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Protection officer (GBV)


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Mykolaiv
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: Closed

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to protect, advocate and promote durable solutions for displacement affected populations. 

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 400 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2023 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.


Overall purpose of the role:

Under the management of the Protection team leader (GBV), the Protection officer (GBV) will support the implementation activities to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in Mykolaivska and Khersonska oblasts. The Protection officer (GBV) will be responsible for conducting GBV trainings, managing the Women and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) and leading on the implementation of GBV outreach activities. The Protection Officer will work closely with communities, health services, women’s networks, government services and other organisations to share information about services available and how to prevent violence against women and girls.

Candidates without a background in working with women and girls affected by violence, but who have an interest in the area are encouraged to apply as on the job training will be provided.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Implement GBV trainings for GBV and non-GBV actors
  • Be the focal point for the management of the WGSS, including planning and implementing group activities (life-skills sessions, recreational activities, etc.)
  • Coordinating with key stakeholders to organize mobile GBV activities in outreach settings
  • Support the conduction of community-based awareness-raising sessions in safe and suitable locations
  • Provide age-appropriate and survivor-centred GBV Case Management services to women and girls affected by violence, including assessment of survivor’s needs; basic counselling; support to develop and implement a care plan; support to develop and implement a safety plan; and support to access services additional services in line with clients’ wishes.
  • Complete and ensure the safe storage of documentation.
  • Provide safe referrals to health, legal,psychological and other services as required, and provide accompaniment to services when requested.
  • Participate in case conference meetings if required.
  • Provide individual protection assistance/emergency cash for protection to meet urgent needs of GBV survivors.
  • Support assessments to understand the needs of women and girls as required, including leading consultations with women and girls and carrying out interviews with stakeholder.
  • Produce quality reports and documentation on activities and ensure their timely submission to the Team Leader for review and internal information sharing.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Team Leader and/or Manager, relevant to the achievement of protection objectives.


DRC’s 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 our vision and values.


Required experience and competencies:

  • Commitment to gender equality and interest in working in the prevention and response to violence against women and girls.
  • Familiarity with women’s protection or women’s rights such empowerment programmes, reproductive health, counselling etc. is desired but not required.
  • Comfortable in speaking about sensitive topics and working with people in distress.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Experience in Microsoft packages, including Powerpoint and Teams is desirable. 
  • Knowledge of English is desirable but not required.
  • Ukrainian languable skills.

Required education:

  • Completion of secondary school, or relevant level of experience required. University study preferred.


We offer:
Contract length: 3 month renewable after satisfactory probation period. 
Level: H non Manager
Designation of Duty Station: Mykolaiv  - Full time based 
Start date: As soon as possible.

Application process:
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages in English).

Applications are open until 25th September 2023  

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

We reserve the right to conduct further interviews before the deadline for submission of applications.


DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise.
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do.
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution.
  • Culture, values & strong leadership.
  • Fair compensation & continuous development
  • 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.
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