Project Coordinator

Refugee Youth Service
  • Location
    Calais, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 01

Position description

RYS was founded in France, 2015 as a result of the large number of unaccompanied minors at risk in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp and the clear lack of child protective services to safeguard and support them. Since the closure of the camp in October 2016 RYS have been operating from the many makeshift camps around Calais and northern France, providing mobile support. The goal of the project is to identify unaccompanied children, inform them of their rights, signal them to duty bearers, and promote safe next steps. The organisation’s governing mission is to support unaccompanied children and young people to restart and rebuild their lives where they are, or safely and legally reach an alternative destination that is in their best interests.

RYS has recently secured funding for 3 years, for a local organisation to carry this work forward. RYS will therefore be stepping into an intermediary funder role, and ceasing direct on the ground operations. The process of sourcing this organisation or a partnership of organisations is underway, and it is hoped that this will be concluded in early 2021.

Working with unaccompanied children involves working with all actors and RYS is committed to coordinate its actions with all partners on the ground so as to mainstream child protection within all sectors. This is essential to our organisation and even more so within the process of an organisational transition.

About the Position

The Project Coordinator will coordinate the day-to-day activities of the project, working underneath the Project Manager, and alongside the other French professionals within the team. The co-ordinator will manage the volunteer team on a daily basis. RYS will provide free accommodation and will offer a fee of €1000 per month. 


Key Roles & Responsibilities

Team Management

  • Day-to-day coordination of the team
  • Orientation and induction of new team members alongside the Project Manager
  • Organising team meetings and coordinating team members contributions
  • Leading morning briefings and end of day evaluations
  • Ensure timely and accurate update of RYS internal data and records
  • Update protocols and policies, alongside the Project Manager


Program & Outreach

  • Coordinate and oversee the weekly outreach program, ensuring the team has the resources it needs to fulfil its duties
  • Supervise outreach and ensure professional standards, boundaries and best practices are maintained, alongside the teams social worker



  • Identify skill gaps within the team and opportunities to fill these, in line with staff turnover and program development
  • Develop job descriptions and recruit appropriate members of staff and volunteers to meet the needs of the project
  • Support the recruitment of appropriate members of staff and volunteers to meet the needs of the project, in coordination with the project manager
  • Identify opportunities for team growth and development, and opportunities relating to this



  • Ensure evaluation indicators are recorded on a daily basis
  • Contribute towards quarterly narrative reports, through information and data collection and collation, in line with core objectives






  • Proven experience of coordinating groundwork in the humanitarian or development fields, including MEAL experience
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Fluent spoken and written French
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience of working with migrant/refugee children
  • Ability to carry out activities for children and youth
  • Ability to engage with children/adolescents from different cultural backgrounds
  • Capacity to work in difficult, stressful and intensive contexts
  • Good understanding of equal opportunities, cultural diversity and gender issues; commitment to apply relevant policies



  • Proven experience of coordinating groundwork in the humanitarian or development fields, including MEAL experience‚óŹ  Fluent spoken and written English
  • Previous experience managing projects and diverse teams in high-pressure environments
  • Good knowledge of the rights of the child and of unaccompanied minors
  • Good knowledge of the legal and regulatory obligations of the child protection sector in France
  • Degree in Social work, Education, Psychology or other relevant field
  • Good knowledge of Arabic/Farsi/Urdu will be a strong asset
  • Experience working for or alongside NGOs in an international environment
  • Previous application of one or more of the following specific areas:
    • French child protection system specific to isolated minors
    • General principles and professional practices of outreach or street work
    • Human trafficking
    • Cross-border issues and European policies in the field of children and immigration and/or asylum
    • Legal knowledge, labor law, social legislation as well as major political and social orientations
    • Child psychology



Application instructions

We encourage applications from under-represented groups, particularly (but not limited to) those from BAME communities, those who identify as LGBTQI, people who are disabled or those with lived experience of the type of journeys the young people we support have embarked on. This is inline with our commitment to diversity and to represent the many communities and nationalities we work with.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and a cover letter in English to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.