Protection Officer (Psychosocial Support)
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 displacement 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 fulfilment 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.
Operating since 2004 in Lebanon, DRC has addressed the needs and rights of vulnerable populations, working initially with Palestinian refugees (since 2004), Iraqi refugees (2007-2010), Lebanese IDPs (during the 2006 conflict), migrant domestic workers (since 2009) and, since 2011, responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.
DRC Lebanon is currently delivering programming in protection, housing, infrastructure, basic assistance, livelihoods, and community development interventions. This myriad programming seeks to address the immediate needs of displaced populations and concurrently support vulnerable host populations. DRC has five offices spread throughout Lebanon in, Beirut, the Bekaa, Saida, Tripoli and Qobayat.
About the job
The protection officer (PSS) has the overall responsibility to ensure that quality psychosocial support activities are delivered to children, adolescents and caregivers in a timely and efficient manner with technical guidance from the protection team leader & specialist.
Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
• Provide technical guidance, on the job training, coaching and mentoring to the PSS team on child protection and GBV minimum standards, principles of psychosocial support, PSS toolkits, approaches and curricula for caregivers, adolescents and children.
• Ensure that all spaces where activities are implemented meet interagency standards for safe spaces whether mobile or static
• Observe PSS activities (community based and focused) at least two days a week and provide technical guidance on facilitation skills, child protection, GBV, PSS key messages and communication skills while monitoring the quality of the implementation of activities against international standards and Inter-agency or internal standards
• Monitor the progress of project targets against indicators on a weekly and monthly basis.
• Contribute to the overall protection monthly report underlining protection issues, related trends and figures in coordination with the Protection team leader.
• Supervise the establishment of dialogue tables and conformation of community based groups according to DRC guidelines
• Support the development and implementation of the community based group work plans and initiatives
• Provide trainings on SGBV prevention and response, SIR, LGBTI, protection mainstreaming and PWSN to internal and external.
To be successful in this role we expect you to have a Bachelor/Degree in Social work, Counseling, psychology or other related field. Moreover, we also expect the following:
• 1-2 years of experience in international organizations and humanitarian settings, specifically in Child Protection or GBV sectors
• 1 year experience managing/supervising teams for 1 year
• Excellent knowledge of Child Protection and GBV minimum standards and basic principles
• Excellent knowledge of psychosocial support basic principles and PSS key messages to vulnerable children and caregivers
• Excellent knowledge and skills of PSS implementation and providing on the job coaching and mentoring and building capacity of staff
• Excellent knowledge of basic facilitation skills
• Excellent knowledge of safe identification and referral principles
• Previous experience in Child Protection and/or GBV psycho-social support
• Previous experience developing and supporting community-based protection mechanisms
• Previous experience working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon
• Fluency in Arabic and ability to communicate and write clearly in English are required
• Masters degree in social work and/or psychology
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 DRC’s vision and values.
Contract length: until 31 December 2019
Monthly Basic Salary: 1650 USD
Duty Station: Tripoli or Akkar
Start date: March 2019
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or go to www.drc.ngo under current vacancies.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email to Dolene Khairallah will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 27 February 2019
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.