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Protection Assistant


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Dnipro
  • Grade: Junior level - Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to protect, advocate and promote durable solutions for displacement affected populations.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 700 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2024 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

DRC is currently looking for a Protection Assistant to join our team in Dnipro.  

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Facilitate the planning and implementation of programme activities related to protection monitoring activities, such as facilitating focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and household level surveys.
  • Support in developing clear weekly and monthly plans, in collaboration with the Protection Officer, the Protection Team Leader and the Protection Manager.
  • Carry out service mapping to identify the available services in the community. Build and maintain relationships with relevant governmental and non-governmental service providers to support safe referrals.
  • Identify and communicate with Protection Officer, Protection Team Leader and Protection Manager on protection risks and monitoring needs in designated areas. Ensure to collect both quantitative and qualitative information and data, through using the different protection monitoring tools.
  • Organize outreach activities, including dissemination of key messages, design and distribution of IEC materials, and conduction of information sessions, tailored to needs identified through protection monitoring.
  • Conduct assessments of especially vulnerable individuals or individuals with specific protection risks for individual protection assistance and referrals. Manage individual cases, provide advice and guidance to beneficiaries on issues related to accessing required services.
  • Hold regular meetings with community-based groups/networks and assist in the development of ‘community action plans’ to address protection concerns. Build the capacity of local actors and key community members on key topics, such as protection mainstreaming and safe referrals.
  • Contribute to the quality of DRC’s community-based approach by effectively identifying and coordinating with community stakeholders, key informants and community members.
  • Mobilize and build strong rapport with communities through consistent engagement with community-based structures and adhering to dignified, culturally sensitive approaches. Support community-based structures by facilitating meaningful group dialogue and mentoring participants to self-identify protection concerns that affect their communities.
  • Establish and maintain coordination with local authorities, local and international non-governmental organizations when necessary;
  • Coordinate with other departments in DRC to facilitate referrals and information sharing.
  • Contribute to and provide field-related inputs for proposals for funding for new projects.
  • Provide regular reports to the Protection Team Leader and/or Protection Manager.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Team Leader and/or Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of protection objectives.

 About you:

To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 1 year of work experiance in INGOs. Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Required education:  University degree (social sciences, international relations, humanitarian sciences) or equivalent work experience.
  • Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian.
  • Computer literacy: confident user in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 
  • Demonstrating integrity: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

  • Contract length: open ended after  3-month satisfactory probation period;
  • Level: I non-Manager;
  • Designation of Duty Station: Dnipro;
  • Start date: not earlier 20.05.2024;
  • Applications are open only to Ukrainian citizens, both men and women.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals ; please refer to under Vacancies.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English.

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 10.05.2024

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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