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We are looking for a highly qualified Protection Psychologist for our program in Kilis, Turkey.

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation.

About the job

The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. DRC works with beneficiary communities and individuals to prevent and reduce protection threats, and build resilience.

DRC is currently delivering a community-based protection project in south-eastern Turkey. This position is required to support and strengthen DRC’s project and improve psychological responses.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Protection Psychologist will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Overall Responsibilities

Program Management, Development, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Carry out direct one-to-one counseling with beneficiaries requiring immediate assistance (this position DOES NOT accept clients for long-term counseling)
  • Lead group support sessions.
  • Provide guidance and psychological technical support/facilitate training and psychological responses to DRC field staff.
  • Design and coordinate psychosocial programs to address the specific needs of persons exposed to protection risks.
  • Provide education on harm associated with exposure to identified protection risks, as well as prevention and response mechanisms.
  • Ensure DRC PSS activities follow international best practice standards.
  • Receive referred cases by other agencies and departments from DRC.
  • Identify qualified partners to whom to refer cases.
  • Refer cases requiring further or acute treatment to qualified providers.
  • Provide periodic reports.
  • Have responsibility for client confidentiality and privacy of beneficiary case files.
  • Carry out capacity building of staff on psychological and PSS topics.


  • Coordinate with CC/CBP assistants
  • Provide psychological support to other departments if needed

About you

To be successful in this role you must have University degree in Psychology

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Essential Qualifications:

  • University degree in Psychology

Essential Experiences:

  • 5+ years working directly as a psychologist, focusing on refugee welfare, child protection, etc.
  • Experience in individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Experience of work (in paid or voluntary capacity) in NGO or voluntary sector
  • Experience working within a team.
  • Fluent English and Arabic, Turkish language skills highly desirable.
  • ** Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position**

Preferred Experience:

  • Understanding of the rights and protection issues of refugees, children, and women - experience working with Syrian refugees is an advantage

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Strong communications skills
  • Capacity to work independently
  • Ability to engage with a wide range of actors operating in different sectors and environments
  • Ability to create linkages between different departments including between programs and support functions
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills (excel, word)
  • Good level of English

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in the English and Arabic language, both written and verbal and knowledge of Turkish is an asset


  • Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a commitment to teamwork;
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others;
  • Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and facilitation skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic;
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Flexible and responsive thinker

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 4 months’ contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from September and be willing and able to work in Kilis.

We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted.

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 16 August 2017.

Need further information?

For more details on this position please contact HR Team at

Please note that applications sent directly to HR Team 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: Kilis
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-16

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