Protection Manager – DRC



DRC (Danish Refugee Council), founded in Denmark in 1956, is Denmark’s largest and the world’s leading non-profit, independent, rights-based refugee organization.

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

  • Headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Founded: 1956
  • Key people: Charlotte Slente – Secretary-General

Job Description

OrganizationDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
Contract type:Expatriate contract
Application due:04/11/2021

Danish Refugee Council (DRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Manager for its operations in Sudan. DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004 working across 4 area offices covering both immediate humanitarian needs but also engages in longer term development activities.

About the job

The Protection Manager has the overall accountability for the implementation, quality, and coordination of DRC Sudan Protection activities in Central Darfur. This position directly line manages Protection field teams reporting to the Area Manager.

Protection activities in Sudan are focused on: individual protection assistance and case management, GBV, community-based protection, child protection and increasing community cohesion. Protection is mainstreamed throughout all other programme areas (FSL, Mixed Migration, and Community-Driven Recovery) and is a key component in programme design.

About you –

Project Management and Implementation: 
•    Oversee the implementation of all Protection programming, including programme quality and budget management across all field sites
•    Undertake regular on-site visits to monitor the quality of activity implementation at the village-level and provide technical advice to field project staff as necessary
•    Ensure the relevance and implementation of technically-sound beneficiary selection criteria and approaches
•    Support DRC offices in strengthening information management, including standardized databases for protection and planning purposes
•    Support donor reporting by providing accurate and timely input on protection activities
•    Develop protocols and guidelines for protection activities and mainstreaming and train/coach staff to understand and implement, including strong integration and cooperation with the FSL team
•    Participate in the staff recruitment process, new staff on-boarding and induction process, capacity building, and performance appraisal of Protection staff
•    Invest heavily in the skills and competencies of national field teams – the Protection manager will provide hands-on coaching, guidance and technical support to programme staff, ensuring clarity over programme plans and priorities

Programme Development and Quality 
•    Develop the strategic protection framework, DRC’s Protection Strategy in Central Darfur and provide technical assistance to roll it out, in coordination with the Global Specialist Lead on Protection at HQ
•    Identify gaps and opportunities for further programming, support needs assessments and gap analyses, and contribute to proposals and other programme development initiatives
•    Ensure that a protection risk analysis is in place and constantly updated in the area of responsibility
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning 
•    Monitor protection risks and needs in project sites on a regular basis in alignment with project requirements
•    Collaborate with M&E team to ensure monitoring activities are mainstreamed with protection and ensure protection of vulnerable groups while gathering appropriate and accurate data on protection outcomes
•    Develop internal learning and appropriate program adjustments due to new opportunities/challenges
•    Lead the development of Protection assessments, with support from the Grants and MEAL Manager
•    Work closely with team to support the development of accountability activities, ensuring compliance with CHS
Finance, Procurement and Administration 
•    Accountability for the management of Protection programme budgets (budget holder), with support from the Finance Manager and Head of Support Services
•    Ensure Protection Team raises Purchase Requests (PRs) in a timely manner, in-line with DRC standards, and follow-up procurement processed with the Supply Chain Manager
•    Ensure HR policies are followed, including completion of regular Performance Management Meetings, with all Protection staff 
•    Ensure familiarity with DRC’s Operational Handboo
•    Proactively seek training from the Support Services Department on operational policies and processes for Protection team should gaps in understanding be apparent
Coordination & Representation 
•    Support Area Managers and Head of Programmes in identifying partnership opportunities and liaising with local partners concerning protection activities and implementation
•    In consultation with HoP, coordinate with national, local and international actors and participate in working groups and other sector meetings on protection related issues
•    Stay abreast of developments in the protection environment in Sudan and provide timely analysis on key issues on a regular basis


•    At least 5 years of proven international experience in field-based protection in a range of settings
•    At least 3 years experience with people management
•    Master’s degree (e.g. political science, international development, economics)                             
•    Detailed understanding of humanitarian and protection principles and their application, including community safety and rights-based approaches 
•    Knowledge of protection standards and guidelines 
•    Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills 
•  Demonstrated experience and ability to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend DRC’s interests with a diverse range of government officials, local organizations and other groups.  
•   Skills in Project Cycle Management and sound project management skills, including creating work plans, budgeting and delegation of responsibilities: sets clear milestones, organises work and monitors progress in a dynamic and quick paced environment 
•    Ability to work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid environment: Cultural sensitivity and respectful of local contexts 
•    Proven experience in providing technical guidance and training including development of training materials  
•    Effectively engages and communicates with communities in a responsible manner and is aware of AAP principles

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We offer

Contract length: 9 months

Band: F

Designation of Duty Station: Central Darfur

Start date: Immediate

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment.

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Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 4 November 2021. For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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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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Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

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