Protection Coordinator (National Contract)
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in 40 countries around the world.
DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Assistance Framework: Saving lives and alleviation of immediate suffering among people affected by conflict, Safeguarding, restoration and development of livelihoods, and, Institutional and organisational change that contributes to protection of people’s rights and peaceful handling of conflict.
DRC has been operating in Greece since December 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
Under supervision of the Field Protection Manager and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Protection Coordinator will be 100% field-based and will support the implementation of all Protection objectives under DRC projects in the refugee hosting sites. Furthermore, the Protection Coordinator provides technical management to DRC protection, legal-aid, roving cultural mediation, CFS and WSS staff. She/he will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
- Internal and external coordination
- Capacity building of protection staff
- Consolidate protection monitoring reports received from protection staff and draft periodic analysis and monthly reports
- Ensure timely and sound implementation of protection activities in relevant sites
- Provide technical support, supervision and guidance to the Protection Monitoring, roving cultural mediators and legal-aid teams at the field level (incl. development of technical tools and guidance, tailored capacity building plans, trainings and on-the-job coaching and mentoring)
- Contribute to preparing sound work-plans for Protection teams in the field;
- Ensure that protection staff adhere to general protection, child protection and GBV best-practices and professional standards and principles through capacity-building and on-the-job support
- Ensure regular update of referral matrix/tools and documentation of FGD, key informant interviews and site observation forms by Protection staff
- Backstop Field Protection Manager in representing DRC in the protection working group meetings at Larissa regional level
- Ensure that indicators to measure impact and performance on protection delivery are met
- Participate in the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives
- Monitor and analyse trends in the protection situation in Central Greece for management, programme and advocacy purposes
- Ensure that DRC’s protection activities are flexible and responsive by participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up
- Liaise with local authorities, service providers and humanitarian actors to support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways
- Continuously monitor the provision of services on the site and report on findings, to ensure Protection considerations are mainstreamed across all sectors
- Regularly review and adapt vulnerability criteria; identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services
- Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks in the emergency reception sites
- Draft protection monitoring reports, provide input in designing protection monitoring tools and formats
- Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Field Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives
- University degree in a relevant field (social sciences, international relations, human rights, etc.)
- Minimum 3-5 years working experience in a humanitarian / refugee context; previous working experience with international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
- Experience of protection monitoring and community-based protection in a refugee / displacement context is essential
- Excellent verbal and written English skills
- Proven track record of staff management
- Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- High professional ethics
Skills & Qualities
- Strong, proven experience in capacity building
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork / team-building skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
- Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles
- Excellent communicator
- Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
- Highly organized and able to manage multiple, competing demands under tight deadlines
- Great sense of humor
- Be willing and able to work with protection teams in the field 100% of the time
The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
Terms and conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
The position will be based in the broader area of Thessaloniki with roving possibilities among the sites of Thessaloniki and national terms and conditions apply.
We offer an interesting job in one of the world’s best NGOs. DRC will offer the successful applicant a fix-term contract, renewable depending on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for national Staff.
Interested? Then apply for this position on line: www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
Applications close on 13th of August.
Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.