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Child Protection Manager

Sanaa (Yemen)

Introduction & Background
DRC is an international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world.

DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC Horn and Africa and Yemen (HOAY) operation focuses mainly on populations affected by displacement in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen and regional mixed migration flows. DRC aims to create a synergy among the different humanitarian aid and development projects in the HOAY – both in terms of geographical coverage and types of activities implemented in support of refugees and populations displaced or otherwise affected by conflict.

Since 2008, using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has worked in Yemen with mixed migrants (refugees, asylum seekers, and economic migrants) coming from the Horn of Africa who are displaced by conflict and drought. Since 2010, DRC has implemented protection and other humanitarian programming in support of IDPs, returnees and host populations affected by recent and ongoing conflicts in northern and southern Yemen. Current and planned activities include protection profiling/return, child protection monitoring/assistance, WASH, and food security activities among conflict-affected and marginalized communities. Many of DRC’s activities entail information collection (surveys, assessments, etc.), analysis and reporting for a wide public audience.

Reporting to the Protection Sector Manager, the Child Protection Manager will be responsible for planning, management, implementation of child protection programme, provision of technical support, donor compliance and contribute to the development of DRC child protection programming.

The CP Manager maintains extensive contacts with local authorities and child protection actors and donor such as UNICEF in the area of relevant programming.

General Management

Line manage child protection programme staff;

  • 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 PD, HOFA and Protection Sector Manager 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

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;
  • 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.

Donor Relations / Funding

  • Represent the organization with implementing partners, government, and donor entities. With the Protection Sector Manager, 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 staff to develop job descriptions and recruit qualified protection staff.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Reporting

  • Ensure that all child protection projects 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.

  • Work with M&E to 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 Protection Sector Manager and 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 submission of weekly updates and monthly reports.

Qualifications and Experience

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

  • Minimum of five years of work experience, with at least three years of oversees work in a managerial role, preferably in child 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 analysis 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 encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.


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


Availability: 17th of January 2016 or as soon as possible

Duty station: Sana’a or Hodeida 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 A11. 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 in English explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications uploaded on our online recruitment system under vacancies.
Please remember to upload both Cover letter and CV no later than 9th January 2016.

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
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-09

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