Protection Officer (Social Cohesion)

at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 30, 2022
Category NGO
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop a work plan for the implementation of activities focusing on social cohesion and peace-building activities within the framework of the project;
  • Carry out activities focusing on social cohesion and peace-building activities according to work plan and allocated budget in accordance with international and national guidelines, resource packs, and activity packs;
  • Support the DRC’s conflict analysis and conduct a rapid assessment to identify the social cohesion and peace-building need and concern of the target population and frame response according to the identified need;
  • Provide capacity building training and workshops for community-based structures, local committees, and local authorities on social cohesion and peace-building strategies;
  • Mapping out and facilitating the establishment/strengthening of community groups such as peace committees, youth committees, and women committees;
  • Facilitating and Conducting community-based social cohesion mobilization and solidarity events between refugees and host communities while ensuring Do No Harm principles and conflict sensitivity principles.
  • Conduct community awareness sessions on social cohesion and peace-building matters with a particular focus on drivers of conflict, risk of conflicts, peaceful coexistence, and other relevant matters through community outreach.
  • Facilitating and Conducting periodic workshops to strengthen the link between the community structure and the formal justice structure/peace structure to complement each other, and also to assess the community action plans.
  • Facilitating the Production and dissemination of IEC materials by incorporating the key messages of social cohesion and peace-building activities;
  • Engage with DRC finance, administration, and supply chain team as needed to facilitate implementation of project activity;
  • Ensure the representation of project activities in the field of social cohesion and peace-building activities;
  • Perform other relevant duties, as needed or requested by Protection Team Leader


  • Prepare and submit progress reports of activities to the protection team leader;
  • Keep up-to-date records of project documents and provide updates as needed.


  • Liaise and build a partnership with community leaders, community-led structures, local authorities, humanitarian organizations operating in the area, and other relevant actors to achieve the project objective;
  • Collaborate with the DRC country protection program, and other DRC sectorial programs toward integrated programming.
  • Maintain good relations with all stakeholders.

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.


Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an entry to mid-level position, preferably in the field of humanitarian response and refugee protection working for an international NGO, UN agency, or relevant ministry or local authority.
  • Experience in refugee protection and/or social cohesion activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in youth programming and engagement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community-led structures, community-driven initiatives, social cohesion activities, conflict analysis techniques, conflict management and non-violent communication, participatory development processes;
  • Experience working with communities, particularly in conflict-affected areas;
  • Experience working with vulnerable people representing different backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and working with local government representatives;
  • Knowledge of gender and protection mainstreaming; a commitment to apply age, gender, and diversity (AGD) approach to programming.
  • Understanding of protection principles and protection minimum standards;
  • High level of personal initiative, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain working relationships across the organization.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures
  • Good proficiency in Microsoft Office package.

EDUCATION: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

  • Bachelor’s or degree in social sciences, community development, governance, law, social work, international development, or other relevant fields from a recognized institution.

LANGUAGE: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken Amharic and English. Knowledge of the local language is an asset.
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