Protection Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th October, 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 fulfilment 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 organisation 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.
Operating since 2004 in Lebanon, DRC has addressed the needs and rights of vulnerable populations, working initially with Palestinian refugees (since 2004), Iraqi refugees (2007-2010), Lebanese IDPs (during the 2006 conflict), migrant domestic workers (since 2009) and, since 2011, responding to the Syrian refugee crisis.

DRC Lebanon is currently delivering programming in protection, housing, infrastructure, basic assistance, livelihoods, and community development interventions. This myriad programming seeks to address the immediate needs of displaced populations and concurrently support vulnerable host populations. DRC has five offices spread throughout Lebanon in, Beirut, the Bekaa, Saida, Tripoli and Qobayat. In Bekaa you will find one of the most historical places in the world such as the Baalbak temple. It is also a safe and relaxing environment but at the same time very close to Beirut.

About the job

The Protection Team Leader (PTL) has the overall responsibility for managing, supervising and coordinating DRC Protection sector and activities in Bekaa and South of Lebanon. The Protection Team Leader (PTL) will be responsible for the day-to-day staff management and the management of the protection programming while ensuring quality implementation and donor compliance The PTL will contribute to the development of DRC protection programming in child protection, GBV, legal and general protection in Bekaa and South of Lebanon.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Technical Support:

  • In collaboration with the Protection Specialist, provide technical support, supervision and guidance to the protection team, and ensure that staff adhere to best-practices and professional standards and principles through capacity-building and on-the-job coaching;
  • Identify technical gaps in the program and identify/implement solutions to address these gaps
  • Act as focal point for DRC partners in Bekaa and South, while leading the implementation of the agreed technical capacity building and coaching plan

Staff management

  • Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the DRC and the Protection program; in addition to day to day management and supervision of the protection staff. Ensure that staff implement and respect best-practice and international standards in protection, GBV and Child protection;
  • Build the capacity of the Protection Officers to improve their range of capabilities related to the protection program and its activities;
  • Monitor staff working hours, complete performance review with staff, ensure respect of DRC Code of Conduct;

Grant Implementation and Reporting

  • With the support of Area Program Manager and Protection Specialist, contribute to and provide field-related inputs for protection proposals during the proposal development process;
  • Ensure the implementation of protection programming and protection-related grants, including appropriate and timely spending plans of grants to achieve program goals, grants reporting contributions, use and distribution of supplies and resources;

Sector Coordination and representation; Actively participate in field-working groups (GBV, CP, PWG, etc) and co-chair the relevant working groups where relevant;

Monitoring & Evaluation: Oversee and ensure achievements of targets according to DRC and donors’ requirements through overall management of the protection programming (through the use of indicators performance trackers and project MEL tools)

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have University degree or higher education in law, Social work, Psychology, gender studies, or another related field.


  • At least 3 years of proven experience in implementation of protection programming; human rights and/or advocacy work
  • At least 2 years of previous Managerial experience: managing a department or a sector with multiple subordinates
  • Proven experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience in organising and facilitating capacity-building initiatives, including trainings for colleagues and partners
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, diplomacy skills, flexibility and pro-activeness
  • Strong planning and time management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties.
  • Above average computer literacy (incl. Excel)
  • Thorough understanding of best practices and strategies in protection programming (general protection, PWSN, legal, GBV, Child protection)
  • Significant knowledge of International Human Rights and Refugee Law.
  • Proven experience in community mobilization and community-based programming.
  • Experience in training facilitation and inputting to training contents.


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