Protection Officer – Tibú At Danish Refugee Council


The Danish Refugee Council ( DRC ) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide adequate assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants.

Our vision is to help refugees, internally displaced persons and their host communities to a decent life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout the conflict displacement by providing shelter, food and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.

DRC established an operational presence in Colombia in 2011 with a focus on Humanitarian Mine Action ( HMA ) and providing support to the population affected by the conflict in southern country. With the start of large mixed migration flows to Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis, DRC launched an integrated humanitarian response in 2018 to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees and host communities in some of the most vulnerable areas of Colombia, such as the Caribbean coastal areas ( Riohacha and Barranquilla ). urban centers ( Bogota and Cundinamarca ), and Caquetá. In 2021, DRC opened field offices on the South Pacific coast in the department of Nariño and Northern Colombia in Norte de Santander.


  • Under the supervision of the Protection Manager, the Protection Officer will support the implementation on the ground of all Protection objectives under DRC projects.
  • The Protection Officer will develop and maintain good relationships with people of interest, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support the proper implementation and coordination of DRC Protection activities that will be carried out in the intervention area.
  • Support the Protection Manager to guarantee the quality of the planning, implementation and monitoring of protection activities.
  • Support the implementation of differential approaches, especially gender, age and ethnicity, in the Protection activities of the Tibú office.


Implementation of the Protection Project

  • Participate in the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with the agreed objectives.
  • Continuously monitor and document the needs of people of interest.
  • Implement protection monitoring, through the collection of qualitative data and data, implementing quantitative through individual protection monitoring, focus groups, and interviews of key informants on protection issues.
  • Support the development of victim registration and those activities related to Law 1448, as required by the context.
  • Identify and document vulnerable people or communities that have been affected by the dynamics of the armed conflict in the region, compiling the necessary information and carrying out the assessment of the risk situations and protection gaps that the population presents.
  • Manage confidential information correctly, managing protection files accurately, correctly and completely.
  • Develop plans to address identified protection needs by delivering individual protection assistance ( IPA ) and / or referrals to specialized internal and / or external services
  • Keep the database of interviews with key actors, referrals and IPA, updated and correct.
  • Provide information for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by the Protection Team Leader. Likewise ad hoc reports when necessary.
  • Support the Protection Team leader in the preparation of reports or inputs resulting from protection monitoring for DRC’s participation in local coordination spaces ( ELC ), at the institutional or humanitarian tables to contrast information on the dynamics of the armed conflict in the region.
  • Ensure the highest quality of protection interventions and coherence among all projects, ongoing and proposed, in accordance with the general strategy.
  • Follow work plans and guidelines
  • Contribute to the strengthening of the gender approach in protection actions.
  • Guide people of interest according to protection routes, mapping of services and humanitarian and institutional actors to access the guarantee of rights.
  • Organize and facilitate focus groups and information sessions and awareness campaigns on protection issues.
  • Participate in training and feedback spaces for protection actions.
  • Collaboratively participate in the actions of the protection team.
  • Contribute to the development of operational protection tools.

Programming and Operations

  • Ensure efficient and effective program implementation while following the budget and work plan.
  • Participate in the preparation of monthly reports and budgets.


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in humanitarian protection, social work, human rights, work with victims of the armed conflict or other similar field work, related to institutions of the National System of Comprehensive Care and Reparation to Victims – SNARIV, NGO or other non-profit organization.
  • Field experience and work with internally displaced persons.
  • Field and work experience with women survivors of VBG and LGBTI people.
  • Basic knowledge on assistance and reparation routes for victims of the armed conflict.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in humanitarian protection and a differential approach in protection responses;
  • Experience in data collection and analysis;
  • Optimal skills to work with tablets and computers
  • Optimal skills in MS Word and Excel
  • Will and ability to learn
  • Experience with the following standard procedures and guidelines


  • Quiet and diplomatic in character.
  • Good teamwork; ability to create a good environment.
  • English proficiency is an advantage.
  • Having worked in the intervention region or knowing the territorial context.


Relevant diploma or professional degree ( for example, political science, law, social work, international development, psychology, human rights )


All DRC functions require the subsequent holder to master the basic DRC competencies:

  • Achieve excellence: focus on achieving results and ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaboration: involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Take the initiative: take possession and initiative while seeking innovation.
  • Communicate: listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrate integrity: act on DRC vision and values


  • The opportunity to belong to one of the best NGOs worldwide.
  • Access to more than 1,000 free online trainings and certificates.
  • Prepaid medicine, 100% coverage of the employee policy and special price for beneficiaries.
  • 6-month fixed-term national contract with all legal benefits
  • Salary starting at $ 3,341,000 according to the candidate’s experience and skills.
  • Start date: October 02, 2023.
  • Salary and conditions according to the terms of employment in Colombia.

Application process: All applicants must upload a cover letter ( max. 1 page ) and an updated CV ( max. 2 pages, without supports ) in Spanish, on the DRC employment platform. Requests sent by email will not be considered.

Application closing date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 11:59 am Local Time. If you apply to this position, we understand that you have the availability to move to the Tibú area or live in the area. Please note that applications will be continually reviewed and interviews will be planned as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. DRC reserves the right to close the vacancy before the deadline once a suitable candidate is identified. It is recommended to apply to this vacancy as soon as possible, if this is of interest to you.


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