Protection Manager


Malakal, South Sudan 
Are you ready to pursue an exciting opportunity to join a progressive humanitarian organization where you can really make a difference to the future of the South Sudan people?  
We are looking for a highly qualified, self-motivated Protection Manager able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners.  
Who are we?
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency and has in conjunction with our specialist unit, Danish Demining Group (DDG), been operating in South Sudan since 2005; initially concentrating on providing safe and supportive conditions for refugees returning from neighboring countries after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed. We are currently actively engaged in providing humanitarian services to both internally displaced persons and also refugees from Sudan, through 450 national staff, 60 expatriate staff and an annual budget of USD 15 million. Our main office is in Juba with 5 field offices in Malakl, Melut, Bentiu, Ajuong Thok, and Maban.  
About the job  
Under the direct supervision of the Area Manager - Malakal and the technical support from the Protection Coordinator, the Protection Manager will be responsible for supervising the implementation of DRC’s protection activities and contributes to strategic planning for the program in Malakal. The Protection Manager is the direct supervisor of both international and national program staff and provides daily support and guidance to project cycle management, proposal development and implementation of activities.  
The Protection Manager position is to support the DRC Protection Unit and Protection Cluster in the Malakal UNMISS PoC Site. He/she will work intensively with the Protection partners to build capacity, focuses on developing more community engagement and strengthening the communities self-protection capacities.  
To achieve the objectives of the position, the Protection Manager will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities:  
Coordination and Representation:  
  • Overall responsibility for managing the Malakal staff including ensuring positive and collaborative working relationships in line with DRC's Code of Conduct and assessing staff capacity to provide or recommend relevant training or coaching as needed.
  • Represent the Protection Cluster and leads the Protection Work Group in absence of the Cluster Lead (UNHCR).  
  • Represent DRC and liaise with local authorities, partners and local community at county/project coordination meetings.  
  • Represent issues relating to other DRC programs operating in the area of implementation in protection and other relevant coordination forums.  
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the DRC Protection program, in close collaboration with the DRC Protection Coordinator, for instance, initiating strategy planning meetings at field level, and supporting development of corresponding strategic documents.  
  • Overall responsible for the planning and timely implementation of protection activities, ensuring adherence to DRC policies and procedures.  
  • Continuously monitor protection program quality; for example, strengthening data collection, reporting, accountability initiatives, and documenting the impact of DRC presence in the field.  
  • Provide oversight of protection programming in Malakal in compliance with DRC and donor regulations while upholding rigorous project cycle management standards.  
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the Malakal and country operation through active and ongoing participation in and contribution to strategic planning meetings and development of strategic documents.  
  • Ensure synergy between protection and DRC sectorial activities.  
  • Work with the Area Manager (at field level), Grants Manager and Finance Manager (at Juba level when requested by the Area Manager) to contribute to new project development, including both narratives and budgets.  
  • Ensure the timely and quality delivery of weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual project reports and staff contributions to organizational monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure project quality, relevance and accountability to DRC's beneficiary populations.  
  • Contribute and support effective monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and initiatives, and ensure effective data and information management.  
Finance and Administration:  
  • Ensure full compliance with DRC and donor financial guidelines and policies while managing the project(s).  
  • Monitor budgets to ensure the timely utilization of all resources, spending is in line with project timelines and implementation schedules and adjust budget forecasts when needed.  
Human Resources:  
  •  Manage and lead the Protection team of Malakal based expatriate and national staff and support respectful and positive working relationships which allow for the effective implementation for project activities.  
  • Ensure recruitment processes and that relevant staffing structures are in place, are reflective of appropriate gender balance, and promote opportunities for nationalization.  
  • Assess protection staff capacity and provide and/or recommend training and coaching opportunities to increase technical skills as necessary  
  • Ensure staffs are well versed on DRC's Code of Conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the IDPs, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.  
  • Collaborate with the Malakal-based Human Resources department to ensure staff evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.  
Logistics, Procurement, Safety and Security:  
  • Develop supply/procurement plans for protection program activities and coordinate with the Malakal based Logistics Manager for their delivery to the field .as per project planning.  
  • Ensure staff compliance with security management rules and procedures (for i.e. ensuring relevant documentation and procedures are understood and adhered to by staff)  


About you
  • University degree in law, social sciences or social work ( bachelor's degree as a minimum)  
  • Solid experience from protection programming (minimum 3 years)- including focus on protection monitoring and responding to identified protection needs  
  • Knowledge of Project Cycle Management  
  • HR staff management of both expats and national staff  
  • Experience from IDP sites in Africa required.  
  • Experience with coordination of humanitarian protection activities essential. Experience with field cluster coordination ( field cluster co-lead position) an advantage  
  • Skills in advocacy essential  
  • Ability to draft written protection reports, lead assessments and analyse data.  
  • Ability to manage teams – especially field teams in a challenging environment  
  • Ability and willingness to live and work in a challenging environment  
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (  
All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Standard in Accountability and Quality Management.  
We offer
Contract: 6 months contract with possibility of extension (subject to funding and performance) after a successful probation period.  
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s new Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A14. In addition, we offer 5 days of remunerated R&R (Rest & Recovery) leave every 8 weeks for Juba based staff and every 6 weeks for field based staff.  
Application process
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.  
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (No longer than 4 pages). Both must be in English. CV's longer than 4 pages will not be considered.  
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
Applications close 16th April 2016. Please note, as this position is urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.  
Need further information?  
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website  
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.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Malakal
  • Grade: P-1, International Professional - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Civil Society
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-11

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