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Protection Officer - (Danish Refugee Council)

Protection Officer - (Danish Refugee Council)

Title: Protection Officer
Location: Ali Sabieh with frequent travels to Ali Addeh and Hol Hol., Djibouti
Reports to: Protection Team Leader
Start of Contract & Duration: 4 Months
Posting date: October 10, 2018


DRC is an international non-governmental organization, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. . DRC has been registered in Djibouti since 2015 and its activities in Djibouti include, among other things, livelihoods and protection including mixed migrations interventions.
As part of the Europe Aid Grant through the EU Delegation in Djibouti, DRC with UNFD will be implementing a project titled “Lutte contre les violences basées sur le genre et protection des droits des femmes et des enfants dans les camps de réfugiés d’Ali Addeh, de Holl-Holl et de Markazi et des communautés de réfugiés urbains” in the Republic of Djibouti. DRC and UNFD’s activities in Djibouti under this project will include capacity building of duty-bearers and other key stakeholders, awareness raising sessions, direct assistance for survivors, case management, etc.


In order to implement this project in Djibouti, DRC needs a qualified national Protection Officer as part of the project implementation team. The Protection Officer in Ali-sabieh will be a core member of DRC’s Protection team and will provide his/her technical expertise to ensure that DRC’s activities are implemented effectively.


The Protection Officer, in coordination and cooperation with other implementing staff from DRC is expected to give a substantial contribution to:
•Implement assigned protection activities in line with international standards and best practices
•Technically supervise all DRC staff dedicated to the project including and make sure all outcomes, inputs and deliverables are met as per the project documents (Logframe, etc.)
•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.
•Provide other protection technical support to project design and implementation as needed. In collaboration with the support team (Logistics, Administration and finance, Human resources) in Djibouti ville, insure that DRC procedures are followed according to the operational handbooks and the regional guidelines.
•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.

Monitoring, Reporting, and Development
•Develop project monitoring tools in collaboration with the M&E Officers.
•Undertake quality control and site monitoring to ensure that services provided are according to best practice standards.
•Conduct program monitoring as per expected outputs and outcomes.
•Monitor financial spending and budgets for the project.
•Write internal weekly reports and monthly donor reports on the project implemented.
•Ensure that the design and implementation of activities address protection needs of refugees and other vulnerable populations within DRC’s mandate, and contribute to the relevant durable solutions.
•Ensure that quality assurance systems are developed and applied, with particular reference to the HAP/CHS Standards and recognizing the impact of age, gender, and diversity throughout the program.
•Contribute to protection mainstreaming as part of DRC’s multi-sectoral approach in Djibouti.

Team management
•Technical supervision of DRC teams dedicated to the project including volunteers, interns and incentivized staff.
•Continuously update project documentation and files.
•Develop staff capacities on the rights-based approaches, participatory protection assessments and monitoring, migration monitoring, and inclusion of vulnerable groups though training, mentoring and coaching.
•Ensure that program teams work closely with the support team to delivery DRC policies and procedures in finance, procurement and logistics including effective planning and reporting weekly, monthly and quarterly.
•Conduct any other activities as requested by the Area Manager.

Coordination and Representation

•Represent DRC and beneficiaries and whenever requested by the line manager
•Participate or delegate in coordination meetings including general protection, protection or coordination working groups.
•Coordinate with ONARS, UNHCR, IOM, UNFPA, UNICEF, protection NGOs, and other key stakeholders on the provision of protection services for refugees.
•Work closely with other agencies to implement common protection standards in Djibouti and develop common strategies and responses, notably through supporting and participating to protection working groups.

The duties and tasks above are given for indication and information purposes. The Danish Refugee Council has the right to update this Job Description according to the development of its Humanitarian activities within its frame of intervention and in accordance with the Djiboutian Labour Law. This job description is an appendix to the contract and the employer can at any time make changes, after discussions with the employee.

In this position, you will also be expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

Striving for Excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
Taking the Lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating Integrity: Acting in line with DRC’s vision and values.



Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
•Minimum of three years' work experience within the field of GBV, law or protection, particularly within the field of migrant/IDP/refugee protection, with experience with International NGO’s, UN agencies, relevant ministries and/or local authorities in migrants/refugee settings in complex emergencies highly preferred.
•Proven commitment to accountability and quality assurance.
•Excellent analytical and writing skills.
•Experience with capacity building, and in convening and facilitating trainings and workshops.
•Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with national staff members and other stakeholders.
•Excellent communication skills and sense of diplomacy.
•Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions.
Proficiency in common computer software i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Eligibility and Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
•Djiboutian Citizen
University or graduate degree in law, gender, psychology, or other relevant field.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)
•Excellent professional written and oral French and English language skills.
Knowledge of Arabic would be a plus.


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than October 23, 2018.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

We encourage only qualified Djiboutian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit. It is DRC policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to gender, race, national, clan or tribal origin, religion, age, sex, origin or ancestry, marital status, social status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled individual.

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