Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Protection Officer (Housing, Land and Property )

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

  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 HLP officer, under the direct supervision of the Protection Team Leader, is primarily responsible for advocacy, spreading the messages on protection concerns and risk of eviction affecting the IDPs and returnees, liaising with government and other key stakeholders specifically building owners on eviction and eviction monitoring in the field. The job holder has constant communication to Protection Team Leader, and Area Program Manager for any issues concerning the HLP position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth eviction monitoring in informal sites/settings where IDPs have been identified as being at risk of eviction by DRC protection monitoring team, other humanitarian actors or community themselves
  • Advocacy to the HLP TF, protection cluster or building owners and local authorities, where risk of eviction is confirmed, until alternative arrangement is secured
  • Advocacy for potential assistance where they are moved in alternative shelters and ensure access to basic services and rights
  • Accurate inputs on beneficiary data into protection case management tools/eviction monitoring and provide Analysis of data gathered; and propose response activities to identify trends
  • Gather/ work out and compile up-to-date technical information on relevant HLP laws, procedures and practices operative in Afghanistan according to the international & national laws
  • Advocate for recognition of the HLP rights of displaced/ or any returnee persons where engaging with home/land owners, host communities and humanitarian actors particularly the most vulnerable HHs including female-headed households, persons with disabilities, elderly, child headed household or people with chronical illnesses
  • Provide appropriate info/awareness sessions on rights of IDPs/ returnees in according to the national and Law" id="link" class="link">International Law to the respected communities-accredit to the HLP TF topics
  • Representing DRC in HLP TF meeting or other relevant meetings on housing, land and property issues in Herat
  • Other tasks relevant to the positions assigned by the organization

To be successful in this role you must have: Experience and technical competencies: 

  • Previous experience in the Protection or Shelter sector, including familiarity with HLP laws, procedures and practices operative in Afghanistan
  • At least two or three years’ experience in negotiating with home/land owners and/or local authorities, or providing awareness sessions to the vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, and power point
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Pashtu is Must
  • Strong representation & negotiation skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision in a challenging environment
  • Excellent communication skills

  • A University degree in law, social science, public Administration, or related subjects
  • Familiarity with HLP laws, procedures and practices operative in Afghanistan
  • Ability to clearly express one’s thoughts, to analyze and present information clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to set priorities and show initiative, to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Good knowledge of English and fluency in Dari and Pashtu
We Offer:

  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC salary scale
Application process:

Interested? Then apply for this position, all applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

Applications close 05 May 2021.

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