Protection Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council, South Sudan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st October, 2019

Job Description

We are looking for a highly qualified, self-motivated Protection Team Leader who is able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs and other partners under difficult, stressful and sometimes insecure conditions.


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is operational in South Sudan since 2005, working with the overall aim of achieving durable solutions for displaced populations. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) started Humanitarian Mine Action in 2006.

Danish Refugee Council main programme objectives (2019-2021) in South Sudan are:

  • To save lives and alleviate suffering among displaced people and their hosts
  • To reduce displacement related risks and support and facilitate solutions
  • To promote peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies and address root causes to displacement

DRC primarily operates across Upper Nile and Unity states, both of which are heavily affected by conflict and experience high numbers of internally displaced populations as well as refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. DRC has operational bases in Maban, Malakal, Kodok and Aburoc in Upper Nile and in Bentiu, Mayom, Kodok and Ajuong Thok in Unity state, supported by a country-office in Juba.

DRC recently developed important multi-sectorial mobile response teams based in Juba able to rapidly respond to new and urgent humanitarian situations countrywide at short notice to conduct assessments and responses

Purpose of the post

  • The protection Team Leader will be responsible for leading protection assessment and intervention missions in Unity State. The position will consist of 60% of the time deployment in a remote and insecure area with difficult living conditions. The Protection Team Leader will undertake protection/human rights monitoring in the crisis-affected areas-as determined by the work plan. His/her role will be to monitor the protection concerns and needs of the IDP population by providing information through focus group discussions and individual interviews to those affected, conducting household surveys, rapid assessments, community mobilization and general monitoring visits. The Protection Team Leader will also contribute to the analysis and dissemination of data collected to other relevant actors to address the identified protection concerns.
  • Additionally, the Protection Team Leader will address protection concerns through the provision of referrals to the relevant actors in the area of intervention. Finally, the Protection Team will implement training on protection mainstreaming and community-based protection for communities and non-protection service providers in the area of mission. S/he will ensure confidentiality and strictly adhere to the DRC Code of Conduct throughout his/her work.


  • Supervise and support national protection officers and assistants in the implementation of project activities.
  • Provide on the job training to ensure capacity building of the team
  • Implement general protection activities, as per agreed strategy, operational plan, budgets and DRC and donor regulations; including protection monitoring, assessments, individual protection assistance (including referral and CRI distribution) training as appropriate, and other regular protection activities.
  • Contribute and support effective monitoring, evaluation and learning processes and initiatives, and ensure effective data management and contribute to regular reporting on protection activities (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, as required).
  • Prepare detailed protection analysis according to DRC guidelines and contribute to the dissemination of relevant information to partners and DRC advocacy efforts.
  • Ensure staff compliance with security management rules and procedures; for example, ensuring relevant documentation and procedures are understood and adhered to by staff.
  • Implement training for community groups and non-protection service providers in area of mission
  • Assist the Protection Manager with designing training modules and tools on topics such as human rights and basic protection principles for Community Protection Committees and other community structures.
  • Prepare project procurement plans and raise materials/services requisitions and follow up with the respective support departments
  • Prepare detailed ToR before the mission and ensure mobilization of resources.
  • Prepare all necessary documentation for each activity (including weekly vehicle movement plans, order requests, payment requests, etc.) and for the reconciliation of the money spent during each activity
  • Work with the Protection Manager and fellow PO to create weekly work plans to schedule the team’s program activities
  • Liaise and build partnerships with block leaders, chiefs, community leaders and other relevant actors to encourage participation in, support for and a better understanding of the program activities
  • Participate in coordination meetings as requested by Protection Manager
  • Any other tasks as required by the Protection Manager relevant to the implementation of protection objectives and activities

About You

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the Regional team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverable.
  • Collaborating: You lead regional initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Experience and technical competencies

  • A degree in political/social sciences, law, development studies, international development or equivalent degree qualifications;
  • At least 4 years’ community based training experience involving human rights and/or protection and protection monitoring/human rights experience of which at least 3 years should be at international level and in South Sudan or in geographic or conflict context similar to South Sudan;
  • Proven technical knowledge of human rights, protection principles, project cycle management, SPHERE standards;
  • Experience implementing protection monitoring and understanding of protection information management;
  • Experience in participatory facilitation techniques and experience working with local civil society.
  • Experience in proposal and budget development and project implementation (including budget management);
  • Understanding of and experience in engaging the cluster system in humanitarian settings;
  • Strong communication, analytical and writing skills
  • The ability for rapid analysis of very complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic learning and priorities into operational strategies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication and ease in managing a multi-ethnic team;
  • Strong team leadership and conflict resolution skills, adaptability and interest in capacity building;
  • Good computer and IT skills as well as good understand of basic protection information management principles
  • Ability and willingness to work in remote and isolated location with ever changing security scenarios;

Danish Refugee Council

  • Familiar with rule of law;
  • Training in GBV and CP a plus
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Prior experience in South Sudan an added advantage;
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance and supervision;
  • Experience working in security-sensitive environments and enforcement of team security protocols is an asset.


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