The Danish Refugee Council is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which has been operating in Somalia since 1997. DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. DRC programs include Protection, Food security & Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water & Sanitation.
Since 2018 DRC, in collaboration with UNHCR and under the leadership of the Protection Cluster, is spearheading the development of a country-wide Protection Monitoring System. DRC is one of the two networks responsible for data collection in the pilot phase of the PMS.
Overall Purpose of the role:
The Protection officer will be supervised by the Protection Team Leader. The officer coordinate and implement protection activities in given locations. The protection officer will plan, implement, monitor, and document all protection activities with the support of Protection Team leader. The officer will support the case workers on implementation of Child protection, GBV, protection monitoring, HLP and other general protection related activities. He or She will be responsible for day to day protection implementation activities in the field including awareness raising, conducting training. The protection officer will also work closely work with the case workers, protection monitors to produce monthly, weekly reports/updates and share with protection Team Leader.
- Responsible for planning and direct implementation of protection activities including community training, registrations, monitoring of the activities of protection projects locations.
- Responsible for the implementation of the GBV/CP support interventions in targeted areas and ensure timely referral pathways ad adequate responses are provided (case management, provision of health kits and timely referral to other relevant services based on the existing service mapping and Standard Operation Procedures).
- Conduct capacity building for community-based protection groups to support protection activities implementation and awareness raising activities in the area.
- Monitoring and supporting protection monitors on data collection process.
- Responsible for timely and effective provision of Community Based Protection services within their areas of project operation. This includes protection monitoring, mobile outreach activities, community safe spaces, psychosocial support, awareness raising, community capacity building, identify community needs and their priorities, mobilize communities, develop community action plans and dialogue process.
- Contribute to evidence-based programming through protection monitoring data as well as improved access to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and child protection services to girls, women, boys and men that are at risk of GBV and child right violations both in IDPs and host community.
- Conducting culturally appropriate trainings on GBV prevention and response and Child Protection for key stakeholders and ensuring direct protection messaging will be provided to targeted community leaders, women, and children through psychosocial support (PSS) activities and awareness raising sessions.
- Ensure filling system for the case management forms and assure to organize in well-organized manner.
- Participate and maintain effective relationship with GBVWG, CPWG, protection working group in Somaliland and for better coordination and referral pathways among service providers.
- Follow up GBV and children Protection cases referred by caseworkers for safe shelter in collaboration with related stakeholders.
- Field visit, monitor, report and cooperate with Protection cluster and other partners during the project cycle.
- Other relevant duties as directed your direct supervisor.
Monitoring and Reporting
- Prepare weekly / monthly individual work plans, with the inputs of your supervisor will serve as guideline for implementation.
- Continuously monitor implementation of protection activities and report on progress, challenges and recommend solutions.
- Participate in all relevant meetings, workshops, seminars and training as directed and provide feedback
Education, experience & technical competencies.
- University degree in law, development studies, gender studies, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution
- Minimum 3 years work experience in Protection, GBV, child protection with a demonstrated focus on protection program design and implementation.
- protection in working an international NGO, UN agency or in humanitarian response setting.
- Experience in working with displaced and/or conflict affected populations, such as refugees or IDPs.
- Knowledge of community-based protection approaches, preferably including experience in working with IDP’s, Refugees or returnees.
- Basic familiarity with MS application packages (Word, Excel and database software) and willingness to develop further.
- Good cooperation skills, ability to work well independently and in a team;
- Experience working with International NGO’s, UN agencies and/or local authorities in complex emergencies
- Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
- Strong listening and empathy skills, as well as commitment to supporting women and children survivors/ at risk;
- Strong planning, organization and problem-solving skills with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding work environment
- Proven record of providing trainings and workshops on protection needs and concerns.
- Excellent knowledge laws, policies at this context.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while balancing the role of advisor and taking leadership
- Communicating: You write and speak effectively and honestly and display political and cultural sensitivity, including ability to adapt well to local cultures
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.
Availability: 20th January 2021
Duty station: Dolow
Reporting to: Protection Team Leader
Duration: 12 Months
Contract: This position is graded as Band NM – H2 for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.
THE POSITION IS OPEN TO NATIONALS ONLY.
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.
DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards.
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.
For general information about Danish Refugee Council, please visit www.drc.ngo