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Protection Officer-Northern Greece-National Contract (re-advertisement)



The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in 40 countries around the world.

DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Assistance Framework: Saving lives and alleviation of immediate suffering among people affected by conflict, Safeguarding, restoration and development of livelihoods, and, Institutional and organisational change that contributes to protection of people’s rights and peaceful handling of conflict.



The closure of borders in early March 2016 has triggered a build-up of refugee and migrant population on mainland Greece. The displaced population is currently accommodated in 34 sites across the mainland, which will keep receiving additional influx from the Greek islands and spontaneous camps over the next weeks. The sites where DRC is engaged are under the management and responsibility of the Ministry of Migration Policy (MoMP) or the Ministry of Defense (MoD).


With the overall objective of urgently improving the quality of the protection environment and conditions for persons likely in need of international protection, DRC projects seek to support primary duty-bearers (Ministry of Migration Policy as the primary actor) to the furthest extent possible through the implementation of protection, site management services, shelter, WASH and other activities in sites where DRC is engaged across the mainland.




Under supervision of the Protection Manager Northern/Central Greece and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Protection Officer will support the implementation of all Protection objectives under DRC projects in the sites where DRC is engaged.

Furthermore the Protection Officer will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection activities.


Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following: 


  • Participate in the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives.
  • Continuously monitor and document the needs of the persons of concern.
  • Monitor and analyse trends in the protection situation within Greece for management, programme and advocacy purposes.
  • Ensure that DRCs protection activities are flexible and responsive by participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up.
  • Liaise with local authorities, service providers and humanitarian actors to support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways.
  • Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding their rights and services available to them.
  • Collaborate with legal assistance partners to provide individual counselling and  information about international protection, including access to asylum, and  asylum and immigration procedures.
  • Provide support in designing and implementing awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern.
  • Continuously monitor the provision of services on the site and report on findings, to ensure Protection considerations are mainstreamed across all sectors.
  • Regularly review and adapt vulnerability criteria; identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services.
  • Support the design and implementation of population profiling and verification exercises to ensure site population data is regularly updated.
  • Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks in the sites where DRC is engaged.
  • Draft protection monitoring reports, provide input in designing protection monitoring tools and formats.
  • Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented.
  • Represent DRC in Protection meetings as required by the Protection Manager.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives.



    Professional Qualifications

  • University degree in a relevant field.
  • At least three years working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage.
  • Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage.
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Greek skills.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is an added advantage.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • High professional ethics.


    Personal Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
  • Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment

    We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.



    General Regulations

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.


Terms and conditions

This position is re-advertised and requested for indetermined time based on performance, DRC requirements and availability of funds.

We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences. DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

The position will be based in Thessaloniki (Greece). National terms and conditions apply. 


Application Process

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

Applications close on 6th of January 2017 and the interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.



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: Thessaloníki
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-02-28

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