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Child Protection Officer


Title: Child Protection Officer 
Location:  Dima 
Reports to: Protection Team Leader 
Start of Contract & Duration: 7 months 
Posting date: May 15, 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. 
DRC has a field office in Dimma and has been working in Okugo Refugee Camp since February 2015. DRC currently implements programme in Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Youth, Livelihoods and Shelter in Okugo Camo 
The Child Protection Officer under the supervision of the Protection Team Leader is expected to give a substantial contribution to: 
•    Child Protection Case Management and case management system implementation according to standards and procedures 
•    Plan, implement and monitor day to day child protection case management program activities.  
•    Monitor and assess Child Protection needs and vulnerability and development of appropriate interventions; 
•    Facilitate relations between DRC and the local communities 
•    Ensure provision of effective child protection services and case management 
Specific responsibilities include,  
  • Lead the child protection case management activities, including planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting 
  • Ensure identification and registration of vulnerable children and children with special needs according to standards and operating procedures 
  • Individual case management and management of Child Protection Information Management System in compliance with standards and procedures. Ensure case management steps and procedures, including foster care arrangement,  Best Interest Assessment and Best Interest Determination 
  • Ensuring appropriate completion of all documentation using case management forms and ensuring appropriate filing and safe keeping of all documents 
  • Follow up on cases and implementing the service plan and care plan with the child and family, including psychosocial support and or referring to other services based on the need of the child.  
  • Monitor overall Child Protection situation and monitor and report on violence, exploitation and abuse of children 
  • Support Child Protection Assessments, analysis and studies. 
  • Facilitate case management training for refugee incentive workers (social workers) and training on Child Protection and Child Rights for social workers and other humanitarian workers. 
  • Engage with community structures on child protection issues and facilitate the dissemination of awareness information about Child Protection issues 
  • Support child protection mainstreaming in all humanitarian interventions, including integration of child protection in education and other sectors.  
  • Liaise with  stakeholders and partners in relation to Child Protection issues and attending and contributing to relevant coordination mechanisms as directed; 
  • Manage CP Assistants and Incentive social workers, supporting respectful and positive working relationships which allow for the effective implementation of all DRC Protection activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support and capacity-building. 
  • Undertake daily supervisory, monitoring and support visits to project locations. 
  • The Child Protection Officer will report to the Protection Team Leader based in Dimma 
  • Under the direction of the Protection Team leader, support local level monitoring and reporting for both internal and donor purposes on all Protection related activities  
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology or other relevant field from a recognized institution. 
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in an entry to mid to level position, preferably with experience in the NGO field. 
  • Experience with Child Protection Case Management. Experience with Child Protection in Emergencies an advantage 
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.  
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency, Amharic and English 
Additional Characteristics  
  • Ability to lead, train, supervise, facilitate and motivate other Child Protection staff  and social workers in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.   
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail. Ability to work as a member of a team essential. 
  • Ability to communicate in English and write clear and concise reports in English. 
  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding work environment.  
  • Excellent personnel management skills, including diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills. 
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure. 
  • Experience collaborating in protection, gender and human rights related activities. 
  • Experience living and working in cross-cultural and remote environments. 
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.  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.   
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than May 25, 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.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Lima
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • 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
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-25

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