Child-Friendly Space Coordinator

22. February 2019
last edit:
22. March 2019
Tags: education | Greece: Central (Athens area) | language | arts / sports / music | short-term | long-term

Who we are

Hestia Hellas is a local NGO in Athens Greece. We provide sustainable, holistic services to vulnerable populations, including refugees, migrants and Greeks. Our focus is on community building, empowerment and advocacy to help these populations live a more dignified life.


The Position

The Child-Friendly Space (CFS) Coordinator is one of the main focal points within the organisation.  In many cases the CFS is a first glimpse at potential child protection cases that can be referred internally to our psychosocial support team.  Notwithstanding, the CFS Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the planning, set up, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the CFS program ensuring that program activities are implemented as planned and all goals are met within the designated budget.  The CFS Coordinator will establish 3 child-friendly spaces providing holistic support services to approximately 300-400 Syrian, Iranian, Turkish, Afghani and African girls and boys (ages 2-17). The CFS will offer services such as informal education, sports, play and activities intended to restore a sense of normalcy, and life skills.  The CFS Coordinator will also attend community-based child protection committees related to child protection cases.

  • With the HR Coordinator, participate in recruitment of animators facilitating CFS activities and ensure there are always enough volunteers scheduled;
  • Liaise with Hestia staff for referrals for psychosocial needs for vulnerable children;
  • Support and supervise animators/volunteers in the implementation of the daily activities;
  • Encourage and ensure the participation of all children in CFS activities, especially the most vulnerable children;
  • Identify early warning signs of vulnerable children and ensure animators/volunteers are properly equipped to develop appropriate responses;
  • With the approval of the Director, represent Hestia Hellas, and its program at various meetings, workshops and conferences;
  • In coordination with the Program Officer, develop clear monitoring and evaluation tools to measure the quality and impact of CFS activities implemented;
  • Participate in internal project review, evaluations to record achievements, changes, challenges and learning and opportunities;
  • Document daily activities, including schedules, lesson plans and attendance records.
  • Work with the PSS team to identify, screen, document and report cases of children in need of additional services outside of the CFS (i.e. mental health services), and refer and follow-up on all reported cases with child/adolescent psychologist/psychiatrist.

Education:Bachelor degree in a social development related field, (Education, psychology, sociology, specialized education or social animation). Post graduate education training is an added advantage.

Experience: At least 2 years experience managing a CFS in an NGO setting


Skills Required

Knowledge of the psychosocial guidelines and approaches related to children in emergencies context (MHPSS IASC guidelines, CFS Guidelines, etc.). Familiar with core principles of Children Rights, Child Protection, Participation, Do No Harm, Community and Family Support as well as Children in Emergencies minimum standards.

Knowledge of and adherence to the Child Protection, Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct

Interest in areas of child protection and/or education; background of dealing with children & young people.

Working knowledge of the logical framework approach to project design, monitoring and evaluation/ project cycle management.

Must be computer literate, with knowledge and hands on skills with email and in MS Office Word and Excel.


A highly successful candidate will be:

  • Highly motivated
  • Proven accountability and integrity
  • Ability to take initiative and work closely with a team
  • Good interpersonal skills, cross-cultural sensitivity, emotionally intelligent, and physical stamina
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent English and either Arabic, Farsi, Greek or French communication skills.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, positive attitude and with a willingness to learn.
  • Flexibility and ability to cope and work under pressure.



We Offer

We are looking for someone who seeks to build a Home Away From Home for those displaced populations we serve. A smile. A helping hand, Dedication.

We will provide free accommodation in our volunteer house, with all the basic amenities (WiFi, heating, water, electric) covered.


How to Apply

Please send a CV and a cover letter to hr@hestiahellas.org

Please put the title of the position in the subject line.

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