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Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator, Re-advertisement


Please note:  Due to the urgency to fill the post, recruitment will be done on the rolling basis and DRC reserves the right to recruit before the deadline.  
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 50 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations. 
About the job 
The Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator will work with UNHCR – as the lead agency responsible for the overall implementation of the cluster coordination role in accordance with IASC guidelines on cluster leadership and accountability – to: a) strengthen effective management of the cluster; b) improve the representation of NGOs and other key stakeholders, including civil society organizations; and, c) reinforce the accountability of the humanitarian response towards the cluster’s people of concern.  
The Co-Coordinator will work with the designated UNHCR lead to support the management of the National Protection Cluster (NPC) and the Protection Working Group (PWG) for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) in order to ensure that the Cluster, as well as the broader humanitarian effort, are responsive to the needs of the conflict- and displacement-affected population. In contrast to the UNHCR Lead, the DRC Co-Lead will place greater focus on supporting the work of the Cluster’s sub-national and governorate-level bodies, namely to ensure that the coordination effort translates into concrete improvements to the lives of the Cluster’s beneficiaries.   
Duties and Responsibilities 
Coordination of the Protection Cluster and KR-I PWG 
  • Support the participation of partners in the Cluster mechanism by engaging them bilaterally and multilaterally;  
  • Support the work of the Protection Sub-Clusters (Child Protection, GBV, Mine Action and HLP) and, in particular, the work of co-leads at the national, sub-national and governorate level. 
  • Co-Chair the Protection Cluster meetings, including the Strategic Advisory Group, and the KR-I PWG meetings; 
  • Support the UNHCR Lead with respect to engagement in OCHA-lead processes, e.g. Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund and contingency planning, and other national coordination mechanisms and working groups set up in Iraq. 
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of effective coordination mechanisms and tools, including for the purpose of information and data management in close collaboration with, among others, the Cluster’s Information Management Officer; 
  • Support sub-national and governorate level PWGs in the development of governorate-specific tools and work plans and ensure a coordinated protection response to meet the needs of the cluster’s populations of concern; 
Accountability to Affected Populations 
  • Based on assessed protection vulnerabilities, needs and gaps, develop or update agreed upon response strategies and action plans for the Cluster and ensure that these are adequately reflected in overall country strategies. 
  • Ensure that Cluster participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments under international humanitarian and human rights law; 
  • Support and build the capacity of the Government to uphold its obligation and responsibilities to protect the rights of affected civilian population in adherence with international and national laws. 
Promotion of protection mainstreaming 
  • Ensure the integration of protection considerations in sectorial needs assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response; ensure gender-sensitive programming and promote gender equality; 
  • Ensure that the needs, contributions and capacities of women, girls, men and boys of all background are reflected in partners’ programming. 
  • Promote and support training of humanitarian partners and other cluster members to improve mainstreaming of protection into sectorial responses. 
  • Support the development and/or harmonization of vulnerability criteria for targeted assistance.  
  • Support the GBV Sub-Cluster with respect to its participation in the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Network. 
Training and capacity-building 
  • Promote and support training of humanitarian partners and other cluster members to improve mainstreaming of protection into sectorial responses; 
  • Support and build the capacity of the Government to uphold its obligation and responsibilities to protect the rights of affected civilian population in adherence with international and national law 
  • Monitoring, reporting and analysis 
  • Support proper reporting on the protection activities and functioning of information management system for the protection cluster; 
  • Support efforts to harmonize protection monitoring tools, reporting/vulnerability assessment formats in consultation with cluster member organizations; 
  • Support adequate reporting and effective information sharing, with due regard for age and sex disaggregation; 
  • Streamline methods to share information including reports with partners, as well as to be submitted to OCHA and UNHCR (including weekly updates, bulletin, website, etc.) 
Advocacy and resource mobilization 
  • Identify core advocacy concerns for the Protection Cluster through consultative processes, including resource requirements; 
  • Contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HCT and other relevant actors and support local interventions when violations of international standards and principles occur; 
  • Ensure the Protection Cluster’s adherence to international humanitarian and international human rights laws and instruments, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, and other relevant instruments. 
About you 
To be successful in this role you must have: 
  • Post graduate degree in international law, political or social sciences; 
  • Excellent understanding of protection issues in mixed emergency situations and detailed knowledge of protection and humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws, as well as the humanitarian architecture; 
  • Excellent leadership, coordination, communication, capacity building, planning and analytical skills; 
  • Excellent advocacy and representation skills including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the cluster; 
  • Self-motivated and excellent  understanding of protection issues in the country; 
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is a must (proficiency in Arabic is highly desirable) 
  • Minimum of 5 years proven experience working on protection or rule of law related issues in humanitarian environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams. 
  • Previous experience working within the cluster system, preferably in mixed situation; 
  • Development of policy, strategies and humanitarian responses in the sector of field protection; 
  • Proven experience with protection monitoring, as well as documentation and analysis, with sub-cluster  
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
We offer 
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 months contract. You must be available to start work in September, 2017 and be willing to live and work in Iraq. 
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 A14-A13 level of DRC’s salary scale. The R&R cycle for KRI every 12 weeks. 
Application process
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.  All applications must include a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this position and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. Applications without a cover/motivation letter will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
Applications close 8 August 2017.  
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.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Erbil
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-08