Protection Specialist

Danish Refugee Council, Bogota, Colombia

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th December, 2019

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world's leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants. DRC / DDG is currently seeking a highly qualified staff to support national protection coordination. We offer a 5 month contract (renewable for another 7 months, depending on performance and financing). This is an opportunity for a professional with experience in humanitarian protection, human rights or similar to support the work of the DRC Protection Unit in its response to the Venezuelan crisis.

About work

  • DRC / DDG has been present in Colombia since 2011, focused on capacity development, the creation of mine action programs and the support of conflict-affected populations in the south of the country. The emergence of large mixed migratory flows in Colombia due to the crisis in Venezuela requires a comprehensive humanitarian response to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, returnees, returnee Colombians and host communities.
  • Based on the findings of several emergency needs assessments, DRC initiated an emergency response in the Caribbean coastal areas of Colombia (Riohacha and Barranquilla) and in the cities of Bogotá and Medellín. The integrated humanitarian response of DRC is based primarily on unconditional multi-purpose protection and effective activities. The main objective of the National Protection Specialist is to support all the activities of the National Protection Coordinator.
  • The Protection Specialist will be based in the Country office in Bogotá, but with frequent trips within Colombia and will be responsible for the effective and professional performance of the protection activities to support the National Coordinator.

General objective of the position

  • Under the supervision of the National Protection Coordinator, the Protection Specialist will support training, coordination, reporting and context analysis.
  • Support the National Protection Coordinator in the development and maintenance of good relations with other humanitarian actors, to ensure the necessary implementation and coordination for DRC protection activities and the protection table (GIFFM).
  • Support advocacy initiatives on the rights of persons of interest in the context of their displacement, facilitation of access to basic services, protection assistance, legal assistance, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, child protection initiatives, monitoring of rights and awareness of rights with host communities and other actors.
  • Geographical scope: Bogotá, Colombia with frequent trips to the land.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support the national coordinator in the coordination / co-leadership of the national protection table (GIFFM), including, preparation of minutes, preparation of reports, and support for advocacy activities to analyze trends in the protection situation
  • Support the development and implementation of training in the field of protection for DRC protection personnel and partner organizations nationwide.
  • Support with political and legal analysis of protection trends at the national level.
  • Support with investigations and construction of documents and incidence reports;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of protection tools at the national level;
  • Support the analysis of data and preparation of monthly and quarterly protection reports, as well as ad hoc protection reports when necessary.
  • Ensure the highest quality of protection interventions and coherence among all ongoing and proposed projects, in accordance with the national protection strategy;
  • Support to ensure the integration of protection with other DRC sectors;
  • Support the national coordinator on other protection issues as required.
  • Coordination and representation.
  • Support to establish contacts with national authorities and institutions and humanitarian actors for coordination and advocacy purposes.
  • Represent DRC in internal and external meetings, relevant technical coordination, etc.

Education required

Graduate University Professional

Required experience and skills.

  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years of relevant experience in humanitarian protection, related to an NGO / United Nations or other non-profit organization;
  • High knowledge of humanitarian standards, human rights and the right to shelter
  • High capacity for analysis and technical knowledge on humanitarian protection of the Colombian context and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela;
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills;
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Experience in the production of technical material (training material, protection tools, reports, documents, etc.);
  • Skills and experience in facilitating training in protection and human rights issues.


  • Calm and diplomatic character;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines;
  • English proficiency is an advantage;


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