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Protection Officer

Multiple locations (Various)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Multiple locations (Various)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-31

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Title: Protection Officer 
Location: Multiple locations in Ethiopia (Dima, Gambella, Dolo Ado, Jijiga, Shire)  
Reports to: Protection senior officer/Protection team leader  
Start of Contract & Duration: 6 months  
Posting date: June 8, 2018 
 
INTRODUCTION 
 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration. 
 
PURPOSE OF THE JOB 
 
Under the supervision of the Protection Senior officer/Protection Team leader, the Protection Officer will coordinate and implement protection activities in selected areas where DRC is present. Specifically, she or he will plan, implement, monitor and document protection activities targeting DRC’s beneficiaries, including staff from governmental and humanitarian service providers. The position will, furthermore, be tasked to develop and adapt training and monitoring tools, to conduct trainings and awareness raising sessions and provide direct assistance and support to people with specific needs. She or he will also provide technical assistance and guidance to other stakeholders on protection mainstreaming. 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS 
 
 
Technical Responsibilities: 
 
  • Implement assigned protection activities in line with international standards and best practices. 
  • Plan, implement and monitor day-to-day protection activities as part of DRC’s Protection Team.  
  • Conduct protection needs and vulnerability assessments. 
  • Lead the prioritization of the most vulnerable individuals for service using agreed vulnerability criteria. 
  • Ensure the provision of effective protection services and referrals. 
  • Identify individuals with special needs and provide specialized assistance. 
  • Collaborate with relevant partners to develop and maintain protection referral mechanisms. 
  • Develop and contribute to the development of training materials on protection issues. 
  • Contribute in the development of guidelines on DRC’s specific activities 
  • Undertake analysis and assessments of protection issues  
  • Ensure protection mainstreaming in all of DRC’s interventions. 
  • Support in the capacity building of staff, beneficiaries, duty-bearers and other stakeholders in basic protection concepts, PFA as well as protection mainstreaming. 
 
Project Monitoring and Evaluation: 
 
  • Monitor protection trends and needs in DRC’s areas of intervention and recommend activities and responses for DRC’s and other agencies. 
  • Analyse disaggregated protection related data as a means to inform programming and response activities.  
  • Regularly monitor the project’s protection activities and provide feedback for ensuring activities are responsive, and contextually and culturally appropriate. 
  • Assisting in developing and conducting assessments, mid-term and end of project reports and evaluations.  
  • Ensure DRC’s accountability commitments are mainstreamed into all protection activities. 
 
Report Writing and Documentation  
 
  • Support in the development of daily, weekly and monthly reports. 
  • Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including means of verification, assessments and case studies. 
  • Contribute to the development of project proposal and concept notes 
 
 
In this position, you will also be expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies: 
  • Striving for Excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback. 
  • Taking the Lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly. 
  • Demonstrating Integrity: Acting in line with DRC’s vision and values. 
PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS 
 
REQUIRED 
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an entry to mid-level position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response and refugee/IDP protection working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority. 
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts (including Child protection and GBV), prevention and response strategies, including experience with operationalizing global best practices and international standards for implementing protection programming in humanitarian contexts.  
  • Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on protection-related topics.  
  • Hands-on experience with protection case management, psychosocial support and supporting community-based protection structures. 
  • Experience working with displaced or conflict affected populations. 
  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team. 
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.  
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel. 
 
Education: 
 
University degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution. 
 
Languages:  
 
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.  
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing Amharic 
  • Somali, Nuer, Agnuak or other local languages (overall fluency required) 
 
TO APPLY 
 
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 stated website by specifying the location you want to be considered. Applications will be reviewed in a rolling bases.  
 
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk. 
 
We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit. It is DRC policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to gender, race, national, clan or tribal origin, religion, age, sex, origin or ancestry, marital status, social status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled individual. 
 
 
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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