Protection Assistant – Danish Refugee Council

Title: Protection Assistant

Location:  Addis Ababa

Reports to: Protection Team Leader

Grade – I1

Number of Positions – 2

Start of Contract & Duration: up to July 15, 2022





The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender-based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.




Under the supervision of the Protection Team leader and the guidance of protection officer, the protection assistant will engage in the implementation of protection activities within the project framework focused on addressing the protection need of Eritrean refugees settled in Addis Ababa. The Protection assistant will engage in protection monitoring activities in particular protection data collection and encoding, engage in referral of individuals with specific need to relevant services including individual protection assistance, and conduct community awareness raisings on identified protection risks. Additionally, the position is expected to contribute to other protection activities that DRC is implementing within the project framework according to their capacity and direction from the Protection Team Leader.



Programming & Operations

  • Conduct protection monitoring activities in assigned areas based on the guidance of the protection officer;
  • Contribute to the review and revision process of protection monitoring tools – FGD, KII, and site observation forms;
  • Collect protection monitoring data by utilizing FGD, KII, and site observation forms;
  • Provide referral service to individuals with specific need to relevant services including individual protection assistance;
  • Regularly monitor beneficiaries’ access to service, the effectiveness of referral service, and the contribution of referrals and individual protection assistance on addressing protection risks for individual cases;
  • Conduct community awareness raising and information dissemination on identified protection risks and prevention and mitigation strategies;
  • Adhere to Ethical data collection and data protection protocols throughout protection monitoring process;
  • Ensure proper documentation of activities conducted under the position as a means of verification to measure project progress, effectiveness, and efficiency;
  • Carry out any additional protection activities as assigned from the protection team leader and protection Manger;


  • Prepare and submit a comprehensive report as required on activities conducted under the responsibility of the position.


  • Represent DRC in engagement with the target community and their representatives, local gov’t structures and humanitarian agencies operating in the target area with the guidance and leadership of the protection team leader and protection officer;
  • Collaborate with DRC country protection program, Ethiopia migration program, and other DRC sectorial programs towards integrated programming;

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s 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 our vision and values.


Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • Diploma in law, psychology, social work, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience, with experience in the field of protection in a humanitarian response working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority;
  • Experience conducting protection monitoring, protection assessment, case management service for people of concern, and/or facilitating community consultations and awareness raising sessions;
  • Basic understanding of ethical data collection and practice cultural sensitivity;
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skill and ability to maintain working relationships across the organization and with stakeholders;
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures;
  • Basic understanding of Microsoft Office.



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 note that we receive applications up to October 31, 2021.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult


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, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics


DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.


Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!