Fundraising Manager

The Fundraising Manager will play an important role at the heart of Starfish helping ensure the sustainability of projects for refugees and locals in need on Lesvos.

This role involves searching for appropriate grants for our organisation, writing grant applications, and providing necessary reporting to donors and overseeing relations with relevant organisations. This position also allows individuals to play a central role in the development and project management with a local NGO working in the humanitarian field.

The Fundraising Manager will need to have good English language skills and an interest or experience in fundraising in a similar context. They will also be able to take shifts covering field work to get first hand experience of the context for refugees on the Island.

We require long term volunteers (at least 3 mo) for this role. If you are interested in this position please contact volunteers@asterias-starfish.org.


OpenSpace Project Manager

OpenSpace is the Starfish opportunity hub in the centre of Mytilene (the main town and port of Lesvos). It’s busy every day, used by local residents as well as refugees for a variety of activities. OpenSpace is a welcoming space for visitors, has a library, and hosts regular workshops and events. The OpenSpace Project Manager helps coordinate ongoing Starfish and partner projects in the space, including English lessons, a sewing project, and yoga and self-defense classes. This involves liaising with partners and visitors, gathering and recording data on each project, and other administrative work as needed.


The role also involves supporting the organization with funding management by helping write grant proposals, reporting back to funding organisations, and keeping timelines relating to funding up to date. In addition, the OpenSpace Project Manager serves as a first point of contact for new volunteers - reviewing applications, setting up first interviews, collecting volunteer paperwork, and ensuring all volunteer roles are filled. 


We strongly prefer long term volunteers (at least 6 mo) for this role. 


Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager volunteer plays an important role in supporting our existing projects and helping develop new projects by keeping our external communications relevant and up to date, as well as assisting with some fundraising. The role involves creating marketing and social media  content and campaigns - working with Starfish project managers to make sure that project updates are written and posted regularly on our website and social media. The role involves photography, interviewing and storytelling, engaging content for followers and documenting events of the constantly evolving situation on Lesvos for the people and for Starfish as an organisation


The role plays an important role in managing Starfish's image and searching for calls for action, organising fundraising activities, and involves  communication with all people on Lesvos as well as our supporters and partners in Greece and across the world. Volunteers will also provide some help with Starfish fundraising such as organising raffles or monitoring donations and grants.


We prefer long term volunteers (at least 6 mo) for this role.

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Field Volunteers

Field volunteers help with our projects inside the Mavrovouni Camp. Currently this includes #Safehands, our handwashing and mask distribution project, and the Starfish Library.


For Safehands, volunteers assist the project manager and community volunteers with daily operation of the handwashing stations. This includes but is not limited to: setting up and taking down the handwashing stations, coordinating shift change for community volunteers, monitoring the stations to ensure they are supplied and running smoothly, recording and reporting data for the project, coordinating NFIs, and maintaining an inventory of the Starfish container.


For the library, volunteers are responsible for managing the library station in the camp each day, 10:30-2pm. This involves helping community volunteers place orders and filling the orders at the office for the next day’s shift, making library cards for new users, inputting new books into the online system, and assisting with procuring funding and additional books. We generally need 3-4 field volunteers at a time. 


We require field volunteers to commit for at least 3 months. We prefer longer term volunteers. Driver’s license is strongly preferred.


Safe house (Folia) Volunteer

Starfish manages a safe house/shelter, named Folia (Greek for “nest”)  for vulnerable migrant women and their children on Lesvos. The Folia volunteer supports the Greek project manager in management of the house and case work with residents.


This role involves supporting the social integration of the residents by arranging language and other skill-building classes, helping arrange referrals/accompanying residents to medical/legal/psychological appointments, coordinating with other NGOs on the island to provide services and cover basic needs, identifying and prioritizing vulnerable cases, and coordinating with translators when there is a language barrier with beneficiaries. It also involves upholding the rules of the program with residents and promoting the long-term strategy as well as conflict resolution. 


We require Folia volunteers to commit for at least 3 months. We prefer French and/or Farsi speakers and longer term volunteers for this position.

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Library Manager

The Starfish Library serves the needs of refugees and the local Greek population on Lesvos. It is based at our OpenSpace Community Hub in Mytilene and also inside Mavrovouni Refugee Camp with a pop up stand. 

The Library Manager has responsibility for its operation, development and communication. In this role you will get first hand experience of managing a project for and with refugees and locals in order to provide language development opportunities and integration in Lesvos. You will ensure the Library operates efficiently and follows the agreed procedures, ensure all relevant equipment is in a good state, deliver/oversee weekly reading hours to children, review stock of books across all languages, manage fundraising campaigns and donor communication and respond to the continually changing needs to deliver an effective service. 

We require Library Manager volunteers to commit for at least 3 months. Driver’s license is strongly preferred.