Programme / Protection Officer (Migration) – Roster

Programme / Protection Officer (Migration) – Roster

Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Employment Category:  H1

Reporting To: Programme Operations Manager

Direct Reports: N/A

Start of Contract & Duration:  Roster pool (To be communicated upon demand)

Posting date: November 11, 2021


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is implementing the Ethiopia Migration Programme (EMP), a UK-funded programme to make migration safer and protect would-be migrants and refugees from unsafe irregular migration through and from Ethiopia.


Under supervision of the Team Leader and in close cooperation with other programme colleagues, the officer will be field-based who will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern and will support the implementation of DRC’s protection objectives and activities to provide timely and effective assistance to vulnerable migrants and returnee. The position will, furthermore, be tasked to develop and adapt monitoring tools, to provide direct assistance and support to migrants with specific needs. 


Technical Support:

  • Collaborate closely with the Team lead to operate at returnee shelters and information hubs for refugees in Addis Ababa, as well as coordinate a refugee and returnee assistance program with all internal and external partners.
  • Contribute to the design, planning and implementation of EMP activities with a particular emphasis on protection assistance and capacity building, youth resilience building and access to information and services.
  • With guidance from the Team lead and support teams, contribute to budget and procurement planning and implementation.
  • Plan and oversee outreach workers and activities, producing detailed work and activity plans for the day to day operation of EMP activities.
  • Under the direction of the Team lead, assist in activity reporting for both internal and donor purposes. This will include providing regular reports with accurate and comprehensive files of activities, outputs, materials, and other relevant or supporting documentation.
  • Monitor and report on contextual developments affecting implementation, raising and escalating issues related to the program risks, protection risks among the target population and ensuring accountability to beneficiaries.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders by actively participating in coordination meetings, working groups and any other meetings as requested.

Protection and delivery of assistance:

  • Engage in planning and conducting Rapid Needs Assessments to understand protection needs of target populations;
  • Engage with services providers available for returned migrants and support the development of referral pathways/mechanisms;
  • Monitor of the needs of newly arrived returnees with main focus on persons with special needs (women, children, elderly, disabled etc.); and management of individual cases when required;
  • Provide individual, needs-based assistance to returnees based on internal guidelines developed by DRC;
  • Collect intake and assistance provision data ensuring the highest standards of data protection and confidentiality;
  • Provide advice and guidance as well as referrals to returnees on issues related to accessing required services;
  • With guidance from the Team Leader, provide trainings/capacity building to duty bearers, mainly local community organizations on protection related issues (guiding principles of protection; child protection; SGBV etc.);
  • Under supervision of the Team Leader plan and draft relevant financial and procurement documents such as PRs relevant to provision of protection assistance.

Reporting & Accountability:

  • Prepare high quality and timely internal reports and provide input in drafting donor reports and other project related documents as required.
  • Comply with all relevant DRC policies and procedures, particularly with respect to protection, the code of conduct, and security.
  • Participation and support to Protection Sector working Group as required.

The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.

Experience and Technical Competencies: (include years of experience)


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a social service, Cash/NFI distribution, of which at least 1year experience is working in humanitarian settings on migration field;
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts including experience implementing protection and resilience programming in humanitarian contexts;
  • Ability and willingness to maintain regular presence at project sites and to work during irregular working hours and in insecure environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Good computer skills (Excel, Microsoft, PowerPoint and Outlook).


  • Good understanding of international principles of humanitarian work.
  • Previous working experience with humanitarian agencies will be considered as a strong advantage.

Education (include certificates, licenses etc.):

  • Graduate degree in, social work, law, Business Administration, or a relevant equivalent field.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in local spoken languages.

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: Acting in line with DRC’s vision and values


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. 

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than November 24, 2021.

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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

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.
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

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.

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Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!