Danish Refugee Council Protection Officer-Youth Empowerment Jobs in Ethiopia

Danish Refugee Council Protection Officer-Youth Empowerment Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 206574

Category: Development and Project Management Location: Gambela
Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Employment Type: Contract
Salary: XXXX

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.

Overall purpose of the role:

Working under the direct management of the Team Leader Protection, the Protection Assistant, is responsible to give a substantial contribution to technical guidance and management of the youth empowerment project as required in the project documents and protection programming; Capacity building of junior national and refugee staff, beneficiaries, duty-bearers and other stakeholders ; Developing, coordinating, and/or conducting awareness-raising, training and dialogue sessions in peacebuilding and conflict management in Kule and Tierkidi refugee camps

Responsibilities and Tasks

To this end, it is expected that the Protection Assistant will perform the following tasks and responsibilities:

Technical Support:

  • Develop and facilitate youth recreational activities in the youth friendly spaces
  • Plan and facilitate capacity building for youth, including training on peace building, leaderships training, protection mainstreaming training and life skills
  • Involve the youth in youth-led awareness campaigns and initiatives targeting youth
  • Supervise and coordinate Social workers, and Role Models;
  • Conduct assessments and mappings and identify protection needs and vulnerabilities
  • Promote mainstreaming of Youth concerns and other protection concerns in all humanitarian interventions;

    General Management and Support:

  • Estimate quarterly program purchase requests according to the field requirements and submit requests on time.
  • Monitor supply and logistical needs of project and ensure adherence to all relevant DRC logistic policies, including management of materials in the youth recreational centers.
  • Ensure that all relevant financial documentation is complete and submitted to finance in a timely manner as required by DRC finance policy.
  • Manage all youth center facilitators/ Incentive social workers, supporting respectful and positive working relationships, which allow for the effective implementation of all DRC
  • Protection activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support and capacity building.
  • Undertake daily supervisory, monitoring and support visits to project locations.


  • Under the direction of the Team Leader Protection, support local level reporting for both internal and donor purposes on all Protection related activities. This will include providing weekly reports to the Team Leader Protection, and MEAL Officer.

    Job Requirements

    Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Bachelor’s degree in in, Social Work, Sociology,
    Education, Psychology or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in an entry to mid to level position, preferably with experience in the NGO field.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office.

    Additional Characteristics

  • Clear understanding of youth empowerment and protection, and issues surrounding youth empowerment/vocational training
  • Ability to lead, train, supervise, facilitate and motivate other Youth empowerment staff in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team essential.
  • Ability to communicate in English and write clear and concise reports in English.
  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Fluency in English language is required.
  • Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills with ability to work both independently and within a team in a demanding work environment.
  • Excellent personnel management skills, including diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Experience collaborating in protection, gender and human rights related activities.
  • Experience working with youth and young people and in community mobilizations and participatory approaches.
  • Experience living and working in cross-cultural and remote environments.
  • Ability to speak in NUER is an advantage.


  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English & Amharic.
  • Local language is an asset (Nuer/Arabic)

    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

    How to Apply

    To Apply

    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 www.drc.dk under Vacancies.

    Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than May 9, 2019.

    For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.

    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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