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Protection Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council

  • Job id: 6249
  • Job Viewed: 16
  • Job Deadline: Jun 20, 2019

Job Overview

  • Project-Manager
  • Full Time
  • xxxx
  • West Guji
  • Senior-Level-Experienced
  • Jun 20, 2019

Job Description

Title:  Protection Team Leader

Reporting to: Protection Project Manager (Area Manager in the absence of PM)

Direct reports: 4 Protection Officers,  8 Protection community workers, 1 MEAL Assistant

Location:  West Guji, Oromia region

Start of Contract & Duration: 12 Months

Posting date: May 20, 2019



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.



The Protection Team  will be responsible for leading the protection activities in IDP sites in West Guji, Oromia region and/or oversee mobile protection teams undertaking cross-border monitoring in Gedeo zone, SNNPR region. The Protection Team Leader will be responsible for the day-to-day technical supervision and management of the Protection teams deployed in the field locations to ensure the accuracy and the technical rigor of the activities implemented. The Protection Team Leader will work closely with DRC’s Protection Project Manager and the National Protection Manager to ensure effective, relevant and holistic protection programming delivering activities in line with protection standards. Moreover he / she will be overall responsible for the project cycle while providing support to for proposal development and program strategy.


Project Management & Monitoring 

  • Have full supervision and management of the entire project cycle from initiation to closure phases.
  • In collaboration with the Protection Project Manager and Area Manager, ensuring implementation of protection activities according to programme commitments.
  • Manage the assigned budgets, and ensure forecasts and expenses’ burning rates are regularly done and followed. Ensure procurement plans are prepared in advance to the commencements of projects and followed to ensure project supply are timely available as per implementation plan.
  • Review project monitoring tools as necessary and prepare monthly Activity Progress Reports.
  • Ensure PMDs are systematically conducted, analyse data and prepare/revised reports.
  • Link with the M&E team to facilitate external monitoring of the project and take corrective actions where necessary.
  • Link with the M&E team to facilitate the roll out of a feedback and complaint mechanism. 

Technical Support:

  • Providing technical guidance to the protection officers to ensure quality and adherence to national and international protection standards and guidelines.
  • Develop and deliver protection training for staff and beneficiaries, including PFA and Protection mainstreaming trainings for staff providing services in other sectors of intervention.
  • Lead or contribute to assessments and mappings, and identify protection needs.
  • Support in the development of protection monitoring and assessment tools.
  • Technically guide the implementation of Individual protection assistance.
  • Supporting protection programme development, including project design and developing of proposals.


Manage the project team:

  • Recruit and supervise the project team in collaboration with the Protection Project Manager, Area Manager and HR department
  • Provide leadership, day-to-day support and guidance to staff under direct supervision. Build the capacity of protection staff through mentoring and training.
  • Promote team building and contribute to a respective and positive working environment.
  • Review and update the HR needs for effective project implementation and timely response.
  • Identify needs for training and liaise with the Protection Project Manager and Country Protection Coordinator to provide additional orientation.
  • Develop action plans and weekly planning for program team movements in link with the Logistic Department.
  • Conduct evaluation of staff according to DRC procedures.



  • Compile and provide weekly and monthly reporting on all protection activities, developments in the external context and humanitarian situation, and on project implementation progress.  This includes submitting weekly and monthly report to the M&E and to external partners.
  • Contribute to donor reports and external reports developments.
  • Provide ongoing general monitoring of the operating context to ensure relevance and accountability to DRC's beneficiary populations.
  • Maintaining accurate and comprehensive files of project activities, outputs, materials, and other relevant documentation.


Represent DRC:

  • In collaboration with the Area Manager and Protection Program Manager, support in representing DRC towards Gov counterparts and coordinate with local authorities and humanitarian partners involved in emergency responses in the targeted locations.
  • Represent DRC towards communities, communicating about DRC mandate, eligibility criteria for protection projects, and humanitarian principles.

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

Job Requirements

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in an mid-level to senior 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.
  • Hands-on experience with protection case management and psychosocial support is mandatory. Previous experience supporting community based protection structures is a strong advantage.
  • Prior work experience with INGO in project management in complex emergency setting, involving internal displacements (and added value if in West Guji) with a focus on protection (Child Protection and/or SGBV).
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, with the ability to produce well-written and succinct documents for external use.
  • Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills 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.
  • Strong inter personal skills and Staff management skills.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.

Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Bachelor degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office.


Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in Amharic, Afan Oromo and English Knowledge of Gedeoffa is highly preferable

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 www.drc.dk under Vacancies. 

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than June 2, 2019.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.

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. 

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