Protection Officer

Dollo Ado

Title: Protection Officer 
Location:  Jijiga (Fafan Zone) and Dolo Ado (Liben Zone) 
Reports to: Area Managers in the two Locations 
Start of Contract & Duration: 5 months 
Posting date: April 18, 2017 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration. 
Under the supervision of the Protection Team Leader, the Child Protection Officer will coordinate and implement child protection activities. He/she will plan, implement, monitor & document child protection activities targeting IDPs and host community members, including staff from governmental and humanitarian service providers, in close collaboration with the Protection team. This includes development or adaptation of training & monitoring tools, trainings, monitoring programme progress and making adjustments as necessary. He/she is also tasked with providing technical assistance and guidance to mainstream protection related issues. 
Technical responsibilities
  • Implement program in line with international standards and best practices for Children in Emergencies. 
  • Plan, implement and monitor day-to-day child protection program activities.  
  • Child Protection needs and vulnerability assessment and development of appropriate interventions; 
  • Prioritize the most vulnerable children for service using vulnerability criteria. 
  • Ensure provision of effective child protection services and case management 
  • Individual case management and management of Child Protection Information Management Systems and ensure compliance with standards; 
  • Identify children and youth with special needs and provide specialized assistance; 
  • Collaborate with relevant partners to develop and maintain CP referral mechanisms; 
  • Developing and contributing to the development of training materials for Child Protection issues; 
  • Facilitate trainings for community based protection structures and the dissemination of awareness information to refugees and engage with IDP site structures and group; 
  • Undertake analysis and assessments on child protection issues 
  • Monitor and report on violence, exploitation and abuse of children 
  • Ensure child protection mainstreaming in all humanitarian interventions 
  • Capacity building of staff, beneficiaries, duty-bearers and other stakeholders; 
Project Monitoring & Evaluation 
  • Monitor trends and needs related to child protection in the target IDP sites and recommend activities improving DRC’s and other agencies’ prevention and response to protection concerns. 
  • Contribute to the development of project proposals, concept notes & sector publications  
  • Regularly monitor project activities and provide feedback for adjustment as needed. 
  • With the support of other staff compile, analyse and share monthly data (disaggregated age/gender/ vulnerability) to inform programming. 
  • Assisting in mid-term or end of project evaluations. 
  • Ensure DRC’s accountability commitments are streamlined in all child protection activities. 
Report writing & documentation 
  • Support the Protection team leader in the development of weekly & monthly reports  
  • Develop work, activity and procurement plans and & ensure timely procurement of relevant items 
  • Assisting in the preparation of sector operation plans/work plans & reviews 
  • Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including case studies & human interest stories  
  • University degree in gender studies, social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution. 
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an entry to mid level position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response and refugee/IDP protection working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority. 
  • Technical understanding of the specific concerns and needs of children and youth, prevention and response strategies to the specific risks and protection concerns facing children, including experience with operationalizing child protection principles and international standards in a humanitarian aid setting; 
  • •    Proven record of providing trainings and workshops on children’s needs and concerns topics; 
  • Hands-on experience with child protection case management is mandatory. Previous experience support community based protection structures is a strong advantage. 
  • Experience working with displaced and/or conflict affected populations, such as refugees or IDP. 
  • Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding work environment.  
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure. 
  • Experience of working in an emergency setting. 
  • Strong inter personal skills and Staff management skills 
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.  
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office. 
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in Amharic, Somali and English. Working knowledge of Oromiffa is an advantage.   
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.  
Please indicate your area of preference on your application letter (Dolo Ado or Jijiga). 
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.   
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated email no later than April 30, 2017.  
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult 
We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit. It is DRC policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to gender, race, national, clan or tribal origin, religion, age, sex, origin or ancestry, marital status, social status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled individual. 

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: Dollo Ado
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-30

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