Protection Specialist

Danish Refugee Council, Turkey

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th August, 2019

Job Description

About the Job

The Protection Specialist’s role has a country focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the country. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing country activities.

This position, based in DRC’s country office in Hatay, will have day-to-day responsibility for research design as well as coordination, collection, analysis and dissemination of information in regards to protection issues of refugees and migrants. Additionally, the position holder will be responsible for ensuring findings are systematically used to inform DRC programming and that advocacy initiatives are in line with DRC advocacy strategy

About the DRC in Turkey

The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection of people’s rights and promotion of durable solutions for displacement affected populations based on humanitarian principles and human rights. More immediate objectives focus on protection of rights and support of livelihoods as well as a broader focus on social cohesion between refugees and host communities. DRC works with stakeholders, duty bearers and beneficiaries in accomplishing these objectives.

DRC is implementing multiple grants which require the planning and production of high-quality, evidence-based analysis and reporting on protection issues faced by its target populations, and their root causes. The aim of this analytical approach is to strengthen the knowledge base for programming and advocacy activities by DRC and its partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

In consultation with the Head of Programme, Protection Coordinator, field teams and key external stakeholders’/duty bearers the position holder will lead the research unit to conduct and disseminate high-quality protection issues-focused research. More specifically she/he will:

  • Lead the research and analysis process and produce regular reports on specific topics;
  • Follow up closely on contextual developments and propose topics for evidence-based reports and briefing papers;
  • Through the production of evidence-based reporting, briefing and other papers, improve DRC programs, inform advocacy priorities and establish DRC as the go-to organization for protection and migration information;
  • Coordinate with protection working group and other partners as relevant on research topics and execution;
  • Promote relations and coordination of humanitarian analysis with other humanitarian actors, donors, UN and civil authorities;
  • Define appropriate methodologies to be used and plan to access and collect relevant information, including developing tools and guidelines to undertake assessment and research;
  • Collect and process information with support from DRC field staff and implementing partners, including conducting focus group discussions and individual interviews, determining sample size and timelines, training DRC and partner protection teams to execute data collection exercises;
  • Present reports internally and externally adhering to information sharing protocols, including providing briefings on findings, recommendations and trends to staff and stakeholders;
  • Based on information collected as well as other sources contribute to situation analyses and propose adjustments or additions to DRC strategies;
  • Identify key advocacy messages and promote dissemination of these within the operational context;
  • Lead of dissemination of advocacy messages at country level and in coordination with Area Managers and Country director contribute to advocacy efforts at local and provincial levels.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Head of Program.

About you:

To be successful in this role, you must have Master's degree in political science, international development, economics or other relevant field

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Required qualifications

  • Minimum 4 years of practical experience in research or protection monitoring working for an INGO in humanitarian settings in progressively more complex roles.
  • Excellent qualitative analysis and report-writing skills
  • Experience in influencing and advocacy work including lobbying, policy development and information provision in humanitarian issues
  • Excellent knowledge of research methodologies, experience in research design and roll-out, including experience in designing data collection tools
  • Effective verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to develop good insight and understanding of the conflict, the human rights situation and the political environment
  • Analytical and strategic thinking with proven ability to create and utilize qualitative and quantitative analyses in organizational planning
  • Proven experience in capacity building of teams, including development of training materials
  • Confident and decisive leadership, ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with team members
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of other analysis software an advantage
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently as well as cooperatively with team members
  • Full professional proficiency (written and verbal) in English, knowledge of Turkish or Arabic is an advantage


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