabilities of unaccompanied children;
  • Provides for a full case management and prepares an individual assistance plan (in coordination with the implementing partner, where relevant) of the children, including counselling, information, referral and upon need accompaniment to specialized services and/or administrative services. Prepare all necessary documentation;
  • Assesses the needs of the children and refers to the Field Coordinator;
  • Coordinates with relevant actors and stakeholders present inside the RIC for the cases of the child, including where relevant legal guardians, RIC management, etc
  • Assists in coordinating the provision of care to all minors in line with IOM and national and international standards;
  • Ensures the confidentiality of personal information;
  • Prepares reports, statistics, any other requested documents for the management team;
  • Undertakes other duties as assigned;
  • Undertakes duty travels as requested.
  • ​Required Qualifications and Experience:


University degree in Social Work, International Relations, Social Sciences or any other relevant field of study, preferably a bachelor’s degree or higher level from an accredited institution.


  • At least 2 years’ experience in psychosocial/child protection/case management support, work in the migrant and refugee’s context or any other relevant experience; working with children will be considered as an asset.
  • Membership of the Association of Greek Social Workers would be an advantage;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, personal commitment, efficiency and flexibility;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Good level of computer literacy;
  • Ability to work under difficult conditions


Fluency in Greek and English is required.

Required Competencies:


Accountability – accepts and gives constructive criticism;
Client Orientation – identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work;
Continuous Learning – demonstrates interest in improving relevant skills;
Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
Performance Management – provides constructive feedback to colleagues;
Planning and Organizing – sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others;
Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; works effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant cultural contexts.


Delivers on set objectives in hardship situations
Effectively coordinates actions with other implementing partners
Works effectively with local authorities, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance country office or regional objectives


The position is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.
Appointment will be subject to the provision of the relevant to the position degree(s), professional licenses and/or criminal record certificate.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications (CV and Cover Letter) in English,

[To send your CV please click here.]

quoting the vacancy notice number CFCV GR 19/103 as well as location(s) of interest
by 16th October, 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Posting Period: 09.10.2019-16.10.2019