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Protection Officer - National Contract


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. 
DRC has been operating in Greece since December 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, Thessaloniki and Larisa in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.  
Under supervision of the Field Protection Manager 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 reception sites. 
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 emergency reception sites 
  • 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 
  • Provide translation/interpretation as necessary 
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Team Leader, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives 
Reporting Arrangements
The position is supervised by: Field Protection Manager 
Required Qualifications 
  • University degree in a relevant field 
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills 
  • Preferably Law degree and/or relevant experience with refugee/migration law 
  • Working knowledge of Arabic or Farsi is an added advantage 
  • 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 mobilization work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage 
  • Strong computer skills 
  • High professional ethics 
Skills & 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 
Terms and Conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus). 
All work related transport costs from duty station to other work sites are refundable. 
All communication costs work related are refundable. 
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 Larissa (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply. 
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. 
Application Process
Interested? Then apply for this position on line: 
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. 
Applications close on 17th of February 2017. 
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: Larissa
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Civil Society
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-15

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