Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Protection Research Specialist

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Research Specialist

About DRC in Turkey

The overall objective of DRC in Turkey is the protection of people’s rights and promotion of durable solutions for displacement affected populations based on humanitarian principles and Human Rights. More immediate objectives focus on protection of rights and support of livelihoods as well as a broader focus on social cohesion between refugees and host communities. DRC works with range of stakeholders, including duty bearers, local civil society, the private sector and beneficiaries in accomplishing these objectives.

DRC is implementing multiple grants which require the planning and production of high-quality, evidence-based Analysis and reporting on protection issues faced by its target populations, and their root causes. The aim of this analytical approach is to strengthen the knowledge base for programming and advocacy activities by DRC and its partners.

Geographic scope: Country (Turkey)

Based in DRC country office, the role oversees protection research, needs assessment(s), and advocacy, especially in regards to refugees and migrants across the county in close collaboration with DRC operations as well as partners and other stakeholders.

About the job

This position, based in DRC’s country office in Hatay, will have day-to-day responsibility for research Design as well as Coordination, collection, analysis and dissemination of information in regards to protection issues of refugees and migrants. Additionally, the position holder will be responsible for ensuring findings are used to inform DRC programming and that advocacy initiatives are in line with DRC advocacy strategy. S/he will lead on advocacy efforts with DRC’s stakeholders, and will be responsible for drafting summary briefs and advocacy positions based on protection research findings and observations.

Overall purpose of the role:

  • Lead role in regards to continuous research and analysis of Protection issues faced by refugees and migrants in the local context; and provide policy and programmatic recommendations based on research findings;
  • Systematically inform DRC programming using research and analysis;
  • Support country advocacy initiatives in collaboration with the Protection Coordinator, Head of Programme and Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:

In consultation with the Head of Programme, Protection Coordinator, field teams and key external stakeholders, the position holder will lead the research unit to conduct and disseminate high-quality protection issues-focused research. More specifically she/he will:
  • With support from the Protection unit and Head of Programme, identify relevant research topics;
  • Devise research methodologies relevant to the topics; draft Data Collection guidelines where necessary;
  • Train enumerators/data collectors on data collection tools; oversee and support data collection;
  • Collect and process information with support from DRC field staff and implementing partners, including conducting focus group discussions and individual interviews, determining sample size and timelines, training DRC and partner protection teams to execute data collection exercises;
  • Analyze data and draft narrative research reports based on findings;
  • With support from the Protection coordinator, suggest program and advocacy recommendations based on research findings;
  • Present reports internally and externally adhering to information sharing protocols, including providing briefings on findings, recommendations and trends to staff and stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with protection working groups and other partners as relevant on research topics and execution; disseminate findings of protection research reports to those groups and partners, as needed;
  • Promote relations and coordination of humanitarian analysis with other humanitarian actors, donors, UN and civil authorities;
  • Continuously identify potential research partners (local NGOs, CSOs, academia, think tanks, etc) and lead on research partnership process;
  • Any other duties as directed by the Protection Coordinator, Head of Programme, or Country Director.
About you

To be successful in this role, you must have a graduate degree in political science, international development, economics or other relevant field Moreover, we also expect the following:
  • Minimum 4 years of practical experience in academic research and/or equivalent experience in protection monitoring working for an I/NGO in a humanitarian setting.
  • Excellent qualitative analysis and report-writing skills
  • Experience in influencing and advocacy work including lobbying, policy development and information provision in humanitarian issues
  • Excellent knowledge of research methodologies, experience in research design and roll-out, including experience in designing data collection tools
  • Effective verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to develop good insight and understanding of the conflict, the human rights situation and the political environment
  • Analytical and strategic thinking with proven ability to create and utilize qualitative and quantitative analyses in organizational planning
  • Proven experience in Capacity Building of teams, including development of training materials
  • Confident and decisive leadership, ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with team members
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, knowledge of other analysis software an advantage
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently as well as cooperatively with team members
  • Full professional proficiency (written and verbal) in English; working knowledge of Turkish and/or Arabic a strong asset.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 8 Months (renewable dependent on both funding and performance) Employment Band: G2 - Non-manager Designation of Duty Station: Hatay Country Office Start date: 01.05.2021 Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment.

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: 31.03.2021

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.

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