Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Protection Officer (Legal)

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.

ABOUT THE JOB

The Protection Officer, under the direct supervision of Protection Team Leader, is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the various protection activities in the field locations under his/her responsibility. This includes Protection Monitoring, referrals and follow-up of referrals, (including establishing referral pathways), identification of IPA beneficiaries and follow-up of cases, establishing and strengthening community-based protection committees, conducting rights’ awareness sessions, and advocacy. The PO will be involved in Community Mobilization and will work with vulnerable groups such as Persons with Specific Needs. Additionally, the PO will be involved in Capacity Building at community level and will support Protection TL in capacity building of key stakeholders on humanitarian protection, Human Rights and IDP rights. The PO will throughout his/her work ensure confidentiality and strictly adhere to the DRC’s Code of Conduct.

Responsibilities:

  • Familiarity with Afghanistan legal/Law, courts and justice systems and be able to liaise with them.
  • Familiarity with Afghanistan Local Laws and customs and ability to work with communities in legal issues.
  • Familiarity with electronic National Identity card system and ability to fill the online forms and follow up on provision of Tazikara to beneficiaries.
  • Ensure the organization and the implementation of all protection activities at field level in accordance with the agreed work plan (under the supervision of Protection Team leader) and the International standards
  • Conduct community meetings, Focus Group Discussions, and other direct community activities as part of protection monitoring
  • Establish community-based protection committees in targeted locations and provide them basic humanitarian protection trainings
  • Support in community mobilization and formation of leadership structures, women’s committee, elderly and disabled committee, youth committee as well as other committees or groups;
  • Provide information to targeted population on rights, entitlements, available services, civil documentation and other necessary protection information
  • Identification of beneficiaries to receive Individual Protection Assistance and follow-up of cases to monitor impact
  • Referrals of individual cases to service provider for service delivery and follow-up of referred cases
  • Conduct daily visits around the POC to observe, identify, and collect information on the situation of the internally displaced people (IDPs), taking into special account vulnerable people, noting and reporting on gaps that may exist in service provision;
  • Contribute to the elaboration of work plans and ensure to implement program activities accordingly.
  • Work closely with fellow Protection Officers and Protection TL in the organization of trainings and workshops for the IDP population and relevant stakeholders on IDP rights, responsibilities and other protection-related material.
  • Carry-out advocacy and sensitization activities at field level.
  • Liaise with Security officer in DRC to keep up to date on the security situation of the field
  • Perform other duties as assigned by line manager.
  • Increases awareness on general protection issues including regal right in targeted communities, and IDP/ returnees settlements.
ABOUT YOU

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

  • 2-3 years Working experience with INGOs/NGOs mostly in legal protection and community mobilization.
  • Essential knowledge of IDPs/returnees’ populations.
  • Knowledge of national law and/or human rights principles and laws.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, proven self-initiative and Problem Solving abilities.
  • A commitment to protecting human rights.
Education/qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Afghan laws .
  • 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
  • Interested qualified female candidates with a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience will be considered for the next stage of the recruitment process.
Languages:

  • Excellent spoken and written Dari and Pashto
  • Good commond on English
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 July -2021.

Female Candidates are Highly encouraged to apply.

Note: The residents of the target provinces (Kapisa, and Maidan Wardak) are highly encouraged to apply.

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