Protection Officer-National Contract
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacment routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
DRC has been operating in Greece since November 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 Coordinator and in close coordination with other DRC field units, the Protection Officer will support the implementation of all Protection objectives to provide timely and effective protection to persons of concern under DRC projects in the emergency reception sites. Furthermore, the Protection Officer 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:
• Participate in the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives
• Continuously monitor and document the needs of the persons of concern
• Monitor and analyse trends in the protection situation within Greece for management, programme and advocacy purposes
• Ensure that DRCs 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
• Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding their rights and services available to them
• Provide support in designing and implementing awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern
• 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
• Support the design and implementation of population profiling and verification exercises to ensure site population data is regularly updated
• Ensure that DRC approach to protection is consistently applied through community – based protection methods
• Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks in the emergency reception sites
• Draft protection monitoring reports and provide input in designing protection monitoring tools and formats
• Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented
• Represent DRC in Protection meetings as required
• Provide translation/interpretation as necessary
• Any other duties as may be assigned by the Field Protection Coordinator, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives
• University degree in a relevant field
• Strong verbal and written Arabic or Kurdish (Kurmanji or Sorani).
• Working knowledge of English and Greek is an added advantage.
• At least one year working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
• Experience of community-based or community mobilisation work in a humanitarian context is a strong advantage
• Strong computer skills
• High professional ethics
Skills and Qualities
• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
• Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principle
• Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
• Ability to multitask and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
• Ability to cope with high workload and stress and identify priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
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 Thessaloniki (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.
The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
The employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
The employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
The employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
The employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
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 the 27th of March 2018.
Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.