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Protection Officer – General Protection
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Job Expired 27 Jun 2024
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

Position Title

Protection Officer – General Protection

Supervised by

Protection Manager

Reporting to

Protection Manager

Duty Station

Mubi, Adamawa State

Area of Operation


Employment Period

6 Month with possibility of extension

Type of Contract (Expat/National/Trainee)


Salary & Benefits

NM - H


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profitmaking, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has had an operational presence in Nigeria since 2015. DRC Nigeria is the largest DRC country mission in the West Africa region and one of the largest DRC country missions globally. Currently, DRC delivers life-saving assistance and protection to vulnerable, conflict-affected populations including internally displaced persons, returnees, and host communities in the areas of armed violence reduction, humanitarian mine action, livelihoods, nutrition and food security, protection, shelter and non-food items (NFI) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in 30+ Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in northeast Nigeria.

Overall Purpose of the Role

The position within the scope of DRC’s Protection projects, we plan, implement and follow-up on General activities, facilitate access to services through the referral system, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, protection monitoring and awareness-raising. S/he will ensure the quality of the planning, implementation and follow up on all aspects of sector activities being implemented by DRC. Develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders, and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s protection activities. The Protection Officer will be responsible for the supervision of the protection activities and team on his/her areas of responsibility.

Job Responsibilities

Programmme quality and implementation

  • Ensure the development and quality implementation of all protection activities at field level in accordance with the agreed work plan (under the supervision of the protection manager) and the international standards.
  • Ensure the management/recruitment of the field protection casual workers (team and work management)
  • Develop/ prepare activity and protection reports (weekly, monthly, ad hoc)
  • Conducting needs and programmatic assessments in targeted locations as agreed upon with the manager
  • Identify, document, refer and or intervene on protection cases identified in within protection activities.
  • Liaise with humanitarian actors to lobby for services for beneficiaries through bilateral or multi-lateral engagement.
  • Ensure all protection cases are documented in appropriate forms – referrals, individual case forms, captured on Kobo and protection dashboard. Ensure all hard copies are stored securely and in appropriate filing systems as per DRC standards in coordination with PIM Specialist.
  • Ensure vulnerable persons, persons with disability, women, girls, UAMs and other vulnerable children are included in programming
  • Follow up on all protection related complaints and conduct protection concern verification and referrals where appropriate.
  • Engage with communities directly and create awareness on protection mainstreaming, protection principles, human rights, child protection, SGBV, CFM, gender and age diversity inclusion throughout the project period.
  • Carry out protection risks assessments, protection monitoring activities as advised by line manager and coordinator.
  • Document and analyze FGDs, community meetings, KII and HH surveys conducted into a report for sharing with managers and coordinator for review.
  • Identify protection trends and bring this to the attention of the line manager for action planning
  • Carry out advocacy and sensitization activities at the field level
  • Represent DRC protection in all partner discussions at the field level
  • Carry out any delegated activities as assigned by DRC management at the field level including supervision of field bases.
  • Manage DRC protection assets assigned to the field of operation.
  • Liaise with security officers in DRC to always keep up to date on security situation of the field base.
  • Support protection coordinator, manager with itinerary planning for field visits including donor visits.
  • Provide detailed updates of activities within your designated field site

Supply Chain/Finance

  • Support the monitoring of financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow-up.
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their execution as requested by the Protection Manager
  • Support with the distributions, plans and coordination with logistics in a timely manner
  • Support Protection Team leader and Manager on the administrative tasks related to requests to logistics/procurement
  • Ensure compliance with guidelines on HR, admin, finance and logistics

The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.

Experience and technical competencies:


  • Minimum of 2-3 years of relevant work experience in humanitarian organisation and at least 2 years’ experience with protection sector in Nigeria.
  • Strong understanding of protection issues including general protection, child protection and gender-based violence.
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of global protection guidelines
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong sense of personal integrity and understanding of confidentiality and ethics
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems etc.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and prioritize the safety and dignity of beneficiaries at all times.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and willingness to work and live in a complex context.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures


  • Bachelor's Degree in Law, Psychology, Social work, Social Sciences, Counselling, Education, Human Rights, Development Studies or relevant equivalent disciplines.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in local spoken languages.

Key stakeholders:


  • Protection Manager
  • Protection Team Leader
  • Protection/PIM specialist
  • Protection assistants
  • Other programme/Support staffs.


Project participants, local authorities, partner organizations etc.

Core Competencies of DRC:

  • Striving for excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Taking the lead
  • Communication
  • Demonstrating Integrity


  • Availability: 01/07/2024
  • Salary and conditions: In accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment.
  • The income will be subject to statutory deductions as per applicable Nigeria laws. The employee is responsible for the tax returns.

Application Process

  • The position is for NIGERIAN NATIONALS STAFF ONLY.
  • Are you interested? Then apply for this position online: All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.

DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.

Applications close on the 27th of June 2024 at midnight (GMT-time). Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.

This position is no longer open.