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Protection Programme Officer


We are looking for highly qualified, self-motivated Protection Programme Officer who is able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners under difficult, stressful and sometimes insecure conditions.  
Who are we? 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries through-out the world, including South Sudan. DRC/DDG fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organization focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine-action. 
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in conjunction with Danish Demining Group (DDG) has been operating in South Sudan since 2005 initially concentrating on providing safe and supportive conditions for refugees returning from neighboring countries after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed.  
In 2012 - 2013, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile and Unity States to respond to the large influx of refugees coming from Blue Nile State and South Kordofan (Sudan). In addition to the refugee response and since 2014, DRC has been then actively engaged in responding to the humanitarian needs of IDPs affected by the internal conflict through the provision of integrated approaches. 
With a total of 450 national staff, 50 expatriate staff and an annual budget of USD 20 million, we are currently implementing multi-sectorial interventions through the provision of humanitarian services focused on CCCM, Protection, SGBV, FSL, Shelter and Infrastructure to both internally displaced persons and refugees across 5 field sites (Ajuong Thok, Bentiu, Maban, Malakal and Melut). 
About the job 
The Protection Officer will undertake protection/human rights monitoring in the crisis affected areas-as determined by the work plan. His/her role will be to monitor the protection concerns and needs of the IDP population by providing information through focus group discussions and individual interviews to those affected, conducting household surveys, rapid assessments, community mobilization and general monitoring visits. The PO will also contribute to the analysis and dissemination of data collected to other relevant actors in order to address the identified protection concerns. Additionally, the PO will address protection concerns through the provision of referrals to the relevant actors in the camp. Finally, the PO, with support of the Protection Manager, will be responsible for delivering workshops and training at the community level and to other stakeholders on human rights and basic protection principles. The PO will throughout his/her work ensure confidentiality and strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct. 
Main Responsibilities and tasks
To achieve the objectives of the position, the Protection Officer will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities; 
  • Supervise and support national protection officers and assistants in the implementation of project activities. 
  • Attend cluster meetings and assist in the general policy strategy and implementation of Beyond Bentiu programming 
  • Implement general protection activities, in accordance with agreed strategy, operational plan, budgets and DRC and donor regulations; including protection monitoring, assessments, trainings as appropriate, and other regular protection activities. 
  • Prepare and follow weekly and monthly work plans 
  • Draft or otherwise assist the manager in writing reports and analyses 
  • Contribute and support effective monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and initiatives, and ensure effective data and information management and contribute to regular reporting on protection activities (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, as required). 
  • Ensure staff compliance with security management rules and procedures; for example, ensuring relevant documentation and procedures are understood and adhered to by staff.  
  • Prepare project procurement plans and raise materials/services requisitions and follow up with the respective support departments 
  • Conduct regular household visits and general monitoring visits to internally displaced persons (IDP) households to identify protection concerns and persons with specific needs (PSNs) 
  • Ensure clients referred are documented in the referral recording book on a daily basis and follow up with the clients to ensure a meaningful access to services.  
  • Assist the Protection Manager with designing training modules and tools on topics such as human rights and basic protection principles for Community Protection Committees and other community structures. 
  • Prepare all necessary documentation for each activity (including weekly vehicle movement plans, order requests, payment requests, etc.) and for the reconciliation of the money spent during each activity 
  • Work with the Protection Manager and fellow PO to create weekly work plans to schedule the team’s program activities 
  • Liaise and build partnerships with block leaders, chiefs, community leaders and other relevant actors to encourage participation in, support for and a better understanding of the program activities  
  • Participate in coordination meetings as requested by Protection Manager 
  • Any other tasks as required by the Protection Manager relevant to the implementation of pro-tection objectives and activities. 
About you 
  • Required qualifications and competencies:
  • A degree in political/social sciences, law, development studies, international development or equivalent degree qualifications;  
  • At least 2 years community based training experience involving human rights and/or protection and protection monitoring/human rights experience of which at least 1 year should be at international level and in South Sudan or in geographic or conflict context similar to South Sudan; 
  • Proven technical knowledge of human rights, protection principles, project cycle management, SPHERE standards; 
  • Experience in proposal and budget development and project implementation (including budget management); 
  • Familiar with rule of law; 
  • Understanding of and experience in engaging the cluster system in IDP camps;  
  • Ability for rapid analysis of very complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic learning and priorities into operational strategies; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication and ease in managing a multi-ethnic team; 
  • Good team leadership and conflict resolution skills, consensus team building, and adaptability;  
  • Patience and understanding to work with and develop capacity of national staff; 
  • Experience delivering programs to tight deadlines;  
  • Good computer and IT skills and strong communication and writing skills;  
  • Fluency in written and spoken English language; 
  • Ability and willingness to work in remote and isolated location with ever changing security scenarios; 
Desirable qualifications  
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;  
  • Prior experience in South Sudan an added advantage; 
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance and supervision; 
  • Experience working in security-sensitive environments and enforcement of team security pro-tocols is an asset.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
We offer 
Contract: until the end of the year, renewable dependent on both funding and performance 
Duty Station: Kodok
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 A16. 
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 English. CV only applications will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
Applications close 7th May, 2017. Please note, according to the need of this position in different bases, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.  
Need further information? 
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: Kodok
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-07

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