Risk Education field officer
Who are we?
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 fulfillment 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.
DRC has been actively operating in Syria since 2008 mainly supporting refugees. In June 2012, DRC was authorized by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to expand its humanitarian efforts and provide assistance to IDPs and the vulnerable resident population countrywide. Since then, DRC activities have been focused on NFI distributions, Shelter, WASH, Protection, Education, Livelihoods and Mine Risk Education in six Governorates (Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dara'a, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs). While Protection/community service activities are provided to beneficiaries throughout our six Community Centers.
About the job
Mine action, in the form of mapping and surveying, risk education and land clearance, needs in Syria are immense. DRC Syria is, currently, the only Mine Action INGO registered in Damascus and hence is uniquely positioned to influence, and benefit from, this process. The Risk Education Field Officer has the responsibility for the planning, coordinating, implementation of and reporting on the Risk Education field activities within a team as directed by the Protection Manager (PM). The position is based in Dara’a
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist in building an effective working relationships with government counterparts and other stakeholders. This includes liaising with affected communities, local authorities, government bodies, NGO’s and development agencies, in the governorate s/he is assigned to, depending on specific tasks
- Proactive collaboration with other DRC departments to ensure an integrated approach and timely/effective overall response
TECHNICAL & OPERATIONAL
- Assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of RE project activities according to DRC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) and workplan
- Maintain contextual awareness of the areas of implementations including beneficiaries’ needs, risks, challenges, and opportunities
- Collect information on mine/UXO affected communities; complete required surveys, victim and accident reports and community assessments.
- Facilitate Quality Assurance practices on all operational activities as instructed by the PM
- Regularly update the Senior Officer/Manager with support requirements at field level including updates on context/progress of activities and indicators
- Understand and coordinate implementation per agreed work plan with Senior Officer/Manager
- Day to day supervision of Assistants, ensuring that they are supported and that regular team meetings are taking place and issues communicated up and down the central office/area office and that RE team are compliant with Code of Conduct
- Develop and implement detailed activity work plans for Field Assistants, ensuring that they are aware of workplans and that issues regarding workplan, health and safety are raised to the manager
- Understand targets and communicate to Assistants; timely communication with Senior Officer when deviating from agreed targets (+/-) or timeline, providing solutions/request for support
- Deliver appropriate tailored RE to specific target groups
- Deliver training and support to key people to enable them to implement appropriate RE activities in at-risk communities
- Assist in the development of Risk Education materials, including field testing RE materials and prioritization tools as required
- Assist in local partnership assessments
MONITORING, REPORTING & PROGRAMME QUALITY
- Support the quality assurance and quality control of all RE activities
- Support the monitoring and evaluation of Risk Education activities in collaboration with DRC MEAL department, and report accordingly. This includes ensuring electronic data collection
- Provide regular written reports/updates to the Senior Officer/PM per agreed reporting schedule and formats agreed with the manager in a timely manner and verify compliance with approved requirements and work plan, organizational rules, regulations and procedures, and donor commitments.
- Record the impact of the projects and the need for future work through the collection of Case Studies Information, photographs, videos, needs assessments, and evaluation reports
- Input to procurement specifications and requirements in coordination with Field Assistants and Senior Officer.
- Provide administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes.
- Supervise finances and equipment in the field, ensuring high accountability of all assets/budgets
- Familiarize with, understand and apply SOPs, disseminate to/ advise field team on compliance and raise feedback/ issues to Senior Officer when SOPs are not working.
- Any other duties requested by the Senior Officer/PM
- Relevant university or vocational higher education
- A minimum of 2 years professional experience in humanitarian activities, ideally in risk education and/or protection or education
- Experienced trainer and community facilitator – with an understanding of community needs and the ability to transfer knowledge simply/in a participatory manner
- Excellent teamwork skills with the ability to motivate and lead teams
- Familiarity with humanitarian principles, especially Core Humanitarian Standards and Do No Harm Framework.
- Potential and flexibility of attitude to learn
- Ability to work under pressure, ability to prioritize and commitment to meet deadlines
- Strong communication and networking skills
- Good administrative and organizational ability
- Good computer skills including proficiency in using Outlook, Excel, Word
Degree in Education or another relevant field.
- English (fluent)
- Arabic (fluent)
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.
Contract length: Until the end of November (Extension based on funding and performance)
Level: H Non - Management
Location: Daraa - Syria
Expected Start date: 1st July 2021
(Final stage of the offering will be pending the confirmed budget)
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or the below link:
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV-only applications will not be considered.
Application close on the 16th of June, 2021.