Protection Assistant

Danish Refugee Council

Khokha, Yemen

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity 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 the Middle East (ME) region for over a decade, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with a Regional Office (RO) in Amman.
  • The Protection Assistant (Legal) is responsible for the provision of legal aid services – including legal information and awareness, counselling, and legal documentation (issuing IDs and birth certificates), in DRC’s Community Centers and in mobile team in Hodeida and west Taiz governorate.

Main responsibilities:

  • Disseminate accurate and impartial information to the beneficiaries through group awareness sessions in DRC’s Community Centers and IDPs sites;
  • Undertake individual sessions providing legal information and legal counseling as per the established work plan;
  • Conduct legal protection discussions with varied target groups – using an age, gender, and diversity perspective;
  • Provide legal documentation services, including issuing IDs and birth certificates;
  • Coordinate and maintain good relationship with the Civil Registration Authority;
  • Conduct field visits to assess the legal protection needs and concerns of the target population, with attention to people with specific needs;
  • Identify and refer Extremely Vulnerable Individuals and People with Specific Protection Needs for assistance according to DRC pre-defined criteria;
  • Conduct field visits to identify local NGOs, charity associations, social centers, local institutions providing support to the local population to establish a mapping of existing services;
  • Keep case files up-to-date to ensure quality and accuracy of information, following DRC Standard Operating Procedures and ensuring beneficiary’s data are protected;
  • Coordinate and maintain constructive relationships with municipalities, other local government institutions, local NGO partners, other international organizations, in coordination with the other team members;
  • Remain up-to-date on legal procedure and policy developments, update guideline documents as needed;
  • Support the data analysis of legal case data in a safe and ethical manner;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager;
  • Conduct duties in strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality;
  • Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation with communities;
  • Participate in community outreach;
  • Must treat all partners and beneficiaries with dignity and respect.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Relevant professional experience of two (2) years in the legal sector;
  • Previous experience providing legal services in the humanitarian sector;
  • Previous experience in international organizations and humanitarian settings;
  • Written and spoken Arabic, English is a strong advantage;
  • Effective oral communication skills.
  • Must be willing to perform tasks as required by DRC and other partner agencies if relevant.


  • Arabic – Fluent
  • English – Desirable