Company/Organization Name: 
Cyprus Refugee Council

The Cyprus Refugee Council (CyRC) strives to safeguard, support and advocate for the rights of vulnerable groups in Cyprus, promoting their effective integration into the host society. Focusing on refugees, asylum seekers, detainees, trafficking victims and survivors of torture, CyRC works closely with the local society in order to provide quality services at the individual, community and policy level.

Deadline of application: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Cyprus Refugee Council (CyRC) is interested to hire a motivated individual for the post of the Social Advisor (Roving) focusing mainly on persons of concern to CyRC and other refugee-assisting NGOs for the project Strengthening Asylum in Cyprus 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.


Vacancy – Social Advisor (full-time) The Social Advisor will carry out duties at CyRC and from other refugee-assisting NGOs Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide counselling 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Monitor access to the aforementioned rights and prepare detailed reports for evidence-based advocacy interventions with the authorities, including through monitoring visits to reception facilities, house visits and community outreach activities.
  4. Act as liaison between CyRC, refugee-assisting NGOs and UNHCR, and facilitate information sharing on individual cases as well as issues that merit attention and intervention.
  5. Analyse the cultural, political and economic capacities of communities of concern and, based on the information gathered, implement activities that enhances their communal capacities and resilience.
  6. 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.
  7. Coordinate and conduct multifunctional participatory assessments for identifying the protection risks and appropriate response for persons of concern across the island.
  8. Liaise with the authorities and NGO partners for the better coordination of service-provision to persons of concern.
  9. 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.
  10. Undertake other duties as required.

Applications MUST include a CV and a cover letter.

Closing date:  29 August 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Required Languages:
Required Qualifications/Skills: 

Academic Qualifications Required

  1. University degree in Social Sciences, Counselling, Psychology or other related field.
  2. Additional training in counselling, crisis intervention, conflict management or related fields will be considered an asset.

Relevant Experience Required

  • Experience in social support, case management and counselling for at least 2 years.
  • Experience in community mobilization and capacity-building.
  • Experience working with vulnerable groups, particularly children and adolescents.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-national context.

Skills required

  • Excellent command of Greek and English language; knowledge of an additional language, such as Arabic or French, 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 and design training modules and deliver training to educate other people.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Counselling and mentoring skills, both individually and in groups.
  • Communication, inter-personal skills and team work.
  • Good computer skills, including excellent use of word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Car and driving licence is required.