Protection Assistant - CBP x 2
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunities 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 operating in Iraq since 2003 and in Northern Iraq since 2010. It is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict-affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized into ten sectors: Shelter and Non-food Items, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Protection, Mine Risk Education, Camp Coordination, and Camp Management (CCCM).
Overall purpose of the role:
- Implement community-based protection (CBP) and psychosocial support (PSS) activities in a consultative and participatory manner.
- Assist the Protection Officer (CBP) in ensuring quality of the planning, implementation and follow up of Protection activities.
- Strengthen engagement and participation of Community Based protection Committees to enhance their engagement and linkage with DRC and the community.
- Ensure community Safe Spaces activities are active and coordinate to ensure AGD accessibility to the various services.
This role has a focus on Baaj and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within DRC Iraq and the Tel Afar area office. The role contributes to the implementation of protection strategies for Baaj, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.
- Provide non-focused unstructured PSS, including recreational activities, in line with DRC Iraq guidance and PSS and community-based protection best standards to community members of different ages (youth, adults and older persons), gender (men and women) and abilities (including people with disabilities).
- Deliver non-focused structured group PSS sessions to children and youth following structured curriculum.
- Lead on the implementation of awareness sessions on diverse topics, using validated materials and DRC facilitation guides.
- Facilitate regular community consultations, including focused group discussions (FGDs), with different groups (older persons, men, women, and youth) following DRC guidance to ensure continuous up-to-date understanding of the community needs and capacities, as well as protection concerns, and changes in the context.
- Conduct protection monitoring and raise protection concerns to the Protection Officer (CBP) to ensure tailored community-based approach.
- Identify beneficiaries in need of further support and ensure timely external or internal referral and follow-up (legal aid, case management, shelter, cash & livelihoods).
- Follow given work plans and schedules for service delivery including weekly CSS schedules.
- Ensure that all CBP and PSS activities are complying with best-practice and international standards in protection response (including DRC SOPs and AGD policy).
- Participate in internal and external trainings, as requested by the Protection Officer (CBP) and Protection Team Leader. .
- Ensure all PSS activities are recorded and documented accurately and in a timely fashion on DRC Iraq’s IM system
- Implement all necessary MEAL tools, including pre- and post-test.
- Produce activity reports as required by Protection Officer (CBP)
- Support Protection Officer (CBP) with administrative tasks including purchase requests to supply chain.
- Ensure compliance with DRC guidelines and policies on HR, admin, finance, and supply.
- Ensure compliance with DRC AGD policy and AGD programmatic minimum standards
- Ensuring compliance with the zero-tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy
- Ensure adherence to DRC national staff policy guidelines and Code of Conduct.
- Perform any other relevant tasks as requested by the Protection Officer (CBP) and Protection Team Leader
Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
- Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience in protection in humanitarian setting
- Experience in facilitation of PSS activities and the delivery of community programs to vulnerable groups
- Understanding of protection principles, protection minimum standards and basic psychosocial support concepts
- Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint)
- Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and prioritize the safety and dignity of beneficiaries at all times.
- Ability to work flexible hours.
- Fluency in Arabic
- Ability to communicate and write in English. .
Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
- Diploma in social work, counseling, psychology or another related field
- Equivalent professional qualification
Languages: (indicate fluency level)
Key stakeholders: (internal and external)
- DRC staff
- ersons of concerns
- Other actors working staff
- Contract length: 3 months with possibility of extension subject to funds
- Salary Band: I
- Designation of duty station: Baaj with roving to surrounding area
- Start date: As soon as possible.
- Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies.
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