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Protection Officer (PSN) at Danish Refugee Council October, 2023

Protection Officer (PSN)

Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world. DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection (CBP, PSN, GBV, CP and Legal), Shelter and infrastructure, and Economic Recovery.

Overall purpose of the role:

Integrated social workers is responsible for implementation of activities under one or more of the following sectors: community-based rehabilitation, social protection of People with specific Needs, support to PSN committees, community engagement, distribution of NFIs and PSN case management.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Conducting needs assessments of PSN and make sure that the appropriate support is provided.
  • Train community structures PWDs and OPCs on identified needs and agreed modules.
  • Conduct home visits, outreach, risk assessment and make sure that protection solution is done for assigned zone and proper reporting of PSN protection at the camp level.
  • Ensure that PSN Safeguarding standards are considered in all activities
  • Facilitate various sensitization campaigns and awareness raising session with PSN.
  • Participate in community engagement meetings such as Town hall meetings, monthly community leaders with partners meetings, and ensure PSN rights are mainstreamed.
  • Conduct follow-up to PSN survivors of violence, abuse and neglect and make sure that PSNs are living a well and dignified life.
  • Facilitate the identification and linking of PSN with dietary diversification need to the Kitchen Gardening program.
  • Conducting feedback sharing meeting with PSN committee on issues affecting PSN in their zones and make follow up on raised concerns with appropriate service providers for early assistance of PSN.
  • Conduct focus group discussions with different ages and sex (mainly PSN) on specific topics based on identified needs, service gaps, and protection risks
  • Support Community Focal Point In needs assessments and immediate assistance to PSN approach
  • Provide regular weekly updates and monthly reports
  • Perform other duties assigned by supervisor

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 2-year work experience in related field
  • previous experience working with refugees – preferable
  • previous experience working in international organizations mandated for PSN protection– preferable
  • Field experience in emergency context is highly desirable
  • High level of personal initiative, analytical skills and pro-active problem solving.
  • Demonstrated people’s management skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain working relationships across the organization.
  • Be a team player
  • Cultural sensitivity, and commitment and understanding of the values of DRC. Good communication skills.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • A sensitive approach to external representation

 Education

  • Diploma or Bachelor degree in Community Development, Social work, sociology, psychology, physiotherapy, development, law or other related fields

Languages:

  • English (fluent)
  • Swahili (fluent)
  • Local language (desirable)

Competency profile

  • Compliance and Detail-oriented
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, culturally sensitive and adaptable
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
  • Understands humanitarian issues in Tanzania, and the region
  • Willing to travel to project sites in Tanzania

Position Information

Employment category: Grade H

Reporting to: Protection Team Leader – PSN

Technical line manager: Protection  coordinator

Direct reports: N/A

Unit/department: Protection.

Location: Kasulu.

Providing equal opportunities  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.

DRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff within its programs. As such, we strongly encourage national and diaspora candidates to apply for this position. However, candidates should take into consideration that DRC cannot employ, under an international contract, a national of the country in which he or she will be working (in this case, the  United Republic of Tanzania)

Promoting high standards : 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.

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under JOB.

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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