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Protection Officer

Job Type: Contract | Company: Danish Refugee Council (DRC) | Location: Tripoli, Libya | Date posted: 10-07-2012

Position Title: Protection Officer

Reporting to: Legal Centre Project Manager

Duty Station: Tripoli, Libya

Area of Operation: Tripoli and surrounding area

Employment Period: 6 months

Introduction

DRC has been operational in Libya and Tunisia since 2011 focusing on protection of the displaced and conflict affected population. These include IDPs mainly on the north western coast line west of Tripoli, refugees in Tunisia taking shelter in the Shousha camp, the population in and around Sirte affected by unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and to an increasing extent on the legal and illegal migrants and stateless populations in Libya. DRC/DDG has its head office in Tripoli and field offices in Zarzis (Tunisia) and in Sirte and is opening an office in Sabha. Sabha is located 800 km south of Tripoli and is a central transit point for migrants and is home to large numbers of minority groups and stateless populations.

Overall Objectives

The Protection Officer, in coordination and cooperation with the other lawyers, and directly supervised by the Legal Centre Project Manager, is expected to give a substantial contribution to: the project’s objectives in the following manners:

  1. The provision of accurate and reliable information able to offer a comprehensive picture of the protection situation of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern and about protection challenges faced both by beneficiaries and humanitarian actors.
  2. The adherence to DRC duty procedures, staff regulations, the Code of Conduct, and Humanitarian Accountability Principles (“HAP”) and observe these in the performance of his/her duties.
  3. The awareness raising campaign on issues related to rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern through dissemination of information and information material.
  4. The advocacy on behalf of beneficiaries to government authorities and civil society on issues related to rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern.

Specific Objectives

Furthermore, the Protection Officer, in coordination and cooperation with Protection Team Leader and other supporting staff, is expected to pursue the following objectives in his/her daily work:

  1. The Protection Officer shall assist the project as directed to provide the best possible assistance with the aims and principles of DRC and the legal context of Libya. 
  2. The Protection Officer shall collect accurate, reliable and timely information regarding the protection concerns and needs of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern. 
  3. The Protection Officer shall aggregate, analyse and disseminate the information to UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders with the capacity to address and respond to those concerns.
  4. The Protection Officer shall establish a regular presence in the geographical areas assigned to them and develop a functioning network with all relevant actors involved in humanitarian assistance in those areas.
  5. The Protection Officer shall work closely with communities; peer groups (including elders, youth, children and women), community based organizations, local partners, government departments and other organisations, and promote a co-ordinated approach to protection efforts, reliably communicating information received to the supervisor and staff.
  6. The Protection Officer shall identify families and/or individuals which can benefit from the Individual Protection Assistance programme and assess their situation against DRC IPAs’ criteria for assistance.
  7. The Protection Officer shall actively encourage protection mainstreaming and a rights-based approach throughout all of DRC, including gender sensitivity.
  8. The Protection Officer shall advocate for the compliance to standards amongst the humanitarian actors and to ensure wider participation of the national/local authorities, civil society, as well as the beneficiaries in the protection intervention efforts and strategies.

Responsibilities and Tasks

To achieve the overall and specific position’s objectives the Protection Officer will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities:

  1. Collect, verify and analyze information on protection issues.
  2. Conduct individual/group interviews with beneficiaries, interviews with local leaders and other relevant actors, respecting the principle of confidentiality.
  3. On the basis of information gathered, analyze trends and emerging patterns on these issues in order to immediately respond to them or refer and/or advocate for them to the relevant authority or agency.
  4. Follow up on referrals made to service providers.
  5. Collect all the relevant information and supporting documents needed for IPA and follow up on IPA’ cases after delivery of assistance.
  6. Record data collected in the field and type field notes/reports in a timely manner.
  7. Keep abreast of and advise the project on community developments including relevant social and political events and respective legislation.
  8. Document protection action taken by authorities and agencies.
  9. Carry out statistical and narrative reporting as required for DRC project reporting.
  10. Ensure that his/her contribution to reporting accurately reflects the situation. 
  11. Identify gaps in knowledge regarding issues related to protection of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern within NGOs and local communities which can be addressed by training, seminars, workshops, or other such capacity-building events.
  12. Participate in awareness raising events.
  13. Disseminate awareness raising materials on the issues related to refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern.
  14. Facilitate individual appointments for legal counselling to beneficiaries, in coordination with the supervisor and project lawyers, as required.
  15. Assist with translation and interpretation.
  16. Other duties as required by the Legal Centre Project Manager or Senior Protection manager.

Main results to be achieved at the end of the Employment Period

By the end of the project period, the following achievements are envisaged: 

  1. General protection trends are assessed, persons at risk identified and supported.
  2. The general awareness on basic rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern amongst the community including local authorities has increased.
  3. All relevant information gathered during the employment period are appropriately recorded and systematized in order to facilitate project evaluation and/or as a basis for future Protection activities.
  4. Individual protection assistance (IPA) for the most vulnerable beneficiaries implemented.

To Apply:

Applicants must send a C.V. and covering letter to jobs.tripoli@drc-libya.org

Applications that don’t include a covering letter demonstrating that they meet the essential qualifications, experience and competences will not be considered.

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