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Protection Assistant


We are looking for a candidate with the qualifications and willingness to be part of our Protection team, to contribute to the organization, 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 Assistant is responsible for conducting a range of protection activities, including information provision, regular participatory protection assessments of potential/selected beneficiaries and organization and implementation of community-based activities, such as life-skills and recreational activities. The post holder works in close cooperation and coordination with other team members and reports to the Protection Officer. 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct regular field participatory protection monitoring and assessments, using as much as possible an age, gender and diversity approach, in order to fully understand protection concerns and priorities. Assess the resources available to the targeted displaced community to increase their own safety and protection. 
  • Enhance and facilitate discussion on main protection concerns and response capacity within the displaced and the host communities. 
  • Identify, individually advise and assess the needs of the most vulnerable individuals, particularly women at risk, and the available response opportunities in accordance with set guidelines, plans and schedules. 
  • Conduct vulnerability assessment and identify cases for assistance according to pre-defined criteria. 
  • Refer protection cases to the Protection Officer and/or relevant agencies, including updating the database on case referral and follow up. 
  • Report on special needs cases and advise on type of assistance, following discussion with beneficiaries. 
  • Develop monthly visit plans on assessing, re-assessing and following up cases in coordination with other (field) staff. 
  • Ensure dissemination of clear and reliable information on service provision and other pre-selected key topics. 
  • Conduct information sessions, record feedback (comments, suggestions) and report results back to Protection Officer on issues of concern with recommended areas of intervention. 
  • Plan, organize and implement a range of community-based activities, especially socio-recreational and life-skills activities prioritizing extremely vulnerable individuals and people with specific needs, with the aim of improving their psychosocial well-being 
  • Undertake site and field visits to raise awareness about DRC community-based initiatives and mobilize individuals and families to participate in these activities 
  • Submit weekly and monthly activity plans, reports and recommendations for assessed persons and identified beneficiaries to the Protection Officer; 
  • Maintain constructive relationships with municipalities, other local government institutions, local NGO partners and other international organizations in coordination with the other team members 
  • Contribute to capacity building of local organizations, community groups, and stakeholders  
  • Prepare and maintain in a well-organized manner comprehensive files for each managed case, as well as keep a report of information gathered during field visits and in-house meetings 
  • 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 strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality. 
  • Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation within communities. 
  • This position requires travel between base/suboffices/community centers/mobile centers 
About you: 
To be successful in this role you must have:  
  • University degree in social sciences, psychology or other relevant fields, or undergraduate degree with demonstrated strong experience; 
  • Relevant professional experience of not less than 2 (two) years; 
  • Familiarity/prior experience with DRC and its persons of concern (including internally displaced persons and refugees-returnees) would be a distinct advantage; 
  • Familiarity with digital data collection 
  • Familiarity/prior experience with NGO sector would be an advantage. 
  • Good spoken and written English/Kurdish/Arabic and relevant computer skills. 
  • Full respect for 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: 
  • University degree in social sciences, psychology or other relevant field, or undergraduate degree with demonstrated strong experience; 
  • Report writing skills. 
  • Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector is preferred but not essential. 
  • Spoken and written Arabic is essential and/or English is appreciated. 
Desirable qualifications:
Ideally, you will also have… 
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills including sensitivity 
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills 
  • High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data 
  • Strong reporting skills 
  • Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity 
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules 
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures 
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making 
  • Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure 
  • Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work 
  • Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office – Word, 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 Anbar.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; 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 2 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: Anbar
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Administrative support
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Administrative support
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-13

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