Protection Officer (Monitoring)

Job Description


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 (Community-Based), the Protection Officer-Monitoring will coordinate and implement protection monitoring activities under the DANIDA 2023 cross-border protection monitoring and social cohesion initiative across the Lare and Wanthoa Woreda of the Nuer Zone of the Gambella region. Specifically, she or he will plan and conduct protection monitoring visits across the identified project locations, track new displacements, and timely report on protection trends and risks identified. The position will, furthermore, be tasked with identifying and providing direct assistance and support to people with specific needs. Additionally, the position is expected to contribute to other protection activities that DRC is implementing across Itang refugee camps and host communities, including new sites in the region where DRC proposed to intervene.


Responsibilities: (in bullet points)

Implement assigned protection monitoring activities in line with international standards, best practices and DRC protection monitoring guidelines
Maintain good relationships with other stakeholders to collect daily information on fresh displacements in the area of coverage.
Produce protection monitoring reports on a regular basis
Provide ongoing mentorship and technical support to the protection focal points in the areas of intervention
Conduct protection needs and vulnerability assessments as relevant
Ensure the provision of effective protection services and referrals.
Identify individuals with special needs and the types of assistance needed.
Collaborate with relevant partners to develop and maintain protection referral mechanisms.
Contribute in the development of protection monitoring tools and in the analysis of the collected information
Ensure protection mainstreaming in all of DRC’s interventions.
Monitor protection trends and needs in DRC’s areas of intervention and recommend activities and responses for DRC’s and other agencies.
Ensure ethical and statistically-sound data collection, analysis and protection monitoring reports procedures
Analyze disaggregated protection related data as a means to inform programming and response activities.
Contribute to the monthly progress report as well as cluster 5ws
Regularly monitor the project’s protection activities and provide feedback for ensuring 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 daily, weekly and monthly reports.
Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including means of verification, assessments and case studies.

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.

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 humanitarian response and refugee/IDP protection working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or local authority.
Technical understanding of core protection concepts, prevention and response strategies, including experience with operationalizing global best practices and international standards for implementing protection monitoring in humanitarian contexts.
Experience in conducting protection monitoring or protection assessments
Strong analytical skills
Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on protection-related topics.
Hands-on experience with supporting community-based protection structures.
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 Proficiency in Microsoft Office


EDUCATION: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

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



Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English, Amharic and local language.

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit an 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 19, 2023.

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, color, 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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