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Protection Assistant (Child Friendly Space Facilitator)


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Gdynia
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-16

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Child Protection Officer for the Blue Dot in Gdynia. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC is implementing a multi-sector response to support Ukraine refugees, IDPs, and host populations both within Ukraine and in the neighboring countries of Poland, Romania and Moldova, and wider Europe. Since late February 2022, nearly 4 million Ukrainians and third-country nationals have crossed the border to Poland. As part of its neighboring
country's response, DRC is establishing an operational presence in Poland to support displaced populations through a partnership with civil society organizations and national NGOs, duty bearers, and other actors.

DRC Poland will be responsible for the management of four Blue Dots supported by UNHCR and UNICEF in Gdynia. The Blue Dot services will be provided in collaboration with several local/national NGOs under the leadership of DRC Poland. The Child Facilitator's primary function is to ensure quality implementation of CFS activities in the Blue Dot in Gdynia. This includes non-formal education activities in synergy with the larger protection and gender-based violence components that constitute the overall Blue Dot services. The Child-Friendly Space Facilitator will work in close collaboration with Child Protection Officer, Protection Team Leader, Child Protection Specialist, Protection Manager, and other actors in the field.    


About the Job

Main Responsibilities

  • Supervise and support children's play activities
  • Conduct a daily observation-based assessment of the children each day to see if any children have protection concerns
  • Actively contributes to non-formal education activities, including but not limited to - the development of weekly education plans, adapting education plans to the needs and constraints of the target group, and facilitation of the non-formal education program itself
  • Organizes creative, educational, recreational workshops on a daily basis for refugee children in the Blue Dot and through mobile Blue Dot activities and ensures the safety of a variety of structured games and activities, catering to the needs of children of different ages, genders, and abilities
  • Ensure that children feel comfortable, safe, and respected
  • In communication with Protection Team Leader and Child Protection Officer, ensure that they are informed of any child protection concerns
  • Support community events and awareness-raising activities conducted by the child protection team
  • Submitting written and statistic reports in a timely manner
  • Take into account the Covid-19 pandemic, including associated restrictions and recommendations coming from relevant authorities when designing and implementing activities, ensuring PoCs and personal safety;  
  • Actively contributes, in close cooperation with other actors, to activities related to formal education of children, including but not limited to - providing assistance to school teachers in the inclusion of beneficiaries into formal education, keeping abreast with children's school programme, and providing key inputs for creating synergy with the non-formal education program, serve as information focal point regarding status of children enrolled into formal education.
  • Other duties as assigned


About You

To be successful in this role we expect you to have a minimum of 1 year of demonstrated, strong experience working with vulnerable children ideally in refugee/displacement programs, with a focus on child protection and non-formal education. Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in pedagogy, education, social work, or a related field
  • In-depth understanding of the needs of unaccompanied and separated children
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player
  • Problem-solving, analytical, and writing skills, with the ability to produce reports for internal and external use
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Word and Excel) 
  • Fluency in Ukrainian and/or Russian 
  • Good command of English, working knowledge of Polish will be an asset 

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment


We Offer

Contract length: contract until December 31st, 2022 with possible extension depending on funding

Band: Non-Management, I

Geographic Scope: Gdynia

Start Date: ASAP

Number of Positions: 2

We offer a competitive salary and benefits in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council's Terms of Employment for National Staff. 


Application Process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing Date for Applications: August 16th, 2022

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Evangelia Trikili, [email protected]


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