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Child Protection Team Leader

Baghdad (Iraq)

We are looking for a highly qualified professional with experience in team management, Knowledge of child protection standards, Understanding of gender, protection and human rights issues. 
Who are we? 
Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), DRC apply a regional approach with operational presence in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.    
Present in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in several South-Central governorates. Focused both on the influx of Syrian refugees and the current IDP crisis, DRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Protection, Livelihoods, Emergency Response (including food security, cash, and NFIs), WASH, Shelter and Mine Action. The Iraq programme presently employs some 450 national staff and 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations.  
About the job: 
The Child Protection Team Leader is responsible for leading the organization and coordination of all child protection activities implemented within the Child Protection Project, including Child Friendly Spaces, protection monitoring and referrals, in all the geographical areas of implementation. The post holder reports to the Child Protection Project Manager and manages Child Protection Officers. 
Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Supervise effective and timely implementation of the project’s activities in coordination with the Project Manager. Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the child protection activities on a monthly basis.  
  • Manage the Child Protection Officers and supervise the Child Protection Assistants and Volunteers, to ensure that activities are successfully implemented and protection needs are identified, recorded, analysed and followed-up with activities or referrals. 
  • Support and coordinate Child Friendly Spaces’ (CFS) activities, including training volunteers, rehabilitating the CFSs and providing material. 
  • Provide regular timely internal reports and other relevant information on project activities and external meetings based on agreed formats and schedule. Support the project indicators tracking in coordination with the Child Protection Project Manager. 
  • Organize and ensure monitoring of the activities is conducted in collaboration with the DRC Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team. 
  • Manage internal staffing issues including attendance monitoring, leave plans and appraisals in coordination with the Child Protection Project Manager.  
  • Undertake frequent (regular and ad hoc) field visits to monitor the implementation of activities and verify they are carried out in adherence with DRC SOPs, and to support capacity building of staff and Volunteers, with regular reporting to the Child Protection Project Manager.  
  • Guide and participate in the selection process of the beneficiaries meeting DRC criteria for activities within the child protection programme, such as the Special Needs Fund. Ensure proper monitoring and follow up to evaluate the impact of such assistance. 
  • Provide logistics support and other tasks associated with efficient day-to-day running of the operations, including the provision of weekly movement plans. 
  • Liaise with relevant authorities, service providers and community groups in order to foster positive relationships and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of refugees, returnees and other persons of concern. 
  • Contribute to capacity building of local organizations, community groups, and stakeholders. 
  • Ensure synergy with other DRC sectors of intervention in the areas of responsibility. 
  • Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation within communities. 
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager. 
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Code of Conduct.  
About you:
To be successful in this role you must have:  
  • Experience in team management. 
  • Knowledge of child protection standards. Understanding of gender, protection and human rights issues and good knowledge of working with refugees and IDPs.  
  • Report writing skills. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people from diverse communities, and for persons with special needs and other vulnerabilities. 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player. 
  • Full respect for beneficiary/organization’s confidentiality. 
  • Willingness and capacity to work in the field and travel frequently to project sites when needed. 
  • Experience in implementing protection projects with UN or NGO. 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:  
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.  
Moreover, we also expect the following: 
Required qualifications: 
  • University degree in management, social sciences or similar field, or undergraduate degree with demonstrated strong experience. 
  • Minimum of 2 years programming experience in humanitarian and development context, preferably with a strong focus on protection and general knowledge of Child Protection.  
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic and relevant computer skills. 
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills. 
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills. 
  • Proven leadership qualities including decision making. 
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills. 
  • Strong analytical skills. 
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules. 
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures. 
Desirable qualifications:
“Ideally, you will also have… 
  • Advanced university degree would be an asset.  
  • Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector is preferred. 
  • Familiarity/prior experience with DRC and its persons of concern (including internally displaced persons, returnees, refugees) would be a distinct advantage. 
  • Experience in training and capacity-building of staff.   
  • Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards, with special emphasis on women rights and SGBV, would be a distinct advantage. 
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making. 
  • Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure. 
  • High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data. 
  • Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work. 
  • Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity. 
  • Computer/IT literacy, in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint in particular. 
We offer:
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 4 Months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 10 April and be willing and able to work in Baghdad.  
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level D1. 
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 four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
Applications close 6 April. The interviews are expected to take place 8 April.   
Need further information? 
For more details on this position please contact 
Please note that applications sent directly to will not be considered. 
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.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-06

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