Protection Coordinator – Gender Based Violence (GBV)

at Danish Refugee Council
Location Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 24, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


Title: Protection Coordinator – Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Location:  Shire, Tigray Region

Reports to: Area Manager

Grade – G1

Number of Positions: 1

Start of Contract & Duration: One year

Posting date: August 19, 2021



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 GBV Coordinator for Tigray will support DRC’s Protection Manager in leading DRC's GBV programming in Shire and Shiraro as well as any other relevant location. He/she will provide technical oversight to DRC’s GBV activities across relevant locations in Tigray, ensuring the improvement and application of harmonised quality standards and support a consistent integration of protection principles and an AGD approach into all DRC's programme activities across Tigray. He/She will technically supervise GBV officers as well as provide any needed support to protection assistants and community workers. He/She will additionally work closely with the Protection Coordinator in Shire to ensure quality implementation of DRC’s activities across Tigray.


Management and supervision

  • Provide technical supervision to DRC’s GBV team in Shire and surrounding areas, in collaboration with the Protection manager and the Area manager;
  • Contribute to the recruitment and performance management of protection staff as needed;
  • Develop staff capacities on GBV as needed including case management, AGD, PSEA…;
  • Develop tools and guidelines to support protection programming in coordination with Protection Manager and Protection Coordinator.

Technical Oversight and Management of Protection Programming

  • Ensure that DRC's protection interventions are implemented according to international best practice standards;
  • Contribute to the design of GBV projects for Shire Office under the guidance of the Protection Manager;
  • Responsible for overall planning and timely implementation of GBV activities, ensuring adherence to DRC policies and procedures.
  • Ensure GBV guiding principles and approaches are adhered to in project interventions;
  • Ensure GBV principles and guidelines are known and strictly followed by all GBV staff and ensure GBV activities are always implemented in accordance with international GBV minimum standards;
  • Initiate prevention and response activities based on community recommendations including PSEA activities;
  • Build capacity of staff in GBV prevention and response through regular trainings, on the job coaching and mentoring. This includes providing specialized trainings for staff, including (but not limited to): case management, GBVIMS, PSS, GBV mainstreaming, GBV prevention approaches for the community, economic empowerment initiatives…;
  • Actively collaborate with the protection, shelter and WASH colleagues to seek program synergies and opportunities for innovative integration and to ensure comprehensive assistance to the persons of concern;
  • Contribute to mainstreaming protection efforts across DRC programs including lead on internal protection mainstreaming initiatives at the state level
  • Monitor and analyze main GBV concerns and advocate with relevant stakeholders with the aim of mitigating risks;
  • Lead the team in preparation of detailed Annual, Quarterly and Monthly Work plans and conduct regular project reviews;
  • Ensure timely and quality preparation and delivery of weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual progress and donor reports;
  • Spearhead all PSEA related campaigns/sensitizations and build the capacity of the GBV staff and partners on SEA in addition to actively participating in the interagency PSEA network, jointly with the Protection team;
  • Lead or contribute to protection/multisectoral assessments and mappings, and identify protection needs related to GBV and PSEA;
  • Ensure a strong service mapping is developed, regularly updated and shared and develop referral pathways where needed;
  • Conduct regular needs assessments to inform program design and strategic direction as well as identify risks and vulnerabilities;
  • Develop, adapt and oversee the roll-out and application of quality measures for DRC’s protection activities, in line with SPHERE standards, the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Child Protection, guidelines defined in national coordination forums, and similar;

Coordination and Representation

  • Represent DRC in GBV coordination meetings as agreed with the Protection Manager;
  • Promote improved understanding of protection issues among all relevant stakeholders and ensure the observance of international protection and humanitarian law standards;
  • Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, GBV, and AGD approaches.

Monitoring, Reporting, and Development

  • Support the Protection manager and Area Manager on protection related proposals as relevant;
  • Develop protection-focused program monitoring tools as relevant and upon request;
  • 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;
  • Ensure that the design and implementation of protection activities address protection needs of refugees, IDPs, and other vulnerable populations within DRC's mandate, and contribute to the relevant durable solutions;
  • Ensure that quality assurance systems are developed and applied, with particular reference to the Core Humanitarian Standard and Age, Gender and Diversity throughout the program;
  • Explore new partnerships and work closely with the Protection manager and the other relevant staff to develop quality proposals, concept notes, and budgets.

Job Requirements

Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum 3 years' work experience within the field of GBV and protection, particularly within the field of migrant/IDP/refugee protection;
  • Several years of experience working with international NGO's, UN agencies, relevant ministries and/or local authorities in IDP/migrants/refugee settings in complex emergencies;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering high-quality trainings on GBV core principles and other protection concepts;
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with and supporting national and local authorities as well as humanitarian coordination forums;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently independently;
  • 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;
  • Full proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) Excellent English writing skills;
  • Proficiency in Amharic
  • Tigrinya language skills strongly preferred

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.


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 note that we receive applications up to September 1, 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

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit. 

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