Protection Team Leader – Danish Refugee Council

Title: Protection Team Leader

Location:  Addis Ababa

Reports to: Protection Manager

Grade – G

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.



The protection team leader/PTL has the overall responsibility for managing and coordinating DRC’s protection response targeting Eritrean refugees in Addis Ababa. The Protection Team Leader will be responsible for the day- to- day staff management and of the protection and MHPSS programing towards ensuring quality project implementation and donor compliance. The PTL will work in collaboration with DRC’s country office Protection Manger to ensure interventions are in line with protection minimum standard and DRC Ethiopia’s protection strategy.



  • Support the recruitment of protection staff throughout the written test and interview process;
  • Mange and provide leadership to protection team under the project including planning performance, well-being, and development;
  • Build the capacity of protection team though facilitation of general and sector specific training, mentorship and coaching to ensure effective project implementation and adherence to DRC’s code of conduct, working procedures, and humanitarian principles;
  • Provide direction to and monitor staff in their daily work and implementation of their assigned roles to ensure adherence to work plans and quality standards.

Programming and operation

  • Develop detail implementation plan for project and ensure project activities are delivered on- time, within scope, and budget;
  • Oversee the implementation of protection and MHPSS activities including protection monitoring, individual protection assistance, legal aid, protection information dissemination, life skill and youth mentorship, individual and group PSS, and safe space.
  • Ensure the quality of protection intervention is in accordance with international protection standard and DRC’s protection standard operating procedure, and in line with DRC Ethiopia’s protection strategy;
  • Develop project procurement plan and ensure timely procurement in coordination with DRC supply chain department;
  • Collaborate with DRC M&E department on performance and indicator tracking and project monitoring;
  • Ensure efficient financial management and up -to -date financial reporting in collaboration with DRC’s finance team;
  • Follow up the maintenance of accurate and comprehensive files of project activity records/ means of verification and other relevant documentation;
  • Engage with country office protection information management team to ensure information management systems are in place to collect, store, and analyse protection monitoring data per standard;
  • Ensure adherence to ethical data collection and data protection and sharing protocol.


  • Compile project report according to DRC internal and donor requirements;
  • Ensure timely reporting from project team, review quality and accuracy of reports and provide feedback as needed;
  • Analyse protection monitoring data and prepare comprehensive report;
  • Contribute up to date on project progress to support reporting to relevant coordination mechanisms.


  • Collaborate with Ethiopian Migration Program and DRC’s country level protection and other sectorial programs to ensure coordination and synergy for integrated programming;
  • Liaison with key government stockholders and partners towards achieving project objective.

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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in law, psychology, social work, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience with international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority in protection sector is required;
  • Additional experience in direct implementation of protection services (MHPSS, legal aid, case management) is highly desirable;
  • Experience in humanitarian response with a particular focus on refugee/IDP protection;
  • Expertise in project cycle management;
  • Strong leadership and Staff management skill;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, with the ability to produce well-written document;
  • Strong planning, organization and problem-solving skill with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding work environment;
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.



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!