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DRC began its operations in Djibouti in April 2015 in order to respond to the growing refugee needs in the country as well as to the mixed migration flows from the Horn of Africa – particularly from Ethiopia and Somalia. Over the years, Djibouti has been an important transit country for migration with most migrants crossing its territory en route to Yemen and then Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states. Djibouti has one of the highest per capita rates of refugees in the world. More than 100,000 migrants are estimated to transit through Djibouti every year, representing more than 10% of the tiny country’s population.
The Protection Manager will lead the design and implementation of DRC’s protection activities in Djibouti. The position is required to have significant experience implementing activities related to gender-based violence prevention and response, the provision of psychosocial support and protection monitoring. In particular, the Protection Manager will play a key role in providing hands-on, field-based technical guidance and capacity building to DRC’s officers and assistants.
The Protection Manager will be based in Djibouti Ville, however, will be expected to spend up to 75% of their time supporting teams in Ali Addeh, Hol Hol and Markazi refugee camps. The position will collaborate closely with DRC’s Addis Ababa-based Protection Manager to ensure technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools, and will lead the development of protection inputs for new project proposals. Furthermore, the position will represent DRC in protection-related and migration working groups and other fora at both the country and site-levels.
Management and Coordination:
- Overall responsibility for the recruitment and daily management of the Djibouti-based protection team, including ensuring positive and collaborative working relationships in line with DRC’s Code of Conduct and assessing staff capacity to provide or recommend relevant training or coaching as needed.
- Represent DRC publically at the site-level on all protection-related issues, including in coordination fora, with other agencies and with ONARS, and for providing the direct link in communications between DRC’s Djibouti office and the Addis Ababa-based Protection Manager.
- Provide oversight of all protection-related programming in Djibouti in compliance with core protection principles and DRC and donor regulations, while upholding rigorous project cycle management standards.
- Lead in the design and management of all protection-related interventions in Djibouti as per national and international standards and best practices, ensuring technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools. Specific activities the position will oversee, and which will require a high-level of technical knowledge, are related to gender-based violence prevention and response, the provision of psychosocial support and protection monitoring in mixed migration flows.
- Conduct needs assessments to inform program design as well as identify risks and vulnerabilities, including those related to gender, age and diversity.
- Conduct regular protection analysis based on the information collected through the projects and especially through protection monitoring with mixed migration flows
- Develop concrete initiatives to reduce protection risks experienced by the Somali and Yemeni refugee populations in Djibouti as well as migrants transiting through Djibouti.
- Ensure that ethical and statistically-sound data collection and protection-related information management systems are in place and used for analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy.
- Collaborate closely with DRC’s Addis Ababa-based Protection Manager to ensure technical rigor and the consistent application of DRC’s protection approaches, methods and tools
- Contribute to the strategic direction of Djibouti’s protection programming through active and ongoing participation in and contribution to strategic planning meetings and development of strategic documents.
- Work with the Area Manager, Head of Programs, Protection Manager and Support services Manager (SSM) to contribute to new project development, including both narratives and budgets.
- Ensure the timely and quality delivery of all protection-related organizational and project reports and staff contributions to organizational monitoring and evaluation requirements to ensure project quality, relevance and accountability to DRC’s beneficiary populations.
- Collaborate with the Area Manager and Addis Ababa-based Protection Manager to ensure field-based protection records and documentation are properly managed and compliant with DRC requirements and best practices.
- Support staff to integrate protection concerns and awareness in other sectors.
- Represent DRC in relevant coordination forums
Finance and Administration:
- Lead in the development of protection-specific budgets and spending plans.
- Maintain a budget overview of all protection-related projects and activities, and collaborate regularly with the Area Manager and Support Services Manager to monitor spending and ensure the timely utilization of all grants.
- Manage the Djibouti-based protection team and support respectful and positive working relationships which allow for the effective implementation of all protection activities. This is to be achieved through leadership, team building, day-to-day support, capacity-building and strong, generalist knowledge of core protection concepts.
- Support site-level recruitment processes for the protection team, and ensure that relevant staffing structures are in place and are reflective of appropriate gender balance.
- Promote professional development by identifying training and capacity building opportunities and ensure protection staff are well versed in core protection concepts, DRC’s code of conduct, accountability, respectful dialogue with the refugee population, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Collaborate with the Area Manager and human resources department to ensure protection staff evaluations are conducted on a regular basis.
Logistics and Procurement:
- Collaborate with the Area Manager and Support services manager to develop and maintain protection-specific procurement plans.
- Ensure the budgeting of protection activities incorporate logistics and support costs such as significant transport and warehousing needs for procurement-heavy activities.
- Regularly review protection-related procurement plans with the Area Manager and Support services manager to adjust spending as required in advance of project closure.
Safety and Security:
- Support the Area Manager in ensuring the responsibility for staff safety in the area of operation.
- Support the Area Manager in ensuring that all relevant information regarding safety, security and the context is collected, updated and shared in a regular and timely manner.
To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the country team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
- Collaborating: You lead country initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively.
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.
Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Minimum of 3 to 4 years of experience in a mid-level management position, with experience in the field of humanitarian response and refugee protection working for an international NGO or UN agency.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
- Proven experience designing and implementing refugee protection interventions.
- Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills in both French and English.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with staff members and other stakeholders.
- Experience working in cross-cultural, multi-sector and remote environments.
- Knowledge of migration issues and policies in the region is an advantage
- Good team leadership and conflict resolution skills, consensus team building, and adaptability
- Good computer and IT skills and strong communication and writing skills
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance and supervision;
Availability: 1st January 2020
Duty station: Djibouti this is a non-family and unaccompanied positon.
Reporting: Area Manager
Duration: 3 months, contract possibility of extension, subject to performance and funding.
Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies graded as Band M. F2 for qualified Djibouti staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff in Djibouti
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.
All applicants must send a cover letter (max 1 page) and an updated CV (max 3 pages) in English. The cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at www.drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 20th December 2019
Applications will be reviewed as they are received
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