Protection Assistant

  • Danish Refugee Council
  • Nigeria
  • 12/01/2020
Young Professional Psychology

Job Description

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organization, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income-generating activities, and a wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organization towards our beneficiaries.  

DRC has been operating in the West Africa region for over 15 years, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and a Regional Office (RO) in Abidjan. DRC has 17 offices and more than 500 staff members across the WA region.

DRC started operating in Nigeria in 2015 where plans to run a combination of emergency, livelihood, WASH, protection and advocacy programmes has been set. DRC currently has offices in Abuja, Yola, Mubi, Maiduguri and Yobe.

The position

The Protection Assistant will perform the following functions:

  • Ensure the organization and the implementation of all protection activities at field level in accordance with the agreed work plan (under the supervision of the Protection Team Leader) and the international standards.
  • Coordinate the Project Management Committee activities in relevance to nutrition, food distribution and Cash-Based Transfer activities.
  • Ensure the management of the field protection incentive workers (team and work management).
  • Prepare necessary activity and protection reports (weekly, monthly, ad hoc).
  • Participate in conducting needs and programmatic assessments in targeted locations.
  • Track, document and follow up on Complains and feedback during food distribution.
  • Work closely with the Food Security Team to ensure Gender and Protection is mainstreamed in all activities.
  • Assist in mobilizing the IDP and Host community to facilitate DRC Programs awareness activities with other partner organizations.
  • Disseminate information about services available to IDPs and affected host communities during all DRC Food Security activities.
  • Coordinate with M&E during PDMs and House-hold surveys in our intervention area.
  • Supervise the activities of the Community Nutrition Mobilisers and SBCC facilitators.
  • Any other tasks required by the Protection Team Leader or Protection Manager, according to programmatic needs.

Key Requirements

  • 2 years of work experience in a humanitarian organization.
  • 1 year of hands-on experience in the protection sector.
  • Previous experience with DRC Protection programming is an advantage.
  • Experience with remote management will be considered as an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and writing), proven capacity to maintain communication with remote locations.
  • High reporting skills (excellent writing skills).
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work independently, attention to detail, and highly proactive


  • BA. /BSc. in the relevant field (Sociology, Social work, Psychology, Education, Counselling, Human rights, Development studies etc).
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
  • Fluency in Hausa, Kanuri and/or other local languages appropriate to the target population.


Availability: ASAP

Salary and conditions: In accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment;

The income will be subject to statutory deductions as per applicable Nigeria laws. The employee is responsible for tax returns.

How to apply

The position is for NIGERIAN NATIONALS ONLY.

Application method

  • CV and Cover Letter indicating and explaining the suitability to the position applied.
  • Provide contact details (name, position, email address and tel. no.) of 3 professional non-related references, whereas 1 must be for the latest employer. Please do not attach any written recommendations.
  • Applications should be addressed to: “Recruitment Manager” only.
  • Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered.

Deadline date. 17th January 2020 Applications sent/received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Only short-listed applicants will be invited for a written test and oral interview.


DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

Read more here about what our employees say about working in DRC.

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

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