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DRC Somalia/Land

DRC has been operating in Somalia since 1998 using a protection of human rights framework. Somalia is experiencing a devastating humanitarian crisis, with nearly 80% of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. DRC in Somalia is scaling up the operation in emergency response through an integrated approach accessing hard to reach populations.

Overall purpose of the role

Under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator (PC), the Protection Specialist (PS) contributes to the development and implementation of DRC’s sector strategy in Somalia and is the Project Focal Point for DRC’s UNHCR funded programming. In close collaboration with field management and Protection Managers/TLs, the Specialist will ensure the delivery of high-quality protection services throughout the country. To this aim, the Protection Specialist will support the harmonization and rollout of tools and guidelines, protection monitoring systems, analysis, and reporting; support advocacy initiatives; strengthen referral pathway mechanisms; ensure standard donor and data reporting methods; support Protection mainstreaming activities; undertaking M&E activities in collaboration with relevant internal teams; and supporting the development and implementation of DRC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools.


General Programming & Operations

  • Stay abreast of developments that have an impact on the protection environment in Somalia and provide ongoing analysis on key issues on a regular basis.
  • In close coordination with the Protection Coordinator, support area-based CCCM Managers and Protection TLs in the recruitment of additional protection field staff, including drafting the TORs, drafting, and scoring recruitment tests and interview questions, join the interview panel when required.
  • In collaboration with Protection Coordinator, develop program tools, SOPs, and guidance notes to support and reinforce the quality of programs and ensure quality protection deliverables. Lead the coaching, mentorship, and training required for implementation. Ensure close follow-up with protection field teams to ensure SOPs and guidance tools are adhered to.
  • Provide regular technical support and guidance to protection managers or team leaders to strengthen the capacity of protection teams in delivering high-quality case management services.
  • Support to the broader information management needs of the protection program through ensuring data/information consistency and integrity; support to team members on the consistent beneficiary and data tracking (Activity Info); and data visualization (Power BI);
  • In coordination with the Protection Project Managers or team leaders, assess training and development needs within the Protection team, develop a capacity-building plan, and implement the plan with support from the Protection Coordinator. This includes the development of related materials and delivery of training.
  • Undertake field visits to monitor the quality of implementation and provide technical advice and customized and needs-based capacity building to protection staff, with specific regard to case management.
  • Support integration of Protection interventions with other core sectors, ensuring close collaboration between field teams.
  • Provide support to the protection field teams on how to strengthen referral pathways. Support in updating and developing guidance on how to strengthen internal referrals. Support teams with updating service mapping and referral pathways.

Coordination and representation

  • Active participation in, contribution to, and representation of DRC in the Protection Cluster and different Area of Responsibilities as well as with other relevant bodies, including working groups and other meetings related to protection.
  • Support in providing key inputs to the protection cluster on protection monitoring and other feedback they may require.
  • Support in disseminating key trends/ findings on protection risks to relevant DRC sectors and advocacy as well as relevant clusters.

Project/Programme Development

  • Support the Protection teams with the preparation of high-quality and timely narrative reporting for donors, check this reporting against area financial reports, liaise with technical coordinators for quality assurance, and feed into checking of financial reports for accuracy.
  • Assist in developing project plans and budgets for funding.
  • Assist in developing the projects’ Monitoring & Evaluation tools.
  • Assist in project implementation and reporting.
  • Support preparation of weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to relevant authorities as per need.

Support and Representation:

  • Coordinate and maintain constructive relationships with other local government institutions, local NGO partners, other international organizations, in coordination with the other team members
  • Ensure DRC’s principles and approaches to emergencies are integrated into the response
  • Ensure DRC is positioned as a leading emergency actor within the Area, including sharing emergency information to inform and guide the overall emergency response.
  • Initiate procurement of emergency programme goods, services, and works, and ensure their delivery in compliance with DRC guidelines and SOPs.
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
  • Ensure distribution plans are prepared and shared with Finance, Supply Chain and Safety in a timely manner

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years of practical experience in the protection sector working for an INGO;
  • Documented skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation, and technical writing.
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in project development.
  • Experience working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organizations.
  • Experience working directly with displaced populations.


Contract:  12 Months with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for National Staff; Employment band Management G2

Availability:       1st May 2023

Duty station:    This position is based in Mogadishu – Somalia

Reporting Line:  Head of Program

Providing equal opportunities, we are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards: 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

Application and CV

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered

Qualified Female candidates highly encouraged to apply

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

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 27th March 2023.

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