Protection Coordinator At Danish Refugee Council


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


The Protection Coordinator is responsible for: the overall DRC Afghanistan Protection Strategy; technical design; quality assurance; and the support, mentoring and capacity building of staff (field and country office). S/he will ensure interventions are harmonized across different areas of operations, that tools, SOPs and quality benchmarks are established and adhered to, and that protection interventions are integrated with other DRC Afghanistan sectors wherever possible to ensure a more holistic approach to assistance. To help discharge this duty, the Protection Coordinator provides day-to-day supervision of 1-2 Protection – ideally sub-sector focused – Specialists, who support on these tasks in the Country Office and during travel to the field, particularly to locations inaccessible to international staff.


Programming and Coordination

· Oversee all DRC Afghanistan protection programming and provide guidance/support to ensure quality ad timely protection deliverables.

· Lead/support on the design of protection proposals and quality assurance of reports, advocacy and policy notes.

· Develop/ensure that protection is mainstreamed across all sectors and areas of interventions.

· Feed into the Country Strategy and update the Protection Strategy as needed.

· Maintain up to date knowledge of protection issues in Afghanistan and share this information with teams and senior management as appropriate.

· Provide technical advice on assessments; participate in protection assessments as needed.

· Identify protection gaps and opportunities for DRC interventions and participate in enhancing sector integration.

· Share experiences, lessons learned, and good practices internally and including from other DRC country programs, Regional Office, and headquarters.

· Manage information flows internally and externally including from/to Cluster Coordination and other relevant fora.

· Ensure protection related information products are standardized and kept up to date, e.g. area reports, 5Ws, briefing notes and coordinate news/interest piece and press releases.

· Develop/strengthen a protection data collection and management system as required.

· Work closely with the Head of Programme, the Advocacy Specialist, MEAL Manager, Programme Support Unit, Technical Coordinators and Area Managers and/or Area Programme Managers to ensure that all protection activities uphold standards while key issues and findings are utilized for program design, and/or advocacy efforts.

· Engage and work with the DRC hosted Asia Displaced Solutions Platform (ADSP) comprised of DRC, IRC and NRC, as well as the DRC hosted Mixed Migrations Center (MMC) for join collaborations.


· Continue the active engagement with the Protection Cluster and aim to be part of the Cluster Advisory Group (PC SAG).

· Attend national level protection cluster as well as other protection related meetings; respond to requests for information from protection cluster and related sub-clusters.

· Co-lead the Interagency PSEA Taskforce together with WFP

· Advocate and guide advocacy on protection issues.

Organisation, administration, and personnel management

· Provide technical support for expat and national staff Protection recruitments.

· Provide direct line management to Country Office based protection staff as applicable (e.g. Protection Information Management Officer, technical specialists, consultants).

Training and capacity building

· Identify training gaps among protection and other DRC staff and/or implementing partners and facilitate coaching, mentoring and support as part of capacity building initiatives accordingly.


· Ensure that DRC’s protection programming meets quality standards and accountability obligations and are carried out in accordance with global best practices, minimum standards, and guidelines


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies:

· Min. 5 years of protection programming in developing countries and humanitarian crisis settings.

· Working on displacement issues of both internally displaced and refugees and knowledge of related international standards/frameworks.

· Strategic programming and planning, monitoring and implementation in the field of protection.

· External Representation.


· University degree (BA and preferably Master or Post graduate) in a relevant field (law, social sciences, humanitarian related etc.)


· Fluency in written and Spoken in English and the local languages is required.

We Offer:

· English – Fluent writing/speaking

· Dari and/or Pashto – added value

How to apply

Interested? Then apply for this position, all applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) by clicking on the following link:

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