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Finance and Administration Officer (local hire)

Reports to: Board of directors

Department: Administration

Contract: Part-time, stipend (Potential for role to evolve to Full Time)

Location: Greece (Ideally Athens area/Chalkida, other locations possible - Role can be home-based, but some travel to Ritsona and Lesvos to be expected)

Start date: Immediately

Lighthouse Relief: LHR is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit humanitarian organisation with a mission to provide immediate crisis response, as well as long-term relief, for the most vulnerable groups in a dignified, respectful and empowering manner. LHR is a small organisation with operations in two locations in Greece. Whilst transaction volumes are relatively low, the environment is changeable and the organisation has to be adaptable. Local teams are operationally focussed, and this role will typically provide all the financial and administrative support required.

Position Summary: LHR is looking for an experienced accountant/bookkeeper to provide financial and administrative support and expertise to the organisation. This will include day-to-day advice and support to the operational teams, provision of essential financial information to local management and the Board, and ensuring appropriate declarations are made to relevant authorities (e.g. tax, insurance, etc).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accounting for the day-to-day activities of Lighthouse Relief’s operations in Ritsona and Lesvos;

  • Producing monthly accounts for both operational management and the Board;

  • Producing regular cashflow forecasts;

  • Production of annual budgets and other financial information required for decision-making;

  • Ensuring that records are kept so as to meet relevant Greek and Swedish legal/tax requirements;

  • Liaison with the Treasurer, the Swedish accountant and auditor as required;

  • Providing administrative support to the operational teams;

  • Dealing with all local property, insurance, vehicle, travel and miscellaneous other matters;

  • Controlling cash payments/receipts;

  • Ensuring supplier payments, stipends, etc, are made in an accurate and timely manner;

  • Assisting the Comms and Fund-raising team with grant applications;

  • Ensuring donations are properly recorded, and related expenditure is tracked and reported upon;

  • Liaising with local authorities, as appropriate.

Qualifications and attributes:

Essential:

  • Language skills: Fluent Greek and English

  • Familiarity with small company accounting and administration 

  • Competent user of MS Excel, Google Docs and small company accounting systems

  • Attention to detail

  • Disciplined and organised - used to working on own initiative 

  • Trustworthy

  • Valid EU work permit

  • Previous experience working in Greece in an administrative/financial role, with overall responsibility for producing accounting and other financial information

Desirable:

  • Recognised EU accounting qualification

  • Previous experience working for an NGO (ideally in Greece)

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to hr@lighthouserelief.org.


SPORTS FACILITATOR

Reports to: CFS and YES Manager

Contract: Full-time, stipend (Potential for role to evolve to Full Time)

Location: Chalkida, Greece

Start date: Immediately

Position Summary: Lighthouse Relief (LHR) has been operational in Ritsona Refugee Camp since April 2016. It has since established a Child Friendly Space (CFS) accessible to all children of ages 3-12 within the camp, and a Youth Engagement Space (YES) for ages 16-25. Both of these spaces provide dynamic and age appropriate psychosocial support activities, offering a safe and free-flowing environment.

The Sports Facilitator will support both the CFS and YES manager in implementing sports activities, running alongside and complementing existing the CFS and YES programmes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan weekly sports schedule to include demographic of CFS (3-12) and YES (16-25);

  • Maintain and ensure a child-friendly and youth-friendly atmosphere throughout the duration of all planned sports activities;

  • Ensure that all sports activities are in a spirit of inclusiveness and non-discrimination, regardless of gender and cultural and religious background;

  • Conduct regular outreach to residents and new arrivals within the camp, to ensure that all children and youth are aware of the sport activities available;

  • Ensure that safeguarding standards are understood and met;

  • Ensure that health and safety incidents are reported;

  • Report any protection concerns or identified gaps to YES and CFS Managers;

  • Assist CFS and YES Managers in the induction and training of new volunteers, ensuring that LHR policies, procedures, and guidelines are understood and followed;

  • Be a positive role model for the children and youth, demonstrating conflict solving behaviours and a calm, positive attitude at all times;

  • Daily tracking of attendance for all scheduled sports activities, with consistent monitoring and supervision;

  • Communicating effectively with all LHR staff, international and residential volunteers;

  • Ensuring that all equipment, facilities, and spaces required for each planned activity are in working condition, cleaned (where needed), any obstacles are removed, and the spaces being used are checked for any hazards each day;

  • Include sanitation and water at the conclusion of each sports activity;

  • Communicate with any external sports instructors coming in to work within the scheduled LHR sports activities, ensuring expectations and timings are understood;

  • Outside of sports activities, assist CFS and YES teams with their programmes under the guidance of the respective team managers.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with refugee or at-risk children and youth;

  • Knowledge of Arabic/Kurdish/French/Turkish is an asset;

  • Project management or project planning experience;

  • Ability to drive in Greece.

Benefits:

  • Accommodation subject to availability;

  • Transportation to/from Ritsona;

  • Stipend (520 euros/month)

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to fo.ritsona@lighthouserelief.org.


ECO Relief coordinator

Contract: 4 months, stipend (possibility of renewal)

Location: Skala Sikamineas, Lesvos

Start date: Immediately

LHR initiated the ECO Relief project in 2016. After more than one year of work, the ECO team successfully cleaned the north shore of Lesvos of refuse. This project had the dual effect of protecting the local environment and ensuring that the local population did not have to live surrounded by the constant physical reminder of a humanitarian disaster. Items collected from dinghies and life jackets were brought to the Lighthouse base and used as material for an Upcycling project.

A direct byproduct of this humanitarian crisis is an environmental disaster caused by the refuse of boats crossing being left on the coastline: dinghies and life jackets strewn on the island’s beaches are detrimental both to the local environment and to the local economy.

Lighthouse is committed to maintaining a healthy relationship with the local community, which we see as essential to the sustainability of our work. The north of Lesvos is crisscrossed with many picturesque and unspoilt tourist trails. Lighthouse volunteers cleared these trails of rubbish and made them more accessible, boosting local tourism.

Lighthouse is now in partnership to restart the ECO Relief Project for the Summer of 2019. The goal of the project is to use the summer months to continue working with teams of dedicated volunteers to clear the beaches and shores of refuse left by new arrivals since 2016 to Lesvos Island, Greece.

Position Summary

The ECO Relief Manager will be based in Skala Sikamineas, Lesvos. The Project Manager oversees the entire ECO Relief project for a 4 month period including project start-up and project exit. The Manager is responsible for all aspects of the project, including but not limited to coordinating the daily operations, supervising and leading volunteers, initiating partnerships, completing administrative and financial duties.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the ECO Relief project and manage the daily coordination of operations

  • Create partnerships with various stakeholders and cooperate closely with the local community

  • Provide leadership, guidance and direction to volunteers

  • Work alongside the Emergency Response Team for the smooth running of complementary operations

  • Create work schedules and ensure each shift is fully covered with adequate volunteers, able to lead an efficient and responsible clean-up operation

  • Manage the procurement of supplies and ensure good care and use of all equipment

  • Clearly communicate relevant information between supervisors and volunteers

  • Complete detailed administrative, financial and reporting tasks in a timely manner on a regular basis for efficient monitoring and evaluation

  • Responsible for tracking data and deliverables for clear and transparent donor reporting.

Required:

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Project administration, including budgeting, administration and communication

  • Experienced team leader with strong communication and coordination skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, and within a rapidly changing situation

  • Physically fit & comfortable in and out of water. Able to swim and experienced in outdoor activities as the local terrain can be very challenging to work in at times.

  • Basic First Aid & CPR Qualification

  • Drivers license (4x4, manual transmission)

  • Fluent in English

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Office

Desired:

  • Previous work experience in the humanitarian sector

  • Previous experience volunteering or working internationally

  • Experience in a maritime or emergency response profession

  • Experience in volunteer recruitment

  • Boat license or skipper license

  • Languages: Greek, Farsi, Arabic or French an advantage

  • Own computer

Benefits:

  • Accommodation;

  • Stipend (520 euros/month)

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to admin.lesvos@lighthouserelief.org and hr@lighthouserelief.org.