Protection Officer – Child Protection

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Job title: Protection Officer – Child Protection

Reporting to: Protection Team Leader

Technical Line Manager: Protection Manager

Location: Rhino Camp

Overall purpose of the role:

The Child Protection Officer’s primary function is to ensure quality implementation of the Child protection thematic areas with a focus on Case management, strengthening the community-based child protection mechanisms including alternative care arrangements and promoting child participation in synergy with the larger protection and community services component, which constitute the overall DRC program in Rhino Camp.



  • Responsible to develop/strengthen relationships with agencies at the field level in close cooperation with the Protection Team Leader – Child
  • Responsible for representing DRC in any relevant field based thematic meetings with stakeholders and otherwise as needed
  • Actively coordinate with the field staff of other DRC sectors and other organizations to strengthen child protection with main focus in articulating alternative care and community-based child protection approaches
  • Actively participate in the regular sector meetings and in-house coordination meetings
  • Maintain and strengthen existing networks through other service providers at the settlement level, to ensure that children receive quality services and support.
  • Actively participate in scheduled meetings such as Child Protection inter-agency coordination meetings, at settlement, district and national levels upon request from supervisor
  • Work in close collaboration with the response team to ensure ongoing needs of children and girls are being identified, met through prevention related activities.
  • Strengthen existing referral systems and networks of psychosocial service providers
  • In collaboration with other partners, design prevention activities/interventions within the refugee and host community.
  • Participated in conducting training for partners on relevant organizational development areas and supported peer learning between DRC and other partner agencies.

Project development, implementation and reporting

  • Under the supervision of the Protection Team leader – Child, contribute to the writing concept papers and proposal development on the CP thematic areas of protection. Also identify CP gaps and vulnerabilities to generate ideas for future projects with strong impact for the beneficiaries.
  • Support child protection assessments and ongoing risks analysis to design adequate preventive and response measures to avert risks and vulnerabilities among children.
  • Provision of technical support to protection assistants on the establishment and working of community-based child protection mechanisms linking DRC CP interventions to relevant child protection standards, best practices and policy documents while ensuring a right-based approach is mainstreamed across program framework.
  • Under the guidance of Protection Team Leader, ensure that all the CP protection approaches and tools are developed in synergy with the overall DRC’s national based protection initiatives.
  • Make sure that all the protection projects adhere to the highest CP standards and principles as well as DRC guidelines and accountability standards.
  • Lead community-based advocacy and promotion of DRCs child protection interests through advocacy, campaigns, awareness, focus groups discussions and community mobilization, drawing opinions and attention to concerns of children with an objective to positive behavioral change in the community.
  • In collaboration with the Protection Team Leader, proactively contribute to quality and timely weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Ensure daily quality implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child protection- related projects and interventions.
  • Proactively plan and lead in organizing and delivering Child Protection training, mentorship and reflective sessions for community-based structures such as foster parents’ groups, CPCs, CRACs to promote the refugee laws and rights of children.
  • Maintain close contacts with local authorities and RWCs in the refugee settlement; intervene as and when necessary to protect children.
  • Support systems and operational procedures of out of home care programs including support systems for foster parents, caregivers, and families.
  • Support innovative problem solving and strategy development to address complex issues relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and their families.
  • Work closely with the other program components to maximize program output and impact.
  • Ensure updated filing and documentation of child protection cases in line with UNHCR and DRC standard tools.
  • With support from the protection team leader, contribute to standardization of child protection tools, documents and relevant operating procedures for community-based structures and prevention interventions to promote quality programming.


  • Proactively contribute to quality and timely drafting of weekly, monthly reports,
  • Liaise with protection assistants to generate reports or feedback on the project output and designs.

Logistics / finance

  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements from and to different villages in close collaboration with Protection Team leader child.
  • Support the Protection Team Leader- Child to monitor Child protection financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow ups.
  • Follow-up all DRC procedures for security, Finance, Logistics, HR and Administration
  • Responsible for compliance with donors and internal DRC reporting and accountability policy and procedures.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Contribute to the daily quality implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and interventions in Rhino camp.
  • Identify, document and disseminate relevant project success, challenges and follow up on implementation of project’s action points
  • Assist in participatory needs/vulnerability and capacity assessments of PoCs.
  • Participate in project evaluations and assist in the analysis of results.

Additional tasks

  • On request perform any other additional duties assigned by the supervisors in order to allow the organization to function optimally.
  • Adhere to DRC’s code of conduct.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • A University degree in social sciences, social works and social administration, development studies, guidance and counselling or any relevant fields.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience working with vulnerable communities, basic needs and protection programming experience, and/or advocacy programs.
  • Professional training in Child Protection.
  • Experience in protection interventions in line with Refugees operation with wide Child Protection.
  • Experience of working with UN or Non‐Governmental organizations.
  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken) is essential.
  • Good communication skills and ability to conduct training and awareness.
  • Good self-organization and basic management skills.
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Familiarity with Monitoring & Evaluation for UN-funded projects desired.

How 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 under Vacancies. Applications close on 27th May 2024.

Equal Opportunity

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 Opportunity: 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, ethinic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

Rhino Camp, Uganda
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