Le Conseil Danois pour les Réfugiés recrute un agent de protection juridique, Ethiopie / Djibouti



Title : Legal Protection Officer

Location :  May Tsebri- Tigray Region

Reports to : Base Manager


Start of Contract & Duration : One Year



Introduction :

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.


Overall purpose of the job :

DRC under SWISS budget planning to implement a 12-month project to improve access to justice and rule of law and promotion of peaceful co-existence through community-based conflict resolution between refugees and host communities in shire. The legal officer will be responsible to provide legal counselling and assistance for the targeted community. DRC, therefore, is seeking a highly qualified, enthusiastic and action-oriented individual for the position of Legal Protection Officer to support with the implementation of the action’s legal components. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated legal background combined with experience in project implementation. DRC highly encourages female applicants.


Duties and responsibilities :

Technical Responsibilities :

  • Provide beneficiaries who require more detailed information on legal matters and related issues with counselling services and technical assistance as well as facilitate referrals and possible legal advice ;
  •  Support the Legal Protection Specialist in collaboration and coordination with Mekele University’s legal aid clinic to provide services to refugee and host communities. This entails regular field work in refugee and host communities ;
  • Ensure case management tool implemented and project documents and databases are properly kept and updated ;
  • Train local authorities and selected refugee and host community groups to provide information on and make referrals to legal aid services ;
  • Contribute to enhancing customary dispute resolution techniques for and between refugee and host communities, including conflict management, mediation, negotiation and reconciliation ;
  • Ensure all components of the action adhere to protection standards and principles as well DRC guidelines and accountability standards.

Implementation :

  • Lead the daily implementation of legal components of the action. This entails ensuring weekly and monthly work, financial and procurement plans are in place and closely followed ;
  • Work closely with the action’s MEAL team to monitor project achievements. When activities are identified as behind schedule or are facing technical or logistical challenges, work with the Legal Protection specialist to identify and implement corrective actions ;
  •  Contribute to regular reviews of achievements and spending for the action and contribute to all project reporting related to legal activities.


All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s 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 :

  • Bachelor degree in law ;
  • 2 to 3 years of work experience within the field of law ;
  • Experience working with an international NGO or UN agency preferred, but not required ;
  • Technical understanding of protection concepts, prevention and response strategies ;
  • Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on legal topics ;
  • Hands-on experience working with communities and governmental authorities ;
  • Proven record of designing and facilitating trainings and workshops on protection-related topics ;
  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team ;
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure ;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures ;
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel ;
  • Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English ;
  • Amharic and Tigirigna language skills will be an added advantage.


To apply :

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on www.drc.ngo under Vacancies.

Please note that we receive applications up to June 14, 2020.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult http://www.drc.ngo.

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

We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.

DRC as an employer :

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries.

We pride ourselves on our :

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise ;
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do ;
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution ;
  • Culture, values & strong leadership ;
  • Fair compensation & continuous development.

Read more here about what our employees say about working in DRC.

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.


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