Protection Coordinator

Danish Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st December, 2019

Job Description


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.


Overall responsibility for the technical design of programmes, training and other preparation of staff to ensure ability to implement technically correct interventions, quality assurance and oversight during implementation and support to echncial reporting. The Protection Coordinator reports to the HoP and is expected to work closely with the Emergency and Livelihoods Coordinators and Mine Action focal point to ensure program design is as integrated as possible, as well as working closely with the Deputy Country Director (Ops) and Area Managers overall responsible for delivery of grants in the field, to ensure technical support to assure quality delivery is on hand as needed. To help discharge this duty, the Protection Coordinator provides day-to-day supervision of 1-2 Protection Specialists, who support on these tasks in the Country Office and during travel to the field, particularly to locations inaccessible to international staff.

Main Responsibilities:

Programming and Coordination

  • Ensure program quality in protection programming across DRC country program and provide guidance/support to timely protection deliverables;
  • Provide oversight of technical aspects of protection staff’s work and support Area Managers in ensuring quality implementation of protection activities at field level;
  • Lead/support on proposals developed in area of protection;
  • Provide inputs to, and advocate for, mainstreaming protection in proposals and interventions;
  • Develop and roll out protection mainstreaming strategy for DRC’s program;
  • Contribute to development and/or updating of country protection strategy as needed;
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of protection issues in Afghanistan and share this information with teams and senior management as appropriate;
  • Provide technical advice on planning assessments; participate in protection assessments as needed;
  • Identify protection gaps and opportunities for DRC interventions and participate in enhancing DRC-DDG integration in all area offices as relevant.
  • Ensure sharing of experiences, lessons learned, and good practice across area offices and from other DRC country programs and headquarters;
  • Manage information flows to and from area offices, including updates into and from Cluster Coordination and other relevant meetings;
  • Ensure protection related information products are standardized and kept up to date, e.g. area reports, 5Ws, briefing notes and coordinate news/interest piece and press releases;
  • Quality assurance of donor reports, advocacy and policy notes, other protection reports;
  • Develop/strengthen a protection data collection and management system as required;
  • Work closely with the Head of Program, Emergency Program Manager, Livelihood Coordinator and Area Managers to ensure that all protection activities are being appropriately monitored and evaluated;


  • Attend national level protection cluster as well as other protection related meetings; respond to requests for information from protection cluster and related sub-clusters;
  • Advocate and guide advocacy on protection issues;
  • Organisation, administration and personnel management
  • Provide technical questions and support to interviews for protection expat and national staff recruitment;
  • Provide direct line management to Kabul-based non-field protection staff as applicable (e.g. Protection Information Management Officer, technical specialists, consultants)

Training and capacity building

  • Identify training gaps among protection staff;
  • Organize and facilitate capacity building plan to protection staff based on identified needs


  • Ensure that DRC’s protection programming meets accountability obligations and carried out in accordance with the Common Humanitarian Standards and Quality Management (ref.
  • Program Handbook Annex 15 and related tools).

Key Deliverables:

  • Developed and updated protection strategy including standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • Quality protection related reports from all area offices
  • Effective representation and reporting in relevant cluster and coordination meetings including 3Ws/4Ws


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Min. 5 years of protection programming in developing countries and crisis settings,
  • Working on displacement issues of both internally displaced and refugees and knowledge of related international standards/frameworks;
  • Strategic programming and planning, monitoring and implementation in the field of protection
  • Representing the organization at protection fora

Education and Qualification: University degree (BA and preferably Master or Post graduate) in a relevant field


  • English
  • Dari and/or Pashto - added asset


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