Protection Officer

  • Ensure – through clear weekly and monthly work plans – protection monitoring, field assessments, community-based activities, especially life-skills, socio-recreational and awareness raising activities, are carried out in a timely, effective and technically sound manner.
  • Supervise the conduct of individual interviews and facilitate participatory protection assessment – applying the Age, Gender and Diversity approach – to fully understand the displaced population in its diversity, their protection concerns and priorities, and the resources available to them.
  • Support the collection of information/data about vulnerability, protection needs and concerns of the targeted population.
  • Ensure that the above-described protection information gathering, sharing and filing are done in accordance with agreed information management system that respects the dignity and ensure the confidentiality of the information sources
  • Act as focal point for the identification and referral of Extremely Vulnerable Individuals and People with Specific Protection Needs for adequate assistance according to DRC pre-defined criteria.
  • Manage individual protection cases, including maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent.
  • Update case files on individual developments, following DRC SOPs and ensuring beneficiaries’ data are protected.
  • Support the implementation of the Special Needs Fund component in order to respond to immediate and urgent needs of the identified most vulnerable individuals, with a particular focus on women at risk.
  • Conduct follow-up monitoring visits to ensure that needs have been met in an appropriate manner and beneficiary have the opportunity to provide feedback on the assistance received.
  • Ensure dissemination of clear and reliable information on service provision and other preselected key topics.
  • Contribute to the establishment/maintenance of a referral pathway, respectful of the confidentiality principle and DRC SOPs.
  • Contribute to building the capacities of local actors through involvement in their capacity-building planninng, localized protection network meetings and co-facilitating their training sessions.
  • Supervise and coordinate the organization and implementation of community-based activities, especially socio-recreational, life-skills and awareness raising activities, with special emphasis on extremely vulnerable individuals and people with specific needs, with the aim of improving their psychosocial well-being.
  • Prepare and submit activity plans and reports to the team leader/protection manager on agreed schedules.
  • Provide verbal and written feedback to supervisor on progress, lesson learnt, achievements and gaps, issues and problems.
  • Keep a database of the number of beneficiaries per activity in each location, disaggregated by sex
  • Liaise with relevant public authorities and service providers in order to foster effective collaboration and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of IDPs, refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Project Manager;
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme and protection Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
  • Conduct duties in strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality.
  • Maintain and promote a positive image of DRC and its activities by explaining what DRC is doing and why DRC operates in that way.
Essential Qualifications and Experience:
  • University degree in law, human rights, refugee studies, social sciences or other related discipline;
  • Relevant professional experience of three (3) years, preferably in emergency and/or development context;
  • Prior experience or familiarity with DRC and/or persons of concern (including internally displaced persons and refugees-returnees) would be a distinct advantage;
  • Prior experience or familiarity with NGO sector would be an advantage;
  • Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards, with special emphasis on women rights and SGBV, would be a distinct advantage.
  • Good spoken and written English and //Arabic and relevant computer skills.
  • A high respect to client/organization confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people with special needs and other vulnerability.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience: 
  • Advanced university degree would be an asset.
  • Report writing skills. \
  • Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector is preferred but not essential.
Competency profile: 
  • Experience in management of a team;
  • Excellent analysis and reporting skills;
  • Excellent communication and organization skills;
  • Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures;
  • Ethical and transparent decision-making;
  • High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules;
  • Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure;
  • Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work;
  • Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity.
  • Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office, Internet etc.);
  • Fluent spoken and written Kurdish and Arabic, and basic verbal and written English skills are required.


Application process: 
Interested? Apply for this position by clicking HERE then click Apply for position. All applicants should send a cover letter and an updated CV no longer than four pages, both in English. Your CV should also include contact details of three professional referees.
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