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Child Protection Officer


We are looking for a qualified professional with experience in Child Protection activities, Knowledge of child protection standards, Understanding of gender, protection and human rights issues. 
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 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations.  
About the job: 
The Child Protection Officer is responsible for supporting the Child Protection Manager in the supervision and coordination of the child protection activities, including Child Friendly Spaces, protection monitoring, referrals and awareness raising activities, in all the geographical areas of implementation in Anbar governorate. 
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Supervise effective and timely implementation of the project’s activities under the supervision of the Child Protection Project Manager. Support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the child protection activities and provide constant feedback to supervisor on progress, achievements and challenges. 
  • Supervise the Child Protection Assistants and Volunteers, to ensure that activities are successfully implemented and protection needs are identified, recorded, analysed and followed-up with activities or referrals. 
  • Support and coordinate Child Friendly Spaces’ (CFS) activities, including training volunteers, rehabilitating the CFSs and providing material. 
  • Ensure child protection monitoring and field assessment activities are carried out in a timely and technically sound manner. Support data collection and report weekly on key issuesa and trends. 
  • Conduct and maintain updated service mapping, contribute to the establishment/maintenance of referral pathways, and ensure dissemination of clear and reliable information on service provision to beneficiaries. 
  • Act as focal point for the identification and referral of Extremely Vulnerable Individuals and People with Specific Protection Needs for adequate assistance according to DRC pre-defined criteria, while maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent. Conduct follow-up monitoring visits to ensure that needs have been met in an appropriate manner and beneficiaries have the opportunity to provide feedback on the assistance received. 
  • Provide regular timely internal reports and other relevant information on project activities based on agreed formats and schedule. Support the project indicators tracking in coordination with the Child Protection Project Manager and the other Child Protection Officers. 
  • Organize and ensure monitoring of the activities is conducted in collaboration with the DRC Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team. 
  • Undertake frequent field visits to monitor the implementation of activities and verify that they are carried out in adherence with DRC SOPs, and to support capacity building of staff and Volunteers, under the supervision of the Child Protection Project Manager.  
  • Guide and participate in the selection process of the beneficiaries meeting DRC criteria for activities within the child protection programme, such as the Special Needs Fund. Ensure proper monitoring and follow up to evaluate the impact of such assistance. 
  • Provide logistics support, and coordinate with the Finance Department to ensure efficient day-to-day running of the operations. 
  • Liaise with relevant authorities, service providers and community groups in order to foster positive relationships and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of IDPs, returnees and other persons of concern. 
  • Contribute to capacity building of local organizations, community groups, and stakeholders on child protection. 
  • Ensure synergy with other DRC sectors of intervention in the areas of responsibility. 
  • Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation within communities. 
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager, such as participating in external coordination meetings. 
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and principles of confidentiality. 
About you:
To be successful in this role you must have:  
  • Minimum two years of relevant experience, preferably in humanitarian and development context, with a focus on Child Protection.  
  • Familiarity with international protection and human rights standards, with a special emphasis on child protection, would be a distinct advantage. 
  • Prior experience or familiarity with the NGO sector and persons of concern (including IDPs and returnees) would be a distinct advantage. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people from diverse communities, and for persons with special needs and other vulnerabilities. 
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills. 
  • Good data collection, reporting and analyzing skills. 
  • Fluency in Arabic & English Languages.
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.  
Moreover, we also expect the following: 
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills; team management experience an advantage. 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player. 
  • Experience in training and capacity-building of staff. 
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules. 
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures. 
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making. 
  • Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure. 
Desirable qualifications: 
“Ideally, you will also have… 
  • High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data. 
  • Self-motivation and goal/result-orientation. 
  • Flexibility, creativeness and tolerance. 
  • Computer/IT literacy, in particular Word, Excel, PowerPoint. 
We offer:
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 6 Months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 15 October and be willing and able to work in Anbar.  
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level C. 
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 9 October. The interviews are expected to take place 10 October.   
Need further information? 
For more details on this position please contact  
Please note that applications sent directly to 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: Anbar
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-09

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