Protection Cluster & Sector Co-Coordinator

Danish Refugee Council

Bogota, Colombia

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Danish Refugee Council is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide adequate assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants.
DRC has been present in Colombia since 2011, responding to both the internal armed conflict as well as the Venezuelan migration situation and other mixed migration flows. DRC is currently implementing a protection-focused humanitarian response including protection monitoring, legal aid, MPCA, community-based protection, case management and GBV prevention and response.
  • Promote relevant and robust coordination mechanisms, including regular coordination meetings and information management, are established and maintained with Protection Cluster & Sector members, government counterparts and donors, for timely and effective needs assessments, planning, prioritization, implementation, reporting and evaluation.
  • Lead the process of development and implementation of the Protection Cluster & Sector strategies and work-plans throughout the humanitarian programme cycle and in collaboration with partners and lead agencies.
  • Ensure the adequate and effective functioning of the joint Protection Cluster & Sector coordination mechanisms and efforts within the dual humanitarian architecture in Colombia.
  • Liaise permanently with AoRs and Subsectors coordination teams, sub-national Protection Working Groups (GTPs & SLPs), Protection Cluster & Sector members, HCT and GIFMM National Coordination (OCHA and UNHCR/IOM), as well as with other Clusters, Sectors, Working Groups (e.g.: Cash Working Group) and the NGO Forum as needed.
  • Identify protection needs and support mobilization of resources through the HCT & GIFMM.
  • Identify gaps in the response and ensure there is no duplication of actions of the protection partners and ensure integrated protection responses within the dual coordination system through an area and need-based approach.
  • Conduct advocacy with local and national government as well as the humanitarian sector according to the Protection Cluster & Sector work-plans.
  • Provide training and capacity-building in protection related matters for members of the Protection Cluster & Sector, sub-national Protection Working Groups (GTPs & SLPs), as well as other humanitarian and key stakeholders as needed.
  • Continuously represent and advocate for both international and national protection NGOs within the humanitarian coordination structures, ensuring their meaningful participation, engagement and leadership at all levels of the response and in decision-making spaces.
  • This includes ensuring and advocating for a balanced representation and engagement between NGO partners and UN Agencies within Protection Coordination spaces and the broader humanitarian response.
  • Proactively represent the Protection Cluster & Sector and its members within inter-cluster & sector coordination mechanisms as well as in other relevant fora, ensuring consultation and validation of key messages with protection members and in adherence to humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence, neutrality and humanity.
  • Promote an age, gender, and diversity (AGD) approach in protection analysis, planning and response; Work closely with information management colleagues within the Protection Coordination teams as well as the HCT/GIFMM IM teams to develop protection information management tools and products such as analytical reports.
Experience and technical skills:
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in humanitarian protection in conflict and/or emergency settings.
  • At least 2 years of experience in protection coordination in the humanitarian sector.
  • Experience in protection information management.
  • Experience and knowledge of mixed-migration and international protection.
  • Excellent coordination and diplomatic skills.
  • Training and capacity building skills.
  • Knowledge about the Colombian internal armed conflict and the Venezuelan migration crisis
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Effective team-player and problem solver.
  • Fluent Spanish and advanced English skills are required.
  • Experience of working in the Latin America context.
Required education:
  • Master's degree in Human Rights, Political Science, Sociology, Forced Migration, Refugee Law, or any other relevant field.