Protection Assistant(Port-Sudan) – DRC

OrganizationDanish Refugee Council (DRC)
Contract type:National contract
Closing Date:08 Apr 2024

DRC Sudan

DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004, delivering life-saving programming in protection, emergency response, shelter, food security and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, camp management, and humanitarian mine action. DRC has implemented projects in Central Darfur, South Darfur, South Kordofan, Gedaref, Kassala, and Khartoum states. Sudan hosts one of the largest displaced populations in Africa, with over 3.7 million internally displaced people and over 1.1 million refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, the Central African Republic, Chad, Yemen, and Syria. Against a background of political crisis, Sudan faces economic and social turmoil, with sharp increases in food and energy costs, further exacerbated by disease outbreaks and ongoing conflict.

The overall purpose of the role:

The Protection Assistant will undertake protection/human rights assessments in the areas with communities that have been displaced due to new shocks or protection risks (or returnees). His/her role will be to identify the protection concerns and risks of the population of concern by obtaining information through focus group discussions and key informant interviews with those affected, particularly with Persons with Specific Needs (PSNs), conducting age/gender/diversity -appropriate interviews, observation, and providing psychosocial first aid and psychosocial support (PFA – PSS).  The protection assistant will also be responsible for running the protection desk, identifying and providing tailored assistance through individual protection assistance. Additionally, conduct safe and dignified referrals to the relevant actors in the site, and community awareness-raising sessions. Also, the protection assistant will throughout his/her work ensure confidentiality and strictly adhere to the DRC Code of Conduct.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  1. Conduct age/gender/diversity-appropriate focus group discussions with persons of concern, following protection guidelines, principles, and appropriate interview techniques, and conducting FGDs with adults focusing on protection concerns.
  2. Conduct key informant interviews with members of the community who can represent the PSNs in the community and identify protection risks
  3. Mobilize the community and facilitate awareness-raising activities, in collaboration with the protection mobile team members, as well as partner organizations, to disseminate information about human rights, protection principles, and related services available in their area
  4. Record persons, with specific needs, and refer them to the appropriate service providers, following referral principles and guidelines
  5. Identify IPA support to be provided to vulnerable persons, particularly children and women, facing a specific protection threat, and refer the cases to the protection manager
  6. Support in the establishment of mobile safe space and providing PFA.
  7. Ensure clients referred are documented in the referral recording book daily and follow up with the clients to ensure meaningful access to services
  8. Gather information for targeted locations through contact with on-ground actors and regularly update trigger tables for new locations
  9. Compile reports of activities undertaken, when requested
  10. Liaise and build partnerships with community leaders, chiefs, and other relevant actors to encourage participation in, support for, and a better understanding of the program activities
  11. Assist in the collection and analysis of data relevant to the IDP population and their protection concerns, focusing particularly on protection
  12. Participate in daily planning, daily debriefing sessions, and report write-ups
  13. Participate in coordination meetings as requested by the Protection Manager, if and when relevant Perform any other duties

Minimum Qualification, Skills, and Experience Required:

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Higher Diploma or Degree in Social Sciences, Law, Social Work, or related field 1- 2 years’ community-based experience involving human rights and multi-sector protection experience.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of protection minimum standards, protection in emergencies principles, and human rights principles
  • Understanding of protection issues and responses, such as working with PSNs, Women, and Children, and the best interest of the human rights principles
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian context in Sudan and of the issues related to conflict and displacement.
  • understanding of human rights, women’s rights and humanitarian principles
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook application software
  • Fluency in English and Arabic required
  • Commitment to human rights, women’s rights, and child protection principles
  • Strong English writing and organizational skills

Desirable qualifications: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and works well with people of different cultures, genders, and backgrounds
  • Works collaboratively with team members to achieve results
  • Remains productive when under pressure with the ability to prioritize effectively, and respects and adheres to deadlines
  • Able to work in a variety of environments and is prepared to conduct field missions for several weeks at a time, to remote locations with few amenities
  • Strong relationship-building / interpersonal skills;
  • Positive attitude; Energetic and interested

languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • English (fluent)
  • Arabic (fluent)

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s 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: You act in line with our vision and values.

Contract length: 9 months

Level: Non-manager

Salary range: 826-923 USD

Location: Red Sea/Port Sudan (Roving to other DRC project areas).

Expected Start date: As soon as possible

Note: Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply:

Application process: 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.

Applications Closing Date: 08/04/2024

Need further information? If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc. ngo/jobsupport.For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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