Overview of IHA
IHA is a grassroots organisation providing humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees,asylum seekers, and people in need. We support thousands of individuals in Northern Greece with essential relief supplies and create spaces for learning, community building, and integration. IHA has operated in Northern Greece since 2016 and is now running one warehouse and one community centre. We are strongly focusing on always minding dignity first when providing support, maintaining sustainable operations for our team and our target group, looking to collaborate and build connections, and at the same time remaining flexible and independent.
In 2015, the influx of asylum seekers to Greece increased. As more people arrived in Greece and other European countries kept a strict policy of who to let in, many of the arrivals ended up staying in Greece. Over time, several camps and accommodation sites have opened and closed, but the need of the people who are fleeing to Greece remains high. Not only for direct support with supplies, food, and non-food items, but also to build new social networks and integrate into the new environment. IHA has operated in Northern Greece for five consecutive years, building a strong network with other local and international grassroots organisations, larger NGOs, local schools, municipalities, state departments, and other actors who meet the people who arrive to seek asylum in Europe. Today IHA still operates in Northern Greece, primarily with supply management, logistics, learning, community building, and integration support. We work closely with local actors to increase possibilities for newcomers to live under more dignified circumstances and to build networks, skills, and gain contextually relevant tools for increasing their opportunities in their new place of residency.
Overview of the position
IHA is looking to recruit an Operations Manager (OM) to start at the beginning of June 2021. The OM is responsible for supervising and administratively supporting IHA’s humanitarian programmes in Greece, currently the Lagadikia Community Centre and the Warehouse (learn more). The OM has a key function in the organisation and acts as the link between the operational and the administrative. The OM works closely with both the Greece-based programme coordination team and the back office team, primarily the board of directors and members of the Germany-registered non-profit association. IHA has a semi-flat hierarchy and fosters open dialogue across all layers of the organisation and consensus-oriented decision-making. The OM facilitates these processes and ensures that all stakeholders are included.
The position is currently part-time and based remotely, with possibilities for the scope of the position to increase in the future.
The ideal candidate is intrinsically motivated, flexible, passionate about the cause and able to work on their own initiative in a non-traditional work setting with little supervision. The OM reports directly to the board of directors.
The ideal candidate would be a tax resident in Germany at the current stage. It is highly important that the candidate fits in the team. Personal qualities will be taken into consideration during the selection process.
Terms and conditions
The contract will be under German Labour Law, or otherwise as applicable depending on the location and tax residency of the candidate. Public holidays are generally days off, exceptions may occur if the circumstances demand. The role requires certain flexibility in working hours, where evening and weekend work occurs. Working hours are 20 hours per week (50 %) and will be conducted remotely, located preferably either in Germany or Greece. IHA strongly believes in capacity and staff development and works towards offering continuous training opportunities and support for staff who want to develop in certain areas of their profession.
IHA is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and are committed to create an inclusive environment for all employees.
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