RYS recruits 01 Pashto and Dari OR Arabic Interpreter & Cultural Mediator

RYS recruits 01 Pashto and Dari OR Arabic Interpreter & Cultural Mediator – Calais

About the Organisation

Refugee Youth Service (RYS) is a needs-based, child-centred charity registered in England and Wales, with current operational work in Calais, northern France and Athens, Greece. It was founded in 2015, with the mission to protect unaccompanied children living in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp.

In northern France today, Refugee Youth Service works to provide unaccompanied children with support in Calais and the surrounding areas. Efforts focus on facilitating access for unaccompanied children to child protection services, whilst aiding the development of supportive networks amongst the children themselves. A programme designed to help children develop individual coping strategies and self- protective mechanisms is also delivered. This service works to provide consistent support to the children through a small team of trained personnel, taking preventative and proactive measures to best protect those who are unaccompanied, who have been displaced and who are currently not having their rights protected in accordance with the United Nations’ Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Key Areas of responsibility


  • On daily basis, be the interface between the RYS team and the target population.
  • Provide mediation in meetings organised with target population.
  • Ensure the translation of documents when necessary.
  • Participate in surveys and data collection when required.
  • Establish and nurture positive relations with children, community members, volunteers, NGOs and all the other actors operating in the sites.

Tasks related to community mobilisation:

  • Ensure that targeted communities and other stakeholders have a clear understanding of the role and values of RYS, project objectives, and intervention strategies.
  • Establish new contacts with communities and other humanitarian/associative actors supporting the community on a regular basis, when meeting them in the field.
  • Involve and engage community groups on identification and implementation strategies in relation to non-formal education and/or the child protection case management system in coordination with the rest of the team and when appropriate.
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses in the community practices, mechanisms, and systems geared towards improving child protection case-management.
  • Help members of the community develop their own capacity and strengths.
  • Ensure timely information to the social worker/other team members and line managers about issues and successes of the activities.
  • Compile timely regular reports in accordance with internal system in place, including any security concerns related to the safety and well-being of the team and the target population.

Tasks related to child protection:

  • Promote, and ensure project activities are in line with, child protection principles.
  • Propose trainings for himself/herself and the team related to child protection principles and best practices.
  • Report serious cases of abuse on children identified by her/himself or the project team to the management team. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and strict confidentiality must be respected.

Tasks related to non-formal education activities:

  • Participate in non-formal classes for children that are gender and age appropriate to ensure proper understanding between animators and the children.
  • Participate in a variety of activities that include games, sports, expressive/creative activities, life skills educational activities and other activities that promote child development, psychosocial well-being and resilience.
  • Facilitate the organisation of groups for non-formal classes in coordination with the team.

Tasks related to CP case management:

  • Support the provision of case management services and social work for children in need of protection.
  • Participate in the identification of individual cases/presence of unaccompanied children in the field through regular presence in the community.
  • Participate in the development of an individual action plan for each child that responds to needs addressed in initial and comprehensive assessments.
  • Participate in the follow up of the assigned case to ensure all services and action points listed in the case plan are carried out within agreed timeframes.
  • Escort young people where needed to public services and other organisations jointly with another RYS team member.
  • Liaise with the youth team regularly to keep them informed of any developments and observe individual children and how they might be supported by the youth team.


  • Agree to comply with RYS Code of Conduct and ensure child safeguarding standards are upheld.
  • Adhere to and follow RYS administrative and logistical regulations and procedures.
  • Be a positive role model and demonstrate conflict-solving behaviours.
  • Provide support for the daily tasks of the youth service to ensure its proper function.
  • Comply with child safeguarding and data protection protocols.
  • Provide specialist community outreach within Pashto and Dari speaking communities whilst supporting minors from all backgrounds.

Expériences / Formation

Relevant Qualifications and Experience


  • Interest in working with children and young people.
  • Very good spoken English and French, with native speaking capacity for Pashto and Dari OR Arabic.
  • Capacity to interpret and translate into English and French; with sensitivity and confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to carry-out activities with youth.
  • Ability to engage with children/adolescents from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Good communication skills, and ability to thrive in a culturally diverse team.
  • Cross-cultural awareness and knowledge of challenges related to interculturality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for diversity.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • Commitment to applying relevant policies to daily tasks.
  • Basic computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet software.


  • A background in social work, social sciences, translation/interpretation, teaching or psychology or any other relevant field.
  • Experience in community mobilisation or liaison work.
  • Experience working for or alongside NGOs.
  • Experience of working with young people aged 12-18yrs.
  • Good knowledge of children’s/adolescent’s rights and related matters.
  • Good understanding of equal opportunities, cultural diversity and gender issues.


Start Date: February 2021

Contract length: 6 months

Location: Calais, France

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Salary: €20,300 gross per year + 10% Prime Précarité (paid at end of contract)

Reports to: Project Manager

Comment postuler

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a one page cover letter to the following email address:

Deadline application: 20/01/2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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