Protection Coordinator at Danish Refugee Council

Head of Programme – Nigeria at Danish Refugee Council

Overall purpose of the role: Protection Coordinator

The Country Protection Coordinator will lead the strategic direction and ensure quality implementation of DRC’s protection activities across Somalia and Somaliland. They will provide technical oversight of DRC’s protection activities and a teams across field operations, ensuring harmonization, sharing of best practices, and compliance with global and organizational standards, and bring innovation to the overall Protection programme across the three regions.

The Protection Coordinator has technical responsibility over all of DRC’s protection activities. The country office has an exciting and varied funding base with different areas of focus, including but not limited to general protection, child protection, protection from gender-based violence, community-based protection, psychosocial support and emergency response actions, as well as a mixed migration component and a dedicated voluntary returnee project.

In addition to technical support and quality assurance, the Protection Coordinator will lead the development and updating of country-specific protection strategies and will oversee development of guidelines, standard operating procedures and tools to ensure harmonisation and use of best practices across all areas of operation. Training and capacity building remain an important aspect of the role, especially as DRC intends to move into different delivery modalities that are more integrated with other programming components.

DRC’s programme in Somalia and Somaliland has been steadily growing and developing depending on the needs of the population of concern. It is well-established, built on solid foundations, and a perfect springboard to innovate from. DRC is looking to expand into new programming modalities, potentially with alternative financing components, and it will be important to have a dynamic, innovative, and enthusiastic Protection expert to lead the next phase of the Protection programme


Technical Oversight and Management of Protection Programming

  • Design and manage DRC’s general protection, legal protection, GBV, child protection, and other protection interventions as per international best practice standards.
  • Conduct rapid needs assessments to inform program design and strategic direction as well as identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age and disability.
  • Develop concrete initiatives to reduce protection risks and design specific strategies to build upon existing assets within the population.
  • Develop, adapt and oversee the rollout and application of quality measures for DRC’s protection activities, in line with SPHERE standards, the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Child Protection, and guidelines defined in national coordination fora.
  • Conduct and supervise internal and external trainings on protection-related issues, including protection mainstreaming for DRC staff, partners, and project beneficiaries.

Coordination and Representation

  • Represent DRC in general protection coordination meetings, such as the Protection Cluster and the CP-GBV Sub-Cluster working group as well in relevant technical working groups related to IDP protection and durable solutions, as agreed with the Head of Program.
  • Coordinate with government agencies, such as the Ministry of Women, Families and Children Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, UNHCR, UNICEF, protection NGOs and other key stakeholders on the provision of protection services relevant contingency planning.
  • Ensure internal coordination and harmonization of DRC protection-related activities with DRC Somalia’s regional protection programs.
  • Promote improved understanding of protection issues among all relevant stakeholders and ensure the observance of international protection and humanitarian legal standards.

Monitoring, Reporting, and Development

  • Take the lead on protection related proposals as relevant, and ensure that all proposed interventions are protection mainstreamed, regardless of sector, in close collaboration with DRC’s grants, M&E and program staff.
  • Develop protection-focused program monitoring tools.
  • Undertake quality control and site monitoring to ensure that services provided are according to international best practice standards.
  • Conduct program monitoring as per expected outputs and outcomes.
  • Support teams to monitor financial spending and budgets for all protection projects.
  • Provide technical inputs and quality assurance to donor and other DRC reports.
  • Ensure that the design and implementation of protection activities address protection needs of refugees, IDPs, and other vulnerable populations within DRC’s mandate.
  • Ensure that quality assurance systems are developed and applied, with particular reference to the Core Humanitarian Standard and age, gender and disability throughout the program.
  • Contribute to protection mainstreaming across all DRC field offices.

Management and Supervision

  • Provide technical supervision to protection staff across DRC’s field sites, in collaboration with Area Managers.
  • Contribute to the recruitment and performance management of protection staff as needed.
  • Develop staff capacities on the rights-based approaches, participatory protection assessments and monitoring, and inclusion of vulnerable groups though training, mentoring, and coaching.

About you

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 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.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University or graduate degree in psychology, law, social work, gender, or other relevant field.
  • 5-8 years’ work experience within the field of law or protection, particularly within the field of refugee, returnee, IDP and host community protection.
  • Several years’ experience working with international NGOs, UN agencies, relevant ministries, or local authorities in responding to the needs of refugees, returnees, IDPs and host communities.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with and supporting national and local authorities as well as humanitarian coordination fora.
  • Prior experience or familiarity with GBV specific programming is a strong asset.
  • Excellent analytical and English writing skills
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and adapt in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Experience with capacity building, and in convening and facilitating trainings and workshops.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with staff members and other stakeholders.
  • Experience living and working in cross-cultural, multi-sector, and/or remote environments


Contract: 12 Months with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment, Employment band Non-Management F

Availability: 1st December 2022

Duty station: This position is based in Mogadishu – Somalia.

Reporting Line: Head of Programme

Providing equal opportunities, 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.

Promoting high standards: 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

How to apply

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 18th November 2022

Due to urgency to fill the position; applications will be reviewed on rolling basis and interviews will be conducted before closing date.


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