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Protection Specialist

Bujumbura (Burundi)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Bujumbura (Burundi)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-04

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DRC Burundi-Tanzania
DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter and infrastructure, General Food Distribution (GFD) and Livelihoods. In 2018 the office in Bujumbura, Burundi in 2018 aimed at strengthening cross border response and enhance the impact of interventions in support of Burundian returnees. In 2020, DRC implemented four projects in Burundi: An ECHO-funded program on cross-border interventions providing assistance to refugees/returnees on both sides of the border, two COVID protection response projects funded by OFDA and a NovoN Foundation (NNF), and one livelihood project focusing on permaculture that contributes to sustain the reintegration of returnees and to improve the food security needs of IDPs, returnees and host communities.
Through FCDO funding, DRC Burundi will implement a 9-months integrated project on protection and livelihood aiming that displacement-affected population in Burundi benefit from an enhanced protective environment and have access to social-economic opportunities.

Overall purpose of the role:  
Under the supervision of the Head of Programs and in collaboration with the protection project managers, you will provide a technical guidance and support to the project teams with the aim to enhance quality and efficiency and will represent the mission internally and externally.


Technical guidance and support

  • Following the main components of the FCDO project, review the existing tools and approaches (guidance, SOPs, etc) at mission level and ensure harmonization accross the projects
  • Develop the missing SOPs and practical technical documents on cash-based assistance, community-based PSS support (individual and group), case management, legal aid, gender-based violence, protection monitoring, referrals, protection information management and community engagement.
  • Organize regular training to the teams approaches and tools
  • In collaboration with the project managers, Head of programs and regional coordinators develop the understanding and technical approaches related to resilience and social cohesion
  • Support the Protection Project Manager in developing and implementing protection and gender analysis 
  • Ensure the respect of DRC’s Code of Conduct, confidentiality and humanitarian principles

Project Coordination

  • Participate to the monthly project’s review meetings with the project team and the support department and contribute actively to the program quarterly meetings addressing transversal programmatic and strategic matters;
  • Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on protection relevant issues ;
  • In coordination with the Protection Project Manager and Head of Programme represent DRC in protection related working groups and other meetings with national, local and international actors in the assigned geographical area, and engage with relevant coordination mechanisms.


  • Any other duties as agreed with the Protection Project Manager and Head of Programme

This position will report to the Head of Programme, Burundi

About you 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of 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

Experience and technical competencies:

  • University or Master’s degree relevant to humanitarian work: preferably in law, social sciences, political sciences or humanitarian aid
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the field of humanitarian protection interventions, human rights, civil society, or community development, preferably with an international humanitarian organization
  • Solid knowledge about the protection issues faced by conflict-affected populations including asylum seekers, and refugees
  • Proven experience of developing SOPs and technical guidelines in French
  • Strong skills in communication, and in developing and implementing protection systems and activities
  • Proven capacity to document, summarize and analyze protection data and to share information in a clear and systematic manner.
  • Solid experience in identifying and responding to needs of particularly at-risk individuals and groups based on field work, protection, age, gender, and diversity analysis and other criteria.
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively represent a humanitarian organization with external partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively train and develop skills of protection and non-protection staff


  • Excellent communication skills in French and English is required.

Contract:    Nine months’ contract.  Other employment conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates. This position is under employment category NM.G on the DRC Expatriate salary scale available at 

Availability:    January 2021

Duty station:    Bujumbura, Burundi. This position is non-accompanied    

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

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 4 Dec 2020

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap. 

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics. 

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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