Protection Coordinator

Country: Yemen
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 11 Sep 2021

(Sana’a -Yemen)

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.

All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

DRC has been operating in the Middle East (ME) region for over a decade, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programmes through Country Offices (COs) in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with a Regional Office (RO) in Amman.

DRC Yemen’s response

Throughout its nine field offices and a workforce of 450 staff, DRC upholds its main programmatic objectives to provide immediate and life sustaining assistance, to strengthen the protective environment, and to reduce displacement related risks and vulnerabilities by promoting self-reliance at household and community level.

About the job

The Protection Coordinator is responsible for the strategic development and technical supervision of DRC’s protection programming through technical guidance, support, oversight, strategy development, resources, capacity development, and representation. The Protection Coordinator is ultimately responsible for the overall quality and impact of the programme.



  • Lead on the Protection Strategy and integrating with other sector strategies to contribute to cohesive country program strategy
  • Develop and undertake assessments to inform program design and strategic direction.
  • Draft project workplans and coordinate implementation of projects
  • Develop and review program resources such as SOPs, tools and forms, Individualized Protection Assistance (IPA), case management, legal assistance, ensuring adherence to global standards
  • Provide technical guidance to programme staff to ensure consistency and quality programming
  • Explore and develop program partners.
  • Quality control through monitoring visits, trainings, meeting.


  • Represent DRC with external stakeholders, including humanitarian partners, donors, authorities, etc. on ongoing protection needs, trends, and programming as DRC’s focal person
  • In coordination with the Head of Programme, collaborate with the different entities and focal points within DRC at the regional and global level on programmatic issues related to protection, as well as in consortia
  • Actively participate in the exchange of best practice and resources and contribute to the program development

Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning

  • In coordination with the Quality Assurance department develop tools for the effective implementation of the protection projects through defining clear programmatic needs and objectives
  • Monitor programme objectives, outputs, indicators and activities – ensuring team remain on track as per agreed donor commitments
  • Ensure learning from the protection programme contributes to knowledge building and sharing

Grants Management

  • Work closely with the Head of Programme and the Grants Manager to secure strategic funding opportunities and develop proposals based on identified gaps and needs
  • In coordination with the Grants Department produce quality reports to ensure accurate, coherent and timely reporting.

Human Resources and Staff Development

  • Provide technical support on the recruitment and management of protection staff, including developing Terms of Reference (ToRs), staffing plan, participate in recruitment processes and performance evaluations.
  • Support the professional development of protection staff
  • Facilitate capacity building for team members and partners to develop protection expertise including coaching, capacity building, mentoring, and supervision
  • Any other tasks as delegated by Head of Programme

Required experience and competencies

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

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking 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.

About you

  • Minimum 5 years progressive experience in the protection sector for an INGO and/or UN agency
  • Experience in at least two areas of specialization in protection (e.g. case management, child protection, gbv, etc.)
  • Demonstrable experience in capacity building of national staff in protection


  • Masters degree in relevant field

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Arabic an advantage

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Other sector coordinators/specialists
  • Protection Cluster/WGs
  • Communities
  • Local authorities
  • Donors

We offer

Contract length: One year contract with possibility of extension based on performance and fund.

Work place: Yemen- Sana’a.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level (G1).

How to apply:

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. Apply online on our link below. Applications sent by email will not be considered.**

Closing date for applications: September 11, 2021. The interviews will be on a rolling basis.

Further information

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact If you are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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