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Protection Officer


We are looking for a highly-qualified candidate to contribute to the organization and implementation of all Protection activities and Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme Standard Operating Procedures.  
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 Protection Officer is responsible for supervising effective protection services, needs assessments and protection monitoring activities in line with the project.  
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Ensure protection monitoring and field assessment activities are carried out in a timely, effective and technically sound manner.  
  • Conduct individual interviews and facilitate participatory protection field assessment – applying the Age, Gender and Diversity approach - to fully understand the displaced population in its diversity, their protection concerns and priorities, and the resources available to them.  
  • Support the collection of information/data about vulnerability, protection needs and concerns of the targeted population.  
  • Act as focal point for the identification and referral of Extremely Vulnerable Individuals and People with Specific Protection Needs for adequate assistance according to DRC pre-defined criteria.  
  • Manage individual protection cases, including maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent.  
  • Update case files on individual developments, following DRC SOPs and ensuring beneficiaries’ data are protected.  
  • Conduct follow-up monitoring visits to ensure that needs have been met in an appropriate manner and beneficiary have the opportunity to provide feedback on the assistance received.  
  • Ensure dissemination of clear and reliable information on service provision and other preselected key topics.  
  • Contribute to the establishment/maintenance of a referral pathway, respectful of the confidentiality principle and DRC SOPs.  
  • Prepare and timely submit activity plans and reports to hierarchy.  
  • Provide constant feedback to supervisor on progress, lesson learnt, achievements and gaps, issues and problems.  
  • Liaise with relevant public authorities and services providers in order to foster effective collaboration and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of IDPs, refugees and other persons of concern.  
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager  
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)  
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Code of Conduct  
About you: 
To be successful in this role you must have:   
  • University degree in law, human rights, refugee studies, social sciences or other related discipline;  
  • Relevant professional experience of three (3) years, preferably in emergency and/or development context;  
  • Prior experience or familiarity with DRC and/or persons of concern (including internally displaced persons and refugees-returnees) would be a distinct advantage;  
  • Prior experience or familiarity with NGO sector would be an advantage;  
  • Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards would be a distinct advantage.  
  • Good spoken and written English and Arabic and relevant computer skills.  
  • A high respect to client/organization confidentiality.  
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people with special needs and other vulnerability.  
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.  
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:   
  • Report writing skills.  
  • Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector is preferred but not essential.  
  • Spoken and written English and Arabic are essential.  
Desirable qualifications:  
Ideally, you will also have… 
  • Excellent analysis and reporting skills;  
  • Excellent communication and organization skills;  
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures;  
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making;  
  • High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data;  
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules;  
  • Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure;  
  • Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work;  
  • Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity.  
  • Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office, Internet etc.  
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 1st May 2017 and be willing and able to work in Tikrit.   
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level C.  
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 1 May 2017. The interviews are expected to take place 1 May 2017.   
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.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tikrit
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-01

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