Protection Specialist

Danish Refugee Council, Erbil, Iraq
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Job Summary

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

In 2003, following the start of foreign military operations in Iraq, DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country, and now operates in 11 governorates, including Anbar, Baghdad, Babel, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din.

About the job

Under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator (SPC), the Protection Specialist is responsible for supporting the delivery of high quality protection services across DRC Iraq’s areas of operation, in close collaboration with field management and Protection Managers. This will include supporting protection monitoring systems, analysis, and reporting; supporting advocacy initiatives; strengthening referral pathway mechanisms; ensuring standard donor and data reporting methods; supporting Protection Mainstreaming activities; undertaking M&E activities in collaboration with relevant internal teams; and supporting the development and implementation of DRC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools.


  • In collaboration with field office Protection Managers, take responsibility for data and trend analysis, and monthly reporting as part of the Protection Monitoring program. This includes data and information analysis, trend mapping, and support to standardizing internal databases.
  • Provide project management support with drafting budgets, reviewing and editing project plans, and tracking of activity and indicator data.
  • Support to the broader information management needs of the protection program through ensuring data/information consistency and integrity; support to team members on consistent beneficiary and data tracking; and data visualisation (Power BI).
  • Ensure effective narrative and data reporting on protection projects, report consolidation, .
  • Provide support on the monitoring, evaluation and learning of protection services, in collaboration with MEAL and field teams.
  • Carry out research and information gathering on topics of relevance to the protection program, as needed.
  • Support the development and roll out of DRC’s 2018 protection strategy through research and information gathering activities.
  • Understake field visits and provide technical and practical support to field protection teams as necessary.
  • Support the strengthening of DRC SOPs, guidance documents, and protection tools.
  • Other duties as determined by the Head of Programme.

Reporting lines

  • Reporting to: Head of Programme

About you

Essential qualifications:

  • University degree or higher education relevant to humanitarian work: preferably in law, social sciences or humanitarian aid;
  • Demonstrable theoretical and practical knowledge of protection, information management, advocacy
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity, adaptability
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills

Essential experience:

  • 2-3 years experience in humanitarian programming, preferably relating to protection programming
  • Experience in report writing, data/information analysis, and M&E
  • Strong information management skills, including but not limited to the creation of databases, use of server-based information collection tools, etc.


  • University or Master’s degree relevant to humanitarian work: preferably in law, social work, gender studies, social sciences or humanitarian aid.


  • English, with Kurdish or Arabic an asse

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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 DRC’s vision and values.