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Protection Specialist (Legal Aid)


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-21

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Specialist (Legal Aid) for the Blue Dot in Warsaw, Poland.

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, Lublin, Warsaw, and Wrocław. In each location, the Blue Dot services will be provided in collaboration with local/national NGOs. In each location, a designated area lead is responsible for the coordination of the Blue Dot services. With the support of the Programme Coordinator (Legal Aid) will be responsible for providing specialized knowledge and operational know-how related to the provision of legal aid to conflict-affected persons in Poland and in the broader context of EU regulations and refugee law.


About the Job

Technical Management of Sector Project 

  • In collaboration with the Legal Aid Programme Coordinator, provide needs-based support to DRC’s partners on the implementation of legal aid intervention
  • Contribute to the identification of opportunities and areas of added value for the consolidation of bilateral partnerships into a Legal Aid Programme and to the design of the consolidation processes and provide technical support to the implementation of those processes in particular related to outreach, legal awareness raising, advocacy, legal analyses, legal aid provision, and referrals   
  • Monitor the legal environment, draft and/or contribute to or consolidate legal analyses and support the development of related information and advocacy products  
  • Develop awareness-raising materials and other communication products  
  • Directly and through collaboration with partners, provide inputs to the Regional Legal Aid Platform  
  • Design and deliver trainings to DRC staff and partners 
  • Contribute with tailored sessions and materials to other training/learning events 
  • Input into the project risk registry and escalate high-risk areas to senior management 
  • Participate in project opening, review, and close-off meetings and programmatic learning events  

Monitoring, Reporting, and Development 

  • Quality control and site monitoring to ensure that services provided are according to standards 
  • Program monitoring as per expected outputs and outcomes 
  • Contribute to donor and management reports 
  • Continuously update project documentation and files   
  • Contribute to the development of quality proposals, concept notes, and budgets 
  • Develop and undertake or contribute to multisectoral needs assessments to inform legal aid program design and strategic direction.  
  • Ensure key learnings are extracted and incorporated into the broader DRC Legal Aid portfolio 

External coordination and representation 

  • Share relevant project information with programme stakeholders
  • Participate in relevant coordination meetings 


About You 

To be successful in this role we expect you to have a minimum of 3 years of proven experience in legal aid, with experience working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organizations highly desirable. Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Master's degree in law (preferably Polish law) or public administration
  • Documented skills in producing legal analysis, research, and advocacy papers  
  • Experience in developing and delivering trainings  
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 
  • Experience in project development 
  • Full professional proficiency in English and Polish, Ukrainian, and/or Russian is desirable 


We Offer

Contract length: contract until May 31st, 2023 with possible extension depending on funding

Band: Non-Management, G

Geographic scope: Country (Poland)

Start date: ASAP

We offer a competitive salary and benefits in accordance with 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 21st, 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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