Protection Specialist

from Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 20 Nov 2019

Overall Purpose of the Role – To provide strategic support to the DRC Sudan programme as it undertakes a comprehensive review of its programming, with a focus on strengthening protection activities and mainstreaming protection across our work. The purpose of this role is to develop a roadmap for the team to achieve that objective.

The mission will entail traveling to all 5 field offices in Darfur, and working alongside protection teams and our recently arrived Protection Manager to understand the context, ask critical questions about what we do and why, and offer considered opinions on what DRC’s future protection programming should look like. It will involve collaborating with the Protection Manager to deliver trainings, with a preference for on the job coaching and workshop-based approaches. You will be asked to produce short easy-to-digest documents (guidance notes, SOPs and tools) that can be used by national protection staff, while also drafting your professional advice for the SMT on setting the strategic direction of the programme and efficient resource allocation for improved results.

The protection strategy for the programme is envisaged as a document that guides both the organization’s future protection programming by area as well as mainstreaming protection across sectors and responses.

The below objectives outline key priorities envisions for the deployment, however, these will be reviewed and prioritized in consultation with the Head of Program upon commencement of the contract and throughout the course of the deployment.




Month 1

Evidence gathering for protection strategy

  • Desk review of key programme documents including SPD, HRP, current protection SOPS and tools, existing draft of protection strategy
  • Meet project staff, visit operational areas in Khartoum and Darfur
  • Meet stakeholders, including Protection Cluster representatives and other protection agencies, in operational areas, visit and observe activities currently in progress
  • Review opportunity and risk in areas of operation
  • Meet with Protection Manager and SMT and agree structure of protection strategy

Information gathering for training and needs assessment

  • Review protection SOPs and tools, in particular existing case management SOPs and tools
  • Identify training needs for staff and partners
  • Develop staff training plan

Advice and coaching for protection staff

  • Review and provide feedback on quality of current protection activities observed
  • Support the team to launch protection monitoring reports

Protection Strategy: Zero draft

Protection Monitoring Reports

Month 2

Drafting of protection strategy

  • Detailed draft of activities by area
  • Detailed draft of context analysis including risk and stakeholder analysis by area

Training and needs assessment

  • In partnership with the Protection Manager, develop a training plan for all staff in DRC Sudan, that addresses both technical skill gaps required to deliver protection activities, but also mainstreaming protection as described in the strategy
  • Ensure the plan is signed off, resourced from current and future budgets, and relevant expertise identified according to an agreed timeline
  • Identify likely areas for refresher training and leave in place a system for regularly assessing training needs
  • Develop training materials, focusing on practical workshop based approaches

Advice and coaching for protection staff

  • Advise the Protection Manager in strengthening record keeping and other systems underpinning protection activities
  • in partnership with the Protection Manager, develop a dissemination plan around protection monitoring reports, ensuring teams understand and use them.
  • Support protection teams to strengthen their participation in monthly programme reviews

Protection Strategy: Detailed draft

Protection Training Needs Assessment: report on capacity of staff by office identifying training needs

Plan of training and coaching for DRC Sudan

Protection Monitoring Reports

Month 3

Protection Strategy

  • Draft finalized and approved by SMT
  • All staff are familiarized with the new strategy and what it means for their roles
  • Relevant teams are coached on how to implement in 2020 against the strategy


  • Areas for future capacity building and support in 2020 have been identified with relevant resource persons allocated.
  • Review of DRC partner protection needs carried out

Advice and coaching for protection staff

  • Ensure protection systems are strengthened and relevant staff have ownership of systems.

Protection Strategy: final and approved

Strategy dissemination plan carried out with staff

To include section on systems strengthening


On the job training conducted

Future trainings for 2020 Q1 and Q2 planned and booked

Partner needs assessment

Protection Monitoring Reports

About You:

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience with humanitarian and/or development work in protection, case management and programme implementation experience in the field
  • Experience in developing strategies and strengthening systems
  • Experience in working with partners
  • Experience in capacity building

Desirable Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of DRC and its approach to protection
  • Strong on assessments and case management
  • Demonstrated technical qualities in areas related to protection
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex, ambiguous situations as well as competing priorities, both in a team and independent manner.

Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

Master’s degree

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • English
  • Arabic

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Country Director, Sudan
  • Sudan Senior Management Team
  • DRC Sudan Protection teams
  • CBPNs
  • MOLSA (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
  • ECHO

What We Offer

Employment category: NM-G1

Reporting to: Head of Program

Direct reports: none

Location: Khartoum (with travels to Nertiti, Zalingei and Garsila, Central Darfur), Sudan

Contract period: The role is a temporary deployment for three (03) months, extendable upon need and funding availability.

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