Team Leader – Community Based Protection

Danish Refugee Council, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th January, 2019

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 30 countries to provide humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programs to ensure a dignified life for refugees, internally displaced people, and other communities affected by displacement.

DRC has been registered in Bangladesh since 2013. In response to the large influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in 2017, DRC launched an integrated program of support to the Government of Bangladesh in site management, shelter/NFI and protection.

DRC is currently looking for a qualified Team Leader – Community Based Protection for an initial 3-month contract in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (with possibility of extension based on funding and performance). This is an opportunity in a junior international position to support DRC’s protection program as part of a large team working across twelve refugee camps and in two host community settings on the Bangladesh/Myanmar border.

About the job

DRC’s general protection activities in Cox’s Bazar include protection monitoring, case management and community-based protection programming in both refugee camps and host communities. DRC’s general protection program operates in close collaboration and coordination with DRC’s Child Protection and GBV program activities, as well as with shelter/NFI and site management (SMS).

The primary objective of the Team Leader – Community Based Protection will be, under direct supervision of the Protection Manager, to ensure the timely and effective delivery of DRC’s community-based protection activities in the assigned locations, ensuring activities comply with technical standards, and managing a team of national protection staff.

Main responsibilities

General Management

  • Ensure high quality implementation of community-based protection (CBP) activities in line with agreed log frames/indicators, budgets, procurement plans, and work plans.
  • With the support of the Protection Manager ensure technical guidance and tools for CBP are in place, and activities meet technical standards.
  • Ensure that allocated budget lines/activities and expenses are regularly monitored and, as needed, action plans with follow-up are developed to correct any over or underspending in a timely manner.
  • Request and follow-up to ensure the required resources are allocated to CBP activities from relevant departments, such as Logistics, Finance-Administration, Human Resources and Safety.
  • Produce timely high-quality internal reports and contribute to regular donor reporting.

People Management

  • Line manage a team of national CBP staff; provide technical guidance and monitor staff in their implementation of the work plan and quality of technical activities.
  • Set clear objectives for CBP staff under line management and do timely performance evaluations.
  • Conduct recruitment of CBP staff as needed, and ensure staff capacity development, including on-the-job coaching and mentoring, as appropriate.

Program Development and Strategy

  • Contribute to protection strategy development and review processes.
  • Assess protection risks and identify needs/problems/gaps and propose timely practical actions to respond to particular protection risks or problems.
  • Contribute to development of quality proposals, concept notes, and budgets for CBP activities, as requested.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • With the Protection Manager and MEAL Manager, ensure a MEAL plan is in place and implemented for CBP activities.
  • Monitor and ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans, and monitoring and evaluation plans, and timely delivery of donor and management reports on CBP activities.
  • Undertake quality control and site monitoring to ensure that services provided are according to best practice standards.
  • Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection as required under the grant and for DRC MEAL purposes.

Other Duties

Any other relevant duties as requested by the line manager.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect the following:

  • University or graduate degree in law, social work, political science or other relevant field.
  • An excellent professional track record with a minimum of two years of work experience, with at least one year of overseas experience in a protection role, preferably in refugee contexts.
  • Strong knowledge of community-based protection approaches and methodologies; experience implementing successful community-based protection projects.
  • Proven experience in managing, capacity building and mentoring of staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations at all levels, in a multicultural team and operating environment.
  • Fluency in English, and excellent English writing ability and verbal skills for project proposals, reports, and communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality analysis, timely reports and technical materials (trainings, program tools and guidelines, etc).


  • Knowledge and previous experience of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh or Myanmar
  • Bengali language skills

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

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.


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