Protection Officer at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income-generating activities, and a wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Protection Officer

Loccation: Bama, Borno
Supervised by: Protection Team Leader
Reporting to: Protection Team Leader
Employment Period: 6 Months with the possibility of extension
Type of Contract (Expat/National/Trainee): National


  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and its safety unit, 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: Within the scope of DRC’s Protection projects, the Protection Officer will be responsible for the supervision of the Protection activities and team on his/her axis of responsibility.
  • The PRO is expected to travel Banki or Dikwa on a regular basis according to the work plan established by the Protection Team Leader. Responsibilities include the management and direct supervision of the Protection assistants operating in his/her axis of responsibility, the supervision of the protection activities, the representation at local coordination meetings, as well as the liaison with key local stakeholders (partners, authorities etc.).
  • The PRO is also responsible for drafting Protection Monitoring and activity reports (weekly, monthly, ad hoc) based on key finding and achievements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Protection Team lead, the holder of this position shall perform the following duties:

Program Implementation:

  • Assist the Protection Team leader to develop and coordinate emergency rapid needs assessments and responses in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements
  • Actively participate in preparations of field missions, i.e. prepare documentation required, procurements, travel documentation and ensure that the protection risks and concerns are considered in the mission planning
  • Set up of complaints mechanisms for beneficiaries as both an accountability measure and a protection outlet
  • Under the supervision of the Protection Team Leader, ensure timely and qualitative implementation of the Protection activities at field level, in line with DRC and international standards, and donor agreements.
  • Supervise, mentor, and develop teams of Protection assistants in field locations, as well as teams of Protection volunteers (including work plan, capacity building, and technical support)
  • Take lead in conducting trainings of community members, partner staff and other local authorities on protection topics.
  • Support activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence at country level.
  • Draft Protection Monitoring, activity reports, and evidence-based advocacy note on a weekly, monthly, and ad hoc basis.
  • Represent protection department in various partner coordination meetings including PSWG, CP-SSWG, GBV-TWG, MHPSS and government line ministries as relevant.
  • Provide trainings/capacity building to duty bearers, international and local NGOs and IDP communities on protection related issues (guiding principles of IDP protection; child protection; SGBV etc.);
  • Collect and maintain project data ensuring the highest standards of data protection and confidentiality;
  • Provide functional and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management.
  • Support with occasional document translation and provide interpretation support to Protection Manager/Specialist during meetings, trainings, and other project activities.
  • Establish good working relationships and high level of communication with the Protection Manager
  • In collaboration with the PIM specialist, report, manage, and analyze protection monitoring and protection activity data and key achievement
  • Develop together with the team clear work plans on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Merge protection activity plans with fleet movement plans and ensure relevant security clearance by liaising with safety.
  • Prepare and compile weekly, monthly donor reports on project activities on a timely manner and share this with the relevant managers including the Protection Coordinator/Manager.
  • Ensure case management procedures are followed including IPA review and case conferencing.
  • Ensure Management of individual cases and appropriate documentation and filling including inputted in Kobo and case trackers.
  • Follow up all referrals and track effective referrals. Liaise with relevant partners to procure services for cases by initiating communication with the concerned agencies for further assistant to the affected communities.
  • Ensure proper protection monitoring activities informed by protection trends. Coordinate the entire protection monitoring exercise, analyze and compile report and liaise with the protection manager for technical support.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Psychology, Social Work, Social Sciences, Counselling, Education, Human Rights, Development Studies or relevant equivalent disciplines.
  • 2 years work experience in a humanitarian organization / with displacement affected populations or significant experience as a DRC Protection social or outreach worker
  • Knowledge of protection norms, principles, and activities.


  • Excellent communication skills (oral and writing)
  • Professional fluency in English, Hausa, Kanuri is an added advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills – self-motivated individuals, able to take initiative and propose solutions, resilient, positive, and able to work independently.
  • Skills and experience in Assessment, delivery, monitoring, review and evaluation, working with refugees or IDPs
  • Good facilitation/training skills; experience designing and delivering training curricula, preferably focused on adult learning;

General Regulations:

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.

Application Closing Date
9th June, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 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.
  • However, all applicants shall take into consideration that DRC cannot offer an international work contract to a citizen of the country of assignment (in this specific case, Nigeria)
  • Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

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