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Boat Refugee Foundation (BRF) is looking for an assistant who can support the MHPSS Coordinator in leading the psychosocial programme on Lesvos. Are you a psychologist, psychotherapist, psychiatric nurse or certified in (ortho)pedagogy and want to use your expertise to help people in need? Do you have at least three years of working experience, including experience working abroad? Are you also able to make independent decisions regarding mental health and available for four to six months? Please read on!

*Important: this position can only be filled by someone who has the legal right to live and work in Greece (EU nationals or Visa holders). 

Where will you work?

Boat Refugee Foundation provides medical and psychosocial (emergency) aid and stands up for the rights of people seeking refuge. We take action where systems become inhumane and compassion is lost. Since 2015, we have been working in various locations at the borders of Europe.

What will you do?

The MHPSS team on Lesvos consists of experienced psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatric nurses and other mental health professionals. The focus of the MHPSS programme is on providing mental health and psychosocial support in the form of supportive conversations, education on stress management techniques and empowerment. The MHPSS Assistant provides quality psychosocial support to people on the move in the refugee camp on Lesvos, with an often-changing MHPSS team. They are a stable factor in the often rapidly changing volunteer team. In addition to working a couple of MHPSS shifts per week, the MHPSS assistant will be working closely with the MHPSS coordinator to take care of ad-hoc case management and long-term follow-up on service users, capacity building of the volunteers and administrative tasks. 

You have the following responsibilities:
  • Responsible for long-term follow-up for BRF’s MHPSS service users;
  • Participate in MHPSS back-up shifts during weekends or evenings, alternating with the MHPSS coordinator;
  • Actively participate in regular MHPSS shifts throughout the week, including weekends and evenings;
  • Take over tasks of the MHPSS coordinator in their absence;
  • Coordinate additional tasks of the MHPSS volunteers, in addition to MHPSS shifts;
  • Contribute to optimising the work of the MHPSS team;
  • Plan and schedule simulation training for the volunteer team.
  • A relevant degree (higher professional education or university degree);
  • At least 3 years of work experience in a clinical setting. Preferably including relevant clinical work experience, including working with intercultural groups abroad or with refugees/migrants, in another context;
  • Ability to make independent decisions;
  • Willingness to take on a wide range of MHPSS and non-MHPSS responsibilities from time to time;
  • Teamwork and ability to cope well with changing working hours;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written in English;
  • Highly flexible and stress resistant. Ability to deal with emotional and confronting situations and able to separate work from personal topics;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a broad spectrum of people;
  • Strong negotiation and organisational skills;
  • Creativity and ability to work with limited resources;
  • Eligible to live and work in an EU country;
  • EU drivers licence B. This is a necessary requirement for the position;
  • Availability for 4-6 months.

Boat Refugee Foundation’s existence depends on the many volunteers and donors, without which we’d not be able to do our job. Our financial means are mostly spent on medical and psychosocial care. That is why we ask you to pay for your own travel arrangements and all registration documents that you need to obtain.

What do we offer you?
  • Volunteer stipend of €210 per month;
  • Free living accommodation in our volunteer house;
  • (Shared) rental car + fuel for work purposes.
Apply now!

Do you fit the profile above and are you available for at least four to six months from June 2024? Then send us your resume and cover letter and/or video in English using the form below. Our team of voluntary screeners will contact you for an initial interview, the second stage will consist of an interview with the medical coordinator. Questions about the position can be e-mailed to jobs@boatrefugee.com

Checking references is a part of our recruitment process. Therefore we ask you to include the contact details of two references. As we review applications on a rolling basis, please submit the application as soon as possible. 

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We look forward to your response!

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