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Job Description

DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter and infrastructure, General Food Distribution (GFD) and Livelihoods. In 2018 the office in Bujumbura, Burundi in 2018 aimed at strengthening cross border response and enhance the impact of interventions in support of Burundian returnees. In 2020, DRC implemented four projects in Burundi: An ECHO-funded program on cross-border interventions aiding refugees/returnees on both sides of the border, two COVID protection response projects funded by OFDA and a NovoN Foundation (NNF), and one livelihood project focusing on permaculture that contributes to sustain the reintegration of returnees and to improve the food security needs of IDPs, returnees and host communities.

Through FCDO funding, DRC Burundi will implement a 9-months integrated project on protection and livelihood aiming that displacement-affected population in Burundi benefit from an enhanced protective environment and have access to social-economic opportunities.

Overall purpose of the role:

Under the supervision of the Area Manager, and in collaboration with the Head of Programs and the protection project managers, you will provide a technical guidance and support to the project teams with the aim to enhance quality and efficiency; will supervise the cluster sector co-lead and will represent the mission internally and externally.


Technical guidance and support

  • Following the main components of the FCDO project, review the existing tools and approaches (guidance, SOPs, etc) at mission level and ensure harmonization across the projects
  • Develop the missing SOPs and practical technical documents on cash-based assistance, community-based PSS support (individual and group), case management, legal aid, gender-based violence, protection monitoring, referrals, protection information management and community engagement.
  • Organize regular training to the teams approaches and tools
  • In collaboration with the project managers, Head of programs and regional coordinators develop the understanding and technical approaches related to resilience and social cohesion
  • Support the Protection Project Manager in developing and implementing protection and gender analysis
  • Ensure the respect of DRC’s Code of Conduct, confidentiality and humanitarian principles

Project Coordination

  • Participate to the monthly project’s review meetings with the project team and the support department and contribute actively to the program quarterly meetings addressing transversal programmatic and strategic matters;
  • Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on protection relevant issues;
  • In coordination with the Protection Project Manager and Head of Programme represent DRC in protection related working groups and other meetings with national, local and international actors in the assigned geographical area, and engage with relevant coordination mechanisms.

Project staff management

  • Supervision of the cluster sector co-lead

Any other duties as agreed with the Protection Project Manager and Head of Programme

About you

To be successful in this role we expect the following experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the field of humanitarian protection interventions, human rights, civil society, or community development, preferably with an international humanitarian organization
  • Solid knowledge about the protection issues faced by conflict-affected populations including asylum seekers, and refugees
  • Proven experience of developing SOPs and technical guidelines in French
  • Strong skills in communication, and in developing and implementing protection systems and activities
  • Proven capacity to document, summarize and analyze protection data and to share information in a clear and systematic manner.
  • Solid experience in identifying and responding to needs of particularly at-risk individuals and groups based on field work, protection, age, gender, and diversity analysis and other criteria.
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively represent a humanitarian organization with external partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively train and develop skills of protection and non-protection staff

Moreover, 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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Duration: 9 months renewable subject to Performance and Funding.

Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates Employment Band Non-Manager F

Start Date: February 2021

Duty Station: Bujumbura - Burundi

Reporting: This position reports to Head of Programme

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework ). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

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.


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