Protection Officer at Danish Refugee Council

Safety Officer (Country) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Title: Protection Officer

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs. DRC is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which has been operating in Somalia since 1997. DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. DRC programs include Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water & Sanitation.

Since 2018 DRC, in collaboration with UNHCR and under the leadership of the Protection Cluster, is spearheading a country-wide Protection Monitoring System. DRC is one of the two networks responsible for data collection in Somalia.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Protection officer will be supervised by the Protection Team Leader. The officer coordinate and implement protection activities in given locations. The protection officer will plan, implement, monitor, and document all protection activities with the support of Protection Team leader. The officer will be responsible for day-to-day protection implementation activities in the field including implementing protection monitoring (using DC tools), IPA, awareness raising, conflict-sensitive and protection analysis, facilitating access to services via information dissemination and referrals, lead awareness within a community-based approach and conducting training and capacity building to relevant stakeholders. The protection officer will also work closely work with the protection assistants, PIM officer and reporting officer to produce monthly, weekly reports/updates and share with protection Team Leader. The PO will throughout his/her work ensure confidentiality and strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct.


  • Participate in the implementation of overall protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives.
  • Continuously monitor and document the needs of persons of concern.
  • Support PRT assistants/monitors in implement protection monitoring, through the collection of quantitative data (with household-level survey) and qualitative data by implementing focus groups and key informant surveys on protection issues.
  • Provide psychological first aid, safe identification, and referrals to survivors of protection incidents in line with the survivor-centered approach, ensuring commitment to case management principles – in particular the principle of confidentiality
  • Identify and document vulnerable people by collecting the necessary information and carrying out case assessment.
  • Handle confidential information correctly, managing protection files accurately, correctly and completely.
  • Develop plans to address identified protection needs by providing individual protection assistance (IPA) and/or referrals to internal and/or external specialised services.
  • Ensure follow-up of cases by ascertaining beneficiary satisfaction in receiving services.
  • Maintain the referral and IPA database up to date and accurate.
  • Ensure the highest quality of protection interventions and consistency between all projects, ongoing and proposed, in line with the overall strategy;
  • Follow work plans and guidelines;
  • Target beneficiaries according to the mapping of public services and humanitarian actors for access to basic services.
  • Organize and facilitate focus groups and briefings and awareness-raising campaigns on protection issues;
  • Contribute to the development of operational protection tools.
  • Work closely with the program team and provide them with daily technical support, to ensure safe programming and do no harm in DRC area base approach response.
  • Responsible for planning and direct implementation of protection activities including community training, registrations, monitoring of the activities of protection projects locations.
  • Field visit, monitor, report and cooperate with Protection cluster and other partners during the project cycle.
  • Enhancing accountability to existing standards: Embedding minimum safe programming standards in DRC’s humanitarian operating model.
  • Develop lines of communication and close collaboration with the WASH, CCCM and EFSVL teams and contribute to a coordinated humanitarian response
  • Other relevant duties as directed your direct supervisor.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensuring the correct periodic recompilation of means of verification as per DRC guideline.
  • Ensuring that beneficiary data is periodically archived in the relevant matrices, databases and/or physics ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Policy.
  • Provide information for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by the Protection Team Leader. Also ad hoc reports when required.
  • Ensure activities data are collected and filled into relevant matrices.
  • Support and coordinate with MEAL Officers and assistants for baseline survey, post-distribution and other monitoring activities.
  • Produce regular protection updates and field visit reports
  • Reporting; prepare the monthly reports and participate in writing the first draft of the projects /donor reports, then share it with the line manager and Country Protection Manager.
  • Prepare weekly / monthly individual work plans, with the inputs of your supervisor will serve as guideline for implementation.
  • Continuously monitor implementation of protection activities and report on progress, challenges and recommend solutions.
  • Participate in all relevant meetings, workshops, seminars and training as directed and provide feedback

Experience, Education and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 3 years work experience in Protection, GBV, child protection with a demonstrated focus on protection program design and implementation.
  • University degree in law, development studies, gender studies, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution
  • Report writing skills protection in working an international NGO, UN agency or in humanitarian response setting.
  • Experience in working with displaced and/or conflict affected populations, such as refugees or IDP
  • Knowledge of community-based protection approaches, preferably including experience in working with IDP’s, Refugees or returnees.
  • Basic familiarity with MS application packages (Word, Excel and database software) and willingness to develop further.
  • Good cooperation skills, ability to work well independently and in a team;
  • Experience working with International NGO’s, UN agencies and/or local authorities in complex emergencies
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Strong listening and empathy skills, as well as commitment to supporting women and children survivors/ at risk;
  • Strong planning, organization and problem-solving skills with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding work environment
  • Proven record of providing trainings and workshops on protection needs and concerns.
  • Excellent knowledge laws, policies at this context.


  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali & English


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


Availability: August 2022

Duty station: Berbera

Reporting to: Protection Team Leader

Duration: 5 Month with possibility of extension based on performance and funding

Contract: This position is graded as Band H-Non-Management for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.

The position is open to Nationals ONLY

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are strongly 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, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework ( All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

How to apply


Applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. The cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under Vacancies no later than 24 July 2022.



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