Protection Officer – Community Structure – Danish Refugee Council

Location:  Addis Ababa

Reports to: Protection Team Leader

Grade – H1

Number of Positions – 2

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

Posting date: October 21, 2021





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.



The protection officer, under the supervision of the Protection Team Leader is responsible for the implementation of various protection activities within the project framework. These include community awareness raising, identification of IPA beneficiaries and follow up of cases, facilitating capacity building training to community-based structures/ community-based protection committees and conducting community group meetings, conducting PSS activities, and engaging in information dissemination through the mobile protection desk. Additionally, the position is expected to contribute to other protection activities that DRC is implementing within the project framework according to capacity and direction from the Protection Team Leader.


Programming & Operations

  • Develop a work plan for the implementation of community-based protection activities within the framework of the project;
  • Establish/ strengthen community-based groups, provide relevant protection trainings, and conduct regular meetings;
  • Carry out protection information dissemination through the mobile protection desk;
  • Provide referral service to individuals with specific need to relevant services;
  • Identify IPA beneficiaries and follow up the cases;
  • Support the psychosocial support activities to be implemented through the safe space program;
  • Coordinate with finance, supply chain, administration, and any relevant department to ensure the smooth flow of community-based protection activities;
  • Carry out any additional protection activities as assigned from the protection Team Leader;


  • Prepare and submit report on progress on community-based protection activities to protection Team Leader;
  • Ensure up to date keeping of all data and documents under the responsibility of the position.


  • Represent DRC in engagement with the target community and their representatives, local gov’t structures, humanitarian agencies operating in the target area with the guidance and leadership of the protection Team Leader;
  • 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:

  • University degree in law, social work, social science or other relevant field of study from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an entry to mid-level position, with experience in the field of protection in a humanitarian response working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority;
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts, prevention and response strategies in line with best practices;
  • Experience planning and facilitating community awareness sessions, trainings, and workshops in protection related topics;
  • Experience in identifying and responding to needs of particular vulnerable individuals of people of concern based on protection risks, age, gender, and diversity analysis, and/ or other criteria;
  • Strong planning, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team;
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures;
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English and Amharic required;
  • Proficiency in Tigregna is desired.



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!