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Emergency Protection Specialist

Jijiga (Ethiopia)

Overall Purpose of the Role 
The Emergency Protection Specialist will provide hands-on technical support to a national Protection Project Manager, two Protection National Specialists, and other protection staff assigned to the design and implementation of DRC’s ECHO-funded protection activities in the Somali region of Ethiopia. The candidate must have significant experience designing and implementing emergency protection activities, experience building the technical capacity of local stakeholders in key protection concepts and in developing training modules and protection guidelines. The Emergency Protection Specialist will be based in Jijiga, however, will be expected to travel to Dolo Ado and other areas of the Somali region where DRC is implementing protection activities.. The position will be required collaborate closely with DRC’s Addis Ababa-based Protection Coordinator to ensure technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools.  
 
Responsibilities 
Coordination
  • Participate in protection-related coordination fora at the site and regional levels. 
 
Programming 
  • Provide technical oversight of all ECHO-funded protection-related programming in the Somali region of Ethiopia in compliance with core protection principles and DRC and donor regulations. 
  • Build the capacity of DRC’s national Protection Project Manager to uphold rigorous project cycle management standards. 
  • Lead in the design of all ECHO funded protection-related interventions as per national and international standards and best practices, ensuring technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools. Specific activities the position will oversee, and which will require a high-level of technical knowledge, are related to protection mainstreaming and the preparation of training modules for community and governmental stakeholders. Additionally, the Emergency Protection Specialist is expected to lead the provision of technical support for DRC’s protection team in the Somali region in the development of guidelines for community-driven protection initiatives and integrated community centers as well as develop accompanying tools. 
  • Promote improved understanding of protection issues among relevant stakeholders and ensure the observance of international protection and humanitarian law standards. To achieve this, and in line with DRC’s anticipated protection activities to be implemented over the course of 2018, the Emergency Protection Specialist will play a key role in developing and facilitating trainings and mentoring the DRC Protection Project Manager and National Protection Specialists.  
  • Provide technical guidance and leadership in all protection-related needs assessments, including the development of appropriate tools to inform program design as well as identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age and diversity.   
  • Ensure that ethical and statistically-sound data collection and protection-related information management systems are in place and used for analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy. 
  • Collaborate closely with DRC’s Addis Ababa-based Protection Coordinator to ensure technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools. 
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of Ethiopia’s protection programming through active and ongoing participation in and contribution to strategic planning meetings and development of strategic documents.  
  • Ensure the timely and quality delivery of all protection-related organizational and project reports and staff contributions to organizational monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure project quality, relevance and accountability to DRC's beneficiary populations.  
  • Collaborate with the Jijiga and Dolo Ado Area Managers and Protection Coordinator to ensure field-based protection records and documentation are properly managed and compliant with DRC requirements and best practices. 
  • Collaborate with the Addis Ababa based M&E Coordinator to ensure proper follow up of the agreed M&E plan, and that all the necessary tools are in place to monitor the ECHO project. 
  • Support staff to integrate protection concerns and awareness in other sectors. 
 
Human Resources 
  • Support site-level recruitment processes for the protection team, and ensure that relevant staffing structures are in place and are reflective of appropriate gender balance. 
  • Promote professional development by identifying training and capacity building opportunities and ensuring protection staff are well versed in core protection concepts, DRC's code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.  
 
Reporting Arrangements 
The Emergency Protection Specialist reports to the Protection Coordinator 
 
 
About you 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s 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.  
 
Qualifications
Education:  
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution. 
 
Experience and Technical Competencies:   
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a management position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response and protection working for an international NGO or UN agency. 
  • Proven experience designing and implementing emergency protection interventions, preferably in IDP settings. 
  • Proven experience in conducting trainings and mentoring protection staff. 
  • Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills in English. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with staff members and other stakeholders.  
  • Experience working in cross-cultural, multi-sector and remote environments. 
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English.
  • Knowledge of Somali an added advantage. 
 
Conditions 
Contract:    3 month’s contract. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies). This position is graded as A15.  
 
Availability:         June 2018 
 
Duty station:    Jijiga Somalia Region, Ethiopia with frequent travel to Dolo and other areas of the Somalia region. 
 
 
Application and CV 
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.  
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.dk under Vacancies.   
 
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.dk under vacancies no later than 6 June 2018.  
 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk  
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk. 
 
“Due to the urgent nature of this recruitment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis” 
 
 
 
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.
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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Jijiga (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-06

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