Protection Officer

Danish Refugee Council, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th December, 2019

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


Overall purpose of the role:

Under the supervision of the Protection Team leader, the Protection Officer will coordinate and implement DRC’s protection activities in West Guji, Oromia region and Gedeo, SNNPR. Specifically, she will plan, implement, monitor and document protection activities targeting DRC’s beneficiaries, including staff from governmental and humanitarian service providers. The position will, furthermore, be tasked to develop and adapt training and monitoring tools, to conduct trainings and awareness raising sessions and provide direct assistance and support to people with specific needs. She or he will also provide technical assistance and guidance to other stakeholders on protection mainstreaming.


Technical Responsibilities:

  • Implement assigned protection activities in line with international standards and best practices.
  • Plan, implement and monitor day-to-day protection activities as part of DRC’s Protection Team.
  • Conduct protection needs and vulnerability assessments.
  • Lead the prioritization of the most vulnerable individuals for service using agreed vulnerability criteria.
  • Ensure the provision of effective protection services and referrals.
  • Identify individuals with special needs and provide specialized assistance.
  • Collaborate with relevant partners to develop and maintain protection referral mechanisms.
  • Develop and contribute to the development of training materials on protection issues.
  • Contribute in the development of guidelines on DRC’s specific activities
  • Undertake analysis and assessments of protection issues
  • Ensure protection mainstreaming in all of DRC’s interventions.
  • Support in the capacity building of staff, beneficiaries, duty-bearers and other stakeholders in basic protection concepts, PFA as well as protection mainstreaming.
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Monitor protection trends and needs in DRC’s areas of intervention and recommend activities and responses for DRC and other agencies.
  • Analyse disaggregated protection related data as a means to inform programming and response activities.
  • Regularly monitor the project’s protection activities and provide feedback for ensuring activities are responsive, and contextually and culturally appropriate.
  • Assisting in developing and conducting assessments, mid-term and end of project reports and evaluations.
  • Ensure DRC’s accountability commitments are mainstreamed into all protection activities.

Report Writing and Documentation

  • Support in the development of daily, weekly and monthly reports.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including means of verification, assessments and case studies.
  • Contribute to the development of project proposal and concept notes.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an entry to mid-level position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response and refugee/IDP protection working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority.
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts (including Child protection and GBV), prevention and response strategies, including experience with operationalizing global best practices and international standards for implementing protection programming in humanitarian contexts.
  • Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on protection-related topics.
  • Hands-on experience with protection case management, psychosocial support and supporting community-based protection structures.
  • Experience working with displaced or conflict affected populations.
  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.

Education: University degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing in Afan Oromo and Amharic
  • Knowledge of Gedeoffa is highly preferred


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