Project Manager-Protection

at Danish Refugee Council
Location Bule Hora, Oromia, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 2, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


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.
Overall Purpose of the Role: 
DRC Ethiopia is implementing a multi-donor protection monitoring program in response to the displacement of an estimated 1 million individuals across Gedeo zone of the SNNP region and West Guji zone of the Oromia region. The Protection Project Manager will plan and oversee the implementation and management of all protection monitoring activities in the areas of intervention including West Guji and Gedeo Zones, will provide technical guidance and take the lead in developing and planning new interventions. Specifically, the Protection Project Manager will manage and provide technical support and guidance to the protection program focusing on protection monitoring, referrals, provision of Individual protection assistance (IPA) and will collaborate with DRC’s emergency team and their initiatives to respond to basic needs through cash-based interventions. Furthermore, the Protection Project Manager will engage with relevant duty-bearers and provide timely information to inform a “do no harm” approach in their activities.
  • Manage and oversee implementation of all protection projects in the areas of intervention. This entails daily management of staff and project cycle management.
  • Contribute to the development of and ensure adherence to project work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Provide direction to and monitoring of staff in their daily work and implementation of their assigned activities to ensure adherence to work plans and quality standards. As part of this responsibility, the Protection Project Manager will support and guide the protection team to set clear objectives and undertake performance evaluations
  • Provide guidance to the Protection Team on how to proceed with data and trend analysis, including for monthly reporting as part of the Protection Monitoring program, information analysis, trend mapping and support to standardizing internal field databases
  • Lead in the writing, compilation and editing of donor and internal reports related to all protection initiatives in the designated areas.
  • Collaborate with DRC’s MEAL team to develop and adapt monitoring plans, tools and to ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented through systematic and timely data collection in-line with agreed means of verification.
  • Ensure the timely and quality delivery of all protection-related organizational and project reports and staff contributions to organizational monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure project quality, relevance, and accountability to DRC's beneficiary populations.
  • Provide input for monthly, quarterly, interim, and annual donor reports as well as ad hoc donor requests
  • Ensure the design and implementation of all protection activities address the priority protection needs of conflict affected populations. This will entail contextualizing protection guidelines, protocols and tools developed by the Ethiopia-Djibouti country office.
  • Closely follow ongoing contextual developments that have an impact on the protective environment in DRC’s areas of intervention and provide on-going analysis and recommendations.
  • Provide technical guidance on the implemented protection interventions to ensure quality and adherence to national and international protection standards and guidelines as well as DRC protection policies.
  • Lead and contribute to protection assessments in collaboration with other DRC teams as well as inter-agency initiatives.
  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy.
  • Undertake regular quality control and site monitoring to ensure that DRC’s protection services in the designated areas are provided in accordance with international best practice standards.
  • Develop and facilitate trainings and workshops for staff, IDP and returnee communities and other stakeholders. Develop staff capacities on protection issues, participatory protection assessments and monitoring and inclusion of vulnerable groups though training, mentoring and coaching.
  • Support the coordination and harmonization of DRC’s protection activities in the target area of intervention with those in other areas of operation.
  • Collaborate with the Bule Hora area office team to mainstream protection into all other sectors.
  • Provide protection updates to the Bule Hora Area Manager and Protection Manager - Addis on a regular basis
  • Collaborate with the Head of Program and Protection Manager at the national level to identify and promote protection-related advocacy issues and recommendations.
  • In coordination with the Bule Hora Area Manager, liaise with governmental officials and representatives from international and national organizations on DRC’s behalf and represent DRC in relevant coordination fora.
  • Promote improved understanding of protection issues among all relevant stakeholders and promote and advocate for adherence to international protection and humanitarian standards.

Job Requirements

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience) 
  • Minimum Bachelor degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • At least 5 years of experience leading the implementation of protection activities, including protection monitoring and analysis.
  • Of above minimum 3 years of experience in a project management position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority.
  • Experience with design and implementation of protection intervention targeting IDPs
  • Proven commitment to accountability and quality assurance.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Experience with capacity building, and organizing and facilitating trainings and workshops.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with staff members and other stakeholders.
  • Experience working in cross-cultural, multi-sector and/or remote environments.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Minimum Bachelor degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution
Excellent command of English
Knowledge of local language (optional)
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

Applying Instructions

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 April 12, 2020.
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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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