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Protection Assistant


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Chernihiv
  • Grade: Junior level - Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate is to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 290 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2022 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

DRC is currently looking for Protection Assistantto join our team in Chernihiv.

Overall purpose of the role

  • Implementation of protection monitoring, identification of protection concerns and facilitation of access to services through the referral system to the beneficiaries, Individual protection assistance, support and, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, awareness-raising, and advocacy for the rights of displaced persons in their context of displacement;
  • Ensure the quality planning, implementation and follow-up of Protection activities being implemented by DRC;
  • Develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s sector activities.

Geographic scope: Chernihiv
This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the area. The role contributes to the development of area strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to base operations.
Main responsibilities

  • In close coordination with the Protection manager, Team leader and legal protection officers, ensure efficient and effective program implementation in line with the budget and work plan
  • Implementation of protection activities in accordance with the agreed objectives
  • Carry out protection monitoring, data collection and documenting the needs of the persons of concern
  • Deliver awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for the persons of concern
  • Conduct joint assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting 
  • Support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways
  • Identify, conduct and follow up referral.
  • Ensure adequate and relevant data collection
  • Input into reports as required
  • Conduct interviews with beneficiaries, focus group discussions and conduction of key‐informant interviews, and drafting of the relevant reports or any other protection activities of the program
  • Regular reporting to the Protection Manager and Team leader of the activities planned and implemented
  • Ensure activities are recorded and documented accurately and in a timely manner
  • Participate in internal and external meetings as required by the Team Leader and Protection Manager
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Manager, relevant to the achievement of protection objectives
  • Ensure adherence to DRC policies and code of conduct


  • Support the monitoring of financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow-up 
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their execution as requested by the Protection Manager
  • Support with the distributions, plans and coordination with logistics in a timely manner
  • Support Protection Officer, Team leader and Manager on the administrative tasks related to requests to logistics
  • Ensure compliance with guidelines on HR, admin, finance and logistics

Required experience and competencias

  • Minimum 1 year of practical experience in Protection for an INGO humanitarian setting
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Advanced English proficiency
  • Fluency in local language 
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • High professional ethics
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and prioritize the safety and dignity of beneficiaries at all times.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s 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. 

Required education
Relevant university degree (e.g. political science, international development, or economics) or equivalent professional qualification.

We offer
Contract length: 4.5 months renewable depending on performance and funding in case of successful passing the probation period 3 months 
Level: I non-Manager
Start date: As soon as possible.
Salary and conditions will be 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 (no longer than four pages in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: February 06, 2023

This vacancy is now closed.
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