Re-advertisement - Protection Cluster Coordinator

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 18 Jun 2020

Overall Purpose of the Role
The Protection Cluster Coordinator will work directly with the Somali Region Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Bureau and UNHCR - as lead agency and responsible for the overall implementation of the cluster acoordination role in accordance with IASC guidelines on cluster leadership and accountability – to a) strengthen effective management of the cluster for ensuring that the Protection Cluster is established and functioning to the highest standards, b) enhance the capacity of Somali regional and local authorities as well as international humanitarian partners to identify protection risks in Somali region and to prevent and respond accordingly, c) reinforce the accountability of humanitarian response towards beneficiaries, and d) support, reinforce and guide the EHF-funded Mobile Protection Teams in Somali region, to ensure adequate coverage, reporting and quality in service mapping and delivery.

Promote and Support Accountability to Affected Populations

  • Support timely and coordinated action by cluster participants to meet the protection needs of IDPs and affected populations in Somali region;
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of effective coordination mechanisms and tools, including making sure that information and data management are established and maintained with cluster participants, government counterparts and donors;
  • Represent the interests of the protection cluster in discussions with stakeholders on prioritization and resource mobilization, in accordance with agreements with UNHCR;
  • Developing/updating response strategies and action plans for the sub-national protection cluster and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in overall country and regional level strategies.

Capacity Building, Trainings and Promotion of Protection Mainstreaming

  • Ensure the integration of protection issues in sectoral needs assessment, analysis, planning, monitoring and response; ensure gender-sensitive programming and promote gender equality;
  • Ensure that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed;
  • Support the development of beneficiary selection/ vulnerability criteria guidance dissemination.
  • Promote/support training of staff and capacity building of mobile protection teams, humanitarian partners and government staff on Protection Mainstreaming and other technical protection issues as identified as priority by the Cluster;
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the local authorities and civil society;
  • Organizing and delivery of technical and substantial training and capacity building for local authorities and cluster members on use of inter-agency tools and systems.

Monitoring, Reporting and Analysis

  • Direct and support the activities of Mobile Protection Teams in Somali region, to ensure adequate coverage, analysis, reporting and quality in service mapping and delivery. This will include monitoring visits and on-the-job mentoring to the relevant areas of implementation;
  • Promote integration of data and analysis from other Protection and IDP assistance programmes under implementation in Somali region, such as the Displacement Tracking Matrix;
  • Support reporting on the protection activities and functioning of information management system for the protection cluster (with a main focus on IDP movements, mapping, analysis and data management);
  • Support the national Protection Cluster in the application of inter-agency tools, database development, and programming of protection inputs as necessary;
  • Ensure effective and coherent sectoral needs assessment and analysis;
  • Provide assistance in the development of protection, reporting/vulnerability assessment formats, procedures and and criteria in consultation with local authorities and cluster member organizations;
  • Ensure adequate, disaggregated reporting and effective information sharing, with a focus on robust and contextualized analysis.

Engage with Authorities and Partners to Address Key Protection Concern

  • Coordinate closely with all relevant government and non-government stakeholders, including relevant regional, zonal and Woreda authorities, as well as other relevant inter-agency forums such as the Inter-Agency Cluster, the Somali Region CP/GBV Sub-cluster and the Somali Region Durable Solutions working group.
  • Ensure adequate contingency planning and preparedness for new emergencies;
  • Identify core protection concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader initiatives of the national Protection Cluster and other actors;
  • Support engagement and resource mobilization efforts for implementation of protection related to relief/ return/recovery efforts for IDPs:
  • Engage with donors to fund humanitarian actors to carry out priority activities while encouraging sectoral group participants to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.


The Protection Cluster Coordinator will have an administrative reporting line to DRC’s Country Director for Ethiopia and Djibouti and will report technically into the national Protection Cluster as led by UNHCR as provider of last resort, as per agreement between DRC and UNHCR.

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

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Postgraduate degree in international law, social sciences or related field
  • Minimum of 4-5 years proven experience working on protection related issues in humanitarian environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams;
  • Excellent understanding of protection issues in emergency situations and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
  • Excellent representation skills including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the cluster;
  • Self-motivated and excellent observant of protection issues in the country;
  • Proven ability to live and work in an unstable, insecure environment.
  • Proven experience with IMS, emergency protection monitoring, documentation & analysis of protection data, cluster coordination, child protection, set of community protection networks;


  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Contract: Three months’ contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for international staff graded at Employment Band G

Availability: Immediately

Duty station: The position will be based in Jijiga, Ethiopia. This position is non-accompanied.

How to apply:

Application and CV
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 18 June, 2020.

Note: This is a re-advertisement, candidates who applied previously should not re-apply.

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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