Local Project Coordinator - Athens (Education)

6. March 2018
Tags: education | Greece: Central (Athens area) | admin / coordination | short-term

Position Title: Project Coordinator

Location: Athens, Greece

Period:  3-month education pilot project (April-June) with possibility of an extension

About Us: Team Up 2 Teach

Our mission is to build a ‘networked improvement community’ to empower non-formal educators of displaced learners help their students address the short-term and long-term needs of their personal learning journeys.  We started our own learning journey 18 months ago in Sofia, Bulgaria, traveling across the region to speak to teachers about their practice. We hosted 8 co-creation sessions in Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, engaging over 120 teachers to layout the realities in the field and the role of non-formal education in this context.   We conducted over 60 interviews with teachers, students, program directors, academics, trainers and experts in the field. We visited over 40 classrooms in urban centers and camp settings. From this field research, we know:

  • Teachers are looking for support beyond one-off trainings;
  • Teachers are unaware of the similar work being done around them and do not know their teaching peers;
  • Teachers and organizations are doing similar programs and experiencing similar challenges but do not regularly reach out to support one another due to a lack of time and resources.

We believe that in non-formal and informal educational settings, sharing experiences with peers, can save teachers time and energy on planning lessons and designing high quality learning experiences.  This can build a more collaborative community, reduce work stress, increase confidence for inexperienced teachers, and allow for more student-centered learning. However, the reality is that teachers who are already overworked and thinly stretched are spending valuable time and energy sifting through countless resources designed for formal educators and adapting them to meet their students’ needs. Since this is often done in silos where it is not captured, recorded or shared, it is difficult to build on the collective knowledge of one’s peer group.  All the hard and creative work done in this context is being lost. Team Up 2 Teach is trying to shift this reality into one that creates value.  

Our aim is to raise the quality of non-formal education offered to refugees in the Balkans and Greece, by assisting teachers in the process of developing “ground up”  collaboration, collection, and curation of teaching resources: lesson plans, activities, and project ideas that have been generated in the field.

We are currently in the first stage of piloting the collection of, and collaboration on, content (lessons/activities/project plans) with NGOs across the region. We have created a prototype (beta) platform that will serve as a temporary hosting site of the content- for display, testing, and feedback of all lessons as they are collected, curated, edited, and posted. Small lesson observing/testing circles will be set up in the field with partnering organizations and their teachers. We will leverage the networking, outreach and communication campaign to engage more organizations and teachers to contribute and add to the body of valuable collective knowledge.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Complete and maintain the current mapping of all educational resources in/around Athens
  • Network to recruit partnering organizations and teachers for the 3+ month pilot project of contributing content to the site, testing content uploaded by others, and engaging in learning circles with local peers.
  • Engage teachers to test and use the site and ensure high quality implementation of the pilot (measurement, evaluation, and assessment) at all times
  • Host and facilitate co-creation sessions with teachers on the design and layout of the community resource platform (with guidance from the global team)
  • Visit classrooms to observe and document the live learning environments (student work, teaching practices, student learning behavior), and facilitate content generation circles to capture these experiences observed in the field.


  • Ideally a minimum of 9 months in the field either teaching or supporting teaching;
  • Proven technical ability, including ability to work closely with teachers, other team members and partners;
  • Experience working with international and local NGOs in the context of non-formal education for displaced persons (education in emergencies/teaching in a crisis context);

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Strong IT skills – related to data management in google applications (docs, sheets, maps, groups, etc)
  • Able to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Knowledge of education in emergencies/teaching in a crisis context;
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian principles;
  • Legally allowed to work in Greece;
  • Fluent in English - Greek native or fluency a plus.

Other Required Skills:

  • Needs to be a genuine connector and networker while maintaining professional etiquette and protocols;
  • Persistent, yet patience with a positive attitude and a good sense of humor;
  • An excellent relationship builder;
  • Good listener with keen diplomatic skills;
  • A strategic and innovative thinker;
  • Well organized, able to meet deadlines and possess effective team building skills;
  • Able to navigate relationships between small grassroots and larger government NGOs;
  • Good record keeper with excellent written communication skills;
  • Good communicator and able to work within a global team.

Time Commitment:  3-month period starting in April; Approximately 15-20 hours week during working hours of the NGOs and some evenings for workshops and co-creations.  

What We Offer:

  • Working in a dynamic team of innovative thinkers and passionate educators
  • The opportunity to test something new in the field (prototype testing and iteration) - think startup environment without the bean bags and ping pong tables!
  • A monthly stipend
  • Reimbursement of all travel costs for trips outside of Athens (Thessaloniki, Lesvos/Chios/Samos)

How to apply:

Please send CV in English along with two references in Athens to katie@teamup2teach.org with subject TU2T Project Coordinator.  Face-to-face interviews will be conducted in Athens the week of March 19th.

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