Vacancy Announcement – Social Advisor  

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Vacancy Announcement – Social Advisor  

27 November 2023 

The Cyprus Refugee Council is interested to hire a motivated individual to carry out the tasks of the Social Advisor focusing on asylum seekers in reception and detention centers for the Strengthening Asylum in Cyprus project funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Country Office in Cyprus.  

Organizational Context 

The Cyprus Refugee Council is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with a focus on refugees, asylum seekers, trafficking victims and survivors of torture. CyRC strives to safeguard, support and advocate for the rights of vulnerable groups in Cyprus as well as promote their effective integration into local society.  

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Vacancy – Social Advisor (full-time) The Social Advisor will carry out duties at the CyRC offices and at reception and detention centers. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Provide counseling and assistance to international protection beneficiaries and asylum seekers in order to ensure that they have access to their rights as these are envisaged in national, European and international law.  
  1. Assist individuals, both asylum seekers and persons with international protection, in accessing services conducive to their well-being and integration, including access to medical services, vocational training, language classes, employment and welfare support.  
  1. Carry out monitoring visits to detention and reception centers and other locations as well as community outreach activities and prepare detailed reports for evidence-based advocacy interventions with the authorities. 
  1. Identify persons in detention or at risk of detention and assist them through case management, including advocacy with the authorities for case resolution. 
  1. Analyze the cultural, political and economic capacities of communities of concern and, based on the information gathered, implement activities that enhance their communal capacities and resilience. 
  1. Identify individuals with specific needs, including older persons, persons with disabilities, unaccompanied and separated children, single parents, survivors of torture, trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence, and assist them, including through advocacy with the authorities for their prompt identification and access to special support.  
  1. Provide information, advice, and guidance to persons of concern both in one-on-one meetings and in sessions. 
  1. Liaise with the authorities and NGO partners for the better coordination of service-provision to persons of concern. 
  1. Ensure that men, women, girls, boys of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds and abilities participate in the assessment, planning and implementation of all protection, social and educational activities. 
  1. Undertake other duties as required. 

Academic Qualifications Required 

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, Counseling or other related field. 
  • Additional training in counseling, crisis intervention, conflict management or related fields will be considered an asset. 

Relevant Experience Required 

  • Over 3 years of experience in social support, case management and counseling. 
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the local context 
  • Experience in community mobilization and capacity-building activities. 
  • Experience working with vulnerable groups, particularly women, children and adolescents and detainees. 
  • Experience in liaising with multiple actors (governmental services, EU/ International agencies, NGO partners) 
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-national context.  

Skills required 

  • Excellent command of Greek and/or English and/or French language; knowledge of an additional language, such as Arabic, would be considered an asset. 
  • Excellent writing and drafting skills. 
  • Analytical skills: ability to conduct situation analysis, social analysis of risk factors, as well as analysis of the political and economic context. 
  • Ability to mobilize resources including within communities of persons of concern. 
  • Ability to coordinate various activities and partners, including persons of concern, for an optimal use of resources. 
  • Ability to assess training needs, design training modules and deliver training sessions. 
  • Counselling and mentoring skills, both individually and in groups. 
  • Communication, interpersonal skills and teamwork 
  • Good computer skills, including excellent use of word processing and spreadsheet software. 
  • Car and driving license are required.

Applications MUST include a CV and a cover letter.  

Please confirm in your application, that you have never been subject to sanctions (disciplinary, administrative or criminal) arising from an investigation in relation to SEA, or left employment pending investigation and refused to cooperate in such an investigation. 

Closing date:  10 December 2023. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

Send your completed application to info@cyrefugeecouncil.org