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Protection Officer - Women & Girls' Empowerment

Kakuma (Kenya)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kakuma (Kenya)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-31

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About DRC
DRC began operating in Kenya in 2005 with assistance to refugees and displacement-affected communities via implementation of protection and livelihoods activities. DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi and Mombasa to assist urban-based refugees, and in Mandera County implementing a 3-year cross-border resilience programme. In Kakuma, DRC’s programme supports refugee youth and adolescents with life skills, resilience, training and scholarships alongside livelihood and vocational skills development.  DRC has recently acquired implementing partner status of UNHCR and will be implementing protection related activities in Kalobeyei camp – which is a new camp opened near the Kakuma refugee camp.

About the job
The holder of the position will work under the overall supervision of the Senior Protection Officer. The Protection Officer, WGE will coordinate, manage & supervise the direct implementation of Women and Girls Empowerment (WGE) activities in both Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Settlement. S/he will directly supervise two Protection Assistants and provide overall leadership to a team of 4 staff (including over 20 Incentive Workers). 

Programme Management:

  • Take lead in the development and implementation of programmes and activities aimed at increasing Girl Child/Female participation and involvement in DRC project activities as well as their improved access to services;
  • Take a lead in the direct implementation of the mentorship programme through: Identification of mentors and mentees, Capacity building and training of mentors and mentees, Appropriate pairing of mentors and mentees, taking corrective measures where pairing is reported as being problematic and Monitoring the mentor-mentee relationships;
  • Identify and promote culturally appropriate/relevant interventions geared towards improved physical and reproductive health, social skills (conflict resolution, problem solving, empathy and relationship building) and self-sufficiency of target beneficiaries
  • Support in the identification of extremely vulnerable girls and young women for appropriate direct DRC support or referral to other actors for services not offered at DRC
  • In close collaboration with data monitoring and MEL staff, develop and administer field activity monitoring tools for all WGE implemented activities and maintain (regularly update) a database of all DRC beneficiaries in the projects for grant reporting
  • Conduct comprehensive report and documentation of lessons learnt and best practices to achieve project goals and activities;
  • Provide DRC representation in coordination and information sharing forums as and when required
  • Actively support in implementation of prevention activities like SASA! EMAP and other GBV prevention tools when requested and required to by your supervisor
  • Give support & direction in designing, planning & implementation of WGE, SGBV and other protection activities including development of project proposal, concept notes & sector publications

Budget Management

  • Regularly update the projects budget tracker for all project expenditure and participate in monthly BFU reviews with the finance team
  • Actively support in grant monitoring through development of detailed/activity implementation work-plan, phased budget, procurement plans, and conduct budget tracking and narrative/financial reporting on outputs 

Staff Management

  • Directly supervise the work of FOUR Protection Assistants and leadership for over 20 Community Incentive Workers;
  • Ensure Community Incentive Workers’ monthly work plans are developed and reviewed regularly; 
  • Conduct regular monitoring site visits including home visits to assess and verify ongoing activities where necessary
  • Hold regular meetings with staff to plan and address any concerns and share feedback
  • Monitor and provide objective feedback related to staff performance, including completing staff performance development evaluations to promote growth and professional development
  • Provide leadership and support to ensure staff well-being, i.e. monitor and manage stress management by providing regular opportunities for staff debriefing to address secondary trauma.

Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Support in conducting assessment and analysis of camp and programme dynamics and in recommending how the project can position itself to better serve the interests of the community
  • Support the MEL staff to develop project monitoring and evaluation tools and assist in mid-term and end of project evaluations. Ensure safe and proper documentation and storage/filling of all WGE related program materials 
  • Monitor work plan and its effectiveness and efficient implementation; document success stories from programs;

Coordination & Partnership

  • Represent the Senior Protection Officer at Protection Working Group Coordination and other meetings as may be necessary;
  • Promote a positive profile of the program and good understanding among other sectors, partners and communities about the program.
  • Experience and technical competencies:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Protection, Psychology, Community Health, International Relations, Law, Community Development or relevant Social Sciences)
  • At least 3 years’ experience in protection work supervisory responsibilities over national staff, budgetary oversight; program development, planning and implementation;
  • Must have in-depth technical expertise on Protection, Women and Girls’ Empowerment and Gender Based Violence related issues including having a clear understanding of gender inequality, and issues surrounding discrimination and violence against women and girls
  • Must have experience with operationalizing SGBV principles; Human Rights Law, MHPSS and other relevant international standards in a humanitarian aid setting; Well versed with Humanitarian Accountability Standards
  • Proficient in community mobilization, relations, Behavior Change Communication and Case Management with good facilitation skills and proven record of providing trainings and workshops on gender and SGBV, SRH, topics in a variety of settings.
  • Excellent Analytical, Communication and Report writing skills; Excellent Negotiation and Conflict Resolution skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff, beneficiaries, duty bearers and other stakeholders

DRC Core Competencies
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.  

Position Description
Title         : Protection Officer, WGE (Women Girls Empowerment)    
Location: Kakuma (qualifies for RnR and accommodation if relocated)
Start of Contract & Duration: 1st May 2020, 8 months (renewable contingent on funding)
Reports to: Protection Manager
Direct reports: Four Protection Assistants

Key stakeholders: 
Internal: Kakuma SMT, Protection and Livelihoods implementation teams, Support Services team
External: Country Gender Officer and other government authorities; Protection Humanitarian Agencies and other NGOs; UNHCR and Donors;

Community Structures Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council terms of employment for National staff.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (

Application Process 
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications, which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation, and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.  

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 31st March 2020

Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.  

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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