Team Leader – Protection

Development and Project Management
Jijiga, Somali  
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

Title: Team Leader -Protection  

Location:  Jijiga

Reports to: Area Manager


Start of Contract & Duration: 12 Months

Posting date: June 12, 2019




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.




Working under the direct management of the Project Manager, the Protection Manager will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of protection activities under DFID funding in Kebribayah, Awbarre and Sheder refugee camps as well as in Jijiga. Activities will focus on creating a welcoming environment for new refugee arrivals and strengthening community based protection networks for refugee and host community youth.  




Technical Management

  • Ensure high quality day-to-day technical management of all protection activities under DFID to ensure strict adherence with international best practice protections standards, including the identification of protection risks and vulnerabilities with acute awareness of issues related to gender, age and diversity.
  • Take lead in coordinating the design and implementation of pilot activities focusing on new arrivals and youth. Ensure that initial assessments and activities to be designed are relevant, responsive and rights-based, building upon the existing assets of the targeted communities. Activities will emphasize protection-related outreach and engagement focused on refugee and host community youth.
  • Ensure quality monitoring and evaluation of protection activities, working with relevant MEAL staff to coordinate and roll out MEAL systems, ensuring adequate monitoring, documentation and reporting of activities against relevant indicators. Maintain accurate and comprehensive files of protection activities, outputs, materials, and other relevant documentation.
  • Support staff to integrate protection concerns and awareness in other sectors as relevant.

Staff Management

  • Manage project staff and support respectful and positive working relationships for the effective implementation of protection activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support and capacity-building.
  • Ensure objectives for staff are set and that evaluations and performance reviews are conducted on a regular basis for all staff managed. Take responsibility for planning and management of leave for all staff managed.
  • Identify training and capacity building opportunities for staff and ensure they are well versed in key protection concepts relevant to the context, DRC's code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.


Project Management

  • Work closely with Project Manager to lead in planning procurement of protection related goods and services, taking responsibility for quality assurance, and ensuring follow up.
  • Work closely with Project Manager to maintain detailed tracking of protection related spending and participation in budget management meetings.
  • Ensure regular reporting for both internal and donor purposes is completed to a high standard and in a timely manner. This will include providing internal reports supported by key evidence.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key stakeholders, including community members and representatives, local government authorities, ARRA, UN agencies, and other stakeholders. In line with this, represent DRC by actively participating in coordination meetings, working groups and any other meetings as requested.


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


  • 5 years of experience working with displaced populations and familiarity with displacement dynamics, legal frameworks and humanitarian response related to forced displacement. A minimum of 2 years of management or technical protection experience working for an international NGO, UN agency or relevant ministry or authority.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively and harmoniously with people from different backgrounds. This includes diplomacy, tact and negotiating skills.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures
  • Prior experience working with government and non-government stakeholders as a trainer, including development of curriculum and relevant training materials.
  • Demonstrated professional experience managing protection, gender and human rights related activities in the context of irregular migration or trafficking in persons.




  • Advanced degree in International Law, Development Studies, Political Science or Social Sciences or relevant field from a recognized institution.



  • Excellent English skills both spoken and written. Knowledge of Somali language, an advantage

How 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 under Vacancies. 

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than June 26, 2019.

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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