Protection Officer – Jigjiga, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia


Protection Officer – Jigjiga, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia


Closing Date: May 3, 2021


Title: Protection Officer
Location:  25% Jijiga based and 75% fafan woredas (Tuli, Babali and Gursum) based
Employment Category:  G1
Reporting To: Protection Team Leader
Direct Reports: N/A
Start of Contract & Duration:  8 Months

Posting date: April 21, 2021 


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, the Protection Officer will support the implementation of DRC’s Community based protection activities supporting internally displaced people (IDPs) and associated host communities. The Protection Officer will conduct protection monitoring activities, including observation, facilitation of focus group discussions and leading key informant interviews, Safe identification of the IPA, compilation of weekly updates distribution of  supportive materials and Core relief Items,   will develop and facilitate trainings related to protection issues, will collaborate with relevant local authorities and duty-bearers to improve protection-related assistance, such as the provision of individualized protection assistance, and will support in the design and implementation of protection mainstreaming initiatives.



Technical Responsibilities:

  • Design, plan, implement and monitor protection activities, including awareness raising campaigns. For IDP communities in Fafan Zone of the Somali region.
  • Mobilize and encourage participation by community members in protection activities, including community-based protection committees.
  • Plan and facilitate regular meetings and trainings with community members, support groups and other stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other humanitarian agencies and government stakeholders to promote and enhance the protective environment for IDP communities.
  • Support the Protection Team Leader in the development of project, budget and procurement plans.

Project Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Monitor protection trends and needs in DRC’s areas of intervention and recommend activities and responses forDRC’s and other agencies.
  • Analyse disaggregated data on IPD populations as a means to inform programming and response activities.
  • Regularly monitor project 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.

Report Writing and Documentation

  • Support the Protection Team Leader in the development of daily, weekly and monthly reports.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all project activities including, including means of verification, assessments and case studies.
  • Contribute to the development of project proposal and concept notes.

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 protection concepts, prevention and response strategies, including experience with operationalizing global best practices and international standards for implementing protection programming in humanitarian contexts.
  • Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on protection-related topics.
  • Hands-on experience with protection case management and supporting community-based protection structures.
  • Experience working with displaced or conflict affected populations Including experience on community mobilization and community entry activities
  • 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.
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in Somali, Amharic and English.

Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):

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

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Somali (overall fluency required)

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


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 May 3, 2021.

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.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.


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