Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Protection Specialist (Child Protection)

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Description

Duty Station: Sittwe, Rakhine, with regular travel to other DRC offices in Rakhine State.

Report to: Protection Project Manager-child protection Overall purpose of the role: 

The Child Protection (CP) Specialist works as part of DRC’s team in Sittwe under the direct supervision of the CP Manager. This position is based in Sittwe with regular travel to Mrauk U and Maungdaw working predominantly with DRC CP team members, and sometimes children and their caregivers in camps, villages and temporary IDP sites. The main responsibility of this position is to lead on the technical quality of prevention and response activities in the CP team across Rakhine state including case management, Psychosocial activities and caregiver engagement.

Geographic scope: Area (Rakhine)

This role has an area focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the area. The role contributes to the development of area strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to base operations.

Job Responsibilities

The CP Specialist is based in Sittwe with regular travel to Mrauk Oo and Maungdaw and will be expected to perform the following duties: Ensure DRC CP programming is aligned with regional and internal strategies:

  • Attend Protection Working Group, CP Sub-Sector and Case Management Task Force.
  • Develop strong relationships with CP and related actors within Rakhine State including CSOs.
  • Work with other sectors within DRC especially but not limited to Protection and GBV to identify and implement joint working opportunities.
  • Support the CP Project Manager in the creation and delivery of CP strategic work in Rakhine.
Provide direct technical supervision to CP Team colleagues to ensure the quality of the programming:

  • Support the Team Leaders to develop a robust CP case management supervision and quality evaluation system, including mentoring of caseworkers, in line with CP AoR case management standards.
  • Support the Team Leaders to ensure all prevention programming (including recreational, life skills, awareness sessions and curricula) is underpinned by PSS principles and responsive to children’s needs.
  • Provide one-on-one and group coaching sessions on key CP topics and ensure that the enhanced knowledge of the team results in improved programming.
  • Design and deliver training sessions for core CP development topics for the CP team and internal and external audiences.
  • Support the team leaders to monitor the capacity of the incentive workers and design appropriate training materials.
Ensure that the CP programme is evidence-based:

  • Regularly review the MEAL data to gather evidence to inform current and future programming.
  • Identify evidence/knowledge gaps and work with MEAL to suggest options to rectify.
Qualifications and minimum requirements:

  • University (BA/BSc) degree in relevant field to include Social Work, teaching etc and evidence of further specialist training.
  • At least 3 years' relevant experience working with a health, humanitarian or development organization, with excellent references.
  • Demonstrated practical experience in CP work including case management, prevention activities and Community Engagement.
  • Have previous experiences working on Child Protection areas and building staff capacity.
  • Experience working in challenging environments with good personal resilience.s
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Prepared to work with both Rakhine, Buddhist and Muslim communities.
  • Fluency in Burmese and English.
All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:   

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking 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. "

  • Understanding of operational context in Rakhine State.
  • Knowledge of Rakhine and/or Muslim languages

  • Starting date of employment: July-2021
  • Salary: Competitive salary according to DRC Myanmar salary scale.
This position is open for Myanmar Nationals Staff only. We will consider more female candidates as per position requirement and work nature. DRC strongly advocates for equal opportunity and promotes a diversified and inspiring working environment.

Application process:

Applicants who meet the above-mentioned requirements should apply by submitting their applications in English (consisting of Cover Letter and CV of no more than 4 pages, including contact details of 3 professional references) and CV only applications will not be considered. Apply button.

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a written test in English and a face-to-face interview.
  • After the closing date, applications are not to be considered. Please note that due to the urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and DRC reserves the right to initiate the recruitment process before the deadline for applications.
Deadline for submission of applications: 12-July-2021 (COB)
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