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Protection Officer - PSS

Antakya (Turkey)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Antakya (Turkey)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Disability Rights
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-30

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Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Officer - PSS

 About the Job

The role is directly to provide psycho-social support to individuals and groups and PFA where needed, and to contribute to the technical direction of PSS programming, including on-going curriculum development, staff training and mainstreaming of PSS into all protection activities.   

Sector responsibilities: Advocacy for the rights of displaced people in their context of displacement, individual protection assistance based on vulnerability, legal aid, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, registration services for refugees, monitoring of rights and rights awareness-raising.

Geographic scope: Antakya

This role has a field office focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the assigned area. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.

Main responsibilities

Programming & Operations

  • Understand and follow up on activities and assess progress of implementation, provide solutions and report issues when needed
  • Provide technical guidance on facilitation skills, and PSS key messages and communication skills
  • Provide technical guidance on PSS programming and curricula and life skills training, and identify outreach and inclusion strategies for prospective beneficiaries of DRC’s PSS program.
  • Efficiently manage the time and schedule of PSS team through work-plans in collaboration with the Protection Manager
  • Provide PSS capacity building for protection staff and PSS teams
  • Prepare and implement PSS curricula, in particular life skills training, to select youth beneficiaries of DRC’s programming.
  • Closely liaise and coordinate with DRC’s Economic Recovery team, especially updates on life skills training update, beneficiary feedback, and agreed-upon workplans.
  • Support the mainstreaming of PSS key messages and principles to other programs and projects

Coordination and representation

  • Represent DRC at meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings as requested
  • Maintain strict protocols for safety, international and national standards of MHPSS and confidentiality and consent;

 About you

To be successful in this role, you must have diploma or equivalent professional qualification; Psychology or Social Sciences degree.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Required experience and competencies

  • Minimum 2-3 years of practical experience in sector area working for an INGO
  • Field experience in group PSS design and implementation
  • Experience in life skills training a strong asset
  • Experience with youth is strongly desirable.
  • Bachelor degree in psychology, PSS
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Advanced English proficiency; fluency in Turkish and/or Arabic strongly desirable
  • Experience working in the humanitarian field (preferably experience from southern Turkey)
  • Experience in protection activities and/or social or health sector.
  • An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region
  • Experience working with Syrian refugees
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn from others

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.

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.

We offer

Contract length: 1 Year (renewable dependent on both funding and performance)

Employment Band: H

Designation of Duty Station: Antakya

Start date: 01.09.2021

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals.

Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 30.07.2021

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website


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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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