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Protection Officer-Legal (Female Only)

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Activation Date: 31 May, 2021   Announced Date: 31 May, 2021   Expire Date: 13 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Kunar
Nationality: National
Category: Program
Employment Type:
Salary: As per DRC Salary Scale
Vacancy Number: VA-JAA-049-21
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kunar
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Years of Experience: 2 Years
Contract Duration:
Gender: Female
Education: University degree
Close date: 13 Jun, 2021

About Danish Refugee Council:

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization working in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC has been present in Afghanistan since the end of 2010 implementing programming that includes livelihoods, protection, emergency response and preparedness, infrastructure development, and supply chain management and logistical support to UNHCR. DRC is registered with the Government of Afghanistan through the Ministry of Economy and MoRR. DRC AFG has implemented programs funded by DANIDA, EC, ECHOP, BPRM, UNHCR and WFP supporting over 25,000 displaced families per year. 

DRC adopts a regional approach unifying our country programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Tajikistan around the Afghan displacement axis. This decision is built on the premise that a multi-stakeholder regional response to the massive displacement issue is required. The DRC approach is in line with UNHCR’s push for a regionally based robust and ‘Comprehensive Solutions Strategy’ (2012-2014). The four country programs strive, wherever possible, to adopt a regional approach to activities, including cross border livelihood and protection programs and coordinated emergency preparedness and response planning.

Job Description:


The Protection Officer, under the direct supervision of Protection Team Leader in East, is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the various protection activities in the field locations under his/her responsibility. This includes conduct Protection Monitoring, referrals and follow-up of referrals, (including establishing referral pathways), identification of IPA beneficiaries and follow-up of cases, legal counseling, establishing and strengthening community-based protection committees, conducting rights’ awareness sessions, and advocacy. The PO will be involved in community mobilization and will work with vulnerable groups such as Persons with Specific Needs. Additionally, the PO will be involved in capacity building at community level and will support Protection TL in capacity building of key stakeholders on humanitarian protection, human rights and IDP rights. The PO will throughout his/her work ensure confidentiality and strictly adhere to the DRC’s Code of Conduct.


Ensure the organization and the implementation of all protection activities at field level in accordance with the agreed work plan (under the supervision of Protection Team leader) and the International standards
Conduct community meetings, Focus Group Discussions, and other direct community activities as part of protection monitoring
Provide legal counseling and work with volunteer lawyers network, where applicable
Establish community-based protection committees in targeted locations and provide them basic humanitarian protection trainings, trainings on family, inheritance and family laws according to national and international laws and standards
Provide basic humanitarian protection trainings, trainings on family, inheritance and family laws according to national and international laws and standards for informal justice system
Provide information to targeted population on rights, entitlements, available services, civil documentation and other necessary protection information
Identification of beneficiaries to receive Individual Protection Assistance and follow-up of cases to monitor impact
Referrals of individual cases to service provider for service delivery and follow-up of referred cases  
Visit IDP households to identify persons with specific needs (PSNs) or to follow-up on identified PSNs for assistance
Work closely with fellow Protection Officers in the follow-up with the relevant partners on individual cases which have been referred as needed. 
Contribute to the elaboration of work plans and ensure to implement program activities accordingly.
Work closely with fellow Protection Officers and Protection TL in the organization of trainings and workshops for the IDP population and relevant stakeholders on IDP rights, responsibilities and other protection-related material. 
Conduct daily visits around the POC to observe, identify, and collect information on the situation of the internally displaced people (IDPs), taking into special account vulnerable people, noting and reporting on gaps that may exist in service provision;
Support in community mobilization and formation of leadership structures, women’s committee, elderly and disabled committee, youth committee as well as other committees or groups;
Conduct regular focus group discussions or other conversational forums with the community to understand their perceptions of service provision within the camp.
Carry-out advocacy and sensitization activities at field level.
Liaise with security officer in DRC to keep up to date on the security situation of the field
Perform other duties as assigned by line manager.

Job Requirements:


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies: 

University degree in Law or political science
An understanding of the basic principles of humanitarian work, human rights, protection, and the needs of internally displaced persons and refugees in Afghanistan.
Interest in humanitarian work and human rights, ability and willingness to learn.
Ability to clearly express one’s thoughts, to analyze and present information clearly and concisely.
Ability to set priorities and show initiative, to work independently and as part of a team.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Good interpersonal and communication skills.


At least 2-3 years of work experience in Humanitarian Protection or other activities related to the responsibilities of the position.
Demonstrated experience in providing legal counseling to clients.
Work experience with Afghanistan’s laws and/or Afghanistan’s judicial system. Experience with informal justice systems is an asset.
Knowledge of and experience working with IDPs/refugees in Afghanistan.
Strong knowledge of and experience in counseling on issues related to civil documentation, family law, housing/land/property rights, GBV.


Good knowledge of English, fluency in Pashto and good knowledge of Dari 

We Offer:

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC salary scale

Submission Guideline:

interested? Then apply for this position, all applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) by clicking on the following link:



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