Protection Officer (Protection Monitoring)

at Danish Refugee Council
Location Shire and Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 25, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB


Title: Protection Officer (Protection Monitoring)

Location:  Shire and Mai Tsebri

Required No: (Three) 2 for Shire and 1 for Mai Tsebri (Kindly indicate clearly on your application for which duty station you would like to apply)

Employment Category:  H2

Reporting To: Protection Team Leader

Direct Reports: N/A

Start of Contract & Duration:  Form July 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021

Posting date: June 22, 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 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.


Under the supervision of the Protection team Leader, the Protection Officer will coordinate and implement emergency protection activities in selected sites. Specifically, she/he will conduct integrated rapid protection assessments and protection monitoring activities, develop local service mapping and referral pathways, provide information on services and contextual key protection concerns. He/she will also be tasked to identify through their work vulnerable cases and provide direct assistance and support including referrals and IPA. Additionally, the position is expected to contribute to other protection activities that DRC is implementing in the area based on their capacity and direction from the supervisor.


Responsibilities and tasks

  • Maintain good relationships with other stakeholders to collect information on new displacements in the area of coverage;
  • Implement protection monitoring activities and/or rapid protection assessments in line with best practices and DRC data collection guidelines within the timeframe given;
  • Ensure safe, ethical and statistically-sound data collection;
  • Conduct protection needs and vulnerability assessments and monitoring as relevant and when asked;
  • Provide ongoing mentorship and technical support to the protection focal points in the areas of intervention;
  • Develop local service mapping and update them on a regular basis;
  • Collaborate with relevant partners to develop and maintain protection referral mechanisms;
  • Safely Identify vulnerable individual in needs of assistance and provide them with referrals and emergency protection assistance in line with the guidelines and strategy;
  • Contribute to the development of protection assessment tools and in the analysis of the collected information;
  • Support protection mainstreaming in all of DRC’s interventions;
  • Work closely with the other sectors of intervention to increase synergy in target areas and activities such as participating to distributions to provide information or other integrated activities;
  • Monitor protection trends and needs in DRC’s areas of intervention and recommend activities;
  • Participate to the monitoring the project’s protection activities and provide feedback to ensure activities are responsive, and contextually and culturally appropriate;
  • Assisting in developing and conducting assessments, mid-term and end of project reports and evaluations;
  • Ensure DRC’s accountability commitments are mainstreamed into all protection activities;
  • Support in the development of assessment reports and daily, weekly and monthly reports;
  • Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including means of verification, assessments and case studies;

Any other tasks required by his/her supervisors in the limit of his/her expertise.

Job Requirements

Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in an entry to mid-level position, with experience in the field of protection in a humanitarian response working with refugees and/or IDPs for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority.
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts, prevention and response strategies in line with best practices;
  • Experience in conducting protection monitoring and assessments, in developing and strengthening service mapping and referral pathways;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Hands-on experience and emergency and first line response experience is highly desired;
  • Strong initiative skills;
  • Experience working in protection in an integrated manner with other humanitarian sectors of intervention;
  • Experience working with displaced or conflict affected populations;
  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team;
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures;
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.

Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):

  • University degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English, Amharic and Tigrinya.

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 July 5, 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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