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Protection Sector Manager

Sanaa (Yemen)


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 30 countries around the world. The overall objective for DRC in Yemen is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with the more immediate objectives of focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. The Yemen operation falls under the Horn of Africa and Yemen (HOAY) Regional Office based in Nairobi. DRC’s central office is located in Sana’a with a hub office in Aden and newly established office in Hodeida, as well as seven smaller field offices throughout the country. Current programme sectors include Protection (Mixed Migration, IDP, Child Protection and Mine Risk Education), Food Security/Livelihoods, WASH, Shelter, Livelihoods, and Community Driven Recovery and Safety. DRC is also currently scaling up its operations in response to the current crisis in Yemen.

Key Responsibilities

The Protection Sector Manager (PSM), reporting to the Program Director, will provide overall leadership and oversight of the Danish Refugee Council’s protection programming across Yemen. The PSM will lead the strategic direction and technical and operational management, in both quality and delivery. The PSM is responsible for the development of protection programming strategies and developing new business development opportunities. S/he will also work closely with the Program Director so that protection issues are integrated in all of the program and advocacy work in the Yemen Country Program. The below list of responsibilities is not exhaustive; other tasks maybe requested to adapt operational needs.

General Management

· Line manage program/project managers.

· Ensure high quality project implementation in accordance with donor and DRC regulations as well as in line with agreed log frames/indicators, budgets, procurement plans, and work plans.

· With HOFA and protection project budget holders, ensure that activities and expenses are regularly monitored and, as needed, action plans with follow-up are developed to correct any over- or underspending in a timely manner.

· Work with Communications and Program Support to ensure that the protection program is well documented and that the institutional memory of DRC Yemen is preserved.

Representation/coordination with external actors

· Assist in the representation of DRC in meetings relevant to DRC’s work in Yemen, including at meetings with partners, donors, government officials; MMTF; and cluster/coordination meetings.

· Ensure DRC’s mandate is known and correctly understood by all stakeholders.

· Pro-actively liaise and build good rapport with local authority officials, community representatives, UN Agencies, and any other relevant stakeholders.


· Develop the drafting, promotion, and rolling out of all protection strategic planning documents in broad consultation with all staff. These documents include the country strategic plan as well as the protection sector strategy. Ensure proper understanding of these documents by relevant actors (e.g., staff members, partners, NGOs, government counterparts, and donors).

· Ensure regular and critical review of the protection sections of the country strategic and action plans. Follow-up on the action plan and report against its indicators.

Donor Relations / Funding

· Represent the organization with implementing partners, government, and donor entities. With the Country Director and Program Director, develop a fundraising strategy as well as strong relationships with donors to ensure predictable funding for DRC’s protection programming in Yemen. Monitor developments and determine strategic opportunities related to the protection sectors.

· Ensure that high quality, integrated, and needs-based proposals are developed and according to DRC Yemen priorities as identified in its country strategic planning.

Administration: Finances, Human Resources, and Logistics

· Signatory of official documents (contracts, payments, purchase orders) within approved parameters and in compliance with DRC’s and donors’ rules and regulations, and Yemeni law.

· Provide appropriate and timely feedback to program staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with protection staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.

· Support project manager to develop job descriptions and recruit qualified protection staff (national and international).

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Reporting

· Ensure that all protection project kick-off, close-out, and quarterly review meetings are conducted according to requirements, documented, and action points followed up in a timely manner.

· Include the participation of beneficiaries and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the project cycle where appropriate.

· Ensure that all protection projects have an M&E plan and supervise the implementation. Ensure key lessons learned are incorporated in new protection project proposals.

· Work with Program Director to strengthen HAP implementation in all protection programming. Put in place accountability activities for protection, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in protection programming design.

· Ensure reporting deadlines to donors are met, including allotment of sufficient time for the Regional Office to comment on reports.

Qualifications and Experience

· University degree with advanced training/courses either in management, international relations, development studies, or other related field

· An excellent professional track record with a minimum of nine years of work experience, with at least five years of oversees experience in a managerial role; technical knowledge and experience in at least one of DRC Yemen’s priority protection sectors: mixed migration, child protection, and/or IDP protection.

· Excellent English writing ability and verbal skills for project proposals, reports, and communications; Arabic skills an asset.

· successful track record in initiating, cultivating, and securing support from a range of institutional and private donors

· Excellent M&E knowledge and experience, including understanding of how to conduct assessments and analyse data

· Successful experience working within complex security environment.


· The position requires the holder to be able to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised. The selected candidate must have demonstrated ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment; must be culturally sensitive. S/he must be able to plan and manage her/his own time effectively. The holder must exercise a strong work ethic and take responsibility for his/her own actions.

· High degree of flexibility with respect to working hours.



DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC.

Conditions \*Availability:* 13th December 2015 or As soon as possible

Duty station: Sanna, Yemen with frequent travel to areas of implementation and other offices. Yemen is a hazardous environment; this is not a family duty station, the selected candidate must adhere to all security precautions and contribute to the security of the team. S/he must be able to exercise a large degree of common sense and personal discipline.

Contract: 1 year contract dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). This position is graded as A9. For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff.

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the Application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 31st October 2015.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-31

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