Protection Officer – Danish Refugee Council

Job Description

Title: Protection Officer

Location:  Jigjiga

Employment Category:  H2

Reporting To: Protection Team Leader

Start of Contract & Duration:  Eight Months (8)



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 and Djibouti, 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, the Protection Officer will support the implementation of DRC’s Community based protection activities supporting internally displaced people (IDPs) and associated host communities. The Protection Officer will conduct protection activities, protection monitoring, PSS activities at integrated community centre, Community awareness raising, monthly protection monitoring assessment mentoring session for community based protection committee and community workers,  facilitation of safe and survivors centred referrals , compilation of weekly updates, Co-facilitation of the capacity building trainings  and ensuring of effective working relationship with government and other service providers, close coordination with relevant service providers and actively participate the  IDP sites coordination forums. The protection officer will develop and facilitate trainings related to protection issues, will collaborate with relevant local authorities and duty-bearers to improve protection-related assistance, such as the provision of individualized protection assistance, and will support in the design and implementation of protection mainstreaming initiatives.



Technical Responsibilities:

  • Design, plan, implement and monitor protection activities, including awareness raising campaigns. For IDP communities in Fafan Zone of the Somali region.
  • Mobilize and encourage participation by community members in protection activities with community members at camp level.
  • Plan and facilitate regular meetings and trainings with community members, support groups and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other humanitarian agencies and government stakeholders incluing ARRA and UNHCR and Woreda administration to promote and enhance the protective environment for a refugees and host communities.
  • Support the Protection Team Leader in the development of project, budget and procurement plans.

Project Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Monitor protection trends and needs in DRC’s areas of intervention and recommend activities and responses for DRC’s and other agencies.
  • Analyse disaggregated data on IPD populations as a means to inform programming and response activities.
  • Regularly monitor project activities and provide feedback for ensuring activities are responsive, and contextually and culturally appropriate.
  • Assisting in developing and conducting assessments, mid-term and end of project reports and evaluations.
  • Ensure DRC’s accountability commitments are mainstreamed into all protection activities.

Report Writing and Documentation

  • Support the Protection Team Leader in the development of daily, weekly and monthly reports.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including, including means of verification, assessments and case studies.
  • Contribute to the development of project proposal and concept notes.

Job Requirements

Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)

  •  Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an entry to mid-level position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response and refugee/IDP protection working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority.
  • Technical understanding of protection concepts, prevention and response strategies, including experience with operationalizing global best practices and international standards for implementing protection programming in humanitarian contexts.
  • Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on protection-related topics.
  • Hands-on experience with protection case management and supporting community-based protection structures.
  • Experience working with displaced or conflict affected populations Including experience on community mobilization and community entry activities
  • Strong planning, organizational 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in Somali, and English.

Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):

  • University degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution;

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Somali (overall fluency required)

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • 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

How to Apply


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 November 10, 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

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.